Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 – Film

“Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2”

Iron Man 3 (2013)

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I had reviewed this film when I first saw it.

Our favorite billionaire, genius, playboy, hero, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), a.k.a., Iron Man, returns and discovers, that sometimes, mistakes from the past can come back to haunt us.  In this case, in the form of Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce),  leader of Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) and  The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), an outspoken villain targeting the U.S. and Iron Man with his evilly twisted homage and lessons in history. Continue reading “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 – Film”

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 1 – Film

“Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 1”

Now that Phase 3 has begun with the release of Captain America: Civil War, I decided it’s time to revisit the movies which were chosen to spearhead this huge and hugely ambitious project. Continue reading “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 1 – Film”

Turbo Kid (2015) – Film Sips

“Turbo Kid”

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This Canadian/New Zealand indie film was a lot of fun. Featuring the iconic Michael Ironside, doing what he does best.   A movie that was written and filmed to seem as if it were shot in the 80’s and set in post apocalyptic late 1997. What a great concept! For the most part, really well done. Would have been better had they stuck to all practical effects. Though I did enjoy the “sploosh” when The Kid used the glove. Apple is an awesome character. “This is my Gnome Stick!”

This is totally worth watching, especially if you’re a fan of cheesy 80’s flicks.  It’s currently available on Amazon.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Film

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

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After “salvaging” a mysterious orb, Peter Quill finds himself being pursued by Ronan the Accuser, a member of the Kree Empire.  To save the universe, Quill joins forces with Rocket, the machine gun wielding cyber-enhanced, mechanical genius, raccoon; Groot, a Flora Colossus; Gamora, former ally of Ronan, adopted daughter of Thanos; and Drax, the overly muscled, overly literal, revenge seeking, Destroyer. Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Film”

I, Frankenstein (2014) – Film

“I, Frankenstein”

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A continuation of the Frankenstein story, immediately following, then jumping ahead 200 years after the events of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.  It is a tale of good versus evil.  Our anti-hero, Adam, Frankenstein’s Monster, unwillingly caught in the middle of a centuries long war between Gargoyles and Demons. Continue reading “I, Frankenstein (2014) – Film”

The Wolverine (2013) – Film

“The Wolverine”

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Set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, we find Logan hiding in Canada suffering dreams of Jean Gray.  Yukio finds him and takes him to the death bead of an old acquaintance in Japan, where he finds his acquaintance wants more than just to say goodbye. Continue reading “The Wolverine (2013) – Film”

Earth vs. the Spider (2001) – TV Movie

“Earth vs. the Spider”

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Quentin Kemmer is a shy, comic book geek and security guard.  After his partner dies during a break in at work, Quentin injects himself with some experimental serum that is being designed to give humans the abilities of spiders.  As he begins manifesting some “powers,” he starts playing the part of avenger.  Soon, he discovers that the changes are not stopping.  As his body begins to mutate, so do his abilities to make appropriate judgements, along with his behaviors and appetite.  Continue reading “Earth vs. the Spider (2001) – TV Movie”

R.I.P.D. (2013) – Film


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A slightly tarnished, Boston police officer gets a surprise after he is killed.  Due to some poor life choices, he is recruited into the Rest In Peace Department, to serve 100 years saving the world from Deados.   Continue reading “R.I.P.D. (2013) – Film”

Man of Steel (2013) – Film

“Man of Steel”

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How does one describe the origins story of Superman?  A man, who has struggled with being different and fitting in his entire life, is suddenly forced to confront just how extra-ordinary these differences are when he discovers and is forced to confront the truth of his heritage. Continue reading “Man of Steel (2013) – Film”

Iron Man 3 (2013) – Film

“Iron Man 3”

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Oh boy!

I was pleased and surprised that the writers, Drew Pearce and Shane Black,  utilized the events of the 3 previous films on which to focus and continue Tony Stark’s, as well as the supporting cast’s, character development. I liked that they kept Stark very human with human flaws and weaknesses.  That they touched on a quite serious topic, post traumatic stress due to the events with the Avengers, and treated it with respect without becoming overly dark and serious (like the X Men franchise became way too serious for my preferences) while Stark’s self doubts had him wondering if he was a man with a great suit or if the man inside was what made the suit great.  Pepper Potts also had to  deal with the changes in Stark and how it has affected their relationship.  Even Happy Hogan, once Stark’s bodyguard, a small but interesting role , as he moved from Stark’s bodyguard to head of security for Pepper. Continue reading “Iron Man 3 (2013) – Film”