Avengers: Age of Ultron—Epic fun not quite up to the original

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With no stops scheduled today for The Dawning of Firebird Alex blog tour, this seemed a perfect time to offer my thoughts on something different. Last night, Michelle and I saw the Saturday night opening weekend showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron (in glorious 2D; regular readers know my distaste for 3D). There’s a lot of full reviews, and I …

New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

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Now that we’re in 2015, it’s time to get excited about 2015 comic book movies! And perhaps the most anticipated is Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. They have just released a second trailer: It certainly doubles down on the epic world-hangs-in-the-balance soul-crushing. The trailer shows us some scenes we haven’t seen before, and raises the stakes, but still holds its …

Guardians Of The Galaxy fires on all thrusters

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Guardians of the Galaxy is hands down one of the most entertaining comics-sourced movies in a long time. It balances comedy and drama, action and character, sweeping space opera CGI with quiet personal moments. And as other-worldly as the settings and characters may be, Peter Quill’s attachment to the 60s and 70s music of his late mother’s youth grounds both …

It’s definitely worth visiting Thor’s Dark World

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Yesterday, Michelle and I went to the cinema to see Thor: The Dark World. The title, for those who wonder, relates to one of the “nine realms” in Marvel’s Thor mythology, specifically the world of Dark Elves, Svartalfheim, called “the dark world” by those who find the name a mouthful. Those are the big baddies of the movie, and they definitely …

The effects of Gravity

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  For Michelle’s birthday, we saw Gravity, one of the rare truly original science fiction films not based on an existing franchise. The movie stars Sandra Bullock as a scientist and George Clooney as an astronaut who end up in a catastrophic disaster in orbit. And that’s all the plot you’ll get from me. Instead, let me just say that …

Iron Man: The third time’s a charm

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  Last night, we saw Iron Man 3 in glorious 2D (I doubt we ever will be truly sold on 3D…sorry major studios). And it was thoroughly enjoyable. It was definitely a more coherent and cohesive movie than Iron Man 2. And it managed to walk the line between answering “serious” questions such as how would a “non-enhanced” human being …

The Aisle seat is open: Goodbye Roger Ebert

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I’ve never paid close attention to movie reviews. Probably because the movies I like tend to be “review proof” movies like action, adventure, superhero, fantasy, and science-fiction films. And by review proof I mean two things. First, the films have a built-in appeal to their target audience, so even if they’re terrible they’ll sell tickets. After all, the reviews of …

The Dark Knight that sticks with you

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Friday night, Michelle and I saw The Dark Knight Rises at a local IMAX theater. We figured that since Christopher Nolan went through all the trouble of filming the movie partially in IMAX, the least we can do is see it as it was meant to be seen. What follows is my spoiler free review of the movie (I hate …