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Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer, Finally!

Did you catch the Doctor Strange teaser trailer yet?  Well then, please allow me to share it with you.

Not only is it a new release from Marvel, and they’ve been on a roll with their movies.  (Okay, I haven’t seen Ant Man, but that’s more of a time constraint issue than a lack of desire.)

The cast looks great.  Of course, I love Benedict Cumberbatch (shocking, I know) and he’s reunited with Chiwetel Ejiofor from 12 Years A Slave.   Mads Mikkelson creeped me out in Hannibal.  The happy list grows with Rachel McAdams from Sherlock Holmes and Midnight in Paris, Tilda Swinton from Constantine, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and the list of impressive actors just keeps going.

I’ve actually read a few of the comic books. (Wow, I realized the only other comic book movie I’d read any of the books before the movie was Deadpool.  Times, they are a-changing.)  I like the story line for Doctor Strange, and the only thing holding me back from reading more has been a lack of free time to drive to Mammoth Comics. They introduced me to Doctor Strange in the first place.  (It is only 15 minutes from my house, but work & homework overflow!)

I want to love this movie.  I really do.  The story, the cast, even Marvel’s track record all make me want to be jumping with joy over this film.  Something about this teaser makes me nervous for the movie though.  I can’t pinpoint it exactly, but it is there.

What do you think?  Did you get the same vibe?  Am I imagining things?  Lack of sleep could totally be messing with my mind.  Let me know if my mental acuity has been compromised by too many nights with too little sleep.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. The sleep thing may actually be a factor since I just second guessed myself about the definition of acuity.  I actually looked it up…in a dictionary…when I’m on a laptop with the whole internet at my disposal.  Maybe I should be afraid.  Anyway, off to work I go!

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Guardians of The Galaxy

I’ve now seen this movie twice.  As you may have read, the lead up to this movie got me pretty excited.  Opening weekend saw my friends and I, kicked back in our reclining red chairs at the theater with our smuggled candy and buckets of sodas (or icees) eagerly waiting for Rocket, the raccoon with anger issues, Peter Quill the self-acclaimed “Star Lord”, Gamora the green-skinned assassin, Groot a talking(ish) tree, and Drax the most literal character aside from Sheldon Cooper I can recall.

Guardians of the Galaxy did not disappoint.  After stewing over my first viewing, trying to remember all the little ties that Marvel works into their creations, I convinced my parents they needed to see it.  The nephew bowed out to play more Call of Duty with his friends…bad move kid.  You really missed out!  Of course, since I did the convincing, I had to go see it with them.  It would just be wrong otherwise, right? (Just go with it.)  This gave me the chance to really look and make sure I hadn’t been imagining things. (I may have still been imagining things, but at least I got confirmation for some stuff.)

Guardians is a funny movie.  Not that the other installments of the Marvel franchise haven’t been humorous, but this one puts the funny center stage.  We are talking about a bunch of misfit criminals saving the galaxy.  As expected, I really liked the angry raccoon and the tree.

Surprisingly, I liked Gamora more than expected.  Before the movie, I came across a single issue of Guardians of the Galaxy comic books and from that brief glimpse of Gamora, I expected more ice that Zoe Saldana gave her.  This Gamora, who thaws a bit toward her compatriots, relates better for me than the green ice queen I saw in the comic book (Maybe Gamora is a bit more friendly than that single issue revealed, and I just haven’t seen it yet.)  However, I also believe that Saldana had this one brief chance to endear Gamora to the audience, and she did a great job with it.  She is a talented actor who has really shone in both the Star Trek franchise and Guardians.  I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of her.

Peter Quill…you just can’t help but like the jackass, and he is.  A small time criminal, who wants to be both a bigger outlaw and a better person.  His running away looks so much more like running towards something, he just doesn’t know what he’s doing.  This guy spends so much energy holding on to this shining relic of his past that clashes with his present, and leaves him looking for a different future he can’t picture.  (although as “shining relics” go, he could do a lot worse than the soundtrack.  Just saying, great music!)  Peter Quill, is just one adorable, messed up guy… but, he does a lot of development in the film.  The thing I loved is that all this growth doesn’t feel forced.  Chris Pratt does an excellent job of creating a development arc that feels natural, and displaying a depth of character I really didn’t expect to find.

Drax the Destroyer…the most literal character I may have ever seen.  Seriously, I know one of the many reasons I am not an actor.  I do not have the mental fortitude to deliver lines like this with a straight face as many times as needed to make a movie.  Kudos to Bautista for that alone.  Before, I deleted it as too spoiler-y, I couldn’t even type one of this guy’s lines with a straight face.  However, dear reader, I will preserve this for your first viewing if you haven’t seen it yet.  I thought I was going to spit icee all over the place, even though I could see the joke coming a mile away. Of all the characters, Drax is also the most outwardly stubborn.  Quill is joyfully immovable but Drax is just stubborn.  His course set for vengeance, he really doesn’t want to stray from the path he’s decided upon,  and it takes a mountain to move him.

Rocket, oh you angry little fur ball.  I just…you…so funny…so angry, and I feel a little bad that all that anger is so funny, because there’s a lot to be angry about.  This funny, mercenary, enraged, broken, loyal character would be someone you ached for if a) he wasn’t a raccoon and b) you actually met him. You do feel kind of bad for the little guy, and watching just a bit of that anger leach away in the face of growing friendships is kind of heart-warming.  Bradley Cooper imbues this little guy with so much energy, personality, and ruthlessness through the sheer power of his voice, because let’s face it, he’s just so soft and furry.  You just want to pet him.

Vin Diesel, conveyed more through repetition of one three word sentence that most people can get across with 300 words.  Groot ended up being a much more complicated character than I imagined at the outset of this adventure.  My mom was listening to an interview with Diesel on NPR, and he was talking about the hundreds of hours he put in to getting the inflections just right.  He went over the actual words and sentiment the director wanted him to get across, and spent so much time making sure it was exactly correct.  The result is just awesome, and something about Groot just seems to embody nature and all the amazing beauty and wrath inherent in the natural world.

The Collector who made his initial appearance in the Bonus Scene after Thor: The Dark World plays a bigger role in Guardians.  The audience gets a better look at his collection too. Keep your eyes peeled for some familiar species and things.

All of these characters make for interesting character studies, that I plan on going into more later.  I also have much more that I’d like to discuss about Thanos, what and who The Collector has collected, the Tesseract, the Aether and so much more, but I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone.  In other words, go see it, and send me an email at ilovegeekology101@gmail.com, post a comment or something.  Discussion, speculation, and tidbits that hint at what’s to come and give insight into what has happened are all flying around this brain of mine.

Also, who still gets up and leaves before the credits are finished in a Marvel movie?  Both times I went to see it, nearly half the people left before the Bonus Scene.  Have they been living under a rock?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Have I mentioned how much I want to go see this movie? Because I do. Marvel released a brand spanking new international trailer today.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Bradley Cooper as an enraged raccoon (Rocket) and Vin Diesel as a monosyllabic tree (Groot).  What’s not to like about that?  Zoe Saldana impressed me with her performance as Uhura in the Star Trek reboot, and I’m excited to see her take on the green assassin in Guardians.  To me, it looks like the perfect summer movie, funny and action packed.  What are you seeing this summer?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S.  I saw TFiOS!  Finally!  Once I dry my tears, I’ll you more, but, for now, it was good.  So good… Okay?  Okay.


My Really Late Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is easily one of the best superhero movies Marvel has released, and I think I’ve seen all of them now (more than once).  Okay, I think that of most of the Marvel movies when I see them for the first time.  This one will be going into the collection.

Chris Evans continues the saga as Steve Rogers, a man who is having a bit of difficulty adjusting to his life.  Not so much because of the time spent while he was frozen, which, let’s face it, offers up a unique challenge, but as a soldier trying to adjust to life outside of a war zone.  I liked the way they handled this difficult issue.  By introducing Sam Wilson, Falcon, as someone who has not only experienced this himself but also helps others with their adjustment, gently brings attention to the issue and the kind of man Sam is while showing that there is help available for those having a hard time dealing with their own adjustment.

Chris Evans as Captain America as depicted in ...

Chris Evans as Captain America as depicted in the film, Captain America: The First Avenger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like all the Marvel movies, Captain America: The Winder Soldier incorporates an interesting story line in an action packed film, and no Marvel movie would be complete without an unexpected twist … or three.  The relationship between Captain America and the Black Widow moves from a friendly acquaintance to a true friendship during the course of the film.  It is refreshing to find a male and female friendship that develops without smacking the viewers upside the head with sexual tension.  Although gorgeous, Scarlett Johansson’s character is more likely to kick ass than…anything else, and it is nice to see that in a mainstream film.  (Geeks have known this for a long time, but the rest of the media forgets…too often.)

Robert Redford makes an appearance as Alexander Pierce, as a member of the World Council and Nick Fury’s friend.  I just like Robert Redford, and, as expected, he does a great job wit this role.

I am continuously impressed by the way Marvel takes all these franchises and weaves their storylines together into an enormous whole.  From Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers, Captain America and Marvel: Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. the arc of the story continues into each, and that is really cool.  Has any other franchise really done this as well?  (Maybe Star Trek, but I don’t know.  Please tell me what you think!)  However, with a feature film and a television series being released at the same time, it is going to get complex, and it has.  When Thor: The Dark World was in theaters, Marvel: Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. was just getting going.  By the time the events from the film get mentioned in the series, Thor I’d already seen the film.  (I am not known for getting out to see movies opening weekend, and I really don’t remember how long the movie had been in theaters before I saw it.)  The point is, even if a fan hadn’t gotten around to the movie yet, the spoilers weren’t that big of a deal.  Those who had seen the movie got a chance to feel a bit like an insider with knowledge about what exactly caused all the damage S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were being forced to clean up.

This time around, there are some pretty major events are going on with both story lines at the same time.  A couple of big surprise reveals in the film were anti-climactic, because I’d watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a couple of days before making it out to the movies.  There were still plenty of surprises to be had, but two of the biggest were already out of the bag.  Now, I know I need to either make sure to get out to see the new Marvel movie opening weekend, or DVR S.H.I.E.L.D. and wait until I can see the movie before catching up.  If I wasn’t such a stickler for spoilers, I would have a) read that I needed to see Captain American before S.H.I.E.L.D. online b) not have been bothered by the reveal c) all the above.  As bugged as I am by the spoilers, Marvel did a really excellent job of making sure the story lines didn’t step on each other’s toes too much, and giving me the sense of I-know-something-you-don’t-know while I was sitting in the theater.  I don’t know how they could have handled this any better.  That being said, this is my official warning…WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST

Also, make sure you stay until the very tail end of the credits.  Marvel has us all trained to stay until the close of the initial credits, but there is an extra surprise at the very end.  Just in case you hadn’t figured that out…or had forgotten…or need ammunition to convince your friends not to leave without you because you’re waiting…

I’m trying really hard not to ruin surprises about The Winter Soldier, but it is soooo hard!  So, for all of those who want to discuss, hit up the comments section or email me at ilovegeekology@gmail.com. (How’s that for a not so subtle hint?)  What do you think about the identity of The Winter Soldier?  The post credit reveal?  I haven’t read the comic books (I know, bad me!).  Who are the twins?  It has been driving me nuts since I saw the movie a couple of weeks ago…okay, so it may have been like four weeks. (Four weeks?!? How did that happen?)

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

 

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Daredevil is Coming…

 

 

 

Daredevil (Marvel Comics)

No, we’re not talking about that movie…  Marvel announced today that Daredevil is coming to Netflix.  Filming is set to begin in Summer 2014, and the program will primarily be filmed in New York State and produced by Marvel in association with ABC Television Studios.  This is Marvel’s biggest leap into live-action television, and is reported to represent the largest film or television project commitment in New York State history.

 

 

Not only will viewers get to see nearly 60 planned one-hour episodes featuring the 4 Defenders: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, this production will ring nearly 3,000 jobs to New Yorkers, and that includes up to 400 full-time positions.

 

 

Governor Cuomo said, “New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before.” – Marvel’s Netflix Series to Film in New York City, Marvel.com, February 26, 2014

Immortal Iron Fist #1. Art by David Aja.

With the filming scheduled in New York, it is kind of like the “flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen” are coming home.

 

 

“We thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series.  Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ stories,” said Marvel Entertainment’s President, Alan Fine. – Marvel’s Netflix Series to Film in New York City, Marvel.com, February 26, 2014

Like I didn’t have enough reasons to watch Netflix already…

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be Still My Geeky Heart, Have You Seen What’s Coming?

There are too many great, geeky things happening between now and the end of the year.  Too many?  What am I talking about?  There can never be too many!  There is an inundation of geekiness coming to a theater, television, monitor or mobile device near you.  I don’t even know where to begin.  Part of me realizes that I should probably spread this out over several posts, so no one else gets geek overload, but…geek overload is kind of awesome! I may be missing some.  Please let me know if I did!

Thor: The Dark World comes out November 8…that’s tomorrow.  Tom Hiddleston was on the Nerdist podcast yesterday.  I wrote about how awesome I think the Nerdist is here.  (Just in case you didn’t catch it on the first go round.)  This week is Marvel week on the podcast, so definitely go check it out.  Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Kevin Feige (big-time Marvel guy) are all on their podcast this week.  Fun times!

Catching Fire is November 22

Then there is The Day of the Doctor, November 23…I…it…I can’t wait.  Seriously.  Also, this will my birthday party.  Of course, it will be Doctor Who themed.  Do you think I would be able to resist?  Nope.  Oh, the things I have planned!  I’m working to keep it a secret though, because…my friends read.  Some of that is why they’re my friends.  There will be surprises for Whovians at the party.  I promise I will let you in on the party details after the fact though.  Oh, this was my invitation!(Well, part of my invitation.  I also sent the rest of the details too.)  I’m so proud of myself, it is ridiculous.  I may have (actually did) exclaim, “Look, I did a thing!”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is December 13.  This clip…I don’t want to wait!  I also want to immediately rush out and purchase the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and watch it instead of working…no, of course I want to work.  Who wouldn’t want to work?  Then I want to watch all of the Lord of the Rings, and then read the books again….and again…and again.

OH!  Sherlock! Wait, that’s next year.  I’m good.  (“Good” may be a relative term.) Well, maybe BBC America will show it sooner?  We don’t know yet.  They should tell us soon….like…now.