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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:22 pm    Post subject: The Avengers (2012) Reply with quote

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I loved this movie! Marvel is doing some amazing stuff. Their movies tend to range from good to great.

And just so this post will have an appropriate picture, here's two of Scarlett Johansson, Esquire's Sexiest Woman in the World in both 2006 and 2013.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved TA! However,I had to laugh at one scene intended to be highly dramatic.

TA are standing in a circle back-to-back as they face the alien hordes onslaught.
And it is dramatic as they do a close up of each Avenger.
But it cracked me up when they got to Natasha. Human, no powers, holding a single pistol in her hand.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ummm . . . seriously, Dude . . . you call this "no powers"! Shocked


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...when they got to Natasha. Human, no powers, holding a single pistol in her hand.

Yeah. I can hardly say much else about Hawkeye either. Trick arrows. A Green-Arrow-come-lately.

However... My biggest gripe is the reboot of Thor. Facial hair. Flowing golden locks barely flowing. No helmet.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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However... My biggest gripe is the reboot of Thor. Facial hair. Flowing golden locks barely flowing. No helmet.

The problem with sticking strictly to the appearance of beloved comic book superheroes is this.

These characters were designed by artists who presented them in comic books, and the readers were imaginative adolescents who mentally ingested these colorful illustrations and gave them life and movement with their own imaginations!

However, when these characters made the transition from the pages of comic books to the big screen, the designs of the costumes by talented people like Jack Kirby had to be altered so that actors like Chris Hemsworth could wear them and walk around without looking comical!




Come on . . . let's be honest about this.

If Chris Hemsworth had tried to parade around with shoulder-length blond hair and a helmet that looked like an oversized hood ornament, he'd have looked ridiculous and poked people's eyes out when he turned his head!

And those knee-high boots would look nice on a hot chick in a 1960s outfit —



— but I'm not sure Chris would have been comfortable in them.

Also, those big round circles on the torso never appealed to me, so I'm glad there were minimized on the costume in the movie.

In the final analysis, I think the redesign of the Thor costume for the movie was brilliant — the same way the costumes of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and other Marvel characters were when they had to be worn by actors on the big screen . . . . instead of in artwork in the comic books we loved as kids in the 1960s.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did I ever complain about his movie costume? Anywhere? I said he lacked a helmet.

I'd say Hot Toys did a pretty good job.



Pretty much all the other Asgard movie characters had helmets. (And they did give us the long, flowing locks in the later movies.)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

orzel-w wrote:
Pretty much all the other Asgard movie characters had helmets. (And they did give us the long, flowing locks in the later movies.)

Okay, you got me on the helmets and the hair. And I was mostly just commenting on the way the recent and successful superhero movies have updated and improved the costumes.

Just to offer a bit of balance, however, I really think they went overboard on the Spider-Man costume in the last few movies when Tony Stark turned Peter Parker's costume into something as gadget laden as Iron Man! Shocked

The evolution of the Spider-Man costume over the years (starting way back with the earliest versions in the TV version) is a good example of how far Hollywood can go to enhance these outfits so that they aren't just colorful tights anymore.

(But the cute girl with the long blond hair and the knee-high boots in the picture I posted certainly makes a strong case those features! Wink)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the last Thor movie, when they cut his hair, it turned brown. Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pow wrote:
...when they got to Natasha. Human, no powers, holding a single pistol in her hand.

One more observation on this point...

What I've learned lately from the movies (Man of Steel in particular in mind) is that when your grenade launcher doesn't do the job, and neither does your automatic weapon, whip out your handgun and go to work.

Besides, Natasha delivers a mean kick.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

orzel-w wrote:
Besides, Natasha delivers a mean kick.

I certainly get a kick out of her! Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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IMDB has 204 trivia items for this movie. Here’s a few of the ones I found the most interesting, in the blue text. Very Happy
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Robert Downey, Jr. kept food hidden all over the lab set, and apparently nobody could find where it was, so they just let him continue doing it. In the movie, that's his actual food he's offering, and when he was eating, it wasn't scripted, he was just hungry.

Note from me: I'm tinkled pink to learn that Robert is just as quirky and funny as Tony Stark, Sherlock Holmes, and Robert's other characters. Very Happy

There were very few times that everyone was in town at once, but on one night when they were, Chris Evans sent them all a text message simply saying "Assemble" (the tagline to the movie), prompting a night out on the town. Clark Gregg has stated that this is his favorite text message that he has ever received.

Note from me: It's good to know that the actors not only get along on the set, they actually enjoy each other's company. Very Happy

Reportedly, Iron Man's "Let's just not come in tomorrow" speech was improvised by Robert Downey, Jr., as was "Doth mother know thou weareth her drapes?"

Note from me: Another example of Robert's true nature. Hit wit and his wonderfully oddball character isn't just acting based on a script.

Clint Barton (Hawkeye) is an ambidextrous archer (although Jeremy Renner is left-handed). He is seen shooting right-handed in Thor (2011) and both left-handed and right-handed in this film.

Note from me: I'm puzzled by this statement. I own two bows, and I know that they're made to be held in the left hand and fired with the right. My fondness for archery prompted me to create The Bowmen, the teenage superheroes in my novel,
[/b]The Hero Experience[/b].

Is Hawkeye's bow designed to hold the arrows on either side? Would both sides really line up correctly? Seems unlikely.



(At around thirty-nine minutes) The German police car skidding on its front end after Loki blasts it was a complete accident, as it failed to flip over initially.

Note from me: When I saw that scene of the car nose-surfing down the road, I was amazed! I wondered if it was CGI or a carefully planned stunt. I'm surprised that it was neither of those.

(At around fifty-three minutes) According to Joss Whedon's commentary, Bruce Banner's saying of Loki, "You can smell crazy on him", was a set-up for when the Hulk faces off against Loki in Stark Tower. Originally, Loki was going to make multiple versions of himself, and the only way the Hulk was going to discern where Loki was, was to smell them. Only the real Loki would have a scent.

Note from me: This would have been a great set up for the scene in which the Hulk grabs Loki's ankles and slaps him back and forth against the floor like a wet towel. But I wouldn't want to cut out the moment just before that happened, when Loki starts bragging to Loki about what apowerful Norse god he was.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud, I'm left-handed, and when I was taught to shoot a bow at summer camp back in the 60s, they had an ambidextrous bow. The hand-grip had wings on both sides of the grip. I was also taught to shoot right-handed with a bow.

This movie also makes Tony the most human of the characters, as he suffers consequences for his actions. The later movies show that he is suffering for PTSD.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Interesting. I didn't know there were ambidextrous bows. It seems like one of the two wings wouldn't line up just right . . . or maybe both of them would be a little off.

My more expensive bow has a pistol grip that feels great in my left hand. It wouldn't work at all in my right. Ambidextrous bows don't have these, I guess.




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Bud Brewster wrote:
Interesting. I didn't know there were ambidextrous bows. It seems like one of the two wings wouldn't line up just right . . . or maybe both of them would be a little off.

My more expensive bow has a pistol grip that feels great in my left hand. It wouldn't work at all in my right. Ambidextrous bows don't have these, I guess.

This was at least fifty years ago, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. But the way the bow was made, you probably had to compensate for the hand you were using. It was pretty much a compromise design, as I recall the bow flared out to both the left and right above the grip.

I have to say, that although I am left-handed, I am right eye dominant, so I tended to use a right-handed bow.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The pistol grip on my bow feels so good in my hand it's like copping a feel from teenage cheerleader in the back seat of a '57 Chevy! The bow came had a warning label on the box.

"Do not hold this bow while one Viagra." Wink

Bows like the one the boy is shown with in the jpeg I posted above, along with the two below, are similar to my less fancy one, with a grip that isn't fashioned to fit one hand specifically. So, I can easily imagine them having a "shelf" for arrows on both sides.

I don't know the actual name for a bow's "arrow holder", but I'm sure it's a better than "arrow holder". Rolling Eyes

(Okay, I just looked it up. It's the "arrow rest". The author of The Hero Experience ought to know technical archery stuff like that. Wink)


I discovered that Amazon sells an absolutely gorgeous bow with right and left arrow rest for $89!

This thing is so good lookin' I might just buy it, along with a stuffed deer head to mount on my living room wall right above the bow. I can tell chicks who come over that I shot it while on a dangerous safari in the North Carolina woods.

When they chastise me for killing Bambi, I'll tell 'em the deer had rabbis and it killed three people before I was able to bring the beast down! Shocked

(Always think like a writer. It keeps life interesting. Cool)




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