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Movies for the Week of May 2nd, 2014

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2


Charley McMullen:Well, shit.  I feel about this one much the same way I felt about the previous one.  I’m glad they’re rebooting a franchise that actually needed it (all due respect to Sam Raimi), and this does not look half bad.  The cast is good, the story appears to be in good shape, and they appear to be sticking to the source material (and closer to the character of Peter Parker) a lot closer than most comic book adaptations usually do.  I’ll probably see this and enjoy it just enough to not shatter my faith in comic book movies completely. Here’s to hoping, true believers!!

Justin Widerski: Now for as much of a hard-core comic fan as I am I must shamefully admit that I haven’t seen “Amazing Spider-man” or “Man of Steel.” Neither of these movies really interested me enough to see them in theaters and I continue to forget about them so I never rent them. Being a big fan of the Raimi “Spider-man” films I had a lot of problems with the first “Amazing Spider-man,” mainly the costume and the grittier tone. These seem to be rectified in “2,” because this movie looks like the Spider-man film we should have gotten years ago. Humorous, crammed with great fight scenes and actually faithful to the comics (at least the Ultimate-verse which I still enjoy) maybe not in continuity, but in spirit. I’m probably going to watch the first one just so I can see this one.

Alex Jowski: So I guess all that debate about “OMG they cast a black guy as Electro” is pretty moot now since the character is BLUE.  I should really get around to watching the first one of the new Spider-man movies.  This one looks pretty exciting and, like all other sequels, I’m sure it ups the ante of whatever the first one had to offer.  It looks like the typical fare from Marvel’s cinematic universe, which is a good thing.  I’ve been much more open-minded and anticipating these movies.

Though I do have to say that casting Jodi Foster as Harry Osbourne is a bold movie.


Martha Page: My daughter Fiona LOVES Spider-man.  I’m taking her to see this movie for her birthday and I know I’ll enjoy it too because Emma Stone is always awesome.

Mistress J: Excuse me, I just geekgasmed on the account of all the awesome & need to go put on some clean underwear now….

mister X:probably a fun mainstream roller-coaster ride, but all i feel is…meh. first, looks like half the movie is already out there (like last time) between all the trailers and previews, second: sorry to sound like a broken record but cheesy cgi takes me out of an action scene SO fast n’ EVERY shot of electro looked hokey to me

for reference: i thought raimi’s 1st was ok, 2nd was pretty awesome and 3rd was VERY disappointing-but this one just feels…overwhelming?

Mike White: Harry Osborn and Peter Parker are really good friends. I remember that from the first Spiderman reboot movie where… What? He wasn’t in it?  But now he’s good pals with Peter Parker? They didn’t set up the sequel in the first one?  Oh… What did they set up in the first one?  Dead parents, right. Okay…

I gotta be honest. I didn’t see the first Spiderman Reboot (Spiderman 4?  Spiderman 1.1?) for months after it was out. Maybe over a year. I had no desire to see it.  And, frankly, I have no desire to see this one, especially after the lackluster reboot. I have no love for Spiderman III but Spiderman II was one of the best superhero movies I can remember and I’m sad that a lot of people overlook it in favor of bashing on III and embracing this reboot series.  Not my cup of tea.  And, it looks like Spiderman 2.2 suffers from the same faults that Spiderman III had: too many damn villains.


Glenn Criddle: Well it’s Spiderman. Puns aplenty and a crapload of action. The trailer has a lot of promise and the film itself is pretty good but is a mixed bag of some great stuff and some stuff which makes it overly long. Going by the trailer you’d expect wall to wall action but it is often paced a lot more sedately than this suggests so if you enjoy blockbuster comic adaptations then by all means check it out but just be aware that there is an awful lot packed into this not insubstantial runtime.


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Formerly known under the pseudonym of Alex Jowski. Site owner, movie aficionado, and film school grad. Matthew Coats presents reviews, some written, some as vlogs, and some as weekly shows, for a variety of different movies and television shows. After years of struggling to get his own projects off the ground amidst the normal routine of living, Matthew Coats decided to create a site in order to share and promote movie reviews, video games and much much more from talented and original people all across the internet.
  • Mike White
    May 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Kind of sad by the geek hate against the Rami Spiderman. I still contend that the first two were pretty great.

    • jwiderski
      May 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Yes they were! In a way they’re forgotten classics like the rest of the “Last-gen” super-hero movies

    • May 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      At the time of it’s release I called “Spider-man 2” the best and most perfect superhero movie. While I don’t necessarily find it that near-perfect in hindsight, I still find it to be a very well-done movie.

  • May 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    so really…NO one noticed dem victorian titties but me?

  • Charley McMullen
    Charley McMullen
    May 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Referring to the Green Goblin as “Gobby” and putting an actor as expressive as Willem Dafoe in a stationary helmet are my two main beefs with the first Sam Raimi Spiderman film. I didn’t like it at all.

  • MsK
    May 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Didn’t like the first Spider-Man that much…didn’t like the choice of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. But the second one made me change my mind. Andrew Garfield perfectly grew into the role and looked like he was having the time of his life. Overall the performances were great…especially Dane DeHaan.
    As to “Where is my elephant 2″…I was disappointed as hell. It had some nice ideas but overall it was nothing new.

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