“I’m With You Till The End of The Line.”

Every year, there’s at least one movie I’m absolutely dying to see, and this year it was Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Events conspired against me — websites lying about movie times, a massive headache pulsing down the entire right side of my face and making me a little sick if the camera spun to fast — but I did it. I successfully watched my movie.

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And it was awesome.

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“Well Done. You’ve Just Decapitated Your Grandfather.”

I’ve been pretty much obsessed with The Avengers since I first saw it in 2012, so I knew I’d get around to seeing Thor: The Dark World at some point, despite the fact that Thor is easily my least favorite on the team, and also I just can’t seem to take “Dark Elves” seriously as antagonists for a superhero film. But when I started reading decent reviews for the movie — and found out that Marvel: Agents of SHIELD would have an episode featuring some kind of fallout from the film — I decided to bump up my timetable.

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I enjoyed The Dark World. Really, I had a good time watching it, and I’ll expect I’ll buy it on DVD eventually . . . but I didn’t love it, either.

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Coming Soon-Ish: CAPTAIN AMERICA!

There weren’t many trailers that caught my attention this week, but I just couldn’t pass up the first preview of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. First this exchange:

Black Widow: “You doing anything fun Saturday night?”
Captain America: “Well, all the guys in my barbershop quarter are dead, so no. Not really.”

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This looks pretty good so far. I had my issues with the first Captain America, but I’m actually really excited to see this one. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Steve Rogers dealing with the 21st century, not to mention working with Black Widow for SHIELD. (I have to be shallow here and mention I kinda can’t stand Natasha’s new hair. Steve’s hair is longer than I’d expect, but I kind of like it. The Winter Soldier’s hair needs some damn work. Okay, shallow talk over.)

I’ve never really read Marvel Comics, and I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers like crazy, so I don’t have any idea who Robert Redford is playing, nor do I want to. (I mean, I guess he could just be the SHIELD head honcho he appears to be, but . . . do you really get Robert Redford for that? I suspect something else is going on.) I’m mostly mentioning it because every fiber in my being is telling me not to trust him, at least from this trailer. But I suppose that could be incorrect.

Also, the scene in the elevator? Kind of badass.

I have high hopes for The Winter Soldier. I mean, you try not to expect too much, but sometimes that’s just not possible. Here’s to hoping I like this one more than The First Avenger.

Coming Soon-Ish: Hobbits, Trains, and Sleepy Hollow — Sans Johnny Depp

The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug

Fair warning: I still haven’t seen the first Hobbit movie yet. I need to. I know I need to. I just can’t get that initial interest back, no matter how hard I try.

But about this trailer: you know, it looks good. Mostly. I’ll admit, the parts with Evangeline Lilly don’t exactly fill me with joy. (This has nothing to do with her playing an original character and everything to do with how much I hated Kate on Lost. Hated, hated HATED her. Although maybe this’ll be the role that turns me around on Lilly. I kind of doubt it, but who knows? It could happen.)

I could see this in theater . . . but I wouldn’t exactly lay money down, at this point.

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This is not the best trailer out there . . . the audio is kind of crap . . . but I’ve been interested in this movie since I first heard about it six months ago, and I figured I might as well post it. This is the dystopian class warfare on a train movie, and it stars these people: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, and Octavia Spencer.

Like I said, this isn’t the best trailer out there. But for this cast, I’m definitely interested.

300: Rise of an Empire

You know, I enjoyed the first 300. It was silly fun. There were things I didn’t like about it — and if you’re thinking it was the total lack of historical accuracy, you’re wrong — but overall, I had a good time watching it in theater. Still, I sighed pretty loudly when I heard that someone was making a sequel because, honestly. Who needs a sequel to 300? All the stylized violence and slow-motion action, that was still sort of fresh back in 2006. Now? Less so. I really have no intention of seeing this movie, unless I feel like writing a particularly snarky review that day.

Still, I’ll give credit where credit’s due: the production value is clearly much better than I thought it was going to be. Not that a pretty trailer means everything . . . Immortals clearly demonstrates that . . . but I was initially anticipating this movie on more of a direct-to-video production scale.

Also, Lena Headey’s in it. But maybe I’ll just watch Game of Thrones reruns instead.

Runner Runner

I clicked on this solely because I misread the title as Run, Runner and thought, Wait, they’re doing a Logan’s Run remake called Run, Runner? This is the best news EVER.

Sadly, it’s just a movie about Justin Timberlake versus Ben Affleck, and there’s online poker and the FBI and getting in over your head and snooooooze. I don’t have the least bit of interest in this.

And finally . . . Sleepy Hollow

Oh, boy.

On one hand, this looks terrible. On the other hand . . . I did snicker at a couple of parts. I liked the girl cop/almost-certain eventual love interest. And I like John Cho, even if he’s clearly a supporting character who probably doesn’t get to do very much. (I still wish that Flash Forward had been a better show, and that he — and not Joseph Fiennes — had been the star.) I’d be even more interested if Clancy Brown made it through the damn trailer, but at least they had the decency to cut off his head, as — clearly — that’s the only way the Kurgan can be killed.

I might try this out, solely to mock it, but honestly, I’m not expecting it to do well. FOX certainly is, for some reason, so I could be wrong. But I think this is that show — not unlike Terra Nova or Alcatraz or Undercover — that everyone says is going to be a hit and flops badly within a year.

“Love is for Children. I Owe Him a Debt.”

Per usual, 3D has come between me and my beloved midnight movies.

I had planned to see this Thursday night with the rest of the geeks, but 3-D forced me to reevaluate those plans. Of course, the next day I was hopping on a bus to go to Reno for the weekend with about fifty other women who had nothing on the agenda but three full days of gambling, drinking, and dancing.

. . . well, I managed to squeeze in The Avengers. I’m not a much of a dancer, anyway.

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