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My Second Biggest Captain America: Winter Soldier Disappointment

Assuming it's safe at this point to spoil the movie, was anyone else completely disappointed when Nick Fury's bringing Cap down the elevator to reveal the secret SHIELD project, telling him the story about his grandfather keeping a gun in his paper bag, and it turns out the secret project is not this:

Cause I was. I made the effort to watch this part of the movie, holding back my nausea, and what did i get? A bunch of helicarriers. WTF? Who cares about flying spy ships with laser cannons? Where's my giant gun? HRMPH!

By min | April 22, 2014, 3:48 PM | Comics & Movies | Comments (1)| Link

Why is the Black Widow Posed Like That?

This isn't a terrible movie ad. There's no gratuitous butt shot or anything. But why is Black Widow walking with her hip cocked and her arms held out to the side holding her guns sideways? Is she surrendering?

And let's compare her expression to Cap's or Fury's. They've both got the "angry determination" sort of face on. Black Widow's sporting the "blank supermodel stare" and the flippy hair is not helping. She's one "partially parted lips" away from "Why does she have a porn face?". Winter Soldier's exuding more tough ass-kickery and you can't even see his face clearly.

Now, Black Widow can kick ass. I know she can. I saw it in the Avengers movie (i would have seen it in Iron Man 2 if they had backed the camera up enough to fit more than limbs. and i wanted to see it in CA: Winter Soldier, but i was too busy keeping my eyes shut for 2 hours so i wouldn't puke - see Palsy Cam post). There's no reason why she can't come off just as tough as the guys. So can we give her (and every other chick in an action movie) an "angry determination" face with a corresponding, non-butt pose like the guys get to have? That's not alot to ask, is it? You even get to keep the cat suit.

And if you still don't think there's anything wrong with the way Black Widow's posed, imagine Cap in a similar one.

By min | April 16, 2014, 10:57 AM | Comics & Movies | Link

Captain America and the Palsy Cam

Friday night we went to see Winter Soldier in the theater. For once we saw a movie in a relatively timely manner, so i'm going to keep things general to avoid spoilers. But from a certain point of view i thought it was a great movie. I don't know if i agree with MightyGodKing that it's the best Marvel movie, but except for one thing i'd probably have put it in my top three (along with Avengers and the first Iron Man).

But that one thing was pretty bad. And that's the strange and increasingly prevalent use of shaky cameras, jerky POV changes, and extreme close-ups that has been infecting more and more movies (definitely ruined our enjoyment of Pacific Rim). Normally it seems to be used as a way to obscure poorly coordinated fights, but in this case it seemed like there was cool stuff going on but it was impossible to see it. Now, we did wind up in a crowded theater and had to sit pretty close to the front, so i'm hoping that was a factor and it'll look better on a television screen ("gee, your movie sucked in the theater but maybe it'll look ok on television" is surely not what directors want to hear). Ironically, Saturday night we kicked back with Fast and Furious 6. And that movie had very clear action and some nice (if silly) fights. And let me tell you, Fast and Furious 6 should not have better action sequences than Captain America.

By fnord12 | April 13, 2014, 11:47 AM | Comics & Movies | Comments (2)| Link

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