Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two: 10 Things I’m Looking Forward To

April 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two: 10 Things I'm Looking Forward To

Marvel set out to create a massive cinematic universe and delivered on that promise.  Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger & Thor told separate stories but everything led to The Avengers.  To say that Phase One was a success is an understatement.  It’s not everyday you get to see 4 major franchises come together so brilliantly.  Bring on Phase Two!

How will Tony Stark overcome the events of The Avengers in Iron Man 3?  What threat will the Dark Elves pose against Thor in Thor: The Dark World.  Captain America continues to adjust to the modern world in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  We will meet a new team of cosmic heroes in Guardians of The Galaxy.  Last but not least, The Avengers take on the Mad Titan Thanos in The Avengers 2.

It’s an amazing time to be a Marvel fan.

Here are 10 things I’m looking forward to in Phase Two:

10. CAPTAIN AMERICA EXISTS NOW

The only thing that kept Captain America from being my least favorite Phase One film was Iron Man 2.  The reason is because of the origin story.  It took a really long time before we finally got a look at Cap in action.  Understandably, it was a necessary story to tell and I understand that.  I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to but he exists now.

Thanks to The Avengers, we got many glimpses of what The First Avenger can do…  And it’s pretty awesome.

I can’t wait to see a full Captain America movie without the need to establish his origin.  It’s time for a full tilt, action filled hero fest!

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two: 10 Things I'm Looking Forward To

9. IRON MAN VS MANDARIN

The final battles in Iron Man and Iron Man 2 weren’t the greatest in my opinion.  I doubt Iron Man will fight The Mandarin in a fist fight but there’s no way the finale won’t be massive.  Just look at all the Iron Man suits in the second trailer:

I think Iron Man 3 will kick start Phase Two in a BIG way and I can’t wait to see it.

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8. SO…  LOKI…

How will Loki fit into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe after his action in The Avengers.

“….  Sorry?”

I think he will still be a force to be reckoned with especially with Thor distracted by Maleketh.  I’m also curious to see if Loki mentions anything about his connection to Thanos and what lies ahead.  Love him or hate him, he has answers…  And I want those answers.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two: 10 Things I'm Looking Forward To

7. THE CAMEOS

Which major characters will appear in other movies?  Are The Avengers truly disassembled until The Avengers 2 in 2015?

We really got a sense of what Marvel had up it’s sleeve when Nick Fury appeared at the end of Iron Man.  Whether it’s Tony Stark in the Incredible Hulk or Hawkeye in Thor you never knew who would appear next.

That trend will most certainly continue in Phase Two.  Part of the fun will be catching all the subtle references they will include in the next slate of films.

6. A POST INVASION WORLD

We’ve already seen glimpses of New York after the events of The Avengers as well as the effect it’s had on Tony Stark.  I can’t wait to see how the world has changed after Loki opened a portal and unleashed an alien army on the world.

What’s different?  How has humanity evolved now that these threats have been revealed?  What do people think of The Avengers now?  I think the majority of the answers will be dealt with in Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

But what about the rest of the universe?

5. HULK SMASH…  AGAIN

It’s very unlikely we will see The Hulk again until The Avengers 2 premieres.  He isn’t getting a standalone movie any time soon but I think saving him is a good move.  Watching Hulk punch giant alien snakes in the face was part of the fun of The Avengers.  We may see Bruce Banner pop up at some point before then but I’m willing to wait.  It’s going to be awesome when the Hulk is unleashed again.

4.  THE CREDITS

No one will ever leave at the end of a Marvel movie again.  We all know the extra scene is coming.  A teaser of what’s to come.  A few moments that connect these movies together in ways that frustrate and delight fans.  (I say frustrate because the wait for answers can be painful.)

When we last left a Marvel movie, they gave us a glimpse of the villain who will be the center piece of Phase Two…  Thanos.

The ending of Iron Man 3 is rumored to introduce The Guardians of the Galaxy.  I know it’s a lot to ask but it would be nice if they at least mentioned Thanos.  Either way, I’m really looking forward to the bonus scenes.  Especially double bonus scenes like this:

3. THE GUARDIANS

A brand new Marvel franchise!?

I don’t know much about The Guardians of the Galaxy but I’m looking forward to learning more about them.  A Marvel movie directed by James Gunn set in space with talking Trees and Raccoons might seem risky but I’m excited.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two: 10 Things I'm Looking Forward To

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2.  THANOS

Who doesn’t love a good villain?  When Marvel announced The Avengers people wondered who the villain might be.  It was ultimately revealed to be Loki but it wasn’t his plan.  It’s always been Thanos.  We may not have seen him but he’s been around the whole time plotting against humanity.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two: 10 Things I'm Looking Forward To

It’s unprecedented to have not one but many films to set up a villain.  Especially one as powerful as The Mad Titan Thanos.  I’ve read about the history surrounding the character and his connections to The Avengers & The Guardians but what will the cinematic version of Thanos be like?

Will he impact the events of the films leading up to The Avengers 2 directly?  Or will he take a back seat and allow pawns like Loki take center stage.  When will we see him again?  What’s his plan?

…  I want answers!!!

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two: 10 Things I'm Looking Forward To

1. THE AVENGERS 2

It took years to set up the events of Marvel’s The Avengers and we are in for another long but entertaining ride.  Along the way, we’ll catch up with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of shield.  We’ll get updates on Bruce Banner and the ‘other’ guy.  We will meet the Guardians of the Galaxy and learn more about the looming threat known as Thanos.

Through all of these fantastic adventures we will all be wondering how it will all end.  How will these films connect?  What does Marvel really have planned for Phase Two?

Everything leads to The Avengers 2 and it’s going to be an amazing adventure indeed.

Phase Two is about to begin.  Cinematic history is about to be made.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two: 10 Things I'm Looking Forward To

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Top 10 Moments: Jurassic Park

March 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Top 10 Moments: Jurassic Park

WELCOME TO JURASSIC PARK

To steal a line from Seth MacFarlane, Jurassic Park needs no introduction…

10. GENNARO

This…  This is just unfortunate.

9. SICK TRICERATOPS

This entire scene is breathtaking but my favorite moment is Dr. Grant’s fascination with the dino’s breathing.  I’m not sure I’d be in a rush to give an actual Triceratops a hug though.

8. HOLD ONTO YOUR BUTTS

Samuel L. Jackson.  His role isn’t big but, as always, he makes the most of it.  Just think, if the system reset DIDN’T work, he might have survived.

7. T-REX VS RAPTORS

The penultimate moment in the film is fantastic.  Who doesn’t get excited thinking about a T-Rex hurling a Raptor into a fossil display?

6. LIFE FINDS A WAY

Dr. Ian Malcolm is overwhelmed by the science of that place.  It’s a quiet moment that wonderfully foreshadows what can happen when you play with Dino DNA.

5. FEEDING RAPTORS

If I had to choose between the goat or this poor cow, I’d be the goat.  Either way it’s bad but those raptors…  They’re really something.

4. DILOPHOSAURUS

This dinosaur scared me more than any other in Jurassic Park.  There’s something about the sound it makes and that vicious shaking…  head… flap… that I find terrifying.

3. CLEVER GIRL

What must have gone through his mind when he realized he was about to be devoured…  Gross…

2. VISUAL ACUITY

Don’t move and your chances of survival increase.  (Just ask Gennaro)  But NOT moving also created one of the more suspenseful moments during the big T-Rex attack.

1. WELCOME TO JURASSIC PARK

I consider this moment to be one of the most iconic moments in cinematic history.  Everything came together and we all watched in awe as dinosaurs roamed on the big screen.  Truly one of the most memorable movie moments of all time.

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ANOTHER TAKE

No one I know loves Jurassic Park more than my good friend Eric.  I asked him to weigh-in with his top 10 moments as well:

10. THE GOAT
9. SIX FOOT TURKEY
8. CLEVER GIRL
7. CHILEAN SEA BASS/”WHO’S HUNGRY”
6. CHAOS THEORY
5. T-REX VS RAPTORS
4. RAPTORS IN THE KITCHEN
3. FEEDING RAPTORS
2. T-REX ATTACK
1. WELCOME TO JURASSIC PARK

What’s your favorite Jurassic Park Moment?

Top 5 Moments: Iron Man 3 Trailer #2

March 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Top 5 Moments: Iron Man 3 Trailer #2

THE FINAL IRON MAN 3 TRAILER HAS ARRIVED!

…  And I thought the first Iron Man 3 trailer was explosive!

The latest trailer begins with Tony Stark as we’ve never seen him.  Weakened.  Scared.  The trailer then evolves into an action packed look at a movie poised to kick start Marvel’s post Avengers universe.  The road to the Avengers 2 has truly begun.  Before we get there, Iron Man has to pick himself up and deal with the deadly Mandarin.

How?  Looks like it’ll take just about every suit he’s every built!

Here are 5 of my favorite moments from the new Iron Man 3 trailer:

5.  “AN EMPTY LIFE OR A MEANINGFUL DEATH?”

While I’m not a fan of Sir. Ben Kinglsey’s Mandarin voice, he is a formidable and intimidating foe.  That one line paints a picture of a ruthless villain bent on creating chaos for Tony Stark and co.  It’s almost time!

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4. EXTREMIS IN ACTION

Extremis technology allows Tony to control his armor with his mind.  This new armor can wrap itself around Tony whenever he calls.  You can see it in action a number of times during the trailer.  I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

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3.  BROKEN STARK

It was a given that this movie would be full of action and eye candy.  What will truly make this film worthy of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is Tony Stark’s journey.  From the looks of this image, he’s in for one hell of a beat down in the third installment.

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2.  TONS OF IRON!

Extremis technology plays a huge part in Iron Man 3 and there’s no greater example than an army of remote controlled suits.  Awesome.

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1.  THE HULKBUSTER!

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When the concept art below leaked on the internet I thought it was awesome but I didn’t think we would see it in Iron Man 3.  Needless to say, this badass armor is front and center in the trailer’s final moments.  I’m happy I was wrong.

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Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films: The Complete Series

February 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

Academy Award Winning Animated Shorts | Best Animated Shorts

The Academy Award for Animated Shorts.  One of my favorite categories.  Recently, it occurred to me that there were dozens of Oscar winners I had yet to see.  I decided to go on a search for all them.  The result was an incredible journey from 1932 to 2013.  In this 9 part series, I count down every single animated short film that won the Oscar.  Where do your favorites rank?

List of Winners courtesy of Wikipedia

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Check out the complete series:

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 1

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 2

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 3

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 4

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 5

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 6

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 7

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 8

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Here they are in chronological order:

1932 Flowers and Trees

1933 Three Little Pigs

1934 The Tortoise and the Hare

1935 Three Orphan Kittens

1936 The Country Cousin

1937 The Old Mill

1938 Ferdinand the Bull

1939 The Ugly Duckling

1940 The Milky Way

1941 Lend a Paw

1942 Der Fuehrer’s Face

1943 The Yankee Doodle Mouse

1944 Mouse Trouble

1945 Quiet Please!

1946 The Cat Concerto

1947 Tweetie Pie

1948 The Little Orphan

1949 For Scent-imental Reasons

1950 Gerald McBoing-Boing

1951 The Two Mouseketeers

1952 Johann Mouse

1953 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom

1954 When Magoo Flew

1955 Speedy Gonzales

1956 Magoo’s Puddle Jumper

1957 Birds Anonymous

1958 Knighty Knight Bugs

1959 Moonbird

1960 Munro

1961 Erzatz (The Substitute)

1962 The Hole

1963 The Critic

1964 The Pink Phink

1965 The Dot and the Line

1966 A Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature

1967 The Box

1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

1969 It’s Tough to Be a Bird

1970 Is It Always Right to Be Right?

1971 The Crunch Bird

1972 A Christmas Carol

1973 Frank Film

1974 Closed Mondays

1975 Great

1976 Leisure

1977 The Sand Castle

1978 Special Delivery

1979 Every Child

1980 The Fly

1981 Crac

1982 Tango

1983 Sundae in New York

1984 Charade

1985 Anna & Bella

1986 A Greek Tragedy

1987 The Man Who Planted Trees

1988 Tin Toy

1989 Balance

1990 Creature Comforts

1991 Manipulation

1992 Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

1993 The Wrong Trousers

1994 Bob’s Birthday

1995 A Close Shave

1996 Quest

1997 Geri’s Game

1998 Bunny

1999 The Old Man and the Sea

2000 Father and Daughter

2001 For the Birds

2002 The ChubbChubbs!

2003 Harvie Krumpet

2004 Ryan

2005 The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation

2006 The Danish Poet

2007 Peter & the Wolf

2008 La Maison en petits cubes

2009 Logorama

2010 The Lost Thing

2011 The Fantastic Flying Book of Mr. Morris Lessmore

2012 Paperman

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Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 8

February 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

Academy Award Winning Animated Shorts | Best Animated Shorts

The Academy Award for Animated Shorts. One of my favorite categories. Recently, it occurred to me that there were dozens of Oscar winners I had yet to see. I decided to go on a search for all them. The result was an incredible journey from 1932 to 2013. In this 9 part series, I count down every single animated short film that won the Oscar. Where do your favorites rank?

List of Winners courtesy of Wikipedia

Check out the complete series:

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 1

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 2

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 3

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 4

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 5

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 6

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 7

Academy Award Winning Animated Short Films Part 8

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THE TOP 10

10. FOR THE BIRDS

2001

9. THE CRUNCH BIRD

1971

8. THREE LITTLE PIGS

1933

7. THE UGLY DUCKLING

1939

6. GERI’S GAME

1997

5. CHARADE

1984

4. MANIPULATION

1991

3. PAPERMAN

2013

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2. LOGORAMA

2009

1. CREATURE COMFORTS

1990

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