Movie of the Week: Ant-Man

I did it! I finally managed to go watch Ant-Man (last week)!!! 😀

I was a bit skeptical when the movie started (and sometime in the middle), but somehow the movie works. When I can get over the creepiness of all those ants, it is pretty spectacular. The fact that the first scene has Peggy Carter and Howard Stark, as well as a much younger Hank Pym, really warmed my heart! (Peggy Carter just has to be in all Marvel things now, right? It’s in her contract?)

The fact that the storyline wasn’t about saving the world, but was a heist, was ingenious and ultimately made the movie better, it stayed grounded, it showed that although Ant-Man has the potential, he’s not yet up to par with the Avengers. That’s “realistic” and it made the movie thoroughly enjoyable. Speaking of the Avengers, that scene with the Falcon was pure genius!

Paul Rudd is amazing! He’s so lovable and funny (but a kind of cute funny). Evangeline Lilly was alright as Hope, I look forward to see more of her as the Wasp 😉 ! I thought the “romance” was super well done, because it never takes from and center screen, actually, we don’t actually see the kiss, it totally blindsided me, though I had thought it would be obvious if they got together at some point.

Michael Douglas is pretty great as well as Hank Pym, and I loved his chemistry with Paul Rudd. Again, Paul Rudd is already a Marvel superhero!

If I had to pick a favorite scene, it would be that last part when Michael Peña’s Luis is telling Scott how Falcon’s looking for him… I cracked out laughing! He has some pretty amazing moments within the movie – I think some people in the theatre wasn’t really happy by my laughing sound – but that last scene stole it for me.

All in all, not my favorite Marvel movie, but definitely entertaining and worth the watch. And probably the one where I laughed the most (seriously, I think I was snorting at some point).

Movie of the Week – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Wow, I hadn’t posted about a movie in a while… oh well, here it is… When I got back to Portugal, after my trip to Brazil, I managed to include a visit to the Movie Theatre with my friend, to watch (by then, very late) the new Avengers movie.

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Let me start of by saying that I loved the movie. Granted, I wasn’t as surprised and excited as the first one. It wasn’t as good story wise as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But nonetheless, it was AWESOME! And for the life of me, I can’t understand all the hating towards it. Warning, there will be SPOILERS!

What I loved:

  • This movie was a Clint Barton fest and I was delighted by it. Hawkeye hasn’t been the center of attention in none of the other movies because he doesn’t have powers or lots of money, but here we see how much the team needs him and it’s glorious. Jeremy Renner was amazing.
  • The Vision is from now my favorite new Avenger, yup, no doubt about it. He’s like an upgraded version of JARVIS, he flies and he can create clothes… what’s not to love? Paul Bettany, who was present from the beginning of the MCU as JARVIS, was absolutely amazing as Vision and I can’t wait to see more of him.
  • Speaking of JARVIS, I will miss him most of all…
  • Thor and Tony comparing their wives (girlfriends, whatever), in a game of who’s better and more accomplished was hella cute and such a break from the usual system.
  • I really loved that Sam and Rhodes were at the party and I was really glad when War Machined showed up to fight. It would have been nice however to see Falcon there as well, given the wings and the fact that they were in the air… it would have helped.
  • Oh Captain America, poor baby, my heart breaks each time that he has a scene with Peggy Carter…
  • Pietro and Wanda Maximoff were pretty great. I was a bit wary about Quicksilver, given than just last year we saw a version of this character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but I have to say, that even though Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was amazing and lots of fun, I kind of liked Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s version a bit more. I think they made Quicksilver more human, which makes sense, given that he was never without his sister.
  • Bromances all around! I love the Bruce/Tony bromance, but my heart gave a little jolt when Thor sided with Tony!!!
  • There were some amazing fight scenes!!! =D
  • The New Avengers!!! Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, The Vision, Scarlet Witch and Falcon! Can’t wait to see them in action on Civil War!!
  • I really loved that Natasha was made Clint’s BFF and that his kids call her Aunt Nat… It was adorable…

What I wasn’t especially fond of:

  • The plot was really complex, which made the story seem confuse at times. I don’t know what they could have done differently to fix it… everything was important.
  • I wanted to slap Bruce Banner really hard… First, I don’t think they should have gone there with Natasha and Bruce, yeah they have some kind of weird chemistry, but they shouldn’t have implied that she would abandon everything to be at peace with him, I don’t think that’s in character for her, and it really bothered me.
  • Nick Fury. What the hell was he doing there? They did not need him, his lines could have been said by Maria Hill and his named dropped and that would be ok… no need to bring him there (especially because he’s supposedly dead!).
  • There weren’t enough outside shots of Iron Man. Most of Iron Man scenes were done inside the suit and I felt that the suit did not see much action.
  • Oh, yeah, Pietro dying?! Not OK people… not OK at all!!!

I guess this is it, I need to watch it a second time though 😀 !!!

Farewell Marvel’s Agent Carter, I hope I see you again next year!

Marvel’s Agent Carter’s last episode of the first season aired just a few days ago and I already miss it.

I don’t need a congressional honor. I don’t need Agent Thompson’s approval or the president’s. I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.

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To sum things up quickly, Peggy fought Dottie and barely won, then she had to convince an hypnotized Howard Stark to turn his plane around, because he wasn’t on a mission to recover Steve, and so, she had to let go of Steve (twice)… (Tears…), then Sousa saved Thompson (amazingly, might I add) and they arrested Ivchenko. Jarvis gave Peggy the vial of Steve’s blood (that Howard had stolen again from the SSR), thus showing his loyalty to her. Howard Stark lent his house (one of them) to Peggy and Angie to live in – given that their living arrangements and work conditions were shredded thanks to him… to which Angie was super happy about (I could see them having a fling in the future, if they eventually meet). Back at the SSR, Peggy finally gets the recognition she deserves, but Thompson (to my great disappointment) get all the credit for the mission, not even mentioning the fact that it was Peggy who saved the day… Sousa is outraged, but Carter assures him that she needs no one’s approval, she knows what she’s worth! Poor Sousa then asks her out for a drink, to which she says no, she has something to do, but her smile when he’s not looking tells me that he might just have hope and that leaves me super HAPPY!!! I ship them, haven’t I mentioned it before?!

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(Doesn’t she look nice?! With the shield and everything?!)

Hayley Atwell was magnificent during this 8 episodes. The range of emotions and abilities that she displayed was amazing. The last scene where she finally lets go of Steve Rogers broke my heart (and tears came again…).

Dominic Cooper is just perfect as Howard Stark! He makes Howard impossible to hate – no matter how much you know you should! One of my favorite moments in this episode was Thompson speech about Stark, where Stark just says the most outrageous things and you can’t help but totally swoon over him… Like father, like son!

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It has been 8 weeks of watching James D’Arcy in completely different shows and roles. Man, that guy can act! Whether he’s playing murderous and creepy Lee (Broadchurch) or nice, funny and loyal Jarvis (Marvel’s Agent Carter), he’s just amazing! Jarvis is definitely one of my favorite characters in TV.

I absolutely loved this show, there was not a bad or dull episode, and the story was interesting and kept me hooked. Given that they joined now Ivchenko with Zola, I hope they show what that collaboration might lead.

I desperately want a second season! I think a short season of 8-12 episodes would be ideal, since they still have much to tell between this point and the establishment of SHIELD. ABC, please, please, please, bring Agent Carter back!

Marvel’s Agent Carter: A Sin to Err

Oh, wow! Wow, wow, wow! Now it’s getting really interesting!

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Carter finally manages to pursue a case on her own, somehow convincing Dooley that the only way that Stark was played was if it was done by a woman, and she believes it was a woman who received training at the Russian facility they had just been in. She enlists Jarvis to make a run through all the women that Howard had slept with (and “broken up” with) in the previous 6 months. Poor Jarvis… he gets slapped and kicked, while Peggy tries to see if any of these women is the spy she’s looking for.

Peggy: I need you to get me a list of all the women that Howard has entertained in the last year.
Jarvis: I’m not sure there’s enough ink in all of New York to complete that request.
Peggy: Fine, just in the last six months then, is that possible?
Jarvis: Oh yes, I suggest we start with the Western Hemisphere.
Peggy: Oh please.

  

Meanwhile, back at the SSR, Dooley is trying to get information out of the Doctor, but there’s a twist (and I did not see it coming), Dottie, who’s apparently getting ready to kill him, communicates and takes orders from him… so, I’m guessing he’s Leviathan?! He then tries to manipulate the chief, failing he does the same to a junior office, who ends up stepping in front of a truck after giving the old Doc some valuable information.

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Sousa finally confirms that the woman in the party and everywhere else is indeed Peggy Carter and (unfortunately) informs the chief. So, the manhunt begins… Peggy though, is much smarter and tougher than all those men combined, and wipes the floor with most of them… she even knocks out Thompson (oh yeah!!!).

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When Sousa threatens her with a gun my heart broke – I SHIP THESE TWO PEOPLE… YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART!!! But Peggy knew he wouldn’t shot her (and she wouldn’t hurt him – unless absolutely necessary) and she manages to run away, back to the Griffith to collect Steve’s blood sample that she stored there.

Sousa: Peggy, don’t run. If you run I’ll know it’s true.
Peggy: I’m sorry Daniel.

Obviously, Sousa and Thompson run there as well, and she only just manages to elude them, thanks to Angie, who pulled a performance worth to be on Broadway… poor Thompson only response was “please stop”… points to Angie for even managing to cry on his shoulder =)!!!

  

When she finally thinks she’s safe to leave, she encounters Dottie on the corridor, all saint-like like Dottie is when she’s not killing people. Dottie surprises Peggy here, planting a kiss on her, laced with the lipstick that Peggy usually uses on her victims… bye bye Peggy, sweet dreams. Lucky for her, just before Dottie does anything else, Sousa and Thompson arrive and take Carter into custody.

The episode ends with Carter being howled into the SSR and beginning to being question by Sousa, Thompson and Dooley. She tries to explain that she can explain everything, she hasn’t committed treason, but they’re having none of that, and she finally is treated like one of the boys..

Don’t go easy on her just ‘cause she’s a girl.

Oh man, I know Daniel will go hard on her, the man is just broken, we can see that he really liked her. My question is if Jack might somehow be a bit more understanding of her, seeing as they were in combat together and he has seen how she works. Either way, I’m not sure how she’s going to get out of this… I mean, we know she does, but HOW?!

This week on TV (like, Monday and Tuesday, 2-3 Feb)

The whole week was getting a bit big, so, here’s Monday and Tuesday’s shows:

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Jane the Virgin (Chapter 12):

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This week Jane and Rafael visited Luisa in the “nut house”; Rogelio was fired from his telenovela, Milos finally found Petra and we finally learned the identity of “Sin Rostro”.

I have to admit that I love Rafael and Jane together, I love how normal their relationship is. Jaime Camil’s Rogelio is just amazing, it’s impossible not to love him, he totally broke my heart while he was dealing with the loss of his job and the fact that his daughter finally called him “dad”. Petra and Milos working together was just amazing and the fact that Jane was actually her shoulder to cry on. Finally, did you see the identity of “Sin Rostro” come?! I totally thought it was Petra’s mom… I was so mistaken!!!

“You can’t have The Passions of Santos without Santos! Then it’s just Passions, and that show failed!”

   

Sleepy Hollow (Spellcaster):

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A lot of witchcraft going on… So, Henry is alive and well and ran into some conscious problems, but not anymore… and what’s more, Frank is working with Henry and they’re planning something nasty!

I still don’t like Katrina, and now, with the white eyes and messed up things going on, she’ll definitely turn bad at some point.

Also, how’s Ichabod and Katrina’s marriage?! They’re living under the same roof, but are they even having sex?!

   

Castle (I, Witness):

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Poor Castle had it rough this week. After an old school classmate asks for his help as a PI, determining if he’s having an affair, and ends up being a witness for a crime that did not happen… he really had a tough time.

As entertaining as it is this whole PI thing from Castle, when does he get back to the precinct?!

   

Broadchurch (Episode 5):

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Wow, it still amazes me how they are keeping up the quality of this show. I still have no idea who the Sandbrook killer really is, I think Tom know more about Danny’s death than he has let on.

I’m so scared that Alec is not going to survive this season… he looked really bad this last episode.

Ellie Miller is my hero! “I’m gonna solve this!”, that’s the spirit girl!

   

Marvel’s Agent Carter (The Iron Ceiling):

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Why aren’t more people watching this show? It’s amazing! This week we got the Howling Commandos back, Thompson finally saw Peggy’s worth, while Sousa started to connect the mysterious blond to Peggy Carter.

It was great to see “Dum Dum” Dugan again and to see how the Howling commandos treat Peggy, so differently from the people from her own squad. They respect and admire her, and view her as an equal sometime, and as a superior most of the times.

Dottie… oh man, Dottie… she’s a Black Widow right? Same type of training and everything… it’s scary!

  

Forever (Hitler on the Half-Shell):

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I really enjoyed this episode, though how can they be somehow “pardoning” Adam, after the way he had just killed that guy in the container, is beyond me.

   

Supernatural (About a Boy):

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Mini-Dean (Dylan Everett) was just the best, almost as good as real-Dean (Jensen Ackles), he nailed it … I mean: “My voice is weird and I’ve got like nine zits and I have zero control over this. I mean, it’s up, it’s down, it’s up for no reason!”… Hilarious!

I love that they got Mrs Patmore from Downton Abbey to play the Witch, she was marvelous!

And Dean (mini and big) liking Taylor Swift?! OMG, I laughed so hard at that!

   

The Flash (Crazy for You):

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Caitlin and Barry coming to the conclusion that they have no personal life, going up for drinks and karaoke, and then Barry not only holding her hair while she throws up, but putting her on her pajamas, getting her to bed and staying with her until she fell asleep?! Cutest thing ever!

It’s great that they both decided to move on, but was it just me, or Caitlin was a tiny bit sad that Barry had a date with another girl? Speaking of Linda, how bad was that burn Iris?! Right? Is she going to realize now, that the guy is dating, that she might have had feelings for him all along?

The thing that surprised me the most was that fact that Cisco was kind of a badass… he’s got some moves.

I love that Barry’s dad figured it out that he’s The Flash, and managed to tell him how proud he is of him and for him to be careful, without actually telling him that he knows. Barry has the best dads!

In how many pieces can SHIELD break my heart?!

MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back with a different (and awesome) vibe. A lot of new faces, a new location, new responsibilities. But the real question is: how heartbreaking was it?! The answer?! A LOT!!! MUCH MORE THAN IT SHOULD! Warning, it will contain spoilers…

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1. The first couple of minutes broke my heart for all the right reasons: Agent freaking Carter and two of the Howling Commandos!!! That’s right! The episode opens in 1945, with Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi) and Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough) – reprising their roles from Captain America: the First Avenger, doing groundwork against HYDRA, setting the newly founded S.H.I.E.L.D., and it’s glorious! – Drum roll for tear number 1, 2 and 3!

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2. Leo Fitz… There’s a constant reminder throughout the episode that Fitz is very clearly not alright. He has trouble remembering words and forming coherent speech, most of the times managing to do so with the help of Simmons… – a lost count of the tears by now, seriously, Fitz is like that man-child that under no circumstances should be hurt, never, ever… and he has, and it hurts. Brilliant job by Iain De Caestecker through the whole episode.

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3. All the new faces, for what? Seriously people, what’s wrong with you? How do you figure: “let’s introduce all these great characters and then let’s kill most of them by the end of the hour.”?! Four new agents were introduced: Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), Izzy Hartley (Lucy Lawless), Mac (Henry Simmons) and Idaho (Wilmer Calderon). But by the end of the hour, and after Hunter performs and amputation on Hartley, two of them are killed. I was shocked, I thought that Lucy Lawless would be, for sure, a recurring guest star, I mean, she’s freaking Xena! – Tears number… (something) – this twist surprised me, it showed that they have balls on that show, and that this season is going to be unpredictable!

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4. No hugs?! I was expecting Coulson to at least give one small little hug to Skye… but no… sad!

5. Melinda “mama” May! Oh yeah, May is in full protective mode. She’s more “human”, I like her even more!

6. It’s all a matter of priorities. Coulson establishes in this episode that he has stepped in his role as SHIELD director, which means that he had to set his priorities straight and think about the greater good and not on what’s best for the people he loves. This is heartbreaking, because you know he has to be like that, but it’s like losing the part of Phil Coulson that I love. Let’s see what the next episode brings.

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7. And it turns out, there was no Simmons there after all… yeah, Simmons left, apparently because she felt that Fitz would be better off without her. Except that he isn’t. He sees her, he only talks to her and she’s just a figment of his imagination, of his need for her… I’m curious to what led her to make her decision, because there better be a good explanation, otherwise, I don’t know if I can forgive her 😦 !!!

ABC picked up Marvel’s Agent Carter!

ABC is riding the Marvel superhero wagon! After renewing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC has picked up Marvel’s Agent Carter as a show, coming this fall. The show, from Executive Producers Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Steve McFeely, Christopher Marcus, Jeph Loeb, is set in 1946 and follows the story of Captain America‘s Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) after losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers, and going on missions for Howard Stark.

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Well, we know she was one of the founders of SHIELD and we can only hope that Dominic Cooper might appears sometime as Stark senior…