Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier


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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the sequel to 2011 blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger and follows up after events of Avengers. Captain America:TWS is one of the strongest films by Marvel Studios.

The plot of Captain America: TWS is simply mindblowing, two years after cataclysmic events of The Avengers Steve Rogers is trying to blend into the current world and is working as a SHIELD agent at the same time. The film sets in Washington DC where Cap is currently living and in the first sequence we are introduced to Sam Wilson who will take on the mantle of Falcon as the film proceeds, Wilson who is also a war vet and involved in secret rescue missions apparently has his own post war issues as revealed when Rogers runs into Wilson at a P.T.S.D. support meeting.

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The first action sequence is well done and serves as a precursor to how much the choreography has improved in Cap’s fighting. Cap’ along with his S.H.I.E.L.D. partner Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillow) on a rescue mission aboard a ship taken over by French pirates. From the moment Cap’ boards the ship we are treated to a more impressive Captain America than seen in both The First Avenger and the Avengers. He is faster, more hard-hitting, and utilizes his shield in more creative and effective ways. This action scene was so impressive a late movie goer stumbled right into the middle of Cap’s fight scene with the main pirate and mistaken it’s intensity for the ending of the movie.
These sequences are also littered with great rapport building between Romanoff (Black Widow) and Rogers which continues throughout the movie. What’s so effective about these moments between Romanov and Rogers is that it’s done in a not so cheesy way. They portray a genuine friendship consisting of quips, interest in each one’s personal lives, and friendship. What’s also effective about the collaboration between the two is that they play off one another’s differences to their advantage in the field.

When the movie gains pace and the plot slowly begins to come to life, we realize the SHIELD is changing for worse. SHIELD is on a project to eliminate threats even before they start acting like a threat. Captain America as per his nature stands against what SHIELD is planning and in process makes himself public enemy #1.

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Among the villains in this film, the Winter Soldier is the standout amongst them.He’s cold, ruthless, brutal, scary, and an unstoppable force. Even when he is not in the film, his presence is felt throughout the film and how he’s been working in the shadows throughout the history.

When we slowly come to know that SHIELD has been infiltrated by HYDRA among every rank, Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon fight their way with destroying the project insight and in process getting some cool Easter Eggs.

Another villain played by Robert Redford’s character Alexander Pierce is as menacing and threatening as one can get. For the amazing actor Robert Redford is he made his presence and mission clear since the start of the movie and will go through any means possible to achieve it.

Russo Brothers about whom everyone skeptical when they were announced as the movie directors because they had nothing huge in their profiles actually proved to be an excellent choice to direct this film. It is great that they’ll be returning for the third installment that comes out in 2016.

Overall Captain America is an experience of the lifetime and the most solid entry by Marvel Studios.

Final Rating 5 out of 5

Wilson who is also a war vet and involved in secret rescue missions apparently has his own post war issues as revealed when Rogers runs into Wilson at a P.T.S.D. support meeting.
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Wilson who is also a war vet and involved in secret rescue missions apparently has his own post war issues as revealed when Rogers runs into Wilson at a P.T.S.D. support meeting.
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Interesting Facts on Malekith in HULK AND THE AGENTS OF SMASH


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Malekith along with the Dark Elves fromThor the Dark World make their appearance in Hulk and the Agents of Smash and since the episode “For Asgard” airred 4 months away from the film’s realease in November, Malekith and the Dark Elves now hold the record for appearing in the cartoons in MCU versions since seen in the Marvel Cinematic films.

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This version of Malekith he retains his iconic color scheme from the comics and around the end of the episode, he morphs his head into the shape of what he looks like in the real world’s mythology which is really demonically intimidating.

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the only thing disappointing about Malekith in this show is his voice sounding less like Christopher Eccleston and more wimpy toned as he was revealed in the end cast credits to have been voiced by James C Mathis III with the same accent that he used to voice King Cobra in The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Technically the voice over for this episode was done before the first Thor sequel trailer’s release so if Malekith appears in Ultimate Spider-Man season 3 and Avengers Assemble season 2, the casting director of those shows will be sure to have someone with a voice similar to Christopher Eccleston’s do the voice for the character otherwise that person is just as screwed as the one in charge of the voice casting in Hulk and the Agents of SMASH.

Malekith along with the Dark Elves from last years Thor the Dark Elves
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(Know Your Movies) Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out this week on April 4th and everyone who is still trying to make up their mind if they should go watch this movie or not, here is why you should be watching this movie.

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The main characters

A look at the main characters in the film is as follows.

The Black Widow

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Natasha Romanov, aka the Black Widow debuted in Iron Man 2 and then in Avengers. At times there are occasional rumors of her getting a solo movie sometime in the future,she has been through an excellent character development. The Black Widow is a former soviet spy turned an Avenger and part time Agent of SHIELD. In comics as well in the MCU its been hinted that she has a romantic relation with Hawkeye so it is going to be intriguing how this is going to proceed in future movies.

Falcon

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The filmmakers were interested in adding more of a tactical design to the Falcon costume than was represented in the comic books. Accordingly, they incorporated a lot of real-world webbing, straps, and gear. The final result was a costume that retained the iconic parts of the Falcon costume but stripped away the more comic book elements that would not work in the modern day. The Falcon costume takes actor Anthony Mackie 25 minutes to put on.

Bucky

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In the comics, Bucky Barnes was Captain America’s young sidekick during World War II; a fresh-faced 18 year-old just old enough to enlist. Years later, it was revealed the Bucky’s innocent exterior was a cover for his true purpose: while Captain America was the stars and stripes, Bucky had secretly been trained to act as Black Ops assassin, killing high priority targets during the war. In the comics, Bucky was killed in the same accident that would put Captain America on ice; on film, he was killed in a separate incident, falling from a train.

The Winter Soldier

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Years later, it was revealed that Bucky had survived the explosion depicted above, at the cost of his left arm. He landed in Soviet territories, where he was resuscitated. Suffering from amnesia, he was given a cybernetic arm and reprogrammed to act as a Soviet operative throughout the cold war – codename Winter Soldier. During this time, he would form a relationship with a fellow Soviet operative – the Black Widow. When not out on mission, Bucky was kept in a cryo-stasis that preserved his body over the decades. It wouldn’t be until the 21st century that the Winter Soldier would come into conflict with his former partner, Captain America.

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Reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre plays a French mercenary in the film. For the filmmakers, landing the popular MMA fighter for the role was a stroke of luck and good timing but is was equally a stroke of luck for Georges St-Pierre who was excited to get his first chance at being in a big action movie.

NICK FURY

the legendary director of the international peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D, is back at headquarters in Washington, D.C., following the success of his special team, The Avengers, in repelling an alien invasion of New York City. Now Fury is faced with a hidden enemy that threatens to put the world at risk.

ALEXANDER PIERCE

A high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and personal friend of Nick Fury’s, Pierce is respected and politically connected. Often the person who interfaces with prominent world officials, he is polished and well spoken, and presents a credible face to the world on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Captain America: Winter Soldier (The Ultimate Collection). The entire Ed Brubaker run on Captain America has been amazing but this one is more important of all.

The sequel pick-ups where The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

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Chris Evans returns as the iconic superhero Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. The Winter Soldier character, played by Sebastian Stan, was created for Marvel comics by Ed Brubaker in 2005. Though the character of Bucky Barnes existed previously in the Captain America comic books, he was killed off in WWII and not resurrected until Brubaker brought him back as the Winter Soldier.

Chris Evans truly had mixed martial arts training as the fighting techniques he employed in the film were a mixture of Parkour, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, karate, and boxing. The filmmakers believed that bringing Steve Rogers into the modern day also meant that he had studied and mastered modern fighting styles and techniques. Evans also willingly engaged in gymnastics training. That training had a big payoff when it came time to shoot fight sequences like the Elevator Fight.

Captain America gets a new “stealth” suit—a navy blue, utilitarian-looking suit that moves fluidly. Since Captain America is working in special ops in the new film, it was only logical that he would not be wearing a target on his chest when on clandestine missions. So the filmmakers opted for a suit that would have texture and look more real world with a Kevlar-based ballistic component that would protect Captain America but at the same time function like a military uniform.

Triskelion. Fans will get to see multiples of the 2.0 version of the helicarrier as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters based in a building called the Triskelion in Washington, D.C. The Triskelion is a newly designed, state-of-the-art facility that fits seamlessly into the backdrop of Washington.

Here is the official synopsis for Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C., and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widown, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Trailer reaction: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has finally
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First trailer for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been released and as expected was a cause of massive outrage from the fans.

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Personally I think it was average, from trailer it looks like an okiesh timepass popcorn flick without reaching the possibilities of a great turtles movie that it could be. Someone the key points in this movies are.

The Japanese influence is kind of present. Perhaps new villain Eric Sachs is shown as a a sort of ‘collector of antiquities’ with a personal affinity for Feudal Japan in particular. This makes villain’s role and backstory changed drastically on massive levels, but seems to have a major effect on all of the plot and origin of the movie. Actor William Fitchner has confirmed he is indeed The Shredder, so it will be interesting to see how or if Oroku Saki plays a role in this.

The turtles are huge. Normally the turtles are shown as either average-height, or slightly shorter at around  5ft tall. But in this trailer turtles look huge that has freaked most of the fans including me. They are supposed to be stealthy and sized around to fit in manholes atleast.

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“Heroes are not born, they are created. That’s what your father and I were trying to do.”
For a major relief it looks like the alien origins of the turtles have been removed and they have decided to stick to the original storyline. According to the trailer, Sachs may be directly involved with the creation of the turtles, and the turtles might have been created intentionally than by an accident. This along with a mystery thread involving April O’Niel’s father also working on the project give a Amazing Spider-Man reboot vibe but lets see how it turns out.

The new foot clans looks like a common group of thugs terrorizing the public, their masks look like the immortals from 300 and the whole sequence feels like ripped off from some other movies. I just hope it is not overused.

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Finally Megan Fox’s character April O’ Niel seems to be keeping her origins including her yellow jacket and rescue scene. There are other sequences given as grain of salt but lets see how the final product turns out.

The Japanese influence seems to still be there. Perhaps new villain Eric Sachs is a sort of ‘collector of antiquities’ with a personal affinity for Feudal Japan in particular. Details are obviously scarce, but this villain’s role in the story is not only the most drastic change so far, but seems to have a major effect on all of the plot and origin of the movie. Actor William Fitchner has confirmed he is indeed The Shredder, so it will be interesting to see how or if Oroku Saki plays a role in this at all. At least the armor kicks ass.
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300: Rise of an Empire Review


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Rise of an Empire is the sequel of the Frank Miller-based story of battle between Greek armies against the Persian Empire. After great success of the first film, ROAE builds on the story in a weird kind of backwards-spinoff way. We begin our tale a decade before the battle at the Hell Gates and goes with a parallel battle that takes place at the same time against the Persian fleet in the sea. This story starts when Themistokles ends up shooting King Darius with an arrow and sparking his son, Xerxes, to give his soul to become a God-king, who however just serves as a McGuffin for the actual plot.

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The story is kind of predictable with Themistokles rises against the Persians who throw everything they can at the Athenians. While I thought that Xerxes would have a lot more screen time than he actually did. His whole back-story seemed for naught, because it added nothing to Xerxes’ character – or anybody else’s for that matter. Instead, the plot follows the strategic battle between Artemisia (Green) and Themistokles in a naval battle.

Most of the action in Rise of an Empire takes place on the Aegean Sea. So, it’s not as breakneck paced as 300, but there’s still an ample amount of bloodshed. While Themistokles hogs up most of the screen time, the real winners of the film are Artemisia and Queen Gorgo – the two lead women. Both are characters that viewers will gravitate to for their fortitude and wit. The worse part of this film is that it not only contradicts the entire story of first 300 movie but it destroys Queen Gorgo’s character as a whiny bitch. The development from farmers to proud warriors happens too abruptly to be believable. The story feels incomplete, as nothing is really resolved once the credits roll, and unlike 300, there are no real lessons to learn at the end of Rise of an Empire.

Rise of an Empire lacks story and character but is a one time watch.

My rating 2.5 out of 5

Must check out- Saga (Image Comics)


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Saga by Image comics is one of the most amazing thing to happen in comic books industry in this era. This comics is written by Brain K. Vaughn and art work is done by Fiona Staples. This is one comic book series that everyone has been talking about since the year it got published.

Set against the backdrop of a galactic war, Saga follows new parents Marko and Alana as they risk all fighting the odds to raise their newborn daughter in the midst of a violent struggle. The book has already stirred some controversy with its depiction of a breastfeeding on the cover, so there’s bound to be extra interest once it hits shelves.

A lot of reviewers have compared it with Star Wars meeting Game of Thrones and the way story is proceeding and it should be. Vaughn is the most noted writer of this generation and has won multiple awards for his works escpcially Y: The Last man and Pride of Baghdad along with working on hit TV series lost.

For everyone comic book fan who is wanting to read something different, Saga is something that you should must check out.

Trailer breakdown: Guardians of the Galaxy


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A detailed look on Guardians of the Galaxy trailer that released last week and took over the internet with storm. Here is a detailed look at Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

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Korath and Star Lord meet : Star Lord walks into a temple that contains the mysterious orb, the moment he picks it up he is surrounded by the Kree guards. With this Kree officially makes their screen debut. We get to meet the Kree guard Korath the Pursuer played by Djimon Hounsou. He wonders who Star Lord is.

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Meet Nova Corps : We get to meet Nova corps officers in the next shot. We get to meet John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and Peter Serafinowicz as Nova corps officers taking a look at the new prisoners. They play as the medium that introduces audience to these new characters that hardly anyone knows about.

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Drax : We get introduced to Dave Bautista’s character Drax aka the destroyer, he looks even terrifying with his makeup on. He’s been seeking vengeance across the galaxy for the death of his family and has about a dozen charges of murder.

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Meet the most dangerous woman in the universe : We get to meet Gamora the green lady played by Zoe Saldana, she is just few murders behind Drax.

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Rocket : Then we meet Rocket the Raccoon, one of his kind left in the Galaxy. He’s voiced by Bradley Cooper. He is alone, has anger issues and has tendency to bite.

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I am Groot : Groot is Rocket’s traveling buddy. He is a talking tree voiced by Vin diesel and looks excellent with final CGI works.

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Star Lord again : We finally are introduced to Star Lord and as much he talks about himself he is not that famous as much as he talks about himself.

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More Aliens : Then we get to meet some other aliens in the same prison from various races. About time when Hardcore Marvel fans start finding out the familiar faces.

This is followed by Rocket Raccoon riding a talking tree and then we get to meet a shirtless Peter Quill who looks very very angry. Star Lord smash?

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Nebula : This is followed by a short appearance by Nebulla played by Doctor Who companion Karen Gillain. She looks badass and menacing with her head shaved and makeup on. In comics Nebula is a space pirate who claims to be granddaughter of Thanos who is certainly not happy when he finds out about it.

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The Collector :  We get to meet Benecio Del Toro’s character again after stinger cameo in Thor: The Dark World and what looks behind him might be his personal zoo.

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Then we see Star Lord in full costume followed by The Guardians standing in the usual suspects pose. Everything that showed up in first trailer is an introduction to the general audience who never heard about this team. Everything about this movie seems promising till now lets see how it turns out.

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