Posts Tagged ‘The Avengers’

Box Office Hell — May 18

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com
Marvel’s The Avengers |53.2|64.4|60.0|58.0|n/a
What to Expect When You’re Expecting|23.7|14.3|16.0|19.0|n/a
The Dictator |17.4|18.2|16.0|15.0|n/a
Dark Shadows |14.5|18.9|13.0|14.0|n/a

Critics Roundup — May 3

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Marvel’s The Avengers |Yellow||Yellow|Green|
First Position (limited) |||Green|Green|
The Perfect Family (limited) |||Yellow||
Last Call at the Oasis (limited) ||||Green|
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (limited) |Yellow||||
You Hurt My Feelings (ReRun Gastropub, Brooklyn) |||Green||

Box Office Hell — May 4

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com
Marvel’s The Avengers |158.0|171.8|155.0|160.0|170.0
Think Like a Man |9.0|10.3|10.0|9.0|9.0
The Pirates! Band of Misfits|6.7|7.4|6.5|6.5|6.3
The Hunger Games |6.0|7.1|7.5|7.0|6.5
The Five Year Engagement|5.6|6.4|n/a|6.0|5.7

Review: The Avengers

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Warning: Potentially minor spoilers here, but nothing that should ruin anything for you. Still, if you want to be totally blind going in, come back after you’ve seen it.

Comic geeks can collectively sigh with deep relief: Joss Whedon has taken their beloved Avengers and given them back a well-directed, action-packed, brilliantly written film. Note that I say “film” and not “movie,” a distinction I don’t always make with genre films, but it’s worth making the point here that The Avengers is not just action-explosion-capes-and-tights-and-muscles popcorn fare. If you are a Marvel fan, a fan of The Avengers, and a fan of Joss Whedon’s style of writing-directing, you are pretty much guaranteed to walk out of The Avengers feeling supremely satisfied. I don’t know that it’s definitively “the greatest superhero ever” but it comes pretty damn close for me, particularly for the Marvel properties.

This is a smart, well-crafted superhero fare that’s worthy of its source material, while taking advantage of adapting to film to enhance its storytelling. And you might argue that the superhero bar was never very high to begin with, but Whedon certainly raises it here. While he doesn’t frame his shots with quite the meticulous frame-by-frame, religiously adherent comic panel precision Zack Snyder used in The Watchmen, Whedon brings a crisp, brisk, graphic novel feel to The Avengers in the composition of shots and especially the use of light and shadow, while maintaining a flow and energy Watchmen sometimes lacked. And before any of you rabid Marvel fans jump down my throat, I’m not trying to piss anyone off here by comparing Avengers to a DC adaptation. It’s just a reference to the composition of shots, and Whedon’s obvious love of the comic genre, not a debate about Marvel vs DC. (But for the record? Marvel, of course. No contest.)

Review-ish: The Avengers

Monday, April 30th, 2012

It’s mighty… mediocre.

There isn’t anything BAD about the film. On the flip side, the only thing I took away as remotely memorable was Joss Whedon’s rendition of The Hulk.

Downey does his Iron schtick. Thor is a little looser, but still a bit of a stiff. Sam Jackson has never really been this uninteresting. Paltrow, in brief appearances, is better as the cat who has already eaten the canary. And the earth-bound Avengers, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye are really stranded through much of the film, victims of bringing dull knives to a CG gun fight.

The opening sequence with Natasha Romanoff is meant to be edgy and dark and non-CG-surprising in a heavily CG movie, but we’ve seen this scene literally hundreds of times, 95% of the time shot better. Of course, the fantasy of it being Scarlett Johansson letting herself being smacked around before giving it back 10x harder… well, I guess that is a geek orgasm. (I prefer thinking it was just spilled Coke on the floor.)

But hey… it was fine. Whedon remains a much better writer than a director, though this film has endless passages of talking that seem to do nothing but fill the running time with the cheap content of actors talking on a set. And I have no idea what Marvel obsession there is with massive ships that fly over cities and have little value to the story until the countdown to a crash begins. But, whatever.

For me, the ONLY thing I feel any compulsion to see again in this film is Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and, again, Whedon’s take on The Hulk… basically the take that this comic book loving kid felt was the most natural I’ve seen on film. Perhaps it was only a real option because The Hulk was not counted on to move the story, but I would happily pay to see Whedon’s Hulk movie with Ruffalo. The understanding of power and rage and intellect really, really works.

On the other hand, the adversaries in this film really, really suck. It’s petty motivation and not well defined and in the end, it’s another endless storm of faceless, characterless machines (or whatever the hell they were) wreaking havoc.

It was fun to recognize Powers Booth and Jenny Agutter in little roles. It was fun to see director Jerzy Skolimowski (here in a DP/30) hamming it up. It was amusing to see Cobie Smulders in Sue Richards’ uniform from Fantastic Four, her primary superpower seemingly the ability to stay incredibly skinny. And honestly, the great Harry Dean Stanton turning up was a little painful. He didn’t seem well.

All that said… it was okay. It’s probably the best of the Marvel-made Marvel movies, though I prefer Captain America up until the very end (which, after messing up that ending, is not really in this film as it is in CA, as I recall it) and I get why Iron Man is so beloved, even if I was turned off by some bad directing and the shocking lack of a character arc. But Whedon does deliver the Marvel Universe and it feels fresh enough.

Very much defining this movie is the Captain America character, who remains strong and focused in spite of mocking by Stark… Evans is really quite good in the role. But… so what? In the end, this is a movie about the mechanics. Cool suit, cool hammer, big green. Lots of stuff to break. I’d be interested in the Xavier/Magneto relationship of ideas between Stark and Rogers… but there is only time to glimpse it here. I’d be interested in S.H.I.E.L.D. as a player… but only a glimpse of it here. Johnasson is actually quite good in her role… but it is just not that much of a role.

The only thing that stuck, for me, was Hulk. And really, because it was the first time we’ve seen a CG Hulk that had a little joy to him. And Ruffalo is a great brooder, so getting into the levels of emotion around that character, with Whedon writing, could be a joy. Meanwhile, the pure pleasure of id displayed here is very quick to stick.

The one other action sequence that should have been great was not because the motivations made no sense…. when Iron Man and Thor go at it.

So I’m not calling out everyone giving it a pass. Some of the enthusiasm seems a little ratcheted up by all the hype and the Whedon lust (welcome to his first hit movie), but I’d have to go red on the Tomato rating too. It’s fine. It is what it appears to be.

I just wish it was actually a really good, memorable summer Movie Movie. And it’s not. It doesn’t suck, but it’s not One Of Those.

In the world of mega-movies, we have five more shots this summer. Battleship, Men in Black 3, Prometheus, Amazing Spidey, and TDKR. If 2 of them are great Movie Movies, I will be very, very happy.

The Art of The Avengers

Monday, April 23rd, 2012



BURBANK, CALIF. (April 23, 2012) — Marvel Studios announced today that Gallery1988 in Hollywood, Calif., will mount a show of art inspired by the Marvel Super Heroes featured in the highly anticipated, summer event movie “Marvel’s The Avengers.” 

The show, sponsored by Visa Signature, will run through the film’s opening weekend, from May 3 through May 6, 2012. Gallery1988, which opened in 2004, is known worldwide for its dedication to showcasing pop culture art. The show will feature the work of popular artists, including Dave Perillo, Rhys Cooper, Scott Campbell, Luke Chueh, Ken Garduno, Kiersten Essenpreis and NC Winters, among others. For more information about the show visit:

“Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime— is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. 

In “Marvel’s The Avengers” the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). 

An exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects,  “Marvel’s The Avengers” is from Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” will be released on May 4, 2012.

About Gallery1988
Gallery1988, opened in 2004, is the world’s #1 destination for pop culture art. With its roots in Los Angeles, its opening night receptions have seen upwards of 2,000 attendees and overnight lines of almost 30 hours. They’ve created art shows like Crazy 4 Cult, where 100 artists create pieces inspired by classic cult films, and worked with luminaries like Stan Lee, Beastie Boys, Weird Al Yankovic and JJ Abrams to create art shows, packed with affordable paintings and prints, all based around the influence they’ve had on emerging artists. Gallery1988 has also partnered with companies like Paramount Pictures, ABC, Disney, Mattel, Sony and FunnyOrDie to utilize “artvertising,” a method coined by G1988 to create organic, heartfelt advertising using the 1000’s of artists within their network. They shaped and produced a final season marketing campaign for the TV show “LOST” that was deemed “marketing genius” by Entertainment Weekly. Everything Gallery1988 has to offer can be seen at or at their Hollywood and Venice locations.

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  Super Hero(es) is a co-owned registered trademark.

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Trailering The Avengers

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Trailer: The Avengers

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

I get a very “Iron Man & The Avengers Take NY” vibe from this.

And how ’bout those exploding cars! Did Emmerich or JJ have some leftover footage to sell them?

Fine as a teaser. Looks like a slightly more animated version of the photo releases.

New Avengers Photos… AYOC! (Add Your Own Caption)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

First Look at The Avengers From Captain America

Friday, July 29th, 2011

A Little Comic-Con So Far …

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The Avengers

The Avengers make their poster debut.  Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America and Iron Man.




The trailer for Steven Soderberg’s Haywire, with MMA’s Gina Carano as a badass special agent who gets betrayed, left for dead and then goes hunting.  Bourne again – chick style.  

Click here for the trailer here.


Guillermo del Toro on himself
“I think I’m an acquired taste. When I come here, it’s fantastic, but I don’t buy that illusion… I’m really a freak every place I go. I don’t quite fit in the independent scene, I don’t quite fit in the art scene, and I don’t fit in the Hollywood scene. I’m a weird, strange, fat motherfucker, and I plan to stay that way.”


The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Sony Animation reminds us about the wonders of animation – Aardman style. 

The trailer is here.



The red band trailer shows that hammers and nails aren’t just for construction any more. 

Click here for the trailer.


In Time

Justin Timberlake is In Time.  Four minutes of footage (click here) and a few new posters made their debut!



Jon Favreau talking about Cowboys & Aliens
“They go to see Transformers and they see a trailer for Cowboys & Aliens and they’re like no, cowboys and aliens, they don’t fight each other, it’s completely implausible, they didn’t exist at the same time. Alien robots turn into trucks, and that’s okay. But you get James Bond and, you know, Indiana Jones fighting aliens, we’ve crossed a line there.”


The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn Part I

The line up started on Tuesday for the Twilight Panel.  Clips of the Bella and Edward honeymoon.  Fans swoon.  Until it hits YouTube, here’s the trailer again.


The Amazing Spider Man

The trailer came out earlier this week.  – just in time for the Con.  Click here for the trailer.

The Avengers Make Their Poster Debut

Friday, July 22nd, 2011