Monday, May 28, 2012

The Avengers

It took me a few weeks, but I finally got to see the Avengers in the theaters. It was a pretty good flick. If you're unfamiliar with the film, it basically unites characters from all corners of the Marvel Universe into a team, the culmination of seeds which were planted way back in Iron Man. In this movie, the team comes together to stop Loki and an alien invasion.

If any reviewer has called it something like an "action-packed thrill ride", they're pretty much on the money. The movie starts with a bang and that sets the tone for the entire film. Then the individual members (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk) band together and kick ass. That's it in a nut shell.

Fans have been waiting for this film for years now. As I said before, this represents a pretty smart and long-term plan by Marvel to release movies on individual characters that would lead into the team movie. This lets them get the origin stories out of the way in the previous films and also give fans a treat. It's probably the cinematic equivalent of a comic book series, where each movie has it's own story but there are bits and pieces that cross over to form a story arc. I'll admit it. It's pretty damn cool.

I was unsure of how Joss Whedon would handle the material, since he isn't really know for blockbuster movies, but then again, neither was Jon Favreau and he knocked it out of the park with Iron Man. I think Joss turns it up to 11 with the Avengers, and he has to considering all of the parts he has to deal with. Nobody gets the short shrift either. Iron Man gets a little more time than others, but everyone plays a part in the plan and they work together, shocking, as a team in order to repel the threat, complete with a plan and everything.

I think my only complaint is just a bit of casting that goes back to a previous installment, in that I don't think Chris Evans is a good Captain America. I think he's a good actor and I like him in most of the stuff he's in, but he just doesn't capture the look of Cap for me. Maybe it's because I imagine more of a Brad Pitt in the uniform. The costume may be part of the problem for that. While the other heroes have costumes that translate better from the page to the screen, Cap's ends up looking a bit off. Maybe it's the new one for the series as I thought it looked better in his own movie. Oh well, a minor complaint.

It's a great, fun film regardless, so check it out.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Attack the Block

If there's anything I love, it's people killing aliens. Can you blame me? They invade our planet and look to make meals out of us, so it's only normal that we kick their tails for awhile and try to take back what is ours. Usually, this task is left to the military or more action hero-type folk. In Attack the Block, it's up to a group of no-good kids to defend their turf.

Of course, it helps that they possibly instigated it, after they slaughter a lone alien that lands on a car next to them. After that, more show up and they seem to be out for blood, or at least that of the kids that  destroyed their brethren. In the meantime, they're just trying to survive and make sure that the residents of their building don't get eaten.

It's a horror/comedy hybrid, though I would say we're looking at about 80% horror and 20% comedy. The cast is likeable enough for a bunch of thugs, and although you dislike them at first, they do grow on you. I really liked the design for the monsters too. It's very unique and works in a less is more kind of way. Cheap, but effective. Good gore too. Quite a few scenes have us surprised by people getting killed when we least expect it, and I like it that way. It keeps you guessing as to who is safe or not in the movie.

A fun film and well worth a viewing or two. Check it out.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Zombicide

I think Kickstarter could be a dangerous addiction for me. Particularly when then have games like Zombicide for me to drool over. I avoided Zpocalypse because, well honestly I forgot about it but I was going to pledge. This one has just so many miniatures. It's so tempting. But I don't think I can swing the 100 bucks for the set I want so I can get Cardboard Tube Samurai. And more dice. Plus I already have enough other games I don't play. But wouldn't this one be nice? Wouldn't it?