So, for my hundredth tumblr post, I’m going to vent a little, because I feel like I’ve been getting a lot of rude comments on my YouTube videos lately. That’s probably just the price of going from around 700 subscribers to almost 2,700 subscribers in the span of two years, but it doesn’t mean I…
I watch your videos because I enjoy your videos. They entertain me and I always love review videos because I value people’s opinions. I think the biggest issue with youtube is with the element of anonymous that makes people impose their opinions to make you cater to their needs. As you rightly said, they subscribe because something is unique to your videos, and like watching a TV show, you don’t like, don’t watch. Youtube will always feel personal because it’s the one area of entertain they feel they can change. In short Matt, I enjoy your videos thoroughly, keep doing what you doing because it’s truly great work you do and I look forward to hopefully meeting you at Vidcon (if you’re going?)
1. First impression: A smart, intelligent fun girl who knows how to have a good laugh. 2. Truth is: What I said is true, but is also a Trekkie and DW fan, and very awesome! 3. How old do you look: 20. 4. Have you ever made me laugh: Yes, I remember the Vokle convos! 5. Have you ever made me mad: Nope. 6. Best feature: Hair! And just your expressions are great (like at the end of 2011 VEDA intro with the hand movements and smirk). 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: Nope. 8. You’re my: Awesome redhead friend that I should really catch up with soon that I believe I’ll see at Vidcon. 9. Name in my phone: Probably would be Emily (number) due to the high number of Emilys I know. 10. Should you post this too? Yes!
1. First impression: Mysterious Californian girl who is very nice. 2. Truth is: Still a Californian girl, still very nice, just a lovely person all round. 3. How old do you look: 23 4. Have you ever made me laugh: Always. 5. Have you ever made me mad: I’m mad for you, does that count? 6. Best feature: If I start listing, tumblr may crash. But will throw the eyes, smile and personality to start with. Wait…tumblr… 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: Yes. 8. You’re my: Girlfriend. :) 9. Name in my phone: It would be Genie 10. Should you post this too? Yes!
1. First impression: Mysterious Texan who doesn’t hold back. 2. Truth is: Still doesn’t hold back, but not as a mysterious as we know each other. 3. How old do you look: 18. 4. Have you ever made me laugh: Mhmm. 5. Have you ever made me mad: I’m already mad as a hatter, how can one go further? 6. Best feature: The hair. 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: Nope. 8. You’re my: Hana-Kimi friend. 9. Name in my phone: It would be Kimber if I did. 10. Should you post this too? I assume you have already.
1. First impression: The mysterious graphics man. 2. Truth is: One of the coolest people I know. So chilled and in with the community. 3. How old do you look: 27 4. Have you ever made me laugh: Of course. 5. Have you ever made me mad: Nope. 6. Best feature: Has to be the whole face, good bone structure. 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: Sssshhh. 8. You’re my: Online buddy 9. Name in my phone: Not yet, but it would be Psaul. 10. Should you post this too? You did this already.
1. First impression: 2. Truth is: 3. How old do you look: 4. Have you ever made me laugh: 5. Have you ever made me mad: 6. Best feature: 7. Have I ever had a crush on you: 8. You’re my: 9. Name in my phone: 10. Should you post this too?
In the past week, I’ve been going through all the current Marvel/Disney films in preparation of seeing The Avengers, of which I saw in the last few hours. I felt that I would prefer seeing The Avengers with full knowledge of these characters and the cinematic universe they have been placed in as Marvel had intended them to be viewed, so I wouldn’t feel out of place when I get there. Now my intention is to give my full feedback. I will note that I haven’t seen The Incredible Hulk, partly due to finding it available has been very difficult, and many have said it hasn’t been essential viewing, I will still eventually see it but I feel that remains to be seen. So on with the reviews!
Iron Man was always going to hold some bias as I use to watch the cartoon pretty often as a child, out of the Marvel Universe, excluding Spiderman and the X-Men, this was one of my favourite characters, and it’s hard not to see why. Up to this point, this is the only Marvel DVD I actually own (mainly due to only seeing the other films within the last week), and as an origin story it’s superb! Now it’s no secret that the first film in a Superhero series will always have the burden of giving the origin story, which acts as a somewhat hindrance to the plot and to this point, I think only two films have excelled at this (so far), one is Batman Begins, the other is this one. This film truly does some excellent storytelling that’s completed with some great pace and direction, with the cherry on top being the excellent casting. Given how much Iron Man meant to Marvel in producing their own films, they put a lot into this and it shows making this a fond film to have. I definitely like watching it when I can because it is that great. I give this an 8/10, it starts off something great and is a definite watch for all.
It’s no secret that Iron Man was going to get a sequel after how well the first turned out, not to mention that this would be the beginning of the build to The Avengers, which I feel becomes one of the biggest problems this film suffers from. I still remember seeing the trailers for this one, and I truly wasn’t sold on seeing, something was missing, and traditionally the sequel is going to be better than the first for Superhero films because of the free reign. Where Iron Man was one of the exceptions for an excelling origin story, Iron Man 2 manages to be weaker than the original story. Where the cast and crew are on hand to still deliver, the plot doesn’t do as such, I feel that it becomes a rehash of Iron Man and repeats itself in some areas rather than expand. The other element is that it spends time to lay the grounds for The Avengers that the film forgets about its own story, not to mention introducing characters like Black Widow and giving some more ground for Nick Fury and Agent Coulson, but after seeing The Avengers they could have replaced Black Widow with anyone else in this film and that’s it. She has a better introduction in The Avengers and feels more of a unique character where in this film, she feels…generic. In short, you can skip this film and jump to The Avengers unless you wanted to know the little details going in. I give this a 5/10, feels average and doesn’t do much, but worth the performances and direction if you don’t mind a lacklustre story.
Out of all the key characters who had their own films, Thor was the least I knew about prior, so I will admit, I had some excitement as to what this new character would be about; the answer is that I feel indifferent. I wanted to learn more about Thor and hoped the origin would provide enough, but there was very little to learn of him afterwards and I certainly learnt a lot more about Loki than anything else, which certain aided The Avengers there as he was the main villain. I can’t fault the actors on this one as you got Anthony Hopkins there, but also Chris Hemsworth would immediately showed his flexibility having remembered him as George Kirk from the recent Star Trek film (yes, Captain Kirk was the son of a god!) But for the plot, it was truly lacking something because the ending felt anti-climatic, and when doing research on Thor the character, this film was a combination of two versions they have used and the plot point of Thor still remembering himself and knowing where the hammer was really bugged me, it hindered a development in the story as it didn’t feel like Thor was being tested, but was rather just suspended for a few days in hope he learnt his lesson from being a bad boy. The other issue is the conflict of two villains, it seem to drive an expectation that there would be more to it and again, feels underwhelming when it made sense in some ways. In the end, I feel like Thor could have been something more and truly lacked something to give it an edge, I would put this more as an essential viewing prior to The Avengers, but as a standalone film, it’s not great and I find this to be the weakest film of the Marvel films to date. This gets a 4/10 from me.
Outside of The Incredible Hulk this had the worst takings, which surprised me as I would have expected the Capt. to get a better reception. I know that after seeing Iron Man 2 and Thor, my expectations were low for how this film was going to be, so I think that could have played a factor for when it first came out. That being said, I enjoyed this film a lot. The one thing that automatically sets itself apart from the last two films is that it makes itself a standalone film and had the subtle references to the universe without it being in your face, it certainly felt refreshing to see. The settings of the 1940s provides something extra that this is truly an origin story, no cop-outs or twists, it is as it is. I must admit, I was reluctant about Chris Evans as I felt he was over-the-top as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four films, but when it came to the Captain, he nailed it! And he is really backed up by a great cast ranging from Hugo Weaving to Tommy Lee Jones, they all provide good foundations to help pace the story out and everyone gets a chance to shine. The nice addition is how real to the times it was set felt, I truly loved the USO parts of the film, granted the Star Spangled Man song has been stuck in my head since that, but it really is catchy. The pacing is good and the character development of the Capt is really spot on, where he still doesn’t know how to fit in until he takes action on his own, that his determination to the right thing drives himself forward and makes him a true hero. It’s nice to see a twist on the outcome of the film, particularly with how this ties with The Avengers and we get an excellent origin story to give a character that is truly fleshed out that we can get behind. I definitely recommend this as I would rate behind the first Iron Man as a good origin story and complemented with essential viewing for The Avengers, it’s worth the watch. The Captain gets a 7/10 here!
Well here are, one of the most hyped films of the year, one of only eleven films to have grossed $1 billion worldwide, was it worth the wait? YES! I’m still in a state of ‘wow’ from seeing it, but then my head might still a bit woozy from the 3D (this is the first 3D film I have actually seen, I could only see it in 3D, which is a disappointment.) But I truly loved it, whether it might be because I am a fan of Joss Whedon’s work or not, this film delivered on many fronts; combining the efforts of the previous films to create this outcome of a story, to strong character development, to a moving plot, to big explosions, it truly is the climax that IM2 and Thor really scarificed themselves to and it delivers in so many ways. Now I might be letting those two films off the hook because of how they serve to this film, but their criticisms are justified. Back to the point, Joss Whedon really made this feel like a compelling story and while he has covered team work often in the likes of Buffy, Firefly and Angel, it really makes each character and plot points work with each other to create something that is just so brilliant. Would have this film succeeded without the others? Probably not but this film did require the momentum of the others to make every aspect work. I will admit that had I not seen the other films, I may have been lost on some characters, so it’s definitely worth seeing the films before it as some characters truly need no introduction and others do, which does get handled well here. Whedon never treats anyone as stupid in his writing and it shows again here, man there’s so many things I want to say because of how great this film is (and I haven’t said much so not to spoil it), but I rather just say, go see it for yourselves! 9/10, Whedon delivers something great here as a result of all these films playing their part, showing that Marvel did something smart with their films and also entrusting it to a fan like Whedon to give something great for all to enjoy. Also as a side note, with the amount of times Fox screwed Whedon over, I just love the karma that occurs with his first Marvel film getting over $1 billion grosses truly showing that he can deliver when given the opportunities, you’ve earned it Joss!
So for those keeping count, here’s how I rank the current Marvel films (sans Hulk).
Iron Man 2
I definitely feel more great things are to come from Marvel after their success so far, I certainly hope Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 will provide more now they don’t have the pressure of building to The Avengers off their backs, and certainly the ending of The Avengers itself promises more to come. Would love to hear your views on the Marvel films, so what are your views, the same here or different?
Favorite Buffy episode? Hush, Tabula Rasa, Once More With Feeling (duh), The Wish, Restless, and Smashed (UNF)
Least Favorite Buffy episode? Ted
Favorite buffy character? Spike (again, duh) or Oz
Why aren’t there any Firefly questions??
Now there are.
Favorite Joss Whedon show? Buffy
Least favourite Joss Whedon show? Can’t really comment as I haven’t watched much Angel and only season one of Dollhouse. I’ll say Dollhouse for now.
Favorite Buffy episode? Nightmares, Surpise/Innocence, Band Candy, Hush, The Body/The Gift, Once More with Feeling, Conversations with Dead People/Chosen. (I always list a favourite episode per season).
Least Favorite Buffy episode? Doublemeat Palace.
Favorite buffy character? Willow
Least favourite Buffy character? Dawn
Favourite Angel episode? n/a
Least favourite Angel episode? n/a
Favourite Angel character? n/a
Least favourite Angel character? n/a
Favourite Firefly episode? Out of Gas
Least favourite Firefly episode? Safe
Favourite Firefly character? Can I put all?
Least favourite Firefly character? Atherton (the guy from Shindig)
Favorite Dollhouse episode? Man on the Street
Least Favourite Dollhouse episode? True Believer
Favourite Dollhouse character? Langton
Least favourite Dollhouse character? Ballard
Favorite character from Dr. Horrible? Captain Hammer
Character you love that everyone seems to hate? The Dummy from Season One of Buffy?
Character you hate that everyone seems to love? Dawn, do people like her?
Whedonverse OTP? Jayne and Anya, I can imagine the exchanges between them.
Favourite season of Buffy? I’ll go with Two or Three.
It’s been almost two and a half years since I won the Lash Allure contest, which boasted a prize of one hundred thousand dollars.
It was early October of 2009 when Shawna first skyped me the link for an American-based YouTube video contest which claimed you could win 100k simply by making a…
I still remember voting for you in this contest. To me, the fact you honoured your charity cause and still gave your mum the trip to Rome was more than enough to say that you honoured your planned choices for the money. As for the decision to go to LA instead of college, you did the right thing, nowadays people look for experience as opposed to education, and if you felt you learned more than what college would have provided, then it’s not a shameful choice to make. You never know what life throws at you and you have shown to embrace what lies around the corner because you’ve made each opportunity count. I honestly look at your newest videos today and feel proud to have made that choice to vote for you simply because you are getting to where you want to be. What you do with your life is your choice and what the supporters want, more than anything, is to live your life and be happy. I’m glad you’re doing that because you made a success out of an opportunity, and I find it very inspirational.