Movie of the Day – Blade

So Wesley Snipes got out of prison this past week, which means a Blade 4 or whatever is probably going to be in the works as we speak.  Now I liked the first two Blade pics, not the last one with Ryan Reynolds and something about a super vampire or whatever, but the Blade series has always been this campy, fetish style horror, action flick that delivered on what it wanted and that is about all you can ask for.  I am not looking for something deep or prophetic, just Blade going around town, killing vampires, playing techno music and always betting on black.

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Movie of the Day – Punisher: War Zone

You can tell a lot about a movie from just the first moments of the opening scene.  You can tell if it will be good or bad, funny or serious, maybe even lighthearted or dramatic. It’s the job of the director to convey to us what the tone of a film will be so that the audience can prepare themselves mentally for what they are about to see.  Punisher: War Zone took a shotgun to our face and presented us with an amazingly bad, guilty pleasure movie that sets the tone of the film with an opening sequence that would make any gun, violence, action, or Soldier of Fortune reader explode in their pants in a violent arterial spray of wonder and excitement.

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Movie Review – Marvel’s The Avengers

The Avengers is the culmination of years of work, numerous movies, lots of merchandise and advertising and ultimately, the collaboration of many actors to put aside their love of screen time to assemble together for a movie that is the grandest summer movie spectacle.  I have stated in past posts and review about the Marvel movies that were sacrificed at the altar for the greater good of getting us to The Avengers and it wasn’t wasted.  Thor was a weak movie with characterization just being there in order to fill the Thor role. Captain America was a solid movie from the origin aspect to the pathos that makes up the Captain.  Iron Man and it’s sequel was the catalyst for The Avengers, laying ground work in the first and then shoehorned all the elements into the second film, weakening it sadly.  Then there was The Incredible Hulk, a film that was left unscathed, but still tied in nicely to the idea of The Avengers.  So with all these films being used to set us up for largest superhero ensemble film of the summer, does it really come together?

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Movie of the Day – X2: X-Men United

I guess I am still on a comic book movie kick as of late, which is perfectly fine for me since I adore these sort of films.  As you all know, I am a comic book geek, so this post, like my other comic book posts, will be filled with glee and adoration for the medium and genre.  I wrote about the first film of the X-Men series about a year ago right before the release of the X-Men First Class film, which I loved.  I have a lot of attachment to the comic series as it was one of the first comic books I ever remember reading.  I remember getting excited about the television series, toys, collector cards and the comic themselves as I will continuously go back to the trades and re-read them.  The first film, after looking back at it, is a setup for what the second film was hoping to vault from.  X-Men started out slow with the methodical setup of the world in which mutants existed and how society copes and deals with them.  It wasn’t an action heavy first film, but more of a drama that establishes the world in which the X-Men exist. Now in the grand tradition of sequels surpassing the original film, X2 managed to open up with one of the best comic book film openings, cementing the ride we were about to take.

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Movie of the Day – Iron Man

Keeping the Marvel Comic train running, while I have already covered both Thor, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk in past reviews or posts, Iron Man needs to get some post time.  For me, the first film is the superior film of the series and while the second one dashed because of the need to tie everything together for the upcoming Avengers film, I have high hopes for the upcoming third film.  The first Iron Man was incredibly entertaining, not only because it’s fucking Iron Man kicking ass, but they managed to cast the perfect version of Tony Stark with Robert Downey Jr.  Smarmy, charismatic and brilliant, Downey made the film for me and he also had the dubious honor of setting up what would be the groundwork for The Avengers film.

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Movie of the Day – The Incredible Hulk (2008)

With The Avengers slowly coming closer to release, one day actually, I decided to go back through some of the Marvel films of past.  While Iron Man 2, Captain America and Thor were alright films in their own right, I think they suffered the tragic fate of being the vehicle to introduce the concept and underlying story of The Avengers.  I mean all three of those films felt rushed and the main story of the characters was lost in the madness of cramming everything Avengers related into the films so that they were all tied to one another.  While The Incredible Hulk is also part of that Avengers timeline, I actually enjoyed the reboot and continuation of story that was left off from the previous outing of the Hulk.  For what it’s worth, The Incredible Hulk is one of the better comic book movies, one that cuts right to the chase of the story, even without the necessary setup of an origin story.

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Trailers of the Week – Double Dose of Trailers

Well I missed last weeks post and now I am behind a few days on this post.  Damn my movie watching!  Anyways the wait is worth it since I can post the newly released Avengers trailer on here and you know, that will be the first trailer of this post.  ONWARD!

The Avengers:

FUCK YES!  This is what we have been waiting as comic book fans since Marvel Studios came into being.  It was well known that once Marvel Studios formed, they would start working on an overarching series of movies that tie the Marvel universe together.  Seeing all these stars and comic book characters in one trailer is practically euphoric.  Sure there will be a lot of quick retorts from Downey, a lot of hair flipping from Johansson, and on screen camera hogs, but shit does it look awesome.  Also the best thing about it, Loki is the villain.  I always loved his character from the Thor comics and felt he got the short end of the stick with character development thanks to Marvel and their rush to get these movies out in a timely matter for The Avengers.

We Bought A Zoo:

Good lord is that not an emotional trailer?  They got me with the inclusion of a Sigur Ros song in the trailer.  Thanks a lot Cameron Crowe.  Aside from the trailer, this looks absolutely beautiful.  A story about a family that buys up a Zoo and brings it back to life all while maintaining the family bond is touching and sure to get a lot of notice.  While it’s a Cameron Crowe movie, you be certain of one thing and that it’s going to have a stellar soundtrack.  As a matter of fact, Jonsi from Sigur Ros is going to produce the soundtrack.  Wins all around.

Young Adult:

While the fact that this movie is written by Diablo Cody, I was a bit hesitant to really want to give this a chance.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of Juno “pork swords” and “swear to blog” aside, this actually looks like a very well developed movie and having Jason Rietman (director of Up In The Air) doesn’t hurt your chances.  Having Patton Oswalt in the movie also improves your credibility since he is a geek god.

The Grey:

The only thing I got of this trailer is this:  LIAM NESSON BARE KNUCKLE BOXES WOLVES!  Just take my money for fucks sake!