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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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Jericho

It’s funny that whenever a list gets put together of the best science fiction television shows of all time it always seems like people gravitate towards programs like “Star Trek,” “Babylon 5” and “Stargate” – all the predictable ones. But what about those great shows that always get forgotten about. The ones that you watched religiously when they on television, you may have even bought them on DVD, but always seem to be forgotten during the traditional ‘best of’ discussions and debates. Well let’s take a look at some of those forgotten greats.

“Firefly” (2002) – From the ultra-creative mind of Joss Whedon (yes the same man that is now mostly known for “The Avengers” movie) came “Firefly.” This short lived series came at the height of Whedon’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” period… the man could do no wrong. Well that’s what people thought but Firefly kind of proved he could – the show never really gained any traction and the network axed it after just one season. But then the show found a new life on DVD and quickly became one of the highest selling DVD box sets of all time.

“Firefly” is an absolute gem of a science fiction series, Whedon wrote it as a space western with the cowboy being Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), a virtual outlaw who was always up for doing something a little dodgy if it meant money for himself and his trust crew/passengers which included a prostitute, a preacher and a number of ‘gunslingers’. With some great dialogue, entertaining story-lines and amazing characterization, this is one sci-fi show that all fans of the genre must sit down and enjoy.

“Dark Angel” (2000-2002) – With so many big name directors and producers making their presence felt on the small screen it seemed only fitting that one of the best minds behind sci-fi would bring something to the table. In 2000 James Cameron introduced the world to “Dark Angel”, a television show that revolved around the character of Max (Jessica Alba) a genetically-enhanced human that lives in the real world after escaping from the lab where she was born. With the help of the dogged Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly) helping her out part of the fun of the show was watching as Max learnt more about what had happened to her while she avoided capture and made moves to expose her plight to the world.

“Farscape” (1999-2003) – When you first think of quality science-fiction television you don’t immediately think of Australia – yet that is where one of the finest sci-fi shows was made and produced. “Farscape” first hit television screens in 1999 and revolved around the adventures of astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) who found himself going through a wormhole and finding himself in a part of the universe that he never knew existed.

While trying to find his way home he lived on a ‘living’ ship with crew that included many alien beings and the very human-like Officer Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) with whom there was constant ‘will-they-won’t-they’ moments.

“Farscape” was always one of those shows where you would never know what to expect from any given episode. Some would be funny, some would be action packed while others would be extremely dark and make you really think. The show also included one of the most evil ‘baddies’ of all time the mysterious Scorpius (Wayne Pygram).

“Smallville” (2001-2011) – The character of Clark Kent/Superman has fascinated a number of generations now, so it was very little surprise when in 2001 DC Comics allowed Superman to once again hit the small screen. This time Clark was played by Tom Welling  and the show was much darker than its predecessor “The Adventures Of Lois & Clark”. “Smallville” allowed viewers to watch as Clark battled with everyday things such as high school with friends such as Chloe (Allison Mack) while also learning about his super powers and trying to work out his feelings for friend Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk). Fans of the series also got to watch his rivalry with arch-enemy Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) from day one.

“Jericho” (2006-2008) – Perhaps the most underrated sci-fi series of all time, though, is “Jericho.” The screenwriting and characterization on this show was top-notch and it was one of those shows where you simply could not miss the next episode. The show originally aired in 2006 and was centered in the township of Jericho, a township that is not even damaged when nuclear blasts hit most major American cities. Episodes looked at the problems that this caused for local residents as they were now cut off from everything but also looked at how it impacted on family and of course local politics. The brilliance of this show though was that the storylines also made the audience wonder what involvement two of the main characters – Jake Green (Skeet Urlich) and Robert Hawkins (Lennie James) – had in the terrorist attacks.

Just how much “Jericho” was loved by its fans was evident when the show was originally cancelled after its first season and the fans lobbied the television network until a shortened second season was made. Even after that season folded the show continued on in the form of comics.

As you can see there are a tonne of good science fiction shows out there that need to be explored if you have never had the time to sit down and watch them. Sometimes the underrated shows are just as good as those deemed to be the leaders in their fields.

Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany is the latest actor to be added to the cast of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Already known to Avenger fans as the voice of Jarvis (Tony Stark/Ironman’s assistant) Bettany has been cast to play Vision in the film that will be directed by Joss Whedon. Bettany is added to a cast that already contains the likes of Robert Downey Jnr and Chris Evans.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

Recently the hosts of ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ came up with their favourite directors here’s who is made their lists.

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

David Fincher

  • Anthony Minghella
  • Shane Meadows
  • Todd Field
  • Bobby Farrelly
  • Peter Farrelly
  • Andrew Dominik
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Rian Johnson
  • John Hillcoat
  • Alfonso Cuaron
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Paul Greengrass
  • Ben Affleck
  • Adam McKay
  • Steve McQueen
  • Ang Lee
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Joe Carnahan
  • Derek Cianfrance
  • Todd Solondz
  • Paul Verhoeven
  • John McTiernan
  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • Peter Weir
  • Michael Mann
  • Sam Mendes
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • Ron Howard
  • Terrence Malick
  • Brian De Palma
  • Alexander Payne
  • Sam Raimi
  • David Cronenberg
  • Ridley Scott
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • James Cameron
  • Martin Scorsese
  • David Fincher

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Steven Soderbergh

  • Rob Zombie
  • Alkinos Tsilimidos
  • Ben Affleck
  • Lars von Trier
  • Danny Boyle
  • Steven Soderbergh
  • Woody Allen
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Larry Clark
  • Gus Van Sant
  • Kelly Reichardt
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Rian Johnson
  • Joss Whedon
  • Kevin Williamson
  • Kevin Smith

 

GREG KING

Quentin Tarantino

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Sam Peckinpah
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Christopher Nolan
  • David Fincher
  • Ridley Scott
  • Tony Scott
  • Woody Allen
  • James Cameron
  • Ben Affleck
  • Quentin Tarrantino
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Steven Spielberg

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

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  • Steven Spielberg
  • James Cameron
  • Ridley Scott
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Errol Morris
  • Ben Affleck
  • Mike Leigh
  • Ang Lee
  • Richard Linklater
  • John Ford
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Roman Palanski
  • Quinten Tarantino
  • David Fincher
  • Peter Weir
  • David Lynch
  • Francis Coppolla
  • Orson Welles
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Woody Allen
  • Alfred Hitchcock

Comic-Con Episode IV

Summary: A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world s largest comic book convention. Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 7th November, 2012

Country: USA

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Screenwriter: Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock, Joss Whedon

Cast: Tim Bradsteet (himself), Kenneth Branagh (himself), Holly Conrad (herself), Guillermo del Toro (himself), Chris Evans (himself), Will Ferrell (himself), Jamin Fite (himself), Harrison Ford (himself), Matt Fraction (himself), Seth Green (himself), Matt Groening (himself), Marc Guggenheim (himself), Skip Harvey (himself),  Eric Henson (himself), Thomas Jane (himself), Henry Jenkins (himself), Angelina Jolie (herself), Robert Kirkman (himself), Harry Knowles (himself), Stan Lee (himself), Todd MacFarlane (himself), Scott Mantz (himself), Frank Miller (himself), Grant Morrison (himself), Joe Quesada (himself), Ryan Reynolds (himself), Seth Rogen (himself), Chuck Rozanski (himself), Eli Roth (himself), Steve Sansweet (himself), Paul Scheer (himself), Jon Schnepp (himself), Tim Sheridan (himself), Kevin Smith (himself), Sylvester Stallone (himself), Billy Tucci (himself), Dan Vado (himself), Gerard Way (himself), Joss Whedon (himself), Olivia Wilde (herself), Edgar Wright (himself), James Young (himself), Se Young (himself)

Runtime: 86 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope′: Nil.

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011) 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