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#1085 – Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2015 by scotthiga

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I’ve been looking forward to Avengers: Age of Ultron ever since it was first announced at Comic-Con in the summer of 2013. In the almost two years since then, I have been following the production while trying to limit spoilers. I made it through clean and last night was able to fully enjoy Avengers: Age of Ultron.

I was thoroughly entertained by Age of Ultron. After watching it only once, I can’t really say how it compares to The Avengers or the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I can say, though, that it is a lot of fun. A lot of the same pieces from The Avengers are there, but they get used in different ways. Also, the new characters like Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Ultron himself definitely add a lot more to the movie.

Here are some other thoughts I had while watching Avengers: Age of Ultron. Continue reading

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#1083 – Guest Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by scotthiga

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Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t come out for two more days in the United States. However, it came out last week in other parts of the world and my friend Wilko was lucky enough to catch it. Wilko is one of the first people I met through The Christian Nerd. Even though he lives in Namibia, we’ve actually spent time together in real life. Wilko agreed to share some of his thoughts about Age of Ultron, which you can read below.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of watching Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was a great superhero flick with all the key elements to make it enjoyable: fantastic heroes, powerful baddies, great fighting scenes with their fair share of explosions, witty conversation and a decent plot to tie it all together.

In short, it’s a movie that I hope you’ll get to catch on the big screen.

I had a chance to watch it a week early, so Scott asked me to jot down some thoughts about it. (Spoiler free thoughts that don’t exceed any info not found in the trailers, that is.)  Continue reading

#1046 – Review: Big Hero 6

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 9, 2015 by scotthiga

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I finally got around to watching Big Hero 6 this weekend. I wanted to see it in the theater last year but didn’t have the opportunity. The movie was definitely worth the wait, though; it was great.

Big Hero 6 was much more than just an animated super hero movie. The movie has a tremendous amount of heart and that heart is shaped like a big marshmallow. Baymax is amazing; he should join the annals of Disney’s greatest heroes.

Here are some thoughts I had while watching Big Hero 6. Continue reading

2014 Top 5 – #3: #900 – Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 31, 2014 by scotthiga

Guardians of the Galaxy was huge this year. I was shocked that a Marvel movie about an unknown group of heroes in one of Marvel’s most odd settings became the highest grossing movie of the year. GOTG also brought a lot of traffic to The Christian Nerd. My review of the Guardians’ first big screen adventure was the third most popular post of the year.

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I love Groot!!!

I have been looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy for a long time. I didn’t know anything about the Guardians before it was announced. But once James Gunn came on board as writer and director I was sold.

I expected that Guardians of the Galaxy would be hilarious and fun; I wasn’t disappointed. Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t as universe shaking as Captain America: The Winter Soldier but it was so much fun. It is probably the most fun I’ve had with a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

James Gunn’s script and direction were great. Chris Pratt absolutely crushed it as Star-Lord. Zoe Saldana kept the movie grounded and moving forward. Dave Batista brought intensity and ferocity to Drax. Bradley Cooper made Rocket one of the most human characters. And Vin Diesel finally found a role I like; I love Groot.

Guardians of the Galaxy was great. The cosmic side of Marvel’s universe could have turned a lot of people away. However the movie’s humor and Chris Pratt’s performance make Guardians of the Galaxy extremely accessible, even to those who have never picked up a comic book.

Here are some other thoughts I had while watching Guardians of the Galaxy. Continue reading

#1000 – Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 19, 2014 by scotthiga

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It’s hard to believe that The Return of the King came out 11 years ago. At that time I was sad to see Peter Jackson’s epic saga come to an end. I loved his version of Middle-earth and the grand scale of The Lord of the Rings.

I have enjoyed Jackson’s return to Middle-earth in The Hobbit movies. I know a lot of people have been disappointed with Bilbo’s adventure, but it has thoroughly entertained me. I was never a huge fan of The Hobbit novel so I haven’t been offended by the changes and additions to the movies.

I know it’s been getting lukewarm reviews, but I enjoyed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There were major changes from the book, but I’ve decided to enjoy the movies independent of the book. And, as a movie, I thought The Battle of the Five Armies was great.

Here are some other thoughts I had while watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Home

I preferred the original title for this movie: There And Back Again. The Battle of the Five Armies definitely highlights the main conflict of the movie but the idea of home plays a huge role. In An Unexpected Journey Bilbo couldn’t wait to leave the Shire and see the big world. In The Battle of the Five Armies Bilbo can’t wait to get back home. Home carries with it feelings of acceptance and security. Home is my favorite place to be. Regardless of what I’m facing at work, I know that my home is a safe place of unconditional love. And whether we’ve faced down orcs and dragons or just a long day at the office, it’s always good to come home.

Greed

In Wall Street Gordon Gekko exclaimed, “Greed is good.” Thankfully Tolkien had a different view of greed, a view Jackson transferred from the book to the movie. Smaug was a great example of the impact greed could have as it eats away at a person or dragon. In The Battle of the Five Armies Thorin takes up that greedy mantle. Greed is insidious because it makes us insatiable. No matter how much we have or how much we get, greed always wants more. We need to strive to be happy with what we have if we want to avoid the greed of Smaug. I know that I could be happy with a cavern full of gold, I’m happy without it, but all things being equal…

Friendship

I’ve loved seeing the friendship among Thorin’s band of treasure hunters. I actually got a little teary eyed at the end of The Battle of the Five Kings because I had invested so much in the friendships among the dwarves and Bilbo. I still don’t know all of the names of the dwarves but I like how committed they were to each other. We probably won’t have an unexpected journey filled with death and adventure, but it’s still better to go through life with some good friends.

The Hobbit movies weren’t as great as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I still enjoyed my second trip to Middle-earth. Peter Jackson hasn’t ruled out a return to Middle-earth but I don’t know how exciting a trilogy based on The Silmarillion would be. Until then, though, we have almost 20 hours of Middle-earth movies to enjoy.

What did you think of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

#985 – Review: Interstellar

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 28, 2014 by scotthiga

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I finally got around to seeing Interstellar last week and I’m now finally getting around to reviewing it.

I really enjoyed Interstellar. I thought that it was a throwback to the grand, thought-provoking science fiction of Arthur C. Clarke. I can understand why people didn’t like Interstellar, especially if they were expecting an action movie like the most recent Star Trek films. Like the best science fiction, though, Interstellar used the genre to tell an ultimately human story.

Here are some thoughts I had while watching InterstellarContinue reading

#915 – Flashback Review: Galaxy Quest

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 22, 2014 by scotthiga

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Almost a year ago to the day, readers Mickey and Mike called me out for never having seen Galaxy Quest. As a Star Trek fan it seemed only natural that I would have seen a movie that both pokes fun at and honors Gene Roddenberry’s wagon train to the stars. But when Galaxy Quest first came out in 1999 I was distancing myself from my nerdiness. So I never got around to seeing Galaxy Quest until this week.

I really enjoyed Galaxy Quest. The movie is 15 years old but it held up surprisingly well. Some of the special effects weren’t as mind blowing as current effects, but they were still serviceable. Galaxy Quest isn’t about the effects, though; it’s really about the relationships among the “crew” as they all traverse their own personal identity crises.

Tim Allen does an amazing job of channeling his inner Shatner and using his Space Rangeriest voice. Alan Rickman was tremendous as the reluctant second fiddle and Sigourney Weaver was great at portraying everything that Ellen Ripley was not.

I often found myself literally laughing out loud (LLOL) while watching Galaxy Quest, as it played up on so many of Star Trek’s tropes and pitfalls. Here are some other thoughts I had while watching Galaxy QuestContinue reading