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Review: Django Unchained (2012)

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DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino.

CAST: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson.

SYNOPSIS: When German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz) promises Django (Foxx) his freedom on the capture of the villainous Brittle brothers, the slave finds the perfect opportunity to search for his lost wife, Broomhilda (Washington). When their paths cross plantation owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), the pair must make a choice between sacrifice and survival.

More sprawling, cross-country epic than nonstop, gun blazing shootout, Django Unchained is a perfect marriage of slave story and spaghetti western that allows Tarantino to make the most of his signature anachronistic embellishments. Reeking of 70s panache from the opening old-school Columbia insignia, the combination of mashed-up soundtrack, obvious homages and riotous one-liners easily coalesce in a film that necessitates multiple viewings. Continue reading

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Review: The Avengers (2012)

DIRECTOR: Joss Whedon.

CAST: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany (voice).

SYNOPSIS: When the fate of the Earth is threatened by Loki (Hiddleston) and his alien army, Nick Fury (Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Gregg) have no choice but to form a team of superheroes whose combined powers are the only hope of saving the world from disaster.

With the anticipation and excitement circling The Avengers enough to send anyone into an Asgardian-induced coma, hopes were pinned on the master of the supernatural supersquads to rule supreme over previous Marvel outings. Writing alongside long serving comic adaptation alumni Zak Penn, Whedon weaves an impressive patchwork where every player gets their moment in the sun and feels important to those who favour them. As soon as Whedon sounds the introductory ringside bell, he doesn’t give you a chance to breathe. Continue reading

The Super Bowl Spots According To Scott – Part 2

So, after posting Scott’s reaction to the Super Bowl Spots for Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance and G.I. Joe: Retaliation here, we return with Part 2 of the Comic Book related Spots – The Avengers and John Carter (or John Catheter as he so lovingly referred to it earlier). And, yes, I am well aware John Carter isn’t technically from Comic Book or Graphic Novel origins. Part 3 will be Nadine rounding up The Hunger Games. See what Scott had to say below: Continue reading

Closer Look: The Avengers – Russian Trailer

Ok ladies and gents, it’s time to introduce you to a new contributor to the site. Everybody say hello to Scott (check out his blog here). I felt it was time for a bit of testosterone around these parts, plus I don’t know much when it comes to comics and graphic novels. As they’re normally pretty massive and big budget affairs, I thought they deserved a little more indepth analysis. And this is where Scott comes in. So, it’s time to hand you over to Scott and his thoughts on the new, Russian trailer for The Avengers: Continue reading

Review: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

DIRECTOR: Joe Johnston.

CAST: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Richard Armitage, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Kenneth Choi, JJ Feild, Lex Shrapnel, Samuel L. Jackson.

SYNOPSIS: With World War II forcing America into action, Steve Rogers (Evans) is desperate to be drafted for military service. Sickly and rather on the small side, he receives knock back after knock back until his path crosses Dr. Erskine (Tucci) who is recruiting for the very hushed Project Rebirth. Being accepted due to his incredible courage, his body is enhanced to its maximum potential and Captain America is born. However, Johann Schmidt (Weaving) has plans to use the same technology to progress the Nazi’s secret organisation, HYDRA.

Holy smokes. Joe Johnston’s made something that’s more than just a ‘good’ film. In fact, he’s made a bloody great film that can easily boast of standing alongside Marvel’s best. Captain America is one of those rare comic book adaptations that has more on offer than just a glossy surface. It lacks an overly camp villain, manages to avoid glaringly cheesy one-liners from its star and has a female love interest who has more than a couple of brain cells (and who earns extra brownie points for being a Brit). The ending is one that will more than satisfy the Marvel diehards, but will undoubtedly confuse the hell out of those who have merely popped along to see that-film-that’s-going-to-shove-American-patriotism-down-my-throat – which it surprisingly doesn’t, actually. Of course, you’re not a real Marvel fan unless you stay until the end of the credits and this time the payoff is unbelievably sweet. Continue reading