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Civil War Brings Fun Back to the Movies

SmuttyCat is pleased to stop napping for the latest comic to screen success for the Disney-Marvel behemoth: Captain America: Civil War. Face it, movies are only fun if we care about what happens to the characters. The magic of Captain America: Civil War is that there is no truly right or wrong side. The issue of saving lives without collateral damage is complex and without easy answers.

Marvel in partnership with Disney has proven themselves to be the kings of the action-superhero film. They have managed to walk the fine line between drama, humor and action. In doing so, they have created a stable of characters that moviegoers like SmuttyCat are fully invested in.

From Iron Man, the genius boy who won’t grow up to Black Widow with subtle undercurrents to Nick Fury the flawed leader with a huge heart, it’s impossible be unbiased on these characters. Now, Civil War asks us to choose which heroes we want to back. Both sides have a valid point, so how do you choose?

Well, if you are part of this crew, you choose with your fists! At stake is the issue of choice. What is the price of surrendering our right to make choices in the moment. Technology has forced this issue into the light, think of the recent Apple-FBI standoff. Do we surrender our rights to choose security for the ability of the government to investigate? What price are we willing to pay? And is a governing body a better decision maker than an individual confronted with a problem?

These questions may be tossed around, but the main course is the ACTION. The fight sequences alone are worth seeing this movie. But CACW also hints at movies further out in the Marvel Universe. Spiderman makes a decent showing but the breakout star is T’Challa. Chadwick Boseman is both regal and bad ass and has more gravitas than the seasoned characters.

If you only see one movie this year, this is the one.

Fantastic Four Reboot Clobbers Boring

This is what the Fantastic Four should have been. Fun, adventure and great effects. The addition of the Marvel team to Fox and friends ramps up the fun factor by 200 with great results.

Unexpected casting, a twist on the origin story (from Ultimate Fantastic Four) and effects that come straight from the Disney/Marvel toolbox deliver a movie to look forward to. Now, SmuttyCat is not saying this is the next Avengers: AOU, but the FF reboot is clearly a summer fun romp. Action, effects and Dr. Doom, what more could you want?

Check out the trailer and get ready to spend August 7, 2015 inside your local theater.

Avengers Age of Ultron Awesomeness

SmuttyCat loves superhero movies done well. Avengers Age of Ultron goes above and beyond with action, angst and armor. The movie opens with the team in action cleaning up Hydra elements.

Avengers logoLater, as the team kicks back to relax personalities start to shape up. Black Widow is cool and ruthless. Banner almost comes to terms with the Hulk and Tony Stark uses brilliance and insanity in equal portions.
While story concerns may give some more screen time, this is a true ensemble project. All of the heroes are great and all are flawed. Captain America seems to be the one most at peace with what and who he has become.

ultron rocksUltron Rocks

Yet the run away center of this magical entertainment is James Spader as Ultron. The delicate truth of Stark’s alter ego run amok is portrayed with sly ease by Spader. Being a Blacklist fan, SmuttyCat enjoyed watching Ultron and creator match wits. If AOU has any weakness, it is not having enough time to delve deeply into the elite chess match between these two. Oh, and the brother-sister accents are awful.

genius at work!!SPOILER ALERTS! !

Hulk-buster armor with flying backup! SmuttyCat wants one. Stark tech continues to rock extra hard. While the multiple robots Ultron uses mimics Iron Man 3, Tony continues to upgrade.

Hulk fist bumpAwesome fight of all time award to Iron Man vs Hulk. Major fist bump heard around the world. Grand Diva entrance award to Ultron who reminds the Avengers they don’t get to be normal. Best line of dialog toss up; “you get hurt, hurt back. You die, walk it off”. And “go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep” lullaby sung while pile driving the Hulk’s face.

The grade? Script – A for great continuity of series, if not true to print story. Acting – A+ for all around good performances from all. The weary but determined heroes back in the muck again. Effects – A+ for lack of cheesiness. Pacing – A- for simply too much action to cover in too little time.

Marvel has created a masterful formula for action/hero movies that will be hard to top for the foreseeable future. And that’s just fine with SmuttyCat.

Don’t take SmuttyCat’s word, check the trailer for yourself, then run to the nearest theater.

weary heroesRobert Downey Jr., as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, James Spader as Ultron, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff, and Jarvis gets an upgrade when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Gotham Grabs You

SmuttyCat would like to introduce you to his new love: Gotham. A beautifully scripted and acted drama on Fox TV by DC and Warner.

The story centers on the time immediately following Thomas and Martha Wayne’s murder. The development of heroes and villans is shown up close and in gritty color. Gotham does a wonderful job of showing how a simmering cesspool of greed and apathy explodes into super freaks. It becomes clear that if Batman had not come along to save this city, it may have been nuked off the planet by neighbors.

Ah, yes the DC TV comics machine rolls on. Marvel may be the massive behemoth of the big screen, but DC has become the undisputed champ of the weekly series in comics.

Following on the strong response to Arrow and Flash, Gotham shows that good stories and compelling characters will still bring in viewers. The only question SmuttyCat has is why DC would farm this show out to a different network. CW has been doing such a great job, did Fox out bid them? Something to ponder during nap time. Enjoy the clip, then be hooked.

The Dark World is Comming

ThorThe Marvel hits keep on coming with Thor: The Dark World arriving November 8 and the official trailer being released for Geek Week.

While Thor tries to fix all the problems created by Loki from the first Thor for the nine realms, along comes more trouble from before recorded history.  Just what a hero needs, ultimate trouble.  While Marvel has kept the exact nature of the threat under wraps, comic fans everywhere are speculating that it will be Malekith or Surtur, or possibly a combo.  All we know is that the threat is “a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself” (Marvel press release).

No matter the villian, Thor: The Dark World has plenty of action, beautiful Asgard scenery and of course, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).  Jane lets Loki know her feelings on his attack of earth pretty clearly.  Go Jane!  In addition, Thor (Chris Helmsworth) has longer hair giving him more of the Norse god look than before.  As if all those muscles needed accenting.

If you need more reasons to watch when it comes out, the video below says it all.

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, SmuttyCat may not get any sleep until 2016.  Yawn, nap time right after another peek at The Wolverine.
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Wolverine is Coming!

The Wolverine Movie
Smutty Cat is in the middle of a summer glut of great movies. There are so many, Smutty Cat is falling behind on his naps.
Now along comes The Wolverine movie, another Marvel spectacular.

Spoiler Alert!

This adventure finds Logan, aka Wolverine wandering and dealing with the aftermath of having to kill his teammate and love interest, Jean Grey after she nearly destroyed the world.  He does not seem to be taking it well.

As usual, when Logan is trying to be left alone, trouble comes knocking.  Can’t a guy just drink whiskey and smoke a stoogie in peace?  Apparently not.  While debating the merits of an offer to make him mortal, trouble from the past tries to make the offer moot.

Logan responds Wolverine style.

From Smutty Cat’s perspective, Wolverine is the most complex and interesting of the X-Men characters.  Maybe it’s the claws, but Smutty Cat really identifies with this character.

Let Smutty Cat know if you’ll be clawing into theaters to see The Wolverine.

Iron Man 3 New Trailer

Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

SmuttyCat has just watched the newest trailer for Iron Man 3 and can only say; MWOW!!!

The action, drama and effects are all just what we have come to expect from the great Marvel Movie Machine and more.

The glimpse of Tony and Rhodey reaffirms the snappy banter of previous IM movies.  But the best yet is (spoiler alert!); an army of remote controlled armor for back up!

Whoo hoo!  SmuttyCat is dancing on his hind paws in anticipation.  CGI doesn’t get any better than this, and everyone knows SmuttyCat has a thing for robots.

So now, when can SmuttyCat get his hands on an army of remote Iron Man armors?  Anyone have a hook up, cause this would really be helpful in SmuttyCat’s plan to take over the world.

Just sayin’.

Animation Giants Come in All Colors

(Credit:Facebook fan page)
(Credit:Facebook fan page)

Dwayne McDuffie: Comic Giant

Smutty has long been interested in animation, comics and superheroes.  However, the inspiration for creating a feature animation came from following the career of Dwayne McDuffie.  Smutty believes in giving credit where it’s due, so this post is dedicated to the great animation talent, Dwayne McDuffie.

First and foremost, Dwayne was a native Detroiter, born, raised and educated here.  His education included a master’s degree in physics.  No silly fanboy here.  McDuffie has worked at Marvel, DC and co-founded Milestone Media, the first minority-owned comic publishing company.  His work includes printed comics and screen animation.

Even if you are unfamiliar with Mr. McDuffie, you have probably seen his work.  Justice League Crisis on Two Earths and Justice League Doom were both written by McDuffie.

He created Static Shock!, wrote and produced Justice League Unlimited and wrote for many other titles including Ben 10: Alien Force and Teen Titans.

Sadly, McDuffie died on February 21, 2011 the day after his 49th birthday.  He leaves behind a legacy of pioneering work for other minority comic fans and creatives to follow and enjoy.  Smutty gives him the 4 paw up salute.

Thank you Dwayne, you are loved and missed still.

McDuffie on being Black in the Animation Field

Thank you to the following resources; Wikipedia, IMDb, Dwayne McDuffie.com