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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In 1962 Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby created Thor for Marvel Comics, almost fifty years later Hollywood cashes in on the comic movies and makes the Thor movie. Now Thor, in my opinion, suffers from the thing Ghost Rider does, cool character but never very strong stories, so I wasn’t expecting anything more from this movie than I got from Ghost Rider (which I enjoyed). Anthony Hopkins plays the all powerful dad Odin, Tom Hiddleston is in as Thor’s brother, Loki and as the main man Thor we have Chris Hemsworth. There are also a couple of ladies in the spotlight, the very wonderful Natalie Portman and as second banana we have Kat Dennings. The movie was pretty fun, as I mentioned I wasn’t expecting much but I got a little more than that. The story itself is a bit stupid (which is to be expected), Thor is about to take over Odin’s spot when Loki orchestrates a plan for him to start a fight which breaks a truce and forces Odin to boot him out. Thor lands on Earth without his hammer and so he has no powers. No one believes that he’s a God and he’s not use to our world so we have a string of ‘wacky’ situations. Eventually Thor proves that he’s not crazy and big battles come, blah blah blah you can probably guess how it goes. The affects are pretty darn good in the movie, and it’s a fun flick. I don’t quite get the people that are flipping out over this movie and saying it’s great, but I can’t agree with the ones that say it sucked either, it’s some pretty middle ground stuff. I’d recommend going into this expecting exactly what it is, a big effects, and big action fun comic movie made to be a summer blockbuster. You’re not going to get a Batman caliber movie out of this one, but it won’t be anywhere close to as bad as Daredevil.

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REVIEW: Almighty Thor

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The SyFy couldn’t resist the temptation to swoop in and attempt to jump on the coattails of the mega marketing that was going towards the big studio Thor movie. The channel known for making movies with bad CGI about dinosaurs and shark creatures decided to go and make their own Thor movie. Of course who better than to direct this than the man that directed Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus, Christopher Ray! SyFy will sometimes try to slide in a real star, or at least a big name in their movies, this time around attempting to fill that role was Richard Grieco as Loki. And who do we have for the main role, the god of thunder himself, Thor well that is filled by Cody Deal. A pretty much unknown man, but that doesn’t really matter right now. Now the movie isn’t quite what you’d expect it starts out with Loki trying to get the hammer of invincibility from Oden, who is played by WWF/WCW/TNA/WWE Star Kevin Nash (there’s another name for you!). Oden Nash ends up banishing the hammer through time or dimensions or something and Loki ends up killing him and Thor’s brother. So Thor takes it upon himself to go after the hammer and stop Loki, which of course takes him to modern times in some big city (where eventually he starts using guns). Most of this movie Thor acts like a giant bitch and his female companion is the one doing all the work, until at the end Thor finds his balls somewhere. The fight scenes are pretty cheesy, as are the affects. The big budget Thor film blew away SyFy’s affects within the opening three minutes, but what do you expect? All in all despite it’s drawbacks of production, acting, story, well basically everything it’s a pretty enjoyable movie. You’ve got some cheesy demon fights in the middle of a city and over acting, it’s some fucking fun. I can’t say Thor/comic fans need to see this one, but it will be well worth your time for cheesy movie fans.

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Top Movies and Music of the first half of 2011


Well June is here, and you know what that means? It’s time for the first half of the year lists. It’s been a fucking great year for music so far in 2011. The top music list I already hate myself for having to knock so many great releases so far down the list but it’s just been stellar release after stellar release. On the movie side of things though it’s been a pretty slow year, so instead of the standard top five for the half I’m only going to do a top three. So let’s go ahead and get this underway!

Top 3 movies – First half of 2011

1. Green Hornet
2. Hangover 2
3. Thor

And the worst movie of the year so far is…

No Strings Attached

Now on to the music, normally I split these into a few posts but because it was a short movie list I’m just cramming everything here. If you didn’t make the list, fear not, there’s still half a year for things to get moved and you’re probably on the list somewhere anyway (if it’s good). I’m also splitting things up a little different this year so there’s actually more lists, you’ll see.

Top 10 albums – First half of 2011

1. Motorhead: The World Is Yours
2. Deep Sleep: Turn Me Off
3. Sundials: Never Settle
4. Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’
5. Rendondo Beat: Meet Rendondo Beat
6. Power Quest: Blood Alliance
7. Mind Spiders: Mind Spiders
8. The Underground Railroad to Candyland: Knows Your Sins
9. The Dwarves: Are Born Again
10. Spraynard: Funtitled

Top 10 EP’s – First half of 2011

1. Rational Anthem: Bread Line
2. Night Birds: Midnight Movies
3. The Fucking Cops: Fuck You Up With Some Truth
4. Cell Mates: Shoulda Kept That Quarter!
5. The Slow Death: Turnstile Comix #1
6. Chixdiggit!: Safeways Here We Come
7. Teenage Bottlerocket: Mutilate Me
8. The Typos: The Typos
9. The Zits: Summer Pop Dreams EP
10. Clint Maul: Great Dividing EP

Top 5 splits – First half of 2011

1. Direct Hit/Tit Patrol
2. Dopamines/Dear Landlord
3. The Queers & Killtime
4. Wax Phantom/Criminal Culture
5. Unwelcome Guests/255′s

Top 3 Singles – First half of 2011

1. Mikey Erg: Heart Shaped 12″
2. Brain F: So Dim
3. Big Eyes: Why Can’t I

And I’ll just throw this in for now since there hasn’t been too many demo’s I’ve come across this year (less than 5!!), I hope the second half picks up on this front.

The best Demo of the year so far:

The Masked Intruder: Demo

Top 20 albums of 2009

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Alright this is the first time I think I’ve attempted this, a couple notes first here. I’m leaving ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666′ of the list here because Iron Maiden is in a league of their own and will always capture the top spot with an unfair advantage. Second note I’m also leaving off ‘Death: For The Whole World To See’ it was released this year but actually happened in the 70′s, so I’m not sure if it qualifies. If I leave it on it would most likely be in the top 5 because it is amazingly awesome. Also I’m not including 4 that would have most likely made it, “R.A. the Rugged Man: Legendary Classics Vol 1″, “Deep Sleep: Three Things At Once”, “Psyched To Die: Year One” and “Drag the River: Bad at Breaking Up” because they are compilations. And lastly I’m not including “Judas Priest: A Touch of Evil: Live” because it is a live album.

1. Parasites: Solitary
2. Dear Landlord: Dream Homes
3. House Boat: The Delaware Octopus
4. Propagandhi: Supporting Caste
5. Teenage Bottlerocket: They Came From The Shadows
6. Wizard: Thor
7. Chad Price: Smile Sweet Face
8. Jon Snodgrass: Visitor’s Band
9. Mean Jeans: Are You Serious?
10. Del The Funky Homosapien: Funk Man (the stimulus package)
11. Sick Sick Birds: Heavy Manners
12. Jetty Boys: Sheboygan (review coming soon)
13. Anvil: This Is Thirteen
14. The Riptides: Tales From Planet Earth (review coming soon)
15. Del the Funky Homosapien/Tame One: Parallel Uni-Verses
16. The Vivian Girls: Everything Goes Wrong
17. Delay: Plain Language
18. The Riverdales: Invasion USA
19. Spinal Tap: Back From The Dead
20. The Apers: You Are Only As Strong As The Table You Dance On

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