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Captain America Review

This movie did what others have failed to do, it made you fall in love with the main character and made you want you to be like him. The entire cast was spectacular, graphics were magnificent, character progression and development very well done. There was very little wrong with this movie. The story was really strong even if it was a little predictable at times but only because I'm a comic book reader. There was only a few things I didn't like in the story and it was only because I'm a big Bucky fan.

This film made me fall in love with the character of Steve Rogers all over again. For those of you who may or may not know Bucky Barnes has been Cap in the comics. Just recently though Steve Rogers reclaimed his shield and title as Captain America. This movie proved why Steve Rogers is the true, undeniable, perfect super soldier and Captain America. What truly makes this movie great is that it has heart. It makes you care for the characters and fear others. Hugo Weaving was genuinely scary and intimidating as the Red Skull. As for Chris Evans he could not have done a better job as Steve Rogers. Everybody in the film was fantastically cast especially Sebastian Stan as James "Bucky" Buchanan Barnes. I loved how they portrayed Steve and Buckys' relationship. It gave it a more realistic feel.

There was a few parts throughout the movie that I felt were specifically for me as a comic book fan. That is another reason this movie really did it for me. As I said before the character development and progression was top notch because the character grew and they actually showed all of Steve's strengths. I loved how they hit on every facet of his personality and abilities such as that he is an artist, great strategist, and his outstanding leadership.

This incarnation was quite true to the comics and where it strayed it either made it better or worse depending. I personally would liked to have seen more Bucky as well as something more close to the comics in regards to his death. I would also have liked to see more WWII battle but we can only hope they make a Captain America/Howling Commandos movie. In closing I would say that this is the best Marvel and summer movie so far due to fan service, strong story, great writing, smooth, natural graphics, an amazing cast, and impeccable character development and progression. Captain America: The First Avenger is a double buy for me, I've seen it twice and I will definitely be buying it on Blu-ray.

Tekken Review

Hey guys its another review by your friendly neighbor German Man (AJ) this time I will be reviewing Tekken, the movie, in this movie The year is 2039. World wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations, the mightiest -- and cruelest -- of which is Tekken. Jin Kazama (John Foo) witnesses the death of his mother Jun (Tomita) by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. Vowing vengeance, and armed only with his street smarts and raw fighting skills, he enters a dangerous and potentially deadly combat tournament, where he must defeat the world's most elite fighters to become the "King of the Iron Fist."Enough with the back story, lets get into what I thought. First off I went into this movie with very low expectations, I had heard it was horrible from numerous sources but I thought I would give it a chance and now I am glad. The movie turned out to be very entertaining and full of action. I have to admit that I have only played Tekken the video game only a few times, from what I know it wasnt really a game with a story but I could be wrong. The way they portrayed this movie was done quite well, camera angles were done fantastic, in most action movies I tend to feel motion sickness, in this one I did not, also the characters were greatly casted and I feel like they delivered their mediocre lines quite well. I'm not sitting here telling you this is a fantastic movie, but it kept my attention and made me wonder what was next.

Stand out performances are Jin (John Foo) this was his first lead character role and he nailed it, he showed me the right amount of emotion needed for this character and his stunts were mostly done by him, fantastic job. Christie Monteiro (Kelly Overton) was beautiful just like in everything she does, she also portrayed the character very well even though Christie Monteiro was suppose to be Jamaican but I was able to over look that because she is gorgeous. Last but not less to mention was Kazuya (Ian Anthony Dale) the villain of the movie, and a somewhat of a Star Wars reference you find out he is Jin's father, but he looked the part perfectly and truly was the best delivered actor in the cast.

So to wrap up, I only had a few issues with the movie and it was just minor things, I wish I would have seen more scenes with his mother training him, also the love interest switched from one actress to another, but nevertheless both were nice eye candy. so I am going to have to conclude with a very strong "RENT" actually I hadn't known that this movie was in theatres until the Blue Ray was out but I thought I would spread the word on this movie. Stay Classy Planet Earth! AJ Out!!!

Cowboys and Aliens Review

This movie should be called Cowboys vs Aliens or Cowboys & Indians vs Aliens. For those of you that have played Red Dead Redemption that's what this is but with aliens which to be honest I wouldn't mind playing a Red Dead DLC like this movie. The cast was great, a few big names in it. The story was pretty straight forward.

As I said this was very similar to Red Dead Redemption. The story is about an amnesiac cowboy named Jake Lonergan who wakes up to find out that he has some sort of contraption on his wrist. Instantly action ensues and you later find out that Daniel Craigs character is a bandit that left his gang for a woman. He keeps on having flashbacks of this woman so you get the feeling they were in love. Harrison Ford played a rich cattle rancher, Woodrow Dolarhyde, that Jake Lonergans gang robbed. Sam Rockwell's character was a bar owner/tender with an attractive Mexican wife. The aliens come into play when they attack the town that Jake is passing through and abduct it's citizens. Jake joins up with Dolarhyde and the rest of the town to go after these creatures and find their people. After that the story more or less turns into the generic alien movie.

The thing about this film is that the main cast is really good, has a pretty solid director, and good fight scenes yet somehow this ended up just being good not great. I think most of it is due to a mediocre script because the cast was great. I wasn't disappointed by this movie and it definitely wasn't bad it was just ok. This one is a rent for me.

Pablo Gunner

Game Of Thrones Season One Review

***Minor Spoilers: I will not give any information regarding surprises or major plot points***

Creators David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Cast Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Jason Momoa, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Harry Lloyd, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jack Gleeson

In mid April, HBO debuted the much anticipated series Game of Thrones, based on the series of books ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ by the American Tolkien, George R.R. Martin. I knew this would be arduous, but HBO is arguably the best network for original content. (See: The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos)

For some reason, the other premium cable networks had other medieval shows at the time as well; Camelot on Starz and Borgias on Showtime. It’s weird how these things happen, like Deep Impact and Armageddon. Snakes on a Train was released on DVD right before the theatrical release of Snakes on a Plane. Same with Transmorphers and Transformers. In all of these cases, one is not like the other. Game of Thrones is the clear leader.

Adapting a book or graphic novel is a rough task, managing the most efficient ways to grab all of the key points, but not hold back so much as to offend the die hard fans. I haven’t read the books because I can’t read, but I’ve talked to a few that have and they are extremely happy with the show.

Game of Thrones is a perfect mix of swords, strategy, politics, lust, and humor, mostly from Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. The first episode, “Winter is Coming”, can be a bit confusing as it introduces almost all of the main characters in less than an hour, but make it to episode two and you will be hooked. The storytelling and character development are too good to pass up. I can’t see anyone hating this show.

The show is told through four sets of stories, all of them intertwining. The Starks, The Lannisters, The Baratheons, The Targaryens. I can prove imperically that these stories are enthralling enough to make a kid with ADHD sit still long enough for an entire episode. The show spends just the right amount of time on one character or one part of the story before moving to a new one, which is the downfall of similar shows.

Watching week to week is immensely frustrating though. This is a show that you’ll want to watch straight through on a Sunday. The finale gives you just enough information that things are about to get crazy. If you haven’t seen it, find a friend who has it DVR’ed. Go. Now.


--- Moose