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“Iron Man 3” pic – suit up!


The Avengers did pretty well at the box office this spring.  It’s as popular as Justin Bieber-flavoured dental braces would doubtless be, if some lunatic made them (idea copyrighted and trademarked, people, step away…).

Accordingly, phase two of Marvel’s ongoing “Avengers” project is in motion, with the justifiably emboldened folks at Marvel sharing with us the first proper set picture from “Iron Man 3” – which you can see above.

We’ve already had a few leaks and sneaky shots grabbed from the film’s shoot in North Carolina, which seemed to indicate the presence of Iron Patriot, which might worry those of us who don’t want to see “IM3” conclude with another mano-a-mano battle between dudes in suits.

I mean, I know that the premise of the character implies a certain amount of suit-bound butt-kicking, but it would be nice if splendid film maker and writing icon Shane Black found a smart way to resolve his story without having steel-on-steel fisticuffs saving the day.

We shall doubtless get to see the first teaser trailer for this threequel by the end of 2012, with the film rocking multiplexes and Repulsing box office records down on May 3, 2013…

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“Avengers” Assemble new trailer…

Is it the end of April yet?  No?  Oh well, I suppose that I’ll just have to make do with this new trailer for Joss Whedon‘s upcoming “Avengers” movie.

Hulk like trailer! Trailer full of Hulk Win! Hulk smash aliens good!

Of course, you’ll be noticing the odd title change that the film’s had in Europe – presumably so as not to convince the three people who went to see the ill-advised Ralph Fiennes/Uma Thurman “Avengers” movie back in 1998, the Marvel film is now “Avengers Assemble” in my neck of the global woods.

Well, at least they're not calling it "Super Happy Marvel Team Up Explosion", I suppose...

So, why not head over to our friends at The Mary Sue and get your face smacked up by the new hotness?  If you have Fan/Nerd/Geek Squee, prepare to unleash it.

Guys, what was that thing about Joss Whedon randomly killing us off for giggles?

Once you get past all of the urban combat stuff which looks neat but uncomfortably close to the mise-en-mayhem of Michael Benjamin Bay, there’s a bunch of new stuff in this trailer which had me air-punching and chuckling at the massive scale madness and the toys that Whedon has to play with.

Hawkeye, in the air, shooting arrows at suckers, like a boss...

There may well be a distinct lack of posting on April 26th, by way of an advanced heads-up – it appears that I’ll be too busy picking my jaw up off the floor to do much in the way of blogging…


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New “Avengers” trailer, anyone?

First things first – it’s in German.  So, if you’ve ever entertained the notion of Scarlett Johansson having an even huskier, European accent – your Christmas has arrived early.

For everyone else, there are a few different sequences herein than seen in the earlier teaser trailer – the aforementioned ScarJo meeting Mark Ruffalo in pre-Hulk mode is new.

Scarlett. What else do you need to know?

There’s also a good sense of how sensitive, thoughtful, character-centric geek auteur Joss Whedon gets down when given the opportunity to blow things up:

Stitch that, Michael Bay!

There’s some seriously nice eye-candy for most viewers of this trailer, whether your taste runs to hot Nordic dudes swinging their hammers:

Imagine a Captain Hammer vs Thor battle. Oh, the possibilities....

Or bad-ass captains of industry out for a night flight:

This is, I believe, the Mark 3,987 Iron Man suit. Give or take.

It’s all kinds of sweet, even when you can’t understand a bally word those nice German voice over actors are saying.

I won’t lie – I’m super-hyped for this one.

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Christmas Films for people who don’t like Christmas – “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”.

At this time of year it’s easy to forget that not everybody celebrates Christmas.  This could be due to your cultural or religious  identity.  It might be due to your personal circumstances.  You might, like me, be a miserable sod who hates false bonhomie, targeted marketing and the ‘Buy! Buy! Buy!’ advertising which infests many Western cultures from November 1st until the end of the year.

It’s inevitable that many of us will lock horns with Christmas at some point of the season, and to mitigate the annoyance which the Festive Season so often brings with it, I thought that I’d recommend some movies for you to escape into which don’t have much in the way of holiday cheer.

"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" - Iron Man and Iceman do Black Friday...

When it comes to movies which subvert the holidays and provide succour for the godless, Shane Black is very often my go-to guy.

Holly Jolly Mayhem for all the family

In the 1990’s, he was the proverbial Hot Hollywood Screenwriter, with credits which included “The Last Boy Scout” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight”.  If you’re saying  to yourself, “But Fluffrick, both of those movies were set at Christmas and used the Festive Season’s tropes subversively in an ironic counterpoint to Black’s clearly more cynical point of view on said cultural touchstones”, then gift yourself an iTunes download because you’re wholly correct.

Shane Black doesn’t like Christmas very much.  He doesn’t care for happy endings especially.  What he does like is down-and-out heroes achieving some form of personal redemption and foiling some awful plot against a backdrop of tinsel, reindeer and neo-noir grimness.

In “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, Black’s directorial debut, he weaves a complicated and eccentric tale of pulp crime novels, petty criminals, Hollywood royalty, Gay private eyes, Robocop knock offs and omniscient voice overs and delivers a fantastic, downbeat movie with very little in the way of Jolly Old St Nick and rather more in the way of corrupt Tinseltown players corrupting absolutely everything that they touch.

Robert Downey Jnr is glorious in it – he’s a wiry, too smart for his own good petty crook who accidentally gets to fly out to Hollywood to audition for a film role and find himself enmeshed in murder and a mystery from his past.  He’s more than ably matched by Val Kilmer, whose wit and charm in this film really makes you wish that he’d segue into character parts as his apparent real life eccentricity more would make him a shoe-in for indie fare.

Probably shouldn't look at his right hand. It's a spoiler...

The Los Angeles depicted in this film is largely predicated around the fringes of stardom and the hidden hands which expertly drive the entertainment business from without and hide its worst excesses from disapproving public view.  The sense that you get from this film is that Hollywood is clearly a place that you wouldn’t want to spend too much time in – if you don’t have a service to offer than be commoditized or exploited then you won’t last very long.

Downey’s character, Harry, is a disruptive influence in this all this.  He didn’t plan on being an actor, doesn’t quite know what he’s going to do with the opportunity and is compelled to forget all about it when Hollywood politics inject and  the larger mystery of his childhood friend Faith (Michelle Monaghan) and her labyrinthine familial issues presents itself and drives the plot forwards and sideways- ultimately, this is a ”sins of the fathers” story,  but the choices and presentation distinguishes it and saves it from being just another tale of murder in high society.

72.5% of random internet pervs are now Netflix streaming this film as you read this caption.

So, we’ve got a fantastic cast,  keen intelligence wielded lightly, a great sense of place, a winning mix of hearty chuckles, measured cynicism and bone-crunching violence, a plot which contrasts the optimism and shining lights of the holiday season with the broken lives and dimming aspirations of the Hollywood Party Set.  It’s a finely detailed and often non-linear take on the crime genre, which respects its audience to have their wits about them and follow Black as he weaves his tall tale.

It's one way to spend the holidays...

Sure, there are some issues to take into account – Downey Jnr and Michelle Monaghan as high school sweeties back in the day.  Sure… – and a sense that Kilmer’s character being gay is a neat way to chuck in the odd homophobic barb that he can casually swat away – but the overall picture is a splendid way to spend a couple of hours.

Put it on your (Not) Christmas list – you’ll be glad that you did.

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“Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows” reviews appearing


Den of Geek are on the fence.

Empire really quite likes it.

Total Film even likes it (What gives?)

I’m probably going to see Guy Ritchie’s second, bro-tastic take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective this weekend, as I remember really enjoying the first movie even though I can barely remember anything that happened in it (other than two-thirds of the running time seemingly being made up of slow-motion fighting).

Okay, it’s not as good as the current TV iteration, but then what could be?

Robert Downey Jnr is usually good value in whatever he’s appearing in and Jude Law is well…there (Which is nice).  I’m keen to see what Jared Harris does with the role of Moriarty, as any viewer of season one of “Fringe” will attest that he can do low-key villainy with no small degree of aplomb.

If those chaps are wearing steampunk goggles, I’m going to be at the cinema on opening weekend, let’s face it – I’m a simple soul.

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“The Avengers” trailer.

"The Avengers" trailer is here...and it's awesome.

Happy Tuesday, Geek/Nerd Nation.  The rumours were true and we have a lovely HD trailer for Joss Whedon’s forthcoming “Avengers” movie to enjoy.

Explosions? Oh yes.  Ms Johansson looking unflappable amidst a symphony of chaos and/or mayhem? Check. Robert Downey Jnr getting all the best damn lines?   You know it.

I’m a Whedon devotee, so I should recuse myself from comment but suffice is to say that this Marvel movie looks like an unending banquet of awesome sauce, served with wafers of fried gold and a complementary bottle of whup ass.

Nice Nine Inch Nails song, too.

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