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17th April 2014

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My Theories On “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past is the newest X-Men coming out May 23, 2014 all over North American theatres, so I thought this could be a fun time to run down some theories I had that I think the movie might or should address.

If you don’t know, the movie is based on a 2 part X-Men comic of the same name. In the comic, it’s actually Kitty Pryde (Played by Ellen Page) that goes back in time to try and change fate. But because the X-Men movie universe is different from it’s comic book counterpart, the movies takes liberties to make Hugh Jackman's Wolverine the central part of that story. Although, director Bryan Singer has confirmed that Kitty will have her fair share to play in the film.

When I think of the film and that story from the comics, I can’t help but wonder if this will be Fox’s way at restarting the franchise, but without actually calling it a reboot. The best movie I could use as an example to this is J.J. Abrams Star Trek films. What Abrams did was acknowledge that the original Star Trek films and series existed, but because of time travel being involved, it caused a time disruption which allowed for new stories to intervene in the characters future… in other words, allow the writers of the films to take the characters in new directions.

If that’s the case, it’s VERY possible we’ll be seeing characters that were killed in X-Men: The Last Stand return, such as Cyclops and Jean Grey.

Another thing I’m very curious is the involvement of William Stryker (now played by it’s 3rd actor, Josh Helman), who was the main villain in X-Men 2 (played by Brian Cox) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (played by Danny Huston). If you look carefully in the 3 trailers released, Wolverine has his bone claws, which means the film is clearly taking place BEFORE X-Men Origins. Will we see Stryker and Wolverine cross paths? Or maybe they won’t, to allow Origins to remain in this new continuity that Fox is creating.

Speaking of new continuity, we know that Fox is also planning to add the new Fantastic Four reboot to the X-Men movie universe. And idea that sparked when Marvel begun their plans for The Avengers. It makes me wonder if we’ll get any references to the Fantastic Four in the future sequences considering Mr. Fanatic and Invisible Woman’s son is involved in the comic.

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Another interesting thing to note is that this movie will feature young Magneto (played again by Michael Fassbender), a young Mystique (played again by Jennifer Lawrence) as well as a young Toad (played by newcomer Evan Jonigkeit). The 3 of these brotherhood of Mutants were all seen in the original X-Men film played by Ian McKellen (who will be returning in the future sequences), Rebecca Romijn and Ray Park, respectively. This makes me wonder if Sabretooth will be seen in the film, considering he was with Wolverine before Stryker took him in, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Or will this take place after Wolverine parted ways after the first 15 minutes of Origins.

It should also be noted that in the newest trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Wolverine confirms to Beast (played by Nicholas Hoult) that he doesn’t “make it” in the future, which means we most likely won’t get to see Kelsey Grammar return as Beast… unless he filmed a secret cameo they’re no telling us about!

I think that pretty much sums up some theories and thoughts for this film. Theres probably some more, but those are the big ones that comes to the top of my head. I’m totally looking forward to this movie A LOT and can’t wait to see what questions they’ll answer… the future of the X-Men movies are looking bright.

Tagged: X-MenWolverineDays Of Future PastHugh JackmanJennifer LawrenceMichael FassbenderJames McAvoyNicholas HoultIan McKellenPatrick Stewart

11th April 2014

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Check out my video review for my “Least Favourite to Favourite Marvel Cinematic Universe Films”.

Tagged: Iron ManThe Incredible HulkThorCaptain AmericaThe AvengersThe Dark WorldThe First AvengerThe Winter SoldierAge Of UltronGuardians Of The GalaxyAnt-ManRobert Downey JrChris EvansMark RuffaloChris HemsworthScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerTom HiddlestonSamuel L. JacksonNick FuryAgents Of SHIELDShieldLoki

7th April 2014

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"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" review

When remembering the first Captain America movie, I felt it was the weakest of Marvel’s “Phase 1” set of films leading up to The Avengers, so i’m going to admit, when I first heard about a Captain America 2, I wasn’t as excited as I was for Thor: The Dark World or Iron Man 3. Thankfully, Captain America proves the Marvel can learn from their mistakes they make in previous films to make the sequels better.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings everything to the next level. The action is bigger, the special effects are amazing and the story is better.

Chris Evans has really grown into the role of Steve Rogers aka Captain America and really shows that even a “boy scout” type character can be pretty badass when he wants to be. His chemistry with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury is also a lot of fun to watch. All returning actors do a great job in this, as well as legendary actor, Robert Redford who plays Alexandre Pierce, the head of SHIELD.

Anthony Mackie plays The Falcon, who makes a great partner for Captain America. I’m looking forward to see his character return in any upcoming Marvel film (“Avengers: Age Of Ultron”, maybe?). Sebastian Stan returns as Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier, who was thought to be dead after the events of the first film. His character his shrouded in mystery and I eagerly await his story to unfold even more when we see him next (stay AFTER the credits to get a hint on what that might be!).

When directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo said that this film would be a political thriller, they weren’t joking. The movie becomes all about conspiracies within the system that Cap works for and really turns it on his head for a great thriller adventure film. The movie even ends as a very vague cliffhanger which will get you interested on what might happen next.

Another thought the movie will have you wondering about, is how will this effect Marvel’s TV series, “Agents of SHIELD”? SHIELD plays a VERY big role in the film and it’s hard to imagine how a show about SHIELD will continue with the repercussions of this film. I’m sure it will really bring people back who might be interested to see how that turns out after a disappointing start.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great film on every level. It’s a great add on to a continuing universe the Marvel continues to unfold with each film they’re making. I’m totally looking forward to their next film “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and of course “Avengers: Age Of Ultron”. They clearly are the “Pixar” of superhero movies, right now. Disney must be proud.

9/10

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25th March 2014

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"Saving Mr. Banks" review

Ever since I was a kid, I always had a fascination with Walt Disney. I mean, he was the man that created many of our early childhood films such as Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Peter Pan and many more. But there was one film that he made that wasn’t easy to acquire the rights to, which is the focus of this movie: Mary Poppins.

Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers who’s the author of the Mary Poppins book. She’s the lead character in the film and Tom Hanks plays the man himself, Walt Disney, in a supporting role. Both actors have great chemistry together and bring the heart and weight to the film.

Another role that I should note is Colin Ferrell who plays the role of P.L. Travers father in flashbacks. I must say, I didn’t know Colin Ferrell was in the film, because I don’t think he was ever seen in the trailers. His character really pulls through and we see the complex relationship that P.L. Travers had with her father that helped write the story of Mary Poppins.

The movie is a nice film with a lot of heart. In some cases, it will probably have you humming those songs from the Mary Poppins film again.

8/10

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23rd March 2014

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Muppets Most Wanted is the 8th Muppet film to be produced, but the 2nd under the flagship of Disney. I have to say though, going into this film, I had a feeling it wouldn’t be as great as the previous Muppet film with Jason Segel and Amy Adams. Mostly because the last film had a lot of heart and emotion. This film also has heart, but it seems to concentrate more on the comedy, which isn’t a bad thing. It just doesn’t help make it as strong as the previous film which could’ve probably benefited.
The real actors are all casted well. Tina Fey plays a fun russian prison guard, Ricky Gervais has great chemistry with Constantine (the new Muppet villain) as his “Number 2” and Ty Burrell looks like he’s having great fun with Sam The Eagle… How could you not have fun in a Muppet movie?
There are many cameos in the film, some which are funny, but some that kind of fell flat. I remember being excited about Tom Hiddleston's cameo because they kind of hyped it up in the commercials. But when the scene came up, it left me disappointed. I think the cameos I enjoyed more were the ones I wasn't expecting (so don't expect me to spoil them for you).
There are a lot of fun references to previous Muppet films and shows. Even a nice Muppet cameo from Rizzo and Robin (Kermit’s nephew) who’ve been underused in these last 2 Muppet films.
Constantine, who’s Kermit’s evil look-a-like is actually my favourite character in the film. He’s a lot of fun and has some of the best moments and lines in the film. I’m not sure if it’s because of his over-exaggerated accent or how dim-witted he is for a villain. And as I mentioned earlier, he has great chemistry with Ricky Gervais.
Many of the new songs in the film seem pretty weak to me compared to the previous film. There’s no songs like “Life’s a Happy Song” or “Man Or A Muppet” that will have you humming after you leave the theatre. Although, it is great to hear a new rendition of the classic “Together Again” originally from “Muppets Take Manhattan”.
Final Thoughts: It was a fun Muppet film. Satisfying enough to take the kids, but not as heartwarming as the previous film. I’d say if you don’t got kids to take, wait for it on blu-ray and DVD and rent it.

7/10

Muppets Most Wanted is the 8th Muppet film to be produced, but the 2nd under the flagship of Disney. I have to say though, going into this film, I had a feeling it wouldn’t be as great as the previous Muppet film with Jason Segel and Amy Adams. Mostly because the last film had a lot of heart and emotion. This film also has heart, but it seems to concentrate more on the comedy, which isn’t a bad thing. It just doesn’t help make it as strong as the previous film which could’ve probably benefited.

The real actors are all casted well. Tina Fey plays a fun russian prison guard, Ricky Gervais has great chemistry with Constantine (the new Muppet villain) as his “Number 2” and Ty Burrell looks like he’s having great fun with Sam The Eagle… How could you not have fun in a Muppet movie?

There are many cameos in the film, some which are funny, but some that kind of fell flat. I remember being excited about Tom Hiddleston's cameo because they kind of hyped it up in the commercials. But when the scene came up, it left me disappointed. I think the cameos I enjoyed more were the ones I wasn't expecting (so don't expect me to spoil them for you).

There are a lot of fun references to previous Muppet films and shows. Even a nice Muppet cameo from Rizzo and Robin (Kermit’s nephew) who’ve been underused in these last 2 Muppet films.

Constantine, who’s Kermit’s evil look-a-like is actually my favourite character in the film. He’s a lot of fun and has some of the best moments and lines in the film. I’m not sure if it’s because of his over-exaggerated accent or how dim-witted he is for a villain. And as I mentioned earlier, he has great chemistry with Ricky Gervais.

Many of the new songs in the film seem pretty weak to me compared to the previous film. There’s no songs like “Life’s a Happy Song” or “Man Or A Muppet” that will have you humming after you leave the theatre. Although, it is great to hear a new rendition of the classic “Together Again” originally from “Muppets Take Manhattan”.

Final Thoughts: It was a fun Muppet film. Satisfying enough to take the kids, but not as heartwarming as the previous film. I’d say if you don’t got kids to take, wait for it on blu-ray and DVD and rent it.

7/10

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15th January 2014

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The 1966 Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward is FINALLY coming out on DVD! It’s not clear if it’s going to be out on blu-ray format also, but Conan O’Brian has tweeted that the long awaited series will hit shelves sometime this year.
As a fan of the character, I’m eager to buy this series. I remember watching the series as a kid, and as I grew older I still appreciate the series for what it was at it’s time. It sure did do a better job at a campy Batman than the George Clooney “Batman & Robin” did.
Who’s excited about this?!?!

The 1966 Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward is FINALLY coming out on DVD! It’s not clear if it’s going to be out on blu-ray format also, but Conan O’Brian has tweeted that the long awaited series will hit shelves sometime this year.

As a fan of the character, I’m eager to buy this series. I remember watching the series as a kid, and as I grew older I still appreciate the series for what it was at it’s time. It sure did do a better job at a campy Batman than the George Clooney “Batman & Robin” did.

Who’s excited about this?!?!

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31st December 2013

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Just a little short film I made. It’s not amazing, but it’s my first, so give me time to improve. Hope you enjoy it for what it is.

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29th December 2013

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My Top 10 Favourite Films Of 2013 (The ones I’ve seen, anyways)

Tagged: 2013MoviesTop 10Kick AssThe HobbitThe Hunger GamesThe Desolation Of SmaugCatching FireElysiumStar Trek Into DarknessMan Of SteelIron Man 3Now You See MeThis Is The EndWorld War Z

10th December 2013

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When it was originally announced that “The Amazing Spider-Man” would be a reboot from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, I remember being a bit optimistic about along with everyone else. Did Spider-Man really need a reboot? The first 2 films were great and despite negative criticism, Spider-Man 3 wasn’t really all the bad, in the sense that “Batman & Robin” was for the Batman franchise. Thankfully, the film was actually a stronger and better take on the origins of Spider-Man than the original film instead of something not as good.
Andrew Garfield plays the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man and makes the character feel more like an up-to-date “lone wolf”, compared to Tobey Maguire's take. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey plays a much more interesting love interest who isn’t as annoying as Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson. Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Curt Conners who transforms himself into the Lizard. The character is probably my 2nd favourite villain from the Spidey films, right next to Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2. There’s a lot of great depth and emotion in his performance, and it’s a character you know has no control in what he’s doing. The rest of the cast is great too, especially Denis Leary as Captain Stacey and Sally Field as the new Aunt May.I thought Martin Sheen was good as Uncle Ben, but I felt he wasn’t up to par with Cliff Robertson from the original Spider-Man trilogy who I felt had more warmth to the character.
The story is practically the same as the original Spider-Man, the big difference is the villain and his plot on wrecking havoc on New York. I will give the film credit though, I enjoyed this take on how Peter Parker became Spider-Man over the original because I felt the emotional scenes of the movie a lot more. Maybe because the original movie had more of a campiness to it. For example, I really enjoyed the scene where Peter comes home late after he forgot to pick up his Aunt. I really felt this was one of the many scenes Andrew Garfield’s performance was great to watch. He makes you feel the anger and emotional state the character is going through.
Another interesting note the movie takes, it sort of touches upon the absence of Peter’s parents. This was something that was missing from the original trilogy entirely. The never even spoke of Peter’s parents at all. Obviously this film doesn’t answer what happened to them, as it’s laying down the groundwork for future films and to keep the audience coming back for more.
Aside from a story we’ve already seen before, and that should be just as recognized as Batman and Superman’s origin, the film has enough differences to make it feel fresh and different. Loved this film and can’t wait for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in May 2014!
9/10

When it was originally announced that “The Amazing Spider-Man” would be a reboot from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, I remember being a bit optimistic about along with everyone else. Did Spider-Man really need a reboot? The first 2 films were great and despite negative criticism, Spider-Man 3 wasn’t really all the bad, in the sense that “Batman & Robin” was for the Batman franchise. Thankfully, the film was actually a stronger and better take on the origins of Spider-Man than the original film instead of something not as good.

Andrew Garfield plays the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man and makes the character feel more like an up-to-date “lone wolf”, compared to Tobey Maguire's take. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey plays a much more interesting love interest who isn’t as annoying as Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson. Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Curt Conners who transforms himself into the Lizard. The character is probably my 2nd favourite villain from the Spidey films, right next to Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2. There’s a lot of great depth and emotion in his performance, and it’s a character you know has no control in what he’s doing. The rest of the cast is great too, especially Denis Leary as Captain Stacey and Sally Field as the new Aunt May.I thought Martin Sheen was good as Uncle Ben, but I felt he wasn’t up to par with Cliff Robertson from the original Spider-Man trilogy who I felt had more warmth to the character.

The story is practically the same as the original Spider-Man, the big difference is the villain and his plot on wrecking havoc on New York. I will give the film credit though, I enjoyed this take on how Peter Parker became Spider-Man over the original because I felt the emotional scenes of the movie a lot more. Maybe because the original movie had more of a campiness to it. For example, I really enjoyed the scene where Peter comes home late after he forgot to pick up his Aunt. I really felt this was one of the many scenes Andrew Garfield’s performance was great to watch. He makes you feel the anger and emotional state the character is going through.

Another interesting note the movie takes, it sort of touches upon the absence of Peter’s parents. This was something that was missing from the original trilogy entirely. The never even spoke of Peter’s parents at all. Obviously this film doesn’t answer what happened to them, as it’s laying down the groundwork for future films and to keep the audience coming back for more.

Aside from a story we’ve already seen before, and that should be just as recognized as Batman and Superman’s origin, the film has enough differences to make it feel fresh and different. Loved this film and can’t wait for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in May 2014!

9/10

Tagged: Spider-ManThe Amazing Spider-ManMarc WebbAndrew GarfieldEmma StoneRhys IfansDenis LearyMartin SheenSally FieldLizard

9th December 2013

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My final movie in my “X-Men” marathon ends with the most recetly released to blu-ray “The Wolverine”.
Hugh Jackman returns in the title role as the mutant Logan… better known to most people as Wolverine. It’s been some years since “X-Men: The Last Stand” and Wolverine has been traveling the world for a little soul searching after the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). I young mutant from japan named Yukio comes looking for Logan in America to bring him to Japan to meet a man named Yashida (played by both Hal Yamanouchi and Ken Yamamura) who wants to thank Logan for saving him a long time ago by taking away his immortality. Unfortunately, after his powers are taken away, someone tries to kill Yashida’s granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto) which has Loagn fighting for her life and his.
Unlike the last 2 previous X-Men films (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class), this film takes place after the events of the 3rd X-Men film “X-Men: The Last Stand”, which is actually a nice thing, since it’s always great to see what the characters are doing AFTER the events of the previous films. Also, this film is on a much smaller scale then all the previous films. Unlike the others where the world or city is at stake, this film makes it a more personal battle with Wolverine and his past. Which is actually a nice change of pace from all these superhero films.
Hugh Jackman returns for his 6th outing. He once again proves he IS the Wolverine and proves that it will be very difficult to replace him when the time comes… Is there any other actor who has committed 14 years to one character?
The rest of the cast is nicely cast too. I actually enjoyed Rila Fukushima's Yukio as Logan’s little sidekick. And the Japanese culture fit really nice with the film and allowed it to separate itself from the past X-Men films as something very different. I also enjoyed Jean Grey’s appearance in the film as a part of Wolverine’s conscious. Though, a part of me felt that Kalya Silverfox from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” should’ve somehow played into this.
The ending gets a little silly with the ninja’s shooting arrows into Logan as he’s running as well as the final battle with the main villain. But other then that, it’s a solid film. And Hugh Jackman always makes it enjoyable to watch.
8/10

My final movie in my “X-Men” marathon ends with the most recetly released to blu-ray “The Wolverine”.

Hugh Jackman returns in the title role as the mutant Logan… better known to most people as Wolverine. It’s been some years since “X-Men: The Last Stand” and Wolverine has been traveling the world for a little soul searching after the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). I young mutant from japan named Yukio comes looking for Logan in America to bring him to Japan to meet a man named Yashida (played by both Hal Yamanouchi and Ken Yamamurawho wants to thank Logan for saving him a long time ago by taking away his immortality. Unfortunately, after his powers are taken away, someone tries to kill Yashida’s granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto) which has Loagn fighting for her life and his.

Unlike the last 2 previous X-Men films (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class), this film takes place after the events of the 3rd X-Men film “X-Men: The Last Stand”, which is actually a nice thing, since it’s always great to see what the characters are doing AFTER the events of the previous films. Also, this film is on a much smaller scale then all the previous films. Unlike the others where the world or city is at stake, this film makes it a more personal battle with Wolverine and his past. Which is actually a nice change of pace from all these superhero films.

Hugh Jackman returns for his 6th outing. He once again proves he IS the Wolverine and proves that it will be very difficult to replace him when the time comes… Is there any other actor who has committed 14 years to one character?

The rest of the cast is nicely cast too. I actually enjoyed Rila Fukushima's Yukio as Logan’s little sidekick. And the Japanese culture fit really nice with the film and allowed it to separate itself from the past X-Men films as something very different. I also enjoyed Jean Grey’s appearance in the film as a part of Wolverine’s conscious. Though, a part of me felt that Kalya Silverfox from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” should’ve somehow played into this.

The ending gets a little silly with the ninja’s shooting arrows into Logan as he’s running as well as the final battle with the main villain. But other then that, it’s a solid film. And Hugh Jackman always makes it enjoyable to watch.

8/10

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