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    I liked the movie, but the beginning of the movie (pre-credits) felt like it was shot by a different director/cinematographer.

    So odd and somewhat clunky.

    Then the movie really takes off.

    There were a lot of issues in this movie though.

    Most of them writing related however, because the actors as usual did a fantastic job of attempting to sell what they were given to work with.

    Also, another thing… Age of Ultron?

    Hm, I wonder about that title. It seemed more like a couple days/weeks of Ultron rather than an actual ‘age’ kicking off.

    I realize it’s (loosely) a reference to an actual comic series, but in the comics there was time-traveling involved if I recall, and there was actually an age of ultron that took place similar to the age of apocalypse where all the world’s heroes have to fight back against an Ultron that’s overtaken the world.

    I hope Civil War at least does a better job of selling the fact that the heroes are fighting each other (as the title implies)… and/or answering at least for all the damage they’ve done throughout this movie.

    But yeah… looking forward to the Director’s Cut of Age of Ultron, because I want to see this movie as it was meant to be released at 3 hours running.

    It’s a really good movie, but I feel it would have been possible to reach excellent or epic proportions if there were more time to flesh out plot-lines in the movie.

    http://ifanboy.com/podcasts/special-edition-podcast-avengers-age-of-ultron/

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    I liked the movie, but the beginning of the movie (pre-credits) felt like it was shot by a different director/cinematographer.

    So odd and somewhat clunky.

    Then the movie really takes off.

    There were a lot of issues in this movie though.

    Most of them writing related however, because the actors as usual did a fantastic job of attempting to sell what they were given to work with.

    Also, another thing… Age of Ultron?

    Hm, I wonder about that title. It seemed more like a couple days/weeks of Ultron rather than an actual ‘age’ kicking off.

    I realize it’s (loosely) a reference to an actual comic series, but in the comics there was time-traveling involved if I recall, and there was actually an age of ultron that took place similar to the age of apocalypse where all the world’s heroes have to fight back against an Ultron that’s overtaken the world.

    I hope Civil War at least does a better job of selling the fact that the heroes are fighting each other (as the title implies)… and/or answering at least for all the damage they’ve done throughout this movie.

    But yeah… looking forward to the Director’s Cut of Age of Ultron, because I want to see this movie as it was meant to be released at 3 hours running.

    It’s a really good movie, but I feel it would have been possible to reach excellent or epic proportions if there were more time to flesh out plot-lines in the movie.

    http://ifanboy.com/podcasts/special-edition-podcast-avengers-age-of-ultron/

    —Huffduffed by datenkeller

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    This was your best, most appropriate music choice ever. You could have just done handle with care and it still would have worked, but you picked a deep cut that was appropriate to the film.

    The more I think about Avengers the more I love it, not just on an ‘it was cool’ level, but I think it was a really meaningful movie. Beat ‘Donnie Darko’ as my favorite superhero movie. I think it was Ron who said the coolest moments in the past marvel movies were the ‘character moments’ in-between the big action. The coolest moments in this movie were all in the end battle, and that was because the big action moments WERE character moments. Hulk had the best examples.

    The transformers comparisons anger me deeply, because, aside from being horribly shot and edited, they were, from a narrative standpoint, just ROBOTFIGHTBANGBOOMBANG. Good action scenes are not made from a-lot-of-expensive-shit-flies-faster-than-you-can-process-while-big-things-blow-up, they’re from memorable moments: jaws oxygen tank, indiana jones just shoots the sword guy, indiana jones sticks a pole into the nazi’s motorcycle, luke hops off the plank and catches his lightsaber. The applause moments. The final battle in avengers had those in double-digits.

    The whole every-character-had-their-moment thing was made all the more poignant for me by this Whedon quote: “That moment, where you stand up and say, ‘I have the right to exist.’ I’ve written a lot of times, and I never get tired of writing it. And if I could just believe it about myself, I think I could stop writing it.” I think it’s safe to say that many of us fanboys/girls can be pretty insecure. But the kickass character action moments remind me there are many many moments when we stand up and show the world why we, as individuals, are forces for good in the world, be it helping someone with a baby-carriage up subway steps or contributing a good idea at work or holding your kid while they’re crying or whatever. More often than not, I feel like Clark. But sometimes I take off my glasses. And this movie helped me see that those times happen more often than I recognize.

    http://ifanboy.com/podcasts/05-06-2012-marvels-the-avengers/

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    I love these review podcasts – nice to have Ron around!

    As I mentioned briefly above, I loved this movie. Of course the Star Wars allusions were fantastic. I also got a little Indiana Jones feel from the move. Chris Pratt was equal parts Han Solo and Indiana Jones – the loveable rogue character. And of course, Star Lord’s theft of the orb was incredibly reminiscent of the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    What I found myself thinking about after the movie was over was how strong the theme of family played through the movie. Each of the characters had their own particularly experience with family that was very much the defining moment for the character. Drax is the most obvious. With Star Lord, I found it interesting that he loses his mother but gains a father-figure (of a sort) in Yondu. Gamora is the adopted (abducted?) child of an abusive and violent despot. Gamora and Nebula together seem to display two responses to growing up in an abusive (foster) family. Both of them want to see Thanos dead, but you get the sense that Nebula is a much more broken individual than Gamora. Ronan also, in addition to his religious zealotry, seemed motivated by what had happened to his father and grandfather (something he mentions a few times). And of course, John C. Reilly thanks Star Lord because he has a family, whom we see him coming home to in the end.

    I couldn’t help but think of something from Timothy Zahn’s The Last Command. I read this back in high school and haven’t reread it since so the scene isn’t quite exact in my mind. But, I remember a scene where Wedge talks about how the Republic has had to put their faith in the most unlikely characters, thinking back to the farm boy that Luke was when he destroyed the death star to the group of smugglers who went against Thrawn. Xandar was in the end saved by a similar group of unexpected heroes in Yondu and the Ravagers, and Star Lord and the Guardians.

    The only thing that I had some trouble with was Ronan. He was very mustache twirling, and I was really curious as to how much people unfamiliar with this material would have understood about him. But, as I thought about it, it seemed to me that we really don’t need any more explanation of Ronan’s motivation than the fact that he was a zealot and a fanatic. As with any zealot and fanatic, the underlying reasons for their actions really don’t matter and tend to disappear. Or, at the very least, it’s incomprehensible to anyone but themselves. In that sense, Ronan does work. He gives these little remarks about his fathers and Kree justice, which clearly make sense to him (pulled off by Lee Pace’s acting) but are pretty much meaningless to everyone else.

    I cracked up with the post-credits scene. I took it as a little inside joke to people in the know but also a joke played against the normal Marvel movie expectation. This is really the first movie that comes outside of the Avengers universe, and as part of this new wave, the little post credits scene tells you not to expect what you’ve gotten used to with the other movies. Or maybe they just wanted to get Howard the Duck in. Of course, if and when they actually try to make a(nother) Howard the Duck movie, that’s when all of this Marvel / comic book movie thing will have jumped the shark.

    http://ifanboy.com/podcasts/special-edition-podcast-guardians-of-the-galaxy/

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  5. Top Four #6: Board Games - Relay FM

    Tiff and Marco discuss their top four favorite board games.

    https://www.relay.fm/topfour/6

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