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Movie thoughts 10-30-2014

I think I will skip Say Anything. I might have seen it too often but I tried starting it twice and could not get interested. So I think I might not watch it again.

The scene with various Avengers trying to lift Thor’s hammer from Avengers Age of Ultron was fun. Fun was missing from the trailer. It was nice to see the team in a casual setting.

I think Hank Pym should be an Avenger. Janet Van Dyne should too.

Mockingjay comes out next month. I am not too excited yet but I want to see it. It should be good.

Nightcrawler is getting some decent reviews. Maybe it is worth seeing. I might see it within  the next week. I might skip movies this weekend.



Marvel Phase 3 thoughts

Marvel announced their slate of phase 3 films on the 28th.  There will be 9 films in phase 3 and phase 3 starts in 2016.  There ia not a Hulk or Black Widow solo film in the slate. The Hulk already had 2 solo films.

The films are

  • Captain America:  Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Thor: Ragnarock
  • Avengers Infinity War I and II
  • Inhumans
  • the Black Panther
  • Captain Marvel
  • Gurdians of the Galaxy 2

Chadewick Boseman will be the Black Panther. That is nice. I think he will be good. He has a five picture deal.

I am not sure why Marvel doesn’t want to make a Black Widow movie. Is there something that I don’t understand or don’t know?


Movie thoughts 10-28-2014

Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be Dr. Strange. At least it looks very likely that he will be Dr. Strange. That seems to be a good choice. I am glad that it is not Johnny Depp.

The first Avengers Age of Ultron trailer is out. It is good, not great. Maybe I expected a bit too much. James Spader’s Ultron voice is creepy though. Of course the movie doesn’t open for another 6 months or so.

The trailers for Interstellar look good. The movie opens next week.  There are some early reviews and I think they’re mostly postive. Big Hero 6 also opens next week. Next weekend looks good.

This weekend Nightcrawler opens, I have not seen a lot of promos for it. Maybe it will be good.

John Wick

Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick, a former hitman. After his wife died, Russian thugs steal his classic car and kill his dog. The dog was a gift from his wife. (It was the last gift from his wife.)

John goes a on revenge spree. The action is well staged. The villains are plentiful, if not very dangerous to John. Also didn’t one of the Russian thugs think it was odd that John spoke Russian when they first met?

Reeves is good. The supporting cast is good. Ian McShane is on hand to add class. Willem Defoe also has a supporting role.

There are some goofy aspects to the film. There is a hotel for hitmen. The hotel has some special rules and services. At one point John tells a security guard, or doorman, to go home and the guard does. We never see that character again.

“Oddly  compelling” might be seen as an insulting description. I described the Vampires Diaries in another post as oddly compelling.  I did not mean to be insulting.  Maybe a better phrase would have been “surprisingly compelling”. It is compelling.

The Vampire Diaries is a series on the CW and it is in its 6 th year. It is inspired by a series of books written by L.J. Smith and that series started in the early 1990s.  I think the books and the TV series are fairly different. (The books came before Twlight, so this series is not a Twilight rip-off.)

It is the story of Elena (Nina Dobrev), a teenage girl, who mets two vampire brothers Stefon(Paul Wesley) and Damon(Ian Somerhalder). Stefon is a heroic vampire and Damon is, or appears to be, pure evil. Stefon came back to the town of Mystic Falls to meet Elena and at first Damon’s reason for returning are kept hidden.

I am watching season one on Netflix. I think having each episode end with a cliffhanger is a large part of what makes it compelling. It is not as good as Angel or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Another thing that helps make it compelling, so far, is the speed that the plot moves in each episode.  The three leads are good in their roles and Somerhalder seemed to be ejoying himself.

I am not saying this show will ever be considered a classic. I don’t think that will happen.  For now, it is enjoyable diverson.  I might take a break  of a few weeks after finishing season 1 to think about watching season 2.

TV Thoughts 10-21-2014

Mulaney is not terrible. It is not good either. The pilot was pretty bad but the next two episodes were less terrible,  Ratings are not good, it might be gone by New Years.

Gotham is a mess. I am not sure if it will get better or not. There are some parts that are interesting but it moves fairly slowly. That mob war has been hinted at since the show started but nothing much has happened yet.  I will give it a few more episodes.

Modern Family has been a little down this year.  None of the episodes have been terrible this season but none have been outstanding either.  I hope it picks up soon.

I started watching the Vamire Diaries on Netflix. It is oddly compelling.  It is probably bad in an objective sense but it is fun.  This is not Buffy or Angel. Also Nina Dobrev is really pretty, maybe someday she can be on a better show or in a movie. 

DC movie plans

Warner Brothers has released the list of their proposed superhero movies between 2016 and 2020. It is a long list. There are some interesting things about the list. I guess things could change depending on the success or lack of success of the first films.

Suicide Squad is the second movie after Batman v Superman. That is surprising. That movie could be interesting.

Wonder Woman is slated to get her own movie before the Justice League movie. That seems like a wise move and it will interesting to see the response to the movie.

Ezra Miller will be the Flash. I like Grant Gustin from the TV series but maybe Miller will be good. Also maybe the role will be a bit less comedic in movies.

Jason Mamoa will be Aquaman. He was not good in the Conan movie. He was not terrible but he seemed, to me at least, to lack star power.

The TV and movie universes are seperate.

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