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Man of Steel living in dark world

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From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,”TM starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder.

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.

Zack Snyder’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Amir Mokri, production designer Alex McDowell, editor David Brenner, and multiple Academy Award®-winning costume designer James Acheson (“Restoration”) and costume designer Michael Wilkinson. The music is by Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

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Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.” The film will be released in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX®, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Man of Steel REVIEW

It’s really hard to make a good Superman movie. The bar is high,well-established and proven timelessly definitive in a way no other Superman film has been able to touch.

But the biggest problem with tackling such an iconic character,especially when he’s been around for almost a century in countless iterations is that you will never ever be able to capture everything that makes him resonate with your audience, because my definitive Superman is not necessarily your definitive Superman. Still, there are consistent threads that have defined the character throughout that time, things Superman represents in the larger superhero landscape that matter.

And the overwhelming impression I get from Man of Steel,the latest cinematic reboot of Superman’s origin story that opens in theaters tomorrow, is that someone, somewhere along the line, thought that the core concept of Superman needed to be souped up: made edgier, darker, grittier, more violent, more explosive. Every change in Man of Steel serves that end rather than the story, or even a plausible reboot of the character and continuity.

I’m not saying that superheroes, however iconic are inviolate, or that it’s never worth shaking up an established character’s defining traits, but when you’re rebooting a character as thoroughly embedded in cultural myth and collective consciousness as Superman, the ends have to justify the means.

This isn’t to say that it’s impossible to tell a dark Superman story, but it takes more nuance than the standard grim and gritty surface treatment. “A story where Superman kills people” isn’t an edgy Superman story; it’s a lazy one, taking the shortest, most obvious path to define this Superman as different from that one. It’s yelling “Look at me! Look how transgressive I am!” so loudly that it distracts the audience from the fact that there’s no actual innovation going on.

Copyright 2013 by WarnerBros.com, Wired.com & YouTube

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‘Man of Steel.’ Rebuilding Superman with fear factor

Man of Steel won’t be hurting for an audience when the latest cinematic incarnation of Superman swoops into cinemas next summer. The casting of Henry Cavill (The Tudors, The Immortals) has been met with great enthusiasm from fanboys, media, and pretty much everyone with working eyeballs. The supporting players ooze quality and clout: Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne. That’s an all-star team-up of acting Avengers right there. Behind the camera, a marketable, geek-cool, movie-smart brain trust: producer Christopher Nolan, screenwriter David Goyer, director Zack Snyder. With talent like this above and below the line, there’s little doubt people will be buying tickets…

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‘Superman Returns’ was an enterprise that didn’t make enough money and generate enough interest to justify making more movies like it, especially in an era when moviegoers were more fascinated by a kind of superhero that Superman wasn’t: A grim Batman, a glibly cool Iron Man. And so Man of Steel —the second “second coming” of Superman this century —comes with all the questions that its predecessor failed to answer compellingly. Is Superman relevant? Does he need to change? Do we trust his brand of heroism?

Man of Steel, the newest Superman franchise reboot, is looking pretty good from the latest movie still.

The shot shows Clark Kent, sporting the classic Superman suit and cape and staring into the distance in classic pensive superhero fashion. Unfortunately, as far as costume reveals go, this one isn’t the most exciting. We only get to see Henry Cavill’s back in this one, which is great as far as backs go, but doesn’t really give away much in terms of changes to the suit. Fans don’t get a good look in the trailers that have been released so far either, but they do, at least, give us a feel for the movie itself.

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As origin stories go, this one will be pretty dark it seems, going for sleekness and style, which has been the trend these days, but with Christopher Nolan producing, is anyone really surprised. Nolan has set the bar high with The Dark Knight trilogy and there’s no question that comic book geeks and casual fans alike will be going into the theatres with high expectations.

Copyright 2012 by Entertainment Weekly & YouTube

James Bond 50th Anniversary

Skyfall 2012

On the occasion of big-screen Bond, James Bond’s 50th anniversary, I have been contemplating martinis. Granted, there’s a chance I’d ponder them without any prompting. But were you to count the nods in numerous magazine features to 007’s famous request that his be”shaken, not stirred,”you’d know I am hardly alone. One could chalk this up to the odd and frenzied nature of anniversaries, especially of the pop-culture variety. They nudge us to take milestones seriously if for no other reason (one sometimes fears) than the sense everyone else seems to be taking them so durn seriously.

The question is where does the heart of this feat reside? Is it solely with the character former British naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming dreamed up gazing out at the Caribbean from the Jamaican house he christened Goldeneye? Or does it speak to our continuing tussle with the era that created the famous superspy?

The trouble with movie franchises and reboots is they often muddy the cultural story. Sure, they can remain escapist vehicles of fantasy, of the wish not to be chained to a time. But too unmoored from their peculiar historical moment, they can become stories about stories, post-modern studies in the business of movie making: yawns about how Hollywood is drained of original ideas, about the ways studios love exhausting the golden goose. Thankfully every once in a while someone breathes fresh, vital life into a known property. Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” comes to mind.

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I have been a huge Bond fan for as long as I can remember, I have seen all the films multiple times. With the latest one, Skyfall, Bond is starting to make his way back to his roots but only just slightly.

The plot revolves around a stolen list of MI6 agents that the agency is trying to retrieve while at the same time M’s dubious past is catching up with her in dangerous ways. Bond goes from London to Turkey to Shanghai to Scotland with a fair bit of chases and action on the way. M takes a very prominent role in this one and James Bond’s character, including his flaws and background, are explored much more deeply than ever before.

But is this what we really want from a James Bond film?

The key issue for me as a long time Bond fan is his style, the formula of Bond. Up until Die Another Day (included) the Bond films had a very uniform style of lighthearted escapism with all the little tweaks that make Bond Bond included. However once Daniel Craig took off with Casino Royale (and what continues into Skyfall) is a Jason Bourne/Mission Impossible style relatively generic action-thriller with some Bond elements thrown in. Bond had a formula that worked very well, there was nothing wrong with it. It is supposed to be a little lighthearted, a little shallow, chauvinistic, stylish escapist entertainment. You went to see a Bond film because it was fun, it was so detached from everyday life and every guy wanted to be like Bond. Now however they have gone down the route of making a very “dark” Bond film, here a lot of attention is on the characters and their problems and and the plot line which has usually been of Bond trying to save the world in some way is utterly secondary in Skyfall. However I as a true Bond fan want to see him in a plot driven save-the-world type of mission, I am not interested in a dark character drama that is close to being indistinguishable from any generic thriller.

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That is the biggest flaw of this film: it is ignoring a formula that works so well and instead tries to be something new….but that new is just copying Jason Bourne and other similar films. Skyfall, as it is released 50 years after the first Bond film, is rich in references to the older films which are a delight for a Bond fan to watch out for but they really are more a depressing reminder of “the good old days” and stand as a stark contrast to the cold empty shell that Bond has become today. Particularly the female element, such a key aspect of all previous Bond films, is very toned down and it seems that M is more the Bond girl in this film than any other girl.

However to finish on a high note, the film had a very nice ending from the standpoint of a Bond fan, a hint of things to come which seem to be going back closer to what Bond used to be and should always be.

The film itself isn’t bad, its a very interesting thriller. Its only that it isn’t very strong as a Bond film but from the way things were heading in Skyfall, it seems that the next Bond film should be a bit closer to what Bond should be.

SKYFALL Official Soundtracks

 

Copyright 2012 by YouTube & IMDb

Rises against revolution

Dark Knight Rises

“The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t proclaim a villain born of unfathomable, motiveless, quench for anarchy as immortalized by Heath Ledger or his spiritual predecessor Jack Nicholson, or the real-life actions of the individual behind the still-in-investigation act, what its villain sets out to accomplish is nearly radical enough: the domination of a free spirit.

The disaster, although racking up from the movie’s inception is imminent, and its threat — or that of the destruction of Gotham — rings a little closer to home, without making it apparent. A fellow critic of mine, who saw the movie before me, said that you can only talk about the first 30 minutes of the movie. Anymore and you are liable to trip-up on spoilers.

In “Rises”, Christopher Nolan’s deliberately and delicately crafted swan-song to Bob Kane’s comic centering on a billionaire orphan turned detective-vigilante, pain (physical and figurative) is intensified, a city-falls and a hero — or make that heroes — rise.

Banking on his and brother screenwriter Jonathan Nolan’s aptitude for complex character juggling, Chris Nolan expands and contracts a handful of deep-rooted individuals for 165 minutes of the film’s running time – right into the overarching climax on Gotham’s streets that include everything from an army of weaponless cops to tank-cars and a ticking nuclear weapon.

Although Googler’s would have no doubt picked up the clues, “Rises” is an adaptation of a number of Batman comic-arcs since DC comics rebooted, and permanently relocated, the dark knight to a grittier domain in 1987’s “Batman: Year One” (which subsequently plays a substantial role in “Batman Begins”). The titles in question for inspiration would be: “No Man’s Land”, “Knight Fall” fiddles around with Nolan’s auteurist touch.

“The Dark Knight” had ended 8 years ago when “Rises” opens. Bruce Wayne (played with phlegmatic restrain by Christian Bale) is a recluse with a bad-leg, moping for Rachel Dawes (his deceased love interest played by Maggie Gyllenhaal). The Dent Act — a law fortified by the death Gotham’s white knight, Harvey Dent and Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman) — has eradicated crime to the street-level. Gotham is safe. Gordon is “a war hero” in “peace time” — and that guilt is eating him alive.

Gotham is soon stormed by Bane (Thomas Hardy, mean, trenchant and maniacal) — a calm and nefarious villain flaunting deterrence and an oddish mask that garrotte’s his voice into a strangled wheeze.

Here, Bane’s single minded agenda, which we later learn is a by-product of unmovable belief (and which comes full-circle to “Batman Begins”), is a perceptible layer in Hardy’s low-key, but frightfully aware performance.

And is it brutal. In the highly publicized poster art, which divulges a key aspect about Bruce Wayne/Batman’s butchery, we see Bane’s hulking figure walking away from a cracked-cowl. The “real” fight scene, which happens at halfway through the film, is as atrociously pitiless as it is mesmeric. It is a single instant, in a string of grandly-designed incidents that numb the audience into absolute submission.

In a separate, interconnected layer to Bane and Bruce is a neophyte “hot-head” cop, Jonathan Blake (a winning Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an orphan who walks up to Bruce’s home one day and tells him that he’s known about his cape and cowl. As the screenplay works out, the masks are an extension, and not a divergence, of Bruce or Bane or the velvety cat-burglar Selina Kyle’s (Anne Hathaway) inherent personalities.

“Rises” doesn’t need to label Selina Kyle under the moniker of “Catwoman”. Her role, as the roles of every single individual — whether Michael Caine’s trust-worthy father-figure-cum-butler, Morgan Freeman’s company chief and tech wizard, or Marion Cotillard’s philanthropist (and half-baked love-interest) – are precociously pre-composed. If compared to Dark Knight, The Joker was extremely funny & menacing, Bane is a more intelligent, planning and dark character. This movie is about pain and The other movie is about chaos. The story of the Dark Knight Rises is amazing but Dark Knight was better cause Joker character played by Heath Ledger was too perfect & madness as ‘Agent of Chaos.’ After all, this is the end of the era…

Copyright 2012 by Dawn.com Entertainment & YouTube

How unique person on Earth named “Tim Burton”..

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Tim Burton plays producer on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Reviews This film is a case of a title that is better than the movie. The idea behind it sounds great; that one of America’s most beloved Presidents was also secretly a Vampire Hunter, but the execution doesn’t live up to the premise. I’ve recently read books about the American Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination so probably know more than the average Brit about the President and this period of America’s history and there were nice details, incidents and characters taken from the period and Lincoln’s life that were included to give a bit of authenticity to the story. The truth, with the added inclusion of vampires could have created a really good film.

The film’s design is meant to be a sort of Gothic horror but it relies far too heavily on special effects and hardly anything in the film feels tangible. You get the feeling that about 80% of the film is shot on green screen which is a shame because there must be plenty of locations that could have been used. Another design problem is that it was obviously meant as a 3D film but I saw it in 2D because 3D is terrible. As a result things are constantly heading out of the screen at you which in 2D look pointless and this is a film which will probably find success on DVD, a mostly 2D format so why the film was designed in 3D I don’t know. ‘Atmospheric fluff’ is a constant feature of the cinematography and this just gets in the way. Obviously in 3D it’s meant to give the sense of depth (which according to various reviews it doesn’t) but in 2D it was once again pointless and distracting. For some reason the 30 year old Benjamin Walker looks like an alien or like Benedict Cumberbatch after he’s been hit by a spade to the face when he is playing the younger Lincoln but as the older Lincoln he at least appears human. Some of the effects look decent although aren’t on a par with the likes of Prometheus etc. The vampires for instance although obviously CGI’d, look quite good but the scene on the train looks awful and cheap. The main problem with the film’s design is the constant slow motion shots. Although the film is 105 minutes long, if it was played at full speed throughout it would probably be closer to 70.

Synopsis At the age of 9, Abraham Lincoln witnesses his mother being killed by a vampire, Jack Barts. Some 10 years later, he unsuccessfully tries to eliminate Barts but in the process makes the acquaintance of Henry Sturgess who teaches him how to fight and what is required to kill a vampire. The quid pro quo is that Abe will kill only those vampires that Henry directs him to. Abe relocates to Springfield where he gets a job as a store clerk while he studies the law and kills vampires by night. He also meets and eventually marries the pretty Mary Todd. Many years later as President of the United States, he comes to realize that vampires are fighting with the Confederate forces. As a result he mounts his own campaign to defeat them.

 

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Tim Burton has an “astounding imagination”. 

The eccentric director is serving as a producer on Timur Bekmambetov’s ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and Benjamin Walker, who plays the titular character, revealed both Tim and Timur’s “unique styles” made working on the movie very special.
Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov really bring their unique styles and feel to ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’. “They’re both highly intelligent, funny, macabre, visual geniuses. What’s fun is putting trust in that and realising what they’re going for is gonna be something you couldn’t possibly imagine. It takes trust and a lot of work and dedication. “The more specific something is, the more fun it is for an actor. Both of their imaginations are astounding!”

Benjamin Walker also revealed he appreciated the pair’s “macabre humour” during filming. He explained: “They bring a sense of the visuals that are rarely seen in film today, and also this unique macabre humour that is charming and exciting. “Timur always wants to do what has not been done. He wants to create an image that hasn’t been seen. He wants to kill someone in a way they’ve never been killed – and that’s very exciting, because then you’re not just hitting people with an axe, you’re doing something very specific.”

From my point of view on this movie, overall this is a extraordinary of a film. The idea is interesting and it could have been great on scenes. But the execution is extremely poor, from the fake looking blood to serious tone. I’ll prefer to vote 3 stars instead of 5 stars.. Good movie to enjoyed your weekend & a day.. 🙂

 

Copyright 2012 by The Inquisitr & YouTube

Navy SEALs movie ‘Act of Valor’ tops the box office

Act of Valor

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story ofcontemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure.

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plotagainst the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that couldkill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America. Usually the actors seen in military films have never as much as set foot on a real battlefield. So the excitement of seeing real soldiers in action surely helped Act of Valor storm to the top of the box office charts in the US. It has been hailed as a strong opening for the film, which was made in collaboration with the Navy, and sought to demonstrate the skill and bravery of the SEALs without Hollywood imitation.

Copyright 2012 by culture.com & YouTube

The Avengers are MARVEL future team icon

The Avengers 2012

Summary on this movie : 

Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.

Cast :

  • Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man:
A self-described genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist with a mechanical suit of armor of his own invention. Downey was cast as part of his four-picture deal with Marvel Studios, which includes Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Downey stated that he initially pushed Whedon to make Stark the lead revealing, “Well, I said, ‘I need to be in the opening sequence. I don’t know what you’re thinking, but Tony needs to drive this thing.’ He was like, ‘Okay, let’s try that.’ We tried it and it didn’t work, because this is a different sort of thing, the story and the idea and the theme is the theme, and everybody is just an arm of the octopus.” About the character’s evolution from previous films, Downey commented, “In Iron Man, which was an origin story, he was his own epiphany and redemption of sorts. Iron Man 2 is all about not being an island, dealing with legacy issues and making space for others… In The Avengers, he’s throwing it down with the others”.
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America:
A World War II veteran who was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum. Evans was cast as part of a deal to star in three Marvel films, in addition to The Avengers. Evans stated that Steve Rogers is much darker in The Avengers, explaining, “It’s just about him trying to come to terms with the modern world. You’ve got to imagine, it’s enough of a shock to accept the fact that you’re in a completely different time, but everybody you know is dead. Everybody you cared about… He was a soldier, obviously, everybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms, they’re all dead. He’s just lonely. I think in the beginning it’s a fish out of water scene, and it’s tough. It’s a tough pill for him to swallow. Then comes trying to find a balance with the modern world.” Regarding the dynamic between Captain America and Tony Stark, Evans remarked, “I think there’s certainly a dichotomy—this kind of friction between myself and Tony Stark, they’re polar opposites. One guy is flash and spotlight and smooth, and the other guy is selfless and in the shadows and kind of quiet and they have to get along. They explore that, and it’s pretty fun”.
  • Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk:
      A genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or excited. Ruffalo was cast after negotiations between Marvel and Edward Norton broke down.

 

      About replacing Edward Norton, Ruffalo said, “I’m a friend of Ed’s, and yeah, that wasn’t a great way for all that to go down. But the way I see it is that Ed has bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as my generation’s

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      .” About the character he stated, “He’s a guy struggling with two sides of himself—the dark and the light—and everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control. I grew up on the Bill Bixby TV series, which I thought was a really nuanced and real human way to look at the Hulk. I like that the part has those qualities”. Regarding the Hulk’s place on the team Ruffalo said, “He’s like the teammate none of them are sure they want on their team. He’s a loose cannon. It’s like, ‘Just throw a grenade in the middle of the group and let’s hope it turns out well”! Ruffalo also told

New York 

      magazine that unlike previous incarnations, he will actually play the Hulk, “I’m really excited. No one’s ever played the Hulk exactly, they’ve always done CGI. They’re going to do the

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       stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I’ll actually play the Hulk. That’ll be fun”. About his preparation for the role Ruffalo joked, “I’ve lost 15 pounds and I’ve put another five on of just strapping, pure USDA beef… They want me mean and lean, but they don’t want me big and buff”.

      • Lou Ferrigno will voice the Hulk.
      • Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
The god of thunder based on the Norse deity of the same name. Hemsworth was cast as part of a multiple movie deal. He had previously worked with Joss Whedon on The Cabin in the Woods. Hemsworth stated that he was able to maintain the strength he built up for Thor by increasing his food intake, consisting of a number of chicken breasts, fish, steak and eggs a day. When asked exactly how much, Hemsworth joked, “My body weight in protein pretty much!” About Thor’s motivations Hemsworth remarked, “I think [Thor’s] motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it’s his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down. It’s a different approach for me, or for Thor. He’s constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do vs. it’s his little brother there… I’ve been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but I’m the only one who is allowed to be angry at them. There’s a bit of that.”
      • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
A highly trained spy working for the international peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. About the character and her relationship with Hawkeye, Johansson commented, “Our characters have a long history, they’ve fought together for a long time in a lot of battles in many different countries. We’re the two members of this avenging group who are skilled warriors – we have no superpowers. Black Widow is definitely one of the team though. She’s not in the cast simply to be a romantic fall or eye candy. She’s there to fight, so I never felt like I was the only girl. We all have out various skills and it feels equal”.Regarding her training Johansson stated, “Even though Iron Man 2 was ‘one-for-them,’ I’d never done anything like that before. I’d never been physically driven in something, or a part of something so big. For The Avengers, I’ve spent so many months training with our stunt team, and fighting all the other actors, it’s crazy. I do nothing but fight—all the time.”
      • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and master archer known in the comics as the “World’s Greatest Marksman”. Renner said it was a very physical role and that he trained physically and practiced archery as much as possible in preparation. About the role, Renner remarked, “When I saw Iron Man, I thought that was a really kick-ass approach to superheroes. Then they told me about this Hawkeye character, and I liked how he wasn’t really a superhero; he’s just a guy with a high skill set. I could connect to that. Regarding Hawkeye’s sniper mentality, Renner stated, “It’s a lonely game. He’s an outcast. His only connection is to Scarlett’s character, Natasha. It’s like a left hand/right hand thing. They coexist, and you need them both, especially when it comes to a physical mission.” Renner said Hawkeye is not insecure about his humanity explaining, “Quite the opposite, he’s the only one who can really take down The Hulk with his [tranquilizer-tipped] arrows. He knows his limitations. But when it comes down to it, there has to be a sense of confidence in any superhero.”
      • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury:
The director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was revealed in previous films to be coordinating the “Avenger Initiative”. Jackson was brought to the project with a deal containing an option to play the character in up to nine Marvel films.
      • Tom Hiddleston as Loki:
Thor’s adoptive brother and nemesis based on the deity of the same name. In regard to his character’s evolution from the film Thor, Hiddleston stated, “I think the Loki we see in The Avengers is further advanced. You have to ask yourself the question: how pleasant an experience is it disappearing into a wormhole that has been created by some kind of super nuclear explosion of his own making? So I think by the time Loki shows up in The Avengers he’s seen a few things.”About Loki’s motivations, Hiddleston remarked, “At the beginning of The Avengers, he comes to Earth to subjugate it and his idea is to rule the human race as their king. And like all the delusional autocrats of human history, he thinks this is a great idea because if everyone is busy worshipping him, there will be no wars so he will create some kind of world peace by ruling them as a tyrant. But he is also kind of deluded in the fact that he thinks unlimited power will give him self respect so I haven’t let go of the fact that he is still motivated by this terrible jealousy and kind of spiritual desolation”.
      • Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Jackson’s Nick Fury.Smulders, whom Joss Whedon once considered for his unproduced live-action Wonder Woman film, was selected from a short list of potential actresses including Morena Baccarin. Smulder’s deal would integrate her into nine films.Regarding her preparation, Smulders stated, “I hired this amazing black-ops trainer to teach me how to hold a gun, take me to a shooting range, how to hit, how to hold myself, how to walk and basically how to look. I don’t do a ton of fighting in the movie, which is why I wasn’t offered a trainer, but I wanted to look like I had the ability to. And I really just got down and dirty with the character, but then I finally went on set; when you’re about to roll, all the “blubbity blue” you’ve been working on kind of messes with you. And you become a little bit detached.” On relating to the character, Smulders commented, “I can relate to her being a mom and being a business woman and trying to work full time and raising a family and having a career. We’re asked to do a lot of things these days. I feel she is just all about her job and keeping things going.
Clark Gregg and Stellan Skarsgård reprise their roles from previous films as Phil Coulson and Erik Selvig respectively. Paul Bettany returns to voice JARVIS. Avengers co-creator Stan Lee will have a cameo appearance.

Marvel Studios presents, in association with Paramount Pictures, Marvel’s The Avengers–the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security,Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Opening in Theaters on May 4, 2012. WORLDWIDE

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 by David Fincher

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

PLOT

Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), co-owner and writer of Millennium magazine, has just lost a libel case against crooked businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström, for which he must pay 600,000 Swedish kronor (approximately 87,000 USD) in damages. Meanwhile, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a researcher for Milton Security and a computer hacker, has compiled a very extensive background check on Blomkvist for Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), retired CEO of Vanger Industries, for a job that Henrik wants him to perform. Despite the recent scandal, Salander passes Blomkvist as “clean.”

Blomkvist receives a phone call from Henrik’s lawyer, Dirch Frode (Steven Berkoff), summoning him to the Vanger estate at Hedeby Island in Hedestad. Blomkvist reluctantly meets Henrik, who offers him two jobs: to write a Vanger family history, and, using the information provided by Henrik for the memoir, to solve the murder of his niece Harriet Vanger, who disappeared almost 40 years previously; Henrik is convinced that someone in the family killed her. He reveals that someone he believes to be the killer has been sending him pressed flowers, which Harriet had always given him on his birthday. He says he will pay Blomkvist handsomely for this job, but Blomkvist agrees only when he promises to give him damning information about Wennerström, who got his start at Henrik’s Vanger Industries.

Meanwhile, Salander, who is a ward of the state despite being in her twenties, due to diagnosed mental incompetency, goes to visit her legal guardian, Holger Palmgren, only to discover that he has suffered a stroke. Her new guardian, lawyer Nils Bjurman (Yorick van Wageningen), seizes control of Salander’s finances and issues her a monthly allowance, which angers Salander, as Palmgren allowed her to manage her own finances.

Blomkvist gets to work right away, staying in a cottage that Henrik provides. He draws up a family tree of all of the living members of the Vanger family. He receives a visit from Harriet’s cousin Cecila Vanger (Geraldine James), who tells him that her sister, Anita, was much closer to Harriet than the rest of them. Blomkvist visits Anita (Joely Richardson), who is living in London, and tells Blomkvist that she can’t help him either: she escaped the family when she was eighteen, but Harriet never made it to eighteen. Blomkvist finds Harriet’s notebook, containing the names of five women with a 5-digit number next to each of their names. Gustav Morell (Donald Sumpter), a retired policeman, says that they are telephone numbers that are unrelated to the names listed next to them. However, when Blomkvist gets a surprise visit from his daughter Pernilla, she hints that the numbers relate to Bible verses. Blomkvist returns to the cottage to find that each Bible verse comes from the book of Leviticus and describes methods of killing, opening up the first lead on the case in 35 years. Blomkvist’s co-worker and lover Erika Berger (Robin Wright) visits him and tells him that because of the financial straits Millennium is in, they will be out of business within a few months. Henrik and his nephew, current Vanger Industries CEO Martin Vanger (Stellan Skarsgård), decide to invest in the magazine. Shortly afterwards, Henrik suffers a heart attack, and the Vanger family asks Blomkvist to stop investigating their family affairs.

Meanwhile, Salander is mugged in a subway station and her laptop is damaged when she fights back. Salander asks Bjurman for some extra money for a replacement computer. Bjurman agrees on condition that she performs fellatio on him. A few nights later, Salander claims to need more money for groceries, and is told to meet Bjurman at his apartment. Bjurman handcuffs Salander to the bed, then rapes andsodomizes her. Without Bjurman’s knowledge, Salander has recorded the rape on a hidden camera. A few nights later, she arranges to meet him again at home and renders him unconscious with a taser. Upon waking up, Bjurman finds himself tied and bolted to the floor, naked. Salander then tortures him and shows him the video of her rape. She blackmails him, demanding that he allow her to have full access to her finances again, write glowing monthly reports about her behavior, and apply to have her status of legal incompetency rescinded, or she will post the rape video on the Internet. In addition, Salander tells Bjurman that if she should find out a woman is ever in his apartment again, she will kill him. To make sure he remembers the deal, she tattoos the words, “I AM A RAPIST PIG” on his torso.

Blomkvist begins looking for a researcher to help him find out more about the Bible verses. Frode recommends Salander, whom Blomkvist learns did the background check on him. Upon seeing the incredibly detailed report, he discovers Salander hacked into his computer. He then visits her apartment, making her an offer to help him find Harriet’s murderer, to which she agrees. As Salander traces the Bible verses to a series of murders occurring from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s, Blomkvist finds a series of photos of a parade held in Hedestad which Harriet attended on the day that she disappeared. The photos suggest that she saw something that frightened her. He spots a couple in the crowd taking pictures around the same time and tracks down the woman who took the pictures; after locating and reviewing the photos, they find a picture of a man in a blue school uniform staring at Harriet. Salander’s research reveals that all of the women murdered had Jewish, or more specifically, Biblical names; linking the murders to several members of the Vanger family who were members of the Swedish Nazi Party. During the investigation, Salander and Blomkvist become lovers.

The next night, Salander looks through family archives examining Harriet and Martin’s late father and Henrik’s nephew, Gottfried, particularly his travels from the 1940s through the 1960s to see if he was in the same towns as the women at the same time they were murdered. Meanwhile, Blomkvist meets Harald, Henrik’s other brother and a former Nazi, and asks to see some pictures he took on the day Harriet disappeared. Blomkvist asks Harald to identify a man in one of the pictures who has a similar jacket and face to the man in the parade photo. Harald immediately identifies him as Martin. Salander continues researching and finds that Gottfried visited every town that each woman was murdered in at the same time they were murdered, but is puzzled that one murder took place two years after Gottfried died. However, she sees that Martin was studying in Uppsala, where the murder was committed, at the time. She deduces that Gottfried “initiated” Martin into being a serial killer when she finds a picture with the two of them attending a conference in one of the towns where a murder was committed, and Martin’s picture matches the one on the parade photo.

Blomkvist attempts to break into Martin’s house for more clues, but is caught by Martin, who leads Blomkvist into his basement at gunpoint and gasses him. Blomkvist wakes up to find himself hung by his neck. Martin brags about killing dozens of women over several years, but angrily denies killing his sister. Martin then tries to suffocate Blomkvist, but Salander, having missed Blomkvist and gone looking for him, sneaks up behind Martin and strikes him with a golf club. After freeing Blomkvist, she gives chase to Martin on her motorcycle. Martin crashes his car, which ends up on its side as gasoline leaks from the ruptured tank. Martin dies in the explosion as the gasoline ignites on the hot engine.

With the help of two hacker friends, Plague and Trinity, Blomkvist and Salander discover that Harriet (Joely Richardson) has been living in London under Anita Vanger’s identity to hide from Martin. Anita helped her escape the island in her car and the two used Anita’s maiden name and her married name until Anita and her husband died, leaving her identity all to Harriet. Blomkvist finds Harriet and she tells him that she killed her father, who had been sexually abusing her for years, and that Martin saw her do it. Martin then began repeatedly raping her until Henrik sent him to a boarding school in Uppsala. When he returned on the day of the parade, she fled Sweden with the help of Anita. The framed flowers sent to Henrik on his birthday were sent by Harriet, who intended them as a sign of her well-being. Finally free of her brother, Harriet returns to Sweden and has a tearful reunion with Henrik. As promised, Henrik gives Blomkvist the information on Wennerström, but Blomkvist is dismayed to find out that the information is too old to legally incriminate him, as the statute of limitations has expired, and not shocking enough to turn the public against him. Salander hacks into Wennerström’s computer and finds information regarding his involvement with illegal arms and drug trafficking, which she gives to Blomkvist to publish.

The article propels Millennium into stardom and destroys Wennerström. Salander uses her hacking skills to access Wennerström’s numerous bank accounts and then travels around Europe in disguise as Irene Nesser, who she presents as Wennerström’s assistant. As Nesser, Salander converts all of Wennerström’s money into bonds which she converts back into money, then places it into five accounts of her own. From this she ends up with two billion euros. Wennerström is eventually tracked down in Spain and is subsequently murdered by his shady associates. Upon returning to Stockholm, Salander visits her old legal guardian, Palmgren, telling him she found “a friend” he would approve of. She buys Blomkvist a Christmas present of a nice leather coat but on her way to give it to him she spots Blomkvist and Berger walking together happily. Heartbroken, she tosses the jacket in a nearby dumpster and rides off through the streets of Stockholm.

 

Copyright 2012 by IMDb, Wikipedia & YouTube

Captain America fantastic..!!

Captain America

My first thought of the film when I saw the trailer was please don’t end up like The Green Lantern & be a movie that looks appealing with trailers & advertisement but ends up to be a big CGI waist of money. I have to say Captain America did not disappoint. I know this is going to sound not pretty cool but I thought everything about the movie was really good even the bad things seem to flow perfectly with the film, not that there were alot of bad parts of the film but there were a few plot holes. The film had its own feel, it’s own environment for it’s herioc character to inspire the “American spirit” & surprisingly it worked.

Okay, so I feel that this movie was made with alot of respect towards the source material & I loved how this was filmed more like a period/adventure movie then a superhero movie. I also loved the writing & the actors which I think Stanley Tucci, Chris Evans & Haley Atwell did a great job bringing these characters to life. I really enjoyed this movie & think it is way better than “Thor” because it actually knows what film it wants to be & does it well. Go “The Avengers”..!!

 

Copyright 2011 by Suffian Yans & IMDb.com

Finally, Harry complete the journey

Journey between Harry & Voldemort coming to the ends

I being a diehard Harry Potter fanatic, had so much anticipation & excitement for this movie. I was blown away by the last Harry Potter movie. It went above and beyond my expectations! It is the best movie ever!!

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, was probably my favorite fictional movie to date. In this movie, Harry Potter has been finishing his journey to find and destroy Horcruxes (magical objects that Voldemort has placed around the country). He then tries to find and destroy He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named himself. I will not let spill one detail in this movie, but I will tell you that this movie is extremely well made and worthwhile.

It will be still a great movie to those who haven’t followed or even seen any other of the previous seven movies & I encourage you to go & have a great time watching “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

It was fun to see Harry, Ron & Hermione grow up throughout the 11 years it took to make the epic series. To me, when I see Harry Potter now, I still see the little boy from the cupboard all those years ago. Although it is great to see them mature slowly, I feel sad that Harry Potter has ended in my life. I sometimes feel that I would like time to go backward & restart my Harry Potter adventure from the beginning. Harry Potter has made such a giant impact on my life. In fact, Harry Potter has inspired my imagination & love of reading so much.

The fact that Harry Potter has been alive, through books and movies, every single minute of my life, at the end of the movie, it almost felt as though I was mourning a death of a very close friend. Nonetheless, this climactic conclusion to the epic series of Harry Potter was fitting and filled with all the great characteristics a movie needs to get my approval and thumbs up for all ages & styles.

Copyright 2011 by Suffian Yans