REVIEW: The Iceman

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icemanThe Iceman is a movie about Richard Kuklinski; he was a serial killer who became a contract killer for the mob. This is a true story. First off this movie has one hell of a cast Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, it’s pretty stacked. Though the man that really shines is the star of the show, Michael Shannon. This man continues to impress me in everything he’s in. In Iceman he plays the lead role of Richard Kuklinski and I think it’s his best role to date. He’s straight up terrifying in some of these scenes, this is a man not to be fucked with and Shannon is the perfect fit for this. The film starts off right before Kuklinski fell in with the mob and goes all the way until he’s in prison. If you like true story movies, mob movies or just great movies with Michael Shannon you should definitely check out The Iceman.

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REVIEW: The Avengers

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Let me start this thing off on the wrong foot, I’ve never been a big fan of The Avengers comics, or any of the ‘super teams’ in general. However I’m a man that has to watch every comic movie, and of the recent batch of Marvel movies they’ve been doing pretty good. I didn’t have high hopes for this but I figured there was a chance this could be really good. Joss Whedon was the writer and director for this, he’s also the guy that wrote and directed a bunch of stuff that nerds like, none of which I’ve been into or seen do it doesn’t mean much to me personally. I guess I’d say he did a decent job with this, nothing mind blowing, but serviceable. The movie is The Avengers so I guess the best way to do this is just to break it down, person by person. Clark Gregg was pretty enjoyable in this, even though his role was pretty small; mostly he delivered some needed subtle comedy into the movie. Gwyneth Paltrow was here as Pepper Potts, for some reason I’ve had a lot of questions about how she was in this one, really though it was a non factor. I think she was in the movie for a total of five minutes. A nice surprise, at least for me, was Cobie Smulders (most people will recognize her as Robin from How I Met Your Mother) in the movie, she was just a SHIELD agent but she had a pretty decent role. I thought she was great; it was nice to see her in something else for a change. For our villain in the film we had Tom Hiddleston filling the shoes of Loki, he did a great job, if there were any short comings in the movie it wasn’t from the bad guy side. I thought he was great with the right amounts of serious bad ass, and maybe slight 80’s and comic book cheese. Before I get to the main team of the movie there’s one more I think I have to call out, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. I assume most people loved him as Fury, personally I wasn’t feeling it. I haven’t really been a fan of the Ultimate Universe version of Nick Fury in general, since they were going for that it seems Sam did a great job for what they were going for, but for me this version of Nick Fury is kind of bland. I much prefer him as the grizzled veteran than the slimy spy you can’t really trust. Now onto the core team. Robert Downey Jr. did a great job as Tony Stark/Iron Man once again, I never cared for the Iron Man comics but loved both movies and Robert Downey Jr. is a big part of that. He’s also a big part of everything that was right with this movie, pretty much every moment he’s on screen is a good one. Chris Evans was once again Steve Rogers/Captain America, much like Iron Man I never liked the Captain America comics however I’m a giant fan of the movie, it’s my favorite of the new batch of Marvel movies, however he doesn’t work quite as well in The Avengers. It’s no fault of Chris’, he does the roll well, he’s even got a joke or two, but if anything this movie showed why I don’t really like Captain America. He’s pretty pointless next to some of these guys, he’s the goodie do what you’re told, line up; maybe throw an order or two around soldier. All in all he’s a pretty thin character, he doesn’t add a whole lot to the movie, and I also really hated the costume change they did for the Captain. Mark Ruffalo played Bruce Banner/The Hulk in this movie. The third person to play the Hulk in just as many movies. This was probably the one I was most worried about, I’ve always liked the Hulk, hated the first movie, and really liked the second one. I like Mark Ruffalo, but he had big shoes to fill because Edward Norton did a great job last time. That being said, I thought Mark Ruffalo was the best Bruce Banner/Hulk to date. Not only that but there’s no question that he was the best part of this entire movie, if there is a reason to go see The Avengers, it’s The Hulk. Chris Hemsworth was back as Thor, this was no better or worse than the Thor movie, take that as you’d like to. For me this means he delivered a pretty solid performance but there wasn’t anything really impressive here. Jeremy Renner played Hawkeye, I was actually kind of in high spirits for this one, Hawkeye is pretty much a poor man’s Green Arrow, and for the most part doesn’t do a whole lot, however I like Jeremy Renner a lot. Unfortunately even Jeremy couldn’t make Hawkeys badass; he’s about as yawnable as he is on the comic pages here. Finally there was Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow; everything with her was pretty incredible. I can generally take or leave Black Widow but Scarlett played this more than perfectly, not to mention she filled out that suit pretty well. Overall the movie was alright, it wasn’t amazing by any means, however it didn’t suck either, the movie had some good gags and some decent action. There’s no question that Black Widow, Iron Man and The Hulk carry this movie, chances are coming out of it you’ll be talking about The Hulk and nothing else, because that’s really about all there is to talk about. If you’re a super Marvel or comic fan I’d say to go see this, though you probably will be planning to do so anyway, however I’d say don’t get your hopes up too high. And with every Marvel movie, stick around after the credits, even though the movie is pretty average, there’s something to make you smile for the future at the end.

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REVIEW: Captain America: The First Avenger

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In the craze of all the comic book movies going on the past few years they’ve decided to have another go at Captain America. The previous movies have been hilarious and fun but very bad. Now in an era of higher standards in comic films, and the promise of an Avengers movie, here’s Captain America again. Directing it is Joe Johnston who also did Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, Jurassic Park II and The Wolfman…not the best record but based on The Rocketeer alone I’d have given him a chance. Behind the desk doing the writing is Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus the guys that were responsible for the Chronicles of Narnia movies. Chris Evans does a great scrawny small Steve Rogers who transforms into the symbol of America, Captain America, picking a better guy for this part would have been a really hard thing to do. Opposite him on the side of evil there’s Johnann Schmidt or Red Skull played by Hugo Weaving, he’s another case of the right man for the right job because Red Skull was great. But I can’t just single these two men out; there was plenty of great casting. Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, and of course Tommy Lee Jones all made this movie great. The movie itself starts in modern times where wreckage is found which we can assume contains the Captain, after just a few minutes in present day we’re set in a movie long flash back to the World War II era. That’s probably my favorite thing about this movie, instead of making it all modern where chances are it would have been really dumb they instead made a World War II movie in a comic book style. If you like comic books, which I do, and you like war movies, which I do, chances are you’re going to like this one a lot.

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