Monthly Archives: May 2013

3 Pros And 1 Con Of Matthew Vaughn Not Directing X-MEN: Days of the Future Past


When director, Matthew Vaughn informed that he is out of the director’s chair for X Men: Days of the future Past. A lot of people were heart broken by this development, but it made me feel better. While I liked First Class fine.The film was good for an action movie, but as an X-Men movie it was crap.

1. Matthew Vaughn already said that he didn’t care about the source material. This is a guy on record for stating he could give a sh* about the comic books. He only did this movie because he wanted to make a Bond type movies. At-least elements in X3 were truer than that in First Class. There were chances that if he continued things would have gotten messed up.

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2. Better character development is something X-Men First Class really lacked in.Michael Fassbender was great as Eric, and his stuff with James McAvoy’s Xavier is pretty good. But look what happened to Emma Frost. Sebastian Shaw practically twirls a mustache, he’s such a cliché bad guy with a corny scheme. Moira MacTaggart wanders through the movie looking lost. And the first class of kids. Bryan Singer would give us better character development.

3. Back to basics. At its core, this thing should always be about societal issues- that’s X-Men at its best. People credit Chris Nolan for take Batman and comics to a realistic universe, but I argue that Bryan Singer’s grounded approach to X-Men was first. He pitted the characters ina world with real consequences and public reaction. And still managed to honor the comics. From the mutant registration act, to God Loves, Man Kills.This is the worst case scenario our heroes can face under the attack of persecution.

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Still…

The new movie was fresh: What happens to the setting? Are we tied back to bland costumes? So here’s the thing about Singer. In hindsight, in some ways, he can be blamed for getting X-Men off to the wrong foot right from the start. Wolverine is too tall and pretty, Cyclops is second-string and don’t get me started on Rogue and Storm. Matthew Vaughn succeeded in showcasing a new perspective on these characters and this world. If Vaughn were to stay on, at the very least, we could see where his vision is going. I mean, it’s hard to complain about old continuity when a new continuity could develop into something great, too.

 

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Season Finale Review: Arrow


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Much hyped Arrow season finale went over the top with a surprise character death, the good guys getting beaten up, and Merlyn’s evil plan to blow up the poor side of town actually succeeding.

Arrow although being a watered down version of Green Arrow proved that there is a lot to come and happen in next season. Oliver’s escape from Merlyn’s torture chamber was incredible. The whole sequence proves that Stephen Amell is so amazing with stunts.

The episode was followed by a number of surprise twists and turns including Oliver’s mother confessing her part in the scheme and warning the residents of The Glades to evacuate. This episode is followed by fast paced action and story sequence that a blink and you’ll miss something.

Diggle and Oliver go on to do battle with Malcolm Merlyn in his secret Chamber where Diggle is impaled by a dagger in his chest but anyways his sidekick is a lot tougher. The fight ends with Arrow stabbing himself in the chest injuring Merlyn in the process. A desperate move but it worked, and soon after they win, Merlyn reveals that there is one more slum destroyer hidden somewhere.

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The show finishes with Tommy sacrificing himself to Laurel but we never saw in dying, did we?  Although I wonder whats up in season 2, I hope they finally bring superpowered characters on the show with Red Arrow or speedy becoming part of the show.

Overall season 1 was disappointing but this episode deserves special love

3 out of 5

Movie review: Star Trek: Into Darkness


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It is one awesome film everyone should watch

Ok this was my review in a line, many countries have not yet got this movie and despite of heavy spoilers floating around I am going to keep it as spoiler free as possible.

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Star Trek followers the alternate universe reboot of Star Trek in 2009 and if you still don’t like the idea of rebooting then you’ll hate the movie, otherwise it is as epic as first part. There are a lot of clever nods to the original series.

Although the movie is predictable and has its own flaws but which movies don’t have them these days? There are a lot of plotholes in this movie for example the headquarters and undercover operations have no defense mechanisms in case of an attack despite previous experiences. Despite that this movie shines because of solid acting given by every cast member.

Despite of having such amazing cast, the main baddie Benedict Cumberbatch shines above all. He was simply brilliant with each line he spoke and the every moment he simply beats everyone. Zachry Quinto is perfect as Spock and humorous at the same time. Rest of the cast with Chris Pine, Zoey Saldana and Karl Urban are simply awesome. The characters have a balance among each other.A lot of actors that didn’t get big roles in the reboot get the spotlight here. Simon Pegg’s Scotty is basically the star of the film, almost as much as Kirk or Spock. Anton Yelchin’s Chekov also gets a bigger role here, and really none of the characters get overlooked.
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The movie is so fast paced that audience won’t feel bored at any point ever. For older trekkies this movie is filled with references and easter eggs. The score of the film is mindblowing and so are the visual effects.

In the end despite its flaws there was no way to make this movie better than it was. My rating for this movie will be 4/5