🎞 Watched: Ant-Man
I’d heard a lot about how this one was different from the earlier MCU movies and while it felt less serious – mostly in a good way – I don’t think it was this radical shift that some made it out to be.
Anyway, it was enjoyable but also a bit forgettable. I probably won’t rush to rewatch this anytime soon.
One interesting thing was the scene in the beginning that was set in the past, where they’d digitally de-aged Michael Douglas. I knew this was going to be a thing and after my negative reaction to Tarkin in Rouge One I expected to dislike this as well. Turns out I was wrong. Technology marches on fast and this digital effect looked really good. Funnily enough I actually though digitally de-aged Douglas looked more real than the real Douglas in the rest of the movie.
🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | My Favorite of the Chrises (Episode 416)
I wonder if having watched Agents of Shield makes The Winter Soldier a better movie. I mean, I liked The Winter Soldier and the original Captain America movie as well, but the movie that The Incomparable speaks about sounds like better movie than the one I watched.
The Incomparable’s ”Summer of Marvel” was what got me into watching the MCU movies, so I figured I might also re-listen to a few of the podcasts after actually having watched the movies.
I’m not entirely sure whether this is a re-listen for me or not. I did listen to a lot of the Incomparable podcasts about Marvel movies before watching them, so maybe I did listen to this one when it first ”aired”.
Anyway, it was interesting to listen to it now that I just recently rewatched the movie and liked it more than the first time.
🎞 Watched: Avengers: Age of Ultron
When I first watched this movie a couple of years ago I really didn’t like it. Now, as I’m watching is as part of my MCU watching, it is definitely less terrible but it’s still a mess of a movie.
Even though I’ve watched countless hours of MCU movies, since I haven’t watched the Agents of Shield tv show, I still had to resort to google to understand the stakes of the first scene. Who is Avengers fighting? Why? And why should I care?
The action scenes feels impact-less overall and I can’t really relate to the characters. There are some good things though.
I like the scene with Hawkeye’s family. It humanises all of the characters and gives me some reasons to care about them. Also, Elizabeth Olsen is good as the Scarlet Witch. She is doing some actual acting in the final battle scene, something that no-one else in the cast bothers at this point in the movie.
All in all, a more or less terrible movie.
🎞 Watched: Iron Man 3
This movie has some serious problem with tone. Sometimes it’s great but sometimes it just can’t juggle its emotions correctly. The result is one of the worst Marvel movies. Though I have a feeling that the one I’ll watch next will be even worse.
My dream laptop would be left half current gen MBP (TB3), right half from the old style (USB-A, HDMI and SD card).
Seems appropriate today.
I can’t believe that Vangelis’ soundtrack for Blade Runner wasn’t picked.
The Anthropocene Reviewed is currently my absolute favorite podcast. It’s always both entertaining, interesting and thought provoking.
As good as old again.
I had already listened to this episode when it was first released but at that time I hadn’t watched Solo: A Star Wars Story so I skipped that part of the episode. Now that I have watched the movie I went back and listened to the episode.
I enjoyed Grey and Brady’s discussion about it and I’m glad they more or less liked the movie. I agree with them that it probably is the second best new Star Wars movie.
🎞 Watched: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Since this is a Star Wars movie and today was the first time I watched it I’m probably contractually obligated to write something long but that’ll have to wait for another day. For now, suffice to say it was a really enjoyable movie and I’m looking forward to seeing it again. Alden Ehrenreich – the guy that plays Han – is just perfect for the role!