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Hi folks, here is my review of “Captain America: The winter soldier” which we  saw recently at the cinema using the DBOX experience (Released at cinema on 26th March 2014).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This review will be in 2 parts, firstly I will review the DBOX experience and then I will review the film.

We went to the Cineworld cinema at the Pars wood complex in Didsbury. Basicaly the D-Box programs the seats to move in sync with the action during the film presentation. The seats allocated for D-Box were the best seats in the house in my opinion eye-level with the screen, half way back into the auditorium from the front row. Each seat has a self-adjuster on it which allows each film goer to set how much they want their own chair to move. As expected it is more expensive than a standard ticket.  I was reasonably pleased with the DBOX effect and it enhances the film in my opinion. Is it for all films, no not in my opinion, But for action films then yes its brilliant.

So onto the film. Two years after “the Avengers” Steve Rogers works for the S.H.I.E.L.D. under director Nick Fury while adjusting to modern society. Rogers and Agent Natasha Romanoff are sent with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism S.T.R.I.K.E. team, led by Agent Rumlow, to free hostages aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel from Georges Batroc and his mercenaries. Mid-mission, Rogers discovers Romanoff has another agenda: to extract data from the ship’s computers for Fury. Rogers returns to the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters, to confront Fury and is briefed about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites, designed to preemptively eliminate threats. Unable to decrypt Romanoff’s recovered data, Fury becomes suspicious about Insight.

On his way to rendezvous with Maria Hill, Fury is ambushed by assailants led by a mysterious assassin called the Winter Soldier. Fury escapes to Rogers’s apartment, and warns Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised. After handing Rogers a flash drive containing data from the ship, Fury is gunned down by the Winter Soldier. Fury dies in surgery, and Hill recovers the body. What follows is intrigue, betrayal, action and many twists and turns.

The identity of The Winter Soldier is just one of the dramatic twists that forces its hero to weather with characteristic idealism. He can’t just kill the bad guy. Thrown out of SHIELD and on the run with The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and his new teammate Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Cap is forced to uncover dangerous truths about SHIELD and, by extension, American foreign and domestic policy over the last 70 years. What he finds will change SHIELD forever.  To say this film is a game changer is an understatement.  Not only does it affect the future Avengers movie but it also has ramifications for the Marvel AGents of SHIELD TV Series.

I must admit I quiet liked this film. There are some great special effects and action sequences. It’s not as good as “the avengers” but way better than the first Captain America movie. From the opening set-piece, dropping in on a ship captured by pirates, Cap sends goons flying via his super-serum-assisted punches and kicks, while his trademark shield is exploited more effectively as a weapon than the first time around. In addition,  it is much darker and faster paced. Samuel L Jackson is particularly brilliant as the Nick Fury and comes up with some pretty good lines.  Chris Evan portrayal as the tormented hero is also good. But I have to mention Scarlett Johansson who stood up well against her male counterparts.

So combined with the DBOX experience, well worth a watch in my opinion.

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Last night I watched “Avenger assemble” and here is my review  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

I know it was on the cinema earlier on in the year and many of you may have seen it but I have only just managed to see it the other night on DVD.  I have been looking forward to this one for a while and unfortunately did not have the time to go and see it when it was on at the cinema.

Did it live up to my expectation, HELL YES!

At the start of the film Loki encounters the “Other”, the leader of an extraterrestrial race known as the Chitauri. In exchange for retrieving the Tesseract, a powerful energy source of unknown potential, the “Other” promises Loki a Chitauri army with which he can subjugate the Earth. Meanwhile Nick Fury, director of the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and his lieutenant Agent Maria Hill arrive at a remote research facility during an evacuation, where physicist Dr. Erik Selvig is leading a research team experimenting on the Tesseract. The object has begun radiating an unusual form of energy. The Tesseract suddenly activates and opens a portal, allowing Loki to reach Earth. Loki takes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to enslave Selvig and several agents, including Clint Barton, to aid him in his getaway.

In response to the attack, Fury reactivates the “Avengers Initiative”. Agent Natasha Romanoff is sent to Calcutta to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner to trace the Tesseract through its gamma radiation emissions. Coulson visits Tony Stark to have him review Selvig’s research, and Fury approaches Steve Rogers with an assignment to retrieve the Tesseract. While Barton steals iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract’s power, Loki causes a distraction in Stuttgart leading to a confrontation with Rogers, Stark, and Romanoff that ends with Loki’s surrender. While Loki is being escorted to S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor, his adoptive brother, arrives and frees him hoping to convince him to abandon his plan and return to Asgard. After a confrontation with Stark and Rogers, Thor agrees to take Loki to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s flying aircraft carrier, the Helicarrier. There Loki is imprisoned while scientists Banner and Stark attempt to locate the Tesseract.

The Avengers become divided, and argue over how to approach Loki and the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. plans to harness the Tesseract to develop weapons as a deterrent against hostile extra-terrestrials. As the group argues, Barton and Loki’s other possessed agents attack the Helicarrier, disabling its engines in flight and causing Banner to transform into the Hulk. Stark and Rogers try to restart the damaged engines, and Thor attempts to stop the Hulk’s rampage. Romanoff fights Barton, and knocks him unconscious, breaking Loki’s mind control. Loki escapes after killing Coulson and ejecting Thor from the airship, while the Hulk falls to the ground after attacking a S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jet. Fury uses Coulson’s death to motivate the Avengers into working as a team. Stark and Rogers realize that simply defeating them will not be enough for Loki; he needs to overpower them publicly to validate himself as ruler of Earth. Loki uses the Tesseract, in conjunction with a device Selvig built, to open a portal above Stark Tower to the Chitauri fleet in space, launching his invasion.

The Avengers rally in defense of New York City, and an amazing battle ensues. After evacuating civilians the avengers battle against wave after wave of Chitauri as they descend upon Earth.  Banner turns up and transforms into the Hulk and helps with the fight. I wont say much more just in case I spoil it, but its pretty amazing.

I really really liked this film and thought the action sequences were amazing. To be honest I was blown away and this film exceeded my expectations.  The effects are brilliant and all of the characters were portrayed very well. Iron man and the hulk were my favourite characters.  There was a nice balance of screen time devoted to each of the superheroes. And it did not feel over the top with all the superheroes on-screen at the same time. There was also a nice mix of humour and action.

There are so many great moments from the film but a couple involve the hulk. One of my favourite bits is when the hulk and Thor destroy a Chitauri ship and they both have a second to rest and the Hulk throws a punch knocking Thor across the room very funny. Another bit is when the hulk confronts Loki and Loki says “Enough, I’m a god you dark creature, I will not be bullied by a!!!!” and before you realise it the hulk has completely ignored him and beats him to a pulp before saying “Puny God”, very funny. In fact I think the hulk stole the show, but that’s just my opinion.

So yes, yes, yes, well worth a watch.  But one warning for those with weak bladders, it is another of those long films at nearly 2hrs 20 mins, but well worth it.

What did you think?

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Here is the latest trailer for the new Avengers movie (out April this year), unfortunately now called “Marvel Avengers Assemble”. But apart from the name change it still looks truly awesome and I can’t wait :).

What do you think?

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Oh no, this is yet another film I missed at the cinema (I missed a few) and only just got around to seeing on DVD.  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

In the present day, scientists in the Arctic uncover a circular object with a red, white and blue motif.

In March 1942, Nazi officer Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) and his men invade Tønsberg, Norway, to steal a mysterious tesseract possessing untold powers. In New York City, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is rejected for World War II military duty due to various health and physical issues. While attending an exhibition of future technologies with his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Rogers again attempts to enlist. Having overheard Rogers’ conversation with Barnes about wanting to help in the war, Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) allows Rogers to enlist. He is recruited as part of a “super-soldier” experiment under Erskine, Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), and British agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Phillips is unconvinced of Erskine’s claims that Rogers is the right person for the procedure but relents after seeing Rogers commit an act of self-sacrificing bravery. The night before the treatment, Erskine reveals to Rogers that Schmidt underwent an imperfect version of the treatment, and suffered side-effects.

In Europe, Schmidt and Dr. Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) successfully harness the energies of the tesseract, intending to use the power to fuel Zola’s inventions. Schmidt, having discovered Erskine’s location, dispatches an assassin to kill him. In America, Erskine subjects Rogers to the super-soldier treatment, injecting him with a special serum and dosing him with “vita-rays”. After Rogers emerges from the experiment taller and muscular, one of the attendees kills Erskine, revealing himself as Schmidt’s assassin, Heinz Kruger (Richard Armitage). Rogers pursues and captures Kruger but the assassin commits suicide via cyanide capsule before he can be interrogated.

With Erskine dead and the super-soldier formula lost, U.S. Senator Brandt (Michael Brandon) has Rogers tour the nation in a colorful costume as “Captain America” to promote war bonds rather than allow scientists to study him and attempt to rediscover Erskine’s formula. In Italy 1943, while on tour performing for active servicemen, Rogers learns that Barnes’ unit was lost in battle against Schmidt’s forces. Refusing to believe that Barnes is dead, Rogers mounts a solo rescue attempt with Carter and Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) flying him behind enemy lines. Rogers infiltrates the fortress belonging to Schmidt’s HYDRA organization, freeing Barnes and the other captured soldiers. Rogers confronts Schmidt who reveals his face to be a mask, removing it to display the red, skull-like face that earned him the sobriquet, the Red Skull. Schmidt escapes and Rogers returns to base with the freed soldiers.

Rogers recruits Barnes and some fellow soldiers to attack the other known HYDRA bases. Stark outfits Rogers with advanced equipment, in particular a circular shield made of vibranium, a rare, nigh-indestructible metal. Rogers and his team successfully sabotage various HYDRA operations. The final HYDRA stronghold is located and Rogers leads an attack to stop Schmidt from using WMDs on American cities. In the resulting fight on board Schmidt’s plabe carrying the tesseract, Schmidt is killed and Rogers crashes the plane into the Arctic. Stark later recovers the tesseract from the ocean floor, but is unable to locate Rogers or the aircraft.

Rogers awakens in a 1940s-style hospital room. Deducing that something is wrong due to an anachronistic radio broadcast, he flees outside into what is revealed to be present-day Times Square. There Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) informs him he has been “asleep” for nearly 70 years.

In the post-credits scene, Fury approaches Rogers, proposing a mission with worldwide ramifications.

In my opinion, this was a thoroughly enjoyable film with some pretty good special effects and lays the foundations for this years “Avengers” movie.  I think It has been very clever how they have managed to link the Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America films for the “Avengers” movie. I just hope it satisfies my expectations. Anyway, as a Science Fiction Superhero film I thought Captain America was pretty good.  I think it’s always nice to see how superheroes start and where they get their powers from.  In addition, I thought Chris Evans was awesome as captain america. Although I must admit I thought he was going to say “flame on” at one point :).

So well worth a watch in my opinion.

What do you think?

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Hi all,

I have been waiting for this for a while, the official trailer for the Avengers movie out next year…… Enjoy 🙂

I can’t wait….

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Watch this amazing trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger.

This is another film I am really looking forward to. THIS LOOKS AWESOME…..

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Hi all,

As it it’s going to be a bumper time with superhero films in the next couple years it got me to thinking about the stinkers, the ones that didn’t quiet make it up to the mark. As not every superhero film is a smash hit. Sometimes a superhero’s biggest nemesis is bad acting, horrible writing and ghastly special effects. There are some really bad ones out so I have complied a list. Here is my Top 5, or should I say worst 5, of the worst superhero films.

5. Captain America (1990)

You’d be forgiven for thinking the forthcoming ‘Captain America’ movie is the first major film featuring the patriotic superhero.

But you’d be wrong; there was a little known ‘Captain America’ effort in 1990.

Expected to capitalise on the success of the previous year’s superhero blockbuster, ‘Batman’, posters sprung everywhere of Captain America’s iconic shield, emblazoned with the claim that the film was “coming Spring 1990 to theatres everywhere”.

Sadly, because of the film’s low budget feel, bizarre character changes (the Nazi Red Skull was changed to an Italian fascist for the movie for no apparent reason) and shoddy make up it bypassed cinemas completely and went straight to DVD.

4. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Following the box office disappointments of ‘Superman III’ and spin-off ‘Supergirl’ (which also very nearly made this list), producer Ilya Salkind sold the rights to Cannon Films.

In a bid to persuade a reluctant Christopher Reeve to reprise his most famous role, they promised him story input for the fourth film.

Deciding he wanted Superman to end the threat of nuclear war, the story features Superman fighting a goofy looking villain called Nuclear Man – complete with 80s bouffant hairdo.

Superman tackling social issues and Gene Hackman returning as Lex Luthor following his non involvement from the last film – what could go wrong?

Well everything to be honest.  I thought this was really bad, and a shame really.

It did not help that Cannon slashed the budget in half, resulting in a laughably bad climatic fight scene and poor special effects? It was Reeve’s last big screen outing as Superman.

3. Barb Wire (1996)

The movie that made Pam Anderson a superstar! Not quite…actually that movie would come a few years later when she did the sex tape with Tommy Lee. Based on the Dark Horse comic book, Anderson plays the title character who owns a nightclub, dances topless, and who just happens to be a bounty hunter and mercenary on the side. It is so horrifically bad one might think Dark Horse would burn every existing copy of the comic series to distance their selves from the travesty. Only watchable for diehard Anderson fans

2. Batman (1966)

The original Batman film falls squarely into the “so bad it’s good” category. In an effort to take advantage of the enormously popular TV show, 20th Century Fox releases this “big budget” theatrical film.

The budget turned out to be less than $2 million dollars and it shows, particularly in the famous rubber shark sequence where Batman has to use his trusty “Bat Shark Repellent” spray.

The Dynamic Duo squared off against the four greatest villains: Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Cat-Woman who turned the members of the United World Security council to powder by dehydrating them. Sure, it had all the campiness of the TV show and more, but weren’t fans expecting and deserving of more in a theatrical release?

1. The Fantastic Four (1994)

Please Don’t confuse this with the recent versions of the ‘Fantastic Four’ which I thought were pretty good, They were a million miles more impressive than the 1994 effort.

Perhaps it’s not a very fair comparison, considering the ultra low budget film was never intended to be released, and was in fact only shot to ensure that the filmmaker kept the rights.

But I watched this recently and it was truly bad. It is very easy to find on the internet.  The film while goofily enjoyable at times, is, I think, one of the worst superhero films ever made. The low budget charm of the ‘special effects’ soon wears off, and you’re left watching a film that feels more amateur theatre than a movie version of one of Marvel’s best known comic creations.

Here is a trailer to show you how bad it really was….

There are plenty of other films that did not make the list. So,please forgive me if I have left any off. So, what do you think? Do you agree with my top 5. Let me know.

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