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Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter was surprisingly entertaining. It's basically cinematic crack, in a good way, and so completely fun. Rufus Sewell stole Bill Compton's house, and Howard Stark taught Abe how to kill vamps. Also, SPOILER, the black guy lives, which makes a nice change in genre. At the very least, this flick should be a staple for silly movie nights.

The Amazing Spiderman.

Went to the midnight showing...with ten other people. WTF Colorado?? But I got a cool pin out of it, so.

Okay, I actually like this flick a lot. Not Avengers level, but it was completely charming, the writing and acting were strong, and it was just, well, heartwarming and exhilirating and charming. Martin Sheen's Uncle Ben is just so glompable. Can I have him for a dad and a bear mom? That would be awesome. A fine point in the writing is the true absence of cardboard villains; I particularly liked how even the school bully had unexpected moments of warmth.

And Denis Leary! Aw man. ALL THE HEARTS. Quintessential New York, loud and brash and stubborn, but not so stubborn that he overlooks someone clearly invested in keeping people safe. Just great. And the foreshadowing just hits me in the feels. ANYWAY.

So one of my favorite things about Spiderman is how he is a working class hero. He has to get on with the business of life in addition to heroics. One of the strengths of the first franchise was its homage to the people of New York, and this film keeps that spirit absent some of the overwrought sentimentality (which, let's face it, for 2002 the sentimentality worked but ever after is kinda painful). There's a scene in which the blue collar boys help Spiderman and it's just so. fucking. REAL. I love it.

The cinematography is also one of those love letters to the city. Take in the view. It's great. (Sideways: I wish there were as many love letters to other cities. I'd love to see a movie that lingers on skylines and streets as much in, say, San Francisco, or DC. Just the streets and the subways and the life, not the brick monuments.)

NOTE: There's a short post-credits scene early on, nothing after the final credits. I have some strong theories about what direction they are going in.

I'm pretty sure Connors ends up in The Raft. A logical scenario would be to do The New Avengers storyline with Spidey for Avengers 2, and OMG, do I want to see Andrew Garfield bounce off RDJ and Evans, especially if they push forward and go for Civil War. Just, Dear Santa Avi Arad, I have been a very good fangirl, COME ON ALREADY.

Anyway, I'm a happy happy fangirl. I foresee some fun stuff in fandom coming out of this. *G*

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tocourtdisaster
Jul. 4th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
Aren't the rights to Spiderman currently owned by Sony, though? That would make a crossover film difficult, if not impossible.

(And, yes, that's the only thing I'm commenting on since it's the only thing I have even the tiniest inkling of knowledge about.)
caitri
Jul. 4th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Sony agreed to crossovers like two weeks ago? So it's basically a thing.
tocourtdisaster
Jul. 4th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
This would be a thing that I knew if I actually paid attention to Marvel fandom in any way, shape, or form. Unfortunately, I do not. Whoopsies.
tn_tiger
Jul. 4th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Oooh, this is just me personally, but no Civil War for me, thanks.
caitri
Jul. 4th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
I think they started hinting at it in Avengers with the news sequence with bits talking about not being able to trust people in masks or whatever it was. (Sad that after 4 viewings I don't have the quotes right, there's one from a senator person and one from a couple or something.)

I do think they'll do it quite differently from the comics; I think they'll have less redshirt deaths and such. I really do want to see RDJ and Evans playing that intensity off of each other, I think it would be AMAZING.
amine_eyes
Jul. 4th, 2012 09:54 am (UTC)
Ooooh nice to hear about the spiderman movie - debating seeing it if it comes into the MacRobert (as its a student cinema and therefore the tickets won't kill me xDD), so its good to hear that people are liking it and that I might as well :)))
caitri
Jul. 4th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
*G* Glad I could help, bb. ;)
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