Month: February 2015

Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter in review.

Now that Agent Carter has ended, and I say ended because it has. Agent Carter was classified as a mini-series that ran for 8 episodes. They never called it its own series, it was planned and ran as a mini-series. Now where was I, oh yes, now that Agent Carter has ended I thought I’d give my opinions on it. Not that any of you care, but hey, maybe someone does, and I have a computer so I’m going to write about it. I like my opinions. You should be warned also, SPOILERS ARE AHEAD! I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT A SHOW THAT RECENTLY AIRED AND HAS RAN ITS COURSE AND ENDED! SPOILERS! DON’T COMPLAIN IF YOU KEEP READING AND ARE SPOILED! Ok.

So from start to finish Agent Carter was 8 episodes. I think that was right amount for them to run. It maybe could have stood to air 1 or 2 more, but it did not hurt it to stop at 8. With a lot of shows, Superhero shows especially, they get to running 22, 23 episodes a season. With that many you run the risk of not having a story that can really be drawn out in each episode. Especially in the beginning. You have to filter in “monster of the week” or “lesson of the week” type of episodes. Not that it is a bad thing. It can just sometimes distract from the overall arch of the show. With this mini-series format, they knew their story, and executed it perfectly.

The cast was strong in my opinion. It starred Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murry, Enver Gjokaj, Shea Whigham, Ralph Brown, Dominic Cooper, Bridget Regan, and a cameo appearance by Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan. The series took place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and held tie in’s to the films, mostly toward Captain America: The First Avenger, but held connections like characters mentioned in other films.

Agent Carter followed Agent Peggy Carter (Atwell) of the S.S.R. where she is often treated as nothing more than a glorified secretary. Missing her days of the war where she had purpose, she finds herself in middle of a scandal involving an old friend, Howard Start (Cooper). Allied by only Stark’s loyal butler Jarvis (D’Arcy) Peggy must find a way to clear his name, before it is too late, and many innocents are lost in a catastrophic disaster.

Right from the start I was entertained. It immediately become one of my favorite shows to watch. Seeing Agent Carter have to work around her time and being over looked for being a woman was a very welcomed plot device. Plus I am a sucker noir type films. I loved this era. The roaring 40s. The show kept you guessing on where it was going, who was behind the curtain, and what the plan was. In the end it wasn’t Hydra that I thought it would be, but Leviathan, and the can only be assumed to be as The Black Widow Project. The character Dottie (Regan) presumably the first Black Widow. Hinting toward the past of our own MCU hottie, Agent Romanoff, The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

In the end Leviathans plan was simple revenge. Stark had created a gas by mistake that caused the death of many Russian soldiers, including Johann Fennoffs (Brown) brother. Luckily Agent Carter and Jarvis are able to foil his plan in the end, with only Dottie escaping. Fennoff is placed in prison with a cell mate, hinting to what can only be assumed as the beginnings of HYDRA. Toby Jones reprises his role in the final scene of the series as Arnim Zola, ex hydra scientist, now prisoner of the S.S.R. and cell mate of Fennoff. Leading us to believe that it is here where HYDRA began to its plan to grow within the S.S.R. and eventual S.H.I.E.L.D.

Do I think this show doesn’t need to continue? Not necessarily. Another short mini-series could benefit the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. and give us more adventures. I’d like them to jump a little time. I’d like to think with how the series ended Agent Carter is still where she was in the beginning. Knowing her worth, and how important she is the agency, but still being over looked. That is her superpower. Constantly being underestimated. This spot leaves us to believe the Marvel one shot Agent Carter that accompanied the Iron Man 3 Blu Ray release takes place after this series. If they were to jump time for the next installment, Peggy and Stark could have begun building S.H.I.E.L.D. We could see her leading the agency. Building it from the ground up. See HYDRA begin to form in the under belly. I think there is a lot to go on there.

All in all, I was very impressed with Agent Carter. Given the slow start to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this could’ve ended up bad. Normally my Jeebus Score is reserved for film, but if I were to give it Agent Carter I would give it a 4.2. I can tell you this is a mini-series I will be purchasing on Blu Ray.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Margot Robbie, Focus

FOCUS, February is almost over!

Will Smith is a guy that has always been a Movie Star. Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black, Ali and the list goes own. There was a time when putting Will Smith in your movie, nearly guaranteed it would open. Then came the days of his son Jaden, and it seemed that Smith began to push his son on us. Rumors swirled about Smith being difficult to work with on set, crazy demands and what have yous. Then came After Earth. Yeah, that garbage. Well truth be told, I never lost faith in Smith. I don’t much care for his son, but I for one will always venture out to see a Will Smith flick. So now that Focus has been released, obviously out I went to see the film starring Smith, Margot Robbie, and Rodrigo Santoro.

Professional con-man Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) finds himself falling for Jess Barrett (Robbie) as they pull off a week long thieving and scamming ring during super bowl week in New Orleans. When things become too personal, Nicky leaves with no explanation. Years later as Nicky is the midst of new con, Jess comes streaming back into his life, this time, on the opposing team, standing side by side with billionaire racecar owner Garriga (Santoro). Who’s playing who, who is conning who, and who will come out on top?

The film is a lot of fun. Is it the most believable? Absolutely not. It is a heist film that obviously goes above and beyond the norm. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Certain scenes get really intense, and pulled me in. When a film can make me sit up and really care about what’s about to happen, it makes me believe in it, that’s when I know I’m watching something ill enjoy for years to come. The subtle jokes hit well with me, everyone in the film fit their roles perfectly. Visually it was shot well, and Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direction, was perfectly paced.

Now I am going to drop off a little on a bit of a side track here. Smith and Robbie had incredibly chemistry together in this film. When they are on screen together it just fun to watch. Was it these characters, or these actors? I think it is a combination of both. Which makes me super excited for their upcoming adventure in the DC film, Suicide Squad. In Suicide Squad Smith and Robbie will be playing Deadshot and Harley Quinn respectively, and I am so excited! They play off each other so well, and if the Suicide Squad film plays out anyway like Batman: Assault on Arkham then we know these two will have quite a bit of screen time together.

So, Focus is a film that I honestly enjoyed. It was a lot of fun, it was kept me on the edge of my seat, kept me guessing with all the twist and turns. I’m giving it a bonus of .3 for the chemistry between Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and a score of 3.5, which gives us a Jeebus Score of 3.8! So what say you Jackass Nation? Are you a Will Smith fan? A fan of his kid? Are you going to see Focus? Are you excited to see Smith and Robbie in Suicide Squad? Sound off in the comments below?!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

#UniteTheSeven! Our first look at Aquaman

So Zack Snyder dropped a pretty cool little picture tonight! If you are a Twitter follower of the director of films such as 300, Sucker Punch, Man of Steel, and the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, then you got the chance to see the first image of Jason Momoa as the underappreciated superhero Aquaman. Miss it? Well don’t worry Jackass Nation, I got it for you right here!

Aquaman Tweet

Now I’m not going to lie. That’s pretty damn cool. Of all the characters that seem to be shoe horned into this film, I have been most anticipating is Momoa’s Aquaman. And this does not disappoint. There is obviously a risk with Aquaman. Most incarnations look pretty cheesy and dumb. The orange and green, the blonde Boy Scout look, it could’ve come off really bad. Luckily, Snyder has given us some significant differences.

The costume seems to blend a few of the more obscure incarnations of the character, especially the New 52, along with some classic, Polynesian battle gear. From what I have read the character will be portrayed as a more agile and distinct fighter, in and out of the seas he control. Where as the Bat will rely on tech and strategy, Aquaman will apparently have use of super strength to aide him in battle.

The picture is accompanied by the hashtag and slogan “Unite the Seven”. The question now raises, what is the meaning behind #UniteTheSeven? Is this telling us that it will be Aquaman bringing together the Justice League? Are we going to get more photos of other characters with the same hashtag? Or is it just talking about uniting the seven seas? Who knows? What I do know, is that I am willing to put down money, that we will be getting a trailer very soon. This late night tweet leads this Jackass to believe it is coming, and soon.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on March 25 2016, and will star Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher. While the first standalone Aquaman is set for July 27 2018.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

I was a big fan of the original Hot Tub Time Machine. I didn’t go into expecting a lot, I just kind of saw it, and had a fun time with the film. The cast gelled and played off each other very well, the story was basic but fun, and the acting was not terrible. So when I heard a sequel was in the works, I was pretty excited. I saw the first red band trailer, and like with all comedies, it was the only trailer I watched. I feel that way I don’t get spoiled on all the jokes. So after the trailer I was still very excited! So I went to see Hot Tub Time Machine 2 tonight, and needless to say, I was way off.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 once again stars Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke, and they are joined by Adam Scott in a film directed by Steve Pink, and cameos Chevy Chase. This go round, Lou (Corddry) and Nick (Robinson) have really taken advantage of their Hot Tub Time Machine. Nick is a famous musician who has made a career making the songs that were already hits before the original artist could, while Lou has created Lougle before Google could hit. However after Lou’s nature gets him shot, the guys must once again take a dip into the Time Machine to save Lou’s life, this time, in the future.

Look, let’s call a spade a spade, this film is crap. All the magic and randomness of the first is completely gone. The jokes mostly all fall very flat, and the dialog seems to just be trying too hard. They go for shock value humor as much as they can and it seems forced, and just doesn’t hit right. Oddly even the chemistry is off between these three returning cast mates, and Adam Scott, who I like, is a little bit over the top. I don’t know if it was really missing John Cusack, or if it’s something else, but it just falls short.

Now there are a few laughs. They are far and few between but you do chuckle at a few parts. I think the best part is honestly the end during the credits showing a montage of them time traveling. That was another small issue. The trailers made it seem like they would be traveling through different periods throughout the film, not the case. They go to the future, to save the past. And all though Adam Scott is a little over the top, he does have a few good moments. Craig Robinson is probably the best character as the film drives on though. I think they should have focused more on his character arc, but then again I don’t even know if that would’ve saved it.

All in all it is not a fun movie, not worth going to see, and complete let down of a comedy. One of those sequels that looks to capitalized on the snap success of its predecessor and falls short, (the Hangover Syndrome). I’m giving it a score of 2.3, with a bonus of .2 for Gillian Jacobs boobs, giving us a Jeebus Score of 2.5. But how about you Jackass Nation. Did you like the first film? Are you wanting to see the second? Sound off in the comments and let me know!

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Godfather.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, see this movie, not 50 whatever.

So Matthew Vaughn has this thing about only directed one movie in what otherwise could be great franchises with him. Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class for examples. Not to say those films’ sequels weren’t great, I loved them both, but Vaughn just sets franchises up, and doesn’t stick around. So when I found out that Vaughn was leaving X-Men Days of Future Past for some film called Kingsman I wasn’t surprised, yet pretty disappointed! I didn’t get it! But as the trailers slowly started coming out, I started changing my tune. And Kingsman: The Secret Service, is just another example of how good Vaughn is. Written by Vaughn and based on a comic called The Secret Service by Mark Miller and Dave Gibbions, with a stunning cast of Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Luke Freaking Skywalker, Sofia Boutella, and relative unknown Taron Egerton.

Kingsman tells the story of a troubled young boy named Eggsy (Egerton) whose father was once a Secret Agent. When a spot in the service opens up, Eggsy is chosen by his father’s trainer Galahad (Firth) to be his candidate for replacement. As the trainees work to become the next Kingsman, a mastermind criminal (Jackson) is revealed, and they must begin to try to figure out what he is up to. While Eggsy rises to the top of his class, he quickly learns what being a Kingsman is all about, and he must band together with only a few to save the world from certain disaster.

This film is incredible! I expected to really enjoy it, but not as much as I did. I had to double check that I was really still in the middle of February and it wasn’t summer blockbuster time, because this film has that feel to it. It has mixture of feel to it, where it almost is a film that merges old school James Bond films, with a little of Kick-Ass to it. It truly is a fun film, with a good story. There is a little over the top acting, but not that it takes you out of the film. The action scenes are crisp and fun, in typical Matthew Vaughn fashion. They can be gruesome and violent. Not to the point that they are overdone, but definitely in the vain of Kick-Ass which is awesome!

Another major plus is this cast. Some of the greatest British actors ever put together. This is like an Oceans Twelve of great Brits! Firth is great, and for a 50 something year old he is awesome at the action sequences in here. Mark Strong is strong as always (Pun intended). And Samuel L. Jackson even a completely different version of himself, and still, kind of a badass mother F’er! Taron Egerton is definitely a break out star in the film. This kid has a bright future ahead of him. (Spidey????) One of my favorite cameos in the film is obviously Luke Freaking Skywalker, Mark Hamill. Hamill plays a character that his likeness was the inspiration for in the original comic, which is obviously fun to see. He even uses the Joker voice a little here and there, mark out moment of course.

There are a few small issues with the film. There is a little bit of use of Shaky cam during the action scenes. It is not as terrible as it usually used, Matthew Vaughn does a good job at using it correctly. Nevertheless, it is shaky cam. The training montage during the beginning is very choppy and definitely could have been shot better. When we get to the final climax of the movie, you see our hero Eggsy doing some stuff that you kind of think to yourself, “where the hell did he learn to do this, that wasn’t in any of his training!” which kind of takes you out of the film, but you immediately jump right back in and start having fun again.

Even the problems are pretty nitpicky right? This is just a fun film! One that you need to go see. Men, women, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, whatever you are doing this Valentine’s Day weekend, change you plans if they do not involve seeing this film! I’m giving it a 4.4 with a bonus of .3 for how much fun it is, and another .2 for LUKE F’N SKYWALKER! That’s a Jeebus Score of 4.9! So Jackass Nation, are you planning on seeing Kingsman? If not, WHATS WRONG WITH YOU, GO SEE KINGSMAN! Sound off in the comments below!

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Godfather.

Jupiter Descending

Jupiter Ascending is the newest film venture from The Wachowskis. You know the duo that has brought us classics such as The Matrix, and, its sequels, and Cloud Atlas, and Speed Racer. Uh, ok let’s just do this. Jupiter Ascending stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, and Douglas Booth. Not only directed by the Wachowskis, but it is also written and produced by the two. It is described as a space opera, a cross between Star Wars (not at all) and The Matrix.

Jupiter Ascending tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Kunis) a maid who hates her repetitive life. Her family immigrated to America after her father died while her mother was still pregnant with her. She is born in the middle of the Atlantic and told she has great purpose, but fails to see this purpose. Little does she know she is the reincarnation of the Matriarch of the House of Abrasax, who are the powerful alien dynasty of all the universe. As the Heir to Abrasax dynasty’s fight over who will control Earth, a warrior named Caine Wise is sent to protect Jupiter and bring her to claim her rightful place as the leader of Earth.

This film is garbage. But before I tear into it, I am going to speak on the positives of the film. Jupiter Ascending was allegedly pushed back from the summer of 2014, to now February of 2015. We all know January/February are the bottom of the barrel for films. The rumor was this film was pushed to work on the visuals. While I don’t believe that to be the only reason, it also makes a little sense. The cinematography is beautiful. I saw this film in IMAX 3D which I rarely do, but if you are going to waste your money on this film, do so in IMAX. It is breathtaking and stunning. The CGI is seamless, the creatures are amazing.

Another plus was Channing Tatum and Sean Bean. Tatum continues to prove that he is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. He plays a character that could’ve been cheesy and over the top but does it with such grit and power. It makes me further more believe he is the right choice for Gambit. Sean Bean is as good as always. These two have great chemistry together. And had the film followed their story a little more it might not have been such a bad movie.

But that is where the positives end. The film is jumbled in direction it is terrible. It jumps all over the place, and the story runs as if you have read hundreds of back story’s all ready and just know this world. The world seems fun, but you never really shown what it is all about. Plus the film pretty much shows you the exact same act 3 times in a row. Literally, the same situation, replayed 3 times. Eddie Redmayne is just terrible. Bloody freaking awful. He uses this terrible accent and has no real character. It makes me hope he doesn’t win the Oscar. Mila Kunis is not bad, she’s kind of just there. I want to buy her as an action heroine, or even the damsel in distress, but she doesn’t fit the part. And I don’t know if that is the script, or the character, or her. I’d love to see her as the bad A chick, but I just couldn’t buy it. Maybe she needs to stick to Rom-Com.

All in all Jupiter Ascending is pretty much bad. It’s not the worse film I’ve seen, but it’s not good. It is kind of just another movie. You might see is on FXx a lot in the future, I don’t even think this will become one of those “So Bad it is good” type of films. I’m giving it a Jeebus Score of 2.3. Don’t waste your money folks. So what say you Jackass Nation? Have you seen Jupiter Ascending? Do you plan to? What is your favorite Channing Tatum film? Are you excited to see him play Gambit? Sound off in the comments below!

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Godfather.

Paddington

When I saw the first trailer for Paddington it looked incredibly cheesy, and I expected it to be in and out of theaters and onto DVD in a week. I was surprised it was even going to go to theaters. I’m a week or 2 late to seeing it, but I am not going to lie to you. I was pleasantly surprised. Though I am not the target audience for the film, it is a lot of fun, and very cute.

Directed by Paul King, and stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Whipsaw, Paddington tells the story of a bear that travels to London to find a new home. He is given a place to stay by a family with a very reluctant father. Slowly he becomes loved and brought into as a member of the family. But when an evil taxidermist hell-bent on making Paddington her next trophy threatens his existence, the family must band together to save the lovable bears life.

I never read the Paddington Bear series’ as a child but I knew who he was. SO again this was nothing I was really looking forwards to. But it is a lot of fun. If you have kids they are really going to enjoy it, and not as much as most films, the adults will get some laughs out of too.

The film and characters are all pretty cliché. The daughter is embarrassed by her family, the son is the rowdy little one, the mother is loving and accepting, and the father is reluctant and a straight arrow. Paddington throws the family into a mess and they all learn how to love one another even more. Nicole Kidman plays the villain of the film, and she could’ve been over the top, but it’s not it’s a lot of fun to see her in this role.

Again this film is nothing out of the ordinary. It is a good afternoon flick to take the kids too, they’ll have a great time, and you’ll get a laugh out of it. Paddington is definitely an ok film in an ocean full of crap that is January and February. We are giving it a Jeebus score of 3.8. So what say you Jackass Nation? Have you seen Paddington? Do you plan to? Did you read the stories as a child? Sound off in the comments below!

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Godfather.

Seventh layer of hell for movies, or the Seventh Son. Whatever.

I am seriously ready for summer. I wasn’t out of this terrible time for film. Seventh Son stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antse Traue, Djimon Hounson and Julianne Moore. It is directed by Sergei Bodrov, and based on the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It is a fantasy film that, really just doesn’t deliver. The film is about Master Gregory (Bridges) who is an exorcist of witches and spirits in middle ages and takes on an apprentice (Barnes) to fight the Queen of all Witches (Moore).

Again we will go with the positives of the film first. Jeff Bridges is a lot of fun. His character is major bad A, and raging drunk. It makes for a lot of fun interactions between him and other characters. He has this Ogre that runs around with him as a sort of sidekick. You feel bad for this Ogre because Gregory is always calling him ugly and Lucky but Loyal. But he’s still fun to watch. The CGI while not as stunning as its opening weekend competition Jupiter Ascending is also very seamless. The dragons, and monsters, and witches are pretty cool.

Djimon Hounson steals the show when he is on screen. Not because his character is so good, he’s pretty basic. And not at all because the story is set to make it so. It is just because Hounson demands your attention when he is onscreen. No matter what the film, or who the character is. I am such a fan of this guy, and am always excited to see him on screen.

The story is pretty basic, and the films name change is a little misleading. Sure it is kind of the story of Barnes’ Thomas Ward, but it more on the shoulders of Bridges’ character. There is a minor Romeo & Juliette type love story between Ward and a witch’s daughter (Vikander) that feels a little out of place at most points. The direction is all over the place, unable to really pick a lane to drive in. Are they trying to make it Ward’s story, is it about this young witches daughter? Is the story of Master Gregory?

All in all Seventh Son is just another throw away garbage film in February. At least next week we will get Kingsmen which I am legitimately excited for. But back to the topic at hand, I’m giving Seventh Son a Jeebus Score of 2. But what say you Jackass Nation. Have you seen Seventh Son? Do you plan to? What are some of your favorite Fantasy films? Sound off in the comments below!

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Godfather.