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The Avengers 3D: A Review

Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L. Jackson star in The Avengers.

Even if you hate comic books. Even if you have never liked even one superhero movie before. Even if you like superhero movies and have never seen either of the two Iron Man movies,  Thor, either of the Hulk movies or Captain America. Even if you have no imagination whatsoever. The Avengers is everything you want in an action movie.

I am not good at writing reviews but… here goes.

This is the best superhero movie — EVER! There is no doubt in my mind. I used to think The Dark Knight was the best superhero movie and it still reigns supreme as far as story telling and character development but for pure action and comedy. It isn’t fair to compare the two movies because they are in two different leagues. I don’t expect this summer’s Dark Knight Rises to do much better that the success The Avengers is having because Bane is not a popular villain and I expect the wave of success to continue for Avengers. The success includes a $200 million dollar weekend box office as well as a worldwide total of $640 million. To put the success of the Avengers into perspective, the number two movie only made $8 million dollars. I don’t think anyone even watched any other movie this weekend!

For me, I did not enjoy either of the two Hulk movies at all. I didn’t like Ed Norton as Dr. Banner and I did not find anything to like about Eric Bana’s version. I was put off by the CGI but in The Avengers I did not mind at all. In fact Mr. Hulk has the best scene in the entire movie. I don’t want to spoil it for you but the movie is outright, roll on the floor, funny. There are plenty of one-liners and sarcastic remarks to go around from everyone including Agent Phil Colson, however the Hulk has the best single scene in this great movie and I guarantee you a good belly laugh all at Loki’s expense!

I saw The Avengers in 3D. This is one movie that should be seen in 3D especially the final battle between Loki’s army and our heroes. This is just a fun, good time, family movie. Entertainment at it’s best. There is an issue I have with how in one scene the Incredible Hulk is a raging lunatic and the very next time Bruce turns, he is in ‘control’ of the monster. Perhaps it is because the second time he caused himself to turn and the first time it was anger. I’m not sure there will be an answer to the question, but that is the only flaw with the film I found worth mentioning. If I were forced to find another issue I would say that even with the 155 minute run time, I left wanting more. I seriously could have sat through another hour and not complained that the movie was too long. I hope any sequels are just as enjoyable.

In terms of sheer numbers I think The Avengers has surpassed The Princess Bride for being the movie with the most memorable and repeatable quotes. One of my favorites is Captain America talking to Black Widow concerning their first encounter with self proclaimed thunder god Thor: “There is only one God ma’am. And I don’t think he dresses like that.”

I recommend The Avengers for anyone who wants to see a great action-packed, feel-good movie.  4.5 out of 5

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Guest Blogger, Rosemary Jean-Louis

Introducing Rosemary Jean-Louis from Digital Media Geek

Please welcome Rosemary Jean-Louis, to Morning Erection. Rosemary Jean-Louis is another one of my guest bloggers who was more than willing to do so. Rosemary considers herself to be a geek, a sexy geek no less. Her site, The Sexy Geek Files is officially being retired today and her new blog, Digital Media Geek is being launched. I would suggest visiting her sexy files in addition to her new blog! As always, it is a great honor for me to be able to have a guest blogger. As a favor to me please show Rosemary the courtesy of leaving a comment and do yourself a favor and visit her newest site. Thank you very much.


By the time you read this post, I will have seen Thor in 3D Imax. I’m hoping its quality won’t cause me to hurl a hammer in disappointment. (Read my review in Digital Media Geek on Sunday May 8. If you’ve seen the movie tell me what you thought!)

Truth be told, I was straddling the fence about seeing it. I was getting tired of the glut of comic book films on the big screen because they could be hits or misses. (Iron Man 1 HIT!! Iron Man 2 – uh not so much.)

But then I saw the Thor trailer. And I my appetite was sufficiently whetted. Anthony Hopkins cheesy Odin eye patch aside, it was pretty incredible!

That’s the power of a movie trailer. Like a good striptease, it’s supposed to leave you wanting more. Based on their sizzling trailers, here are four comic book movies that are worth high tailing to the movie theater for stat!

1.) Green Lantern – I like Ryan Reynolds. But he seemed a bit of a stretch to play the slightly cocky all American blond haired Hal Jordan. But once you see the breathtaking sequences of planet Oa and the Lantern Corps cheering, you’ll suspend your belief pretty fast. This is also in 3-D. Triple the Brightest Day and Blackest Night. Watch the trailer.

2.) Cowboys and Aliens – Based on the graphic novel, the title is a no brainer and the trailer in many ways gives it all away. Amnesiac cowboy played by Daniel Craig stumbles into town. Everyone including Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde wants to string him up – that is until he starts shooting those mysterious alien baddies that come out at night with an equally mysterious laser wristband that comes alive when they fly around. Craig leads the forces, Olivia gets naked; Olivia and Craig make out. Yada Yada. Yada. Just to see that wrist band take aliens out alone is worth moseying over to the theaters for. Plus you know, it’s Daniel Craig.

3.) Captain America – When it was announced that Chris Evans would throw Captain America’s mighty shield, I immediately thought to skip this one. He was the Human Torch of course. Why throw him yet another comic book role? What will they do when that Avengers Fantastic Four Team Up movie idea that’s in my head gets funded? (Hey it could happen!)

I became somewhat of a believer after seeing the trailer. Evans goes from scrawny to hunky in a few short scenes thanks to the power of CGI. If they could do that with his body, it’s worth seeing the other feats of fantasy conducted on the other characters – like the marvelous Hugo Weaving who plays the Red Skull. Watch the trailer.

4.) X-Men: The New Class – This is the movie with the wimpiest trailer. But it was an obligatory add because the X-Men are so iconic. Just for the record, the X-Men franchise died a painful death a few years back when they tackled the dark Phoenix saga and failed miserably. (They couldn’t get any of the characters right!) And we won’t mention the first Wolverine spin-off movie. Considering the subject matter, the trailer is lightweight on the FX and action. It’s the chemistry between James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender that makes this worth a peek. Watch the trailer.

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Cowboys & Aliens

At first I thought this was one of those mashup videos with the Dallas Cowboys and the aliens from the Alien franchise. Quite the contrary. This is a real movie that is scheduled for release during the summer of 2011. Steven Spielberg is the executive director and the producer of Iron Man, Jon Favreau is directing.

Cowboys & Aliens has both an impressive cast and directors and producers. Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig for starters. After I got over the initial shock of realizing this was a serious movie I became intrigued. I watched the trailer again and it seems I might like this movie. Of course April and I don’t frequent movie theaters. We prefer the comfort of our couch and it really isn’t a hassle waiting for the DVD release. That means I’m going to count on Cherlyn Cochrane to give me the review on the movie if she sees it. If she does, I will be sure to let you know with a link to her site. July 2011. Cowboys & Aliens!

2011 looks to be the year of the movie superhero. It should be a very lucrative summer for Hollywood. X-Men First Class, The Green Hornet, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Green Lantern.

Official Press Release for Cowboys & Aliens:

Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens. Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers-Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci-he brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

The script for Cowboys & Aliens is by Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof (television’s Lost), based on Platinum Studios’ graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Grazer, Howard, Rosenberg, Kurtzman and Orci produce. Spielberg and Denis L. Stewart executive produce.

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On Saturday January 1, 2011, New Years Day, Iris Orpi will be guest blogging. We will be starting the new year off with a great writer and poet. Her blog is Cognac For The Soul. I would stress upon you the mistake you would be making if you missed the opportunity to visit her site before her post goes live on Saturday. I can assure you, you will enjoy reading her writings.

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