A Slow Start, But We’ll Be Back, Ready, & Awesome – Editor in Chief Message for May 2015

May.

The month where the weather gets warmer, grass is freshly cut, and classes are now coming down to the wire with finals and graduation preparation. Some of us, both me and the staff, will be on crunch time but when it’s over, we’ll be doing one hell of a comeback.

This month for the entertainment world, there’s a lot to see and offer. For movies, it’s no surprise (personally, I didn’t do it) that you’ve seen Avengers: Age of Ultron two or three times now over the weekend and our writer Stephon has a review up!. Later, we’ll see a post-apocalyptic world with crazy scavengers and high octane car chases in Mad Max: Fury Road, see a nation against others in a crazy acapella competition in Pitch Perfect 2, an out of this world adventure to a city of tomorrow in Tomorrowland, follow a CIA analyst in her transformation as a secret agent in SPY, and see California get hit with seismic natural disasters in San Andreas.

It may not be much this month, but for games, they have us saving the world from evil forces in The Witcher III: Wild Hunt and a PS4 re-release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for the Playstation 4. We also may be taking a break from the gaming, but we won’t stop streaming on our Twitch channel with Mortal Kombat X and Bloodbourne gameplay from our streamer, Brandon P.

Also, it’s a good time for your favorite fall shows to have their season finales such as The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Arrow, Chicago P.D., and more.

We have a huge announcement next week on Monday, May 11th. Stay tuned, it’s quite awesome.

From us and the rest of the staff, we want to say thank you for your patience and for those who are on finals, we wish you all the best of luck is passing them. For those graduating this month, congratulations!

As always, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com, and be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Stay Cool,

Me Chibi!

-Grayson M.

Avengers Age of Ultron: Dominating The World As We Know It

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This weekend finally saw the release of one of the years most anticipated movies in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s not a secret that this movie is gonna rake in the money and at this point the argument isn’t about whether the movie is good or not, but will it surpass its 2012 predecessor. No need to go any further, lets just jump right in.


Unlike the first movie, the team is already working together and have their hands full when they take on Ultron; a peace initiative designed by Tony Stark turned ruthless A.I. that’s hell-bent on human extinction. Ultron isn’t the only problem as the team has to deal with a pair of super-powered twins who seem to have their own agenda.


avengers_age_of_ultron_teamThe movie begins not unlike how the previous movie ended. The team is doing the “avengers” thing and it’s cool. It’s a good way to get people into the movie by giving them a piece of what made the first one so beloved. It doesn’t take long to move off the tracks a little bit because once all the fighting is over, it seems like we get thrown almost right away into the middle of the story without a proper set-up. It almost made the villain feel forced into the story and that’s not a good thing because it messes with the pacing of 1936dbdceaa4644169795e9c4f972d83the movie (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt the quality of the movie itself but we’ll get to that later). It doesn’t help that if you blink you kind of miss the entire back story of two of the more important characters in Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) Maximoff. Also, there were some instances that saw plot points from the first movie being rehashed (and is even covertly mentioned by one of the characters) and keeps this movie from distinguishing itself from the former as a more original entity. Besides a couple other small scenes that seemed a bit unnecessary or could have been done better, the movie flows pretty seamlessly.


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The biggest strength of the movie is in its character development and the dynamic relationships the heroes share. One of the best scenes in the movie involved the heroes… well… not actually being heroes for once. 130123_oriThe interactions between any combination of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rodgers/Captain America (Chris Evans), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) contained either humor, drama, or a mixture of both and were delivered admirably. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) both share intimate scenes which accomplish the task of providing both exposition of who they are as people and depth to characters who were severely lacking it. Speaking of characters who severely lacked depth, there was definitely a concerted effort to make Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) a more important character and it was done almost flawlessly. I won’t spend much time on him (because it would spoil it a bit) but, his character was a joy in the movie and was a crucial part in more ways than one. Even the cameos (none of which I will spoil) were great and made an impact on the movie outside of just taking up screen time.

If you didn’t think the heroes were the brightest spot of the movie, then it was because Ultron (James Spader) stole the show. Ultron is probably the most polished villain the cinematic universe has put on-screen. He was calculated, ruthless, but not without purpose and Spader was just about as good an actorcleaner-lead-age-of-ultron-trailer-leak-141022-665x385 as you could find to fill this role. While some may have found his mannerisms a bit too humanistic, I would remind them that this is a different story with different core aspects and therefore Ultron’s character reflects that quite a bit. By extension, the inclusion of Vision (Paul Bettany) was almost, if not, just as important and show stealing to me. The stark contrast in the characters and their ideals made for great moments at times in the more tense scenes. He really became one of my favorite characters by the time the whole thing was over.


9F5KAva55gWxAnd What would the movie be without a big action sequence, I mean c’mon, this is still an action movie right? Was it big? Yeah it was! Did it raise the stakes from the first movie? Definitely! It was what everyone was waiting for and did not disappoint. So much of the action was vivid, clean, and looked as if it were ripped right off the pages of a comic book. The tone was refreshingly different and It definitely brought the feeling of desperation among the heroes. Many of times there was a question of what was gonna happen next, because the tension mounted with every passing scene. Every character gets a piece of the action, but unlike the last time the end is a bit different.


130122_oriVerdict: This movie is everything you want in a blockbuster. It was fun, action packed, and felt like an event. I wish the Maximoff twins had been better utilized. It seemed as though there was a lot left out and considering the fact that the blu-ray will contain an extended version (three hours) and an alternate ending, we’ll see if it was for the best, but a longer run-time actually could have been beneficial. Also, the humor wears on you by the end of the film, but there is no denying that Joss Wheden knows how to handle a large cast of characters. Many had reservations because the cast seemed so large, but this movie handles a large cast better than any movie I have seen. Even with that, Everyone who plays a role in the movie and  the cinematic universe at large seem genuinely excited to be apart of what is happening and you can see how comfortable they have all come to be in their roles. As someone who will continue to watch the cinematic universe grow, that is what I am happiest to see. I am ready to see Whedon move on though as I feel we’ve reached the limit of what to expect from his style. The Russo’s were effective in creating a great story for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I think their direction is one well worth taking.

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets a 4 out of 5

+ Great chemistry among the entire cast

+ Action scenes were second to none

+ The slight change in tone works well throughout and especially in the climax

+ Ultron… nuff said

– Could have been paced better

– Just needed more scenes with the twins (because they were pretty good when they were there)

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now.


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and sorry, he doesn’t do social media. But you can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub

Marvel’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Movies Finally Have Directors!

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Well, It’s official. Marvel finally put the word out that the one’s to take on their Infinity War films will be Anthony and Joe Russo. Pretty straight-forward press release, but you can read a part of it below.

As anticipation and excitement build to a fever pitch for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the blockbuster sequel to the third-largest movie of all time, Marvel is proud to announce Joe and Anthony Russo will join the franchise as the directors of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.”

If you don’t know these guys, you do know of one of their most successful films in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A film that was one of the highest grossing films in 2014 and is considered by many to be Marvel’s best movie to date. In addition, they are also the currently at the helm for next year’s follow-up film Captain America: Civil War.

These talks have been going on for quite some time with whispers as recent as two weeks ago that the deal had been sealed. It is only now that there is some confirmation amid all the rumors. Filming has just begun for Captain America: Civil War so don’t expect to see anything regarding the two-part film for some time.

Captain America: Civil War is headed to theaters on May 6, 2016 while Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 is schedule to release May 4, 2018 with the second to be expected almost one year later on May 3, 2019.


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and sorry, he doesn’t do social media. But you can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub

 

If Only Avengers: Age of Ultron Ended Like That…

NBC’s Saturday Night Live is known for it’s quirky humor and parodies. This past weekend’s episode featured none other than the Thunder God himself, Chris Hemsworth! Check out the skit below.

Let’s hope the movie doesn’t end like this.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st, 2015.


Grayson M. is the Editor in Chief of Teh Lunchbox Publications and he really wonders if Thor goofs off like that. For more up to date news, information, previews, and reviews, keeps it here at tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com, and FOLLOW and LIKE us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube.

New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Is Here!

Last week, we did tell you that Robert Downey Jr. had a big announcement coming and boy was he right.

Today, Marvel Entertainment released a brand new trailer of the upcoming film, Avengers: Age Of Ultron!

From what we’ve seen already, this will be a fitting end for Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we’re excited!

Wait a minute…was that The Vision at the end?

Official poster for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Official poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st, 2015.


Grayson M. is the Editor in Chief of Teh Lunchbox Publications and his Summer 2015 movie list is gonna start off just right. For more news, previews, reviews and other information on the entertainment world, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW US on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.