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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Peter Parker’s teacher in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, Roger Harrington (played by actor Martin Starr) is actually the college student that let Bruce Banner use the computers in exchange for pizza in “The Incredible Hulk” seven years earlier.

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.

Joe’s Random Movie Review:  5 Things “Justice League” got right.

So far the films released by the DC cinematic universe are either a hit or miss. Fans either love them or they hate them. Probably the most poignant example so far of the series with an outcome like this was the film “Suicide Squad”. In spite of having the lowest box office income of any of the DC film so far, Justice league has a similar result as far as the fans are concerned. Bear in mind that this is still just an introduction story and so not all things the fans would like to see what happen within this film . In spite of how people felt about it, I personally feel that this film get some things right.



1. Character Arcs 

 One thing that Justice league did excellently, were the character arcs presented for the film’s particular storyline. It actually makes enough room in the storytelling for each character to have a short enough development to not make them or the film too dull. From Superman’s resurrection, Batman learning how to work with the team, Wonder Woman make yourself known to the world, Cyborg rediscovering his humanity, the Flash learn to interact with others, and Aquaman becoming less stubborn. Writing like this in the story with multiple heroes is not easy, but this film actually did it pretty well.

2. Further introductions to.the DC Universe.

Justice League, being an introduction story, further expands the DC Universe, bringing more familiar characters. Besides Jeremy Irons’ return as Alfred Pennyworth, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, another familiar face from the Batman mythology is J.K. Simmons’ first appearance as Commissioner Gordon as well as Joe Manganiello making a cameo appearance as Deathstroke.

3. The film’s length.

At just short of 2 hours long, Justice League is the shortest film in the DC Cinematic Universe so far. This creates a swiftness in plot that allows for both the characters and for the action to be entertaining, without being too overbearing. In short, in keeps the film from being boring.

4. No more Aquaman jokes.

Jason Momoa’s first official appearance as Aquaman has given the comic character a much needed revitalization. For years, Aquaman has been the butt of many comic jokes, but it’s not the case anymore. Great introduction to the character, and a good performance from Momoa. This leading into the Aquaman solo film coming soon.

5. Steppenwolf

 In choosing to have a not so well-known comic book villain as the primary villain for this movie. It actually aids in the further character development of this films multiple protagonists. What are the flaws of superhero films in the past is that if they have a villain who is very popular it can overshadow the hero, or even become more popular to a point . Much like Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in the infamous 2008 film “The Dark Knight.” One of the advantages of Steppenwolf as the main villain, is that we’re not interested in his backstory. We’re not interested in his character development, we’re only interested in his motivations and how he goes about them. This allows for a much easier flow of the storytelling.

On recent news……

So, As result of the Kevin Spacey accusations. The actor has been cut from the recently completed movie “All the Money in the World” . The film was directed by Ridley Scott and details with the kidnapping involving J Paul Getty’s grandson . The film was completed just in time before the accusations against Kevin Spacey had made themselves public. In recent news regarding this new film at first, was that the film should be shelved. But obviously because Sony pictures wishes to compete in the Academy Awards next year , it seems like they want to go ahead with the original December release only this time replacing Kevin Spacey with actor Christopher Plummer.
 Considering the kind of man the J. Paul Getty was in real life,  Christopher Plummer seems like he would be a much more logical choice. For we know he could actually end up acting the part way better than Kevin Spacey. But the truth is in that cutting Kevin Spacey from that role it may very well make his part in the film a little bit more infamous. 

It could be years from now, but there will be an entire generation of film buffs trying to seek this movie out looking for the version where Kevin Spacey was actually in the movie . Actually cutting him out of the movie may help his credibility.

Anyway, things are the way they are, we can wish Ridley Scott good luck on his endeavor to meet the December deadline. In spite of the situation with Spacey, we may still get a good movie.

Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Get Out” (2017)

It’s very easy to see , how horror movies are undoubtedly changing in this day and age. Horror movies are becoming deeper, more psychological. And have very strong social messages to deliver to the audience. We’ve seen this in films like “The Babadook” and “The Witch”. It seems almost like the very genre of the horror film is changing into an entirely new animal. And this film from comedian, Jordan Peele, is no different. This is a horror film for the ages.

In the film, a black photographer named Chris is going with his white girlfriend to meet her family. Even with the reassurance that they’re Liberal and have no qualms about their relationship, but something suspicious is definitely going on.

 Horror, much like how one would use metaphor and satire, can be used to tell the truth in such a way that actually telling the truth could never do. It actually forces the audience to confront the issues that they seem uncomfortable with dealing. It seems plainly obvious, but the more conservative the situation or more conservative society becomes, the more extreme horror movies tend to become. In that case, “Get Out” is a film that definitely has a place in today’s world.

 The film definitely has a Stepford Wives-like vibe about it. Almost like the entire film is plotted around the idea of a twist ending. Meaning that use an audience member discover more and more about the film the more you watch it. More clues become known to you . And even more clues make themselves known to you the more you watch this film. This is a product of good writing and there are only a few horror movies that have actually successfully done this. A good example would be Roman Polanski’s 1968 film “Rosemary’s Baby”.

 Another point worth mentioning is its approach toward racism. Stereotypically racism against African-Americans would be shown as coming from white conservatives. But the genius of this film and it’s writing is a doesn’t target white conservatives. It actually targets white liberals. And it really extends to the idea that racism and objectification actually comes in many forms. And it also helps to clarify that it stems from the inability to understand one another. By presenting these issues in a horror movie, the filmmakers are actually able to get you to confront the issues of today through the symbolism of what appears on the outside to be a scary movie. 

Great acting, and excellent writing. This is a film that will scare everyone, and is definitely a film for the ages.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Wonder Woman” (2017)

At long last the DC Cinematic Universe has given us the origin story we’ve all been waiting for. First came “Man of Steel” then the sequel “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” and then the film “Suicide Squad”. It’s fairly obvious, even to non comic book film fans, the DC cinematic universe was going down dark terrain, especially with the previous film release . But Gal Gadot’s introduction as the infamous Wonder Woman in the film Dawn of Justice, certainly shows that there is a brighter origin story to be shown.

 One thing that really works really good for this movie, is Gadot’s acting. One woman is shown as a character with very obvious character flaws. She’s somebody who trusts her own capabilities a bit too much and even going against her own family to take matters into her own hands. She is somebody who is still in the process of learning about herself, and also coincidently learning about the outside world itself. Which is extremely sympathetic to the audience. It also makes her more believable as a character.

Another thing that works for the film is the setting. The World War I era.
Something most people need to remember is that WW1 was a very different environment than WW2. In many ways it was a more chaotic war. Which parallels, not only Wonder Woman’s mission, but her introduction to the outside world from the comfortable home she once knew.

All in all, Wonder Woman is a terrific movie. A great addition to the DC Movies. Great acting, good story. Definitely one of the best superhero movies they’ve made so far.

Final score: 8.5 out of 10

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Pirates of the Caribbean” series

Johnny Depp partially based his performance of Captain Jack Sparrow on Keith Richards, the guitarist for the Rolling Stones. Richards himself would later play Sparrow’s father, Captain Edward Teague in the third and fourth films.