Sunday, October 26, 2014

Super Hero Explosion




What is up folks, within the last week or 2 there has been an explosion of comic news which has me both extremely excited as well as skeptical (‘ahem WB/DC). Before I get to the news, I have to say that I would never have thought growing up watching Saturday morning cartoons, reading comics, drawing and illustrating these characters as a young kid, that I would see what I have witnessed in the last 8 years in regards to seeing comic characters come to life, we come a long way. I feel ever since the Batman Begins in 2005 comic films has evolved into something bigger, personally these are some special times. So with that let’s get to it!

Marvel: Avengers 2 Trailer


I feel it only fitting that I start with the best in the biz as far as I’m concerned until. We will start with the hottest news on the web now, Marvel’s first official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is due to hit theaters May 2015. May cannot come soon enough as I absolutely cannot wait to experience Marvel’s many surprises to come within this film and to even have those “oh wow that is why this was in the last film” moment; for example I had no idea that Jarvis, Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence system would ultimately become The Vision, that was genius, no one saw that coming; people were speculating along with yours truly that Agent Coulson, now Director Coulson, would become Vision. So yeah, this film has so much to offer and then some. The first thing I noticed was how dark the trailer was, I remember reading about this film months back  and how the actors commented on how this film would be darker than the other films , the stakes would be even higher which is something seeing how the Avenges fought off an alien invasion in its first film.

 James Spador as Ultron, I mean what can I say Marvel struck gold in casting him , Ultron looks absolutely awesome, a bit dark mixed in with some creepiness which is what is need for one of the Avengers most notorious villain. It’s extremely evident that Ultron created an army of soldiers to do his bidding along with the fact that Ultron will take control of Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor hence why we see the scene involving Hulk against the fan favorite Hulk Buster armor. Amidst all of the scenes we get to see Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Scarlett Witch, Quick Silver and Nick Fury. The scenes speak to the inclusion of motion capture expert Andy Serkis, who is known for his amazing work with the Lord of the Rings films as well as The Hobbit and Planet of the Apes. He also helped on The Avengers 2 with the Hulk. With the inclusion of him within the trailer many are speculating that he will portray Ulysses Klaw who ultimately become the super villain the Klaw; who in the comics  is a scientist working in applied Sonics, however to adapt this tech he needs vibranium , and the only place to get that is Wakanda(which is said to be in the film),


 when stealing the vibranium T’Chaka , the original Black Panther goes after him and is killed resulting in T’Challa becoming the new Black Panther and seek to avenge his father’s death. We will see if something like this takes place because it has all but been confirmed that a Black Panther film is coming and is heavily speculated that he may cameo at the end of Avenges 2 as a part of Captain America’s own personal team along with Ms Marvel. The possibilities of what Marvel can do and what they have masterfully created is endless. This film is astonishing and I am excited and can’t wait to see the Vision and whatever else the film has to offer. Marvel Civil War anyone?

Robert Downey Jr. to Star as Iron Man in Captain America 3


If it wasn’t enough that I Cap 2 was absolutely epic in its story telling, its action sequences and inclusion of both Falcon and the Winter Solider, they have upped the anti even more with bringing in Tony Stark which would introduce, according to Variety and with other news sources, a Marvel cinematic version of the Civil War.  A few weeks back I actually reached back into my collection of comics and re-read the entire series which was excellent work by writer Mark Miller. The story still stands as one of Marvel’s best. The story lines results from a group of c list super heroes facing off against a host of super villains led by Nitro who, during the middle of the fight emits an Nitro blast which destroys an entire block killing a number of children at a nearby Elementary school resulting in the government along with Shield pushing the registration act which calls for all super heroes and villains to register; this is something that Tony Stark is fine with however, Captain America is against it since it is right to choose . The difference of opinion results in the division within the Marvel universe which includes Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider Man and others.  With the rights of Spider Man belonging to Sony (which I truly hope changes because in my opinion the Spider Man franchise s dead in the water, it needs to go back to Marvel) and also with both X-Men and Fantastic Four (or the Fantastic Four babies) both with Fox, these character would not be a part of the civil war storyline; however Marvel/Disney owns the rights to a great deal of characters to actually make this work, but in a different way. The folks at AMC Movie Theaters had a segment on the Civil War and the ramifications it would have throughout the Marvel Universe as well as the possibility of Spider Man being brought back, which I feel will happen maybe sooner than any of us think. The video from the AMC crew has to be one of my favorites from them check it out!




If you watch Avengers (and so sad for you if you have not seen the film) both Tony Stark and Captain America feuded, and in Captain America: the Winter Solider, Captain America was against what Shield built with the helicarriers as result of Tony Stark’s tech to, in their words “maintain the peace” but if you remember Captain saw it as promoting fear not freedom; in the midst of all this it was discovered that Hydra had infiltrated Shield which caused even more turmoil for Cap and crew (Black Widow , Falcon, Maria Hill, Nick Fury), which resulted in Captain America taking down Shield and all of their tech. In the coming Avengers film, Ultron is the result of a doormat program brought back to life by Tony Stark, again Tony’s tech comes back to haunt our cast of heroes and in the midst all of the speculation that at the conclusion of Avenger we will see a new team lead by ol’ Cap himself, leads me to believe that this will follow over into Captain America 3 which is due out May 6, 2016. Whether all this happens or not I strongly feel Marvel has us all in for a big surprise or in Robert Downey Jr. own words on Cap 3 : “It’s going to be huge”..Make mine Marvel!!


Daredevil



Marvel’s first Netflix series made some waves at New York Comic Con when it released not only the show’s logo but the first images of both Matt Murdock and Daredevil himself, now I hope that the costume is just an early version and not the final incarnation of the Daredevil as I would like to see something a bit similar to the comics. As bad as Ben Affleck’s Daredevil was I did like the costume, so I hope it somehow evolves to that or something similar. What is shown in the picture that they presented looks more like a ninja outfit, more of something that soon to be Marvel Netflix charter Iron Fist would wear, we will see though. I am still excited for this as I always loved the Daredevil character and I am eager to see him implemented within Marvel’s expanding cinematic universe. Check out Pictures and New York Comic Con Panel.








DC / WB Cinematic Universe News


Warner Brother has officially announced some actual news, although outside of the casting announcement I will have to see it to believe it in terms of the films that they have announced that will shape their own cinematic universe. You will note you don’t see a Superman or Batman standalone film however Warner Bother have maintain that both films are to be sprinkled within the date they have announced. No as far as I am concerned, the only movie I believe for sure that DC/WB is set to release is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They have for far too long shown a lack of foresight or vision to carry out a cinematic universe.  The casting of  Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther makes me worry about this film’s direction, both casting honestly is more worse than Ben Affleck being cast as Batman…. but not far off.  Inside I am hopeful that I am wrong and that DC makes this thing work so that I can see my favorite characters brought life together in the right way within a universe that I have always loved .With that being said let’s get to the casting news.

Jason Momoa-Officially Announced as Aquaman

Surprise, Surprise, I think we all knew this a year ago, however I am excited for him and the character. I feel he will be one of the bright spots for the film. If DC had a plan in place he should have debuted in Man of Steel especially with the Zod world Engine in the ocean.

Ezra Miller: Cast as the Flash


Do not know who in the world this guys is, reports are that he is a talented actor, however my Flash is on the CW with Grant Gustin, so I am definitely not sure about this casting, good luck on this DC.



Jena Maloner: Rumored to be caste as Robin





With this film taking heavy inspiration from Frank Miller’s Return of the Dark Knight series, I loved the animated incarnation. Jena Malone will portray Kerrie Kelley who ultimately becomes the older Batman’s new sidekick in Robin with Dick Grayson having moved on. Malone has had action based roles in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch as well as Hunger Games. I am all for this as it will give the cinematic version of the character a much needed spin. I always felt that Robin would actually be great as a female and this would also be a great way of introducing another female hero within the film’s storyline. I still hope the film brings on Dick Grayson’s Night Wing character to the big screen as his character needs to be implemented within the Batman universe.

Older News: Ray Fisher Cast as Cyborg



This will be Fisher first cinematic debute as he is a theater actor which leads me to believe this guys can not only act, but will do justice to this role as it has been reported that he has been given  rave reviews on his portrayal of Muhammad Ali. The Cyborg character is not only a proven beneficial member of the Justice League , but a much needed one as this will mark DC/ WB first African American hero to be not only cast , but given his own stand alone film, moreover as i mentioned from the New 52 comics to the recent Justice animate DC movies Cyborg is a great character. Not sure if  his solo film will come to fruition , but look forward to seeing how his role is carried out in Justice League Dawn of Justice

The Rock Cast as Black Adam



Rock was given a choice between the two and he chose Black Adam. I would have rather he had chosen to portray Shazam , but we will she on this. I like the Rock and it will be interesting to see him play a villain since i have always seen him as the hero type, so we will see on this one. 

DC/WB Announces there slate of films to come:



Warner Brother’s CEO Kevin Tsujihara held a presentation for investors and took the opportunity to finally announce what films WB will release to build upon their shared universe. As I mentioned above I will believe al this when I see it; the only films I feel will happen is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and maybe Justice League, we will see; I hope to get the Cyborg film, as well as Aquaman. If they are to cast a good Hal Jordan or John Stewart then I am all in for that as well, not sure about Wonder Woman unless they recast, Shazam would be fun although I was hoping Rock would have been chosen the role of Shazam as opposed to Black Adam. Suicide Squad film is for me a long shot although I truly enjoyed the animated Batman film Assault on Arkham which featured Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad.
  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25th, 2016
  • Suicide Squad – August 5th, 2016
  • Wonder Woman - June 23rd, 2017
  • Justice League - November 17th, 2017
  • The Flash - March 23rd, 2018
  • Aquaman - July 27th, 2018
  • Shazam - April 5th, 2019
  • Justice League 2 - June 14th, 2019
  • Cyborg - April 3rd, 2020
  • Green Lantern - June 19th, 2020


Marvel / DC Release Dates Combined:
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With all this talk about release date Lets check out what both Marvel and DC has coming up within the next 6 years.
2015
  • May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
  • August 7, 2015 – Fantastic Four
2016
  • February 12, 2016 – Deadpool
  • March 25, 2016 – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3 (Fallen Son/Civil War)
  • May 27, 2016 – X-Men: Apocalypse
  • July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (unofficial but happening)
  • August 5, 2016 - Suicide Squad
  • November 11, 2016 – Sinister Six
2017
  • 2017 – Venom Carnage
  • 2017 – Unannounced Female Character Spider-Man Movie
  • March 3, 2017 – Wolverine 3 (Untitled)
  • May 5, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
  • June 23, 2017 - Wonder Woman
  • July 28, 2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • July 14, 2017 – Fantastic Four 2
  • November 3, 2017 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
  • November 17, 2017 - Justice League
2018
  • 2018 – The Amazing Spider-Man 3
  • March 23, 2018 - The Flash
  • May 4, 2018 - The Avengers 3 (Unconfirmed)
  • July 6, 2018 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
  • July 13, 2018 – Unannounced X-Men Movie
  • July 27, 2018 - Aquaman
  • November 2, 2018 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
2019
  • April 5th, 2019 - Shazam
  • May 3, 2019 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
  • June 14th, 2019 - Justice League 2
2020
  • April 3rd, 2020 - Cyborg
  • June 19th, 2020 - Green Lantern
Unlisted
  • New Batman solo film
  • New Superman solo film

40 DC and Marvel branded films scheduled to hit cinemas the next six years, please note that you do not see Doctor Strange or Black Panther for Marvel, but I’m pretty sure they are slated within the untitled slots, trust me Marvel has those guys locked and ready to go, I look forward to hearing who will play Strange and Black Panther. Talks with Joaquin Phoenix, did not go through leaving a rumored list of candidates which includes Jared Leto, Benedict Cumberbatch and my favorite for the role Keanu Reeves who has had resurgence in coming off the success of the movie John Wick.

I’m sure Marvel has this already wrapped up. Now as far as Black Panther is concerned there is a rumor that Chadwich Bosemn (42, Get on Up) has been in talks with Marvel to play T’Challa, when asked about these are rumors he stated he can either confirm or deny so we will see; I feel we will see Black Panther in Avengers 2 and maybe Captain America 3. I have been waiting a long time to see one of my favorite heroes to hit the screen and I feel the time is now.



Dead Pool is Coming


Amidst the outcry of fans all over the world the “Merc with the Mouth” has finally been given the green light. Test footage was “supposedly” leaked during this year’s Comic Con, which had fans demanding even more: check out video.



Dead Pool will be implemented within the universe the X-Men franchise has created and I’m fine with seeing him playing part of an ensemble, but not sure about seeing him in a solo film. Ryan Reynolds is set to reprise his role as Dead Pool. The film is slated for February 12, 2016.

Whether we are talking Marvel or DC and despite various opinions, I feel we can all say that we are all in for some very exciting times in the comic film and TV universe. Stay tuned!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Impressive Debutes



If last week’s fall debuts of both Gotham and the second season of Marvel’s Agents of Shield is any indication of what is to come for the rest of my anticipated shows for the fall in Arrow and Flash, I am in for an exciting season of television.  I feel that both shows  are  locks for must see T.V. this fall especially after seeing Grant Gustin  debut as Barry Allen in the Arrow ‘s  episode “The Scientist” as well as its impressive trailer.  I was extremely impressed with the last 10 episodes of Agents of Shield. After the release of Captain America the Winter Solider the shows seem to really take off with the inclusion of Hydra surprising infiltration of Shield.  What do I think about last week’s debut of both Gotham and Shield?  Check out below, feel free to express your thoughts on last week’s debuts, what do you feel is to come as each season progresses?
Gotham

If you do not know by now, despite how ridiculous the DC cinematic universe looks, I am still a huge fan of its characters and Batman still stands as my all time favorite character. When I heard of this show I was a bit intrigued. Gotham is a series of origin stories for characters within the mythology of the Batman universe. The show follows a young James Gordon as he works to bring justice to Gotham; however he finds being Gotham shining example of a purist individual is not easy when corruption surrounds him at every angle. I was impressed with Ben McKenzie portrayal as Detective James Gordon. McKenzie captures the essence of Gordon’s personality and values of walking that line of the straight and narrow in the midst of a city so full of crime, corruption and the unknown. You see all the elements that will ultimately make him the guy who sides with Batman to fight back against all of the darkness that plagues Gotham in the future. Early in the show you witness the defining moments that ultimately changes Bruce Wayne forever involving the death of his parents.

David Mazouz gave justice to the his portrayal as young Bruce Wayne, even as the pilot ends you can began to see the emotion and attitude of Wayne changing from a frantic scared kid to this one set to seek vengeance on those like the gunman who murdered his parents. The chemistry between both James Gordon and Bruce Wayne was present as the two connected when James expressed to him how he himself was there when his parents were killed in an auto accident. Gotham also debut a different type of Alfred portrayed by Sean Pertwee, the show approached Alfred as being this no nonsense, tough love character which is a bit different than that of Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Trilogy) yet works well within the dynamic of the show.


The inclusion of Gordon partner in Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Bullock serves as the exact opposite of Gordon he unlike Gordon has placed himself within all the corruption that has consumed Gotham, his connection with the Gotham underworld with the likes of Gotham mob boss Fish Mooney portrayed by Jada Pinkett-Smith, reveals how the two are on different paths morally. Bullock works to school Gordon on the unwritten rules of the city and how he has to accept working with Gotham’s underbelly such as Fish Mooney and Carmine Falcone portrayed by John Doman who has seemingly paid off much of Gotham City.


From the show’s opening scene you view a world that seems as if it was taken right out of the comics. One of the most interesting, yet fun elements of the show is to see all the characters within the Batman story line in their early stages such as  Cat Woman-to-be Selina Kyle portrayed by Camren Bicondova  who witnesses the murder of Wayne’s parents and who has grown to have a watchful eye on him. We see Oswald Cobblepot(Robin Lord Taylor) ,who works for Fish Mooney, but is also an informant for Gotham Police Department. Cobblepot will ultimately become the Penguin. We also witness Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) who works with GPD. Nygma will become the Riddler. We also see Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) who will become the future James Gordon’s wife. Lastly we witness a young Poison Ivey as well in Ivey Pepper portrayed by Clare Foley. I have to say I was absolutely entertained and impressed at what they did with a show; with Batman not being the headliner, the show plays out just as like a solid yet suspenseful police drama but yet at the same time has the inclusion of DC character source material, I look forward to episodes 2 as we follow James and his efforts to clean up Gotham while keeping his sanity in the midst of such peril times. Gotham is a must see for me this fall for sure.




Marvel Agents of Shield


I absolutely agree with many critics who did not like the show when it was originally aired as I felt that the first half of the season was not what I hoped it would have been, outside of Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) who along with Clark Gregg (Director Coulson). They both represent all that has been great about the show from its opening episode to now. I had a problem with the rest of the cast surrounding Coulson although toward its season finale I had warmed up to them as I felt they did not form a good team for Coulson.  The show finished very strong with the Hydra infiltration as well as betrayal of Ward being a Hydra agent. This season seems as if it was set to right the wrongs of season two;  the cast seems a bit older and seem to fit the action agent role along with Coulson and company, the inclusion of Lucy Lawless  (Zena: Warrior Princes)  as agent Isabelle Hartley was a great step in the right direction, along with new additions Mac (Henry Simmons) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), team with Coulson and company to help flush out Hydra. Grant Ward, due to his involvement with Hydra is a prisoner of Shield who is used for intelligence on Hydra’s plans, however I feel there will be more to come involving Ward as the season progresses.


The show did a wonderful job debuting yet another Marvel character from its universe in the form of the Absorbing Man, who in the comics is a foe of the Hulk, the inclusion of his character played out very well.  There is also the mystery still revolving around Sky and her origin, her parents, as it has been hinted that they are not of earth; we will see how this plays out as season 2 continues. The other mystery involves Coulson and if there will be a change in him, as it was revealed that he now has alien blood streaming through his body. It is reported to be that of the Kree, which we saw a lot of in Guardians of the Galaxy. Stay tuned folks; Shield seems to be on the right path!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

SUMMER MOVIE SHOWDOWN: 1-5




Summer movies have officially come and gone. Now that the smoke has cleared from the battles with super solider, rival mutants shaping the course of time, mutated Turtles, extraordinary giant alien robots, and some old school action from legendary action heroes, I am ready to rank the top movies of the summer.  I will give a rundown of my top 5 films of the summer and then a rundown of my remaining top films later this week, so let’s get to it.

#1 film of the summer:  



Captain America: The Winter Solider
I raved about this film during my review and even though it’s been a few months, this film still has me convinced that it was the best even though by the slimmest of margins compared to a certain film involving a group of alien misfits (see next film below). This film had the best story and mix of that traditional Marvel feel as well as a blend of the old spy, conspiracy films. Cap (Chris Evans) was at his very best in this one along with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), along with an intriguing a favorite of mine in the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) was amazing and let’s not forget about the legendary Robert Redford who is known for those spy conspiracy films. The fight sequences within the film were the best; all action comic films should hire the individuals involved. This film sets the standard for Marvel films to come.

Runner Up:

Guardians of the Galaxy
Critics labeled this film a gamble because of the unknown characters. They were so wrong. This film was absolutely ground breaking (see review). This in many ways was the number 1 film of the summer in terms of it totally crushing all the critics and bloggers who doubted the success of the film. It absolutely opened up an entire new world for Marvel. James Gunn and Kevin Feige knew what they had when creating such a film. The characters are mysterious, funny and work in perfect harmony when on screen together. I said it before and I will say it again this film will become just as big as or even bigger than that of Avengers, because of how different and unknown they are. The Marvel universes just got a bit interesting with the likes of Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel) and last but not least, fan favorite Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper).  GOTG is slated to return in 2017.


X-Men: Days of Future Past


I initially, before the summer movies started, had this film at # 1 , but oh how things change once you get a taste of what both Captain America and what Guardians of The Galaxy brought to the table, however, this film was amazing in every right(see my review), the veteran cast were at their best in Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen , Halle Berry , Patrick Stewart as well as the first class cast in Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy , Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence. I still had continuity issues with the film with their effort in trying to convince the audiences that both Xavier and Mystique grew up together when in the previous X-Men films that was not the case, I also would have liked to see more of the entire original cast in the film including Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast since that was my favorite part of the film, seeing them return. The film never explained Charles X, resurrection which bothered me as well. All in all this film was absolutely something to see in how director Bryan Singer was able to blend the original with that of the newer cast and in turn make it work and re-boot a franchise that fans have been following since 2000.


Transformers: Age of Extinction:


As someone who grew up watching the Transformers cartoon and one who was heavy in following them in comics, I have to say Michael Bay has absolutely not given any justice toward the source material of Transformers, my complaints from the beginning was always not enough character development with the Transformers and too much screen time to the humans and whatever female Bay has in the film , and last but not least instead of pulling from a library of countless Transformers that have actually existed with the Transformers universe he create these unknown weird Autobots and Decepticons.  We have yet to see Cup, Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blaster, I believe RC was in 2 however she was blown to bits , Jazz was killed in the first film which was absolutely ridiculous seeing how out of all the Autobots to die in the animated series he lived. With all of my complaints about the Transformers film thus far, this film was my favorite of them all. It was a great step towards how the Transformers should be handled moving forward because in this film we saw the remaining Autobots remain in hiding until Prime returns and upon making his return the movie takes off.  This film features a darker angrier Prime, whose ideals and faith in humanity is pushed to the limit with the hunting and killing his comrades who fought along him in protecting Earth. Kelsey Grammer portrays CIA Agent Harold Attinger, whose main objective is to rid the world of the remaining Transformers, however his views have pushed him to ultimately cross the line toward being more villainous than savior for the human populous. Aiding the humans in hunting the Transformers are Bountyhunter and Lockdown, who makes known that he was sent to earth to find and bring back Optimus Prime, from an unknown party. 

 New Autobots in Hound (John Goodman) an original from the animated series was the highlight of the film alongside the debut of the Dinobots as well as Autobots Ninja Drift (Ken Watanabe), and lastly Crosshairs (John DiMaggio). Bumblebee returned also, although I feels he looks just like that robot from the short circuit film, I am so hopeful with how they have designed the newer Autobots that they do the same for Bumblebee because I feel he looks ridiculous, bugged out eyes and all. Megatron is brought back as Galvatron by government heads who believe they are controlling him along with other robots they have created from Transformers they have captured. I feel really this was a step up for the franchise, as Mark Wahlberg is a great actor who brings a sense of drama and comedy to the film, but he also can carry action sequences without it looking ridiculous or awkward ala Shia LaBeouf in past Transformers films.  The changing of the human cast was a huge step in the right direction which made the movie that much appealing.


At the end of the movie Optimus Prime leaves Earth in search of his creators who apparently have a hit out on him. If you are familiar with the Transformers mythology you will know that the creators of the Transformers were the Quintessons, we may be looking at Transformers 5 being set on Cybertron or another planet which will be very interesting yet a new take from the film perspective.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is the second film in its franchise to hit the 1 billion dollar mark since Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Despite what critics had to say initially about this film and with the look of the Turtles, as a person who grew up a huge fan of the black and white graphic novels as well as the cartoon series, this movie was as on point as you could be with a film featuring mutated turtles who are trained in martial arts by a rat.  The Turtles looked great, we have come such a long way from the 1989 turtles which were men walking around in rubber suites; now don’t get me wrong, the first film will always hold a special place for me, however this film did justice to those who are fans and kids who are following the very successful TMNT animated series.  Being a huge fan of the T.V series Monk, I feel Tony Shalhoub  did an awesome job voicing Splinter who raised and trained the turtles. The film feature actor William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) who does a great job at portraying the film antagonist, he plays himself to be the city white knight however behind the scenes he is working with Shredder  and the villainous organization know as the Foot Clan, who has been terrorizing the city. Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) was a huge step up from that of the original version, his weapons were absolutely amazing. With all the comic action films that are being made along with the ever growing of animation that is taking place I feel we were able to see Shredder do some pretty awesome things in this film with his weaponry. I was also pleased to see how Fichtner was not Shredder as the previews lead one to believe.


As much as I loved the Turtles and as straight forward the films plot was to follow , there are a few things this film can do to improve upon in its sequel, as it has been announced that we will get TMNT 2 , and that thing is Megan Fox, she has truly solidified my belief in how she absolutely has to be one of the worst actors in Hollywood, I mean each and every time on screen marked yet more reason to question why she was even brought on to a rebooted franchise seeing as how her and Michael Bay had fallen out during transformers. She was not the only human actor that the film could really do without, Will Arnett  did not serve a purpose and I feel he is not that great of an actor however, anyone acting alongside Megan Fox will look bad due to her skills or lack thereof. Whoopi Goldberg was great in the limited time she had in the film, she along with William Fichtner represented the best of the human in the film. The battles between Shredder, Splinter and the Turtles were awesome, and I look forward to seeing how they build upon things in TMNT 2. The film played toward a faithful adaptation of not only the Turtles but the mythology surrounding the material. Each Turtle was given time within the film to showcase who they are and what they can do. With a opening weekend of 65 million Turtles will jump back in to action in June 3, 2016.

Stay tuned later this week as I reveal the rest of my top films of the summer.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Guardians are here to Stay!!!






Hey what’s up folks , I’m back to shed some  insight on a little movie you might of heard of that was released last week by the name of Guardian of the Galaxy,  which I saw on opening night and was absolutely blown away (no surprise to me), and yes I am going to see it yet again today.  I know within myself that immediately after watching a film and I am already thinking of when to see it yet again that the film is pretty awesome, apparently in others agree as well. The Guardians of the Galaxy was a film some critics deemed a “risk” for Marvel  ha!!!  It has been reported by Deadline that Guardians earned $37.95 million on its Friday showing, including $11.2 million from Thursday late opening night showings. Deadline predicted, depending on family movie going today, that Guardians could pull in between $92.5 million and $95.5 million throughout the weekend, making it a challenger to Captain America: The Winter Soldier which still stands as my favorite movie of the year with Guardians now at 2 for me. I found it amusing that bloggers and critics deemed this film a risk, because anyone that has paid attention to what Marvel is and has been doing has to understand one important thing that has been evident since Iron Man 1 and that is they have a clear plan and fantastic vision as to what they want to do and where they are going with their cinematic universe. Yes these are a cast of unknown weird characters yet that is what Marvel needs to add flavor to their ever growing cinematic universe, there are people like me who is open to different and nontraditional heroes and who love following a story that is intriguing that connects to a larger purpose which is what Marvel is gong and then there are the fans who are into characters because they are weird and different and lastly there are the causal movie goers who may be a fan of Chris Pratt(Star Lord) or Zoe Saldana , Vin Diesel or Batistc who want to see the film for those purposes. To this day Guardians stands as the highest grossing film of all time during the month of August and Internationally, Guardians of the Galaxy raked in $66 million in some 42 international markets, making it the top release around the globe. Thus far, the film has grossed $160 million worldwide.



This film is absolutely amazing as well as the funniest Marvel film to boot. Director James Gunn did a masterful job in drawing the movie goers into this wondrous yet fascinating universe and in doing so introducing all of the odd yet very interesting characters to the screen in a way that both makes sense yet flows easily within the dynamics of the film. Gunn pulled off a fete that was not easy, he made a film based around three on screen actors in Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Batista and a two key characters who are CGI in Groot voiced by Vin Diesel and Rocket the Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper whose character stole the show, going in I heard reports that Rocket was the man in the film and I walked away feeling that way.  Two things that stand out to me about his film is 1 the music I love classic R&B music so when I heard music from some of my favorite artist in Jackson 5(I am a huge Michael Jackson fan) “I want you back “and Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell “Aint no mountain High enough” I felt truly added to the uniqueness to the film.  I loved how Chris Pratt’s character was using  mix tapes since he when abducted in the 80’swhich brought a feeling of nostalgia and good times for me because back in the 90’s growing up , I would create my R&B mixes with cassette tapes. One of the other many elements of he film that stood out to me was the comedy, yet the comrade between the cast who were brought together in the film to share the cost of a stone which happens to be one of the Infinity Stones which Thanos, last seen at the end of Avengers, is pursuing. There are 6 stones Earth in Mind, Power, Reality, Soul, Space and Time, see picture and video below to get the scoop on why those stones are so coveted throughout the Marvel Universe








The film opens up with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) as a child growing up in the 80’s who finds that his mother is dying and when she passes he races into the night falling to the ground in tears ultimately finding himself in clear sight of an alien space craft which teleport him and thereafter proceeds to launch back into space where he grows to became familiar with the extraterrestrial as well as the unknown. He comes in contact with Gamora (Zoe Saldona ) who is a trained assassin and adopted daughter of the mad titian Thanos who makes his appearance in the film, and although I want to see more of him his presence was felt throughout the story.  The moment he enters the screen you get the feeling that when this saga hits its conclusion in Avengers 3 Thanos is going to be hell do deal with, whether he gets a hold of all infinity stones or not.  



Just as mentioned in the video we have seen 4 out of the above six Infinity stones thus far in Avengers, Thor 2 as well as Guradians of the Galaxy see below.









I was extremely impressed with Wrestler Dave Batista as Drax the Destroyer who was amazing in the film, as he seeks vengeance for the death of his family from Ronan the Accuser who works in conjunction with Thanos in obtaining the stone that the Guardians seek. Groot is a second favorite to me in the film; he was funny yet filled with heart. It was interesting to see Groot in battle to say he is their big gun a la Hulk, is an understatement; Rocket the Raccoon was so funny, yet there was a great balance of emotion and theatrical drama with the character, I feel he will get his own spinoff to explain his origin which was slightly touched upon in the film. All 5 individuals were brought together after being arrested by the Nova Corps, who are an intergalactic military force who strive to uphold peace and protection throughout the galaxy. After escaping prison Quill, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Rocket form an unlikely alliance to attain the stone Quill sought for himself earlier in the film however after finding out how powerful the stone is and what it could do in the wrong hands they seek to recapture the stone not for their own purpose but for the sake of the Galaxy and return it to the Nova Corps.



Needless to say after a show down with both Ronan the Accuser and Nebula(Karen Gillan,) the other adopted daughter of Thanos, the Guardians prevail and all in turn have tuned in a colossal hit which now has been given the green light for a sequel as it was announced at Comic con by Chris Pratt and James Gunn  prior to the film’s world wide release that Guardians of The Galaxy 2 will be released on July 17, 2017, which will fall in line with all of Marvel’s next phase of films such as Doctor Strange , as well as the soon to be announced Black Panther film that is sure to be in Marvel plans. The Guardians movie leaves the fans with a bit of mystery involving Quill’s father who has been revealed in the film to be an alien being, which will no doubt be touched upon in the next film. Here are Feige’s thoughts during an interview with IGN news:
On who is Quill’s father?
“There can be no doubt that the answer to that question will play out significantly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The comic offers up one possible answer of course, but there's no guarantee the movies will follow the same path.
"I think it's pretty important," Feige confirmed when we touched the implications of this story thread. "I think there's a reason we seeded it at the very end of the film like that. I think that would certainly be part of a next Guardians adventure. Certainly, that would be part of it."
As to whether Quill's parentage may be addressed prior to Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Feige said that they "would wait for the next Guardians adventure."
On if the Avengers will meet the GOTG?
“You know, the fun about The Avengers, as we we're gearing up to that, was 'how would Tony Stark deal with goody two-shoes Steve Rogers in World War II?'" Feige said when asked how The Avengers would get along with the Guardians. "What would Tony Stark think of a Norse god who wields a hammer? The brilliance of Joss [Whedon] was having fun with that. So who knows if and when these guys would ever connect, but it is fun thinking about, how would Steve Rogers react to Rocket? Or, you're right, Drax couldn't even have a conversation with Tony Stark! [Laughs] I have a theory that the more time Drax spends with Peter Quill, the more he's going to start to learn, perhaps, that people aren't always as literal as his species would assume."
We can look forward to seeing that transition take place in the continued Guardians adventures. Who knows, maybe by the time Drax hits Terra he'll be more than ready for Stark.”
Translation …. Yes this is going to happen, I knew it from the start and it will happen in Avengers 3, so what does the rest of the cast as well and the director James Gunn feel about this possible team up see video below!







Marvel President Kevin Fegie is doing an astonishing job with what he has done with Marvel’s universe from Iron Man all the way to what we are witnessing now; there are so many different avenues for Marvel to go with their universe.  As a fan and someone who seeks to show his vision to the world it’s truly inspiring to see into that extraordinary Universe that he has created with the rest of Marvel Entertainment. Let’s take a look back at what Marvel’s first 2 phases brought which will result in a continued thrill ride for years to come.