Mom! Godzilla pushed me again!

Short version, no spoilers? The slow burn of the new Godzilla movie would have been totally effective for me IF the payoff at the end was more amazing.

Basically, you're given an hour and a half of exposition from a couple of characters you care next to nothing for and then given a few shots of giant monsters pushing each other. And I don't mean awesome, low angle shots of monsters being thrown through buildings. I mean eye level wide shots of two monsters literally pushing each other like third graders.

That was pretty much the movie for me. Spoiler time.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Wasn't That Bad

In E3, 2013, Batman: Arkham Origins debuted. It looked fantastic. It looked amazing. The new costume design was shown off, and every Batman fan was gushing with excitement. After the success of Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Asylum, everyone had high hopes for Batman: Arkham Origins. Everyone thought it was going to be the best Batman game yet.

Come Oct. 25, 2013, Batman: Arkham Origins finally dropped. And every Batman player collectively went "Is this it...?" We all felt disappointment that day. Batman: Arkham Origins was riddled with bugs, had a clunky combat system when compared to the previous two Batman games, and had a tacked on multiplayer mode no one cared about. It had its merits, but if you compare it to its predecessors, it just really fell short. People crapped on Batman: Arkham Origins for a while and everybody hated it, BUT people forget that it isn't a horrible game. It just wasn't as good as people were hoping it to be.

And this is how I feel about The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is my Batman: Arkham Origins.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a movie I want to like so badly. And maybe it was because of this desire that I was able to find some elements of it that had merit.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

While I enjoyed Captain America: The First Avenger well enough, to say it was at the top of my list of favorite movies would be a lie. I was entertained by it, and I liked Chris Evans in the role, but the character was never really one of those I followed. When I first started comics, I was a kid and how could a boring guy with a shield stand up to characters like Wolverine with claws that poked through his skin? I mean, claws!

When I got older and started branching out, I realized that Marvel didn't always use him as jingoist propoganda, which by his costume would be the perfect role. They did stories that put him at odds with the government, where he questions authority and blind obedience. Those were pretty great stories.

Winter Soldier is one of those stories that eventually leads to Captain America's role in Marvel's Civil War and his assassination after defying the government's call for super power registration. It's unlikely that Marvel Film's version of the universe will ever take the characters that far down the road, but this one story arc is a welcome place to set the second movie.

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I tried.

Wanting to give the film a chance, I went and saw Divergent this weekend. Having become a fan of The Hunger Games after the movie came out, I've been going to see other movies based on Young Adult books. So far however, lightning hasn't struck twice. Beautiful Creatures was awful and City of Bones was an incoherent mess. Though not as awful as those two, Divergent doesn't come off much better.

When I looked up the movie online afterwards, it had a user rating of 5 stars. I couldn't believe it, until I remembered the 143 minutes or so I spent watching the movie in the theater. Even at 10:30 am, fan girls were out in force and squealing with glee every 90 seconds or so.

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Vampire Academy: The Right School for You

Photos Courtesy of the Weinstein Company (Vampire Academy)

Let’s be honest here. In the last five years of TV and cinema, we have been bombarded with a plethora of movies involving vampires, each one claiming to be the real deal when it comes to these supernatural creatures.  It is perfectly understandable that we develop a sort of intolerance towards them and suffer from vampire fatigue. Secretly, however, we all know we just want something new in this genre that will shake our preconceived notions, pique our interest and make us thirsty for blood again.

Can Vampire Academy be the one to bring back our thirst? You bet.

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