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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

GOTG_Payoff_1-Sht_v4b_LgGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan

Directed by: James Gunn

VERY MINOR SPOILERS

It’s official: Marvel Studios cannot be stopped. Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie that oozes confidence. Simply put, there’s nothing quite like it out in theaters right now, and there hasn’t been a movie like this in a long, long time. This is Marvel throwing their weight around, effectively daring the general movie going audience to see a movie that features a talking raccoon and his best friend, a giant walking tree. This is a movie directed by James Gunn, who’s most known for smaller scale films like Slither, Super, and Tromeo and Juliet. The lead actor is on an NBC sitcom that doesn’t get nearly the ratings it should, and the most well known star of the film isn’t even seen, but heard. Not only that, but the soundtrack, which features a ton of pop songs from the 70’s and 80’s, is far from the norm when it come to big budget superhero flicks. None of this should work. Read the rest of this entry

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2014 Summer Movie Preview!

Yes, the summertime is almost here, and you know what that means……no, not going outside and going to the beach, summer movies! Just like summer movie seasons past, the slate of summer 2014 blockbusters is full of superheroes, aliens, and big explosions. However, there is a lack of DC being represented…

Anyways, here are the top summer movies that I’m looking forward to, starting with a certain webslinger that you all know I’m fond of:

the-amazing-spider-man-2-poster The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2nd)

Amazing Spider-Man 2 now rests in my brain as a paradox. I am equally anxious for it and dreading it, mainly due to some changes that may or may not have been made regarding the Green Goblin’s lineage. My spidey sense is also tingling about the news that Sony has plans for Venom and Sinister Six spin off, which means this may end up being the Iron Man 2 of the rebooted series.

Despite this, I am looking forward to seeing Spidey on the big screen again. Andrew Garfield continues to strengthen my belief that he’s a far superior webslinger to Tobey Maguire, Emma Stone is adorable as always, and Electro, a villain I’ve been waiting to see since the credits rolled on Sam Raimi’s first film back in 2002, is finally making his big screen debut. I may not like it after watching it, but I’m still excited for Amazing Spider-Man 2.

 

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We Live In An “Avengers” World

the-avengers-marvel-movie-image-412-11The other night I watched ABC’s Marvel: Assembling A Universe special, and was taken aback at how far we’ve come since that fateful day on May 2nd, 2008 when Iron Man first hit theaters. Back then, The Avengers was nothing more than a rumor, a pipe dream that we comic book nerds wished would happen, but tempered our expectations because it would probably never happen, and most undoubtedly suck.

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Are the Guardians of the Galaxy….a bunch of A-Holes?

Guardians of the Galaxy posterWe’ve finally gotten our first look at the biggest Marvel Studios gamble since Thor: Guardians of the Galaxy. More so than the God of Thunder’s first foray into cinemas, this rag tag team of cosmic heroes has a LOT riding on it.  Sure, past Marvel movies featured a guy in a robot suit, a thunder god, and a guy who turns into a giant green monster when he’s pissed, but those were all characters that some percentage of the “normies” had an idea about. Guardians features TWO green people, a lead most known for playing a slob on Parks and Rec, a talking tree, and a surly raccoon (which is totally awesome, by the way).  How is the general public going to react to this movie? Read the rest of this entry