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Genre and Medium and the “Popcorn Movie” and Age of Ultron

So, back when Avengers: Age of Ultron first came out, I read the following review on Wired:

I felt that I wanted to see the movie more than once to really know what I thought of it. Because of the Geek Baby, that second viewing only happened recently. I’ve been mulling over the movie, with posts like this one and like this one.

To sum up reviews of the movie, I think that it was alright but nowhere near as good as the first Avengers. It’s not doing something new and different like the first one did (bringing together how many individual movie franchises), it’s not as excellent a dark trilogy sequel as some of the classics (Empire Strikes Back), and it has Too Much Going On And Being Set Up syndrome (but not as badly as, say, Amazing Spider-Man 2). Do these statements seem fair?

I talked about the first couple of things in my prior posts, so let me just say something here about Too Much Going On And Being Set Up. Some of the most hotly debated scenes from the movie – Thor’s vision quest, the Banner/Natasha “monster” discussion – had extended, deleted scenes. That was really interesting to find on the disc. These scenes that the fans saw as particularly troubling were ones that, apparently, Joss Whedon had trouble with too.

Was it because he was trying to succumb to the all-powerful Marvel plan? Yeah, maybe some. But the two versions of scenes like this show me that Joss did his best to work them into the movie in its final form. Successfully? Eh. Clearly debatable. But the theatrical versions were the ones that he meant for us to see… the scenes of lesser evil?

However, my main purpose here is the review from Wired. It says it was picked up from another site, so it was opinionated enough for syndication. It got me fired up before, but rather than a point-by-point rebuttal or some other Nerd Rage, I want to just address the main point of the article.

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This. Re: Age of Ultron

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how the YouTube review shows were starting to hit Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well, we watched the one from Honest Trailers and… yep. That kind of sums it up.

What do you think? Too harsh? Or was it inevitably an impossible movie to make everyone happy and do everything? And did they break Joss Whedon? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

You Can’t Take the Sky from Me! – The Nine Alignments of Firefly

Happy 4th of July weekend, happy Independence Day! If you set the holiday in space, it would probably be like Firefly – you can’t take the sky from me! So in the name of freedom, here are the nine alignments of Firefly (and Serenity) as requested by you, the readers!

The Nine Alignments of Firefly

Avengers Open Thread

Whoa, another A to Z Challenge is done! You can read all of our posts from the challenge here. I think that means it’s time to do something else for a bit, to take a breather and maybe to talk a bit about comics.

A small little art house film is coming out today in the US (already out elsewhere!) called Avengers: Age of Ultron. You may have heard of it, or that one guy who’s directing it… what was it… Joss Whedon? Oh yeah, him.

Well, I figure what we can do today is to open up a space for people to talk about the Avengers. Be it comics, the movie(s), whatever. I imagine this thread will lead to spoilers, so! Be ye warned. Also know that we probably won’t be hitting the thread ourselves until we’ve seen the movie!

Oh yeah, and we haven't talked about this yet, either. Thoughts? Image and info: http://marvel.com/news/comics/24338/mark_waid_assembles_the_avengers

Oh yeah, and we haven’t talked about this yet, either. Available tomorrow for Free Comic Book Day!
Image and info: http://marvel.com/news/comics/24338/mark_waid_assembles_the_avengers

What’s Your Favorite Episode of Firefly?

Just a quick poll for the evening – or is it a hard poll? After all, it’s easy to say you like Firefly – much harder to pick a favorite episode! Soft spot for the man they call Jayne? Wish you could join them at a mighty fine shindig? Looking for more war stories? This poll has something for every one of you Browncoats out there!

Looking for an episode reminder? Try here!