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  • Justin 3:32 pm on April 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Mackie, , , Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Marvel, Robert Redford, , , Sebastian Stan, The Winter Soldier   

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review | Just Go See the Movie 


    By now, you’ve heard the buzz around Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it is well justified. While it may not top the Avengers, particularly in spectacle, this is the first Marvel Studios movie since the original Iron Man that really stands on its own, and across all Marvel movies, is probably the most emotionally mature in both themes and acting. The movie accomplishes being a great action flick and cloak-and-dagger thriller that also pushes the Marvel universe forward as opposed to being another standalone where you ask yourself where the other Avengers are and should they be helping.

    Early on, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the embattled director of S.H.I.E.L.D., dispatches Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), a.k.a. Black Widow, on a mission to rescue a naval ship overtaken by pirates. But Fury also plays the two against each other, and it turns out that it’s Nick himself who’s under siege.


    Casting Robert Redford, an old Hollywood veteran, to shore up its ensemble cast, adds further integrity and gravitas to the movie and to the threat at hand (and everyone is correct, it conjures up Redford’s classic spy and political thrillers from back in the day). And by tweaking this sequel to play more like a cloak-and-dagger thriller than a special-effects blowout (though of course there’s plenty of that too), directors Anthony and Joe Russo have delivered an unusually satisfying and substantive superhero movie.

    Redford’s well-dressed Alexander Pierce is a senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official with a long history with Nick Fury, who remains the terse center with which the whole Marvel Universe has revolved around to some extent. However, The Winter Soldier smartly throws things off-kilter when Fury is brutally assaulted in broad daylight by a masked, cybernetically enhanced assassin (the Winter Soldier) who has an inside line on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s operational protocol. And when Steve Rogers/Captain America tries to figure out who ordered the hit, he finds himself on the outs with the suddenly unstable spy agency, whose agents are angling to take him down, and leads to a pretty badass escape by Rogers from SHIELD headquarters.


    The idea of the red-white-and-blue-clad Captain America involuntarily matched up against the military-industrial complex that created him is entertaining, and Evans imparts a sense of disillusioned weariness to his performance that clashes with his character’s 1940’s stars and stripes stance. A scene in which Rogers clandestinely visits the Smithsonian to see an exhibit about his Second World War exploits is somber but sweet in a way that transcends the jokey glibness of the Iron Man franchise. It also counters Captain America’s image as a ’40s-era relic (he was the straight man in The Avengers) while evincing a fond, possibly foolish nostalgia for the unambiguous heroism of the Greatest Generation.


    The Winter Soldier of course has plenty of action – every dollar of its estimated $170-million budget is onscreen – but it’s also got an intricate dramatic and thematic structure holding everything in place. For instance, Steve and Sam’s (Anthony Mackie) bond over the fact that they both lost wingmen in wars six decades apart is never overstated in the dialogue. In terms of acting Chris Evans gets high marks all around, from the action to the scenes with Redford. But kudos to everyone from Jackson to Mackie to even Johansson.

    But back to the action; it has some of the tightest and memorable action sequences as of late. The movie has three acts, with some very memorable action sequences particularly in the first two acts. Rogers’ escape from SHIELD headquarters shows off what makes him a superhero and the directors even accomplish having the audience believe that Rogers is in true peril, especially when he takes on the Winter Soldier during a pretty cool highway chase sequence. The sequences in the third act between the three heli-carriers are abit predictable, but you’ll be just sitting back and enjoying it all at that point.

    DC Comics and DC Comic-book movies, you’re running out of time for any chance to be taken seriously. And I have a feeling Bryan Singer’s action sequences in this May’s X-Men Days of Future Past may feel very flat in comparison now.


    The movie of course isn’t perfect, but the flaws are minor and in no way detract from the overall enjoyment. The Winter Soldier is one of those fortunate and extremely rare confluences of studio vision, filmmakers, cast and script. The chemistry was simply right (I am not suggesting this is a fluke, as that would be disrespectful). Looking at past projects however, Marvel has gotten equally promising talents before but the end result still didn’t quite click. Whatever the case, the bar has now been set very high. Not just for superhero flicks, but for action films in general.

    Go see it.


  • Justin 2:14 pm on October 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    New trailer for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 | The Avengers Phase II Begins 


    The new trailer for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is out kicking off The Avengers Phase II: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World (Fall 2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Spring 2014), and finally The Avengers 2 out May 2015.

    For now, poor Tony (Robert Downey Jr) seems to be suffering from PTSD since the Avengers assembled. In the works is his new armor that he can summon at will. And finally Tony gets to face off against his arch nemesis, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley who seems to be more middle eastern than straight out Asian based on this preview). Guy Pearce plays a new Justin Hammer like secondary villain, and you can generally count on Guy Pearce giving a good performance so between him and Gandhi taking on Tony, could be good.

    The preview as Marvel has said 100 times now, shows the series trying to get back to the core. Iron Man 2 was immediately put into production and was essentially made in a year while Iron Man took two and Iron Man 3 has taken about a year and a half.

    Iron Man 3 opens in the U.S. May 3, 2013 and also stars Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Jon Favreau.

    • paulywalnuts 6:07 am on October 24, 2012 Permalink

      Has anyone else noticed that the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) has a tattoo on his neck that looks an awful lot like the Captain America shield and symbol?

    • winklevi twins 3:26 am on October 25, 2012 Permalink

      this cracked iron man mask looks a lot like bruce’s smashed cowl.

    • paulywalnuts 4:17 am on October 31, 2012 Permalink

      By Bruce, you must mean Bruce Banner, right? I mean, what other Bruce’s are there?

    • winklevi twins 3:15 am on November 7, 2012 Permalink

      You kidding right? Bruce, Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne eccentric Billionaire. Let’s not stand on ceremony here, Bruce Wayne.

  • Justin 3:00 pm on October 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Marvel Releases New Images from Iron Man 3 Trailer 

    Marvel this morning released six images from the bew Iron Man 3 trailer which will debut tonight at midnight; will get the trailer up as soon as it goes online!

    • winklevi twins 11:36 am on October 23, 2012 Permalink

      NEW TRAILER!!!!

      We ll see how this stands up to The Dark Knight Rises since this is a true fight of the trilogy conclusion. It seems like Iron Man is broken down in this one (I don’t know possibly get his back broken???….) and has to rebuild himself (I don’t know maybe.. like climb out of a prison???). We’ll see if Iron Man can be a legend. Can anybody be Iron Man? I would LOVE LOVE to see Pepper in that Iron Man suit. I said it here first.

  • paulywalnuts 2:42 am on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Marvel, Natalie Portman, Patty Jenkins, Thor 2   

    Natalie Portman ticked at Marvel for dropping Thor 2 Director 

    Perhaps you, like me, were a bit surprised to hear that Patty Jenkins was named the director for Thor 2. Her biggest theatrical credit was Monster, starring Charlize Theron, which earned Charlize an Oscar. More recently, though, Jenkins had directed Emmy Award winning episodes of Game of Thrones and others. I was pretty excited … kinda like Jon Favreau on Iron Man with only Jumanji as his major credit. With that said, I was pretty ticked when Marvel dismissed her earlier this week. Apparently, so is Natalie Portman.

    After having a baby, and winning an Oscar for the Black Swan, Portman was considering taking time off from acting. She’s contractually obligated to a couple more Marvel movies, however (not that contracts stopped Marvel from getting rid of Terrence Howard). Again, all coming from the Hollywood Reporter (see article linked below), Portman pushed hard to get Jenkins as director and she’s livid that she’s gone.

    So how long before Portman is replaced? Marvel kinda has a tendency to get rid of squeaky wheels (see Norton, Edward; Howard, Terrence; anyone not named Downey Jr., Robert)?

    This isn’t a judgement on Marvel. Seriously, the comics are the stars and the fans — including myself — will show up no matter who is playing the main roles. Marvel has every right to keep budgets down and drama low by getting rid of some angry actors. I’m guessing a couple agents will be looking for payback, though.

    Natalie Portman is Pissed

  • paulywalnuts 3:46 pm on October 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Incredible Hulk, , , , Marvel, , , , ,   

    the Avengers trailer has been released 

    Marvel released the trailer for the Avengers. It doesn’t give away the plot, or the villain, but has plenty of the heroes interacting.


    • Justin 5:23 pm on October 11, 2011 Permalink

      1. Cant wait.

      2. I like Mark Ruffalo, but I wish I saw Ed Norton saying thanks at the end

      3. If I was a actor, I’d like to be Jackson: purple lightsabers, beating the emperor, dying by force lightening, and finally eye patches and Avenger initiatives.

  • paulywalnuts 8:03 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Marvel One Shots 

    Has anyone has bought the Thor DVD and watched Agent Coulson’s short film – “the Consultant” – on the DVD extras? I’m hoping to do so soon. It’s supposed to bridge the gap between Iron Man 2 and the Incredible Hulk, much like this blog is now looking to bridge the gap between summer blockbusters and fall, Oscar contenders.

    Also, today, a preview for Agent Coulson’s other short film – “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” was released.

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