WHAT??? Anyone for some crazy awesome new Avengers clips? A little Iron Man vs. Thor action? Some Loki vs. Fury Whedonesque discourse? Some Cap and Thor side-by-side smackdown?
And be sure to enjoy our 5-minute preview from last week!
There are a few things Marvel does better than DC and one of them is Movies. Not Movie, MovieS. Making them all live in the same world, acknowledge each other and impact the next is something that Marvel has done to promise us that everything we love in the books could happen in the films. And in May, it just might. With Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye already established, we’ll be introduced to a new Incredible Hulk in the Avengers, a team led by Nick Fury, who has had a hand in every stand-alone film leading up to now. But they never truly need to stand alone, do they?
Harry Potter and Twilight books each captured a specific demographic whether it was young readers or teenage girls, but there’s something about The Hunger Games books that manages to go after all those readers and still not ostracize guys or older readers.
And so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the movie pulled in a quarter billion dollars in 10 days.
But does the movie measure up to a book that so clearly illuminates the dangers of unchecked government and genetic engineering? Or was the opportunity for a great adaptation missed in favour of making a film that’s just Lord of the Flies meets Running Man for the Survivor generation?
You’ve heard what we thought, now let us know what your impression of the Hunger Games were!
How awesome is this!? The creator of such cancelled gems as Firefly (Fox) Dollhouse (Fox) and Angel (Fox) now has the big screen bravado of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark and Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury speaking his sarcastically delicious dialogue in the biggest superhero movie of all time. A helluva step up if you ask us.
Sure, it looks more like Iron Man 3 with some Chrises Evans and Hemsworth cameos, but you can’t help but love the way Tony admires Dr. Banner’s work.
Plus, Tony keeps wearing a Black Sabbath shirt, which is pure Iron Man.
Now, we’re not saying there’s anything WRONG with twisted metal and 3D Bay-splosions… in fact, making a film in 3D seems to have slowed down Bay’s editing pace considerably. But if you were expecting maybe third times the charm for Bay and the Transformers source material, you’ll be just as disappointed by this one as all the others. There’s barely enough to recognize your favourite 80′s cartoon was the basis of this 2.5-hour romp, but after it leaves you exhausted at the credits, you’ll need to watch the original cartoon to remind yourself what the Ark was and that Shockwave has a broader vocabulary than a cockroach.
With THOR, summer comicbook movies are open for business. From Hopkins to Portman the cast was phenomenal, and Chris Hemsworth is officially perfect casting as the God of Thunder. But the big surprise was just how expertly Kenneth Branagh managed to direct a film that spans an Ice Kingdom, Asgard and New Mexico! What did you think?
It’s not a movie per se, but with six episodes in Darabont’s mini-series based on Robert Kirkman’s comics, AMC’s Walking Dead is definitely geeky enough to warrant a thread for us all to chat about it!
And once the DVD comes out in the Spring, we’ll be giving it a Matt + Nat review just like we would for any geeky/genre/comicbook movie!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 is easily the darkest film in the series, but as half a movie, it’s tough to judge on its own merit. We both loved it to death, but we’ve also BOTH read all the books at this point. What did you think?
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