Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

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After ten long years of setting up the story lines, Marvel has finally released it’s masterpiece. As I previously predicted, there was a danger of overshadowing certain primary characters, but in all, every character gets an antiquated amount of screen time. The film is set up in multiple story lines. With half our heroes on Titan and half the heroes on Earth facing the threats sent by Thanos in his attempt to get the Infinity Stones. It’s very interesting realizing how many of the protagonists of Marvel do not actually interact with one another, and by not interacting with the other forces of good, the story has a quicker pace. Less exposition.

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There are two things in this particular film that merit interest. Something I thought would occur, but I’m sure many fans of the franchise might not have thought of. There is a great deal of focus on Thanos as a character. He gets his own story arc, very much a kin to Milton’s Paradise Lost, or the 1993 film “Falling Down”, where as an audience we are shown his personality, his reasons, his motivations, we get to see the good in the villain who blindly believes that what he is doing is right. This was a common thing to show in movies of the 30’s and 40’s, but it’s something almost never shown these days. It further complicates the story in a way that makes much much more than a simple action movie. Previous Marvel films have shown the complexity of the heroes and only occasionally the villains (a prime example is Loki). It was refreshing to see something different and not as predictable in a comic book based film.

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The other, were the multiple story lines of the interacting heroes, like the one about Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Dr. Strange, or the one that follows Thor, Groot, and Rocket. Paring up characters that we might not have expected to work together, but the writers, and the actors totally pulled it off. With a great blend of humor and heroism.

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One thing that also breaks the cycle of many previous films of the MCU is that this is a film of consequence. We see strong consequences of the actions taken place. Many things were consequence free in the MCU, like the death of Coulson (brought back to like in the TV show “Agents of Shield”). But Infinity War shows in the harshest possible way how the consequences lead up to a completely unforgettable conclusion.

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Marie Mouroum, and Winston Duke in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

This film is definitely the stuff Myth is made from, and Infinity War is without a doubt one of the best films that Marvel has made thus far.

Excelsior!

Joe’s Random Movie Review: The subplot of “RoboCop” nobody talks about.

Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1987 film Robocop is still to this day one of the greatest science fiction/action films made so far. Long before our present day fascination with the post apocalyptic genre, this film showed us a run-down Dystopian future, all but controlled by corporations.

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Robocop as a protagonist is a symbol of corporate tech and good old fashioned justice. A hero, not machine, but not quite human either. Considering his personality and mannerisms, it truly shows the soul of him as a character. However, there’s an interesting point to be made here, a subplot, which was entirely ignored by the remake in 2014.

In the 1987 version, Alex Murphy, the police officer is flat out killed. Dead, and resurrected by OCP technicians as Robocop. But his memories of his previous life are virtually gone. Having brief recollections/hallucinations of old memories. Robocop is essentially a completely different character than we, the audience were introduced to in the beginning of the movie. This creates a character arc (which especially works in superhero films) of Robocop, both trying to discover who he is, as well as discovering who his previous identity was, and somehow developing a balance between the two. This culminates to the film’s ending, and the following sequels where he and those close to him refer to him simply as “Murphy”.

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The biggest mistake made by the remake was letting Alex Murphy keep his original identity. It was less about rediscovery and character arcs, and was more of growing pains stage in his recovery. This makes the remake Murphy less relate-able. The original had a hint of innocence in his outlook, where the remake still maintained a cynicism towards the world, as well as his predicament.

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Rediscovering ones identity is a tough thing to write in a script, but actor Peter Weller pulled it off greatly. Further including to the idea that not only was the original Robocop a terrific film, but contained within it, a great protagonist for the science fiction era, and adds an extra dimension to an already familiar character.

Joe’s Random Movie Review: How is Infinity War going to play out?

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Bear in mind I haven’t yet seen the film, so this is all guess work at this point.

This film has been on the way for the past ten years, with multiple films, sequels, and tv shows further expanding the Marvel universe. As such, this film has a lot to bring top fans, and has to have been written in a very careful way. One dangers that many movies have whenever they can a plethora of A-list actors is the risk of overshadowing or undermining any actors is a film this big. Similar to the star power used in David Lynch’s version of Dune. It would be a shame to see little screen time to our personal favorite hero as opposed to seeing too much of a character we care little for. This is were the careful writing comes in, so we can cross our fingers and hope for the best on that one. But in all fairness, they’ve had like ten years, so I think we’re good on that front.

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I personally think it would be interesting to see the villain Thanos as the primary character focused on. It would be interesting to say the least. I doubt it’ll go that way, but one can always hope.

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On the heroes, considering how certain individual characters, as well as individual groups had their own movies prior to Infinity War, it’ll be extremely interesting to see how well this plays on screen.

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Since they’re already working on the next Marvel films after this one, i think it’s safe to say that there may be an epic cliffhanger left after Infinity War. Something  subtle though, I think after this one the Thanos and the Infinity Stones storyline has all but run it’s course.

This one is going to be epic!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe’s Random Movie Review: Not Actually a review, just a special thanks to my readers.

From 2006 to 2017, I volunteered as a radio host for a show dedicated to reviewing movies. Afterward I’m doing my best to keep up blog posts on the subject. I would just like to take the time to thanks every single one of you out there who reads what I like to post about the cinema. I like being reminded that there are other film enthusiasts out there like myself.

You guys are the reason why I continue. 🙂

Sincerely,

Joe

5 Reasons why Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is the most important film of the 20th Century.

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Taboos.

Psycho is a film riddled with things never before seen on the big screen. For example, it was the first film to actually show a toilet on screen,as well as the first film to show a toilet flushing. We might not think about it that much, but for the sixties, this was significant. The darker elements of the story aren’t exactly the kind of thing found in stereotypical Hitchcock film like say, North By Northwest, or Rear Window. Cross dressing, psychological disturbances, murder. These things weren’t to be found in film of the previous decade.

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Horror, without the supernatural.

Before 1960, the horror genre was one of cheap thrills. The supernatural element had already been symbiotic with the horror genre. Psycho was the film that basically broke that standard, by not including any kind of supernatural element in a film that is basically a horror film. In a way, by not including it, Hitchcock gave Horror back something it lacked since the 30’s……class.

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Cheaper budget.

Mainstream films before Psycho were usually more…extravagant in design, star power, and budget. In using a cheaper budget, Hitchcock showed that you didn’t need a lot of money to make a generally good movie. On a side note, it’s interesting that Hitchcock used his television crew from “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” as opposed to a film crew. Perhaps to add a hint of secrecy. Remember, he forbade anyone not working there from even visiting the set.

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Style.

Hitchcock is a master of style. Any Hitchcock film is an excellent example of just about any trick in the book. From the close ups, to those classic moments of suspense. Hitchcock was a director who really knew how to manipulate the audience’s emotions. While these methods are very subtle, they are none the less great quality for Psycho as a film.

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Unique source material.

One wouldn’t think In the late 1950’s, that anyone would even try to adapt Robert Bloch’s novel. After all, it was loosely based on the gruesome killing of the notorious Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein. It was a bold move for not only Alfred Hitchcock, but also the film industry to try and change that status quo of the films audiences were used to seeing. Whether or not this was their intention is irrelevant. That was none the less, the effect left to us. And we’re constantly reminded that every time we watch this great movie.

 

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

Jeff Goldblum appears in the film as the Grandmaster of Sakaar.

And Sam Neill appears in a cameo as an Asgardian actor playing “Odin” in Loki’s play.


Even though they have no scenes together, this marks the first time the two have been in the same movie since “Jurassic Park” in 1993.