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Justice League Trailer #4 (2017) “All In!!!”

There are a few new bits, but this is essentially a streamlined version of the preview fans got last week at SDCC.  This looks really good.  I mean…really good.  I’ve gone from dreading this to being there opening night. Justice League will open November 10, 2017.  For a full plot summary, read below. Continue reading Justice League Trailer #4 (2017) “All In!!!”

Justice League Trailer #3 (2017) *Now THIS is More Like It!!1*

For the second year in a row, the WB panel featured a look at Justice League.  Things, however, are very different than they were a year ago with massive reshoots, the director change to Joss Whedon following Zack Snyder’s family tragedy, and the unexpectly wild success of Wonder Woman.  This is BY FAR the best look at the film so far, the most cohesive trailer, and not only is it noticeably more Wonder Woman-intensive, it carries the same tone.  It also gives us the first look at the film’s villain: Steppenwolf (NO NOT THE BAND), who will inevitably lead us to Darkseid.  I feel a lot more optimistic about this after this year’s look than last year’s.  Justice League will open November 10, 2017.  For a full plot summary, read below. Continue reading Justice League Trailer #3 (2017) *Now THIS is More Like It!!1*

Movie Review: Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) *Phase 2 Ends With a BANG* EXTREME SPOILER WARNING

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ultron, James Spader
It seems like only yesterday that Iron Man 3 kicked off Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and today it comes to a close with Avengers: Age of Ultron.  I’m going to structure this review differently than I typically do.  I want to get into spoilers and talk about each of the characters, the plot, the shockers, but I also don’t want to spoil it for people who didn’t wait 2.5 hours in line tonight to see a 2.5 hour movie.

Therefore, in this first section I am going to give you the absolute bare bones if you want to read a review before you head off to the theater this weekend like the rest of THE WORLD is doing.  Should you be worried about Chapter 11 in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe? NO.  Let’s cover any other general questions quickly so you may be on your merry way and I’ll even give you my rating:
1. This is as good, if not better than The Avengers.
2. Ultron is the most formidable villain yet in the MCU.
3. This film makes past films better and lays the groundwork for much of Phase 3.
4. There are no good places to run to the bathroom.
5. There IS NO POST-CREDITS SEQUENCE; just the mid-credits.
6. The Avengers each have a distinct arc in the midst of world-threatening chaos.
7. The team at the end of the film is VERY different from at the beginning both in composition and purpose.
8. This is the beginning of the transition from original cast to next.
9. Joss Whedon’s writing and themes throughout his career shine through much more in this film than the first.
10. Few characters have a happy ending, but the audience will be screaming (literally) as we gleefully turn the page into Phase 3.
9.50/10 STOP READING NOW TO AVOID ANY MORE DETAILS! Continue reading Movie Review: Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) *Phase 2 Ends With a BANG* EXTREME SPOILER WARNING

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!!!!!!!!!

No regular posts until after midnight as I am pre-gaming for my screening tonight of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Hopefully, I will have enough energy once I return from 2.5 hours of staking out my seat and 3 hours in it to write the kind of review you all deserve.  THIS IS WHAT I DO FOR YOU GUYS!  I’m not saying I’m taking a fairly accurate replica of Mjolnr with me to fend off seat stealers, but….I may ….have already….said too much.  Avengers: Age of Ultron starts showing tonight and goes forth to smash Avatar’s record tomorrow!  SUMMER MOVIE SEASON IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!

PS – I know Joss Whedon has said there is no post-credit scene, only a mid-credit teaser.  Before you freak out, that would mean last time we WOULD have gotten Thanos and would NOT have gotten Schwarma.  I will stay through the entirety of the credits so you know if you have to or not.  You’re welcome.
Chris Evans, Captain America, Avengers: Age of Ultron

My Favorite Scene: The Cabin in the Woods (2012) *Every Monster Ever Including Angry Unicorn*

I hate horror movies.  Well, no, that’s too wide a statement, but for the most part I find the genre as eye-rollingly predictable as I do romantic comedies.  Then, every now and again, one comes along and scares the bejeebers out of me and I do appreciate those.  The Cabin in the Woods is the horror movie for people who love everything about horror movies, no matter if they’re good or bad.  Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, the team behind Angel and The Avengers and Daredevil while we’re at it, wrote this amazingly plausible reason to have these contrived situations arranged for a purpose.

I don’t want to give away the plot for anyone who hasn’t seen this, but there’s a point at which the monster stable used in the scenarios we’ve all seen a thousand times…..um……gets loose in an office complex.  It is spectacular and WARNING spectacularly bloody (I’m not kidding, this is a massacre) so if you haven’t seen the film and this is out of context, you may not appreciate why this isn’t really so much horrific as it is hysterically funny.  If you haven’t seen this, DO.  Brilliant spring surprise from three years ago that makes every crappy horror film I’ve ever seen worth it.

I know it’s kind of cheating to throw in a bonus, but if any scene in the whole film sums up the tongue-in-cheek, twisted meta horror that makes this film so brilliant it’s this bit when Bradley Whitford puts THE HARBINGER on speakerphone to mock him while he delivers portents of doom.