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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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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