Tag Archive | Superhero

A Droid Premiere: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Last month, DC attempted to launch a franchise by pitting its two most famous and beloved superheroes against each other. ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ turned out to be a bit of a mess. Some good things, and some not so good things. One of its biggest problems was that it felt overstuffed with characters and plot. Now, just a month later, Marvel is bringing us its own overstuffed movie that pits hero against hero. And while ‘Captain Himself: Fuck Everybody Else’ is just as long and just as loud as ‘Batman v Superman’, is it just as much of a mess? Let’s find out.

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A Droid Premiere: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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It feels like this movie has taken forever to get to the big screen. I vaguely remember Wolgang Petersen being attached at one point in the early 2000’s. This was before ‘Superman Returns’. Before ‘Batman Begins’. And then there was that Times Square billboard in ‘I Am Legend’, teasing the possibility that the two most famous superheroes of all time would one day go toe to toe for our viewing pleasure.
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Man of Steel (2013)

Man-of-Steel-PosterThe official ‘Man of Steel’ shopping guide:

1. A cushion. This movie is long.

2. Earplugs. This movie is loud.

3. A chastity belt for your eyes. This movie intends to do naughty things to your eyeballs.

4. Earmuffs. Earplugs won’t be enough. This movie is almost relentlessly LOUD.

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A Droid Premiere – Iron Man Three (TwentyThirteen)

a-droid-premiereIn two thousand and eight, an ambitious superhero series was started. Over the course of five films, four main characters (and a fair few periphery one’s) were introduced. The quality of these films varied from fairly good (Thor, Iron Man) to staggeringly bad (Iron Man Two). Somewhere along the line the series became known as “Phase One”. It all culminated in TwentyTwelve’s ‘The Avengers’, which was over-enthusiastically cupped and stroked by slobbering hordes of fanbois worldwide. I had fun with the film, but really, it wasn’t particularly good. ‘The Avengers’ went on to become the third highest grossing film of all time. Five years after the first ‘Iron Man’ hit the screens and made Robert Downey Jr a Hollywood darling, Tony Stark returns in ‘Iron Man Three’ (the credits make a point of using “three” and I’m not sure why), the first film of “Phase Two”. The conveyer belt of mediocrity continues to chug along mercilessly inflicting Marvel movies on the all too willing public. Read More…

Just Pillow Talk v Marvel Comics Number 9: Iron Man

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I had all intentions of reviewing Wolverine next, but Netflix had other ideas and sent me a cracked disc. So I went to my fall back plan (not Howard the Duck) and threw in Iron Man. This movie really falls under a ‘comfort’ movie for me. I consider it a reliable Marvel movie, one that is quite solid for the first ¾ of the movie, but then loses a bit of momentum for the finale. The problem isn’t the special effects in the finale, but rather the scope of it. The battle between Stark and Stane is okay if that were the first fight. But for the final battle, it’s lacking.

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Misfits: Series 3.2

When I prepared to watch Misfits last night, without a lot in the way of hope for it given the trailer, I have to say that I wasn’t filled with joy at spending the next hour in the company of Super-Skins. However, in a turn up for the books, not only was this a rude, irreverent and amusing episode, it also featured some actual character development! We haven’t seen this since the first series, as the writers just pushed the Asbo five around having their various characters serve the plot, and behave in only such a way that the narrative demanded for the last 8 episodes.

This time around though, someone, somewhere, put some thought into one of the original 5 and managed to actually write a convincing (albeit smutty) character change for him.  Read More…

The Birthday Series – Captain America (2011)

Droids-Birthday-Series-2011Who would’ve thunk it? My crazy idea for “a movie a day” in the lead up to my birthday, celebrating each year of my life, would catch on? Well, to my gleeful pleasure, both Jarv and Just Pillow Talk have embarked on their own celebrations. And in one Total Bastards case, it’s a doozy of a mission. Alas, I got about halfway through my list before I had a meltdown and went AWOL, and ever since I’ve been picking at the scab of my life, one mediocre movie at a time. And since I’ve taken so damn long to finish off this series, wouldn’t you know it, another year has passed and I’ve got 2011 to add to the mix. And lucky me, it seemed like a good’un. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, Marvels latest two hour trailer for next years ‘The Avengers’, was released just shy of my birthday and actually looked like a lot of fun! So… did it deliver the goods? Read on, my friends. Read on.

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Jarv’s Birthday Series: Darkman (1990)

I’m everyone – and no one. Everywhere – nowhere. Call me… Darkman.

It’s now time for the Birthday Series to say goodbye to the appaling late 80’s and start in with the swinging 90’s. First up is Sam Raimi’s first stab at a superhero movie, Darkman (released on 24th August 1990 in America). I have to say that I think Darkman is still his best Superhero effort (I don’t get the love for Spidey 2), being a fantastic romp that rocks along at a fair old pace, is full of cracking dialogue and great performances, and, unlike the Spider-Man films is actually fun. Read More…

A Droid Premiere – Thor (2011)

A Droid PremiereI can’t say I expect much from Marvel movies now. The first in the new “Marvel Studios” production line, ‘Iron Man’ proved to be an entertaining surprise (upon first viewing) at the cinema in 2008. The new studio was off to a promising start. But just two months later that promise came crashing back to earth in the shape of a giant green steroid freak in stretchy pants, with the release of ‘The Incredible Hulk’. That film firmly established the trend. Marvel Studios will be dumbing their movies down for the masses, with little attempt to create bold, challenging and satisfying stories. In short, their game plan is to play it safe.

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The Underrated: Misfits

Own up- who actually watched this when it was on? I didn’t, and still wouldn’t have if I hadn’t accidentally blundered into a repeat of it the other night, but am I ever glad I did. Misfits is one of the most amusing new series that I’ve seen in a long time, a raucous referential take on comic books and the problems of having powers. Read More…