Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the 2nd Captain America film and follows up The Avengers. In this film, we get a more in depth look at Steve Rogers as he struggles to deal with the modern world.

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As Rogers focuses on adjusting to his new life, a new enemy threatens mankind. This time, the threat comes from the same organization that Rogers has worked to protect: Shield. Nick Fury reveals Shield's plan designed to set off spy satellites in order preemptively eliminate threats before they happen. Rodgers questions the moral and legal ramifications of spying on the American public. He fought for freedom in WWII and feels this goes against everything America is about.

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After Fury is attacked, Rogers embarks on a mission to discover who is behind this and to stop them before they can go through with it.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is more of a political, spy thriller than the typical superhero movie. It's a welcomed change of pace because these superhero films can become a bit repetitive after a while. This film tries to tone down the heavy CGI effects used previous superhero films and return to realistic action. This sets it apart from the rest of the Marvel films.

 The Winter Soldier Captain American 2, Chris Evans Captain America 2 Captain America has always been my favorite Avenger. He's everything you want in a hero and Evans plays the part perfectly. Evans has terrific chemistry with Scarlett Johansson, who plays a major role here as well. It's one of the highlights of the film.

As evident by the plot, it has many moral and political themes that are relevant in society. This world may not be to far off from today as these ideas seem eerily similar to issues we are dealing with today. It's clear that the film has more to say than a typical blockbuster. It's an aspect that just adds to the film.
I'm partial to the first Captain America because it felt so unique. When are we ever going to see a superhero film set during WWII again? But this is a worthy successor and definitely one of Marvel's best. The Winter Solider proves that Captain America is the best superhero series running. I can't wait to see where they go from here.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Top 10 Films of 1995

1. Toy Story (John Lasseter)
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2. Seven (David Fincher)
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3. Casino (Martin Scorsese)
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4. Apollo 13 (Ron Howard)
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5. Heat (Michael Mann)
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6. Braveheart (Mel Gibson)
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7. The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer)
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8. GoldenEye (Martin Campbell)
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9. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
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10. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Actors That Deserve Better Careers

By "better" I mean in terms of more popularity, better roles/movies, or more recognition/respect awards wise. It might not have worked out because of some of their choices or they haven't been given enough opportunities. Feel free to add your own to the list. The pictures highlight their best performances.  

1. Guy Pearce
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He starred in 2 of my favorite films of all time in Memento and L.A. Confidential. Yet, it seems he hasn't gotten many other good opportunities. He was great in Animal Kingdom, but seems relegated to extremely minor roles (The King's Speech, Prometheus, The Hurt Locker)

2. Sam Rockwell
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Maybe not a leading man type, but he's great in everything he does. Standouts include Matchstick Men, Conviction, Moon, and The Way Way Back. He could be a perennial Best Supporting Actor contender with the right roles.

3. Nicolas Cage 
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What happened to him? A two time Oscar nominee who's been doing films like Season of the Witch and Ghost Rider lately. Since 2006, he's been in 3 "Fresh" movies and 14 "Rotten" ones according to Rotten Tomatoes. He needs a new agent.

4. Edward Norton
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Another actor who's career started off so great by quickly earning 2 Oscar nominations by the time he was 29. Yet since his last nomination in 1998, he hasn't really done much besides Spike Lee's fantastic 25th Hour. I'm hoping Birdman brings Norton back to greatness.
5. Jim Carrey
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This could stem from his image as a comedic goofball, but he can act (See The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). I'd like to see him take on some more dramatic roles because he's proven he can handle it.

6. Casey Affleck
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More talented (acting wise) than his more famous older brother, but has never been able to make it big. He's fantastic in The Assassination of Jesse James and Gone Baby Gone. He could also be getting a bunch of juicy supporting roles instead of appearing in something like Tower Heist.

7. James Franco
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Mostly his own doing by wanting to dabble in a number of different arts. If he just concentrated on acting, he could be great. He's fantastic in 127 Hours, Spring Breakers, and James Dean. I wish he did more films like that.

8. Ben Foster
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Here's another overlooked actor with a ton of talent (See 3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Let's up he finally gets some recognition for his portrayal of Lance Armstrong in the upcoming biopic.

9. Kevin Spacey
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Yes, Kevin Spacey is a pretty big star. But for a 2 time Oscar winner, he should be getting better roles. He was the king of the 90s with performances in the The Usual Suspects, Seven, L.A. Confidential, and American Beauty. All great films. Since 1999, he's he hasn't been nearly as relevant. The success of House of Cards certainly helps though.

10. Ray Liotta 
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As the star of one of the greatest movies of all time, he outshined Robert DeNiro and and Joe Pesci in Goodfellas. With his fantastic work in such a classic, high profile film, you would think he could get better roles than the small cameo parts he's mostly been getting lately.