‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Interviews

Kevin McCarthy sat down with Joss Whedon, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Paul Bettany, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smoulders to geek out about “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Watch the Interviews

The Town

Genre: Crime/Drama/Thriller
Released: 2010

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Town is very good but has trouble reaching that expected level of greatness. The film delivers some flat characters and story lines but the action, intensity, Boston accents and acting are top of the line. Surprisingly, the best performances of the film come from two of the actors that I least expected it from; Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”). That line particularly goes for Blake Lively considering I haven’t seen her act in a serious action-drama as of yet. When it comes to Jeremy Renner, he has been in some great movies but I wasn’t sure how he would stack up in this movie with a Boston accent. Apparently, he had some trouble with accent but Affleck made him talk with fellow Bostonians to get it down right. That is one of the most important aspects about the film. As Affleck said in a press conference in Toronto, if the accents are off it could throw the entire movie off. There’s just something about a Boston accent that makes the movie even more bad-ass. There’s no reason why but it just does. Read the full review

The Hurt Locker

Genre: Action/Drama/Thriller/War
Released: 2009

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Are we 100% positive that this film is not real footage from the Iraq war? After seeing this film, I now feel that I can say that I have an idea of what it’s like over in Iraq. Most people will say, “You don’t know what it’s like!” Well, The Hurt Locker is one of the most intense, realistic and through-provoking films I have ever seen. I personally have never been to war but we have all seen footage on television and heard war stories so we probably have a small 1% inkling of what it’s like over there. Luckily, we have a film maker like Kathryn Bigelow to bring that realistic experience right to the screen so we don’t have to go. Bigelow shot this film much like a documentary, which gives it that realistic feel that you are watching actual footage from the war. To be completely honest, there were times where I felt that I was watching someone’s home video footage of their tour in Iraq. According to IMDB, Bigelow shot the film on a 16mm camera, which gives it that really gritty and dirty film look. It also helps that the film was shot in the Middle East in a city called Amman, Jordan. Adding to the realistic look of the film, Bigelow also chose to shoot the film on an aspect ratio of 100:1, which according to IMDB.COM was used a lot by Francis Ford Coppola during the filming of Apocalypse Now. To this day, that is the most grueling depiction of the Vietnam war. All of the scenes where Martin Sheen is floating in the boat or even the famous T.S. Elliot recital by Marlon Brando about “The Horror”, were just beautifully shot. Continue reading