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Review: “Thor”

Review: “Thor”

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For a Marvel movie geek, three things were inevitable about Thor: 1) The Stan Lee cameo scene, 2) the post-end credits scene, and 3) nitpicking. Nitpicking is going to happen with any comic book related movie, and I’ve grudgingly accepted it as a necessary evil that certain sacrifices would need to be made in any translation of a story from one medium to another. Thus, certain things will have to be overlooked IF the end result is successful.

Marvel’s version of Thor in its many incarnations has tread a delicate balance of Norse mythology and something flashy thanks to Jack Kirby’s glorious art. In Kenneth Branagh’s movie adaptation of Thor, there are elements of the Prodigal Son, Arthurian mythology, and of course, grounding in Marvel history.

For his arrogance and defiance of his father Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins), King of otherworldly Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is stripped of his considerable power and warhammer Mjolnir and banished to Earth. Making matters worse, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is beginning to discover things about himself, and let’s say he starts some trouble, now that Odin is in a coma. While on earth, Thor is tricked into believing that his father is dead (and three guesses as to who tricked him).

There was the requisite love interest in Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), a scientist investigating atmospheric anomalies. As with recent Marvel movies, the shadowy government agency SHIELD was behind the scenes, and this being a Summer movie, there was the requisite amount of wholesale property damage.

While formulaic, Thor is refreshingly entertaining. Comic book movies rely heavily upon reverence for and adherence to the source material. The result must look and more importantly feel like the comic books. Kenneth Branagh’s Thor succeeds and entertains although the progression from arrogant bastard to superhero wasn’t deep enough, and I could have done without Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), Dr. Jane Foster’s ultra-annoying assistant.

If you still have no idea what the movie’s about, here’s a brief featurette:

The Point Radio: How To Keep An Action Show Hot

The Point Radio: How To Keep An Action Show Hot

In a TV landscape where the bar has been set pretty high by shows like 24 and LOST, how do you keep one action show fresh and compelling – let alone TWO? MATT NIX, creator of BURN NOTICE and THE GOOD GUYS, talks about his weekly balancing act plus Marvel gives the nod for a visit to the big screen for DOCTOR STRANGE.

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The Point Radio: 100 Movies To See Before You Die

The Point Radio: 100 Movies To See Before You Die

The ever popular YAHOO MOVIES site has released a 100 Movie list that serves many purposes. It’s a great conversation piece, a nice look at film classics from the last two decades and an amazing shopping list for NetFlix. Managing Editor Sean Philips explains just how the list came together and what happened when some biggies didn’t make the cut. Plus KICK ASS slides ahead in the Box Office and Marvel unleashes a wall of X-MEN first issues.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Iron Man, Smooth Jazz Style

With Iron Man 2 coming to theaters soon, and fan anticipation at an all time high, we figured it might be fun to take a leap back in time. Here’s a little ‘Iron Man’ ala 1966. Enjoy the smooth jazz theme song! Marvel at the fluid animotion! Revel with each CLANG! POW! and ZZZOOOOOOM! You’ll gasp at the revelation that Happy knew all along!

This wonderfully cut episode pits Iron Man against Titanium Man. We personally love the whole “Radio Show” feel of the piece. And Gene Colan’s Iron Man design is timeless. Of course the special effects are… well… amazing. And the voice acting? Well, it’s not quite Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke, but it should put a lil’ twinkle in yer eyes. So, without further adieu, enjoy the “Cool exec with the heart of steel…”

The Point Radio: PSYCH According To James Roday

The Point Radio: PSYCH According To James Roday

WE’RE BAAAACK! A massive rain and windstorm took out our power and internet for nearly a week, but we’ve bounced right into our pop culture routine with a look at the best episodes of USA Network’s PSYCH, at least according to series star James Roday. And will The Human Torch really become Captain America, plus Marvel covers IRON MAN in a cool new way!

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ComicMix Six: Best Geek-Themed Games for the Holidays

ComicMix Six: Best Geek-Themed Games for the Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, the question becomes: what do you get for the comic-loving gamer in your household?  Well, here are some of the best releases from this year to satiate their comic-gaming lust and keep you looking like the know-it-all Santa.  From purely comic-related titles to one of the year’s best surprises for film-fans, this is the collection to make your gamer happy.

1: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (DS, PS3, PS2, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii)

Playing the previous title in this series isn’t necessary, as the events that unfold herein are actually the video game adaptation of Marvel’s ‘Civil War” event from a few years ago.  As players traverse the games environments, you’re tasked with choosing Pro- or Anti-Registration stance as you recruit new team members for your cause.  Gameplay is multiplayer-centric, as 4 players can team up together to take on all foes in this combat rich title.  As players pair up different members of their teams, stat bonuses reward the player for pre-existing groups (like having all the members of the Fantastic Four as a team, for example).  The control is refined from the previous title, so those who ARE familiar with the series will notice tighter control of their teams, as well ease in combining powers, one of the games newer features.  Here, timed special attacks can be joined with a selected partner for a larger attack, and bigger damage results.  While the ending won’t match the comic’s storyline, players will certainly enjoy all the Marvel references and characters throughout the title, and Xbox 360 and PS3 owners actually can download MORE characters to increase their player rosters.

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The Point Radio: Wanna See Something Really Scary?

The Point Radio: Wanna See Something Really Scary?

Michael Dougherty (X2, SUPERMAN RETURNS) has managed to turn his obsession for his favorite holiday into a feature film. TRICK ‘R TREAT is a horror anthology just released on DVD and we get the scary details from  Michael and star Lauren Lee Smith. Plus Brian Bendis is plunging ahead full steam on POWERS in comics and TV as well as bringing back the Original AVENGERS to Marvel.

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ComicMix Quick Picks: NY Anime Festival grows, comic sales hold, and Hugh Jackman doesn’t stop the show

ComicMix Quick Picks: NY Anime Festival grows, comic sales hold, and Hugh Jackman doesn’t stop the show

Get ready for a special
“still-recovering-from-fasting-on-Yom-Kippur” edition of ComicMix Quick
Picks. Yesterday was pretty busy, and here’s a roundup of the stuff we didn’t get to:

What else did we miss? Tell us in the comments.

‘Surrogates’ underdeliver, Shuster and Ignatz Awards, and other ComicMix Quick Picks

‘Surrogates’ underdeliver, Shuster and Ignatz Awards, and other ComicMix Quick Picks

Quick Picks for a slow Sunday:

What’d we miss? Tell us in the comments.