Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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When an unexpected enemy emerges and 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!
The Avengers, or as I'd like to call it 'How to go from a 36 year old to a 12 year old in 2.5 hours', is this generation's Star Wars. Or Back to the future. Or Indiana Jones. It doesn't matter, pick one, it's iconic.
This will not be a rational review. It never could have been as I am a silly comic book geek. Whether good or bad, it would simply be impossible for me to approach this film rationally. I am so happy that at the centre of this film lies a big, thunderously thumping heart.
Technically this film is practically perfect. There are so many unbelievably impressive set pieces you get to see, it is simply stunning.…
When Marvel announced they were going to set up their own film studio, not only making individual superhero movies but also set them in the same universe and using the solo outings as a way to build interest in a mega-collaboration with four of the biggest heroes in comic books, it seemed like an ambitious folly that was doomed to fail. When most of the solo films turned out to be merely decent the ambition seemed to be misplaced, even if the films were financial successes. However, my reservations were thankfully unfounded as not only have they managed to cleverly assemble (if you pardon the pun) the disparate heroes into a cohesive and consistently exciting story but Marvel and Whedon…
Rise up with me, my friends!
I have been called an idiot for liking this.
I have been called a moron for liking this.
Apparently, liking this means you're a Whedon fanboy.
Apparently, you and I are not allowed to like this film at all.
Apparently, you and I don't give a fuck and this was my fifth viewing.
It's still brilliantly paced.
Still immensely entertaining.
Still a cocktail of characters that tastes delicious.
Black Widow is still scrumptious.
Loki still a fantastic villain.
Still has one of the best boss battles ever.
Still captures the Marvel Comic vibe perfectly.
Still makes me…
Up until now, I never truly understood all the fuss about Joss Whedon. I never related to Buffy, never got into Firefly or Dollhouse, and while I enjoyed Serenity I didn't worship it like some. But at long last, Whedon has delivered a piece of work that blew me away, one I truly believe will swiftly enter the pantheon of classic action-adventure movies. The Avengers is not only far and away the best of Marvel's (mostly impressive) movie staple, it's a candidate for the best comic book movie ever made.
High praise indeed, but to my mind utterly deserved. Whedon has done the near impossible here - bring to life the greatest superhero team in fiction while delivering excellent character…
To kind of steal a line from The Rock... FINALLY! THE RON HAS SEEN THE AVENGERS!
This film was like when you get super excited as a kid to do something or go somewhere and it pays off. You have a blast, you drive your parents nuts talking about it, and you bounce off the walls with excitement until you eventually pass out from exhaustion!
My Letterboxd friends know I generally prefer the darker comic book films so I was interested to see what I made of this film. Well call me impressed! Joss Whedon did an excellent job giving us all the action you expect from a film like this, but also managed to deliver excellent snappy dialogue which…
Diary entry, 30th April 2012
I might go to see the Avengers tomorrow. Not that a cynical 30 year old man, like myself, will enjoy it.
Diary entry, 1st May 2012
OMG Avengers is so totally awesome!!!!!
There's this one bit with an aircraft carrier and then there's this bit in the woods and there's American man and the Thor man with a hammer and there's an Iron Man and a lady and a man with arrows and...
HULK SMASH! HULK SMASH!
I even went for ice cream after.
Best day ever!
"You have reached the life model decoy of Tony Stark, please leave a message."
Apart from Iron Man 2, this is my first Marvel movie.
Man, it was excellent.
It's a saturday morning cartoon, with Whedon's constant "look how clever i am" dialogues all over the place.
primero, lo malo: avengers, me parece, va de menos a más: al principio tiene estas secuencias hiperverborreicas en las que presenta a todos sus personajes --qué tal los recuerdos de capitán américa: el recap es vital en la franquicia avengers, al parecer-- y que, además, presentan el conflicto a resolver. (no obstante, no todas son escenas perdidas: la de la viuda negra es divertida, y la de hulk es también el único momento en el que la tensión de verdad está lograda en esta cinta.) según yo, tanta exposición no es buena, y la primera media hora no es muy entretenida. (además está el hecho, mil veces dicho, que chris evans es bastante mal actor.)
lo bueno es que una…
A Movie a Day: Day 56
Basic thought of the film:
Yet again another film in which a re-watch has allowed me to coordinate my thoughts in more appropriate fashion.
I'm not a comic book fan, so my viewing experience likely differed from many. That being said, it is clear Josh Whedon is passionate about the material, and the material is thus elevated as a result. When such heart and passion are put into a work it tends to show itself on the screen, and such is the case at hand here.
Let's be honest, this could have been a straight-up disaster. Pulling a film like this off is no easy feat, and this is where my respect and enjoyment comes in. It's always impressive to see high-quality film-making rear its head, no matter what genre it may be.
I likely didn't love it as much as some, but this is nonetheless a damn good film, and a worthy addition of summer blockbuster status.
I'm a guy who isn't a huge fan of superhero movies, that should be noted. I find "The Avengers" to be a fun movie, but I'm just not a fan of the Marvel universe of comedy and cartoon-like action. I know fans of comic books will say it's what the comic books are like, but it just doesn't click with me. The original "Spiderman" movies has the same comedy/borderline corny scripting as this movie, and I find it way too kid-friendly. That being said, I found that the competing DC Universe has gone too far in the other direction, creating a joyless Batman and Superman. Both of these universes are early on in their creation, so I'm sure both will…
My problem with big action films is that action bores me. After typically an hour or so of build-up, that moment where the big finale starts, and then continues for a really long time, crash-bang-whallop-ing its way across my screen, the whole bit where monsters, gods and/or heroes just punch each other on the nose and explode stuff, the dialogue disappears from the screenplay and is replaced with a direction to "give it some welly" for about half an hour... well, ugh, boring. It often seems like an excuse to, ironically, keep the story stagnant for ages - just "we are having a fight... we are still having a fight" and, although it might seem like there's loads going on,…
Outside the thrill of its initial release and away from the big screen, The Avengers loses a bit of its luster. While still tremendously entertaining and cleverly written, it does drag a little in spots and starts to feel its length. The lack ANY real substance, even in a perfunctory, comic-book movie kind of way, also becomes more apparent.
Still, that "tremendously entertaining" thing gets you a long way.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Godfather
- The Godfather: Part II
- Pulp Fiction
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Some love it, some hate it, but I figured we might as well have the IMDb list here. Since it's…
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…