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Avengers Age of Ultron Podcast Special



Clark Gregg Interview Trust Me

Clark Gregg wrote, directed & starred in his indie film, “Trust Me.”  He plays a Hollywood agent, Howard Holiday who manages young talent.  The movie provides keen insight to what happens between action & cut in the cut-throat world of show business.  The cast is solid too. Sam Rockwell, Felicity Huffman, Amanda Peet & William H. Macy.  You’ll hear how Clark runs his set, motivates his actors & admits to a bit of ‘guerrilla filmmaking.’

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Avengers *NO SPOILERS*

Published by in Movie Review on May 4th, 2012 | Comments Off on REVIEW: Marvel’s The Avengers *NO SPOILERS*

Marvel’s The Avengers defies all logic.  Writer/Director JOSS WHEDON gets the credit with bringing his cinematic vision to life.  On top of that, six generations of Marvel Comic Book writers get their day in the sun, as they should.  Here’s the assignment.  Take Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, Black Widow & Hawkeye and put them all together in one film that makes actual sense.  In a covert world, this is called, “The Avengers Initiative.”  I’d say the mission was a complete & utter success.

The reason is layered.  Let’s tear right into it.  Good Storytelling. Formidable Foes.  Good Acting.  Eye-Popping Special Effects.  Just enough back story on each character.  Genuine Excitement. Smart Humor.  Perfect Tone.  If there’s anything wrong with The Avengers, let someone else bring it to the table.  I was just jacked up on adrenaline.  What’s happened here is a movie miracle.

There’s so much riding on a movie like this.  Not for the studio, but for the fans.  When a comic book movie comes out & falls short of hitting the mark, who always gets burned, the fans.   The Avengers gives Fanboys & Fangirls the right to pump their fists & revel in the fact that their beloved Marvel characters were well taken care of by Mr. Whedon.

Go see The Avengers in theaters. If you’re lucky enough to afford paying full freight, go see it in IMAX 3D. You will not be disappointed.  I can’t imagine anyone not liking this film.  This is what movie-going is all about.

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Film Freak Movie Talk Show Podcast 3.17.12

This week on the show, the stars of Disney’s “John Carter” stop by to chat with Leo about the epic movie. Leo goes over the Top 10 at the box office, and gives you tons of updates on “Avengers” and the upcoming Sin City 2!



VIDEO: The Avengers Japanese Trailer EXTRA FOOTAGE!

This is scorching hot!  Take a gander at the brand new Japanese movie trailer for, “The Avengers.”  Lots of never-before-seen footage.  It’s lookin’ to me like Joss Whedon is gonna rock the world, Marvel Style!



Captain America: The First Avenger Movie Review

Steve Rogers is just a scrawny kid from Brooklyn.  His passion isn’t unique.  Like many brave men at the time, he wanted to serve his country by crushing Hitler & the Nazis.  This premise sets in motion the 70 year history of arguably the most famous Marvel Comics superhero, Captain America.

The muscle makeover makes the movie.  The special effects used to create the anemic Chris Evans were incredible.  His hair was even thinner.  I like the skinny Steve Rogers.  He never takes no for an answer. He never backs down from a fight, even though everyone else is twice his size.  More that that, he’s a good man with heart, tons of it.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” exemplifies the American Dream.  If you try at something long enough, someday you’ll get your day in the sun. That and the help of a military top secret, never-been-tested, state-of-the-art molecular-altering human weaponizer machine.  Hey, it’s a movie.  Here’s what you do genius:  Go with the flow.  It’s called, suspension of disbelief.  This is not ‘The Rabbit Hole.’  It’s Captain Frikkin’ America!

Hugo Weaving was perfect as Johann Schmidt AKA Red Skull . Some will cry out that this is simplistic U.S. Rah Rah.  Point taken.  For me, I thought it was solid summertime entertainment at the movies.

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Thor Movie Review – EXCLUSIVE

Let’s start with the end of the movie.  When you go see “Thor,” you must wait a full 7 minutes until the final screen credits.  There’s a scene with more movie, more intrigue, more of an upcoming direction.  That’s all I’m going to say.

For 50-year old director Kenneth Branagh,  “Thor” was forty years in the making.   The God Of Thunder debuted as a Marvel Comics’ Superhero in 1962.  As a starry eyed kid in Belfast Ireland, little Kenny buried his face into Thor’s universe.  I find it fascinating & miraculous that this kid somehow manifested a path to bring these larger than life characters to the big screen.   The second I found out that bit of information, my mind was set at ease.  Who better to take us on a ride in this world?  Fanboys have the passion!

The cast is solid.  Natalie Portman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba & Chris Hemsworth as “Thor.”  The tone of the film has more of a definite Sci-Fi edge than previous Marvel films like “Iron Man” or “Spiderman.”  This time there are two worlds in addition to Earth.  The synopsis: Thor, the son of Odin of Asgard, gets banished to Earth sans his powers.  All I can say is, conflict lies within the family.

There’s also a bit of a love story going on here too.  Amidst all the Norse/earthling craziness, Natalie Portman manages to keep pulling the movie back into a realistic place.  Special shout out to Natalie who kept “Thor” eco-friendly by insisting the big Hollywood production do away with using thousands of plastic bottles on set.

A couple of technical things.  “Thor” has amazing sound & visuals.  I love onscreen acceleration.  “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “The Matrix,” “Apollo 13.”  Kenneth Branagh & his special effects team crushed it.  It’s very exciting to watch.  Did you know there were over 150 movie prop hammers used in the filming of  “Thor?”  The hammer named, Mjolnir was created to be an extension of Thor.  There were highly detailed, custom made metal hammers. By the same token, there were hammers constructed of lightweight foam.   The filmmakers were sticklers about having Chris Hemsworth holding Mjolnir in the exact same poses as Thor in the comic books.

I’m kinda 3D’ed out, but it works here.  “Thor” was built for 3D.  “Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil,” not-so-much.  You’ll have a terrific time watching this on a regular movie screen.  If you’re willing to pay the extra freight, “Thor” is playing on IMAX.  This is an epic summer movie.  If you don’t have fun with this, just stay home & watch “Revolutionary Road” on Netflix.  If that’s you, you’re bummin’ me out.   My advice, get out there & catapult into the Marvel Universe!  You’ll be glad you did! “Thor” is rated PG-13

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“Thor” Hammers into the Summer Box Office Blood Bath!

“Thor” looks fun.  What’s not to like here?  Oscar Season will be behind us in a few weeks.  Then it’s time to loosen up, grab a tub of popcorn & prepare for escapism.  Geeks of the world will unite for Marvel Comic Icon, Thor.

“Thor” opens in theaters May 6th, 2011

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