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Iron Man 3 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Iron Man 3 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: £9.75

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie that Excells... at Bait and Switching the audience, 8 Sep 2013
While this movie isn't terrible, it's mirred by constant bait and switch and a cliche villain.

STORY:

Tony is mostly likable in this movie, his Post-traumatic-street-disorder while possibly something a hero would go through turns the character into a mess, not an enyoyable mess, just a sad mess you don't really want to see your hero go through. Thankfully it doesn't hang around too often and Tony is back to his quippy self, even though this doesn't flow right.

Through the events of the story, and to make it explainable why the Avengers or SHIELD wouldn't come to help him, Tony finds himself off alone and back to basics, being stripped of his vast resources and using makeshift weapons, while this was great in the first movie, here it just seems conveneient for the story that director shane Black wanted to tell.

One certainly gets the feeling that director Shane Black likes the Tony Stark character but has a disdain for the Iron Man character. The representation of the Iron Man suits in the movie is quite frankly a joke, they are missing for the bulk of the movie and when featured are easily broken for the sake of comedy or to get them off the scree as soon as possible.

The supporting characters don't get too much love in this movie, Pepper Potts steps up more so than any other and is a highlight of the movie however Rhodey aka War Machine aka Iron Patriot is pretty much given nothing to do, he has no action and spends the movie away or in captivity or just standing around Tony.

In my opinon the movie tries to be a Comedy and a political commentary at the same time and it doesn't work. The comedy is too frequent and one-linery and distracts from the relatively serious tone of the story

The theme so to speak of the movie is "what makes Iron Man, the man or the suit?" and frankly the answer is 'The Suit' as try as he might Tony stark simply cannot save the day without it.

ACTION:

The action is quite good, there are a few scenes, not many but a few. Nothing special but servicable.

VILLIAN:

Aldrich Killain, while in my opinion the best Iron Man villain we've seen, is basically a beat for beat copy of Edward Nygma in Batman Forever, both go from long haired nerdy characters with an obsession for the protagonist to a suave company owning man who lives to outdo the hero.

CONCLUSION:

This is a fairly good Tony Stark movie, however don't expect this to be an Iron Man movie as the story and screen time are strictly about Tony and how he is suffering and scared at the possibilliy of losing all around him and overcomes that feeling, even though the events should re-enforce those feelings.

The movie dissapoints, not just in the bait and switching, story that is too sad and depressing for such a movie, comedy that contradicts the tone and lack of Iron Man, but it seems to have set out to want to be a dissapointment. Many times throughout this movie you'll have a certain level of excitement, you'll be seeing things you enjoy and then at the end of the scene will be a reveal that purposefully ruins the experience, the isn't just the infamous twist but lots of other parts too. to have this happen once is fine, twice is annoying but to have the whole movie full of these moments that get you pumped and then ruin it at the last minute...

-SPOILERS-

For example,, a thrilling plane rescue that is undone by the reveal of Tony not actually being in the armour. the brillaint looking armours at the end for the big battle, that are all destroyed within moments, Pepper "dying" then coming back moments later, Pepper having powers then removing them not long after, the reveal of Mandarin being a drunken actor ect...

-END OF SPOILERS-


The Wolverine [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray]
The Wolverine [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: £18.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, unlike most other superhero movies of late, 24 Aug 2013
Great movie, perfect amount of humour, good action, serious tone. This is a smaller scale more personal tale than a big destruction filled world at stake movies that the genre has become


The Wolverine [DVD]
The Wolverine [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: £7.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, unlike most other superhero movies, 10 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Wolverine [DVD] (DVD)
Great movie, perfect amount of humour, good action, serious tone. This is a smaller scale more personal tale than a big destruction filled world at stakemovie that the genre has become


Fantastic Four - Volume 1: New Departure, New Arrivals
Fantastic Four - Volume 1: New Departure, New Arrivals
by Matt Fraction
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new start, 7 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I haven't read much of Fantastic Four over the year.

Since this was a fresh new place to start i figured why not.

Story is good with the family taking to Space to educate their Kids with some first hand experience and art is equally good.

This book also features the first 3 issues of the new FF, while i am familiar with the Fantastic Four characters the new FF feature kne i've never read before but there was something special anout it which has me ready to order the next FF TPB.


Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection
Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection
by Marvel Comics
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £125.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 'bub, 7 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Received this today. It's a monster of a book. Absolutely huge.

It Comes in it's own dedicated box with artwork, which surrounds the hard slipcover (same front art as the box) which contains the book itself.

The outside of the book features art printed on either side and are both scrumptious. This is printed on the book itself so is like the new format of the Marvel HC's and not like the old, which was plain black with a logo embossed on the front and surrounded by a glossy dust cover which has the art. It has a sewn binding.

The book contains lots of individual Wolverine stories that are presented in Chronological order, charting a portion of his journey through life.

Each of these stories has an introduction by various people involved with the character.

With the book being so large the art and text of the comics are all enlarged to accomadate, thankfully this is printed just as well as if it was the original smaller print.

Reading this in Bed is out of the question due to it's weight, you can sit it on your lap but isn't as comfortable as laying it somewhere flat and reading it like that. Again with the larger artwork you can read this relatively far away which is good.

If you didn't want to read the book itself (why wouldn't you) there is a digital copy of the interior stories for you to read on various devices.

The only bad thing to be said is that the digital copy included is on a leaflet on the first page. With the book being so delicious looking it would've been good to have the code slip in the dedicated box so one can leave the book in it's shrink wrap for collectible purposes.

All in all this is a magnificent book and something i hope is a new format for Marvel.

I'd love to see a Spider-Man Collection cataloguing some of his most iconic stories or a DnA Cosmic Collection charting their run on Cosmic Marvel from 2008-2010 or a Cyclops Collection, which would be excellent as his character has changed the most over the years.


The Amazing Spider-Man (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
The Amazing Spider-Man (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Andrew Garfield
Price: £6.81

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best superhero movies so far. (SPOILERS), 9 Aug 2012
I judge it to be the second best spider-man movie so far and amongst if not the best superhero movie yet.

To me it encaptulates everything a superhero movie should be and everything a perfect spider-man movie should have... pain, loss, heroism, love, courage, romance, suffering, comedy, action, a kick ass costume, friendship, responsibility & a badass villain.

i still like the previous films, and am a huge spidey fan, but this film does everthing those films did right and does everything right that those films did wrong. from webshooters, to the way Spidey moves, to his pain and loss, it handles all the elements in perfect balance.

i understand and agree with the AICN reviewer who said this film handles relationships better than all other superhero films as this is a film that has a superb supporting cast and the relationships and hardships touch you as they are more relatable.

Near enough everything is a PRO from me, there are one or two things that could've been different for the better, but very few.

STORY

I knew i loved this film before Spider-Man even showed up, as it handled the story of Peter Parker and his friends and loved ones so brillaintly. "The Untold Story" remains untold but it's seeds have been planted and there is an air of mystery surround Peter, his powers (why he survived when others didn't) and his Father.

The surprise and struggle to understand and control his new abilites provided great comedic and strugglesome moments, those were definatley a highlight.

As for the mask coming off there was only one scene where it didn't feel right, that was where he was walking throough the High School as Spider-man without his mask looking for Lizard, any lingering studen or teacher could've seen him. all other times where where people couldn't seee his face or that scene with the kid to help him

When Uncle Ben died i saw it coming, probably everyone familiar with Spider-Man saw it coming but even though it wasn't a surprise it still shocked, I was very saddened at the death of Captain Stacy too as i loved his character and wished him to remain for the sequel, in fact these are one of the best things about this film is delivers on the great contradiction of Spider-Man, being Spider-Man means personal loss and death for Peter's loved ones, it's the price he pays. one of the other key things that made this film so good and well made was the supporting cast and characters...

CHARACTERS

Andrew Garfield IS Peter Parker, where as Tobey played Peter as a throwback to the '60s gee-wiz aww-shucks Peter, Garfield is a modern more streetwise version of Peter.

Spider-Man is a different character to Peter, not just in costume but in attitude, handled excellently, the way he moves is like the train sequence from SM2 just all the time. He is not invincble, he takes his licks and carries on. THIS is what makes him a hero, the persisttance, Spider-Man didn't emerge in this film truly until after he saved that kid and realized that if he weren't there that kid would've died, This is the moment that Peter gave birth to a character and job that would change his life forever.

Lizard, Lizard to me has been the second best Spider-Man villain on the big screen after Doc Ock. his design was great, the only thing not amazing was his face, but i don't think it could've gone too much diffrent either way and still worked, i'd have like his voice to be deeper and more different than Connors. i LOVED his plan, ti's such a comic book villain plan, to transform everyone to a creatue like him could've and maybe was (not sure) lifted straight out of the comics.

Uncle Ben was very funny and Sheen played him brilliantly.

Aunt May's concern for Peter was another plus and Sally Field did a great Job with this role.

Gwen's burgeoning love for Peter as the film progressed was enjoyable and she wasn't just there to be captured and bait for Spider-Man, annother plus.

Rhys Ifans played the egotisical scientist turned mad scientist brilliantly.

Captain Stacy played the hard-nosed cop out to get Spider-man with ease and although this changed when Peter revealed himslef to be Spider-Man it made me love his character for the realism of the dramatic change one would have if they found out someone they knew or cared about was in the frame.

Even Flash was handled excellently as the bully turned friend with a Spidey fanboy emerging.

VERDICT:

10/10

Best Spider-Man film (to me) and my favourite superhero movie at this moment, near enough everything worked and fell into place with perfection, can't wait to see it again and the sequels


LEGO Super Heroes 6866: Wolverine's Chopper Showdown
LEGO Super Heroes 6866: Wolverine's Chopper Showdown
Offered by corgi-paradise
Price: £67.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfect!!!!!!, 9 April 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Brilliant set...

Pros:
Vehicles - the Helicopter is excellent, it has a really solid build, easy access (via removal of roofs) to access the cockpit and troop transport areas, the rotor is very stable and the blades too are quite solid and very playable.
The Colour is ace too, a blood red that looks great.

The Motorcycle is also very cool, more maneuverable than Captain America's one.

Minifigures: Magneto 10/10, Deadpool 10/10 and Wolverine 8/10 are all excellent i love them to pieces. Both Magneto and Wolverine have double sided heads with alternate expressions. I love Magneto's helmet.

All the figures are very Comic accurate.

Cons:
The only cons is the Wolverine minifigure which lacks his mask and he holds the claws, i feel it would have been better for them to slide onto the hand peg and plug into the arm so it appears they are on his forehand rather than in his hands

Summary:
10/10 set from me, buy it!!!

I hope this is the first of many Marvel Comic sets...

Some Ideas:
X-Men - Blackbird
X-Men - Danger Room
X-Men - X-Mansion
X-Men - Weapon X Escape
Spider-Man - Daily Bugle
Spider-Man - Horizon Labs
Fantastic Four - Fantasticar
Fantastic Four - Baxter Building
Nova and other Cosmic Characters
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Sucker Punch (Incl. Extended Cut) [Blu-ray + DVD] [2011] [Region Free]
Sucker Punch (Incl. Extended Cut) [Blu-ray + DVD] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Emily Browning
Offered by indigogirl18
Price: £19.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action & Drama - a great mix of both with a story that can be interpreted differently, 23 Sep 2011
I loved this film. Some people may not say its deep but i think it is, if the story of Baby Doll and the girls in a dingy Asylum was filmed at face value it would be over quickly and be a different genre, Going into the other realities gives the quest for the items needed for their escape more excitement.

The film starts off very emotional, gets actiony during and when it comes towards the end i was genuinely shocked at the change in tone and story.

I think this was a great blend of Action & Drama, as the film progressed i got somewhat bored by the jumping in and out of action scenes, but at exactly the right time it brought back the drama to really give the punch of the film.

Another reviewer said: "Sucker Punch isn't a film to be simply watched. Like many works of art it has to be experienced"

I agree whole-heartedly with this statement, i walked away from this film not thinking about the hotness of the actresses or the action scenes but 'thinking' about how the events of the film played out in the real world, and thats when i realized it was a unique and thought-provoking film.

The music and effects were handled excellently, acting was good and the story is one that would make you think afterword and make a repeat viewing click things into place.

If i had to describe this film in one word it'd be 'Unique'. Unique visuals and unique story.

This is tuly a unique movie, if your expecting hot girls fighting you do get that but there is so much more if you leave your pre-conceptions at the door and let the film draw you in to a multi-faceted story of three realities that makes you question reality and which YOU like to believe is right for you.


Ultimate Comics Spider-Man - Volume 2: Chameleons
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man - Volume 2: Chameleons
by Sara Pichelli Brian M Bendis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great continuations of UC Spider-man, 1 Jun 2011
Just like the last Paperback this one has fantastic artwork that really sells the fun feel of the storyline.

In this volume, our main character is replaced by a "Chameleon" that takes over and proceeds to mess with Pete's life, There is a funny interaction between Spider-Girl and Johnny Storm, which i cant wait to continue.

Former X-Girl Kitty Pryde experiences a very dramatic bit of anti-mutant bandwagon-ing by the US government after Magneto's Ultimatum wave has made Mutants hated across the world and Rick Jones makes an appearance as a teen with some unique growing pains.

I had so much fun reading this book and it continues to be one of my favorite comics put out by Marvel.


LEGO®Pirates of the Caribbean 4182 : The Cannibal Escape
LEGO®Pirates of the Caribbean 4182 : The Cannibal Escape
Offered by The Daily Brick
Price: £44.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Top POTC Sets!, 1 Jun 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a fantastic set from one of the most iconic scenes of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

The Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Cannibals are all great minifigures.

Both Jack Sparrow and Will Turner have double-sided heads with different expressions, Jack in his cannibal face paint is excellent, will has a new tied-back hairpiece and a cool sheath to carry his sword. The cannibals are well detailed and look exactly like they do in the game.

The playability of the entire set is great as you can re-enact different parts of the scenes on Pelagosto island, you have the roasting pit to "cook" Jack or Will, the bone cage (with a chain to lower and rise) to place captured minifigures, you could likely fit at most 3 minifigures inside, and my favorite part & very detailed and well designed part the Cannibal Chief Throne.

The only bad points about the set would be perhaps to have had another cannibal minifigure, Gibbs, the "port royal" dog or a Bow for one of the cannibals (they each come with a spear).

All in all this is a brilliant set and easily in the top 3 of the line so far.


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