Emanuel Church has a donate button on their website, if you'd like to help.

See also the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund

 

 

 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Page 1 of 11 1234567 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 257

Thread: The Avengers

  1. #1
    Red fish, blue fish... J.S.F.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Osaka
    Posts
    5,395

    Thumbs up The Avengers

    Anyone seen The Avengers yet? Great flick. I never thought I'd ever see a live-action film which integrated so many superheroes doing what they do so well. Good music, excellent direction, Hulk gets to smash--CGI or no, he really gets the funniest scenes--and it all works out in the end. Well worth seeing, even if you're not a fan of the genre.

  2. #2
    Benefactor Member Manuel Royal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Posts
    4,257
    Well, although it's already playing in a bunch o' them foreign countries, the picture doesn't get general release in the U.S. until this Friday (outside of the premiere in Hollywood a couple of weeks ago, and the Tribeca Film Festival). Wait four days and you'll get a better discussion.

    I know my girlfriend is ready; she's taking the day off so we can hit the first Friday showing.

    ETA: Where did you see the movie, J.S.F.? For whatever reason, it doesn't open in Japan until August. (According to IMDB; though sometimes they're wrong.)
    Fiction blog as Manuel Royal: Donnetown Today or Recently (or a Long Time Ago)

    Fiction column under my real name: Welcome to Smyrnings ; continued as Spland of the Splost

    Six-minute YouTube video produced by SandJack from my short script (NSFW): Make The Baby

  3. #3
    Rewriting My Destiny Cyia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Brillig in the slithy toves...
    Posts
    15,010
    Everything I've heard is positive so far. Even the use of 3-D's getting a thumbs up and that's pretty rare.
    <---- NEW BOOK (Snazzy new cover coming ASAP.)



  4. #4
    I write stuff and break boards. dragonjax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    New Yawk
    Posts
    3,244
    We're going to catch a Saturday matinee. We even watched Iron Man 2, Captain America and Thor this weekend to get ready for it! **rubs hands gleefully**

    (Just saw a commercial for it. Cap turns to Hulk and says, "Hulk? Smash." And Hulk does so. It was fabulous. I love nods like that to the comics -- like in Thor, when Jane gives Thor a shirt and it has a "Hello, my name is" sticker still on it, and it says "Donald Blake, MD" -- I had to explain to my husband why that was a hat tip to the comic book.)
    "Undying Love," a short story by Jackie Kessler in FANTASY FOR GOOD - a charity anthology to help fight colon cancer

  5. #5
    OUTCAST is out now!!!! Toothpaste's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    7,982
    So many reasons to be excited for this.

    And they are: Chris, Chris, Sam, Jeremy, Tom, Mark and Rob.

    (yes I like Scarlet as well, but come on, red blooded female here, I have my priorities . . . )


    Okay, I'm also very excited to see the team together and for some awesome smashy smashy . Is it wrong though that I'm most excited about Loki?

  6. #6
    They've been very bad, Mr Flibble Mr Flibble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    We couldn't possibly do that. Who'd clear up the mess?
    Posts
    18,851
    Went to see this on Sunday. Very good.

    Perhaps not quite as good as this review suggests (though the review is pretty damned funny)

    Maybe I was just disappointed at 'not enough Thor to stare at' And yeah, the Hulk gets all the best bits - love how he doesn't hulk up till further on, and the film shows just how smart Banner is. The Hulk was, actually, I think one of the best film representations of him.




    "Fade to Black is a dynamic and original introduction to a world and character that promise further exciting stories". British Fantasy Society

    The series has grown in complexity since the beginning, reaches a profoundly moving conclusion that is both unexpected and entirely satisfying - Publisher's Weekly

    Twitter

  7. #7
    Out to lunch
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    6,290
    I saw it on Sunday, and it was indeed good. I thought Robert Downey Jnr won the battle of the actors, but I'm an Iron Man geek.

  8. #8
    figuring it all out
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    England
    Posts
    54
    It is amazing! Saw it on the 26th and the entire audience laughed at everything that was meant to be funny! The action was gripping from start to finish and Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston were brilliant and shone out! The other actors were great too also.

  9. #9
    practical experience, FTW Seraph's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    524
    Quote Originally Posted by IdiotsRUs View Post
    Went to see this on Sunday. Very good.

    Perhaps not quite as good as this review suggests (though the review is pretty damned funny)
    Just read the other ones by that guy. Awesome. Not the Avengers one though cause this is one movie I won't see spoilerd. Man am I looking forward to it. Joss Whedon deserves this success. Just ecstatic the guy responsible for some of my favourite TV is rocking the big screen. Hopefully he wins an Oscar, but he probably won't cause critics hate things as mainstream and lowbrow as comics movies, but then again they've been lapping it up. Insane RT rating going on.

  10. #10
    Needs More Hands.... Fallen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    West Madlands UK
    Posts
    4,852
    Kids are really bummed they can't go and see this.

  11. #11
    They've been very bad, Mr Flibble Mr Flibble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    We couldn't possibly do that. Who'd clear up the mess?
    Posts
    18,851
    Quote Originally Posted by Fallen View Post
    Kids are really bummed they can't go and see this.
    Why not? Too young or....? It's a 12 advisory.




    "Fade to Black is a dynamic and original introduction to a world and character that promise further exciting stories". British Fantasy Society

    The series has grown in complexity since the beginning, reaches a profoundly moving conclusion that is both unexpected and entirely satisfying - Publisher's Weekly

    Twitter

  12. #12
    Rewriting My Destiny Cyia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Brillig in the slithy toves...
    Posts
    15,010
    Something I really love about this is that The Avengers wouldn't have worked if the individual superhero movies had tanked. It was a huge risk to start building "the team" four or five years ago with this being the end goal. What they ended up with was a group of actors who were each capable of carrying a film franchise.
    <---- NEW BOOK (Snazzy new cover coming ASAP.)



  13. #13
    "Upgrade your gray matter"- Deltron AW Moderator Jcomp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    5,237
    Looking forward to this, but I've been wanting to ask, am I the only one who thinks Hawkeye and Black Widow look pretty damn useless in these trailers? I mean, you've got the ever-loving Hulk, the god of thunder, Tony Stark and his array of high-tech weaponry, and Captain America who, all right, doesn't bring as much offensive firepower as the ones aforementioned, but he provides tactical combat leadership and he's at least beefed up on superhero steroids.

    Then you've got the dude with the bow and arrow and the gal with the pistol. What the hell do they do: make bagel-runs? I'm sure they'll have an important role and prove themselves worthy to stand beside the others and blah blah blah, but come on now. How are those two not superfluous?

  14. #14
    Rewriting My Destiny Cyia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Brillig in the slithy toves...
    Posts
    15,010
    Maybe they're hoping for irony with Hawkeye shooting Loki with a mistletoe arrow or some such, and I guess they had to have a girl. (Though it's not like there aren't other alternatives. Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Firestar, Spider-Woman, etc.)
    <---- NEW BOOK (Snazzy new cover coming ASAP.)



  15. #15
    OUTCAST is out now!!!! Toothpaste's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    7,982
    Scarlet was in the second IRON MAN and had quite a lot to do. I suggest you watch IRON MAN 2 to see what the girl with the gun is capable of.

    As for Hawkeye . . . meh . . . even if all he does is stand around looking confused, I'm good. I adore Jeremy Renner.

  16. #16
    Benefactor Member Manuel Royal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Posts
    4,257
    Just sorry we don't have comicdom's happiest couple, Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne.
    Fiction blog as Manuel Royal: Donnetown Today or Recently (or a Long Time Ago)

    Fiction column under my real name: Welcome to Smyrnings ; continued as Spland of the Splost

    Six-minute YouTube video produced by SandJack from my short script (NSFW): Make The Baby

  17. #17
    "Upgrade your gray matter"- Deltron AW Moderator Jcomp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    5,237
    Quote Originally Posted by Toothpaste View Post
    Scarlet was in the second IRON MAN and had quite a lot to do. I suggest you watch IRON MAN 2 to see what the girl with the gun is capable of.
    I've seen Iron Man 2, and she was very adept indeed at infiltrating a security base and knocking out some dudes. That's great. This appears to be a full-scale invasion helmed by a malevolent Norse god. The pistol seems a bit useless at that point. It's like teaming up Jason Bourne with the JLA. Might as well be bring your kid to work day.

    And don't even get me started on Hawkeye. I'm imagining Nick Fury looking at him like, "You couldn't at least find a musket, motherf*****?"

    And yes, I know it's not that serious. I'm 99% joking. But this is just a common thing in stories involving superhero teams. I just find it amusing. I feel the same about the X-Men. Storm and Jean by themselves render most of the other X-Men useless. Telekinesis and telepathy + throwing lightning and tornadoes at people = why do we need you other fools again?

  18. #18
    I write stuff and break boards. dragonjax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    New Yawk
    Posts
    3,244
    Quote Originally Posted by Manuel Royal View Post
    Just sorry we don't have comicdom's happiest couple, Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne.
    This had me laughing for a good two minutes straight. Oh, man -- Yellowjacket and Wasp. Oh, man. Good times, in the "lots of therapy" way.
    "Undying Love," a short story by Jackie Kessler in FANTASY FOR GOOD - a charity anthology to help fight colon cancer

  19. #19
    They've been very bad, Mr Flibble Mr Flibble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    We couldn't possibly do that. Who'd clear up the mess?
    Posts
    18,851
    She's good at getting info by playing on people's assumptions about women (Although the women and their roles in this film...Ol' Joss coulda done better there tbh, though it could have been a lot worse too)




    "Fade to Black is a dynamic and original introduction to a world and character that promise further exciting stories". British Fantasy Society

    The series has grown in complexity since the beginning, reaches a profoundly moving conclusion that is both unexpected and entirely satisfying - Publisher's Weekly

    Twitter

  20. #20
    Cassandra Diana Hignutt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Across the Multiverse
    Posts
    9,703
    Going Friday. Can Not Wait. I'm hearing great things. Time Magazine was quite kind to Joss and the film.
    Last edited by Diana Hignutt; 05-02-2012 at 04:55 PM.

  21. #21
    Red fish, blue fish... J.S.F.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Osaka
    Posts
    5,395
    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Hignutt View Post
    Going Friday. Can Not Wait. I'm hearing great things. Time Magazine was quite kind to Josh and the film.
    -----

    It's amazing Whedon and crew managed to integrate the action scenes in such a way as to emulate a cartoon--where it's somewhat easier to do, in a way--and exceed all expectations. The script gives the heroes a good opportunity to air their grievances with each other and almost verges into self-parody--almost but not quite. Yet, it never loses sight of the action and there's nary a dull moment.

    Can't wait for the sequel!

  22. #22
    Cassandra Diana Hignutt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Across the Multiverse
    Posts
    9,703
    Quote Originally Posted by Manuel Royal View Post
    Just sorry we don't have comicdom's happiest couple, Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne.
    They'll probably turn up in the/a sequel. An Antman project (originally set to star Simon Pegg, I think) is still in the works.

    Ultron would be another great villain, speaking of the Pyms.

  23. #23
    Cassandra Diana Hignutt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Across the Multiverse
    Posts
    9,703
    Quote Originally Posted by J.S.F. View Post
    -----

    It's amazing Whedon and crew managed to integrate the action scenes in such a way as to emulate a cartoon--where it's somewhat easier to do, in a way--and exceed all expectations. The script gives the heroes a good opportunity to air their grievances with each other and almost verges into self-parody--almost but not quite. Yet, it never loses sight of the action and there's nary a dull moment.

    Can't wait for the sequel!
    Yeah, and Whedon said, he immediately saw his story: We used to be like Cap, loyal, helping each other, selfless, but now, we're like Tony Stark, self-absorbed asshats. There's your character conflict. Is that pretty much, correct, in your opinion?

  24. #24
    Are you gonna finish that bacon? Vince524's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    In a house
    Posts
    13,588




  25. #25
    Red fish, blue fish... J.S.F.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Osaka
    Posts
    5,395
    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Hignutt View Post
    Yeah, and Whedon said, he immediately saw his story: We used to be like Cap, loyal, helping each other, selfless, but now, we're like Tony Stark, self-absorbed asshats. There's your character conflict. Is that pretty much, correct, in your opinion?
    ---

    Yup, pretty much, but it's a tad more complex than that. Basically, when the chips are down, they forget about their individual petty differences and kick alien butt.

    "Puny god" says the Hulk in the flick. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

    Vince, that trailer is simply a mashup of TV shows and movies from the late 70's and early 80's. I should know--I watched all that stuff back then!

Page 1 of 11 1234567 ... LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search