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The Avengers in Glorious 2D

On a whim, I went to see Joss Whedon’s latest film Marvel’s The Avengers! Yes, “Marvel’s” is in the title, ugh!

The Avengers is the story of superheroes joining forces to defeat the evil Loki. The heroes are Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America, and The Hulk.

The previous films were mediocre to bad films starring these superheroes, then ends of each film had Samuel L. Jackson as Director Fury trying to cobble together the Avengers.

The end is near, so the heroes must come together and kick some ass.

For those unfamiliar with Joss Whedon’s work, he really likes writing about heroines; from Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Echo from Dollhouse to Dana from The Cabin In The Woods. To see such a sausage-fest in one of Whedon’s films is very different. However he did start off the film with both Black Widow1 and Cobie Smulders’2 character kicking some serious ass.

One thing I found interesting about the film, was how unWhedonesque it was. There were a few moments of comedic gold which will remind you who wrote the film, and a few interesting shots to remind you who directed the film, but overall, it feels like a generic action film… a good generic action film, but not the brilliance I was hoping for.

Overall, the film was good, and much better than any of the individual Marvel superhero films that were the precursor… except maybe Iron Man. However, unlike The Cabin In The Woods, I have no desire to rewatch this film.

  1. The only lady Avenger. []
  2. Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother. []

Favourite posts of 2010

I thought I’d go through my year, and see my favourite posts from 2010. This is not a list of my favourite concerts, albums, etc, but rather my favourite posts.

Film

Food

  • POUTINE!
  • My first brunch experience at the Old Nick… I now go there weekly… at least.

Literature

  • A personal tale about knowing an author, Stacey Fowles, and then reading her novel. I would then embarrass myself by not recognizing her in a future meeting.
  • Reading about Canada & Mr. Diefenbaker.

Music

  • Questions about where the groove might actually be.
  • Dan Mangan performed at Trinity St. Paul’s.

Photography

  • This photo is my lock-screen photo on my iPhone.
  • Some of my best portrait shots are of Allegra.
  • I had fun taking photos of Natalia.
  • While the subject might not have been too fond of these pictures, I think they’re quite good. Sure, the subject is ugly1, but that doesn’t matter much.

Politics

Autre

Best insights into humanity, as written by me

  • “If you see a penis, it’s a comedy; if you see a vagina, it’s a drama. It explains why women laugh when I remove my pants.”
  • “Either I’m becoming a normal human being, or I have liver failure.”
  • “Her prose are compelling, straight to the point, and beautiful in their nude honesty.”4
  1. I know she’s not really ugly, but our friendship is based on mutual hatred. []
  2. Actually, I also proposed to Aviva. 2011 is sure going to be busy. []
  3. “Alone in a corner, surrounded by candy.” []
  4. Proud of that one, because of how true it is. []

Iron Man

A few months ago, a film came out called Iron Man 2. I was very perplexed. Iron Man was such an incredible film. This heart-wrenching story about a boy and his friendly metallic robot friend. I absolutely loved it, but when I thought of what Brad Bird film would make a good sequel, Iron Man was nowhere in my list. The first and obvious choice would be The Incredibles.

Wait, what? Oh, I’m getting word that the film I’m thinking of is Iron Giant. Iron Giant. I’m sorry for the confusion ladies and gentlemen. So what’s Iron Man? Superhero film? Marvel Comics? Stan Lee? Starring Robert Downey Jr.? Oh.

So, I also heard that this film is actually pretty damn good, and the reason they made a sequel was that people loved the original. Not only that, but the sequel’s damn good, too. Time to watch it.

The genesis of this story begins when a child of millionaires is left orphaned. The young boy grows up and must take the reigns of his father’s business. Wait, what? I’m being told that’s Batman. No, no, sorry, my bad, it is Batman, but it’s also Iron Man. That must have saved them some money on their screenwriting.

Hey, Stan!

What?

You been working on that backstory?

No, but I’m sure I’ve got one here in this pile. Just write and we’ll figure it out.

So, Tony Stark. The Paris Hilton of the weapons world. Makes big bucks selling to Uncle Sam1. He’s captured by some Brown Bastards™2… oh! Wait! Looks like he isn’t. Looks like the story then jumps from the exciting point to… his birth? What is this? A shitty episode of Voyager? Actually, it is much better than any episode of Voyager, but that’s not saying much.

Alright, so there’s a lot I don’t like about this film. The flow of the narrative, the length, the horribly cliché battle between robots, why did Stark trust Dr. Frankenstein in the cave, the annoying reporter who Stark bones, Stark’s personal assistant, all other female characters in the film, what? Oh, there aren’t any other women in the film.

What did I like? Robert Downy Jr. was pretty good. Also, even though it wasn’t a great film, it was still a fun romp. It was predictable, but still enjoyable. Enjoyable enough to watch the sequel, at no cost.

Can anyone tell me why the most vulnerable spot on his body3 is on display and open to the world?

  1. Why Uncle Sam? Why not Auntie Samantha? []
  2. Hollywood, if you want to use this, you have to see me. []
  3. The piece of technology that keeps his heart working. []