The Salvation (review)

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Western with Great Action!

Do you like good old revenge westerns with a big gunfights through the movie then The Salvation is the perfect movie for you! The film is a Danish western. It was co-written and directed by Kristian Levring. He did a wonderful job of setting the mood and tone in this gritty westerner.   The cast:

Jon ,Danish Settler, works with his brother Peter to hunt and trap animals for a living. He has made enough money to bring his wife and son from Demark to America. On the way to his brother’s house, two criminals start to assault his wife in carriage and kick Jon out of a moving carriage  He follows the carriage’s trail discovers his son has died and along with his wife. He kills the two men and buries his family with the help from his brother.  The nearby town is protected by a outlaw gang leader named, Delarue, and seeks harsh punishments towards the town and its people because of his brother was killed by Jon.  The film catapults into a gritty revenge westerner with a lot of action, tension, and emotion.

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The acting was the best part of the film. Mads Mikkelson plays a great vigilante that the audience can root for.  Jeffery Dean Morgan plays a great villain.  The two men carry the film along with Eva Green. Green’s character can’t speak and has been raped repeatedly throughout her life by Indians, Delarue’s brother, Delarue’s gang, and Delarue himself has taken advantage of her. Her story and character provides great twists and turns in this western thriller.  Mikkelson and Morgan really carry the film. Mikkelson is a silent killer while Morgan shows great joy in killing someone.

Kristian Levring directing Eva Green, Jeffery Dean Morgan, and Mads Mikkelsen

Kristian Levring directing Eva Green, Jeffery Dean Morgan, and Mads Mikkelsen

Kristian Levring deserves a ton of recongination too. The cinematography was great with the sounds of the setting, the smallness of a town in 1870, and the weather. One shootout scene was filmed in the rain and it was a dark and gritty setting. The tone remained the same through the film. It was a dark vengeful action westerner. The film was never meant to a fun western like Django Unchained or the Magificent Seven is. The tone felt like I could be watching a big screen adaption of Red Dead Redemption.

“The Salvation” is truly a throwback of one vs. an outlaw gang. I give it a 4 out of 5 for the tone, cinematography, action, acting, and plot.  The score was so cliché.

The Flash (Out of Time) Review Spoilers

Detective Joe West coming face to face with Mark Mardon/Weather Wizard

Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) coming face to face with Mark Mardon/Weather Wizard (Liam McIntyre)

Time Travel Say What!

The Flash “Out of Time” should have ended with the Huey Lewis and the News song “Back in Time”.  The episode was a great setup episode for the remaining 8 or 9 episodes for the season. The Flash hasn’t only been a successful in entertaining the core fan base but really successful with word of mouth buzz from non comic book fans in general.  The internet will absolutely love the ending of the episode because Barry does break the time barrier.  That’s not even the icing on the cake because the audience learns about Dr. Wells identity and his true intentions.

Detective Joe West was pursuing Mark Mardon and his brother on the night the Particle Accelerator exploded.  The brother shows up in the first episode and Detective West shoots him. West assumes his brother died in the plane explosion caused the Particle Accelerator. Mark Mardon shows back up and seeks revenge on Joe. His plan is destroy everything that Joe loves which includes Central City, Barry Allen, and Iris, his daughter. Cisco finally comes face to face with the Reverse Flash and pays for it dearly. Linda and Eddie have issues between the way Iris and Barry act with each other.

Malese Jow as Linda Park and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen share a moment at the bowling alley together

Malese Jow as Linda Park and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen share a moment at the bowling alley together

Before the Time Travel spoiler talk about Dr. Wells, the relationship between Iris and Eddie and Linda and Barry was a predominantly featured in this episode.  The two couples are hitting potholes in the road. Personality, Barry and Linda have great chemistry together as two characters possibly in love really and it makes the episodes much more enjoyable. However, the elephant in the room is The Flash has a 70 year comic book character with a large baggage of history. Barry and Iris get marry in the comics.  Barry’s relationship with Linda is storyline filler. However, Iris at the end of the episodes finds out who Barry is and that he loves her.  The kicker is that she won’t remember because Barry breaks the time barrier.

This is a screenshot taken from the TV trailer. Cisco learns all about Dr. Wells.

This is a screenshot taken from the TV trailer. Cisco learns all about Dr. Wells

Barry breaks the time barrier at the end of the episode and travels to a few days before Weather Wizard can destroy the city. This confirms that Dr. Harrison Wells is a criminal from the 25th century called Eobard Thawne. He is the Reverse Flash and has the ability to create mirror images of himself. He reveals that he needs to use Barry’s powers to return to his century. He did kill Nora Allen but was trying to kill Barry. He kills Cisco and Caitlyn Snows knows about his secret too. He doesn’t kill Caitlyn because Barry travels back in time. Barry can alternate the timeline by traveling back in the past. Cisco isn’t going to die because he does show up in Arrow promo. My opinion is that Eddie and Doctor Wells are the same person. The time aspect has always been hinted at and glad they finally got to it.

Overall, The Flash “Out of Time” was a great episode. Every character had a purpose and no one was wasted. Doctor Wells kills Cisco for the moment and reveals himself to be the Reverse Flash. Barry travels back in time.  This episode gets a 4.5 for introducing the time travel power in a clever way.   It was a really fun episode too.

Who is Vision?

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Paul Bettany as Vision

Behold The Vision!

Marvel’s cinematic universe continues to expand by adding new heroes or villains all of the time. Most recently, the Guardians of the Galaxy were added to Marvel’s space universe. The film itself was the biggest domestic hit of 2014 until American Sniper over took it last weekend at the box office. The first Avengers film was so successful that audiences have been flocking to Marvel movies and trying to find teases what will come into Avengers 2. Joss Whedon, the director of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, announced that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be part of the cast. Last summer, it was announced Paul Bettany, the voice of Jarvis, will play Vision.

Who is Vision?

Vision is an artificial intelligent robot created either Tony Stark or Bruce Banner or Ultron depending on what comic book or television series you watch. It’s rumored that Ultron, the big evil robot from the Avengers 2 trailer, will create Vision. Vision is very unique character. He is part of the West Coast Avengers, ( include heroes such as Wasp, Ant-Man, or a few other), Defenders (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a few other members), and more importantly is a big hero of the Avengers.  Vision in all likelihood help connect Ant-man and Daredevil with the current Avengers roster. The character help form a connection between movies and the Netflix’s, TV series called the Defenders.  Fan really want to see Daredevil help defeat Thanos along with Iron Man, Spider-man, Captain America, and the newest Avengers from the upcoming movies. Vision might the be key to everything.

What Can Vision do?

Vision has multiple abilities.

  • Density control ranging from invulnerability to intangibility
  • Mass control ranging from extraordinarily heavy to weightlessness
  • Utilizes phasing into beings/objects then solidifying as a means of molecular disruption, causing pain/damage or death/destruction
  • Flight
  • Solar energy projection (via eyes or solar jewel on forehead)
  • Computer/IT network interfacing
  • Superhuman strength, intelligence, reflexes and senses as an artificial being
  • Capable of self repair and regeneration

Vision is also like Data from Star Trek: Next Generation. He strives to be more human. He has a long relationship with Scarlett Witch. They actually get hitched in the comic book but it might happen in Marvel movies someday.  Scarlett Witch will be played Elizabeth Olson in Avengers 2.  The android is nearly indestructible and really is a complex hero for a machine.

The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron comes out on May 1st, 2015. The movie is already expected to break the billion dollar mark again at worldwide box office. Vision, Scarlett Witch, and Quicksilver will be introduced as key potential members of the future Avengers teams.  Vision needed to be written about because many people are already familiar with Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver. He is also getting less attention from major movie media because people don’t realize how important the character is. More importantly, Vision could be that hero who shows up and helps out Daredevil along Spider-man to bring the man without fear into the cinematic universe.

side note: Netflix released a new trailer for Daredevil and below is that trailer.

The Foxcatcher (review)

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Foxcatcher:
Starring: Steve Carrell as John Du Pont Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman Directed by Bennett Miller

A Tragic Wrestling Tale!

The Foxcatcher is a historical based crime drama about two Olympic gold wrestling brothers being driven apart by a patriotic multimillionaire. The three main actors are Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.  The film is directed by academy nominated Bennett Miller who was nominated for Moneyball and directed Capote. The film was considered to be one of the best films at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Mark Schultz and John E. Du Pont posing at publicity shots for Team Foxcatcher.

Mark Schultz and John E. Du Pont posing at publicity shots for Team Foxcatcher.

Mark Schultz, Channing Tatum, is a Olympic gold wrestling champion from a small rural town iand feels constantly overshadowed by his older brother, Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) who is also an Olympic Champion. Mark is contacted by John E. du Pont, a wealthy philanthropist and wrestling enthusiast.  John wants to make wrestling America’s Olympic sport and use Mark as a symbol for patriotism. He also wants to be a father and mentor to his protégé. Mark jumps at the chance to represent team Foxcatcher, John’s private wrestling team.  As the film progresses John does lead Mark down a dangerous path but also career ending one. John has no choice but to turn to Dave Schultz. Dave accepts John’s offer but his decision proves to be fatal for his family.

Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum shine as team throughout the film.

Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum shine as team throughout the film.

Foxcatcher is about a film about two brothers who are absolutely loyal and supportive towards each other because Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo display that loyalty in every scene that they are in. Tatum and Ruffalo gave stellar acting performances and their acting makes my excitement even higher than what it was for their upcoming performances in future films.  The image above is from a scene where Tatum and his mentor John E. du Pont, Steve Carrell, come to Dave’s hotel room during the World Wrestling Championships. Dave is busy with his wife and two children, and Mark feels like Dave isn’t being supportive enough then leaves the hotel room furious. Dave stops him in the hallway, gives him tips, and shows him how to defeat his next opponent because Dave really does love his brother.  The movie is filled with that brotherly family dynamic and allowed the audience to be in the film along with the actors.  Ruffalo was nominated for best supporting actor. He will get an academy award one day because Ruffalo is a hell of an actor.  Channing Tatum is not some pretty boy but also great charismatic actor. He should have been nominated for best actor.

Director Bennett Miller  attending the Cannes premiere with Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.

Director Bennett Miller attending the Cannes premiere with Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.

Bennett Miller needs to be given a lot props for casting Steve Carell as John E. du Pont. His visual settings and tone were perfect, and he had a clear vision of the film’s story were perfect. He deserved that best directing nomination. Carell was amazing as John E. du Pont. Du Pont’s story was sad. At John’s core, he desperately seeks his mother’s approval.  He’s also batshit crazy with a lot of jealousy toward the relationship that Mark and Dave have. Bennett hit a homerun by choosing all three actors, and they together made Foxcatcher a tragic story.

Honestly, the film didn’t really have a lot of negatives. It was a compelling story that made the audience feel sad at the end. It probably deserved a best picture nomination, and Channing and Carrell will have career boost after more people see this film. Foxcatcher gets a 4 out of 5 from me.