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Trailer Showdown: Iron Man vs. Iron Man 2


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Spider-Man, The Hulk, Superman, The Fantastic Four... please step out of the way, Mr. Iron Man coming through! Let's face it... Iron Man kicked ass! Even though the Iron Man comic book superhero may not be the first freak of nature or self-made superhero you think of when someone shouts "Wow, he just saved that lady from that horrible fire-salivating monster", but the chrome dome certainly blew our minds when Robert Downey Jr. dominated the role as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Everyone was flabbergasted when they heard that Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. were headlining the blockbuster as director and star. Then they were left even more flabbergasted when they saw just how well their grease worked on Iron Man... beautifully! Now they're back for the much-anticipated sequel and follow-up to the critically acclaimed Iron Man... in fighting form to save the world... again! Surely these superheroes could simply pick a day of the week to be on duty?

Iron Man 2 is on the cards for 2010... HURRAY! However, it's got a lot to live up to after a metal-crunching start to the franchise and the director and actor's latest exploits with mixed reviews for Couple's Retreat and Sherlock Holmes. Either way, it's going to be a CGI meltdown and anything with Robert Downey Jr. seems to have the Midas touch these days, so do yourself a favour. For now, we'll just have to be content with watching the latest Iron Man 2 trailer take on the Iron Man trailer!


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Sherlock Holmes Movie Review: Not So "Elementary, Dear Watson"

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What comes to mind when you hear the name Sherlock Holmes? The character has been around since the late 1800s when Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle conjured up a man, who could draw big conclusions from small details. A London-based detective, whose sharp intellect and keen eye could keep him in-the-know, without having to rely on any explosive MacGyver or trigger-happy Rambo skills.

Well, wipe the slate clean, because the enigmatic Robert Downey Jr. has come to town with the wrong hat and without a magnifying glass. It's like James Bond meets Harry Potter, taking a well-respected old school British character and updating the entertainment appeal for a 2000s audience. Downey Jr. defied all prerelease speculation when he took on the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man and now the man thinks he's invincible.

The cunning Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his indomitable partner, Watson (Law) lock horns with Lord Blackwood, an evil nemesis and master of the dark arts, who poses a threat to all of London after he comes back from beyond the grave to seize power. It's the sort of plot you'd expect from Inspector Gadget, but hey... The Hound of the Baskervilles has been done already and you're barking up the wrong tree if you're expecting anything other than a whiff of intellect in a ...continued.

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Fan Friday: X-Men Origins - Wolverine

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the first installation of the X-Men Origins series, and a reboot for the X-Men franchise after X3: The Last Stand. Hugh Jackman returns as title star and producer for the long-awaited superhero release of Wolverine in his own film. The story rewinds the X-Men saga to Wolverine’s childhood as he realises his mutant gift. He and Victor Creed, fight side-by-side like brothers through the American Civil War, Normandy landings and then onto Vietnam, where they are captured and imprisoned after an incident.

The superhuman soldiers are commissioned by William Stryker as part of a special operations unit and sent to Africa. Logan’s humanity overrides the beast within and his blood-lust is diminished after a run-in with Creed. Wolverine disbands the special ops team and heads to Canada to start his life again. However, the simple life, fresh air and mountain views are cast aside when Wolverine is given a reason to seek revenge.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by South Africa’s very own Gavin Hood of Tsotsi and Rendition. Hood demonstrates his range with this superhero film, showing that he can direct on location in the townships of South Africa to the green screens of Hollywood. His job is made easier by determined Australian and Australia star, Hugh Jackman, who reprises his role as the wolf-man with ...continued.

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Avatar Movie Review: Another Cameron Epic


Avatar is the space between dreams and reality, fantasy and science fiction, 'Cowboys and Indians'. James Cameron's latest film since Titanic is a dazzling spectacle of computer-generated photographic imagery and vivid contrasting themes. The film's mesmerising visuals capture a world of their own much like Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy with 3D effects giving the audience a heightened sense of reality. Cameron has been tinkering away at this project for more than a decade, proposing his $400 million budget movie and waiting for the CGI technology to come to the party.

The story follows Jake, a paraplegic war veteran who becomes part of a 3 month project to relocate an indigenous race of humanoids known as the Na'vi from their spiritual forest realm on planet Pandora. Jake is biologically locked into a man-made Na'vi tribesman, who he can control in a waking-sleep from a remote location and instructed to work his way into the ancient civilization's inner circle as a spy in order to glean valuable information on how to thwart the locals.

While the cast is comprised of a solid ensemble of actors, the CGI is the star. Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation) does a good job of playing the pure-hearted Jake, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) conveys the emotional intensity of Neytiri, Giovanni Ribisi (The Gift) is convincing as the power-hungry, yet inept executive, Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil) slaps it on thick as the tough girl marine, Stephen Lang sizzles as the ultimate G.I. Joe tough guy and Sigourney Weaver plays a high-powered expert in a similar role to ...continued.

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