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Movie Review: Steve Jobs

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Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 127 hours) and written by award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs is an energetic, logically-split film that tries so hard to be great, it ends up being mediocre.

Starting from the acting and characters, not only is Michael Fassbender fantastic as he portrays a non-sugarcoated version of Jobs, one of whose faults is denying paternity until the very last minute, but he also manages to grasp the essence of what—according to the film—Steve was like: an unlikable perfectionist. You are never sure whether you should like him. Of all the characters in the film, he is the most developed, but as with the others, has no real character arc. Just as incredible is Kate Winslet as Joanna who is the only person Jobs actually listens to and can come to terms with; not Scully, not Hertzfeld, not Wozniak (who all deserve a pad on the back for the good work), just her. An honourable mention is Katherine Waterston who effectively plays world’s most annoying character in the role of Steve’s first “love”.

As a film, Steve Jobs is so simply structured it lacks any sophistication. Sure, it has some interesting visual cues: it’s shot with a 16 mm camera for the first act, 35 mm for the second and then goes digital in order to show Steve’s changes throughout. However, due to its structure—divided in three acts for the launches of different products, the film has no arc. An arc is a line whereas Jobs shows just three points. This also goes for the character arcs and is the reason why you cannot get emotionally invested and why it lacks a heart.

When it comes to the music score, it is very reminiscent of that in The Social Network and Steve Jobs in general feels like a David Fincher film. Sadly, it’s not.

With witty, typical Aaron Sorkin dialogue, great acting and captivating visuals, the film falls short of expectations due to its structure and lack of arcs.

This review was originally published on The Arts Lover.

‘Captain America: Civil War’ actor Chris Evans would love to be in ‘Iron Man 4’

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Spider-Man will also be in Captain America: Civil War.

In just a few months we are going to see Captain America: Civil War hit theatres and it has quite the line-up of actors including Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany and others.

As Civil War trailer just dropped a week ago, it has already set records in terms of views, seeing a 60+ million views in the first 24 hours of the release.

Captain America’s role has always been prominent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is everything has been building up to his showoff with Tony Stark. Now, with the signed multi-year contracts, it is hard to feel worried either of them won’t survive Captain America: Civil War, but there are some good news about that.

Recently, Entertainment Weekly visited the set and had a chat with actor Chris Evans and as it turns out, he is eager to make an appearance in Iron Man 4 should it happen.

“It just hit me yesterday, now that we’re six weeks in, that they were actually over his shoulder coming out of the elevator, not over my shoulder watching him come out of the elevator,” Downey says during EW’s set visit.

“I was like, oh, that’s right, it’s his point of view.” Evans says he’ll happily return the favor if there’s ever an Iron Man 4: “I’d be happy to be in an Iron Man movie. We’ve been in so many movies together, the titles are almost, at this point, inconsequential. We all win!”

For me, personally, it would be great to see Chris Evans opposite of Downey Jr in Iron Man 4 because I tend to like the dynamic relationship between the two. What’s more, I would be 100% for Iron Man 4 to actually happen as the third instalment was enjoyable for me.

What do you think? Would you like to see another run between Cap and Iron Man?

The ‘Divergent’ final instalments have new names

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We are just few months away from the second to last film in the Divergent series and now the studio has decided to axe the good old Part 1 and Part 2 in the titles.

After an okay run at the box office, Insurgent’s sequels will be called The Divergent Series: Allegiant and the fourth and final one — Ascendant. As expected, both films will follow Veronica Roth’s bestseller novel Allegiant. What’s more, the films have new taglines:

The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Break the boundaries of your world

The Divergent Series: Ascendant — The end is never what you expect

Out of nowhere, MTV News was the website which broke the news about the young adult series. Strategically, dropping the Part 1 and Part 2 from the title is a great move. If what the creators of the adaptations do their job right, which is debatable after Insurgent, we might get to see a better version the book with the expanded world.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant hits theaters on March 18, 2016.

What do you think about this title change? Was it a good idea? Are you excited about Allegiant?

Captain America: Civil War may have just split its teams

Marvel’s comics about Civil War basically boils down to this: Whose side are you on? Captain America’s or Iron Man’s?

The 13th instalment of the MCU picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off–with Steve leading the recently assembled New Avengers team in order to keep the humanity safe. However, after another international incident, involving the Avengers, results in collateral damage, there is political pressure, caused by the turned public sentiment against superheroes, to enforce a new system in which the governing body should decide when and how to enlist the team’s services. This fractures the Avengers as they need to try and protect the world from the newest and most menacing villain. Cap isn’t in favor of this as the government could do more harm than good as it has the power to determine who is a hero and who is a villain.

Rumoured to join Captain America are Scarlet Witch, The Winter Soldier, Falcon, Ant-Man and Hawkeye.

On the other side of the coin are Tony Spark, a.k.a. Iron Man, and Black Widow, The Vision, Spider-Man, and War Machine.

In addition, El Mayimbe teased the fans with the following:

“Can you guess which Avenger might be a double agent?”

Can you guess who the supposed double agent is? On which side are you on? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Captain America: Civil War comes out on May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War to Kill this Character

With each and every Marvel, or any comic book movie for that matter, there are consistent ramblings about how someone major will die. This happened earlier this year with Avengers: Age Of Ultron; rumour had it that Black Widow will die, then Hawkeye, then others. In the end a character did die, indeed. Now it’s Captain America: Civil War who is to start killing off characters. A big problem lies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe–nobody ever dies, for good anyways. In The Avengers it was Coulson, then Loki, then Bucky Barnes, then Pepper Pots, then Nick Fury… the list goes endlessly.

With the subtitle for Captain America being Civil War, there cannot be such a conflict without any major losses, it needs to have atrocious death–or deaths, otherwise there will be a lack of tension and stakes. Now, it all depends on what one defines as major. A while back, it was announced that Black Panther–T’Challa–will be making his first appearance in the MCU. Apparently, his father, T’Chaka, will be in the film as well. It is precisely the latter who is allegedly going to axed.

In Age of Ultron we already caught a glimpse of the magical Wakanda with Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis), who is an enemy of T’Challa’s in the comics. What’s more, back in May, the same site, Heroic Holywood, also teased that Black Panther will be after the Winter Soldier. Is Bucky who kills, is framed for killing, T’Chaka? Only time will tell.

What is your opinion? Who do you think will die in Captain America: Civil War? Make sure to let us know in the comment section.

Movie Review: Entourage

Does Entourage, the TV show loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s life, translate well to the big screen after being a successful show for HBO? No, it does not. Apart from the absurd number of cameos, Entourage cannot stand out from the show, making it as un-cinematic as it can get.

Why do I think so? The movie starts with lengthy, slick and smoothly edited credits, which are the high mark of the entire  105 minutes. They promise a film with an energetic, exciting and fresh feel to it. Unfortunately, this is as far from the truth as possible. If this does not say enough about Entourage, read on.

Changing the aspect ratio does not necessarily mean you are making a film. You are still making a TV, just with a different frame. In order for it to be a film, you need at least a plausible plot. No such thing exists here. This is a pointless, directionless and painful to watch wet dream of how the movie industry works. No studio executive will give you $100 million and then not check out the daily footage. Yet, this is just one of the many wrong depictions of how Hollywood works.

Entourage has a plot that feels put together after hiring famous actors for cameos. It’s true, we get glimpses of Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett, T.I., Andrew Dice Clay to name a few. The movie begins with a party in Ibiza with Vince and his buddies because he has gotten his marriage annulled after just south of ten days. They talk to Arri, the now studio head who is the best character between them with only Eric getting close to being interesting and relatable. Vince has directed a film — although he has no idea how to — and he needs some more money in order to add the finishing touches. From there, Arri has to go and beg for more money in Texas from the investor, who insists that his son will go with Arri in L.A. to see how the film is going. However, Vince is reluctant to show the movie before it is fully finished and the far-fetched thing is that a studio head would agree. Vince organises a screening at Turtle’s house. From there he cancels the screening and later ends up giving Arri a DVD. From then on the movie gets duller.

The supporting characters are allowed to have a bit more of storyline and space to breathe. Eric, for example, ends up in an interesting situation after banging a couple of chicks in one day. Jerry Ferrara’s Turtle gets into some interesting relationship with Ronda Rousey, though she’s so underused. There is an overly dramatic moment when we find out why the Texas spoiled child will not give Arri the money.

On the whole, Entourage is not a film worth your while at the cinema, but it is one of those films you could rent on iTunes if it gets to .99 cents. It is a movie you could enjoy if there is nothing on TV but it. Though there it will indistinguishable from the TV show.

 

Rating: 6.5/10

Rent at 99c. or watch on TV

Director – Doug Ellin
Starring –  Adrian GrenierKevin ConnollyJerry Ferrara
Rated – R
Run Time – 105 minutes

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #2 Releases Online!

Marvel just posted their full Trailer #2 for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This trailer features some new shots and scenes not previously revealed. Hulkbuster vs Hulk fight, Andy Serkis’s mystery character, and the return of Nick Fury are among the notable aspects in this trailer.

Watch it below:

That background music gets me every time.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Box Art Revealed

1000427919BRDLEFO_14cd592Warner Bros. has revealed the box art for January’s Justice League Throne of Atlantis. The movie sees The newly formed Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman discover another super hero on the planet – Aquaman – and the group must band together to prevent a war between the inhabitants of land and sea.

In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

Check out the trailer below and box art above left and you can click it to get a better look!

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here, and I’m heading to the Small Press Expo!

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Spinoff Online – ‘Venom’ Director Explains His Vision For the ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff – Anyone want to see this?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Archer & Armstrong #24

Talking Comics – Batman: Futures End #1

CBR – Copperhead #1

Talking Comics – Copperhead #1

Comic Vine – Copperhead #1

Talking Comics – Death of Wolverine #2

Comic Vine – Hawkeye #20

CBR – Superman Unchained #8

A New Trailer for Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

The movie hits theaters August 22, 2014.

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