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Saturday Night Live Went Ahead and Made that Black Widow Movie

Major points to Saturday Night Live for being funny and culturally relevant! I’ll admit I haven’t watched them since reruns of the Ferrell Era, but that was pretty funny stuff. Go Age of Ultron!

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Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is like a new episode of the biggest, most expensive TV show of all time. It’s not the event that the first movie was, and it might not be as Earth-shattering as I expected, but Age of Ultron is nonetheless a fun, exciting and action-packed movie starring all of our favorite superheroes. And therein lies my biggest complaint, which is really a non-complaint.

There’s a familiarity to Age of Ultron that leads to contentment. The movie doesn’t really give us anything new to get excited about, instead delivering just another solid chapter in this ongoing saga.

Movie Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

I liken Age of Ultron to a TV show because that’s exactly what it felt like while I was watching. I may have been in a packed movie theater, and it’s been three years since the last episode, but Ultron was definitely the ‘monster-of-the-week’ in the latest episode of The Avengers. All of our favorite characters are back, their friendly, comfortable banter is exactly what we’d expect, and everything is more or less tied up in a nice, tidy bow by the end. Lessons are learned, a little romance is slipped in, and now we just sit back and wait for the next episode.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt this way with any movie sequel before. It’s a weird feeling.

But the episodic feel doesn’t keep the movie from being entertaining. It’s an exciting film from beginning to end. In the big picture sense, the movie is amazing. But when you step back and really think about all the moving parts, it’s not without some flaws. Director Joss Whedon juggles a few too many characters, so that some get a lot of attention — like Hawkeye, in some standout moments — while others are little more than props — like Thor, who spends most of his time dropping hints about future movies.

The new characters are a mixed bag. The titular villain, Ultron, is too entertaining to be menacing. That’s an odd way to describe a super villain, but it’s exactly how actor James Spader pulls it off.

I like Age of Ultron, a lot. It’s not as good at the first Avengers film, largely because the spectacle has worn off, but also for a lot of little reasons. Yet overall, it’s another exciting film in my favorite franchise of all time, despite those little reasons.

Join me after the jump for my full, detailed review. And there will be SPOILERS!

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Hulk is My Favorite Avenger!

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a very fun, exciting movie, and I’m going to see it again tonight! It’s not as amazing as the first one because everything is more familiar than last time, and a little too comfortable, but it’s still another high mark on Marvel’s resume. It absolutely deserves to break box office records, though I don’t think it’s going to have people talking as much as the last Avengers movie did. Still, very good stuff!

Here are a couple of videos poking fun at my favorite Avenger, the Hulk! First up is the Honest Trailer for Hulk’s original movie, all the way back before Marvel got into making movies.

Personally, I liked Hulk when it first came out. I haven’t seen it in years, and I probably won’t ever be watching it again, but I liked Hulk and I’m not ashamed of that.

Next up, the fine folks at Cinema Sins tackle the second movie, The Incredible Hulk. And I think we can all agree that we liked Incredible Hulk better, though it’s easy to forget that it came out the same year as Iron Man and is technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Of course, we’re all better off with Hulk in the Avengers movies, so there’s definitely no complaining now. And probably expect my full Age of Ultron review by Sunday!

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We’re All Excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron; All of Us

Tonight is the night, people! I’m going to see the early Thursday night showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron! I am beyond excited. Beyond thrilled. Beyond anticipating a great movie! And I’m not the only one, thanks to this nifty mash-up between Age of Ultron and Inside Out!

Apparently Pixar made this mash-up themselves. Good on them! It’s a lot of fun.

Expect my movie review by Sunday, probably. I may see the movie again a few times this weekend, but I’ll try to squeeze in some time to write a review.

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Sesame Street for the Win!

For reasons that I should hope are obvious, I don’t watch Sesame Street. But I think it’s pretty clear we are dealing with intelligent people on that show. This isn’t just mind-numbing children’s garbage. This is quality entertainment! Plus it keeps my Avengers Week going!

Except for the part where it’s all about how vegetables are awesome. Still weird to see Cookie Monster fighting for vegetables. I understand that it’s more healthy, and that kids should eat vegetables, and that I wish I ate more vegetables as a kid…but it’s still weird.

Only four more days!

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