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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 & 2 In Review…

Posted in Film, Film Review, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Movie, Movie Review, Movies, Superhero, Writing with tags , , on March 31, 2021 by darkjade68

Let me start by saying, I read ‘Captain America’, ‘The Flash’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘The West Coast Avengers’ & ‘Strange Tales’ Comics in the late 80’s/early 90’s

That said, Captain America & The Flash were my favorite all time Superheroes

I didn’t care for the first ‘Captain America’ Movie, though I really like Chris Evans as an actor (He was great in ‘Fantastic Four’)

But each time the Captain America character was in one of the Marvel Movies, his character improved, to a point that he is awesome

Now in ‘The Winter Soldier’ I immediately liked Sebastian Stan and his Bucky character

I’ve never been a huge Falcon fan, but Anthony Mackie is a great actor, and played him well

Moving onto the series

Episode 1

SPOILERS!

They began the Episode with a bang, aiming at all those people who love action in Superhero movies I think

I love action, but the best scenes in the original ‘Avengers’ movie (And in comic books), was all the character back and forthing in between action scenes

So, big action opening, then it slows way down to soap opera speed (The production isn’t in a hurry, and why should they be, they have time, it’s a series)

I felt it must have been a challenge to do the Winter Soldier character in episode 1, he was largely silent in the Marvel films, and in this format, he has to talk a lot more

The bad guys seem ok, nothing special

For me, bad guys always need to be strong characters, or who cares if the good guys defeat them

The best part about Episode 1, was the ending scene, when the new Captain America is announced

Very comic book, in fact when I was reading Captain America 30 years ago, part of the storyline was a new Captain America

Episode 2

Episode 2 was immediately better, because Bucky hooked up with The Falcon, though I wasn’t completely clear why they were working together again, maybe it was explained in the movies

That said, their chemistry was right back on point from the movies

The bad guys, however, were physically strong, but not interesting in the least

What really bothered me most about Episode 2 was that they introduced us to the new Captain America, who seemed like a really good guy, trying to do his best to help people…

…but by the end of the Episode, he was a full blown jerk… It didn’t feel right at all, flat out bad writing, bad directing, or both

Still, I’m looking forward to continuing to watch the series, if for nothing else, to watch the two lead actors and the Winter Soldier character in action

Nuff Said

Thanks for listening/reading

‘CATS’… In Review ‘Have People Become So Cynical In This World, That The Beauty And Delight Of This Film And Story Are Lost?’

Posted in Acting, Directing, Director, Film, Film Review, Filmmaking, Movie, Movie Music, Movie Review, Movies, Music with tags , , , , on November 21, 2020 by darkjade68

When I Originally Saw The Preview For ‘CATS’ Last Year, I Really Wanted To See It… And Though I Don’t Read Reviews, I’ve Heard Nothing But Bad Things… That Said, I Watched It Last Night, And It Was Awesome… It Was Exactly What It Is Meant To Be… 2.8 On IMDB Is Not Only Insane, But Wholly Inaccurate… Have People Become So Cynical In This World, That The Beauty And Delight Of This Film And Story Are Lost? You Have To See This, And More Than That, Your Kids Need To See It… So Much Art And Love Of Craft In This Film, The Dancing Is Stupendous, And Jennifer Hudson Just Tears Your Heart Out… Nuff Said

Posted in Fiction, Film, Film Making, Film Review, Filmmaker, Movie, Movie Review, Movies, Short Film, Writing with tags , , on May 23, 2020 by darkjade68

Episode II Of My New Film Making Vlog, ‘I, Filmmaker’

Including Watching My Short Film, ‘If Not Now…’

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I also do Quick Reviews on ‘Ford Vs. Ferrari’ and ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’…

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…and discuss the Character Jen Yu from ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’

Beautiful Important Film… ‘Joker’

Posted in Acting, Actor, Directing, Director, Film, Film Making, Film Review, Filmmaker, Films of Meaning, Life, Movie, Movie Review, Movies with tags , , on February 16, 2020 by darkjade68

Django Unchained… In Review

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Filmcraft, Movie, Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , on July 28, 2019 by darkjade68

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Watched Django Unchained Yesterday For The First Time… Let Me Start By Saying, I Know Right Off The Bat That A Quentin Tarantino Film Is Going To Be Violent… Something I’m Not All That Into. Knowing That I Cover My Eyes As Needed lol That Said, He Does Use It As A Style Thing, And Method To Drive Points. And Humor. Moving On. As Much As I Love Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz For Me In General, Is An Unbelievable Actor. But Jamie And Leonardo DiCaprio Were Awesome As Well. Tarantino Holds No Punches With Casting In His Films. The Music/Soundtrack Is Pretty Much Everything, Once Again A Tarantino Thing. More Than Anything, I’d Have To Say This Is One Of The Most Penetrating Films In Regards To The Horror That Is/Was Slavery. Lastly, Jamie/Django Is A True Hero Of Retribution In This Film, And DiCaprio Is Truly Dastardly

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Movie, Movie Review, Superhero with tags , , on July 9, 2019 by darkjade68

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Wow… Watched this for the first time last night on Netflix

So much heart

And the Animation was Mind Blowing

Aquaman… In Review

Posted in Movie, Movie Review, Movies with tags on April 14, 2019 by darkjade68

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My Tweet About Aquaman…

“My Appologizes Ahead Of Time To Those Who Liked #Aquaman – I Swear I Had Heard It Was Good – Wasn’t Expecting A Great #Fim, But Did Figure It Would Be A Good Popcorn Flick, And I Really Like Jason Mamoa – That Said, It Was Horrid… From The Early Fight Scene Within The Submarine Between Him And The Horrible #Actor (Or At Least Horrible #Character) Of Manta (Who I Grew Up Watching On Super Friends), Accented With The Terrible 80’s-90’s Electric Guitar Licks, And Overall 80’s-90’s Action Movie Vibe… I Truly Felt The Only Thing It Was Missing Was Jean Claude Van Damme And/Or Steven Seagal, To The Terrible One Note Actress (And Or Character) Of Mera, Who Could Barely Walk, Let Alone Run In Those Shoes… To The Extreme Overkill #VisualEffects That DID NOT Feel One Iota Like The Ocean… All I Can Say Is I Really Miss #Filmmaking – Wanted To Turn It Off Halfway Through, But $5.99 To Rent, Stuck Around Till The End -Nuff Said #Movie PS The Dialog, Wow, Horrible”

Bradley Cooper (Spoiler Alert)

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Movie, Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , on February 24, 2019 by darkjade68

 

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What It Says

After I posted this, I realized ‘wow’, I’d always assumed Rami Malek (From Bohemian Rhapsody) was going to win.

But though I loved Rami, I think I actually have to give it to Bradley.

Though Rami will likely win… We shall see.

Bohemian Rhapsody… In Review

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Movie, Movie Review, Movies, Writing with tags , , on January 24, 2019 by darkjade68

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Let me just start by saying, Freddy Mercury is my favorite all time singer… Followed by David Bowie, and Steve Perry

Also, Rami Malek does deserve the Oscar for his portrayal as Freddy

That said, my Review

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Anticipation; I admit, I was looking more forward to this Film than I have about a Film in a long time.

One of the vibes I got through the whole of the Film, was that of a Tribute Film… Kind of a Film for the Fans

Which is cool, but it was a bit different than what I expected

Directing; As beautiful as this Film was, I did find myself feeling that it kind of focused on the Highlights of his career. Like I say, a Tribute Film, but I was actually more interested in some of the nuts and bolts…

I will say this though, this Film is worth seeing alone for the ending, which is basically a recreation of most of the Live Aid Concert Performance that Queen did… Which I always thought was one of the best performances of anyone, ever

Acting;

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Rami Malek; Brilliant… I already like Rami from Mr. Robot

I will say, and this has more to do with the Directing, and/or Writing I think, that I didn’t find myself ‘liking’ Freddy the way that he was portrayed in this Film

In the ending scenes, and performance, I caught glimpses of it

In my experience of Freddy, he’s one of the most passionate, amazing humans that has ever walked the earth. I feel the Film focused more on, like I say, his Career Highlights, and odd persona.

And though Rami was brilliant, I really do feel that it was the Directing, and/or Writing that fell short on capturing how amazing he was, beyond the music.

Not perfect, just vibrant.

Rating; In the end, it left me wanting to see it again… In case any subconscious expectations had snuck in. I really liked this Film, but he is one of my all time favorite people, so I would have liked, ‘liking’ him more by the end, and during actually. But if nothing else, see it for the final Live Aid Concert scenes.

4.25 Stars Out of 5

 

Maybe It’s Not So Bad Being A Writer… Maleficent In Review

Posted in Film, Film Making, Film Review, Movie, Movie Review, Screenplay, Screenplays, Writing with tags , , on March 13, 2017 by darkjade68

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Maybe It’s Not So Bad Being A Writer… Maleficent In Review

I Just Watched “Maleficent” For The First Time And I Have To Say…

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…It Was Amazing

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From The Young Actress Who Played Young Maleficent…

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…To The Actor Who Played Her Raven In Human Form

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But More Than That Was Angelina, And The Writer Of The Screenplay, Linda Woolverton

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The Same Screenplay Writer Who Brought You Both The Alice Films…

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…And The Animated “Beauty And The Beast” & “The Lion  King” Screenplays

And It Shows

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Maleficent Is A Perfect Dark Fairy Tale, With A Dash Of Light

It Brings Depth To One Of The All Time Best Villains Of All Time…

…Second Only To Darth Vader For Me

If You Haven’t Seen It…

See It

But Prepare Yourself For Wonder…

Tragedy…

And Glorious Storytelling

Nuff Said

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