Iron Man – Best Comic Book Movie of the Summer!

August 23, 2008

If you have not seen the movie Iron Man yet, stop reading this blog, rush to the theater and buy a ticket. This comic based movie is my favorite film adaptation of a comic by far. For no other reason than the sheer enjoyment you will experience when watching it.

Iron Man does a fairly decent job of staying true to the comic; however, it is obvious that they didn’t get overly caught up in making sure that they didn’t contradict the entire minutia found in the piles of issues of the comic over the years. There were some classic nods, for example the gang at the beginning of the film is the Ten Rings which is a reference to the Mandarin. Then if you stay after the credits there is a nice bonus scene.

I have been a Robert Downey Jr. fan for a very long time. This movie proved me absolutely right. After seeing his performance I am convinced that they could not have cast this part any better. I am also positive that this movie/ franchise, is going to revive Downey’s career much the same way that Pulp Fiction revived the career of John Travolta. I think over the next 5-7 years we are going to see Downey become quite the leading man. Depending on what scripts he chooses he could easily turn his career into a string of romantic comedies or maybe even action films other than Iron Man. The truth is I don’t think that either one of those scenarios will pan out. Throughout the course of his career he typically has chosen to do the more interesting roles often associated with movies not made on a huge summer blockbuster budget.

Please do yourself a favor and go rent the movie Chaplin, then go rent the movie Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, and when your done, come back and I will give you a list of other Downey movies to rent. You will thank me for it.

Gwyneth Paltrow, what can you say about Gwyneth Paltrow? She is without a doubt one of the most beautiful women on the big screen. She is a talented actress and pulls of her role effortlessly. I was very pleased with her portrayal of a strong confident independent woman to go along side Tony Stark. Often times the female role ends up being the Damsel in distress which I felt was not at all the case in this movie.

Jeff Bridges does a phenomenal job, an hour into the film, I still hadn’t quite figured his character out. As the story unfolds I couldn’t help but nod and say this makes sense this is what we needed to see (Intentionally vague to avoid spoilers).

Terrance Howard, all I knew about Terrance Howard was that at one time he was in a movie called Hustle and Flow. Never saw the movie, not my genre but I was not to enthusiastic about him being in the film. I was pleasantly surprised. Terrance held his own with Downey when the two of them were sharing the screen and it really got me excited for what is to come in Iron Man 2… hint, it is eluded to at one point in the film what Howard’s role is ultimately going to be. Those of you who follow the comics already know what I am talking about.

I am not even going to try and talk about the plot, I don’t want you to be lazy and just read my post, I want you to get up and go see the movie… Geek Out.


Clone Wars – The Good and The Bad

August 21, 2008

My wonderful wife told me Tuesday evening that I needed to get out of the house for the night and go see Star Wars – Clone Wars. I won’t go into a long speech about how this makes her, hands down, the most wonderful woman on the planet, I think that is implied. So I hopped in the minivan, sans children, and went to catch the latest Star Wars movie in theatres.

I was a little bit apprehensive. I have heard mixed reviews about the latest installment of Star Wars, it seems however, that the mixed reviews follow much the same pattern as all Star Wars movies; critics don’t like it, average movie goer loves it. I went into the theater just hoping that I wouldn’t be disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

Dark Knight flies high, Ledger falls short

August 20, 2008

I went with my buddy Kevin to go see Batman – The Dark Knight. We went on opening weekend and had to go to three different theatres until we finally found a 10:30pm showing that wasn’t sold out. I was pretty pumped, I had seen the trailers and read a few reviews and was all set to see some of these actors gave great performances. More than that though, I was really looking forward to being entertained by a great Batman movie. Read the rest of this entry »

Door to Door Salesmen – I thought you were dead?

January 5, 2008

   Last night at about 8pm in the middle of “Legend of Zorro” which was playing on TNT, there was a knock on our front door. It was a door-to-door salesman trying to sell us a subscription to the weekly paper.

First off, I thought surely by now with Internet shopping, QVC, Catalogs and outlet malls that door-to-door salesmen were a dying breed, however, since we moved into this neighborhood Read the rest of this entry »

Eragon – Another Book Murdered by a Movie

January 3, 2008

This article is going to seem severely off-topic from the rest of my content because it delves into the realm of fantasy where I usually cover more science fiction. There are some people who feel that the two genres cannot mix, some people swear by Sci-Fi and despise fantasy and others love fantasy and want nothing to do with Sci-Fi. Then there are people like me Read the rest of this entry »

National Treasure – Not really a treasure.

December 27, 2007

  national-treasure-2.jpeg I went to the movies on Tuesday night and saw the new National Treasure 2 movie. I was a fan of the first movie, while I am not a huge Nicolas Cage fan for reasons I will elaborate on later; I do like the premise of the movie and the approach that they take.

   I think it was wise of the director to take the action star out of the action film especially when your “action star” is Nicolas Cage. Read the rest of this entry »