Movie Review : Captain America

Captain America: The First Avenger is out on Friday! And here’s an (early) review of the movie, brought to you all wioth love. The burning question that will be in every true Cap fan’s hearts will of course be: is this movie good?

Yes, this movie is good. Captain America shows us the origin and journey of one of Marvel’s most famous and longstanding heroes. The film is an exciting action ride that takes us through Captain America’s fight in WW2, through his initial discouragement in being too weak for the army, and then through the massive changes into the principled hulking hero of a man we’d all like to become.

The action is frantic, the tone of the film is good, and the attention to detail is great. Marvel fans will appreciate the great amount of Easter Eggs and winks thrown their way. Chris Evans does a great job of infusing Captain America with heart and charm, and seriously put on some bulk for this movie. Like, I immediately made a resolution to hit the gym upon viewing this film.

Fans will get what they desperately want from this movie, while casual viewers will enjoy the action and sheer spectacle of it all. Its a win win for everyone.

All in all, Captain America: The First Avenger is something that needs to be seen. It’s exciting and dynamic and fun. Is it a tad formulaic? Yes. But that’s kind of the point. In a time where there is nothing but bleakness in the world and moral relativism dominating media productions, its refreshing to have a hero who is… ya know… someone is is honestly good.

I don’t know about you all, but I was ready for a hero who made me feel good, instead of the gritty murderous antihero stuff that constantly bombards us any day. Captain America is that hero, and takes us on a fun ride that is exciting and memorable and makes you stoked to be there. This movie is highly recommended.

Weekend Box Office Results July 15-17, 2011

Weekend Box Office ResultsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 shattered a number of records this weekend accounting for two thirds of movie sales. It became the highest grossing opening weekend ever at $168.550 million surpassing The Dark Knights $158.4 million. Potter also broke the mid-night release record, opening day record, and opening weekend IMAX record. Winnie the Pooh also opened this weekend at a less than projected $8 million and Transformers: Dark of the Moon became the first movie of 2011 to surpass the $300 million mark.

Movie Weekend Gross Total Gross Budget Week
(NR) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $169,189,427 $169,189,427 $250,000,000 1
(1) Transformers: Dark of the Moon $21,328,545 $302,878,797 $195,000,000 3
(2) Horrible Bosses $17,777,464 $60,149,603 $35,000,000 2
(3) Zookeeper $12,330,512 $42,382,978 $80,000,000 2
(4) Cars 2 $8,407,529 $165,389,754 $200,000,000 4
(NR) Winnie the Pooh $7,857,076 $8,957,076 $30,000,000 1
(5) Bad Teacher $5,152,447 $88,457,369 $20,000,000 4
(6) Larry Crowne $2,664,550 $31,719,560 $30,000,000 3
(7) Super 8 $1,970,377 $122,287,359 $50,000,000 6
(11) Midnight in Paris $1,876,588 $41,778,698 $30,000,000 9

( ) Last Weeks Ranking
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TV Show Review: Falling Skies

Righto! Lets have a look at Falling Skies and do a TV show review for it today! It’s important to note that Falling Skies is still in its infancy, and there has been four episodes shown so far. That being said, the show has already made enough of an impact that we can begin to review it and guess as to where it is going.

Falling Skies is TNT’s newest sci-fi drama. Backed by Steven Spielberg, its the story of a group of resistance fighters desperately trying to survive after being blitzed by an alien invasion. The resistance is made up of normal citizens, who have had to band together in order to get through their experiences.

The show is both fresh and new and immediately familiar. Sci-fi fans will immediately make connections between this and Stargate and Battlestar Galactica, with Galactica being a major influence. Indeed, everything from Galactica’s action and character archetypes and grittiness has been embraced here. Indeed, everything down to the filters meant to clue us in to how raw this experience is has been carefully set up in order to follow the fashion of one of the greatest TV shows of the last decade.

Of special note is the attention to theme and the special effects used during this production. Being backed as it is by Spielberg, Falling Skies has an above average effects budget, and it shows. Indeed, everything looks good enough for you to suspend your disbelief.

Character growth and interaction is something that is prioritized over action, much in the fashion of The Walking Dead. And, the show isn’t afraid to kill of characters for no reason to show how gritty and intense the story is.

Put simply, Falling Skies has had a promising start, and its still got the room and potential to grow into something special. Its important to give these things time to grow and evolve, but it is safe to say that this show has the potential to be excellent.

The good news that we can take away form this no matter what? The show has already been renewed for another season, so they can’t pull a Firefly on us with this one.

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