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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Review

Johnny Blaze, still struggling with the curse of being the Ghost Rider, is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when a secret sect of the church asks him to save a boy from the devil. At first Johnny is reluctant to use his power, but it’s the only way to save the boy and possibly rid himself of this curse forever.

Lets start with a general perception about Hollywood movie buffs in India.Majority of people beleive if its Hollywood then its good. If its a superhero then it is much better. Movies based on comic books don’t need much acting and emotions (clearly they haven’t seen Dark Knight and Captain America) and know these characters as much it is written in Wikipedia.

So I am here to review Ghost Rider 2 Spirit of Vengence.I wanted to like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance like so much. The trailers and TV spots were so refreshing and action packed and despite the fact that Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor aren’t the best filmmakers out there, a watchable action flick could have been expected from them but not. In fact, the directing duo can count themselves in the list of worst Comic Book Movie filmmakers and enjoy. Simply put, the film is a mess, and while it at least delivers on some of the promise of what we’ve so far seen, the sequel or sequel boot ends up being nearly as bad as Ghost Rider’s movie released in 2007. It has its moments, but they are few and far between.

Ghost Rider transform

The script is horible. There is nothing like a real plot, and it is incredibly weak and predictable. The dialogues are so bad that you’ll find yourself laughing at wrong moments, while the characters are as paper thin as the pages from the comic books that the movie claims to based upon. Spirit of Vengeanceis a a sequel and a reboot, but it will leave anyone who hasn’t read a comic book or watched the first part badly confused and like what happened ???. The new back story makes Blaze’s motivation unclear and unclearer. Scenes are edited in cartoon-like sequences and weird montages make the film even more idioticAlso his voice,  They went to a lot of trouble synthesizing animal noises through an electric guitar to pull off the perfect “unholy” sound they were after.  The problem?

Nicolas Cage portrays Johnny Blaze in utterly ridiculous fashion. There are moments where his acting becomes ridicules and stupid. He decided to play Ghost Rider by himself which was a good decision but the way he walks makes him a laughable piece of shit of all superhero movies. Ciarna Hinds-Rourke who plays devil not at all looks scary of threatening instead he looks as laughable as Nicolas Cage . Johnny Whitworth is no better as Carrigan,an uninteresting character whom the real Ghost Rider would have blown into ashes in 35.55 secs.His appearances give feeling of a clown prince trying scare people as hard as he could . Violante Placido puts in a good performance as Nadya, while Idris Elba is perhaps the films only real saving grace as Moreau. However, with little screentime, poor characterisation and and mostly awful dialogue, it’s hard to really praise anyone.none of them have a lot to do, and Fergus Riordan’s as a young Danny (Ketch?) is better we don’t mention it. The movie starts in a ridiculous fashion and soon gets into the boots of Terminator 2. With Blaze trying to save a kid from becoming the Devil

The special effects are good and Ghost Rider looks fantastic. While Blaze is in his fiery form, the leather on his jacket and his chain and bike. The only action scenes and Chases scenes are the ones which you have already seen in the trailers and TV spots. Unfortunately, the 3D effects are nowhere near as effective, serving only as a reminder of why seeing any film that wasn’t shot in the format or at least converted properly is a waste of time and money.If you really want to watch Spirit of Vengeance , do so in 2D.

So if you want to watch the movie to see a man with skull on fire there aren’t enough scenes where this man really has his skull on fire

My Ra(n)ting 1.5 out of 5 and I want my money back

If I knew where Nicolas Cage lived, I’d send him a copy.  It would be….appropriate somehow.


Things to do at Comic Con India New Delhi

If this is your first time attending the Comic-Con and especially if you are not from Delhi , don’t go unprepared and unplanned. Armed with some helpful hints and a heaping dose of common sense, this is your guide for the biggest pop culture fest of the Country from feb 17-19 of this month.

1. A camera is a must: Bring your camera fully charged and take as many pics as you can. Believe me when I say its gonna be an awesome experience.

2. Never take an auto-rikshaw: Always go for metro or buses. Auto drivers charge too much and are never genuine instead go for the nearest metro station (INA Metro Station for Delhi Haat on Yellow line). Also you can take the low floor AC buses. For metro get a card made with a 50 rs refundable deposit which will help you avoid queues for ticket.Also the first compartment of every train is reserved for ladies so take care of that.

3. Rip off all the masks: You’ll find people wearing masks hiding there faces,actually that is not recommended but who knows you may find some comic book enthusiast celeb roaming around with all the freedom and without becoming the center of attention.

3. Keep your luggage minimum: Trust me, you are here for the whole day and a heavy baggage may ruin the feel for you making you tired after a while.

5. Make out time to visit nearby places: Planning to be there for the whole day is not a real good idea. Find out the schedule of the con. Try visiting near by places like Kutub Minar, India Gate and such places especially when you have got the metro its like a chid’s play.

6. Delhi Food: When first time in New Delhi you cannot ignore the super awesome snacks over there.Try chaat and Chole Bhatoore, go for a nice place to have some Aaloo k and other special paranthe and lassi is a must.

7. Take part in activities: Take part in the cosplay contest, check out illustrators in action and and grab the new releases.

8. Avoid The Joker: The Joker is a legend and when you plan to go as him you may end up being lost in the crowd or different types of fellow Jokers and your thunder will be gone. Also its comic-con India so better do some research on Indian comic book characters and get into action. Tinkle is giving away prizes for their character cosplays and becoming Chacha Chowdhry, Shaktiman or Kilvish is not that hard. Remember the original you’ll be the more will be appraisal and attention.

9. Don’t get annoyed: You see a Zombie from the pages of Zombie talkies coming after you or a demon straight from the pages of Karna lurking for you. Don’t get angry instead shoot that zombie in the head because that is going to be the only method for your surival. For ladies its kind of avoid thing after all its Delhi and who knows where you find a eve teaser in disguise

10. Keep the collectibles for yourself: Ask a artist or an illustrator to draw for you or the autograph you get. Keep it up with you and don’t go selling it. I have seen people doing that and that too stupid.

11. Don’t annoy the other attendees: Everyone is entitled for their own likes so don’t go like an idiot judging their choice and giving a stupid remark about it.

13. Don’t leave your kids unattended: Kids love running from here to there and its your responsibility to keep them in check so that they don’t get lost. How hard it could be when there are chances of yourself becoming a kid.Also provide them with a name tag in their pocket just in case they get lost in the crowd.

14. Shopping: Its Delhi and like snacks Shopping is a must. The nearest shoppers destination is Sarojini Nagar Market do visit there and don’t forget to bargain.

15. Lighten up and Enjoy: Everyone is there for fun and you should do the same.

Hope my guide comes in Handy and useful to you and I hope that this year’s comic con gives you a lot of memories to cherish about.

Thor vs Hulk and the biased outcomes

Thor vs Hulk

Debating if one fictional character can win the other one in a fight is taken very religiously between comic collecting fanboys and it has been since the Superman was born 1938. But when it comes to the most hardcore fanboys the Hulk fans (or members of the Church of Hulk) and Thor fans (also known as Thorites) seem to have loudest opinions. And if you put these loud and passionate voices together in an argument about who should win in a fight between the Hulk and Thor, you get a thunder clap louder and more destructive than anything those two characters could ever muster up. Hulk fighting Thor is more than just a battle of the forces in a Comic universe, it’s a debate which seems to have no outcome.

*Start fanboy Rant*

Thor has gone against Galactus himself, ‘defeated’ him thrice, defeated Thanos twice, Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, even Phoenix himself…but why the bloody hell can’t he defeat the Hulk in most of their battles? Why is it that the writers love to write Hulk defeating, and dominating Thor? I feel that this is my major concern and confusion in the Marvel department.

*End fanboy Rant*

Hulk vs Thor Old

Thor most of the times proves to be a punching bag to the real Hulk in comic books as well as all other forms of media. Animated features will come out; The Ultimate Avengers DVD (2006) where the Hulk knocks out Thor and then climaxing in the Hulk vs Thor DVD (2009) where the Hulk actually kills the Thunder God in a huge brawl. Thor fans tried to save face by saying these fights weren’t in regular comic continuity so they didn’t count. Well, that was until they got Hulk: Let The Battle Begin #1 (March 2010) where the Hulk finally defeats Thor conclusively in a fight and it was just another bitter pill for Thor fans to swallow (I totally feel their angst). So with this, the final nail was put in the Marvel mythos of “Hulk vs Thor.”

The current score card between Hulk and Thor is at Hulk-2 Thor-2. For a long time the score card was at a draw, most of the times they clashed their battles ended in draw.

The fight strategy is like The whole madder hulk gets the stronger he gets, there is no limit to his rage then there is no limit to his strength,  So does Thor. He doesn’t need to be angry to summon the limitless powers of mjolnir the power that struck the beast of 10000 gods in Chaos war with just a strike. If in a pissed off mood Thor, well you have to ask Thanos about what he felt that day.

Hulk vs Thor

Hulk has been knocked out by Spider Man, Wolverine, and in WWH was on a draw with Sentry. I think that this whole thing of ”madder he is the stronger he is” is just a excuse, he may be a hundred times angry like in WWH , but Thor is a freaking god, he just needs to hit him with his hammer and Hulk would be out, I don’t understand why he has to be unbeatable by Thor.

Basically it’s a writer “doing what they want” thing. When Stan Lee created Thor, he made a god because he wanted to one up the last hero he created, Hulk, the strongest human. He thought, how can I beat the strongest man? With a god!!! Stan intended Thor to be more powerful than the Hulk from the beginning. The writers have just gone away from that.

Thor vs Red Hulk

talking about Thor don’t want to hurt his “friend Banner” and all are just stupid, even if it was true then Thor would not have been defeated by the stupid dumbass Hulk clone who calls himself the Red Hulk. The writers should do justice with the strength and stamina of both of them and stop satisfying only the stupid Hulk fan-boys.