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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

captain-america-the-winter-soldier-title_25Yes, of course, I’ve been waiting to see this movie from the moment they announced it was going to be made.  Captain America (Chris Evans) is easily my favorite Avenger, apologies to the very hot Hawkeye.  Prior to seeing the first Captain America movie I hadn’t read a comic or seen a cartoon with this character, but after viewing I was completely a fan.  You see the reason I like Captain America more than other heroes is that he doesn’t fit the trend.  There are just too many, fast wheeling, irresponsible guys who suddenly have a great tragedy befall them then they grow up and become super.  Think Iron Man, Green Hornet, Thor, etc.  Then you have the born supers, Wonder Woman and Superman.  But Captain America, he was just a kid from Brooklyn.  He had hero qualities even before the serum; it just enabled him to be able to use them on a grander scale.

Anyway back to the movie.  I’ve seen several places where people have written that this was the movie that Captain America deserved, basically dissing the first movie.  I’ll correct them; this definitely was the sequel he deserved.  Without the first movie laying the groundwork, and still excellent in its own right, the sequel wouldn’t have meant anything.

Of course I’m not going to spoil it for you but I will tell you some of the reasons why this movie is probably my favorite Marvel sequel to date.

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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Movies, Reviews

 

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The Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio) – 2nd Movie of 2014

PirateRadioPosterHave you ever watched a movie and the whole time you are thinking, “Why didn’t someone make me watch this before now?”, and then when you finish it you wonder if it’s too soon to watch it again? That’s how I feel about Pirate Radio (originally titled The Boat that Rocked).  Seriously.  I don’t know if it’s because of the cast, the music, or the fact that people are thumbing their nose at convention, but I’m seriously in love.

Set in 1966, Pirate Radio is a fictional retelling of a time period when rock-n-roll didn’t rule the airwaves, well not in Britain anyway.  British radios stations could play very little of it and  the only way you could hear more it was from one of the many “pirate” radio stations housed aboard ships in the North Sea.  As much as the government wanted to they hadn’t quite devised a way to shut them down so they played what they wanted.  The ship this movie focuses on is Radio Rock, ran by Quentin played by the ultra-suave Bill Nighy.  Radio Rock is staffed 24/7 by a varied and somewhat motley crew of DJs including The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Simon (Chris O’Dowd), Dave (Nick Frost), and others.

On the other side is the British government intent on taking down Radio Rock and the other pirate stations, because, of course, rock music is evil, anti-establishment, and all that.  Hired by Sir Alistair Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh), Mr. Twatt (Jack Davenport), feel free to giggle, devises many different schemes to dismantle radio freedom.

The movie doesn’t technically have a main character, although the story tends to be presented from the view of “Young” Carl (Tom Sturridge). Carl is a 17 year old boy who is sent to Radio Rock by his mother after he is expelled from school to spend some time with his godfather Quentin.  It’s a coming of age time not only for him but seemingly everyone on the boat.  This movie is not just about the fight to bring music to the masses, but the changes they all go through, both on and off the air.  They find love, or lust, their voice, their purpose, and the play some damn fine music.

It’s hard to convey why I love this movie so much. I think the biggest thing is character investment.  There are just so many different personalities and it doesn’t take long for you to forget they are actors and think of them as people, some of which you wouldn’t mind having as friends.  It also blends the seriousness of the fight with a nice feel good atmosphere.  The highs aren’t too high and the lows are just enough to hit home without depressing the hell out of you.

Now this movie is not without flaws.  There are many glowing anachronisms, particularly if you are an audiophile or a history buff and parts of the movie requires some suspension of disbelief.  But you know, who cares, this movie isn’t about as much about accuracy as it is the experience, the feelings, and to illustrate what can happen not only when you are passionate and believe in something but also when you are brave, or crazy enough to stand up for it.

Long live rock-n-roll.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Movies, Reviews

 

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