Captain America: The Winter Soldier

July 15, 2015

[Drift #9]

This is the ninth of the Avengers podcasts, originally begun in the second volume of this show, Digital Gonzo. 

The second solo outing for Captain America has already proved immensely popular and we focus on what a strong, lean, politically charged action thriller it is. Far now from the Nazi-punching Indiana Jones style adventure of The First Avenger and separated from the volatile super team of which he had to make his mark as a significant member, this time Steve Rogers is left all alone in a world he's seven decades out of step with.

As well as welcome newcomers Falcon and Winter Soldier we talk Robert Redford's Alexander Pierce, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Maria Hill and how this advances and changes the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

Our returning Avengers reviewers include Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Neil Taylor and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst. This episode features spoilerific discussions on all the previous Marvel movies, including Thor: The Dark World.

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Thor: The Dark World

July 15, 2015

[Gonzo #156]

Back with Avengers Phase 2, we have the second film in the series. This time, freed of his origin and following the events of the Avengers crossover, Thor is off on a world-spanning adventure to prevent some dark elf or other from bringing the universe to darkness and blah blah blah. 

The plot was surprisingly unimportant to the grander scheme of things. It's just a series of visually stunning events conveyed with flair and humour, which just so happens to allow Thor to clash again with his father, relate to his mother, meet Jane again, look very pretty and intense and form an uneasy alliance with a newly freed Loki.

All credit to Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. They make for a fantastic pair of charismatic, warring onscreen presences and most of our podcast is spent discussing these two. As well as this there is a points of view section with community feedback on the film, a brilliant article written by Hiddleston himself prior to The Avengers and some extended chat on the continuation and expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Joining me are Sharon Shaw of Do try This at Home, Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and David Merrett of Gonzo Planet's Words of Merrett column. 

Next week, a preview of my first proper book, The Cartographer's Handbook, which will be available on Kindle and audio in mid-December. 

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Iron Man 3

July 15, 2015

[Gonzo #154]

After the deeply satisfying climax of Phase One, we are back to kick off Phase Two, starting here with this year’s Iron Man 3, followed next week by Thor: The Dark World, out in theaters now. Next year we’ll be back with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, then Guardians of the Galaxy and finally in 2015; Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Back from the Phase One I am joined tonight by members of my original team; Neil Taylor and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse.

Now we have had a deluge of opinion on this movie, which itself has been rather divisive. Like Superman Returns, Man of Steel and Watchmen, Iron Man 3 provoked strong feeling from many people who were able to express them creatively in this ensemble piece. So this is another rather fascinating Dynamic Analysis, alternating essay material with round-table chat segments. See you in seven day for more Thor. 

  • Trailer 
  • Intro Chat and First Impressions
  • Travis De Santis on Iron Man 2
  • Glen Watts on Tony Stark
  • Honest Trailers: Iron Man 3 
  • Alex Spencer on The Mandarin
  • Nama Chibitty also on The Mandarin
  • Mandarin Chat & Abandoned Concepts
  • Jamas Enright on Pepper Potts
  • Lorin Grieve on PTSD
  • Music and Trevor chat
  • Ryoma on the Iron Man Suit
  • Andy Rodriguez on Avengers Phase 2
  • How Iron Man 3 Should Have Ended
  • Alex Shaw on the Path Interrupted
  • The Future of the Avengers series chat
  • The Avengers Sell Out
  • Some Questions & Final Summation

Extremis Motion Comic!

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The Avengers

July 15, 2015

[Gonzo #72]

This is the sixth and final of the official MARVEL superhero movie reviews for now. In the future we will be returning to Marvel with reviews of the Spider-Man and X-Men film series’, and maybe a few of the others like Daredevil, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Ang Lee’s Hulk. We will also be covering any subsequent movies from the Marvel cinematic universe including Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2 and the inevitable follow-up to The Avengers. But right now we’re focusing on this culmination of years of setup and expectation as The Avengers Assemble.

This is actually the first ever Gonzo show I've recorded where myself, my guests and the rest of the world have only just seen the film in question for the first time. in fact it launches in the USA tonight. This makes for a slightly different discussion, not least because this is also the culmination of four years of waiting, longer if you're a Marvel fan. It is also a new beginning for comic book movies and my theory is that in twenty years this will be seen as one of the first truly successful crossovers.

Joining me once again are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0, Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. Some of the things we didn't mention on the show that need mentioning...

1. The Helicarrier was awe-inspiring.
2. Black Widow did her fighting without high-heeled shoes again and in fact pointedly picked them up afterwards.
3. It would appear that the Americans get a brief post-credits Easter-Egg so stick around until the very end. That goes for this spoiler-packed podcast as well.

In the next few days, the second Gonzo Planet Audio Magazine show, along with a very important announcement about the Gonzo Planetary Expo 2012. Then next week a whole new long-running film series gets reviewed.

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Captain America: The First Avenger

July 15, 2015

[Gonzo #71]

This is the fifth of six reviews of the MARVEL cinematic universe. This show covers the not the first but certainly the finest cinematic outing for the star-spangled man with the shield..

This was another tough movie to make happen considering America’s relationship with war over the past decade. If they had gone too patriotic the rest of the world would have hated it, too down on America and the domestic box-office would suffer greatly. In the end the smartest thing to do was to put Steve Rogers in the context to which his character was created. The simpler times of the 1940s where heroes were lantern-jawed and villains were hideous and motivated only by hate. It could have been disastrous. It wasn’t. Find out more inside, true believers!

Joining me once again are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0, Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. To finish off we also talk about some of the best and worst MARVEL video games out there as well as some wild speculation on what might happen in The Avengers that will seem dated within hours once people start seeing it.

Neil and I also place a bet.

We will be back next week, champing at the bit to talk about The Avengers.

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Thor

July 15, 2015

[Gonzo #70]

This was a tough one for MARVEL. DC spent years developing the similarly magic-based superhero movie; Wonder Woman and ultimately stalled, ironically letting go the director of The Avengers. The rest of the established Marvels have their background in science, albeit fantastical science from the mind of dreamers. Thor has his basis in actual Norse mythology, given a space-age refreshing by Jack Kirby. The challenge was to sell modern cinema audiences this shining hero for the first time and make him every bit as believable as Iron Man.

Joining me once again are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0, Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. We will be back next week with Captain America: The First Avenger.

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Iron Man 2

July 15, 2015

[Gonzo #69]

The first film was a huge success, but with The Dark Knight, expectations were driven far higher, both in terms of box office and critical success. This led to a hell of a lot of people being incredibly disappointed with iron Man 2. In this show, we defend the most maligned of the five MARVEL's  whilst clearly defining its lazier, sloppier moments. We highlight it's strengths and the intelligence and heart at the core.

And of course there is the matter of Scarlett Johansson.

Joining me once again are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0, Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. We will be back in just a few days time with Thor.

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The Incredible Hulk

July 15, 2015

[Gonzo #68]

This is the second of six reviews of the MARVEL cinematic universe. This show covers the 2008 Requel (a portmanteau of both Sequel and Reboot) of The Incredible Hulk. This is a character who has been rendered onscreen many many times and unlike Iron Man, was not only fully formed in the minds of the public but had received a theatrical outing already.

Marvel's job with this film was to deliver something more fun than 2003's HULK, directed by Ang Lee (now officially a parallel universe one-shot, what-if origin story), as well as setting up an ongoing character that would tie into The Avengers and future films.

Joining me once again are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0 and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet.

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Iron Man

July 15, 2015

[Gonzo #67]

This is the first of six reviews of the MARVEL cinematic universe. Each one will cover a different movie in the run-up to The UK theatrical release of The Avengers, which will be the sixth and final part for the time being.

1. Iron Man (2008)
2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
4. Thor (2011)
5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
6. The Avengers (2012)

This first show covers Iron Man, arguably the best of the released movies so far. A critical and box-office high for Robert Downey Junior and director John Favreau and the beginning of a new renaissance of Marvel comic book adaptations.

Joining me on the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier to cast a critical eye over proceedings are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0, Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet.

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Terminator Genisys

July 13, 2015

I did go to see it in the end.

I stand by my initial warning. It’s not worth you seeing. But listen to this podcast and you can get the full plot, as described by myself, James Carter of Cane and Rinse and Derrick Ritchie of Console Ninjas as we describe it to Sharon who hasn’t seen it.

Having said all that… it’s not quite as bad as T3 and Salvation, in fact there were one or two bits I rather liked. It’s more reverent than the third movie and less boring than the fourth. The writers clearly seem to be able to understand time travel more than the other guys.

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