A new of DVDs found their way onto my shelf this week, including The Wild, Game of Thrones Season 4, Foxcatcher, and John Wick. And a book too: As a fan of @MYSADCAT on Twitter, I couldn't resist getting Tom Cox's The Good the Bad and the Furry.
my earlier review, we can add a constant bait and switch - the monster we first see isn't Godzilla, just as the stars we first encounter aren't the actual leads of the film, etc. - and the anxieties of modern warfare which foreground the human story (just as the original Gojira represented Hiroshima to the Japanese). Where it lags is in the second half when its human hero ceases to interact with anyone of consequence, divorcing the audience from its identifier. The extras include in-universe documents about Monarch and the monsters (making sense of the opening credits, for example), as well as a fairly long making of.
original review here) is really a spy-level Avengers and - you know what? - one of my very favorite Marvel Studios films. I'd forgotten half of the cool action scenes in this flick, not because they're not memorable, but because there are just so many. I realize it has that plot I hate to see in every freaking Mission Impossible movie, where an evil faction takes over the "good" agency, but what can you do. On the War Machine vs. Falcon debate, I fall squarely on Falcon's side, a much better character in my eyes. Redford still "meh" as a villain; Garry Shandling steals the show with a single short scene basically. Man, I love movie Cap, I wish he wasn't considered the runt of the litter behind Iron Man and Thor. Few extras on Marvel's DVDs... Winter Soldier has a deleted scene, and a brief featurette about what's in his little "to experience" notebook and how it was changed for different markets. Neat!
original review here), I thought was one of the weaker films in the series, but no, it's much better than the original Thor. It should really be called Loki: The Dark World, and I'm not sure it would have sold less if it had been. Loki gets the best dialog - though on second viewing, Odin gets the very best lines - but Thor does get his cocky, badass moments. For some reason, my mind kept going to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, probably because Elves in spaceships is rather close to Romulans in spaceships, and his Nero wasn't all that far from Dark World's Malekith. Neither had much of a personality (sadly). The DVD's extras are even lamer that Cap's. A deleted scene too, but the featurette is an exclusive look at... Winter Soldier. Well, at least I got a Cap featurette on ONE of these releases...