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Posts Tagged ‘ Loki ’

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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There are a few things that I have found people more sensitive about than the things they loved as a child. If you mention it with kindness their faces will light up and if you speak ill towards it they will be hurt in a special way. We all have that one thing from our childhood that we just love. For me it’s Spider-Man. I unabashedly love Spider-Man. However this does not mean I will always love a Spider-Man film. As much as anything done right in these films is pure ecstasy to me however if something is tackled wrong its a kin to spitting in my mouth and slapping me in the face all at once. The Sam Raimi Spider-Man’s were pretty fun but not what a modern representation of what the character and his villains are. The first in Marc Webb’s series was good despite the hurdles it put in its own way with a needless conspiracy sub plot and a lack luster villain in the Lizard. With that all being said I am delighted to report The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not only the best Spider-Man movie ever. In my humble opinion it is the best super hero film ever and has pipped The Avengers as the best cinema experience I have ever had. Continue reading

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The First Annual Academy Of Super Hero Film Awards

No matter how you feel about it, Thor : The Dark World was the final super hero/comic film in one of the biggest years for super films ever, still not a patch on last year but it was never going to be. Knowing that and seeing as we’re heading into award season I felt that now was the time to take 2013’s best comic films and dole out awards in the same categories as the Academy Awards but limit the field to comic book movies. Please comment below with your criticisms of my picks and feel free to pick your own. Oh and if you can pretend Kevin Smith is hosting it too that would be great.

Best Actor – Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine)

ImageThis was probably the closest call I had to make when compiling my list. On one hand we had Henry Cavill turning in a star making performance in Man of Steel, one which is going to walk him into a lot of high profile movie roles. On the other we had Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey JR and Chris Hemsworth returning to the roles they made famous but in grittier sequels. Even though I feel Cavill is the best acted Superman (not the most iconic yet though), I feel overall Hugh Jackman gave the best performance as a super hero this year. He took all the great features we have loved from his Wolverine over the past 13 years and added new layers of pain, regret and realism. It was his best outing as the razor clawed mutant and was the perfect precursor to the amazing looking X-men : Days Of Future Past. Continue reading

Thor: The Dark World

 

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I personally am a massive comic book fan, especially Marvel comics. My top 20 favourite films mainly consist of gritty noir films, art house independents and cult classics. However the real exception to this trend would be Avengers Assemble which I can safely say is the most enjoyable movie I have ever seen. The first time I saw it was genuinely one of the most exciting and brilliant experiences of my life. I enjoyed it more than any of my birthdays and any Christmas day ever. I realize how pathetic that may sound but its the truth. So naturally you imagine I would be very excited for Thor: The Dark World. I was and I wasn’t.

Any super hero movie gets me excited. Guardians Of The Galaxy are C list at best super heroes who have a movie coming out in 2015 and I have been actively excited since August 2013 when it was announced. However I was reserved with my expectations going into Thor for one reason … Iron Man 3. Iron Man 3 is an actually pretty well liked movie and was a huge success for Marvel studios however I hate it with a passion. I won’t get into the details of my deep hatred now but it has to be noted it left a poor taste in my mouth and left me skeptical about Thor 2. Well the movie finally came along and it has re-affirmed my faith in the church of Marvel. Continue reading

‘Children Save Dublin’: A One City One Book event for Dublin kids

As any parent knows, next week is the mid-term break and if any of you are searching for ideas to keep the children occupied then why not look at the events taking place to tie in with Dublin’s newest literary festival.

The festival, an initiative of UNESCO and Dublin City of Literature was launched on 17th January and it will run until the grand finale event at Connolly Station in March. But what is it all about? The event is a children’s version of the well-established One City One Book Readathon.  Children in 4th and 5th classes citywide are being encouraged to read, talk about and participate in activities around, one particular book.

First time author Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent had the honour of being chosen by the organisers for this exciting event. Early’s book had previously also been shortlisted in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2011 so he has had an exciting few months. This book is part one of a planned trilogy, part two being well on the way to publication according to a recent interview with the author by www.writing.ie .

The fast paced story is set in modern day Dublin, but with the not so modern addition of a Viking god on the loose. Three children, Arthur, Ash and Will have the rather daunting task of dealing with Loki and despatching him whence he came while at the same time dealing with a rather large monster. Cue perilous adventures in the city for the intrepid threesome.

Alan Early will be participating in events and workshops during the reading project and has set up an interactive web site and blog for his many readers. To compliment the author events, the ever popular Michael Moylan from Irish History Live will be running Viking themed events next week. Check out the links below for further information on the events hosted by Dublin libraries.

And watch out for giant serpents…

http://arthurquinn.ie

www.dublincitylibraries.com

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