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Movie Ramblings: Lucy

Lucy is an action adventure film from Luc Besson and Scarlet Johannson with some really weird supernatural elements reminiscent of Under the Skin and just as weird in places but with a lot more action and story to keep the interest in between weird bits.

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Movie Ramblings: Avengers Age of Ultron

THE GREAT MARVEL MOVIE CATCHUP PART 11

Age of Ultron starts with yet another music video battle montage with all of the avengers from the first film on an unexplained assault on what turns out to be a hydra base where they have Loki’s sceptre (how? Black Widow has it at the end of Avengers) and also a leviathan from the attack on New York in Avengers and the twin mutants glimpsed at the end of The Winter Soldier all in one place. The fight is spectacular but, possibly suffering from watching all these films one after the other, it feels just like more of the same stuff we’ve already seen in Iron Man 1,2&3 and the first Avengers. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Captain America The Winter Soldier

THE GREAT MARVEL MOVIE CATCHUP Part 9

Captain America seems to be settling in to modern life. He’s got his own place and some friends outside of work, he’s even considering dating or at least being pushed towards it by Agent Romanov. He has even updated his fighting style a bit incorporating parkour and eastern martial arts into his repertoire. Now he is a lot more active and doesn’t spend so much time standing around waiting for the bad guys to shoot at his fancy shield. The action is still comic book over the top but is a lot more gritty, previously it felt like he was overly anxious not to hurt any one. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Avengers Assemble

THE GREAT MARVEL MOVIE CATCHUP PART 6

Here we are at the first main event of the MCU Journey: The Avengers, or Avengers Assemble depending on whether you are in the US or the UK. I was confused for a while about why there seemed to be 2 versions of this movie. A friend of mine pointed out that here in the UK there is a TV show called “The Avengers” and they also made a film of it. So for UK release it is called “Avengers Assemble” which is also the name of the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for obvious reasons. Having cleared that point up I can get on with rambling about the actual film.

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Movie Ramblings: Iron Man 2

THE GREAT MARVEL MOVIE CATCHUP Part 4

I remember seeing Iron Man 2 when it released and being vaguely disappointed with it. I have been looking forward to watching it again and seeing how I feel about it the second time round. I definitely wasn’t disappointed this time around. Yes it is still ridiculous and mindless in places and the plot and some of the characters are somewhat arbitrary. But it is slick and stylish and fun and if you dial up your credulousness a notch or two before pressing play you’ll probably have a good time, I know I did.

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Movie Ramblings: Under the Skin

Scarlet Johansson spends most of this film driving around Scotland in a white transit van asking Scottish blokes for directions. Seemingly applying some kind of selection criteria to which we are never privy, she offers some of these men a lift and a subset of those get invited back to her place. And that’s where things get seriously weird.

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