Captain America and his mighty shield……… Review for Captain America:The Winter Soldier

Captain Ameria: The Winter Soldier

 

By Michael Alvarez
I highly recommend this film….

There is no way around this, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great film. YES I LOVED IT. Considering we do not always have the opportunity to watch a Superhero film with a perfect blend of cinematography, writing and a superb cast. If that is not enough, another point to consider is the fact that CA:TWS truly bridges all fims in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Phase 2 along with ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”. So if you are a true Marvel fan like I am, you will be happy to know that it pay’s off to watch the show.
I must remind you that making an entertating film based on a comic book is no easy feat, with that said…….
The filmakers effectively use the source material as a story board and with the help of a great cast bring The Comic Book to life. Anthony and Joseph Russo worked off an exellent script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely based Ed Brubaker’s instant classic series “Captain America:The Winter Soldier” published by Marvel Comics. Its a great story filled with plot twists, with an extensive web of deceit, hardcore action, laughs and also with so many surprises even the fan boys won’t know what hit them. I see it as an Espioange film with an occasional Superhero or two.
Anthony & Joseph Russo are at the top of their game making their first Action film. Managing to keep us glued to our seats throughout entire film. It also helps that the Russo brother’s are coming off “The Community” which ad libs most of its dialogue during the shooting its episodes. This is a great thing because it lets the actors be free and creative making for a better performance. Especially with a cast like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford.
Cinematography in the film is something to boast about considering camera work is often over shadowed by glitzy special effects. It is refreshing to know the film makers did not solely depend on special effects to tell the story. In the opening of the film there is a fantastic fight scequence between Captain America, his shield and a wanted terrorist. Not only was the fight sequence nicely choreographed with a combination of kicks and the Shield but so was the camera work shooting the sequnce was also very well choreographed. Its not easy getting the right angle during a perfect kick and many of you are not aware that the cameras on a film set run on high wires and a pull track like that of a Train tracks and controling those devices is an art by it self. Again because of the experience of directing “The Community” and shooting with Hand Held Cameras add a realistic touch to the action sequences. Plus its great to see a montage of scenes backed by a little music, just saying….
The film takes place two years after New York City was invaded by the Chitauri in The Avengers…. Captain America is now living in Washington DC and a full time operative with Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D taking down bad guys. Steve Rogers aka Captain America is still adjusting to life in the 21st Century. Steve is doing what he can to adjust to his new life from jogging, making new friends and building a music list with the likes of Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man” to the theme of “Rocky II” by Bill Conti. Steve is also avoiding blind date suggestions from his new partner Natsha Romanoff aka The Black Widow. I guess that is what makes Captain America such a great character, he makes saving the world look so easy but has such a though time trying to belong to it. Other highlights of the film are the mysterious Nick Fury as we saa what a BAD-ASS he truly is. We also get an in depth look and history of the infamous organization of S.H.I.E.L.D and how Howard and Tony Stark are connect to the organization.
As I mentioned earlier for those loyal fans of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, you are in for a treat. Not only do we learn why Nick Fury has been avoiding Agents Colson phone calls and for “being off the grid” but we also get a glimpse at a direction the show might take, I can only hope….. Lets not forget about Captain America and the course his life must take when confronting tradegies from his past…. Hold on I have a better idea I think you will better enjoy the film if you just go watch climatic film and see what I am all exited about.
Also don’t forget to stay and watch both the Mid and Post credit scenes teasing Avengers 2…….

 

 

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™ Swings onto Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD with UltraViolet™ on Friday, November 9th

I would please like to begin by saying “The Amazing Spiderman” is truly a work of ART!  Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful that Sam Raimi was able to bring his vision of Spiderman to life but however it does not compare to Marc Webb‘s “The Amazing Spiderman”.   The Marc Webb production is far superior from casting Andrew Garfield in the title role to the 3D Special Effects.

Few fun facts you should know if you have not seen the film yet.

1. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield were romantically linked when shooting the Film making the loves scenes a bit more intense and believeble.

2. Andrew Garfield  was a Gymnist growing up. 

3. Mr. Garfield performed most of his own stunts in the film.  Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman was more on a Wire/Harness than CGI, that is why there are many scenes of Spiderman unmasked.

The Camera work and the 3D special effects are outstanding!  For a moment I thought the Antenna on the Empire State Building was going to hit me in of the the awesome 3D scenes.

It is very safe to say the The Amazing Spiderman is a SPECTACULAR film that you will love to watch over and over again!!!

THIS IS A MUST OWN!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the best Spider-Man yet.  A brilliant reimagining of an epic franchise. 

I can’t wait to see it again.– Marlow Stern, Newsweek

 

Emma and Andrew are wonderful together.” –Carrie Keagan, VH1

 

$700 Million Worldwide Box Office Hit Swings onto

Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD with UltraViolet on Friday, November 9th

 

Directed by Marc Webb

Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone

 

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

 

Loaded with Hours of Bonus Features, Including

90 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries, Deleted Scenes,
Audio Commentary, and More

 

Blu-ray Exclusive “Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App” Featuring Full Movie Sync Option with Director’s Notebook Including Additional Interviews, Pre-Visualization Sequences, Production Timeline, and More

 

Blu-ray 3D Disc Exclusive Bonus Content Includes Interactive

3D 101 with Marc Webb and 3D Scene Progression Reel

 

 

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (September 4, 2012) – One of themost beloved and iconic super heroes of all time reemerges in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN,debuting on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD, and a Limited Edition Gift Set with collectible Spider-Man and Lizard figurines, all with UltraViolet, on Friday, November 9th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Presented forthe first time in at-home 3D, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN tells the story of teenage Peter Parker, who grapples with both high school and amazing super-human crises as his alter-ego Spider-Man battles The Lizard. Directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN stars Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, and Emma Stone (The Help) as Gwen Stacy. The film also features Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. The Lizard, Denis Leary (TV’s “Rescue Me”) as Captain Stacy, Campbell Scott (TV’s “Damages”) as Richard Parker, and Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire) as Rajit Ratha. Rounding out the all-star cast are Martin Sheen (TV’s “The West Wing”) as Uncle Ben and two-time Academy Award® winner for Best Actress, Sally Field (Norma Rae, 1979; Places in the Heart, 1984), as Aunt May.

 

 

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes with three discs:

  • Disc one is a Blu-ray containing the feature film, as well as the “Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App,” which can be used with the Sony Tablet™ S, Xperia Tablet™ S and iPad. The App syncs with the film as it plays in “Timeline” mode and features “Production” mode allowing users to “sling” content from their tablets to the TV screen for a greater and more interactive HD experience. Content includes interviews, storyboards, concept art, pre-visualization sequences, stunt rehearsals, and more.
  • Disc two is a Blu-ray featuring 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes documentaries, taking viewers behind the scenes of the development and direction of the film, casting, costumes, location shoots, visual effects, and more.
  • Disc three is a DVD that includes the feature film, as well as stunt rehearsals and deleted scenes, The Oscorp Archives, an image gallery featuring production art stills, and audio commentary with director Marc Webb, and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

 

 

 

In addition to the three discs of content in the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains a fourth disc featuring the film in 3D.  Exclusive to the Blu-ray 3D is also an image progression reel and the “3D 101 with Marc Webb” featurette, providing a look at the 3D techniques used for the film and allowing viewers to toggle through three scenes from the film at different levels of 3D. The Limited Edition Gift Set, available at select retailers, comes with collectible Spider-Man and Lizard figurines, in addition to the 4-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack.

 

Synopsis

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™ is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May(Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. When Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

 

 

Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was directed by Marc Webb from the screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves, and a story by James Vanderbilt. Stan Lee, Kevin Feige and Michael Grillo served as executive producers, with Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach as producers.

 

 

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Special Features:

Disc 1: 2D Blu-ray feature film

Special Features:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App, including interviews, storyboards, alternate takes, costume tests, pre-visualization sequences and more.  Allows you to “sling” content from your tablet to the TV.

Disc 2: 2D Blu-ray featuring 90 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries, including:

o   Development and Direction

o   Casting

o   Costumes

o   On Location: LA

o   On Stage: Sony Studios

o   On Location: NY

o   Post Production and Release

  •  16 Pre-Visualization Sequences

Disc 3: DVD feature film

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Filmmaker Audio Commentary
  • The Oscorp Archives – Production Art Gallery
  • Stunt Rehearsals

 

Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack Special Features:

All of the 3-Disc Combo Pack Special Features plus…

Disc 1: 3D Blu-ray

  • 3D versions of the film
  • 3D 101 with Director Marc Webb
  • 3D Image Progression Reel

Disc 2: 2D Blu-ray feature film

Disc 3: 2D Blu-ray featuring 90 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries

Disc 4: DVD feature film

 

Limited Edition Gift Set Special Features:

All of the 4-Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Special Features plus…

  • Collectible Amazing Spider-Man Figurine
  • Collectible Lizard Figurine

The Amazing Spider-Man has a running time of 136 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.

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Fiding Nemo 3D in Theater September 14th.

 

 

 

 

FINDING NEMO (In Disney Digital 3D™)

DISNEY•PIXAR

 

Genre:                                                                                  Animation/Comedy/Adventure

Rating:                                                                                  G

U.S. Release Date:                                           September 14, 2012 (theatrical) / December 4, 2012 (home entertainment)

Voice Talent:                              Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton, Elizabeth Perkins

Directed by:                                                       Andrew Stanton

Co-Directed by:                                                                Lee Unkrich

Produced by:                                                     Graham Walters

Executive Produced by:                                John Lasseter

Original Story by:                                              Andrew Stanton

Screenplay by:                                                  Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds

Music by:                                                                             Thomas Newman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award®-winning film “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen for the first time ever in thrilling Disney Digital 3D. In this stunning underwater adventure teeming with memorable comedic characters and heartfelt emotion, “Finding Nemo” follows the momentous journey of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould). When the two are unexpectedly separated in the Great Barrier Reef, Nemo is carried far from his ocean home and deposited in a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

 

Notes:

 

  • “Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, and was nominated for Original Screenplay, Original Score and Sound Editing. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical.
  • Andrew Stanton won the Oscar® for directing “Finding Nemo,” and won a second Academy Award® for directing “WALL•E” (2008).
  • Lee Unkrich made his solo directorial debut with “Toy Story 3,” for which he won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature in 2011.
  • At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. It remains the fifth highest grossing animated film worldwide.
  • Ellen DeGeneres was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.
  • In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made.

 

 

Pixar Animation Studios’ classic “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™, introducing a new generation of family audiences to Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould), Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) and an ocean of beloved characters.

 

AFTER CONQUERING THE WORLD BOX OFFICE, THE RECORD-BREAKING SUPER HERO ACTIONER TAKES ON SPACE 220 MILES ABOVE EARTH

 

“MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS” TO SCREEN FOR CREW OF

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

 

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AFTER CONQUERING THE WORLD BOX OFFICE, THE RECORD-BREAKING SUPER HERO ACTIONER TAKES ON SPACE 220 MILES ABOVE EARTH

 

Burbank, CA  (May 31, 2012) – Marvel Studios announced today that they arranged with NASA to transfer their record-breaking blockbuster film “Marvel’s The Avengers” to NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, which will uplink the film to the International Space Station (ISS), currently orbiting 220 miles above Earth. The film will then be screened for the space station crew’s exclusive enjoyment.

This screening continues Marvel’s collaboration with NASA, which began during principal photography of “Marvel’s The Avengers” when the film shot at the Space Power Facility at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.  

Louis D’Esposito, Marvel Studios’ Co-President and Executive Producer of  “Marvel’s The Avengers,” says, “The studio is privileged to share ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ with those up in space exploring the universe.  A special thanks goes to NASA for utilizing their incredible technology to make this special screening miles above us in space happen.  It is a screening that would make Tony Stark envious.”

Films, books, and music offer important aspects of psychological support for astronauts on long-duration missions, such as those on the International Space Station (ISS). “These are the types of things that help to keep the crew connected to home, which is a huge morale boost while being away for long periods of time,“ said Dan Cook, Psychological Support Coordinator with Wyle, a contractor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Aside from watching movies and television shows, ISS crewmembers have a number of options for their leisure and personal time, such as reading books or magazines, listening to music, and playing musical instruments.

The current space station mission is Expedition 31 and has a six-member crew consisting of 2 NASA Astronauts, 1 European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut, and 3 Russian (RU) Cosmonauts as follows: Don Pettit (NASA), Joe Acaba (NASA), Andre Kuipers (ESA), Oleg Kononenko (RU), Gennady Padalka (RU), Sergei Revin (RU)

For more details about Expedition 31, check out the main NASA page: 

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition31/index.html

About Marvel’s The Avengers

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. 

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, directed by Joss Whedon, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, now that “Marvel’s The Avengers” have assembled.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, The film has already broken various international and domestic box office records, and now boasts the highest opening weekend box office ever domestically after earning an amazing $207.4MM within the first 3 days of release in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS DOMESTIC DEBUT SETS ALL-TIME INDUSTRY RECORD AT $200.3 MILLION; FILM GROSSES $641.8 MILLION GLOBALLY!

 

 

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS DOMESTIC DEBUT SETS ALL-TIME INDUSTRY RECORD AT $200.3 MILLION; FILM GROSSES $641.8 MILLION GLOBALLY

 

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers posted an estimated $200.3 million in its domestic debut May 4-6, shattering previous records and positioning the film as the highest-grossing domestic debut of all time. The film’s cumulative global box office gross is an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.

In just three days, Marvel’s the Avengers is the fastest movie to reach $200 million domestically. The domestic debut kicked off Friday, May 4 and marks the second highest single day take of all time at $80.5 million. Saturday’s box office gross of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday take of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel’s The Avengers a rare and perfect A+ CinemaScore.

 

 

Marvel’s The Avengers began opening internationally April 25 and crossed the $600 million mark globally May 6 after just 12 days in release.

International box office highlights include:

  • Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever
  • Opened May 5 in China with $17.4 million
  • Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines

 

Marvel’s The Avengers has now opened in all major markets except Israel, Poland, and Japan.

The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.

 

Marvel’s The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.