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Ready for the Avengers?

I’ve been ready since I heard about it months ago (update), although I wasn’t sure what to think of the trailer.

The Avengers promises to be explosive, yet whether it will have an equally well-thought out, energized plot is to be determined. From my experience with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and such other Marvel films I’m hopeful, however, I’ll have to see it before I get beyond my perceptions of the trailer.

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Puss in Boots: Notes and Quotes

Just like last time with Captain America, here’s our Puss in Boots: Notes & Quotes!

The full review is now available here!

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Preliminary Review (Full-Review Monday)

Puss in Boots is a fantastic movie, easily comparable to the rest of the related-Shrek series. It’s highly enjoyable for all ages – the audience I sat with consisted of elderly individuals, young people (children & college aged), as well as middle-aged adults.

Regarding age and religious confliction, the film is suitably rated PG and is mostly quite humorous, even “dark” foreboding scenes are somewhat predictable and not at all extreme in violence, imagery, or language. There are some concepts which parents may need to discuss with their children, but otherwise its a great, family-friendly movie for ages 7+ (Common Sense says 6+).

Highlighted Movie Quotes

It began a long time ago… you may want to sit down for this. -Puss (Antonio Banderas), regarding life story.

I’ll steal you blind before you even know it. -Softpaws

You’re better than that. – Orphan Caretaker & Puss (3x) – marks many turning points in the film.

I smell something familiar… *great whiff* … something dangerous… *contemplates* … something breakfasty… HUMPTY ALEXANDRE DUMPTY! How dare you show your face to me? -Puss [see teaser]

Holy frijoles! -Puss

Stay Who You Are

“Whatever happens, stay who you are – not just a soldier but a good man.”

Dr. Abraham Erskine, Captain America: The First Avenger

This selection has made for a very popular Google search query and a great 2011 movie quote. It carries a noble message, to stay who you are – uncompromisingly hanging onto ones morals, values, and beliefs. Choosing often the path that is filled with difficulty and pain, rather than that of an empty shell of a life, filled with ease (and even then, pain and trouble finds a way to enter in) and self-interest. To walk the path of love, while the world consumes itself with hatred and corruption.

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Captain America: The First Avenger – Review

Captain America: The First Avenger

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“You win wars with guts…”

…and boy does this guy have guts! Captain America: The First Avenger is the latest film in The Avengers lineup and its nostalgic nature, explosive action, and sentimental qualities make it stand out among its predecessors as something uniquely distinct, and a film worth watching if you’ve taken positively to previous installments.

“There are men laying down their lives. I got no right to do any less than them.”

Captain America: TFA, takes place during World War II when America first gets involved and the recruitment process is in full swing. Propaganda posters are plastered on any available space, and Uncle Sam calls the men of America to action. Many bold young man take up the challenge, seeing the war as one of life’s great adventures or the chance to serve one’s country. One of these men is Steve Rogers – a thin, almost frail young man, who passionately desires to serve on the front line. He attempts to register many times, each with the same result.

“Just give me a chance…”

“Sorry son – I’m saving your life.”

In each of his efforts, he is never granted his place on the front lines, but rather a stamp of REJECTION. Until one day, a German doctor (serving the United States) named Abraham Erskine, offers him a chance.

While in Germany, Abraham Erskine had been developing a serum to strengthen the human metabolism, structure, and immune system. In it’s early stages of development, however, he was interrupted by Johann Schmidt – a Nazi, working under Hitler, under the control of HYDRA Division – a science & cult division of the military which would in the future secede to wage its own war for world domination. Schmidt saw a potential use for the serum in military practice, able to create the perfect army (reminiscent of Hulk), but first he had to try it out on himself. Dr. Erskine attempts to inform the commander that the serum is not ready for human testing, to no avail, Schmidt injects the serum into his system with an atrocious result – the birth of the Red Skull. An effect of the serum was that it enhanced a human’s values and character, and as Schmidt was a self-centered, wicked man, the serum amplified the evil within, as well as providing a horrid face defect that essentially explains his newly gained title (the Red Skull).

Steve Rogers is offered the same serum, which has been modified to a point of seeming perfection, which he eagerly takes up. In the process of prior military training, he meets a woman named Peggy Carter, a strong-willed woman who would prove to be his life-long love interest. After being given the serum, Steve Rogers becomes Captain America – a propaganda tool in the hands of the U.S. military. He is made to dress up in showy costumes, among pretty girls, and put on a show for the American people and soldiers abroad. He advocates recruitment, bonds, and other war-supporting mediums, becoming an American icon like Uncle Sam. Rogers, however, is not satisfied. He is grateful that he has the chance to serve his country, but he has not yet had the chance to do it battle. He would soon have his chance, however, when his friend goes missing while on a mission to invade HYDRA. Against orders, he sets out alone and rescues the division, coming back with a team that would serve him throughout the rest of the war. Yet a dark shadow looms over them all, as Schmidt paves the way for world domination. Will Captain America be able to save the world? And how will he suddenly end up in the modern Avengers? Well… that’s all explained at the end. SPOILERS FOLLOW, HIGHLIGHT TO READ Captain America successfully takes down Schmidt with the same technology he had been planning to use against the world (stolen from Asgard), but sacrifices himself by plummeting into some area of Northern Canada with a colossal HYDRA bomber plane. After the American forces lose his signal, Stark Sr. and Peggy make a desperate search for Rogers, which only bears fruit in the modern day, years later. Captain America is discovered buried under the snow, preserved in his state at the time of the crash. SHIELD, the government organization which investigated Thor and recruited Stark Jr. and Stark Sr., takes in Captain America while he is still in a coma (or deep sleep) and places him in a facility that attempts to imitate the time which he lived in, to enable an easy transition into the modern day. When he awakes, however, Rogers sees through the deception and tears his way to the New York streets, before being intercepted by SHIELD. After a thorough explanation, Captain America decides to join the team. After the credits are all over, there is a special ending showing Rogers training in a (most likely) SHIELD facility. Followed by a preview of The Avengers.

Captain America: The First Avenger, although not at the level of acclaim as Iron Man, is an overall splendid film and a suitable addition to the Avengers line-up (Further Analysis Tomorrow). Content is appropriate for older children (12-13+), considering some scary images and violence related with HYDRA and the Red Skull. (In-depth Christian and Family Perspective Tomorrow) The movie contains Biblical values of moral character and perseverance, yet has some iffy themes as well (click Christian for details from PluggedIn.com).

Nintendo Video™

Nintendo Video™ is the latest free software released by Nintendo via Nintendo eShop for the 3DS. It provides weekly streaming of animations, movie trailers, music videos, comedy sketches, and other handpicked selections all in 3D. After each week’s update, old content from the previous week is deleted and replaced with new videos, and Nintendo advises users to watch their videos as soon possible before they are removed.

Video Schedule –

Week One

What is Nintendo Video?

A quick, 22 second introduction of Nintendo Video™, given the description of “Watch this now!” First released 7/21/2011.

Captain America

A 3D trailer featuring the new Captain America film by MARVEL. Gives a great taste of what you’ll be seeing in the film without giving any spoilers away.

Sunday Jog

A seemingly cute… yet incredibly twisted animated short about a couple of blocks (literally, blocks made of pixels) going on a romantic Sunday stroll when they are suddenly attacked by a mutant red block. The couple runs away from the giant red block in a comedic fashion, until all three plummet into a vault of chemicals. The red block evidently perishes, with two new blocks (the couple) now rising to take its place and terrorize the city. And thus life continues in an endless cycle of tragic mutations.

Dinosaur Office

A comedic short, created by College Humor, about two dinosaurs working in an office with a T-Rex boss. It resembles Sunday Jog in that it also contains an abundance of wry, twisted humor.

As for Captain America, I saw the movie today and quite enjoyed it! It'll certainly be posting a positive review tomorrow (make that Monday) with only a few areas of criticism.

Week Two

The Smurfs Trailer

All Is Not Lost by OK Go

Pizza Quest

 

Captain America: The First Avenger – Tomorrow!

It’ll be interesting to see how this next installment in the Marvel series turns out, be sure to read the review here shortly after the release (followed by my Transformers 3 review, and more)!

NOTE: The embedded video may appear to be pixelated, however, it will auto-correct once initiated. Also look for Mr. Stark Sr.!

Reviews Galore

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Are you ready for back-to-back movie reviews?

Hope so, because in a few days I’ll be reviewing some of the following films:

  • Transformers III*
  • Unknown*
  • The Adjustment Bureau*
  • The Soloist
  • Green Lantern: First Flight
  • Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  • Prince of Persia
  • Captain America “
  • Iron Man
* definitely going to be reviewed
`` movie has yet to be released - most likely TBR (to be reviewed)