Halo: Why 343 Need to Stop Making TV Mini-Series

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Halo Master Chief

Alan
Halo.  One of the most successful video game franchises of all time that has broken countless records and won numerous awards by developers Bungie and later on 343 Industries, has brought countless hours of entertainment to game enthusiasts.

The fan base is so large that people have created full blown Master Chief costumes and 9 foot Elite costumes.
The canon of the Halo Universe spans several millennia, with different key characters from different alien species, and covers numerous story arcs.

The production for some of the advertising on the games has run into the millions, that it’s become a usual MO to have them all in live-action.

All real

All real

With the success of the games, and its advertising, Microsoft Studios and 343 have created two TV mini-series, Forward Unto Dawn and Halo: Nightfall.

Halo Nightfall Halo Forward Unto Dawn

Forward Unto Dawn is set around the character of Thomas Lasky and how a Covenant invasion almost killed him and his entire training squad if it weren’t for the Master Chief.

Halo: Nightfall is set around Agent Locke, of the uber-secret Office of Naval Intelligence, that sets off on a mission to find the deadly bomb makers that have set up camp on a derelict piece of Halo ring.

After watching both mini-series, we have one thing to say to 343 and Microsoft.

Please stop.

To go on a gripe, the latest TV series, Halo: Nightfall, although produced by Ridley Scott, isn’t the greatest of achievements to come from the Halo universe.  The poor CGI, the flippant disregard to certain canon, the lack of deep story, it just didn’t do justice to something that could have been so much more.

*SPOILER WARNING*

The story is set around a team of ONI officials and a squad of colonial authorities (one that turns out to be an ex-Spartan) that have determined that a faction of Covenant are creating dirty bombs that only target humans.  They find this information out from an alien that has never been introduced to the Halo canon.  No formal announcement, no clarification on who they are, what they want and how they came to be, just “oh we’re sick of using the same aliens all the time, let’s throw a curve ball!”

What’s even worse is that these bombs are being produced on a broken part of Halo ring orbiting a sun, and still has a breathable atmosphere…somehow.  It’s up for the team to destroy the bomb making materials and get out of dodge.

Oh but there’s a wonderful catch that is great for building suspense.

The aliens that make up the Hunters from the game, are individual worms that form a massive colony to make up the hulking behemoths.  In this, they are “attracted” to the squads technology….somehow.  Again, something that is never fully explained and a complete disregard to the canon.

The two reasons this was made was to fork money out of Halo fans, and for 343 to shell out an introduction to Agent Locke before his massive debut in Halo 5.  But in so doing, they’ve let a “writer” who probably never picked up a copy of Halo, and let him reign loose.

Forward Unto Dawn was a little better, especially in choosing it’s casting, but it did come off a little High School Boot Camp.  They probably thought they could save money by getting Daniel Cudmore (Colossus from X2) stand alongside smaller late teen, early twenty year olds to further show off Master Chief’s huge stature (in the canon he’s supposed to be well over 7 foot).  Looking back, on this mini-series, it could have been played a little better.

**END OF SPOILERS*

But with both mini-series made for television, you know that there’s going to be a certain level of restriction.  Namely their budget.  Now this isn’t saying that they tried to cut corners, both films cost around the 12 million US dollar mark to create.  But the main problem is setting up the CGI and logistics of creating the Covenant.  Namely the Elites.

Each Elite is in excess of 7 feet tall, something that is a little tricky to show in large groups of them considering there aren’t many actors that fit that description to jump in a costume.

Of course, this argument can be countered with James Cameron’s Avatar where the Na’vi are 9 foot tall head to toe blue cat-like aliens…with tails.  But the problem is with that one is that the technology that made Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington into the Na’vi is extremely expensive and relatively new.  Avatar alone cost over $300 million to film and produce.  Something that very few films can boast about.  (Ed; large productions don’t make great films, just look at Hook)

Anywho, before we veer off anymore, the point is that 343 Industries need to stop pratting about with TV mini-series.  You’ve done it, we’ve seen it and to be honest, the fans really don’t want them.  Give the fans the Master Chief battling huge armies of the Covenant, the gargantuan space battles that the books glamorise, and the lore that we’ve come to respect.

But of course, this is all up to the film’s producers.  Halo is a behemoth of a challenge to produce.  Like we said, the entire universe stretches back several millennia so it would be really difficult on where to begin.  Heck, you can say that the first time we ever see the Master Chief is in the middle of the entire Halo canon.

However, if done correctly, it could earn a place in the top ten grossing films of all time.  If managed poorly, it could be the biggest flop and a huge financial crush to whomever has the film rights to it.

Truth be told the idea of a Halo film has circled development hell for so long that it might just be in perpetual limbo.  20th Century Fox and Universal were planning on creating a film after they saw the success of the first two Halo games, but disagreements were rife among the two companies on who was going to pay for what.

The idea for a director of the film was circling Peter Jackson for a time.  The creator of the Lord of the Rings films has been said that when he was shooting the films, he would unwind with some of the actors by playing Halo.  Ideally he would be the choice candidate for a director, he certainly has the technology to create vast armies and epic battles, with the intellect to bring an emotional drama on a near stoic character.

There, I’m done.  Now I want to cry cos this is something I really want but not get messed up at the same time.

Let us know if you agree!

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The Lord of the Rings: The Belching Carrot Bloke (aka A Drinking Game)

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Alan
Good day our wondrous peeps!  Thank you for waiting patiently at our small absence.  We are now back again in the swing of things and wanted to bring something new to the table.

Much of the entertainment with films is watching the stories and characters they bring out unfold, but another is watching (or in this case re-watching) those films that you love and cherish with your friends and family

Lewis
And getting pissed.

Alan
Yes.  Delicately put.  But in this case, Lewis is right.  For quite some time we wanted to create a post revolving around one of our most favourite franchises, The Lord of the Rings.

Lewis, does plan on making it one of his Interesting Tid-bits posts but since the trivia is some-what encyclopaedic on just one of the films, he’s still listing the interesting ones to show.

Lewis
It’s difficult!  It’s like having the choice of picking out apple pie, cookies and cream ice cream, Angel Delight, and Reese’s Pieces for your dessert.  YOU JUST WANT THEM ALL
!

Alan
And since we don’t need to run a post on Films We Love on it (because what with all the awards it’s won, why would we need to prove to you to watch it) we figure we compromise on a different solution all together.

Lewis
Drinking game.

Alan
Yep!  There are Supernatural (TV Show) drinking games, FIFA, freaking Pokemon, and the Saturday Football Turn-out drinking game on Sky Sports.  We seriously do not recommend the latter without reading up about it or watching a few YouTube vids, you’ll thank us later.

But this time, we figure we get a little rowdy and create our own rules for one of the greatest cinematics pieces to come from the fantasy genre, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Lord of the Rings The fellowship of the ring

Both Lewis and I played this and, although it was really good fun, prepare to get sloshed.

Side notes

  • Best played with a group of friends.
  • EVERYONE drinks, some games feature some people play certain characters. But not in this one.  If a rule gets played, everyone must drink.
  • The rules are set up for the extended edition of the first Lord of the Rings film, but they work just as well for the theatrical version.
  • The measures are drawn by “fingers”, so if a rule’s measure is 1 (one) finger, you are to drink one finger’s breadth worth of your beverage. If it’s two fingers then you drink two, and so on.
  • Drinking is normally done in British pint glasses (568 ml). For the Americans, that’s about 20 fluid ounces.

Finger measure

Rules
One finger
Anyone who says Frodo’s name
Any time you see the One Ring (so if you see the Ring, drink, the shot moves to someone’s face, and then back to the Ring, drink again)
Any time someone mentions the One Ring.
Fireworks Gandalf!
Anyone who says Bilbo
When Legolas gives a model pose (yes that’s pretty much every scene!)
When Sam looks worried
When Gimli looks grumpy
When Boromir lusts for the Ring (stop giggling!)
Aragorn cries his battle cry.
Any time wizards use their magic.

Two fingers
Gandalf’s here!
Any time the One Ring is used
Fool of a Took! Drink when Pippin makes a fool of himself.
Hi Peter Jackson! Drink!
Gandalf hits his head in Bilbo’s house.
When convenient eagle is convenient.
Aragorn hits the camera. Fail!
Talk of Aragorn’s destiny.
Merry and Pippin talk about food.
When you see Sauron.

Three fingers
When Gollum says, my precious!
One simply drinks to the greatest meme of all time.

Down pint
Gandalf dies! Drink to forget the pain!
Boromir dies!

Let us remind our peeps that this game is all about having fun.  The measures are a suggestion.  You don’t have to do “fingers”, you can do sips if you want.  Or you can add different measures if you’d like.

We hope you have some fun with your friends. 😀

If you have any suggestions on what film we should create a game for next, leave us a comment!  It’ll help us out a lot.

Loves, the Almighty Popcorn team.

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Watch This Space!

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Alan
Hello our wonderful peeps!  Sorry that we’ve been a tad bit quiet as of late.  We’re currently under some changes to the website and the way of running things around here.

We’ll be back up and running hopefully by the end of the week featuring a post on Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

We’ll see you then 😀

Alan and Lewis

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Tobey McGuire fighting Soviet Rooskies! Kevin Bacon fighting kids! Kids fighting Elijah Wood?

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Alan
Good day our ever faithful peeps.

Lewis
Aloha good buddy!

Alan
It is Thursday again and once again we scour the internet to find the best trailers out there that have caught our eye, and think that they’re worth the watch.

So for this week, our top choices for films to watch from their trailers;

Pawn Sacrifice Official Trailer (#1)

 

Alan
This looks really..

Lewis
Boooooring!

Alan
We both agreed on the chosen three trailers this week!

Lewis
This was the lesser of the many evils out there!

Alan
Well, what’s so bad about it?

Lewis
Well, it revolves around a chess prodigy in the height of the Cold War, and who wants to pick a fight with the Soviet Union using his sport.  Hello?!  Might as well call this Rocky 4 The Chess Version!  I don’t like stuff like this, it tries to make it all compassionate and thoughtful but it just comes out as pretentious.  Kinda like listening to Tracey Emin.

Alan
But you have to agree that the photography looks extremely well done?

Lewis
It looks like someone’s smothered Pinterest all over it.

Alan
Fine!  Be that way.  As I was saying, this looks like the intelligent true story of Bobby Fisher (played by Tobey McGuire) who became the youngest grandmaster of chess during the Cold War.  The story revolves around how he plans to beat his Russian rival Boris Spassky, played by Live Schreiber, whilst trying to deal with his mentality.

The film comes out later this year in September and should feature quite an interesting story on such an esoteric subject.  Well, at least for some.

Lewis
Don’t be mean!

Cop Car Official Trailer (#1)

 

Lewis
Now this is more like it!

Alan
Glad you agree this time.  It looks like Kevin Bacon headlines on this one with what looks like an original story.  Which we probably haven’t seen for quite some time.

Lewis
Screw that!  Look at his epic moustache!

 

It’s almost like he doesn’t care it’s not Movember.

Alan
….K.  Cop Car stars James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford who play Travis and Harrison.  The two boys go out exploring until they find an abandoned police vehicle that still has the keys.  And when you’re a ten year old who sees something that he’s not supposed to do…naturally he’s going to do it.

Lewis
JOY RIDE TIME!

Alan
Quite.  Truthfully the start of the film looks a bit comedic.  But as soon as Kevin Bacon comes into play, he has this delicious way of being extremely creepy.

Lewis
Kevin Bacon being bad again!

Alan
He seems to be doing that a lot lately!  You know, besides doing EE ads.

Lewis
Those always make me giggle.  BUFFER FACE!!

Alan
Urgh, the film comes out this August and hopefully we’ll get a chance to go see it.

Cooties Official Trailer (#1)

Alan
Another..

Lewis
ZOMBIE MOVIE!  GRAB THE POPCORN!

Alan
We’re cheating on this one a little, it was released last week but it has been doing the rounds with Lewis this past week.

Lewis
I.e., I’ve been watching it every day, every hour *shy*.

Alan
And the rest!  The roster stars Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Leigh Whannell and a whole variety of other peeps.

Stories have come and gone with the whole zombie genre.  From shopping centres, army bases, towns, whole cities, even the odd school.  But a primary school does take a different twist.

Lewis
I so want to see this awesome film!

Alan
It does look like it’s aimed at teachers who wish to “vent” on the unruly nightmares that are children.

Lewis
I’m not an unruly nightmare am I?

Alan
Only on the days that have an A in it.

Lewis
Oh good.

Alan
*facepalm* This one comes out in September too and this one is definitely going to be on our “Don’t Miss” list.

Lewis
First place I go to in a zombie apocalypse, milkshake place.  I’m gonna be all over that like Simon Cowell on groups of boys that think they can sing.

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Interesting Tidbits on Predator

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Lewis
Hellooooooooooooooooooo!  To all the wonder peeps out there that need all the cwtchs they can get!  It is I, Lewis again for another Tuesday round of Interesting Tidbits.

I figure I go back to the eighties times, when nobody knew what fashion meant and bright neon colours had intelligence of their own.  This time, we’re going to a place where we haven’t got time to bleed.  It’s Predator time!

 

 Predator poster

  1. Jean-Claude Van Dammewas originally cast to play the Predator, but he was dropped for being a relentless complainer.

JCVD Predator

*sigh* There’s always one isn’t there.  You can’t just have everyone be all happy in what they’re doing.  I wonder how he got those Coor Light adverts then if he’s in those cold temperatures in very little clothing?

  1. When Arnold Schwarzenegger (Dutch) impales a bad guy against a wooden post with his machete, he quips with “Stick around!” This was improvised on the spot by Arnold.
Or I'll stick you!

Or I’ll stick you!

Well he is the King of the One-Liners.  Much as Stallone has his fair share, Schwarzenegger’s entire career is revolved around “I’ll be back”.  But very whitty to think of that.  Heh, stick.

 

  1. Jesse Ventura (Blain) was delighted to find out from the wardrobe department that his arms were bigger than Schwarzenegger’s. He suggested to his fellow actor that they measure arms, with the winner getting a bottle of champagne.  Alas Ventura lost because Schwarzenegger told the wardrobe department to tell Ventura that his arms were bigger.
Fucking Sexual Tyrannosaurus!

Fucking Sexual Tyrannosaurus!

I’m so gonna have to do this on Alan!  But will defo have to hit the weights, I look like Toby McGuire pre-spider bite.

 

  1. The original concept of the film originated as a joke. Someone said that the only person Rocky Balboa of the Rocky series of films had yet to fight was Steven Spielberg’s E.T (1982)

Rocky and ET

THAT WOULD BE AN AMAZING FIGHT!  But let’s be realistic, E.T. would win hands down.  I mean Rocky isn’t mean, he’ll look into those big eyes and crumble, that’s when E.T. will pounce on him with his magic finger.
You’re a filthy thing if you thought of something perverted, but I like you because you thought of it and you’re smiling right now.

 

  1. Sonny Landham, who played Billy, was hired to work on the film but only on one condition: the insurance company insisted on round the clock bodyguard for him. Not to protect the actor, but to protect everyone else from hom, as he had a reputation for engaging in fights.
Wouldn't harm a fly.

Wouldn’t harm a fly.

Ok, little bit unsettling on this one.  Can just imagine the first day when the director introduces the actors together??

John McTiernan: Ok Arnie, this is Carl who will be playing Dillon, Elpidia on Anna, Bill as Mac, Jesse as Blain, Richard as Poncho, Shane as Hawkins and….Sonny as Billy.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Nice to meet all of you!  Who’s that guy next to Sonny.

John: Him?  That’s….Sonny’s bodyguard.

Arnold: Why does Sonny need…

Sonny: LET’S KICK OFF ALREADY!

 

  1. There were countless problems since day one of shooting the scenes in the jungle. The actors had to endure leeches, snakes, high humidity, heat and the rough terrain.  The night scenes were filmed during very cold temperatures, which was hard for Arnold Schwarzengger during the latter half when he had to cover himself in potter clay (disguised as mud) and thus made him incredibly cold and wet.
What the fuuuuuuuuck?

What the fuuuuuuuuck?

Who ever said acting was an easy job clearly didn’t know what they had to go through to deal with all that crap.  Lewis does not like the idea of all leeches and snakes and heat!  I can’t be in high heat, I’m Welsh!  I’d MELT!
Kinda understand why JCVD (THAT’S A REALLY GOOD FILM TOO!) left, I mean if I was in a head-to-toe green suit in high humidity with my balls sticking to my thigh like a bear on honey then I’d probably have enough.

 

  1. The mandibles of the predator were the idea of James Cameron.

 James Cameron Predator

Is there anything this guy CAN’T think of?!  I mean besides an original storyline but we can’t have everything.

 

  1. The helicopter pilot seen at the end of the film is Kevin Peter Hall, the actor who plays the Predator.

Kevin Peter Hall Predator

Holy fuzzballs!  At least he gets his face in the film….somewhat.  Bit of a tongue in cheek moment that is.  I like that.  But looking at his bio and this dude is re-dunk-alicious (Ed: he means ridiculous) tall!

 

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Hugh Jackman Big Bushy Blackbeard! Thomas and Friends in the Scorch Trails! Dinklage in Chains?!

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Alan
Happy Thursday our glorious peeps of the internets!  It is yet another fine day to talk all things cinema, including the recently released trailers of this week.

Every Thursday, we take 3 of the most recent trailers to come out and we run them through a little to see if they’re worth the watch.

Lewis
Cos we’re totes nice like that.

 

Pan 2nd Trailer

Alan
From the director who brought you Hanna and Anna Karenina, Pan takes an alternate look from the past Peter Pan films and delves into a line not with the immortal boy against Captain Hook, but rather Blackbeard.

The film looks almost prequel-like compared to the other films, what with Peter’s early days in an orphanage, before he sets on an adventure into Neverland.  It’s there where he meets the infamous Blackbeard, played, quite happily we might add, by Hugh Jackman.  Who seems to be very much enjoying the bad guys shoes as of late, as this his is second film to play the villain since Chappie.

Lewis
Is it me or does he need to go to Ibiza and quickly grab a tan?

Alan
You see Hugh Jackman sporting the most bushiest of moustaches and goatees of all time, and the first thing you notice is that he’s a bit pale?

Lewis
Well he is!  Just looking at him makes me think he needs a cup of tea and a sit down in the sun.

Alan
Anywho!  The film is out 16th October for us Brits and stars Levi Miller as Pan, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Garrett Hedlund as Hook.

Lewis
See I’m looking forward to Garrett Hedlund because he just screams comic relief in this film.

Alan
Well he’s come a long way since being Patroclus in Troy.

Lewis
THAT’S HIM?!!  Look how young he looks back then.

Alan
Yes, well aside form how much Garrett Hedlund looked like back then.  What do you think of the trailer?

Lewis
I like how they’ve heavily used that one song in most of the trailers for it now.

Alan
Yeah it is getting a little bit heavily used.

Lewis
And how Hugh Jackman is being out right creepy with his stares.  But I’m not loving the acting of Levi Miller at this time.

Alan
Well it’s early days so far so we’ll see what happens.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials first official trailer
 

Alan
If you remember the first film, The Maze Runner

Lewis
SPIDERS THAT LOOK LIKE BALL SACKS!

Alan
….was one of the films we reviewed last year.  It didn’t really pop for us but the powers that be have released a sequel to the book of the same name The Scorch Trails.

Lewis
They probably did it straight after so the kids would still look young.

Alan
Set straight after the first film, it appears that Thomas and friends were not the only ones to survive the maze.  In fact there were a whole bunch of other kids in other mazes that’s not quite fully understood as to why they’ve been plonked in there.

None the less, it’s not long before they know they’ve been duped by none other than Aidan Gillen, or better known as Petyr Baelish in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Lewis
LITTLEFINGER!!  WHAT YOU DID TO *spoiler* *spoiler* WITH THAT THIN-FACED WANK *spoiler**spoiler* AFTER TELLING *spoiler* ABOUT THE WHOLE *MAJOR SPOILER* YOU CREEPY CROAKED VOICE GIT!

Alan
Feel a little better now?

Lewis
A little yes *shy*

Alan
You silly thing.  At the moment it looks like Film Land is all about the tween films at the moment what with the release of The Hunger Games, every studio out there is trying to ascertain the rights to many teenage stories.  So be prepared for the third film to probably be released later next year.  For the time being, and they’ll most likely be a second trailer in the summer months, we’ll have The Scorch Trails to contend with in September.

Pixels 2nd trailer
 

Lewis
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Alan
Naturally, there was going to be a second trailer to one of the films geek anticipated films of the year.

Lewis
We may be geeks but we’ve run the movie market since X-Men!

Alan
True.  But Pixels now has a second trailer to show …well, let’s face it.  We’re watching it a third time to see more Peter Dinklage.

Lewis
I am loving that he’s the one they have to release from prison to help against the aliens.

Alan
At the moment, the buzz around the internet is that a lot of people are excited for it.  And if Adam Sandler and Co don’t ruin this film, like they’ve done with the past dozen or so films.  We might get another film that’s on par with Little Nicky.  And that film is fucking hilarious.

Lewis
Popeyes Chicken is the shiznay!

Alan
Quite.  The film is out mid-August and stars Josh Gad and Kevin James, who shoots a Smurf right in the face….Dear god I hope those weren’t all the funny bits in the film.

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The Top Ten Marvel films, so far.

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Alan
Hello our dear peeps and welcome to another edition of Almighty Popcorn.

If you have yet to go see Mad Max: Fury Road..

Lewis
GO SEE IT!

Alan
Urgh, as my indisputable friend as clearly exclaimed, the film is one of the best films we’ve seen by far this year.  So much so that both of us have agreed on a joint 5 star review which can be viewed right here.

Lewis
I LOVE YOU RED ONESIE!

LET’S GO SEE IT AGAIN!  This time, I’ll dye my hair white and you can go bald like Ms Charlize Theron!

Alan
Yeah, let’s go do that!

Lewis
REALLY?!

Alan
Not a chance, Welshman.

Lewis
Don’t be nasty!

Alan
Anywho!  What with the excitement over Mad Max, and with Ant Man just peering round the corner, we thought we run a list of the top films to come out from Marvel, the gold mine that Disney are currently excavating with such glee.

NB. We’re not saying that there are “bad” films here. More like, films that are slightly ranked higher than other films that would be classed as good films already.

  1. The Incredible Hulk

THE INCREDIBLE HULK, 2008, (c) Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

More or less shot at the same time as Iron Man the film starring Edward Norton (as Bruce Banner) and Liv Tyler.  The film does come off a little lackluster in character development, especially coming off the high horse of Iron Man whose release was one month prior.  But fans boys loved it all the same with gentle nods to key Hulk specific characters.  But none the less it still proved to be an enjoyable film to watch.

Look out for?
Alan
I think the fight with Tim Roth on the college campus was pretty well played compared to the fight with Abomination.  Lewis?

Lewis
I think I agree with you on that one, but I did enjoy the trademark Marvel after credits ending with Robert Downey Jr meeting William Hurt.

 

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger

Cap America The First Avenger

Set during the height of World War 2, pre-buff Steve Rogers under goes a transformation that would turn him into the towering Captain America.  The all-round national hero ready to kick HYDRA up the goose-stepping back side.  Albeit Chris Evans plays the do-gooder extremely well, the whole feel of the film feels a little…rushed.  What with Avengers Assemble marking a release date that would be 10 months away from the release date of The First Avenger, the film comes out as a hurried story to show to the masses, right before we get into the full swing of The Avengers.  But with fun scenes and decent action, the film was very enjoyable.

Look out for?
Alan
The attack on the HYDRA base to go rescue Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is probably my favourite scene.  Managing to infiltrate an armed base with nothing more than a stage prop and giving the memorable line “I’ve knocked out Adolf Hitler over 200 times.”

Lewis
Captain America.  Doing stage shows for war bonds.  Lots of pretty girls singing.  What’s not to like?!

 

  1. Iron Man 2

 Iron Man 2

With his secret out as the tin man with rockets, Tony Stark leads his new life as the celebrity hero known as Iron Man.  But Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), known as Whiplash, has other plans and wants to destroy Tony Stark.

After the massive success of the first Iron Man and with fan boys dancing and prancing with glee after Samuel L Jackson comes in talking about the Avengers Initiative, it’s natural that money would be thrown at the sequel to make it grander then the first one.  And it doesn’t fall on it.  Bigger and more flashy then the first, it comes with some very impressive fight scenes, but with a script that near follows the first one, especially the ending, the film stays at the ninth position.

Look out for?
Alan
Like you need to ask.  34th minute?  Tony Stark is up against Whiplash and suits up with his Iron Man suit from a briefcase.

Lewis
That scene gives me goosebumps every time I see it.

 

  1. Thor: The Dark World

Thor The Dark World

Back after the massive cult success of the first film, Thor: The Dark World sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) head up against Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) who wants to cover the universe in eternal darkness.  With a bigger budget then the last, this film doesn’t disappoint on the thrills of seeing Thor wielding his mighty hammer (Ed: Stop chuckling at the back!).  With impressive fight scenes and more superb acting from Tom Hiddleston, it was a tough call between this one and The Winter Soldier.

Look out for?
Alan
The fight scene with Thor and Malekith that spans several worlds and a slide down the Gherkin.

Lewis
Nuh uh.  Thor, down in the underground, “How do I get to Greenwich?”, and the girl “accidentally” falling into his man flesh.  Quirky and a little bit of funny right in the middle of a battle.

 

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America The Winter Soldier

Serving for SHIELD, Steve Rogers tries to live a life in the service of others.  But a calamity within SHIELD leaves him vulnerable on who to trust.

This was a close call between this film and The Dark World.  With a much better script to handle and Steve’s confidence within the new world he’s living in, it’s nice to see proper action from a superhero without it getting to OTT.  The added depth between himself and The Winter Solider proves even more considerable than The Dark World.

Look out for?
Alan
Pretty much every scene Scarlett is in, she pretty much owns it as Black Widow.  Her wit and self-assured confidence bring pretty much the entertainment and tongue-in-cheek comedy in this film.

Lewis
I like the choreography between Steve and The Winter Soldier.  It was like a Russian ballet where someones nuts were gonna crack if they weren’t too careful.

 

  1. Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Under the helm of director Shane Black, Iron Man 3 goes from an American touch down with all the glory and fireworks, to a troubled man dealing with PTSD.

This is high on the list because it was scripted carefully, it wouldn’t fall into the same mistake with Iron Man 2 by producing a similar ending.  This time it was more about the man versus the machine and it brought one of the most successful Marvel films to date.

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Lewis
The House Party Protocol.  Nuff said.

Alan
Absolutely, seeing all the different Mark suits was an awesome sight to behold.  Shame they didn’t help during the helicopter attack :S

 

  1. Thor

 Thor Poster

This film brought two unknowns and shot them into instant stardom.  One who’s fan base is now probably into the millions, is popular for simply being the charismatic bad guy.  Chris Hemsworth for playing Thor with his bulging muscles and is forewith against thy villainous vagabonds has now created instant A level status, but none more so then Tom Hiddleston as Loki.  His portrayal of the Norse God of Mischief has made girls squee for him everywhere.  With Kenneth Branagh at the helm it’s no wonder this film became a cult hit.

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Alan
Thor desperately trying to pick up his beloved hammer, but is unworthy of doing so, instantly falls into depression.  He screams in what can be described as inner agony.

Lewis
“I need a horse!”

  1. Iron Man

Iron Man Poster

Clearly this film had to be in the top five.  The film that started off this whole she-bang and rocketed Robert Downey Jr into one of the most sought after actors this side of the century.  With a simple script and some very funny moments, this one film jet propelled a distribution company of comic books, into one of the most well-paid production companies of the new millennia.

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Alan
Tony creating the Mark 2 from scratch and testing it.  The trial and errors were a great joy to watch.

Lewis
Nope!  Wrong!  Has to be the metal background music as Tony puts on the finished Mark 2 for the first time.  When he properly looks like Iron Man.  Still goosebumps!

 

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age of Ultron Poster

The latest film to boot!  The assembled Avengers try to take down the last remnants of HYDRA, but in the process, Tony creates a genocidal AI bent on destroying humanity.

Joss Whedon wrote and direct it.  What more could you want in a film.  He’s done it twice not with the first Avengers and he’s raised the bar to such an extent, no director could compare to him for another decade at least.  The script is near perfect, there’s still character development for ALL 6 of The Avengers, and more, and all within a 2 hour film.

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Alan
James Spader as Ultron?

Lewis
James Spader as Ultron.

 

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Take a comic book company with an enormous repertoire of graphic novels, a story that about a team that hardly anyone has heard of, an actor whose starred in a comedy show and a film about a plastic toy, and a director who’s worked on Slither and Super and you’ll get a film that some critics are comparing as the “new” Star Wars.

Guardians of the Galaxy rocketed to the back office to the delight of millions, without most of them actually hearing about the comic book.  It is now one of the most celebrated films to come out from Marvel with an eagerly anticipated sequel well under way.

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Alan
The beginning scene with Quill saying goodbye to his mother.  It was so heart wrenching it was like watching Bambi all over again.

Lewis
“THEY GOT MY DICK MESSAGE!”

 

 

  1. (The) Avengers Assemble

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The mammoth task of co-ordinating several high list actors, with a very short time frame, and in a 2 hour film is no easy job.  But this glorious film does something that no film maker has done before.  Each character having their film and then joining them all together to bring about a battle scene that stretches for at least half of the film.

Avengers Assemble has to be top of our list and we hope you agree.

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Alan
I guess I can safely say the entire Battle Of New York.

Lewis
I’d agree with that but more specifically, Hulk on Loki. #punygod

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