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Avengers; Age Of Ultron

Summary: When Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) accidentally unleash the evil that is Ultron (James Spader) onto the world it is up to themselves, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to re-group and once again try to save the world.

But as Ultron’s extra-intelligence helps him stay ahead of The Avengers as he prepares to destroy them and then mankind, he is also aided by the mysterious powers of newcomers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd April, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Joss Whedon

Screenwriter: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee (comics), Jack Kirby (comics)

Cast: Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Paul Bettany (Jarvis/The Vision), Linda Cardellini (Laura), Don Cheadle (Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine), Robert Downey Jnr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Lou Ferrigno (Hulk (voice)), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Anthony Henry (Charlie Nash), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L/ Jackson (Nick Fury),  Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Claudia Kim (Dr. Helen Cho), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Wolfgang von Strucker), Stan Lee (Veteran), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Nick W. Nicholson (Dr. Taryl Jenkins), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Zrinka), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaw), Stellan Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), James Spader (Ultron (voice)), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver)

Runtime: 141 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Joss Whedon finds himself in an unusual predicament with Avengers: Age Of Ultron. When he took the helm of the franchise with The Avengers he created an action film so perfect that many were labeling the best action film ever made. Now Whedon has the hard task of trying to match that with his latest Avengers installment… only one poor man can relate, poor Christopher Nolan who had to back up the Oscar winning The Dark Knight with The Dark Knight Rises. Adding more problems for Whedon was the fact that the Russo’s further enhanced the franchise with the epically wonderful Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Whedon hits the ground running with Avengers: Age Of Ultron starting the film mid battle which amazingly enough creatively gives each Avenger their own piece of screen time to show exactly what they are capable of. To Whedon’s credit he doesn’t muck around re-introducing the members of the Avengers, no if you haven’t seen the other films in the franchise… tough!!! From there the film is topsy-turvy though. Once again Whedon’s special effects team goes into overdrive with some amazing sequences, although he should probably hold back so many slo-mo shots though as they become tedious after awhile. Surely such a creative director could have thought of some other kinds of shots, especially seeing at times Whedon manages to take his audience right inside the battle with some pretty creative directional moves.

While Whedon does at least create a very creative way to place the Earth in peril and some of the film’s deep points on those who set out to bring peace to this world, the politics of war or those with a God-complex are quite thought provoking, other parts of the films will let down their audience. The mind-bending scenes that come as a result of Scarlet Witch messing with the brains of The Avengers seem to lack the certain something they need to really standout. The attempts of Whedon to make them artsy certainly didn’t work and many audience members will find themselves tuning out during them.

Also missing this time around is a lot of the humor that made the first Avengers movie so memorable. Yes there are the occasional funny moments and lines (thanks largely to Tony Stark) but nothing as good as the Hulk smashing Loki moment from Avengers. Now talking about Loki, that also raises the biggest fault with Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Loki was everything that you want in a bad guy – evil, cheeky and strong but here you’ll quickly find that Ultron is a little bit of a bland villain. Yes he is formidable and he is strong, but instead of making you chuckle his ‘pearls of wisdom’ threaten to make your brain explode as you try to think about. The logic behind Ultron is also strangely like the internet demon that Willow created in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the giant robot that Spike and Angel tried to build in the strange series… at least Mr. Whedon is borrowing from his own material.

The other thing that is going to peeve off comic book fans as well is the treatment of Quicksilver. Now I know that X-Men is currently owned by a different company but it does seem a little weird that the Quicksilver here in Avengers: Age Of Ultron has a very different back story to the Quicksilver we now know in the X-Men franchise. Sadly, I can’t tell you though why the two different Quicksilvers in the two different franchise is going to mess with the minds of fans even more because sadly that would be giving away a major plot point of this film… all I will say though is it will completely mess with you and have you tearing your hair out.

The one thing though that does prevent Avengers: Age Of Ultron from becoming a really bland comic book movie is that this is a movie that does have some heart. Yes it lacks the storylines that have been so strong in the pervious films in this franchise but at least it has heart. The hidden family of one the Avengers that is revealed and also the budding relationship between two Avengers almost makes up for the ludicrous lines uttered to cover up the fact that neither Gwenyth Paltrow or Natalie Portman wanted to return this time around.

It is easy to see that Avengers: Age Of Ultron will frustrate many of its fans. While Joss Whedon does need to be congratulated on the epic scale of this film (although it does pale when put alongside Captain America: Winter Solider) this film simply just doesn’t front up to the brilliance of the original The Avengers. Yes the film contains love, death and violence but you won’t be remembering this film for years to come like you did Whedon’s first journey into the Marvel universe. Oh and be prepared for a bit of a morose finale that leaves the audience with more questions than it answers, keeping in mind that it has already been announced that this is the last film that will contain this line-up of the Avengers. There might be some weeping amongst true fans of the franchise.

 

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Adam Ross:

You can hear Adam’s full Avengers: Age Of Ultron review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #126

 

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Greg King:

You can hear Greg’s full Avengers: Age Of Ultron review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #126

 

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Nick Gardener:

You can hear Nick’s full Avengers: Age Of Ultron review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #126

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Avengers: Age Of Ultron reviews: You will also be able to hear our Avengers: Age Of Ultron review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #126.

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Delivery Man

Summary: An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Ken Scott

Screenwriter: Ken Scott, Martin Petit

Cast: Andrzej Blumenfeld (Mikolaj), Adam Chanler-Berat (Viggo), Matthew Daddario (Channing), Kate Dalton (Sabrina), Simon Delaney (Victor), Lyndia Gravatt (Judge Logan), Jermaine Hollman (Mays), Kevin Hopkins (Andrew Johansson), Van Hughes (Young David), Jay Leno (himself), Bill Maher (himself), Bobby Moynihan (Aleksy), Nicole Neuman (Emma), Dave Patten (Adam), Chris Pratt (Brett),Sebastian Rene (Ryan),  Jack Reynor (Josh), Britt Robertson (Kristen), Cobie Smulders (Emma), Amos VanderPoel (Taylor), Vince Vaughn (David), Damian Young (Attorney Williams)

Runtime: 105 mins

Classification:M

OUR DELIVERY MAN REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Delivery Man’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #61

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Delivery Man (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Delivery Man′: Please check our Delivery Man review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 61.

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Safe Haven

Summary: When a mysterious young woman named Katie washes up in the small North Carolina town of Southport, she is determined not to make personal relationships. That is, until she meets Alex, a kind-hearted widowed store owner, struggling to raise his two children. When Katie feels herself falling for him, she must choose between familar safety and the perils that come with love. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nicholas Sparks.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Screenwriter: Leslie Bohem, Dana Stevens, Nicholas Sparks (book)

Cast: George Dawe (Lt. Blakely), Daniel Cochran Donovan (Mr. Feldman), Josh Duhamel (Alex), Julianne Hough (Katie), Mimi Kirkland (Lexie), Noah Lomax (Josh), David Lyons (Tierney), Cullen Moss (Police Officer Bass), Robin Mullens (Maddie), Juan Piedrahita (Jr. Detective Ramirez), Mike Pniewski (Lieutenant Robinson), Ric Reitz (Police Chief Mulligan), Cobie Smulders (Jo), Red West (Roger), Irene Ziegler (Mrs. Feldman)

Runtime: 118 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Safe Haven’ Review: 

Romantic dramas are always designed for woman and poor men dragged along to see them have to sit them and get bored, right? Wrong! Author Nicholas Sparks seems to have been on a one man mission over the last few years to change that very perception. Certainly his film ‘The Notebook’ seemed to affect men more than woman and now he has delivered ‘Safe Haven’ a film that is a romance at heart but also features a suspense/thriller storyline that is guaranteed to impress film goers of both sexes.

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel of the same name ‘Safe Haven’ starts with young Katie (Julianne Hough – ‘Rock Of Ages’, ‘Footloose’) desperate to find a bus anywhere as she seeks to escape from Detective Tierney (David Lyons – ‘Save Your Legs’, ‘Swerve’), who highlights her as a murder suspect. Katie jumps onto the first bus she can get onto and soon finds herself in the small coastal town of Southport (in North Carolina) where she decides she can hideout.

Katie quickly finds a house and a job and she plans to try and keep herself as ‘out-of-sight’ as possible, but that plan fails as she soon as her next-door neighbour Jo (Cobie Smulders – ‘The Avengers’, TV’S ‘How I Met Your Mother’) while she finds herself drawing closer to the local shopkeeper, Alex (Josh Duhamel – ‘Movie 43’, ‘New Year’s Eve’) and his two children Josh (Noah Lomax – ‘Playing For Keeps’, TV’S ‘Mad Love’) and Lexie (Mimi Kirkland – newcomer). But no matter what Katie tries to do with her life she soon discovers that you can’t just run from your past.

Director Lasse Hallstrom (The Hypnotist, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen) does a great job making sure the romance and suspense genres flow together brilliantly in this film. OF course he is helped out by a wonderful script that not only sees a great set-up of characters but also delivers a powerful twist that comes out of nowhere, although be warned before this occurs those who love a good crime thriller may be questioning some of the things that are happening but the twist answers everything.

The other thing that the screenwriting team have done so well is create characters that are believable and more importantly ones that are easy to care about. While there are a lot questions you want to ask about Katie early on she is still likable, while Alex and his kids never put a foot wrong so you certainly don’t want to see anything happen to them.

‘Safe Haven’ also gives the cast an amazing chance to show what they are really capable of. In Hollywood Julianne Hough is known for her singing and dancing but her she plays a dramatic role with ease and she makes the perfect couple with Josh Duhamel who shows that he more than capable than just fighting large robots in ‘Transformers’. Aussie David Lyons (who most would remember from ‘Sea Patrol’ also does a sensational job in a testing role, while youngster Mimi Kirkland does enough to suggest that she is one of the most talented child actors going around.

This is one romantic drama that is certainly worth the price of admission and is proof that when a film is done right in this genre, it can work really well.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Save Haven′: Check Episode #20 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Safe Haven’. Dave’s other review of Safe Haven can also be read on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: Safe Haven (2013) on IMDb

The Avengers

Summary:  Marvel presents Marvels The Avengers, the Super Hero team up of a lifetime. Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America assemble for the first time ever in this new action-packed Marvel saga, staring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself needing a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Marvels The Avengers is packed with action, adventure and spectacular special effects thatll knock your socks off.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 25th April, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 29th August, 2012

Country: USA

Director: Joss Whedon

Screenwriter: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn

Cast: Paul Bettany (Jarvis (voice)), Alexis Denisof (The Other), Robert Downey Jnr (Tony Stark/Iron Man), James Eckhouse (Senator Boynton), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk (voice)), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Pat Kiernan (himself), Stan Lee (himself), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Thomas Roberts (himself), Romy Rosemont (Shawna Lynde), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Stellan Skarsgard (Selvig), Jerzy Skolimowski (Georgi Luchkov), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill)

Runtime: 143 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Avengers’ Review:

As far as movies go Avengers comes, sees and conquers! Nothing more needs to be said… well actually it does because this is a review! While The Avengers isn’t a cinematic masterpiece like Dark Knight it is certainly more than just your average action flick, due largely to the fact that screenwriter/director Joss Whedon (TV’S Glee & Dollhouse) gets everything (yes everything!!!) absolutely right. It is seriously hard to fault this film.

Using characters from the Marvel Comics vault The Avengers sees Loki (Tom Hiddleston – War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea) sets out on a plan that will see the whole of Earth bow down before him. And his plan gets off to a stellar beginning when he ‘forces’ Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Town) and Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Melancholia) to work for him.

This forces Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson – Meeting Evil, The Samaritan) to call together Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson – We Bought A Zoo, Iron Man 2), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr. – Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Due Date), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans – What’s Your Number, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo – Margaret, Date Night) in a bid to stop him. And when Thor (Chris Hemsworth – The Cabin In The Woods, Thor) shows up The Avengers are finally all together.

The story may not sound like much but Whedon really has created an exceptional script. The film may be a little hard for those who have not seen the previous films in the series to comprehend, but Whendon keeps the story following well, drops some suspense when it’s needed and captures the characters so well that comic book fans will be beside themselves with joy. Given that Whedon has also written and directed some amazing fight scenes, Iron Man vs Thor vs Captain America comes straight to mind, this film is certain to be nirvana for anyone who frequents shops like Alternate Worlds or Minotaur.

Whedon’s script captures the characters so well you may even find yourself warming to The Hulk, a character that has been at times hard to connect with in previous films. And as was the way with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly Whedon has created some one liners of pure wit. Such is Whedon’s ability as a screenwriter he also incorporates some genuinely funny moments into The Avengers without ever having it seem out of place.

The one thing that does stand out in The Avengers is the acting of Robert Downey Jnr. He is head and shoulders above the rest of the cast… he seriously seems to morph into Tony Stark. Cudos must also be paid to Mark Ruffalo who puts in a fine effort and Chris Evans who has really stepped up his abilities since Captain America. Fans will also be happy to know that Gwyneth Paltrow (Contagion, Country Strong) stops by to portray Pepper Potts, but sadly Natalie Portman does not.

The Avengers is epic in every form of the word. Whedon is edgy with his directing style, there is some brilliant cinematography and the CGI (even of The Hulk) is out of this world. Add all that to a script that reminds us what a genius Joss Whedon is and you are left with a film that raises the comic book/action genre bar just that little bit higher. A must see on the big screen!

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Avengers′: Nil.

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:The Avengers (2012) on IMDb