Deadpool

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I spent Valentine’s Day watching Deadpool, which in my eyes was a perfect movie choice. You have to admit, there’s a bit of a fit: all the red, the passion…of..killing and gore…anyway, as Wade Wilson himself tells the audience, the movie is a love story (and horror too). To be honest, I was a little afraid when Deadpool was becoming a movie with a R rating. Knowing Deadpool’s humor and violence, there were so many ways this movie could have went and not in a good way. I’m glad to say that there was no cringing (much) and there was just the right amount of balance of snarky humor, violence and fourth wall breaking that Deadpool is known and loved for.

“Guy came in here looking for you. Real Grim Reaper-type. I don’t know. Might further the plot.”

The story is pretty standard: mercenary Wade Wilson agrees to undergo a crazy experiment in order to cure himself of multiple cancers only to have the “cure” disfigure his skin and give him regenerating powers. Wade, getting pissed he no longer has his Ryan Reynold’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ looks, hunts down Ajax, the man who did this to him.  Violence and humor ensue in typical Deadpool/Ryan Reynolds style.

If you want to talk about good comic book adaptations, Deadpool is one of the best, if not the best comic book movie adaptation to date in terms of getting the tone down. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Deadpool is notorious for breaking the fourth wall, talking to the reader directly and making meta jokes of the studio he was created in. The movie did a great job in putting those in.

“It’s a big house. It’s weird I only ever see two of you. Almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.”

After watching the opening credits of “The Overpaid Tool” Director and “The Real Heroes” Writer team (which they really, truly were), the viewer should already get the hint of what kind of movie to expect. The action is gruesome and epic to watch with typical, excessive gymnastic-like twirl jumping and cutting off limbs, but all Deadpool fans would know the true action comes from Deadpool’s mouth (hehehe). I don’t think there were doubts who would play The Merc with the Mouth if he ever went to the big screen (the mind still boggles that this actually came to pass) and Ryan Reynolds brought it. The romance between Vanessa and Wade is cute and crazy. When I heard that Morena Baccarin was cast as the love interest I didn’t really like the idea (I will always see her as the graceful and beautiful Inara), but she was surprisingly great as Vanessa. I even enjoyed the chemistry between herself and  Ryan Reynolds. Speaking of Vanessa, I loved how the movie treated her, and the other women in the movie in general. Vanessa worked in a strip club yet there were no jokes or comments about it. To give Wade some credit, he treated her job as it was: a job. And I’m assuming he never made her change her job once they started dating, not because he would butt in if anything were to happen, but most likely because Vanessa would take care of it herself. Then kick Wade’s ass for thinking she couldn’t handle it. Their relationship really surprised me. Deadpool notwithstanding, Negasonic was treated as an equal: Colossus emphasized she was his partner and didn’t look down on her based on her age or gender. At least, that’s what I sensed. Angel Dust was the generic villain muscle-lady, but the fact she was owning Colossus for a while was kind of epic.

If it weren’t for Deadpool/Ryan Reynolds I would say the 2 X-Men are the stars of the movie. I’ve always had this weird crush on Colossus, but this movie definitely upped the notch a bit with his cute professor/babysitter/dad demeanor towards everyone. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is amazing and Deadpool’s teasing just makes her presence even better. I would love to see some mini-series of Colossus and Negasonic’s adventures.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Deadpool was a success in the box office and might have possibly started the age of rated R comic book movies. There’s already news that Hugh Jackman’s final run as Wolverine will be R rated. With the success of this movie, maybe they can afford to fill the big mansion with more X-Men appearances.

 

 

 

Brunch Reads

I can’t believe it’s November. Where did the year go? Well, let’s start November off right with some geeky links in the web.

The Martian is pretty popular in Korea. In 20 days, the movie made $28.6 million dollars and was the fastest foreign release to sell four million tickets, on par with “Kingsmen: The Secret Service”. Just wondering, why Korea was so hyped about it.

Why would anyone unleash Deadpool on Halloween? With X-Men kids no less?! (It’s so hilarious though you have to watch this)

Found Supergirl’s other weakness: surrounded by puppies dressed as superheroes.

Comic about…Hero fashion? Come on. We all see the spiffy, awesome (or not so awesome) costumes heroes wear. This comic is about the true heroes who make the heroes look good while saving the world: the hero fashion designers. I for one am going to see what this comic is about.

As always, if there’s any cool geeky things going on, let me know!

“Avengers…[end credits]” “@$%^ Joss!!”

…Pretty much how I felt right at that ending scene.

Also, sorry for the lack of update. I was on vacation.

Let me backtrack. Started the day by visiting my local comic shop for some Free Comic Book Day celebration~

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The things we do for free swag

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We were only able to pick 3 per person. Is that a thing for FCBD? I used to work at a comic book store back in the day, but I really don’t remember limiting the free comics per person. I’m glad of my picks, but I wanted to pick up the Kodansha manga sample book and I didn’t even see the Doctor Who book!

Anyway, after spending about 3 hours rock climbing I decided to treat myself by watching Age of Ultron. Let me tell you, breathing and humming the Spider Man song really helps the whole fear of heights thing.

My thoughts on Age of Ultron: for a sequel, it was pretty awesome. I think I like it just as much as the first one. Below are my streams of thought as I watched the movie. Spoilers abound, but honestly the trailers kind of did that anyway so I don’t think you’re going to be spoiled too much. Besides, what kind of fan are you if you haven’t watched AoU yet?!

The Thoughts

I thought the humor was great. It showed the group’s relationship with each other well. The running gags of Captain America’s foul mouth and who is worthy of Thor’s hammer were cute.

The twinsies – I love both as characters in the MU, particularly Scarlet Witch, messed up as she is, but it seems like their MCU versions, I don’t know, kind of diminished them? There isn’t the drama and good/bad guy complexity they both have in the MU as the “m word” than as Inhumans in the MCU (Also, when are they ever going to say Inhumans?? In AoU, Cap calls them Enhanced, but in the show AoS they really don’t have a name for them either, though I guess Powered People counts). But the ending — JOSS YOU DID IT AGAIN. For one movie I would like to see Joss *not* kill someone that’s kinda likeable.

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Ohhh Hawkeye, I’m so glad they gave you lines this time around. You reminded me how much I enjoyed reading your comic. Though I’m not really familiar with your history I didn’t know you had KIDS AND A GIRLFRIEND/WIFE?? AUNTIE NAT?!  Sorry Clintasha fans, but I actually enjoyed this little MCU backstory for him. Speaking of pairings, Hulk/Black Widow? Woah, mind-boggling yes, but oddly in the MCU…it kinda…works…

I loved all the little sprinkles of dialogue about the Infinity Gems. Better watch your back Vision…

I really wish we got to see a hint of Black Panther when the team showed up in Wakanda.

Verdict?

Great follow up to the first Avengers. I think watching Agents of Shield really did give me a bit more insight and really made the universe more…real, well, for the first 5 minutes of the movie anyway. Still, watching Agents of Shield isn’t necessary. Still looking forward to future MCU titles, but that Ant-Man though….

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Saturday Movie: Watching Les Miserables

Oh FANTINE *sobs*
Oh FANTINE *sobs*

You know, after singing these amazing songs in choir, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen the musical, or read the book so I was really excited to see the songs in context and with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway no less! And I have to say, I was really moved by the movie and kicking myself in the butt for not watching the musical!

I think I teared up at almost every song. The songs are very moving, but I think what really drove it home were the actors’ expressions and the CLOSE-UPS. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed so much face close-ups in a movie before, but wow it really captured the emotion of the song and what the actors were expressing so kudos to the actors for expressing so beautifully.

My crush for Anne Hathaway just got bigger. God, “I Dreamed a Dream”.

Didn’t really like Cosette and Marius. Though I felt bad for Marius when he comes back to the hideout and he’s the only one there. =(

Just a bit though because I felt really bad for Eponine. “On My Own” is one of my favorite songs of the musical~

But damn Seyfried can hit those high notes.

Huh, wasn’t really impressed with Russell Crow’s singing though.

So from someone who *just* watched the movie, and nothing else, I enjoyed it a lot. I will definitely learn the error of my ways and attempt to watch Les Miz on stage when I get the chance.

 

 

 

Saturday Movie: Watching The Hobbit

♪Following the leader the leader the leader♪
♪Following the leader the leader the leader♪

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I guess you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that I liked it. I think PJ got the tone perfectly: the movie was lighthearted (like the book), but also hinted at the dark times that were coming for both the dwarves and in 60 years time for Frodo and friends. And I am digged the fact they’re adding scenes that were only touched/mentioned in the book, like Gandalf’s meeting and what happened in Dale. Even the beginning with Old!Bilbo and Frodo was a nice touch.But man, did anyone else want to yell at Gandalf to kill Saruman when they had their white council meeting? Get away from Saruman guys! You would think Galadriel would sense something if she could read minds (not sure if that was an actual power of hers in the books). A downside(?) would be, and this is a should-be-smited comment, is that some parts felt really…long. I understand this first part is the set-up before all hell breaks loose in the 2nd and 3rd parts, but still.

Other random thoughts:

Good looking dwarves?

Fili or Kili? Even Thorin?!
Fili or Kili? Even Thorin?!  

 

“Song of the Lonely Mountain”? “Misty Mountains” sung by the dwarf cast? Epic.

hell yeah

 

Thranduil the douche. Man, good thing Legolas isn’t like his dad.

you mad Thorin?
you mad Thorin?

 

The Thorin and Bilbo hug of friendship?

The cuteness is too muuuuuch
The cuteness is too muuuuuch

 

I only watched it in standard film because I found out the 48 fps was for 3D. I don’t really like 3D, but I might give it a shot for The Hobbit, if only to see the 48 fps. This movie was awesome, but now I’m ready for the action. Give me the epic battles and the Sherlock/John  Smaug and Bilbo confrontation!