Avengers: Age of Ultron – Review

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron International poster

“For me, one of the signs of a good movie is that it rewards repeat viewing.  Avengers: Age of Ulton fits the bill.”  

I’ve already reviewed Avengers: Age of Ultron here for Moviepilot, though I tend to be easily overwhelmed by spectacle–which this movie has in spades–so I saw it a second time, to better digest what was going on.

This time I saw the 2D version at the legendary Uptown theater in Washington, DC (quite possibly the best movie house in the city).

What I noticed is that Avengers: Age of Ultron, on the surface, is a battle between the Avengers and Ultron (motion-captured and voiced by James Spader), a homicidal robot who believes that the only way to save the human race is to force it to evolve, which sounds interesting, till you figure out he intends to kill the bulk of us to bring it about.

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There’s No Way Batman Can Take Captain America

Having just seen Avengers: Age of Ultron–review coming soon–can we just accept one thing:  Namely that there is no way on Earth that Batman can take Captain America?

Unlike what some people may believe…

And while not having seen Zach Snyder’s interpretation of the iconic superhero, there’s virtually no way that he’s in Captain America’s league.  After all, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier he’s doing stuff way beyond the kin of most men (which is actually pretty in line with the character in comics as well, while Batman tends to be portrayed as being much more agile than he has so far demonstrated in movies), such as mastering multiple forms of martial arts, and enhanced reflexes and speed, though most importantly he’s an actual soldier, and has fought in actual battles and wars, while Batman has experienced nothing on that scale.

This is on top of Batman being, essentially an ordinary man, while Steve Rogers is anything but, thanks to the Super Soldier serum.

When you combine that with the qualities that I have already mentioned, he’s way out of Batman’s league.

And keep in mind in Age of Ultron he literally TOSSES A MOTORCYCLE!  He uses momentum to do so, but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless.

While in the Batman movies (certainly the Christopher Nolan ones) he’s certainly less acrobatic that Cap, and definitely not as good a fighter (though this may have more to do with the design of the Batman costume, which if the way the character seems to move is any indication, is pretty restricting).

Still, based upon the movies not only is there virtually no way that Captain America can lose (unless Batman attacks in his BatWing, and even then…).

The Last Witch Hunter – Teaser Trailer

This is a gorgeous trailer, which visually at times reminded me of Darren Aronofsky (high praise indeed) though I feel reasonably safe in saying that it will play like nothing like Requiem For A Dream, Pi, The Fountain or Noah (in the latter case not a bad thing, considering that it’s quite the slog.  I think it has something to do with the entire premise, which is as far-fetched as anything from L. Ron Hubbard).

As I said, it’s attractive, though what I thought it was most interesting was toward the end, where it looked like he was fighting Groot.

Which is interesting for all sorts of reasons.

What Stan Lee Is ‘The Man’

I don’t think that Kevin Smith is nearly as good a director as he seems to think he is.  That being said, when the man has done something good–unlike Red State, which was tonally a bit off, especially at the end.

Yet he almost redeems himself with this clip.

It’s actually pretty funny, though a lot of the credit goes to Stan Lee, as well as a dream supporting cast.

The Houses October Built -Review

The Houses October Built Is A Great Title In Search Of A Deserving Movie.”

Can we stop with the found-footage movies already?  Every since The Blair Witch Project started the trend in 1999–16 years ago–studios have been churning them out left and right.

And there’s a logic, the most crucial point being that they’re relatively cheap to produce.  I mean, if a studio spends $4 or $5 million producing one, and ends up earning somewhere in the ballpark of, let’s say, $50 million, it’s a huge profit for minimal investment.

Or let’s say the movie flatlines at the box office?  You’ve invested relatively little, so your losses are minimal as well.

After all, it’s the strategy that built Blumhouse Pictures.

Though I think that the whole point of such movies is that they’re supposed to make you feel as if you were somehow part of what’s unfolding on screen, which is a good time as any to take another look at the source of the infection, so to speak.

One reason The Blair Witch Project worked so well was that viewers had seen nothing like it before, though despite what one may think, there was some astute decision making going on.  In many instances the camera moved about so quickly that you couldn’t tell what was going on, though when combined with lighting that shifted unpredictably, odd sounds and ambient noise, it felt genuinely scary despite there that often wasn’t all that much actually happening–though you couldn’t tell even if there was.

Which is disconcerting, though the thing is, you can only do that so many times, which is probably why the sequel, The Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, was shot in a more traditional fashion.

It was also a flop in the theaters (which I never quite understood.  It’s by no means a terrible movie, and unlike the original, it made in a more traditional fashion).

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The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon – Trailer

It’s a slow day, but that being said, there’s virtually no other way that I could do anything on Avengers: Age of Ultron, without going into spoiler territory.

So, if you can find a trace of a spoiler in The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon trailer you’re a much, much more perceptive person that I am.

It’s got some cloyingly irritating moments, but there are some pretty inspired ones as well (it’s up to you to determine which is which;).

The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon will hopefully not be coming to a movie theater near you.

Jared Leto As The Joker!

The Joker / Suicide SquadYou can say a lot of things about how DC Entertainment is creating movies, though one thing you can’t say is that they’re playing it safe.  Superman killing Zod, the virtual destruction of Metropolis, they’re definitely looking to make themselves a real alternative to Marvel Studios.

ScreenRant recently posted the photo to the left, of Jared Leto from the David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad.

And while it’s an interesting interpretation, I am not too fond of it.  It’s trying too hard to be edgy, and comes off as just a bit desperate.

In my eyes, the Joker is somewhat subtle.  You can’t necessarily tell what he’s going to do by looking at him, while this version seems to wear his intentions on his sleeve, so to speak.

I think it’s a bit much, and could use a huge dose of subtlety.