Connecting Deadpool Two FOX’s X-Men Universe & A Review


By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Ryan Reynolds had a crazy, mixed up career in superhero movies. His past appearances as Green Lantern, or Deadpool .5 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine were harshly criticized, In Blade: Trinity, I paid attention. As a handsome and talented actor, he is second to none. As a voice over talent, he made Guy (the smooth as silk boyfriend in The Croods), a fun focus. I knew he has a terrific sense of comic timing. Translating that to Deadpool, the merc with the mouth, and anyone can clearly tell he is having fun with the character. He totally owns it!

Gutsier out-there comic book movies with the R rating needs to be made (hint: bring Lobo to the big screen). Whatever the joke which was removed because of the pending Fox-Disney deal, I hope it can surface just so I can see how badly that scene would have ruffled feathers. This movie is simply terrific with all the meta jokes made and is worth revisiting to catalogue them all.

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Deadpool, Solo Mercenary or Hero in Disguise? A Movie Commentary & Review

Ryan Reynolds is born to play the sarcastic anti-hero Deadpool far better than his previous role in Green Lantern.

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Ryan Reynolds is born to play the sarcastic anti-hero Deadpool far better than his previous role in Green Lantern. I did not find the latter movie utterly terrible. It just suffered from too much CGI and a goofy plot. But as for the previous version of this mercenary, I thought the previous incarnation suffered from lack of a solid concept and in how the producers did not understand the character at all. No prior knowledge is required to realize who he is in this latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe helmed by Marvel Entertainment. Technically, he belongs to 20th Century Fox, but a few nods suggests the possibility he will enter the fray when the movie version of the Infinity Wars begin. In the comics, the cosmic entity Death once took an interest in this mercenary with a heart, recognizing the fact they are kindred spirits.

A few ideas are taken from the comics outlining his origins. In what’s expanded upon, his beef these days is with stalkers preying upon innocent girls. In a previous life, he was a mercenary for hire. Just where he got his training and killer instincts are mildly explored. More detail would have helped define this movie as a game-changer, especially when he’s known by a few super-heroic groups as a man needing a just mission instead of being on one fuelled by hate. In this film’s case, it’s to put to rest his anger for the mad scientist, Ajax / Francis Freeman (Ed Skrein), who created him. Some people would be glad to acquire super powers but for wade, he does not quite want it. He just wants his life back before the experiment.

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Tearing Down the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) Because We Can

Movie PosterWhen good cops die, they do not necessarily go to Heaven. They have the option to join the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) instead. For this film that is now out of the box office and heading to second tier theatres for a resurrection, the price of going to see this flick is not too bad.

Audiences can see how Boston cop Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) gets betrayed by his partner, Bobby Hayes (Kevin Bacon), over a bit of criminal activity that they think they can get away with, going to Hell is the last thing either of them have to worry about.

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Is DreamWorks Turbo Worth the Hype?

Here we meet Theo (Ryan Reynolds) a comparatively small gastropod who dreams big.

turbo-movie%202013%20posterJames Shaw: To be honest, I never expected much from DreamWorks Turbo. The premise is simple: the story takes place in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley of California (although I suspect the suburbia was North Hills). Here we meet Theo (Ryan Reynolds) a comparatively small gastropod who dreams big. He wants to live life in the fast lane like his idol Indianapolis 500 racer Guy Gagné (Bill Hader).

But working at the plant (of the garden variety) daily is slowing him down while his unimaginative brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) is holding him back. Things take a turn for the better when an accident makes Theo realize he’s halfway to his goal. But will a chance meeting with dreaming taco stand co-owner Tito (Michael Peña) help him finish his journey?

Ed Sum: I do not know, but in the teaser trailer, I can not help but liken this snail’s newfound abilities to that of some effects shot used in the Spider-Man movies. To see him affected in a microcellular level made me think of him maybe turning superhero. I am not surprised that the adage of with great power comes great responsibility gets played up in this film.

J: I wondered after Theo became the insect world’s version of the Flash, who is there left to race against? I thought Nascar. I was wrong…but close.

E: There’s actually competing against the speedster himself, but that is not going to happen. DreamWorks does have a good “track” record of putting out entertaining hits. I thought this film would belong on my list of movies to miss seeing, but I had to see this movie before I could believe in the impossible. Even before James and I went to the theatre, he admitted that the concept was ludicrous and it was not worth seeing. I wanted to see some light-hearted animated product and dragged him along. At least in that department, this film delivers.

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Turbo Red Carpet in Barcelona

Turbo will be in North American theatres July 17, 2013.

The premiere of Dreamwork’s new computer animated film Turbo hit Barcelona, Spain 2 days ago with actors treading the red carpet and bathing in the Spanish spotlight.

Director David Soren was in attendance with cast members Ryan Reynolds (Turbo), Samuel L. Jackson, (Whiplash) Snoop Dogg (Smoove Move) and Michael Pena (Tito). Audiences were treated to songs on and off the Turbo soundtrack by Snoop Dogg and Soraya Arnelas.

Turbo will be in North American theatres July 17, 2013.

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