Monthly Archives: April 2013

Iron Man 3 spoiler free review


 

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“Nothing’s been the same since New York” these lines are enough to describe present situation of superhero movies. Avengers created a bar so high that almost became impossible to touch in future thus raising standards of Superhero movie universe.

This movie for first time in Marvel franchise open with a narration that fades into Marvel logo giving an idea about Shane Black’s style. It soon cuts into a quick flashback and how Tony’s past is back to haunt him again. The battle of New York have changed him here is a new Tony who is trying to be more humble and still suffering with PTSD.

Iron Man 3 gets Tony out of suit looks for the question asked by Captain America “Big man in suit of armor, take that away what are you?’ And brings him face to face with the demons he created in the past. The man who is going through events of Avengers and now living in a world where he is friends with a Green Goliath and a Thunder God and is in constant fear of protect things he loves the most.

 

Robert Downey Jr. gave top class performance as usual, but this is the first time I have taken Tony Stark seriously. Robert Downey Jr nails every joke, delivers some killer quotes and one liners, as usual Downey was perfect. Now onto the villains, Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, let me just say that the whole “twist” thing wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and Mr. Kingsley nailed it. Guy Pearce this awesome dude was my cocaine, a person exactly opposite to Tony Stark. A person who wants to make things and another one just wants to kill and destroy.He was awesome and he creeped me out twice with that ever smiling face. Guy Pearce nails the humor and has fantastic chemistry with both Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr.

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Another great performance was that of Don Cheadle, this movie takes his character in depth. He is proves himself as an action hero weather he was in or outside the suit. He was funny and stayed badass at same time, it would be cool if Iron Man franchise gets into War Machine spinoffs soon. The female starcast of the movie, both Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Rebecca Hall as Maya we top notch, being strong, sexy and smart women on screen. Last but not the least little not to forget little Ty Simpkins he takes the buddy cop genre to another level. He shared an awesome chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. and won’t be a surprise if after this his Hollywood career gets high.

Shane Black gives an awesome dark yet entertaining Superhero movie and guess WB and DC will be taking notes on how to make a Superhero movie from Mr. Black. His dark humor and moments that give a touch of silver age style funny moments are of top notch. Little references thrown here and there makes to movie worth watching. One this that always bothered me with Phase 1 movies was that there was no actual death but here not only people die but for the first time Iron Man kills someone in the most brutal way possible.

The soundtrack of this movie is very different from phase 1 movies. This is more serious and dark and suits the tone of the movie. Although there was no AC/DC this time but that can be ignored.

Iron Man 3 not only touched the bar created by Avengers but ripped it into pieces making a new mark for Phase 2 movies. The movie ends with even if you take Tony out of suit, you cannot take what he is. He is Iron Man.Robert Downey Jr. was born for this role and if this one is his last movie then it will be heartbreaking . It also provided a perfect epilogue for Avengers and perfect ending for a trilogy. Let’s see if Thor 2 is on the same mark.

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Final rating 5 out of 5.

 

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Trade paperback ruining comic book sales


Lot of publishers complaining about comic book sales being down, there are reasons for the same. Not only with quality of the stories and art , but a lot more.

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In past few years, There is a trend in my favorite titles. The days of the single-issue story were gone replaced with single story arcs taking exactly 6 issues to run

Eventually, people started to skip some titles completely just to wait for the TPB, that makes more sense with an entire story to read in six months.

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Even though I love certain titles, they make me wait for six months for a story to end and then two to three months for paperback to release. On the same hand the publishers can put out the title twice and year and make the same money.

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Publishers blaming the loss of monthly sales should consider that casual comic readers no longer have a jumping-on point in most titles. there are lot of arcs where people simply get confused about whats going on when they hit middle of the story.

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It’s more easy to read all six parts of a story in one sitting, but is that fair to the monthly readers? I don’t think so.

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Originally, those trade paperbacks were called “graphic novels”, and they were stories that you couldn’t buy anywhere else. Stories like The Death of Captain Marvel, X-Men: God Loves…Man Kills, and others were available only as a TPB, and it drove sales to it. They were thick, had detailed artwork, and worth every penny. If publishers have so many six-part stories floating around waiting in line for a TPB, why not bring back the graphic novel as an art form? Give us those stories in one chunk in one sitting, and put it out there as we’ve never seen it before. Give us alternatives to the monthly stories. I’d be willing to pay $25 or more for one of those meaty stories, and it would build excitement for it because it’s not something we’d already seen on the shelves. For now, we’re just recycling the same stories.

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Why WORLD’S FINEST Should Be The Next DC Comics Movie


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WB and DC’s news updates are always filled with new rumors.The latest one being Justice League movie said that screenwriter JLA script was so terrible that it was scrapped, and the studio wasn’t even sure about moving forward with the project. The idea of hiring a new writer after the disappointing response to Gangster Squad certainly isn’t surprising.Tt’s possible to squeeze in at least one more movie before answering Marvel’s The Avengers would be World’s finest.

Assuming that Man Of Steel is a big hit at the box office, it would be best movie to lead into Justice League., It has been said repeatedly that the studio hopes that the Henry Cavill-starrer will launch a new franchise. World’s Finest can easily continue Superman’s story without the weight of multiple other superheroes’, and it can also be used to introduce the new Batman also World’s Finest would expand its universe further into a wider DC world.

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A Batman/Superman team-up would also be a safe venture for Warner Bros., as they haven’t had much success with DC Comics adaptations beyond these two characters is not letting them make more, having the world’s two most iconic comic book characters in the same movie could be a massive box office smash.

In conclusion, World’s Finest would arguably be the most ideal bridge between Man Of Steel and Justice League. Not only could it serve as a direct follow-up to the former, it can also further ground a wider DC Universe and do a much better job at building up to the latter. Plus, if MOS builds up a lot of hype, WB surely wouldn’t want it to have potentially died out by 2016/2017 (or whenever JL releases). Enter World’s Finest.

Movie Review: G.I. Joe Retaliation


G-I-Joe-Retaliation  There are movies that turn out real good from the first part that failed to deliver what fans needed. There are movies that fight previous shortcoming and if not awesome then still prove to be a good watch. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is not one of those movies.

I had no expectation, the first part was a huge disappointment and I was expecting the same with this movie. If you haven’t watched the movie then its good for you because anything exciting is already shown in trailers and TV Spots. There is nothing more to see other than big gun fights and cheesy dialogues.

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The story picks up shortly after the first, with the Joes lead by Channing Tatum established again as being the go to guys if you want something not only done well, but done as flashy as possible. His team consisting of The Rock’s Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Jinx, Flint, and Lady Jaye find themselves double crossed and leaderless when an imposter in the White House sets the wheels in motion for Cobra to try their hand at world domination.

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The Rock is the star of this movie.Duke played by Channing Tatum is killed after fifteen minutes of establishing his character. The whole team is in trouble and on a mission to stop Cobra Commander who is destroying cities using satellites because in that world every third satellite has destruction capabilities.

The film has some good action moments especially the one with Ninja Battle scene featuring Snake Eyes, Jinx and Storm Shadow who also had the best costume design, hats off for that. The best performance in the movie is given by Ray Park as Snake Eyes who played a mute character with a mask to hide his expressions. Rest of the team is as expressionless as a wooden plank. Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye is just an eye candy and looks as manly as the Rock with no expressions. Everyone else including Bruce Willis can be credited for worst performance ever.

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The bad guy camp has a new Cobra Commander. The old one is shown as very much in captivity, incapacitated entirely, and yet he has this entire Cobra army at his beck and call. Do they blindly follow whoever wishes to claim the leader? This is the stupidest paramilitary team ever? But then again not a lot of things here do makes sense, they have a motorbike made entirely of explosives, to heat gloves designed to stealthily melt through a wire fence. You know what else stealthily gets though a wire fence? Wire cutters, but with the added benefit of not giving off noise and light.

And this one comes with my favorite TV Tropes, where two characters meet and they pretend like they don’t know each other or are old enemies and bang  we’re just messing around audience, we’re old friends!’ Tension resolved.

But most of us don’t care for story and acting in such movie, but action should be top class. This movie fails on that part too. Slow action that tries to take influence from Bay’s logic, and – most surprisingly given the movie’s budget is very cheap looking, and the hand-to-hand battles are kiddie-proofed to the point of having zero impact. Although the 3-D is superb especially in Ninja sequences but Bay knows his stuff and others don’t.

Fans of big dumb popcorn flicks like Expendables and Transformers will love this movie otherwise this is a plain disappointment.

Final Verdict 2.5 out of 5

Iron Man 3: A guide to Tony Stark’s new armors


You all be wondering how many and what armors Stark will be using in Iron Man 3 and why so many armors all of a sudden. The Armor collection skips from Mark 8 in Avengers to Mark 47. FYI every armor has a special quality that makes it different with unique powers so here is a glimpse to various suits of Tony Stark and what they can do.

 

Mark XLVII

In the first two Iron Man films and Avengers, Tony Stark went through armors Mark I-VII but in ‘Iron Man 3’Image he’ll be using Mark 47 (XLVII). The Mark XLVII armor is tied directly in with the Extremis nanotechnology and allows Tony Stark to control it with his mind. The suit is able to fly in separate pieces and wrap itself around Tony as needed. It also allows Tony to remotely control the suit, even when he’s not wearing it.

 

Deep Space Armor

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In the ‘Iron Man’ comics, Stark created his first “Deep Space” suit in the 80s, which included booster jets, a compression gel to protect against G-force and an expanding solar sail to assist with re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. ‘Iron Man 3’ will reportedly include a scene where Iron Man travels into space with this new Deep Space armor, a sequence that would lead directly into the cosmic nature of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

Hulkbuster (Codename: Igor/ Brute)
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The Hulkbuster is actually an exo-module the wraps on top of the existing armor. Tony Stark used to first to originally battle Crimson Dynamo but battle with Hulk made it famous as Hulkbuster armor. It has a capacity to lift over 175 tons and survive the Hulk’s attacks, the exo-module takes the impact and not affect the main armor directly. The unibeam and repulsers are upgraded and made to cause bigger damage.

Heartbreaker

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While not much idea about this one all we can say is that it looks heavily reinforced with a much larger chest piece.

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Armor

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The Ghost Armor is known as Mark XXVII in the comics and it is made of advance composite ceramic fused with a Kevlar like substance. It features upgrades that help Tony to mix and blend with the surroundings giving an advantage over enemy  This armor is included in movie toy line so we can hope that it appears in the movie

 

Stealth Armor

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The Iron Man Stealth Armor first appeared in 1981 and was designed very much like the classic Stealth Bomber. Tony Stark created the Stealth Armor because of being easily tracked. While originally designed with only evasion components it was lated upgraded with weapons and plastic/ceramic shell that would protect him against Magneto. Stealth Armor is present in Iron Man 3 poster if you can take a zoom. It is a derivation of the MARK VI armor, with built-in stealth capabilities, which allow him to infiltrate the TEN RINGS’ hideouts unnoticed.

 
 
Hydro Armor
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The Hydro Armor was created for Deep sea missions, rumors suggest that Tony uses this suit in ‘Iron Man 3’ to search for evidence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean after his Malibu home is destroyed by Mandarin. This suit looks relatively little like the one in the comics, which looked more like a deep sea diving suit, complete with glass helmet on top. The comic version of the suit included some underwater themed weapons including the ability to charge like an electric eel and shoot ink like a squid.

 

Hypervelocity Autonomous Personnel Protector

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This armor, known affectionately as H.A.P.P.Y. is difficult to get into without divulging some larger ‘Iron Man 3’ spoilers and plot points. But it includes some new and improved A.I. that assists Iron Man in battle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
MARK XLII-R – RAPID EVACUATION SITUATION CONTROL UNILATERAL ENFORCER (R.E.S.C.U.E)
This Armor like the H.A.P.P.Y. suit comes with a new A.I., this time modeled after Pepper Potts and modeled with firefighting skills
 
Other rumored Armors
 
MARK XXII – LAYERED PLATING ARMOR v.01
 
While experimenting with various forms of armor formation, TONY STARK designs this armor with the concept of retractable layers. It allows this armor to fold into a more compact form, making it more portable than the MARK V armor. This one resembles the classic/Spandex Armor, v.01 has the horned face, v.02 has the rounded face with a different color palette
 
MARK XV – STORED KINETIC INTEGRATED NETWORK (S.K.I.N) ARMOR
Stark created this while attempting to create a new form of malleable liquid metal that could be configured into other shapes, It looks like the comic SKIN Armor but has huge shoulders.
 
MARK XL – ASGARDIAN DESTROYER ARMOR
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Stark come up with this armor design after stealing blueprints from SHIELD hellicareer. Based on mecha version of Destroyer it is still an incomplete prototype.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARK XLII – X01 – PARTICLE RADIATION CANNON ATTACHMENT
Unable to deal with FIREPOWER’s fiery attacks, TONY STARK designs the PARTICLE RADIATION CANNON to absorb and channel Taggert’s heat against him. It comes with a huge cannon attached to the chest is based on bleeding edge technology.
 
MARK XLIX – HEART BREAKER v.02

• Having his armor badly damaged in his battle with the MANDARIN, TONY STARK modifies and upgrades his HEART BREAKER ARMOR into its second version. Equipped with more ARC REACTORS to increase its output and offensive capability, this is the ULTIMATE IRON MAN.
• More cohesive version of the Heart Breaker armor. Color palette based off the initial Ultimate Iron Man armor.

MARK L – EXTREMIS ARMOR
This one is created by perfecting the extermis technology where Armor becomes part of Tony’s body. It is the Hybrid of Bleeding Edge and Extremis Tech.

MARK LI – ORIGINAL ARMOR [ REVISITED]
After all the EXTREMIS technology is disabled by Dr Hansen, TONY STARK is left unable to tap on his newer EXTREMIS-based suits for battle. Having no other options, STARK uses his original armor to battle Mandarin. This brings him to square one, where the movie started

“Iron Man 3″ new suits


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Marvel has been released a lot of Iron Man suits that Stark is going to need or use in “Iron Man 3″. Here’s a look at some of them unveiled so far

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I am so much excited for this movie!! II guess there are around 45 suits, which he will have to use to kick some major butt. Movie comes out on 27th April 2013.

 

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Why HELLBOY 3 Needs To Happen


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I’m a big Hellboy fan.I was blown away by the first Hellboy film. Hellboy is like if you have Wolverine, Hulk, and Spider-Man into one. He can be funny and joke at times, he can be savage and just go off at times, and he is misunderstood and not accepted at times just because he is different. Hellboy also has a dark past like Batman, Wolverine and others.

Perlman is 62 years old right now. I don’t want Perlman to get too old to play Hellboy. Perlman as Hellboy is like Christian Bale with Kevin Conroy’s voice. Perlman has portrayed Hellboy in everything Hellboy related. Live action films, animated films, video games, Make-A-Wish dreams, Perlman was Hellboy. The man is Hellboy and we should have him portray Hellboy one last time, to end the trilogy before it’s too late.

Lobster Johnson did not appear in Hellboy 2: The Golden Army because Mike Mignola’s wish to remain true to the character’s origin. Del Toro suggested that Johnson may appear in Hellboy III and that he wants Bruce Campbell to play him. Campbell voiced The Lobster as the secret character in Hellboy: Science of Evil video game which Del Toro worked on. Having The Lobster in Hellboy 3 would be amazing and having Campbell play him would only make it better.

While some fans didn’t like this, I enjoyed it. I know that Liz and Hellboy have more of a brother-sister  relationship in the comics but I liked how they were lovers in the movies. It adds depth to Hellboy and shows a more human element to him. While I was shocked, you can’t tell me you would want to know what their twins would look like.

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One reason as to why Hellboy 3 is expensive is because everything has been leading up to this, Hellboy his facing his destiny. Hellboy is supposed to be the destroyer of the world. He has been fighting this throughout the film series. We see a lot of elements of this in the first film and some smaller elements of this in the second film. Having Hellboy face his destiny and wondering what will happen would be one epic story and of course one would need money to create.