Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks Seven Deadly Sins Edition: Envy

We are on the fourth sin this year and I’m in the middle of my 10 For 10 marathon! Yes, today’s Thursday Movie Picks is going up extra early because ya girl is posting again later tonight. Today marks already the 7th post so it shall be all over on Sunday and we can go back to regular schedule. Enough of that, today we are talking about envy. And guys, I have the perfect envy recommendations and as always, a theme within a theme!

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

It’s been a month since I saw Thor: Ragnarok – my first Thor movie that I experienced on the big screen. I knew it was going to be better than the first two introductions to Chris Hemsworth’s Marvel character, but I didn’t expect to walk out with so much positive energy. Thor: Ragnarok is upbeat, funny and colourful. So much so, that you are distracted by its flashiness and you end up seeing past its flaws.

Includes minor spoilers from the trailer.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers Age of UltronWatch out for spoilers.

Going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron was a world wide event – everybody went, you went, your mom went (probably), your best friend went, your best friend’s friend went to see it twice and yet, I would say it might not have been worth it. Sure, there were great moments here and there but as a whole the second Avengers lacked the upmh (it’s a technical term!) it needed.

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The Avengers (2012)

June has been an extremely successful month for my cinema addiction, not only have I seen three movies, two of them have been quite the hits and like with everything, even the luckiest movie lovers get a miss sometimes. There’s a long list of movie reviews I have yet to write, but no worries, they are all on their way, including some certain shows that I need to talk about and actually watch because I’m falling behind on things. Even my summer is so hectic that the few shows that I love happen to be lost in my weekly schedule – not for long, Sunday will be entirely reserved for them!

Enough of this chit-chat and let’s get down to a more serious topic and that of The Avengers! Can’t stress enough of the fact that I am a big Marvel fan and here’s something that supports this well known fact.               “Hey, look, it’s Iron Man!”

Well, now you know, I own a really awesome shirt and it will explain a lot of things I’m going to share in this very superhero filled movie review.  The Avengers has so many favorites of mine that I was especially glad that I saw it on a big screen with my best friend who gets all the jokes and shares all my excitement when it comes to Jeremy Renner wearing really tight pants (I’ll explain later). For the most part, the movie was totally unknown for me because I had stayed clear from everything related to it, including the trailer. That not only helps me to enjoy the movie more but it also allows me not to know the whole story before I actually see it: trailers do tend to give away way too much. In the end, when the final-final scenes of the movie had finished I was glad I skipped everything regarding The Avengers because seeing it without any knowledge about the punch lines probably made the whole movie better.

The entire plot revolves around the chemistry between all these superheros. Really. Everything in The Avengers seems to happen around these guys (and one lucky lady) and their relationship to each other. Captain America, who I know as Chris Evans wearing a tight outfit, is in a fighting relationship with Iron Man, who is Robert Downey Jr wearing a robotic suit and an ironic attitude. They also had a three off with the hammer dude called Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who despite his anger towards Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his step-brother and the villain, wants to reason with him – oh, and they are both gods. Everybody is a bit afraid of the scientist (Mark Ruffalo) who might get angry and turn into a big green thing still wearing his pants. Then they have the good-turned bad-then good again guy (Jeremy Renner) who can aim perfectly because he has a hawk eye thing going on and who secretly loves and is loved secretly by the teams only woman (Scarlett Johansson) who has some really strong hair (I wonder what kind of conditioner she uses).

No, I’m not mocking the movie, far from it, I’m just enjoying it that way because although superhero movies are prone to violence and action, they do have the element of humor in them. Comedic action movies, that’s what they should be called and The Avengers is a great example of that new genre that is gaining its success. Add some of the biggest names in Hollywood (at the moment) to the cast list and you got yourself a movie that gets fans into the cinema like a porch light attracts moths. (Wow, I was really poetic for a second there, must be the chocolate chip cereal I had in the morning.)

So the main plot comes to the surface after the Captain America movie and possibly close to the whole Loki being punished by Thor and all the previous superhero movies, including Iron Man’s two movies, the endless Hulk movies where all the Bruce Banners look different and that’s about it. Every superhero in this one has already appeared in a Marvel movie one way or the other and there is no way they stop with these characters any time soon. Not only are they great way to earn money but the IMDb score of 8.6 on The Avengers pretty much says that they are putting money in their pockets in a great way. Making good entertainment and giving us what we want to see. Iron Man being all ironic and funny, a superhero with an attitude is superb! Captain America hasn’t been in the present for a long time but he has his moments and not to mention the whole brother issues between Thor and Loki. Is it just me or is Loki the most lovable villain out of all the Marvel ones? Or is it just the Tom Hiddleston’s charm that gets me every time.

Although Loki is the one causing the main end of the world situation in The Avengers, the team itself is so mal(e)functioning that the problem at hand gets out of their hands. But in the end they all together save the world, not even sure who gets the most spotlight in this situation because everybody does something. If I had to pick, I would say Iron Man was the coolest out of them all with his knowledge in science and the ability to blow up the bad guys Loki “hires”. And he has the funniest comebacks and punch lines, although he does get a lot of awesome guys to help him and a girl. I keep forgetting the Black Widow because I want to, never really cared for Scarlett Johansson which would be an unpopular opinion. I do like her strong hair though – and I can’t get over that one. Her thing with Hawkeye was also mainly enjoyable because of Renner.

The Avengers’ success is hidden behind the comedy, at least for me. I guess it’s the fact that the action part is typical for any action movie but the comedy might come off as bad or not be present at all. That’s not the case with this one though, everybody made at least one joke. Even The Hulk, who didn’t do much except literally ruin things, got a comedic scene together with Loki. So all that humor and smashing put together and I have a great cinema experience in my mind! Besides, the movie had Jeremy Renner who is turning out to be one of my favorites and not only because he wore some really tight pants in MI: 4 and did some exercise moves while having his back turned to the camera (very nice angle, Mr. Renner), but because he is good. There’s a reason he is the main guy in the next Bourne, the next MI and Hansel in the newest fairy tale turned action movie (just like Snow White is suddenly all bad ass and does no cleaning and cooking what so ever!) Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Now as the superheros are so awesome, all the fairytale characters want a piece of the action, literally. But no thank you, I’m sticking with the real heroes!

PS: Joss Whedon, if you happen to read this post, I’m just going to let you know that I think you & The Avengers are awesome and by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

# 133 – The Kids Are All Right

I was happily pleased when I watched The Kids Are All Right with Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. The story is definitely not something you find from fairytale books, a lesbian couple who has two kids, have to face new obstacles when the kids look up their father. This isn’t something that happens everyday and I found it to be very refreshing. IMDb gives this a 7,4 score but I think it deserves better but considering that it goes against a lot of morals (being gay and watching gay porn and cheating) I doubt that everybody is going to like it. Not a problem for me, give me a gay married couple, lots of inappropriate biker porn scenes and I’m gonna laugh my head off.

I find it funny that I like comedies that are a bit sarcastic and ironic at the same time, the situations that make me laugh are usually the ones that make the characters in that scene sad or disappointed. I guess humor that doesn’t come in bunch-lines is much more realistic and The Kids Are All Right was all about that.

Julianne Moore and Annette Bening gave a very believable performance and so did Mark Ruffalo but what else to expect from those who have done this for years. Mia Wasikowska who needs to choose an easier name was at her best also I think. I’ve only seen her in Alice in Wonderland and waiting to see her in Restless but so far she seems to be rather good and better than most teenage actresses I know. Josh Hutcerson’s name is unfamiliar for me but I have seen him from somewhere, the face is too cute to forget and too cute to remember.

So all in all the movie was an absolute favorite from last year, best comedy I saw I think and it just shows that I like comedy/drama – ironic/sarcastic etc. Humor that doesn’t hit you hard in the face but is rather solid life-like and makes you wonder if your own life is that ridicilously funny when it would be a movie. 4 out of 5 because I am programmed not to give 5 out of 5, I don’t know why.