Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shin Godzilla is coming!

I know many people who didn't care for Gareth Edwards 2014 Godzilla, I did....mostly.
But Hollywood just can't seem to get Gojira right. I just recently discovered the Shin Gojira media, first off I love the idea! This is a "true" reboot of the franchise hence the Shin in the title.
I love the new explanation of Gojira's origin and that we will see the evolution of Gojira as the film progresses!




The other aspect I really like about Shin Gojira  is the obvious similarities between 2011's tragic Earth Quake and Tsunami that hit NE Japan.
One of these pics is from the trailer, one is from the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami.











Shin Gojira hits US theaters October 11th and will only be in theaters till Oct.18th.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Uncanny Valley (Short Film)

In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away. 3DAR’s latest short film explores the frightening potential of our next technological revolution. Artwork and process in http://www.3dar.com/



 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Star Wars Rebels S3 Meet Bendu Preview

Only nine more days till season 3 of Star Wars Rebels! This show   is just getting better and better. So why aren't you watching?! Are you still convinced Disney is ruining StarWars?
I can assure you that is not the case, season three of Rebels not only brings Grand Admiral Thrawn out of Legends status into Cannon, we also pull the Bendu into Cannon and from the Journal of the Whils the Ashla and Bogan! That is incredible! 
I'm also excited to see the roots of the rebellion take hold, maybe we'll see Sol Guerera as well this season. And it's going to be great to delve deeper into the legend of the Mandalorians with the return of Bo Katan....
And finally the relationship between Kanaan, Ezra and Maul! I think Ezra may become the first "grey Jedi"....
And I have no doubt we haven't seen the last of Ahsoka! Did you spot the bird on Bendu's antlers!?

I don't play fighting games anymore because I don't have the reflexes anymore.....

Ok so back when SFIV was new and vanillay I wanted my most good friend Krogenar to get the game and spar with me....we used to lose hours just having Ryu V Ken matches back in the day. But after taking one too many Shoryuken's to the head he hung up his controller, finally after weeks of persistent badgering he told he he stoped playing because
"my reflexes can't keep up with the twitch gameplay nowadays"

WHAAAA ?!?!?!?!?
Well Krogenar meet Cohen the Australian Shepard....he's got some seriously god like paw eye coordination....

Game Review: Transformers Devastation

I grew up watching the G1 series and this game is 100% pure Nostalgia! The whole aesthetic of Devastation is like you're playing a G1 movie!
The primary reason I got Transformers Devastation was the visual style.
The game feels like it's ripped from a script from Transformers Prime but designed around the G1 series. Megs plans on cyberforming Earth using the recently discovered Proud Star ship under Manhattan! OK Good Enough for me.
This game is truly a love letter to my generation, the best way I can describe it is short and sweet with lots of button mashing. That's not to say there isn't some options to mix up the rock em sock em robots action. Players can develop TECH modifiers, Synthesize weapons, purchase special moves like Parry, Rush and Reversal.
The game is relatively short if you just gonna play the story thru one time, but there are incentives to hunting down the collectibles, and playing thru multiple times with the different Autobots. There is a couple galleries, Art, Model and Generations for completionists also.
I've beaten the game with Grimlock and just unlocked The King trophy, next up I'll play thru with Prime, then Wheel Jack, then Sideswipe then Bumblebee.....so you can see how the game can become very repetitive for trophy hunters.
Aside for the brevity of the game I enjoyed the nostalgia trip, Platinum games nailed the details of the G1 characters and bustin Decepti-chops with Grimlock brought me back to my childhood playing with my Transformers!
I'm gonna let my 6 y/o son play, he loves the 80's Transformers animated movie (not the crappy Bayformers) so I think he will enjoy this.
If you see Transformers Devastation for sale, I recommend grabbing it for </= $30.
6.5/10


TGS2016 Final Fantasy XV Trailer




















I've waited like 15 years for this game what's another 72 days?
So here's the latest trailer for Final Fantasy XV, I love the FF franchise but after FFXIII, and all the sequels to the Fabula Nova Crystallis the Final Fantasy name lost a little luster for me. But it's been a few years so I'm looking forward to this chapter in the series.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Free Swim's Cinematic Super Hero Showdown! 2016 Edition


Free Swims Cinematic Super Hero Showdown


Here's the 2016 Edition of Free Swim's Cinematic Super Hero Show down. There are a few notable Super Hero flix missing that came out this year, BVS and Suicide Squad most notably....once I get around to watching them I'll add them in.
Over the past couple years Hollywood has been churning out alot of Super Hero movies, some truly memorable ones and others we'd like to forget. I vaguely remember seeing Superman 1 in the theaters as a child and being completely blown away when Christopher Reeve flew over the Manhattan skyline, the advancement of CGI has taken the fantastic feats Super Hero's do in comics and brought them to the silver screen, but the greatest special effects can't help a weak story or poor acting.

Check out my list, do you agree/ disagree? Leave a comment....  


46. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

This movie just goes to show how far a great franchise can fall when greed overcomes! Such a sad fall from grace...














45. Green Lantern

First off, let me say I think Ryan Reynolds is a good actor, and this was not the Super Hero movie for him. If the Deadpool movie ever gets out of development hell he has to get the part!
Now onto Green Lantern....I will say the female co star was smoking hot, and the special effects for parallax was decent in some parts....
That's pretty much it :/
the aliens from the Green Lantern Corps seemed like rejects from the Star Wars prequels.
It took me two tries to make it thru this movie....that's all I have to say. If you have to see it don't spend real money to do so coughinterwebzcoughcough




44. Ang Lee's Hulk


Eric Bana you choose unwisely....
I still can't get over those scenes where the hulk bounced across miles of desert to get somewhere, uggh, green poop!
After seeing the trailer for Ed Nortons The Incredible Hulk I think this franchise may be salvageable. I hope there's no super bouncing Hulk!









43. Superman III
The poster really says it all...doesn't it? The scene in the diner with evil superman was great though...it really tackled the theme of every super hero's battle with their "dark side", this one did it just a little worse than Spiderman III.











42. Dare Devil
Ben Afleck...is there nothing he can't do?! Apparently Super Hero movies...
After watching this snooze fest I wished I was blind too!
Colin Farrel as Bullseye, Michael Clark Dunkan as Kingpin and Jennifer Garner as Elektra, the big names are there what happened? Not much, this movie was highly forgettable and boringly predictable.
Dare Devil never felt much like a Super Hero movie, just a bunch of actors playing super hero...meh.







41. Darkman

OK so I did see this movie in the theaters way back in 1990 I had to hit the wiki to refresh my memory. 
Before Ras Al Ghul Liam Neeson was DARKMAN...dun dun duuuhhh...
Unlike most of the super hero's in this list the movie preceded the comics. The origin of Darkman is more akin to comics like The Crow or good ol officer Murphy of the Chicago PD...
Darkman is a little too similar to Batman both wear masks, both are vigilantes, both are waaay too serious. Batman has awesome crime fighting tools (anti shark bat spray) and vehicles, Darkman has a Fedora!
I think Darkman could've benefitted if it had a better villain, instead we got Durant :/ 


40. Batman
"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb."
Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed!
This is a great intro to the Dark Knight for kids! My son is 4 and a half and LOVES this movie! 
Bat-Shark repellent spray, 
The Human Dehydrator, 
The US military selling a pre nuclear submarine to a P. N. Gwynn with only a PO box address!  
Silly fun perfects for kids!
KAPOWWW







39. X Men III
Here's the case of Good-Better-Ooops.
I mean c'mon Bryan Singer hands the blue prints to Brett Ratner, the formula for success is right there and yet....
The movie wasn't a complete failure, I thought the Dark Pheonix was badass, Famke Jansen can be beautiful and horribly scary at the same time! Ian McKellan did a great job with Magnetto throughout the series, and Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine, but poor James Marsden, Cyclops ends up so pussywipped he dies at a lake and hardly gets mentioned there after!
And if your gonna kill off a central character like Charles "wheels" Xavier, have the balls to stick with your decision.


38. Spiderman III
This movie made $336,530,303 at the box office last year! Don't believe me? http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2007&p=.htm
It was #1, how could it be all the way down here at #29!?
I'm willing to bet anyone reading this dropped $9.75 to see this OVERHYPED mess last summer. Another classic example of a great franchise hitting sequelitis, not only that but the total misleading ad campaign, everyone and they're aunt thought Venom was gonna be the marqee villain! No, we got Sandman, and he wasn't very evil,he was a regretful thug trying to do the right thing for his kid but seemed to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Venom should've either been left for Spidey IV or made the main and ONLY villain. This movie failed to even come close to living up to the hype, too much was attempted too little was achieved.




37. Superman Returns
Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a deadbeat dad from Krypton! That was one hell of a kiss Kal El! Great, Bryan Singer is going to give us a fresh new vision for the Man of Steel for the twenty first century....maybe not. This Superman stands for truth, justice and avoiding alimony checks! WHAT!? Kevin Spacey as Lex Luther cool! Do we really need to know how he got all his wealth, do we really need Lex Luther AGAIN? Isn't there anybody else Superman could've fought? At least we find out why Cyclops didn't get a proper funeral at Xaviers crib now!
So I spent $9.75 for a polished retcon, thanks alot!





36. Judge Dredd
I saw this one with my friend CJ, Judge Dredd isn't one of the mainstream super heroes, much like Dare Devil and Hellboy, so this movie attracted two types, the fans of the comic and those who were fans of 80's action star Sly Stallone. When this came out movie producers were still looking for larger than life actors to fill the boots of super hero's like Stallone, Ahnold and Dolf Lungren. I think this movie would've been better with a lesser known actor playing Dredd. Interesting character, poor translation to film.







35. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Hellboy vs The Elves of Lothlorien....
















34. Superman II
Hey where's Richard Donner? Who's this Richard Lester guy?
What was intended to be a continuation from the first film ended up as the first sequel in an abysmal downward spiral of Kryptonian fecal matter. If you want to see Supes II as it SHOULD'VE BEEN do yourself a favor and pick up the Richard Donner cut.








33. The Wolverine
I think I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so....
Maybe I'm just burnt out on Wolverine but this movie just had me rolling my eyes and face palming throughout...the bullet train scene stands out and the Silver Samurai fight at the end...meh.
This one's gonna fade into obscurity...














32. X Men Origins: Wolverine
Dysfunctional family, sibling rivalry, obesity, gambling, father/son issues, Will I Am getting a spinal tap, crappy CG adamantium claws, naked Hugh Jackman running around, killing defenseless old people, totally botched continuity....all forgiveable....


 Absolute failure realizing the Dead Pool character......JIHAD!!!!







31. Thor: The Dark World
Thor the Dark World picks up immediately after the Avengers with Loki in shackles back in Asgard.
Best thing about TDW, Tom Hiddleston, worst thing Natalie Portman....her performance was so dialed in.
I loved the scene with Jane and Thor at the lake on Naboo Asgard where Thor tries to explain the convergence, Holy fuckin' De Ja Vu! Hiddleston does such a great job as Loki, Malekith doesn't get nearly enough time to be developed! He's just a token bad guy. The other aspect of TDW that was mentioned but never explored was the rivalry between Lady Sif and Jane Foster, that could've been fun to see....
The post credits scene was a great tie in but did I miss how the ether solidified into an infinity stone?




30. Thor
When ever a movie says "from the studio/ producers/ directors that brought you (......)" that's never a good sign. 
But this movie wasn't that bad....
Thor felt more like a good fantasy movie than a Marvel super hero movie to me, and unlike Iron Man it didn't feel like an origins movie either. I enjoyed Thor and can confirm he is no homo in this movie, but I wouldn't spend the money to buy it when it releases on Blu Ray & DVD.  My review here: Thor Review 









29. Hellboy
Guillermo del Toro brings a lesser known comic book hero to the silver screen. Ron Pearlman was great as Hellboy, Abe Sapien was cool to see on the big screen, the makeup Pearlman sports in the movie was very impressive. Nazi's, a baby from hell, Rasputin and hell hounds, unlike Judge Dredd, Daredevil and the Punisher this movie was a great representation of the comic book character, I'm looking forward to the sequel, The Golden Army!








28. Spiderman
It certainly took the friendly neighborhood Spiderman a long enough time to hit the silver screen, but due to Spidey's acrobatic crime fighting style it was probably impossible to do without the power of CG. I enjoyed the origins story it was funny seeing him discover his new powers, Rosemary Harris as Aunt May was great, I really think she was terrific. And she Shined even brighter in Spidey II. Tobey Maguire was ok as Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst did a commendable job as Mary Jane.
The weak link in this movie was Willem DaFoe, I loved him in Platoon, but his performance in Spiderman went from creepy to downright clownish as the Green Goblin. That helmet was awful!
It's understandable why Spiderman did so well.....everyone knows Spiderman!

Fun but not epic....


27. Batman Returns
Look at the expression on Keatons face in this poster.... 
I had the same one after leaving the theater... 
Burton kinda screwed himself by having Nicholson's Joker in the first film whether he intended on a sequel or not. If this was the first and  Batman returns had Nicholson's joker it would've worked out better IMO. As good as DeVito was as the Penguin it can't compare to Nicholson as the Joker...he's trumped both ways.








26. Dredd

This was a HUGE improvement over Stallone's Dredd movie! Simple story with intense action. The scene with Ma Ma high on Slo-mo in the tub was cool! 
I did how ever see The Raid: Redemption shortly afterwards and the two movies are almost identical! Someone ripped off someone else's story.....










25. The Crow
I remember seeing this back when I was in college and thinking, "Why couldn't the batman movies be this awesome?"
Brandon Lee....son of Bruce Lee as a reincarnated vigilante angel! C'mon the movie is awesome some start to finish, amazing atmosphere, all Goth, with the title song from The Cure....which I was also a big fan of! 
A very cool movie about death and rebirth and then there's that whole Brandon Lee dying during filming a scene that's some crazy shit!
I remember my friends and I going frame by frame to find the moment he was shot...
FIRE IT UP!!!



24. Blade
When was the last vampire movie that made bloodsuckers so cool!? Blade was fresh and the hero was badass, Wesley Snipes was perfectly cast for the role, and Stephen Dorff as Deacon frost was a great choice also, the two played off each other too well. The overall story may have been a little hokey but it was fascinating to watch and goth kids everywhere rejoiced as this Superhero flick made vampires the in crowd.
The only low point in the movie for me was the end of the fight between Blade and Deacon Frost....the CGI effects where poor, the thing looked like a bubbling blood clot. Otherwise Blade was well worth the admission price.




23. X Men: Days of Future Past
Holy retcon Batman! Time travel can undo all the wrongs with X3 AND help realign this franchise. I'm getting burnt out on Wolverine. Michael Fassbender is great as Magneto...he breathes new life into the character. And speaking of new life....Quicksilver! I'm looking forward to seeing how Magneto's son crosses over to the Avengers franchise.










22. Man of Steel
Is this franchise worth this many attempts to regain it's cinematic glory that was the original Christopher Reeves Superman? I don't know, what I do know is this was a much better movie than Supes Returns! Henry Cavil was well cast. I couldn't care less that Kal El snapped Zod's neck...I'm not a purist. The things that irked me were when Zod makes first contact Clark is in the kitchen drinking a beer while a football game is playing on TV behind him, it's also dark outside so lets figure it's between 8 and 9PM in Smallville Kansas (Central Time Zone), which means it's between 9 and 10 PM in Metropolis (NYC), ok first why is the daily planet office packed like it's the middle of the day? And on top of that how is it also dark Japan, China, Tibet or where ever it is when Zod makes first contact.
The only other issue I have with Man of Steel is after the destruction of Zod's ship, Metropolis looks like Europe after WWII....it's totally FUBAR! Then Supes and Zod go mano a mano and destroy even more of Metropolis! Than minutes after Supes snaps Zods neck we see Clark walking into the Daily Planet and being intoduced to Lois Lane! 


21. Dead Pool
This was a love letter from Marvel and Ryan Reynolds to fans of Dead Pool. I enjoyed the movie, it absolutely nailed the character of Dead Pool, the soundtrack was perfectly fitting and honestly Ryan Reynolds was not only the perfect casting but he kinda earned it after being that fake ass "deadpool" in the X-men origins Wolverine movie... 
I couldn't keep track of the in-genre jokes but there was a shit ton of them! My favs were his jabs at his Green Lantern movie.
So Ryan you're 1 for 2 in the Super Hero genre (not your fault I know) lets kick some more ass in Dead Pool 2! Maybe Patrick "wheels" Stewart will make it for DP's second outing.


20. Iron Man 2
Everyone said Iron man 2, hell yeah! This movie is gonna be twice as good as the first!
Well it was bigger and had more action and Olivia Munn and epic indy car crashes but it really didn't seem better than the original in the end. It was fun but I wasn't feeling the Tony Stark charisma in IM2 like in The Avengers. And the final battle against Whiplash was very underwhelming.
A good sequel, larger scale, fun.....nothing epic like Alien to Aliens but a solid summer block buster experience. 






19. Iron Man 3
This one was tough to place! Should I compare it to the Avengers movie or Ironman 2???
There was no chance IM3 was gonna be able to compete against The Avengers so I am comparing it to IM2. IM3 has some really awesome sequences but it also has some not so awesome moments ...
1) 10 y/o Harley Keener helps a billionair genius track down the Mandarin
2) Ben Kingsley not really The Mandarin
3) Guy Pearce really the Mandarin....breathing fire
4) Super Pepper Potts saves Tony Stark

Lets see where the M.C.U. takes Cap and Thor after the events of The Avengers!



18. X Men First Class
Michael Ironside commanding a battleship!!
Best Movie Evah















17. The Incredible Hulk
Can gamma radiation erase my memory of Ang Lee's Hulk movie?
This IS the Hulk I know! The Bruce Banner that's on the run from the U.S military, that is constantly moving around to avoid being caught.  The one I watched as a kid.
Ed Norton reminded me of the actor from the TV series, Bill Bixby.
I liked Tim Roth's character, Gen Blonsky who devolves into The Abomination. 
The fight between The Incredible Hulk and The Abomination was  awesome. 
HULK SMASH indeed!




16. Blade II
Guillermo Del Toro (Hell Boy) took the best parts of the first and added more blood, more gore, and more horror but was able to retain the cooler aspects of the Vampire lifestyle in the 21st century. Is the enemy of my enemy my friend or enemy...Blade teams up with the Bloodpack, a formidable squad trained to hunt down Blade but find themselves allied against a new strain of vampire.
As cool as Deacon Frost was he seemed like a vampire technophile compared to Nomak, son of Vamp lord Damaskinos. Namak may come from vamp royalty but he ain't no pushover. The fight scenes were crazy eye candy!
Guillermo Del Toro made the second instalment of the series the "Empire Strikes Back" of the Blade trilogy!



15. Captain America: The First Avenger
I was really surprised by Captain America, the first trailer didn't really sell this movie too well, the fan made one was pure gold though. 
Captain America was a very entertaining movie with a superb cast and awesome action and Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull! Mr Rodgers.......
Chris Evans is perfect as Steve Rogers / Captain America.
Check out my Captain America Review .








14. X-Men
It's tough enough to do an origins story for one Superhero, Bryan Singer attempts to introduce 6 hero's and 4 villans...not an easy task, just ask Sam Ramiri about Spiderman3! X Men accomplishes this task pretty well, for Joe-movie-goer who never read one X Men comic they were able to differentiate all the different characters,their abilities, who's good, and bad. Wolverine and Rogue are really the only two character's who's origin is touched upon and Wolverine's continues through to the second movie.
Ian McKellan as Magnetto took some getting used to, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier was a perfect casting in my opinion.
Lite on action, and a rather silly story X Men accomplishes the difficult task of introducing so many different super hero's.
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) steals most scenes and is the marquee character, which isn't a bad thing.


13. The Dark Knight Rises
The third and final chapter in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy was good, the movie mirrored  the occupy wall street protests going in NYC. Bane represented the 99% (the lowest common denominator)  ....the people's champion during batman's absence. 
Watching TDKR was similar to having the last 50 pieces in a 1000 piece puzzle, you can see what the picture is gonna be but some parts haven't been figured out yet.
I'm glad Nolan choose Bane as one of Batman's final villains, he's well enough known without being mainstream and gave Nolan room to mold him to fit in this trilogies realm. Tom Hardy as Bane, Cillan Murphy as Dr. Johnathan Crane, Joseph Gordon Levitt as Detective John Blake...all members of team Nolan did fantastic jobs with their roles.  The highlight for me was Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate....her little secret was fantastic! Ya gotta always watch out for that slow blade!
A respectable conclusion to a fantastic trilogy for a comic book super hero!



12. Batman
Tim Burton takes the Dark Knight and puts his trademark atmosphere into Gotham City, Jack Nicholson creates a Joker that all others are compared to, I can't wait to see where Heath Ledger takes the Joker in the upcoming TDK! Michael Keaton does a good job as Bruce Wayne/Batman, but any scene Nicholson was in he stole the spotlight.
Burton's vision of Gotham was great but his Batman was not as dark as his comic version. Batman unlike most super heros is more of an anti hero as he is more akin to a mercenary.







11. Avengers: Age of Ultron
The hype for Avengers Age of Ultron was at biblical levels and honestly there wasn't much of a chance of it meeting our lofty expectations, the movie was fun and had some spectacular action scenes, and seeing the World's Mightiest Super Hero's team up is awesome but....ultimately I feel AoU sacrificed the enjoyment of this individual film for the overall MCU experience.
Joss Whedon had alot of puzzle pieces that needed to connected in AoU in order to lay the groundwork for phase 3 and he did so masterfully but that's my overall issue with the movie....it felt like multiple movies pieced together to form a super hero mosaic.







10. The Dark Knight
Why so Serious?
Before TDK came out I thought Nicholson's Joker would be the one all other's would be compared to, I was wrong Heath Ledger's (RIP) Joker is the most powerful and disturbing villain in any super hero movie I've ever seen, money, power, infamy, Ledgers Joker doesn't care about any of that he is the epitome of chaos. Aaron Eckhart does a great job as Harvey Dent/Two Face








9. Iron Man
After seeing this movie I decided to do this list, Iron Man was a fun ride! My review can be read here:
Simply put Robert Downey Jr. was a great cast for Tony Stark, as far as an origins movie I think it was slightly better than Spider Man 1, Jeff Bridges was a better villain than Willem Dafoe, and Iron Monger was so much better than the Green Goblin ugghh that mask was soooo stoopid! Gwyenth Paltrow's Pepper Potts was as good as Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane, but I like Pepper Potts character a bit more. Iron Man was definitely worth the $10 a ticket...dam movie tickets are getting so dam expensive, and the theaters for the most part aren't reflecting the high prices in their quality....but that's another discussion.



8. X Men 2
Lets get the proverbial ball rolling! With the origins stuff out of the way more or less lets take these mutants to the next level. I wasn't to crazy about Ian McKellan's Magnetto in the first movie but he grew on me in each consecutive sequel. X2 started out with an attack on the president and set the stage for what was hinted at in the first movie. Humanity's fear of the unknown and the atrocities we do to each other because of our fears.
X2 unites the 2 mutant sides against the humans, this angle was also done in Blade 2...it worked well in both movies.
X2 also introduces Nightcrawler and Lady Death Strike to the cast of mutants, both visually impressive in their own way, Nightcrawlers makeup is very impressive, LDS beautiful yet deadly and the fight between her and wolverine was great! X2 adds more action without sacraficing the over arching story. A definite improvement over the first X Men film.


7. Spiderman II
What was that line from Scream 2? Oh yeah, "sequels suck", this doesn't seem to be the case for some of our super hero's...at least for the second sequel.
Like Blade and X2, Spidey hit the floor running in his sequel, unlike those two, Spiderman had to fight the good fight alone, but when Peter Parker resolved his persona issues he found himself facing the visually impressive Doctor Octopus. Played by Alfred Molina, he really did an amazing job with the villan. This movie had people cheering when Spiderman fought Doc Oc.
Spiderman 2 really captured the essence of the comic book character, every single character in the movie seemed like they were torn straight from the comic book! Great Super Hero, terrible delivery boy lol.

6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I'm sorry but does Gary Shandling look like a toad or is it me?
Amazing follow up to Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers! Far better than Iron man's post Avengers movie. The film stands on it's own and works well in the M.C.U. so joe movie goer can enjoy it and those that have been keeping up with the MCU can enjoy it for what it is and how it fits into the larger picture. Chris Evans was the ideal choice for Steve Rodgers. I enjoyed the story and how HYDRA survived in the shadows and continued to manipulate society from post WWII all the way to the present and actually infiltrated/amalgamated into SHIELD. This actually got me hyped to see the Agent Carter series also. There's so much shit going on heading into Age of Ultron! Hydra has an Infinity Stone, will Bucky help the Avengers battle Ultron, will Thanos show up? Will Magneto show up to free his children (of the atom)Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver?


5. Guardians of the Galaxy
The number one reason I enjoyed GotG so much was IT'S A FUN MOVIE! It's an adventure in space, that isn't hindered by political intrigue, taxation of trade routes, scientists that act like they're sponsored by red bull when surveying a strange new world, messiah-like characters that save humanity from machines, yada yada yada.
Having prior knowledge of the comic's isn't really necessary to enjoy the movie and in fact may be a good thing if you're not in case  the MCU made some changes to GotG cannon. The soundtrack as I suspected absolutely fits the comedic atmosphere of the movie with some amazing songs from the 80's!
It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a movie so much that I'd be willing to pay to see it a second time, but I would for GotG.



4. Batman Begins
Best origins story for any super hero so far, tied with Spidey 2 for best authentic representation of the character from it's comic book source material.
Why is this so much better than say Superman returns? Chris Nolan had an ORIGINAL vison, and didn't just polish up Burton's Batman. He also gave us a really unique villian instead of re-using the Joker again we got one of the franchises original villians, Ras Al Ghul and Sarecrow! Christian Bale is so much better as Bruce Wayne/Batman than Michael Keaton, George Clooney or Val Kilmer.
If the Joel Shumacher series left a bad taste in your mouth, Batman begins will be like a shot of Listerine!
Although this is the best representation of the comic book character, Batman Begins doesn't seem like a comic book story at all, absolutely worth having in your personal collection!


3. Captain America Civil War

Allow me to congratulate Cap, he has done something no other Super hero has been able to accomplish, have 3 good films that have each been better than the previous! Think about it, Christopher Reeves Superman, Tobey Macguire's Spider-Man, The first 3 X-Men movies, Even Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy! None of them were able to do what Chris Evans Captain America has done.
I remember writing the review for Captain America: The First Avenger and saying how surprised I was at how much I enjoyed it, now 5 years later I'm writing to say, I expected a great Captain America movie and I got perhaps the greatest movie in the MCU to date...no pressure Star Lord.




2. The Avengers

The Avengers movie is best described as greater than the sum of it's parts, meaning as good as Iron Man 1 and 2, Captain America and Thor were The Avengers took all those awesome super heroes and amplified them to the power of greyskull the SUN!!
Super Fun Summer Super Hero Flick, Great Acting, Awesome Dialog, Special Special Effects.
   










1. Superman
When you mention any other actor who's done a super hero movie none more than Christopher Reeve embody the Hero they played more in my opinion. Sure Superman is dated and the special effects pale in comparison to newer super hero movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, but none have the heart and soul that this film had! One of my favorite scenes in any movie is when Phyllis Thaxter as Martha Kent walks out to Clark Kent in the wheat field, that scene is beautifully understated and yet full of so much emotion!
Christopher Reeve's Superman represented all that was great about America and all humanity regardless of what was happening in real life. When I saw this as child I believed, just as the poster said...
The music by Johnathan Williams was just as powerful as Superman. Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor might not have been a very powerful villain but his diabolical plan was evil yet genius enough to qualify him for magna cum laude of evil villain school.
Superman remains a timeless American classic.