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Does the first Iron Man movie make sense?

The more times I watch Iron Man, the more confused I get about the plot. Specifically, what EXACTLY is Obadiah Stane’s plan?

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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie review

I was entertained by Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I also have to rip it to shreds.  There’s a lot to like, but honestly, it’s a bladder punishing two hours and twenty minutes that carries too much bloat.  
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Iron Man 3 movie review

Iron Man 3 wasn’t quite what I thought it was going to be, but it was still a good time at the movies.

While we’ll see Iron Man again in the Avengers sequels, this will be the final solo adventure for the Armored Avenger. I guess I thought IM3 would be more in the vein of Dark Knight Rises, but this movie was a bit more fun and not nearly as dark. Even when Tony is at his lowest, he’s never really alone… not that any of his super powered buddies show up. (This movie makes you wonder why he doesn’t call in Captain America or SHIELD about a dozen times.)

This movie has impressive scope, action (in ways I didn’t see coming from characters/actors I didn’t think were this bad ass capable), visual effects and a story that’ll keep you in your seat. I wouldn’t recommend jumping in if you missed the first two installments, but Iron Man 3 isn’t just a genre flick – it’s a quality action movie. I give it an 8 out of 10.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you’ll want to stop ready now. Otherwise, meet me after the jump for more discussion! Read the rest of this entry

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Review

sherlock-holmes-a-game-of-shadowsstars-fourIf you enjoyed the 2009 joint venture of Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law and Guy Ritchie that was Sherlock Holmes, then I have every reason to believe that you’ll be happy with Sherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows.  But, if you hated the first one, this episode isn’t going to change your mind, although for my part, I enjoyed it more than the first flick.

spoiler alert

I could recap the plot, but, at this point, you’ve probably already seen the movie and if you didn’t, don’t spoil it.  From here, I’m going to dig into a few points I feel are worth of discussion.

1. Holmes had that crazy web on his wall that connects multiple murders, terrorist attacks, and business acquisitions to Professor James Moriarty how, exactly?  The connection itself was that it all somehow benefited arms manufacturing, but how he connected that to Moriarty, I either never understood or have forgotten.  Pretty sure Holmes said Moriarty was too smart to leave any evidence…  blah.

2.  I don’t believe Irene Adler is really dead, but instead, Moriarty is just letting Holmes think she is.  This way, he (and the audience) must take Moriarty’s threat to kill Watson and his wife seriously and with Adler still alive, he can use her as an asset later.  Or, she can wake up at beginning of the next movie in some sanatorium and once again become Holmes love interest.

3.  I usually hate slow motion, but I think Guy Ritchie made very good use of it.  I’m a fan of his style, and although I wouldn’t exactly call this movie as stylized as, say, RocknRolla, it’s still a Guy Ritchie movie.  I heard one critic say they thought that the movie’s colors were to drab, but I was OK with that.  However, it’s all gray palate doesn’t give the audience a lot of help when it comes to changing locals; if this were a quiz about what cities the movie took place

4.  Is Mycroft Holmes awesome or what?  If Sherlock is eccentric, Mycroft is completely insane – and it’s great!

5. A good portion of the movie focused on finding this Rene guy, and since I had no idea who he was, that didn’t really interest me.  Of course, since we see later that he’s been surgically altered to look like someone else, showing him earlier in the film would have been confusing… maybe a flashback would have helped…  if there was more Rene in the film before the finale, I can’t remember it.

6.  I loved that Moriarty tricked Holmes concerning the location of the bomb – that was awesome.  Good act 2 twist – Holmes can be beaten by this villain.

The movie is playful, funny and action packed.  The actors all deliver fine performances and Guy Ritchie directs his ass off.  It’s not Shakespeare, but it gets the job done.

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Iron Man 2 Movie Review

iron man 2Given that Iron Man 2 is coming to DVD and Blu Ray on September 28, I thought it was as good a time as any to take a critical look at Robert Downey Jr. as the Armored Avenger.  Be warned:  the following review contains spoilers (yeah, spoilers for a movie that made $128,122,480 in its opening weekend at 4,380 theaters) and is a giant ‘whatever’ fest.  But read on…

You can’t talk about Iron Man without gushing over its star, so let me get that out-of-the-way.  Robert Downey Jr. is the man, and he’s great in the Iron Man movies; whatever you think about the Iron Man films, you can’t deny that.  The man has talent, and I can’t think of another instance where an actor had the opportunity to play a character he had so much in common with.  Maybe the movie version is a bit sillier than the comic book version, but it works. Read the rest of this entry

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