Geek at Heart: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Focus on Avengers: Age of Ultron 


By Tinsel & Tine Editor,  Le Anne Lindsay

Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios have penned and helmed a mega watt, all in, big, bold, outrageous, funny, action-packed character driven follow up to The Avengers. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON allows for more than just action sequence after action sequence. Although those are great too, particularly Iron Man trying to tame one of The Hulk's out of control rampages, but what makes the movie really work is the exploration of the character's relationships, interactions, trusts, mistrusts, powers, and weaknesses.


For the first time, I finally began to care about Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) he's much more than the expendable guy throwing arrows in this movie. He even acknowledges the fact that he's kinda useless compared to the superhuman strengths of the others.

We see a softer side of Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) How did this deadly assassin become both Aunt Nat and the woman who can tame The Hulk, while raising Bruce Banner's temperature.

 
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is once again really just visiting earth, his heart and quests always remain on Asgard.  But can anyone tell me why Thor had to go get Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) just to have him watch, while he took an electric bath?



Iron Man/ Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) God like tendencies won't allow him
to admit he's made a huge mistake in creating the ultimate Frankenstein's monster - Ultron.



Bruce Banner / The Hulk  (Mark Ruffalo) is wracked with guilt over both helping Tony create Ultron and terrorizing the poor citizens of Johannesburg, South Africa.

And so much more drama, mainly brought to a head by the mental machinations of Maximoff twin The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

I think my favorite scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron is the party - after recovering Loki’s scepter from Hydra, The Avengers feel like reveling and everyone is there (Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Stan Lee etc...) They're all mixing and mingling and getting very tipsy, like an office Christmas party that's gotten a little out of control.  Especially love when each Avenger tries their hand at picking up Thor's hammer, cause you know that's what you'd do if you were hanging out drinking and Mjölnir was just sitting on the coffee table in front of you.

Bottom line: I feel like I got to spend quality time with old friends. #AvengersAgeofUltron is sure to be another record breaking box office success and well deserved!
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Earlier this winter I got a chance to interview The Black Tribbles (African American Geeks). During the radio show, we hashed out some Avengers stuff including those all important Infinity Stones and why Quicksilver isn't the same one from The X-men.  We also discussed treasured nerd possessions; what we love to do when we're not Blogging/Tribbling ; Billy Dee Willams/Lando Calrissia and more.... 


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


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Focus On: EX MACHINA

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Artificial Intelligence (AI), what does this term bring up for you?

By Tinsel & Tine Editor - Le Anne Lindsay

 

My first thought is that bad after taste you get from artificial sweetener. But when I examine what it really is, lifelike interaction by a computer, robot or machine, then I think, it's pretty cool.  I have to say, I related to the Spike Jonze movie HER (click for T&T post) not the falling in love part, but the companionship of a computer.  I kinda feel that way about my laptop, cellphone, TV and car, my life would seem so empty, boring and difficult without these technical conveniences.  But what about an actual human-like companion, who can pass for a person when dressed in clothes and a wig to cover their optic fibers and circuitry?  As a single female, not interested in internet dating or Tinder, I think a robot man might do nicely on a couple of lonely Friday nights... 


Screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Dredd, Sunshine) decided he'd direct his latest film, a creepy Sci-fi, with nice plot twists - EX MACHINA. Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) works as a programmer or coding expert for a Google like company called Bluebook.  He wins an inter-corporate contest to spend a week with the founder, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) of Bluebook, and thinks it's an amazing chance to hang out with a super intelligent programming genius, hashing out theories and going over Algorithm and Ambient Occlusion and techie junk like that.

When he gets to the mountain fortress which is part nature retreat and part secret underground scientific lab, he finds Nathan to be somewhat off putting, if you saw Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis (click for T&T post), then you know what I mean by "off putting".  Nathan tells Caleb that he actually brought him there to conduct a Turing Test, the ultimate exam for artificial intelligence (named for Alan Turing, the protagonist of  The Imitation Game (click for T&T post), to determine if an AI is indistinguishable from a human.


The Turing Test is being conducted on a beautiful AI with an angelic face named Ava (Alicia Vikander) Ava is very careful and particular in her speech and walk, her frame is transparent so you can see all her circuitry and wiring, but otherwise she interacts like a person who is well studied, but has lived a sheltered existence, which is true.  Nathan monitors Caleb's conversational tests with Ava on closed circuit TV, but during a power outage, Ava urges Caleb not to trust Nathan, that he's not what he appears.


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Ex Machina takes place entirely inside Nathan's minimalist, luxury compound which sets a tension of danger for Caleb who is not free to leave until the helicopter scheduled to return in 7 days comes for him. The script is also quite clever when it comes to keeping the audience guessing on the motives of each character, many mind games being played, but far more interesting than the cat and mouse play between Jonah Hill and James Franco in True Story (click for T&T post).  In summation, I loved Ex Machina and recommend seeing it as quickly as possible before you hear or read too much...

Side note: Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson play lovers in the 2012 Keira Knightly/Jude Law remake of Anna Karenina (click for T&T post).


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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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