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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:22 AM »
I finally got to see the movie yesterday.  I thought it was very good, but had a significantly different tone than the first film.  The overall sense that got conveyed to me is that this is a far more dangerous world after the events of New York.  Collectively, it seems that the Avengers themselves realize their own mortality despite their super-human abilities.  And the introduction of the Scarlet Witch has brought their own personal wounds to the surface.

The divisions between Cap and Stark seemed pretty evident from the outset.  Rogers seems to have maintained his idealism and has  taken on that mantle of leadership in a very natural way.  While Tony recognizes that they've been lucky and that a fatality on the team seems more like a matter of "when" than "if".  And that did come to pass at the end of the film.  And that's why Stark developed the Iron Legion and it led to his plan to build Ultron.  As for the conflicting Artificial Intelligences?  I think that's an interesting way to introduce both Ultron and the Vision.

The fight between the Hulk and the Hulkbuster armor was AMAZING!  Banner and Stark both seem to have planned for the possibility of the Hulk going on a rampage like this in a meticulous way.  This is something that seems to have been in the back of Banners mind for some time.  He knows just how destructive the Hulk can be, and the fight between Iron Man and the Hulk really served to quantify why he is so fearful of a "Code Green" incident.  It also makes it abundantly clear why he chooses to disappear at the end of the film.

I definitely like how this film also managed to get characters like War Machine and Falcon involved.  They've been cool supporting characters in the other films, and seeing them come into their own in an Avengers film was pretty cool.  As for the new team?  It's going to be interesting to see where things go.  And based on the cast list for the next Cap movie, I get the feeling that the new team may work their way into that film first.


Also feel stupid now because I had no clue Klaw was in that movie. Did I blink and miss the guy in red suit with a cone hand? Or did this have something to do with the Wakanda/Vibranium conversation? We're not talking about that Aussie douche with the brand on his neck I hope?

That's exactly who that was.  He's going to be in Black Panther, most likely with the sonic hand considering Ultron whacked his arm off.

He's South African, but that's besides the point.  I thought his scenes were an interesting way to introduce Klaw, especially with him hoarding vibranium.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: May 13, 2015, 06:34 AM »
Yesterday I finally got a chance to get to the movies to see Avengers - Age of Ultron.  I had been hoping that the trailer for THE FORCE AWAKENS would be attached to this movie.  All told I sat through at least half a dozen trailers and then FINALLY the trailer for Episode 7 came!  I've probably watched it at least a couple of dozen times online so far.  But seeing it in the theater on a big screen?  There's just something so vastly different being in that theater setting that you can't get at home.  And even though I had seen it before numerous times, seeing the trailer in a theater was almost an emotional experience.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:44 AM »
Cool to see the Kree being worked into the series a little more.  And to finally hear the word "Inhumans" mentioned in the course of the show, too.  But with all of these Kree mentions over the course of the series as well as the MCU films, it would be nice to see Marvel working the Skrulls in as well.  But are the Skrulls tied up in the segment of the Marvel Universe associated with the Fantastic Four?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:38 AM »
I haven't had a chance to see the whole episode just yet.  But the end scene?  Just fantastic!  The Stone Men were realized incredibly well.  And the ruins of Valyria looked fantastic.  It also seems that the role played by Jon Connington in the books has been consolidated into Jorah Mormont.  And that really does leave you wondering about Aegon, too.

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So, like, is that morbidly obese Bossk up there?

"Bossk Hogg", per se?

I saw that Trandoshan and thought it was Gah Nackht with a pituitary gland problem. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 5, 2015, 06:10 PM »
Some casting news for Captain America - Civil War.  Marvel announced that Martin Freeman has been added to the cast in an undisclosed role.  And this TIME article lists other cast members who currently include:

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumloe / Crossbones
Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Chadwick Boseman as T'challa / Black Panther

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 4, 2015, 05:19 PM »
Well, there was mention of the Stone Men and the ruins of Valyria this week.  I think that this is leading us SOMEWHERE.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 4, 2015, 04:50 PM »
It seems like the Sons of the Harpy deliberately tried to draw the Unsullied into that alley.  It was tight quarters where they couldn't really use their spears to full effect.  And I was very surprised to see Ser Baristan go down like he did.

Dorne has been interesting so far.  Although I don't know why Jaime and Bronn needed to sail there.  The Sand Snakes were cool, too.  Though I had always pictured them slightly older. 

Tyrion and Jorah Mormont proved interesting.  And it looks like that storyline has been consolidated, too, relative to the books.  And Stannis's talk of Shireen's greyscale seems to be some sort of foreshadowing.

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More May 4th deals at Amazon:
- $12.99 Jedi Luke
- $12.99 Sandtrooper
- $11.49 AotC Clone Trooper

These things are like stock prices.
Clone trooper is at $6.49 now

The others are back to $19.

Just an FYI on the Episode II Clone Trooper.  They may be $6.95, but they aren't Prime eligible.  Shipping is $4.95 for each figure.

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Some cool behind the scenes shots in the full VF article, along with some video, too.

















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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: '67 Shelby Cobra found after 45 years
« on: May 3, 2015, 09:31 PM »
That is an awesome story!  I'd love to see some pics of the car in it's current condition when it finally gets recovered.

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Vanity Fair is set to release an article in conjunction with that cover tomorrow to commemorate May the 4th be with you.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - The Thread!
« on: May 2, 2015, 04:59 PM »
This Hollywood Reporter article seems to indicate that nobody is in a hurry to defend Josh Trank and the way he conducted himself on the set of the FF reboot.  And it seems that producer Simon Kinberg likely had a significant role in pushing for Trank to be fired from the second Star Wars anthology film.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - The Thread!
« on: May 1, 2015, 09:59 PM »
Nerdist ran a piece that mentioned some major discord behind the scenes of the Trank helmed FF movie.  And there's been a healthy amount of speculation that the FF reboot could be a bomb.  Considering those factors, you have to think that Kathleen Kennedy and maybe even Bob Iger lost some faith in Trank's ability to deliver a film worthy of a place in the Star Wars canon.

And then when you add in this new rumor that Joss Whedon has expressed significant interest in directing a Star Wars film?  You get the sense that Joss taking on this project became much more likely.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: April 30, 2015, 10:13 PM »
Messenger spacecraft mission comes to an end.  The probe has given us an amazing level of insight into the planet Mercury.  But the spacecraft has run out of propellant, so NASA has crashed it into the surface of Mercury.


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