Avengers Age of Ultron: Round 2!

Hello everybody! For this week’s new movie club, we have Avengers: Age of Ultron.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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DIRECTED: Joss Whedon

STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie,Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson

GENRE: Superhero

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.

Avengers-Age-of-Ultron-Official-TrailerAlright Marvel, I decided that it was time to give you another chance. I have stayed away for the majority of your films since Iron Man 3with Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier being the few exceptions. Overall, Age of Ultron was definitely not disappointing, but was far from perfect. I enjoyed the fact they took some more time and making our favorite Avengers seem more like people instead of being superheroes. The action scenes were over the top as always, but that has become to be expected when you go into any Marvel movie. I would also like to praise James Spader’s performance as Ultron. He served as a mighty foe.stark

Like I said before, Age of Ultron is far from perfect. Overall though, I just wasn’t thrilled with what they did with Black Widow’s character. Scarlet Johansson’s performance was decent for what she actually was, but I feel that they could have done so much with her if they just treat her as one bad ass love interest. Also, could they have cut down on the final climactic scene a bit? Its just like an hour long of fighting.

PROS:

  • Over the top action.
  • Superheroes are more than humans.
  • James Spader’s performance.

CONS:

  • Black Widow.
  • Love Interest.
  • Hour long fight scene.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Mortdecai: 2015 meet the 1950s

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have the newest Johnny Depp film Mortdecai.

MORTDECAI

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DIRECTED: David Koepp

STARRING: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum

GENRE: Action, Comedy

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

MO_D01_00075.NEF Mortdecai is one of the films i was actually excited to see this year. The film is riddled with faults and failures, but still isn’t my most hated film so far of 2015 (I’m looking at you, 50 Shades). What I recommend to the filmmaker is to go back in time to the 1950s and shoot Mortdecai with Peter Sellers. This role was completely meant for him and he might have actually been able to elevate the entire film into decency status with his performance alone.

Johnny Depp MortdecaiOh look, Johnny Depp strikes again. The worst part of Mortdecai was Johnny Depp’s performance. You know the film is going to be bad if your main star can’t even hold it together. For a comedic role, Depp is completely unfunny which ruins his entire purpose for existing in the film to begin with. Also, why was Olivia Munn in the film at all? Her character was only there for maybe two scenes that could have easily been cut. Just like all of the laughs. Maybe once the DVD is released someone will put a laugh track over all of the bad jokes in an attempt to fix it.

PROS:

  •  Stylistic looks.
  • Supporting cast.

CONS:

  •  Jonny Depp performance.
  • Unfunny comedy.
  • Shouldn’t have been filmed.

SCORE: 5.0 / 10

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Transcendence: Very Close to a Sentient Computer!

Hello everybody! Today we have Johnny Depp’s most recent attempt at film, Transcendence.

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DIRECTOR: Wally Pfister

STARRING: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser, Paul Bettany

GENRE: Science Fiction

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, China, United States

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Transcendence is an interesting film and I felt that it was released at the perfect time. People are afraid that as we push the boundaries of technology we will eventually make a smart enough computer that will become sentient and rule the world. Transcendence definitely has the same feel as late 1990s science fiction film, but it feels updated and it works.  Wally Pfister, an ace cinematographer known for many blockbuster films, makes his directorial debut and the film looks awesome. His cinematography background truly shines throughout the film.  Transcendence takes an interesting (yet outdated) concept and updates it for the new generation.

Let me put this out there right now, Transcendence is far from perfect Johnny Depp struggles throughout the entire film, his acting background definitely doesn’t show at all. What happened Johnny Depp? Why did you take this role? I could see so many other actors that could have filled the role better than you did. While Wally Pfister is an awesome cinematographer, I feel that he should stay out of directing. The narrative was strong through the first half of the film, but logic problems and plot holes completely ruin the rest of the film. I don’t feel like anyone will absolutely love Transcendence, they will definitely like it or extremely hate it.

PROS:

  •  Interesting concept.
  • Beautiful visuals.
  • Great timing for release.

CONS:

  •  Disappointing narrative.
  • Johnny Depp’s performance.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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