Deadpool (2016)

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Deadpool: Chicka-chickahhhh

Starring: Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/DEADPOOL, TJ Miller as Weasel, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Ed Skrein as Ajax and Gina Carona as Angel Dust, dir. Tim Miller. Ghezal’s Deadpool review 🙂

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Cinematographer: Ken Seng (Quarantine, Bad Words)

Captain America: Civil War (2016) Movie Review

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Is it wrong of me to think everything could have easily been solved if all teams came together and had a reasonable debate a la 12 Angry Men about their issues??

So I will admit that I am not an insanely huge fan of the superhero/comic book genre. I like certain additions to the MC and DCCU (the first Avengers & Ant-Man were fun, BvS was ehhhh), I despise certain additions to the superhero genre in general (I consider The Amazing Spiderman to be an abomination), overall I will watch whatever comes out but I certainly do not fawn over them. The Russo Brothers‘ second addition to the Captain America trilogy and MCU is an incredibly action-packed and entertaining blockbuster that I am happy I watched.

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Many concur that the action scenes in this movie are phenonmenal, particularly that Airport Scene. Read/watch whatever you hear about that scene, it will live up to your expectations by showcasing every member’s abilities brilliantly with dashes of humour sprinkled in that, unlike Age of Ultron which falls slightly into the latter of my superhero genre additions, work to add to the experience of the movie rather than hinder it (in my humble opinion). Personally I found the characterization of mostly everyone to be wonderful, and as my friend Diego of the Lazy Sunday Movie Blog eloquently put it in his reviewCivil War is “a whole lot better than some other super hero movie, which had to juggle less characters and had tons of material to use but still managed to ruin the story.” This is something I appreciated because by the end of it, I felt a connection with a majority of the characters, and there are a ton of characters. Chris Evans‘ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark both had justifiable reasoning in their beliefs, although one weaker link I found was Sebastian Stan as Bucky/The Winter Soldier..

Look, I get it. Shit is tough. Revelations are made in this movie I don’t wish to spoil. But Bucky says something to Tony toward the end of the movie that made me go “why would you say that??” And Stan’s performance is… okay. Of every performance, Stan’s was my least favourite. I personally thought his dead eyes felt more like a moody goth circa 2003 than a domineering figure and since like 90% of this movie hinges on the character of the Winter Soldier, I wanted to have some sense of struggle or hurt this guy was feeling. Instead I honestly thought the world would’ve been better without him… Sorry Cap. You’re still incredibly beautiful

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I mean… really…

You know who I loved? Paul Bettany as Vision.. I think he is my favourite character in the Avengers lore. I found his chemistry with Elizabeth Olsen really great and I want to see more of that hulking, beautifully synthetic man.

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Civil War suffers from Constant Weird Extreme Close Up Syndrome. Many scenes wherein the plot was attempting to be developed felt incredibly stagnant at times and although the action sequences were fantastic, there were times where I thought “PLEASE ZOOM OUT! I DON’T NEED TO SEE THE LUSCIOUS MANE OF SO AND SO!”

How were the Black Panther and Spiderman introductions?
I mean this with all sincerity, Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther and Tom Holland as our new Spiderman were two of my favourite aspects of Civil War. Black Panther had a presence to him and I was intrigued by this guy, I wanted to know more. Spiderman… Oh boy. This property is finally in the right hands, that is all I will say about that.


If you’re looking for a welcome addition to the MCU and want to see two heavyweight superheroes you know and love go hard at it, check out Captain America: Civil War. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go ogle that Chris Evans gif for another hour or ten.
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Captain America: Civil War receives 4/5 Matt Damon heads

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

ggThor: Stark is right.
Bruce Banner: Ooh, it’s definitely the end times.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the Maximoff Siblings, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawk-Eye, dir. Joss Whedon

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Cinematographer: Ben Davis (Layer Cake, Stardust, GoTG)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Peter Quill/Star-Lord: You said it yourself, bitch.
We’re the Guardians of the Galaxy.


Starring: Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, dir. James Gunn.

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Cinematography: Ben Davis (Layer Cake, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange)
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Movie Review

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You know what? It was better than I thought


I will keep this one short and sweet because we all have read/watched the copious amount of reviews for this incredibly mixed-feeling movie, directed by Zack Snyder.

Side note: One of the biggest gripes with this movie prior to watching it was that trailer #2 (do not watch this trailer if you still haven’t seen the movie) they released back in December. Look, I like watching trailers. Trailers are supposed to make you excited to watch a movie you may or may not have been anticipating. I wanted to hold out hope after watching that trailer that just maybe it didn’t reveal too much… After watching the movie a couple of days ago and rewatching it tonight, that trailer makes me irrationally angry.

The movie itself: it is certainly gorgeous looking.

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oh you know you look gorgeous, you beautiful man

Nobody denies that Snyder knows how to create a complete orgasmic experience for the eyeballs. The movie certainly looked beautiful in all of its glorious grittiness, however there were certain moments that were quite overwhelming. Maybe it’s because the colour scheme throughout was rather dark, when the brightness popped it fucking popped.

Batfleck was incredible. I loved this incarnation of Bruce Wayne. Henry Cavill is also a phenomenal Superman. Gal Gadot really surprised me as Wonder Woman because I thought she absolutely killed it. There is no definite consensus for the new WW, but I really enjoyed her performance; there were some moments where her accent protruded her portrayal but that didn’t deter me too much… I have nothing constructive to say about the following: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor was one of the aspects I absolutely hated. He felt like a spastic moron throughout it and really the only time I felt any genuine fear of him was during the scene on the rooftop. And he kept his twitching at a minimum during that time which was why I liked it.

Onto the movie, if I had to sum it up in one word it’d be “enjoyable.” Many scenes could have been shortened or cut out entirely. I feel disappointment that keeping those scenes hindered elongating the actual fight between the two titular characters… You know… where the “versus” comes into play… And there are a shitton of instances where you find yourself going, “wait.. what? Wait.. who is this and why is this like that… what??
However, again this movie is action-packed. Anytime we got any actual fighting occurring I was intrigued. Seeing Batman utilized that Batclaw made me extremely giddy. I am excited to see more of this Batman because he is bad. ass.

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If you’re looking for an enjoyable, action-packed superhero movie with two heavyweights you know and love being on-screen together, you probably already have, but check out Batman v Superman.


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice receives 3/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Deadpool (2016) Movie Review

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Well.. Deadpool has managed to ruin any future “superhero” movies for me.

  • Deadpool also managed to make me laugh harder than an accumulation of a number of recent comedies whose ENTIRE purposes (that’s a word, right?) was to make me laugh.

  • Good god man Deadpool is a refreshing fucking piece of work.


    Tim Miller’s directorial debut is, as mentioned, a refreshing take on the superhero genre complete with profamity, sexy times and all that glorious, glorious violence adult audiences have been craving for. What really made me enjoy Deadpool, besides of course all the giddy “OOOOH HIS HEAD FELL OFF!” moments, was the underlying heart this movie had that completely caught me by surprise.

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Still a better love story than Twilight
This movie easily could’ve turned into the usual guy-has-to-save-his-damsel-in-distress that just sprinkles in random bursts of violence that only serves to shock the audience.. The chemistry Ryan Reynolds & Morena Baccarin have is instantaneous and you know what? I found myself feeling rather emotional at certain parts that I did not expect at all… The pairing of Wade/Vanessa is my favourite romantic coupling of any superhero/comic book film. Really the chemistry Reynolds has with everyone in this movie is terrific.
A common problem many films have are secondary characters that get lost in the plot and only serve to hinder the viewing experience.
  • From TJ Miller’s comic relief that never bordered on being too much.
  • To the tag team hero duo of Colossus & Sinead O’Connor (I can never remember her name..)
  • And the villainous duo of Francis/Ajax & Angel Dust.

Every character served their purpose and never became tiresome. The only “weak link” I can find is wanting to know more about our antagonists & their motives.. Even then, the mystery surrounding it builds intrigue and, if the stories are correct and we get a sequel, hopefully we’ll have the answers. For Miller’s first ever attempt at directing a film the action scenes were shot fantastically, the use of slow-mo was done nicely and the CGI was done seamlessly; Colossus was particularly brilliant, I could not see any hiccups when it came to his CGI.

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The dialogue during the scenes between characters is written witty and wonderfully, however, and I chalk this up to Miller’s first go around at a major motion picture and my nitpicking, there are certain scenes filmed that simply went from one character to the next that occasionally bordered on stagnant. Again, the actual writing made the scene entertaining however I did find myself tiring on the simple medium shot of character X and back to a medium shot on character Y… That’s really all I find at fault with it!

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Deadpool and Colossus’ banter throughout had me holding my stomach in laughter

If you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh using the juvenilest of humour while also having a protagonist that is the very definition of flawed & insane, please watch Deadpool and encourage more movie studios to take a chance on similar properties… Alright I need to go watch it again and make mental notes of all the jokes.


Deadpool receives 4.5/5 Matt Damon heads.

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