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15:19 13 Aug 2011
From what I can gather, "Captain America" was made principally so that "The Avengers" could then be made. A film made for the sake of another film...hmmm, yes, that's just Hollywood all over, isn't it.
22:37 4 Aug 2011
This was a very enjoyable old fashioned romp but was let down a bit by a flat ending that lacks the resonance that it is trying for. The music score is great though and it's a pleasure to hear a proper theme tune in a superhero film for the first time in years
16:58 4 Aug 2011
"Before Weaving has to beat a hasty retreat to return to his fight blocking, he quickly, and amusingly, describes the Germanic accent sported by his character.
"I listened to a lot of Werner Herzog talking. And also Klaus Maria Brandauer," Weaving says. "I thought Klaus Maria Brandauer's accent was probably more interesting in one way, but the more I listened to Werner Herzog, the more I found him amusing, so started to lean more towards him. There's something wonderfully mad about him.""
09:56 3 Aug 2011
in regards to the VFX of making Chris Evan skinny, it isnt actually a body double. its actually chris evans 100% of the time. lots of VFX compositors died for that effect.
13:00 2 Aug 2011
What happens when Captain America meets the Fantastic Four?
00:49 2 Aug 2011
I'd have to agree, it is what it is, and what it is is entirely fun and worth at least watching, despite a few minor complaints (Hugo Weaving looking far too much like a man in a rubber mask, Hayley Atwell's character being anachronistically involved in the big final attack in order to make her look tough as nails even though the only reason she's really there is to snog the Captain at the end - hardly a feminist revolution there).
I have to say though, Thor left me cold - there were bits of it I really enjoyed (the remythologising of Asgard as an alien utopia, the fantastic visuals, Chris Hemsworth and Stellan Skarsgård), other bits felt either incredibly badly done (riding on the back of her performance in "Black Swan", Natalie Portman was irritatingly phoned in...) or felt cheesily derivative of everything from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" to "Hercules in New York". In the end, I suppose I just wasn't as prepared to enjoy Thor as I was with Captain America. Then again, perhaps Thor lowered my expectations for the Avengers series enough for "Captain" to come as a pleasant surprise.
00:05 2 Aug 2011
Still haven't had the chance to see Captain America yet. Will see it next week on the good Dr's recommendation.
I'l thrilled that Dr K also loves The Rocketeer. A very underrated movie. One of my ALL TIME favourites. Great characters, Timothy Dalton as an OTT villain, very nicely done. Will have to watch it again in preparation of seeing Captain America.
23:39 1 Aug 2011
Come on Mark, where's this Big Lebowski review?
22:29 1 Aug 2011
I think I liked Captain America even more than Dr. K did. Here's my own review:
I also got pix of Hugo Weaving and Chris Evans at last year's San Diego Comic Con (2020):
The main thing I remember from The Rocketeer was Jennifer Connelly. I'll have to go back and re-watch it.
21:36 1 Aug 2011
So glad to hear the love for The Rocketeer from my favourite movie reviewer. It stands as my all time favourite movie, and I'm lucky enough to have a wife that got me the jacket for Christmas a few years ago!
Captain America was awesome, but The Rocketeer is still my hero.
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