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Avengers: Infinity War Review

It’s been 10 years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. Over these 10 years Marvel has released 18 movies. Each one telling its own story while also contributing to an overarching narrative, while sometimes the interconnected story may have seemed forced or even created a barrier for entry for late comers, seeing all those threads finally come together is an event not to be missed.

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Spartacus: War of the Damned at Comic-Con

The first trailer for the final season of the hit Starz series Spartacus has been shown at comic-con.

Spartacus: War of the Damned looks to be filled with just as much gore and sex as the previous seasons.  It seems like the show had such a short run, three seasons (four if you count the prequel, Gods of the Arena), but it does seem, from a storytelling angle, it is time for the show to come to an end.  Even though most people know how Spartacus is going to end the show looks like it will be a hell of a ride to get to the tragic conclusion.

Check out the trailer below.


The 2012 Oscar Nominees

This years marks the 84th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, which will take place on the 26th of February.  The Oscar will be hosted by Billy Crystal, after Eddie Murphy stepped down.  Take a look at the full list of the nominations below and leave a comment saying who you would like to see win.

BEST PICTURE

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

‘The Help’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘Moneyball’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir ‘A Better Life’

George Clooney ‘The Descendants’

Jean Dujardin ‘The Artist’

Gary Oldman ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Brad Pitt ‘Moneyball’

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Jonah Hill ‘Moneyball’

Nick Nolte ‘Warrior’

Christopher Plummer ‘Beginners’

Max von Sydow ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close ‘Albert Nobbs’

Viola Davis ‘The Help’

Rooney Mara ‘The Girl with the Drag on Tattoo’

Meryl Streep ‘The Iron Lady’

Michelle Williams ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo ‘The Artist’

Jessica Chastain ‘The Help’

Melissa McCarthy ‘Bridesmaids’

Janet McTeer ‘Albert Nobbs’

Octavia Spencer ‘The Help’

Animated Feature Film
‘A Cat in Paris’

‘Chico & Rita’

‘Kung Fu Panda 2’

‘Puss in Boots’

‘Rango’

ART DIRECTION

‘The Artist’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘War Horse’

CINEMATOGRAPHY

‘The Artist’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

COSTUME DESIGN

‘Anonymous’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Jane Eyre’

‘W.E.’

DIRECTING

Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’

Alexander Payne ‘The Descendants’

Martin Scorsese ‘Hugo’

Woody Allen ‘Midnight in Paris’

Terrence Malick ‘The Tree of Life’

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

‘Hell and Back Again’

‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’

‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’

‘Pina’

‘Undefeated’

Documentary Short Subject

‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’

‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’

‘Incident in New Baghdad’

‘Saving Face’

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’

FILM EDITING

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

Foreign Language Film

‘Bullhead’ (Belgium)

‘Footnote’ (Israel)

‘In Darkness’ (Poland)

‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (Canada)

‘A Separation’ (Iran)

MAKEUP

‘Albert Nobbs’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘The Iron Lady’

Music (Original Score)

‘The Adventures of Tintin’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

‘War Horse’

Music (Original Song)

‘Man or Muppet’ The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

‘Real in Rio’ Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

‘Dimanche/Sunday’

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

‘La Luna’

‘A Morning Stroll’

‘Wild Life’

Short Film (Live Action)

‘Pentecost’

‘Raj u’

‘The Shore’

‘Time Freak’

‘Tuba Atlantic’

SOUND EDITING

‘Drive’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

SOUND MIXING

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

VISUAL EFFECTS

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Real Steel’

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

What do you think?  Who would you like to see win?  Are you favourite actors or films there?  Is there anyone you just know is going to win?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.  If you want to follow me on Twitter my profile is https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, I follow back providing it’s not spam.


Thor Movie Review

Marvel’s latest pre-avengers film hit cinemas recently.  Was it all just a mindless action flick or does it also have a good plot?

The movie takes place in three worlds; Asgard (Thor’s world), Jotunheim (a land populated by ice giants) and Earth (the place where you’re computer currently is).  Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to |Earth after he leads his friends into battle with the ice giants, thus breaking the peace.  Thor lands on Earth only to be run over by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her research team.  Knowing that she’s onto something, S.H.I.E.L.D agents confiscate Jane’s research.  They also seal off the area around Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, which you may remember from an after the credits scene of Iron Man 2.  Back in Asgard Thor’s father Odin becomes sick and falls into a coma and Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes over, with a confusing plan that doesn’t make all that much sense.

The graphics were great, especially the weather effects.  There are plenty of explosions to satisfy action fans.  I liked how a large amount of time was given to show how Thor got banished, but after the movie was over I couldn’t help but think that time could have been better spent.  The actors were great.  Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth were excellently cast and the two have so much chemistry together.  Ultimately, the audience is left dissatisfied at the end.  I went with two other people and they both agreed that the end was disappointing.  This disappointment was increased when I told them the news that Portman would not be appearing in The Avengers movie.

The movie differs from the original comic series.  Portman’s character, Jane Foster, has been given a modernised role.  In the comics she is a nurse, which made sense because Thor was trapped in the body or a doctor named Donald Blake.  In the movie Thor gets to keep his own identity when he arrives on Earth.  I think this decision really paid off as much of the humour comes from his lack of knowledge of Earth customs.  The name Donald Blake is actually used in the movie briefly so keep an ear out.

While the ending wasn’t exactly fulfilling, the rest of the journey was exciting and full of action.  Some of the plot was hard to follow; it kind of felt like it was rushed or just not thought through enough.  The actors have been signed on to reprise their roles in two more Thor films, which will hopefully be made.  I’m not entirely sure how the ending will fight in with the Avengers film, but if they can find a way to bring Captain America into it, despite that fact that he should be an old man in the time period the movie is based in, I’m sure they’ll fit Thor in too.  Just a note, there is a scene after the credits, I missed it and if you do too you can read about it online.

What do you think?  Do you like the changes they’ve made to the plot?  Did you like the ending?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Lucy Lawless Returns in Spartacus Season 2

Despite what you may have thought from the finale of the first season, Lucy Lawless will be returning for season two of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which has suitably been titled Spartacus: Vengeance.

At the end of season one, Lawless’s character, Lucretia, was stabbed in the stomach by Crixus and left for dead.  However, it appears that the wound was not fatal and she will be making a full recovery.  Can’t help but think that a trained killer like Crixus really should have notice he hadn’t cut deep enough to kill her.  Lawless, though happy to be returning, does not expect it to last ‘I’m in season two, but I probably won’t be in season three… I fully expect to die’.

Other characters may also be reappearing this season.  Rumour is that Gannicus will also be coming back.  I’d bet money this rumour is true, they introduced him for a reason and it wasn’t just to have him ride off into the sunset, plus historically he fought in the Third Servile War, which is the slave rebellion that started at the end of Blood and Sand.  Also Oenomaus is in the rebellion, so Gannicus has to join or he’d look like a jerk.

Who would you like to see return?  What do you want to happen in season two?  Personally I want Lucretia to kick Ilithyia for locking the door.  Don’t forget to vote and leave a comment below.


Battle: Los Angeles

Don’t you just hate when, on the day you’re supposed to retire, aliens invade completely derailing your plans?  Okay so there are a lot of plot points that are cliché, but Battle: Los Angeles does look like it’s going to be a great action movie, packed full of explosions.

The story is a simple one that we’ve seen many times before.  The military fight to protect the world from evil invading aliens, who, for some reason, are (or at least use) robots.  The characters are given the standard back stories; one was a sergeant in Afghanistan who is grieving the loss of his soldiers, another’s about to become a father, then there’s the one whose brother served, and died, under the aforementioned sergeant.

So it’s not the most original movie out there, in fact from first glance I thought I was watching a trailer for Transformers 3.  Interestingly, I was all set to write a bad review about it until I seen the longer trailer (below).  If you like action, then this is definitely a film you should be interested in and it comes out tomorrow, the 11th of March, so you don’t even have long to wait.  Also, the movie is 2D, thankfully.  This is because the director felt that combining 3D with handheld cameras would make people throw up.

The inspiration for the movie came from a falsely suspected air raid of Los Angeles that took place during the Second World War and from YouTube videos of Marines fighting in Fallujah.  The intention was to make the movie a realistic depiction of an alien invasion and the war that would ensue.

The film stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Lucas Till, Ne-Yo and Ramon Rodriguez.  It was directed by, South African director, Jonathan Liebesman.  If you’re still undecided about whether or not to see Battle: Los Angeles watch the trailer below, but don’t get too upset if it doesn’t look like Los Angeles because it was shot in Louisiana.


The Avengers

Today is a special day; it’s the last of the three part superhero marathon.  To finish up we’re going to discuss the upcoming Avengers movie.  We’ll also be talking about some members of the Avengers that didn’t get their own section, either because they aren’t getting a solo movie or because their solo movie is already released.

Many heroes have joined the Avengers over the years, but the original members were Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, The Wasp and Ant-Man.  However, the timeline was rewritten to make Captain America a founding member in place of Hulk.  The Avengers were formed when Thor’s adopted brother Loki accidentally gets all five heroes in the same place at the same time.

Iron Man is the story of a rich man who decided to become a superhero.  The concept for Iron Man was to create a character that nobody would like and make them like him.  To achieve this, they made him everything that was hated at the time.  The Cold War was happening so they made him a rich weapons manufacturer, in a time where everyone was poor and sick of war.

The recent Iron Man movies have been a complete success and characters from the films will be appearing in the Avengers movie.  Iron Man, Natasha Romanoff and Phil Coulson will all be returning, but War Machine will not.

The Hulk was an incredibly bad movie in 2003, but in 2008 they went back and did it again, with better results.  Rumours of a sequel start spreading around, but they were delayed because of the Avengers movie.  The Hulk will not only be in the Avengers movie, he may also have a few sequels after it.  There is a downside to this uplifting story of a green man, he has been recast.  Edward Norton played Bruce Banner in the 2008 film, but he will not be returning, the following statement was released;

‘Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members,’ said marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige in a statement.  ‘The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H., Chris E., Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented cast.  We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfils these requirements and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.’

They went with Mark Ruffalo.

Hawkeye is also set to be in the Avengers movie.  He will be played by Jeremy Renner.  Renner has announced that the costume will not be the one from the comics, it will be something more ‘reality based’.  Here’s what I think of that.

Hawkeye started out as a villain, but then joined the Avengers as their ass kicking, arrow slinging companion.  Like most of the heroes in the upcoming film, he does not have superpowers.  However, he is a great archer and has several ‘trick arrows’, a lot like DC’s Green Arrow, who was created over 20 years before Hawkeye.

Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, and he won’t be working alone.  Cobie Smulders will be portraying agent Maria Hill.  Cobie was one of the front runners to play Wonder Woman, but unfortunately the movie, which would have been directed by Joss Whedon, never got made.

Whedon will be directing the Avengers movie, which is set to hit cinemas on the 4th of May 2012.  Whedon is a great director, who really cares about the characters in the movie, so it is in good hands.  The Avengers looks like it’s going to be an amazing cinematic event, lucky we don’t need to wait too long to get a taste of the action as Captain America and Thor are both being released this year.

This may be the last part of my superhero marathon, but still check back tomorrow for another post.  Leave a comment and vote below or you’re supporting the destruction of lids on coffee cups.