The Avengers 2 trailer was fantastic, but I'm still not sold

*This blog post does contain spoilers to Iron Man 3, Avengers, and the Avengers 2 trailer*

The title seems click-baity and weird, especially since I absolutely loved Avengers and the vast majority of the Marvel Cinema Universe films.  If you've followed my blog over the past couple years however, there's one Marvel movie that makes me furious to think about: Iron Man 3. 

You know why? The trailer was incredible, and totally hinted at a deeper, darker direction for my favorite Marvel character.  It had dramatic narration, and the appearance that the arrogant billionaire, Tony Stark had lost everything at the hands of a terrorist played by Ben Kingsley.  

Due to my love for Iron Man and Tony Stark as a character, I was highly disappointed by the end product.  The movie was riddled with uncomfortably frequent humor, failed to fulfill the promise of a great villain, and really didn't strip Stark of all his riches, just his suits (kind of).  Ben Kingsley's talents were wasted on a goofy character who was an actor pretending to be a villain, not the terrorist we saw in the trailer.  The writers attempted a twist that resulted in the plot being based around Guy Pierce's vendetta against Stark (and eco-terrorism?).  In regards to the plot, it was all over the place, trying to bring an almost noir feel that just didn't work.  

If Iron Man 3 gave us what the trailer promised, it would have been awesome, however the writers just didn't have the restraint to leave out some humor in exchange for something actually a little dark.  All the one-liners and jokes between characters lighten the mood, making the situation far less weighty, yet Stark has panic attacks after the events in New York in Avengers.  Marvel was a little better at balancing serious with funny in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, so maybe Avengers: Age of Ultron will be all it says it will.

I will hand it to Marvel; they know how to make a damn good trailer.  The James Spader-voiced Ultron gave me chills in the last couple seconds of the trailer, as did the Iron Man vs. Hulk smackdown.  I think the movie will be great, and even Iron Man 3 wasn't bad film, just not nearly to the standard of other films in the Marvel Cinema Universe.  

Speaking of which, here is my list of the Marvel movies from best to worst (if you were curious):

Guardians of the Galaxy

Avengers

Iron Man

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Iron Man 2

Thor: The Dark World

Thor

The Incredible Hulk

Captain America: The First Avenger

Iron Man 3

Thanks for reading my rant.

Taking photos with the iPhone 6

You may have or have not noticed that I have been using my iPhone quite a bit for the 365 lately.  That, my friend, is because I'm trying to see how far I can push this camera, and see what it's capable of.

Unfortunately, due to some technical issues, I'm not able to upload my videos to my blog just yet, but that's coming.  I've been doing some moving pictures lately (shocking, right?) and it's been pretty fun and new.  Here's some stuff I've been able to capture with the awesome camera of the iPhone 6:

I have more coming and I don't think I've come close to pushing it as far as it could go, just wanted to share.  I want to do some studio portraits with it (probably not as cool as Jeremy Cowart's iPhone photoshoot, but I can try can't I?)  

I'll try and get my video content up soon, and I'm working on more as well.  

My top ten summer picks

Summer is now over, but you can still check out all of the stuff you may have missed.  Check out my top movies and TV shows from this summer.  It'll keep you busy for a little while.

10. Boyhood

This movie was a pleasant surprise.  Filmed over 12 years, we get to track the growing up experience of a young boy from age 8 to age 18.  Also, you get to see Ethan Hawke age quite a bit too.  The movie is an incredibly rewarding experience, with a lot of emotion along the way.

9. Halt and Catch Fire

Halt and Catch Fire had a rocky start, but really became a show that could easily compare with the likes of Breaking Bad and Mad Men.  If you love computers and love the 80s, this show did an excellent job recreating the tone of the time.  The ratings were up and down, but AMC believes in the show, which got it renewed for a second season.  The more support it gets the better, and it could be one the shows remembered for being part of the Golden Age of Television.

8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

An age old series reveals how things all got started on the Planet of the Apes.  What may sound like a ridiculous plot, ended up being intense and wonderful.  The apes are so well animated that they have more depth than even the human characters.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ended up being an incredible film, a summer blockbuster you can't miss.

7. Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels has had a rocky go of things, but this summer it managed to make it to its fourth season.  There are twists and turns, and the production value is through the roof.  The badass main character, Cullen Bohannon, is a rail man who must deal with the skeletons of his past while creating some new skeletons along the way.  It's on Netflix to watch right now.  Let the binge begin.

6. Edge of Tomorrow

A highly underrated film this summer, Edge of Tomorrow was a creative take on the Groundhog Day- esque storyline.  It's action packed, and the seemingly repetitive plot manages to stay fresh and fun.  Also, it apparently got renamed after it left the theater, it's now called Live, Die, Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow.  That should tell you all you need to know.

5. 22 Jump Street

A sequel to the hilarious 21 Jump Street remake, 22 Jump Street manages to be a successful follow up.  It's aware that it's a sequel, so it makes jokes about itself all along the way.  It does deserve it's R rating, so don't take kids to see this one.  The makers of this film knew how to make a sequel right, and just as funny, if not more funny than last time.  

4. Snowpiercer

This one was a surprise.  Snowpiercer was never really noticed, although it spent a short time in the theater in July.  The best part? Two weeks after the theater release of this movie it was released online.  It turned out being an incredibly creative take on the post-apocalyptic world.  Some may call it the Waterworld of 2014 except good and with trains.

3. 24: Live Another Day

24 finally made its triumphant return with a 12 episode miniseries set in London.  If you liked 24 in the past, then you'll enjoy this.  It's a trip down memory lane, except it revitalizes a show that may have fit in more in a Bush-era world.  Now it addresses a world that lives on the internet and uses drones for warfare.  One thing stays the same however: Jack still kicks tons of ass.  

2. Fargo

 I would recommend watching original Coen Brothers' Fargo film first, but the Fargo tv series stays true to the tone of the series.  Billy Bob Thorton is the villain (which shouldn't surprise you), and Martin Freeman plays whatever the Fargo version of a protagonist is.  It's dark, disturbingly funny, and not for the faint of heart.  It already got green lit for a second season, so you better get started.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

 A completely new franchise to the Marvel Cinema Universe and most of the world.  Guardians of the Galaxy is a more obscure comic book story, but it ended up being extremely successful and well-liked worldwide.  Chris Pratt plays the main character, Star Lord, which should sell you on the film right there.  It's fun, hilarious, and a visually beautiful film.  You won't be disappointed.  Go see it right now.