Through 17 films, I would only count one MCU film as a disappointment (though some are certainly better than others) and that’s Iron Man 3. The only thing that has kept me from loathing the film more than I do was the Marvel One-Shot (I really miss those) that they did “All Hail the King” in which they fixed the film’s biggest blunder: making The Mandarin, Iron Man’s only good villain, into a complete joke.
Aside from The Mandarin debacle, Iron Man 3’s main problem is that it butchers Warren Ellis’ classic Extremis storyline, doesn’t do anything to advance Tony’s character other than blow up all his stuff, which he starts rebuilding before the credits finish, and the film generally stands outside of the MCU’s storyline. That’s fine for a lot of films, but Iron Man has been the backbone of the MCU since he started it, and to waste his last solo film was unforgivable.
There are two things about IM3 that are good enough that the film ekes out a positive rating (post-All Hail the King): Tony & Harley and the plane rescue sequence. I honestly could’ve done with a whole film of just Tony and that kid hanging out in Tennessee, but the film’s best sequence is a mid-air rescue of 13 free falling passengers after Air Force One is compromised. It’s an amazing F/X sequence, a great use of JARVIS, and some very creative problem solving by Tony. Would that the rest of the film had lived up to it.
Greetings, Time Killers! You may have noticed some tweaks to the home page. I’m moving some things around, trying some new things, and so if stuff looks wonky….I’m probably in the middle of messing the entire site up. Perfectly normal. One thing to note for people who read the Word Press page only, I’ve divided up the workload because I spend 1-2 hours a day on this blog and I can’t get to everything. Casting news, posters, pictures, and general news will get published to the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/killingtime2014) or to the Twitter feed (@sleeplessdave), which now displays the last 10 news items on the site for those who hate Facebook and Twitter (there are enough of you that I am writing this, so you know who you are). The addition of the Twitter widget will give WP site only readers the same kind of total access the Facebook horde gets. The things I do for you all. Keep stabbing minutes, you wacky little wombats, you!
In two days, the DCEU looks like it’s finally going to get the blockbuster, critical success it desperately needed. That success won’t come from Batman or Superman, but Wonder Woman, which at time of writing is holding at a stunning 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film that began DC’s shared super hero universe, Man of Steel, remains divisive (though not as much as Batman vs. Superman). Man of Steel is the only film I’ve ever reviewed twice on this site. I really loved Superman Returns so this was a radical departure, but I gave it another chance, and I’m glad I did. It’s flawed, but nowhere near so the next two DC films, and it has truly great moments in it. My favorite scene in the film comes after discovering his suit and talking with Jor-El: his first flight. Henry Cavill is so likable in this role (one of BvS’ greatest sins is painting him as the villain and taking that likability away). I love how it’s not effortless for him. He has to keep trying. But when he gets it down, the pure joy on his face is priceless. It’s human. After all, how would you feel if you could fly?
We do a lot of serious looking at film…but sometimes you just want to be stupid funny about the films we love and for that you need Auralnauts. You’ve probably seen the Kylo Ren Reacts series that the YouTube channel (to which you should subscribe) put up during the roll-up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but before that (and this site), they had an equally fun time with vocally distorting themselves into Tom Hardy’s Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. So for a Friday laugh, I present: Nutrition-Obsessed Bane. HE WILL FEEEED YOU….PROPERLY!!! TGIF, Time Killers.
Now playing with Logan in theaters is a short film featuring Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. Entitled “No Good Deed”, the film isn’t so much a Deadpool 2 trailer (for which we are still awaiting an official release date) as it is Deadpool 1.5 “As Close to a Film with Wolverine As I Can Get My Character to Be In”. Also FYI, remember we’re dealing with Deadpool here and consider this slathered in a giant red band.