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Iron Man 2, 2010 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on April 29, 2010

Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Clark Gregg, Samuel L Jackson

This review by Ben Mortimer

Two years ago, as the first Iron Man film was being showered in almost universal praise, there was one criticism levelled at it in review after review – that it lacked action set pieces. It’s safe to say this won’t be a sticking point for viewers of the sequel, as it is packed to the gills with fight sequences.

The problem with this new action-packed take on Iron Man, however, is that much of the action feels like it’s been crow bared in. At each crash of a super-suited fist the film trips over itself, as story and characters are temporarily sidelined to satisfy Another Pointless Super Scrap. This is particularly true early on in the film, with the introduction of Whiplash.

Taking place about twenty minutes in, we know too much about the character for him to feel mysterious, but not enough to particularly care about why he’s fighting Stark. This is unfortunate, because, with the exception of a couple of fairly slapstick moments, this is one of the better executed action sequences in the film (more on that later).

In the midst of all of this unnecessary action, are some very strong elements. The characters are generally well rounded, even if the story itself lacks any real thrust, and as with the first film, the performances are almost universally excellent. The main exception to this is Mickey Rourke as Whiplash. With a loosely-sketched back story, and a very linear arc, he simply isn’t interesting enough to be the film’s key villain, and Rourke struggles to imbue the character with any real personality.

In addition to the well rounded characters, there were several references back to small but memorable elements of the first film that pay-off some of the support players, although these references are small potatoes compared with the wealth of references to films to come, from Black Widow’s blue SHIELD catsuit to Agent Coulson being sent to deal with Thor. There is also a reference to Tony Stark’s future alcoholism, although it seems unlikely that an audience could really sit through a third ‘wayward Tony Stark makes good’-story.

In spite of these positive elements, the film has some serious down sides. The plot is functional but empty, and Tony’s quest to find a hidden message from his father is logic defying. If the subject of the message were so important why is it hidden, and more to the point, why was it not mentioned in the first film?

The biggest issue the film has, however, is that watching two men fight with masks on is ultimately unsatisfying. No matter how much damage we see the suit take, and how little energy/control the occupant has, it’s nearly impossible to connect with them when we can’t see their face. Iron Man solved this by having Stark and Stane remove their helmets for the final battle. The sequel ignores this technique, but fails to come up with an alternative, resulting in several dull fights, including what should have been the climactic battle.

Ultimately, and despite its flaws, Iron Man 2 is still a fun and enjoyable film, filled with a great deal to like. It might not be a patch on its predecessor, but it is considerably better than many of the other films within its genre.

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Thor – Trailer…well a fan made one

Posted by LiveFor on April 24, 2010

I love me a good fan made trailer and this is kind of cool while we wait for something more official from Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.

An arrogant Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast to Earth from Asgard as a weakling to learn, where he falls in love and encounters a familiar enemy and some new allies.

Footage from: Ca$h [2010], Outlander [2008], Brothers [2009], Hulk [2003], Alexander [2004], Troy [2004], Van Helsing [2004], Defendor [2010], Angels And Demons [2009], A Perfect Getaway [2009], Superman Returns [2006], Hellboy [2004], Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D [1998], and the trailer for The Clash Of The Titans, Swat, Spartan, Marvel Ultimate Alliance VG, Soundbites from the animated ‘Hulk Vs Thor’

Music from Immediate Music ‘Heaven’s Warriors’ and ‘Distant Thunder’

NOTE: Using all available info about the upcoming Thor movie [2011], I started collecting scenes and similar shots from other movies with the listed cast. Yes, Chris Hemsworth lost his wig on the rainbow bridge upon entering Earth. Tom Hiddleston (Loki) has not starred in any readily available movies so he was merely implied here. Natalie Portman plays a caring wife ‘Brothers’ so that was easy; Stellan Skarsgaard (Angels & Demons) as the expert on Norse Mythology; Clark Gregg (Iron Man, Spartan) as the SHIELD Agent; Sir Anthony Hopkins(Alexander) as Odin; and Kat Dennings (Defendor) as a new character.

I’m expecting alot from this movie and this is how I envision Kenneth Branagh will direct it.


Source: Collider

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500 Days of Summer – Photo Collage

Posted by LiveFor on May 14, 2009

A photo collage using images from 500 Days of Summer, with music by The Temper Trap.

Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Scott Neustadter
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg

Release: July 17, 2009

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500 Days of Summer – Photo Collage

Posted by LiveFor on May 14, 2009

A photo collage using images from 500 Days of Summer, with music by The Temper Trap.

Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Scott Neustadter
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg

Release: July 17, 2009

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UPDATED: Iron Man 2 – Gregg Clark is back as Agent Coulson, Kate Mara joins the crew – Will she be Bethany Cabe?

Posted by LiveFor on April 23, 2009

Jon Favreau has been busy filming Iron Man 2 over at Manhatten Beach. He has been twittering away about how it is all going.

Wrapped. Heading home. Robert was on fire. We’re hitting our
stride

Scarlett’s first day. Very exciting.

According to THR, Kate Mara has joined the cast, but it is not clear who she will be playing. Choke writer/director/actor Clark Gregg has officially returned to reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Small cameo roles have also been shot featuring actors Garry Shandling and Gary Oldman. Apparantly Shandling will play a Senator who feels that the Iron Man technology should be in the hands of the Government. No news on who Oldman will be playing although he reminds me of a techie kind of character from the old comics. I just can’t remember the name.

Any idea who Mara could be playing in the film?

UPDATE: Jens H. Altmann’s has suggested the characters of Mrs Arbogast(Stark’s secretary) or Bethany Cabe. As Jens says, Cabe (picture below) is the more likely of the two. Check out Jen’s web site by the way.

Cabe first met Anthony Stark at a reception at the Carnelian embassy in New York City. Cabe and Stark became romantically involved with each other soon after Stark hired her as part of his security team.

When Stark first began drinking heavily, Cabe worried he was destroying himself as her husband had. Unlike van Tilburg, Stark asked for Cabe’s help in overcoming his alcoholism and with her aid he succeeded.

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500 Days of Summer – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on March 4, 2009

This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of 500 Days of Summer, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true to life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man’s no-holds-barred love affair.

Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Scott Neustadter
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg

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