Year of the Versus: Daredevil vs. Punisher Takes the Lead

This is the Year of the Versus. First we have Batman v Superman. Then there’s Captain America v Ironman (in Civil War). But what I’m most excited about this year is Daredevil v The Punisher. I’ve obsessed over The Punisher since I was 12 years old. He was my first Fictional Crush from the Marvel Universe. Yeah judge me all you want, but Antiheroes appeal to my inner vigilante. 😀

The Year of the Versus

Before the airing of Season 1, I was very skeptical about this new Marvel show, because Agents of Shield was a plain old disappointment for me. And from the DC Comics side, Arrow lost all its charm. It became dull, monotonous, and I’ve stopped watching it. As for The Flash, it’s a decent show and it might appeal to a vast audience but it’s just not my cup of tea.

I was waiting for something dark and gritty, the side of these superheroes we never get to see on the big and/or small screen; and the Daredevil filled that gap brilliantly well. Daredevil is a highly potential candidate to be among the Best TV Shows of all time. But that is only if it maintains that level of quality (or surpasses it) in the upcoming seasons. And the following trailer shows that my hope for Season 2 isn’t misplaced. If this promo doesn’t convince you to binge watch Daredevil, then I don’t know what will.

Doesn’t the “… you’re one bad day away from being me.” line give you the chills?

Jon Bernthal became one of my most beloved actors after his complex role in The Walking Dead. He brought such intensity to that role I just knew that the future held great things for him, and when I heard that he will be playing the Punisher in Season 2 (and is now getting his own series in a spin-off), I thought to myself “The producers couldn’t have made a better choice.” He has handled a complicated and grey-shaded character really well in the past, and I believe he’s going to prove his worth all over again in Daredevil Season 2.

But hey I’m also rooting for Matt Murdock. He’s my sweetheart too. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed and be excited for one helluva season!

Come on 18th March! You can’t come soon enough!

Deadpool: Marvel’s Finest Creation Yet

A movie that starts of by saying that it is produced by “Asshats” and directed by “An Overpaid Tool” is a total winner in my books. 😀

I really shouldn’t admit this, but I enjoyed Deadpool way more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road. Please don’t hurt me. *hiding under the bed*

This is hands down the MOST entertaining movie experience I’ve ever had in my life. No hyperbole intended.

[Note: The following review is SPOILER FREE]

Deadpool Poster

Movie Synopsis:

Excerpt Taken from Rotten Tomatoes:

“Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”

Deadpool

My Take on the Movie:

Before starting my review I’d like to applaud the Marketing Team of this movie. That whole department alone deserves a special category in the Oscars. I’ve read a few Marvel and DC Comics over the years but I never planned on reading Deadpool. I don’t know, I just wasn’t into the “Merc with a Mouth”. But the adverts and marketing of Deadpool swept me away! Seriously tho, that is the only reason I was excited to see it. Not only its trailers, TV spots, outdoor and print ads; its Social Media game was on point. I mean, just look at this!

Deadpool this Valentine's Day

If you wanna learn how to sell a hardcore, violent, raunchy, action-packed, comic-based movie at a time of the year when girls are squealing to their boyfriends to take them to a sappy rom-com, then please contact the person who made this cover 😛 Simply genius 😀

Coming back to the review.

I have nothing against Marvel movies – I’m a huge die hard fan – but we all know that they are popular for their big budgets, the big names, big-time superheroes, loud mind-blasting action, over-usage of CGI and their snarky but cute humor here and there. Ant Man was a very fine exception from that rule, and I love that one to bits; but what I loved the MOST about Deadpool (another movie with a tight budget) were it’s unique style of storytelling and script.

My goodness, this is how you turn a painfully overdone superhero formula into a BENCHMARK for all other comic-book films.

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5 Lines (or less) Movie Reviews: MI5 Rogue Nation, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Paper Towns

5 Lines (or less) Reviews

Mission Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation:

Image Courtesy: http://screenrant.com/
Image Courtesy: http://screenrant.com/

MI has become the “Coca-Cola of Movies”: they know how to sell it, it maintains a consistent quality and it NEVER disappoints. It is the one single franchise from which you can always expect the best, and Rogue Nation is no exception. Visually stunning, gripping and suspenseful storyline, mind-DESTROYING action scenes, and Tom Cruise who is definitely a vampire (that guy does NOT age) is ridiculously fantastic as ever.

Potahto Rating:

4 out of 5 Potahtos

Watch It If:

you want to see the single best chase scene in action movie history (not kidding). And also if you’re super into great espionage-thrillers starring a 52-year-old Tom Cruise still kicking ass looking like a sexy 30-year-old.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl:

Olivia Cooke as "Rachel" and Thomas Mann as "Greg" in a scene from the motion picture "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." CREDIT: Anne Marie Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
Image Courtesy: Anne Marie Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
Friendship, love, parenting, witty banter, high-school cliques, crazy short films, stop-motion animation, cancer-drama, fear, life, death and a coming-of-age tale all rolled into one heartfelt and delightful package. I admire the way the writer dealt with cancer by not forcing you to feel pity and constant sorrow for the lovable characters. And I simply cherish that RARE event when a movie turns out to be better than its book.

Potahto Rating:

5 out of 5 Potahtos

Watch It If:

you are tired of sappy love stories and believe that teenage flicks on illnesses should not be so “boo-hoo-please-cry-for-me” type. And also if you need to see something that is in many ways better than The Fault in Our Stars.

Paper Towns:

Image Courtesy: http://www.usatoday.com/
Image Courtesy: http://www.usatoday.com/

It’s sad when a movie you were really excited about turns out to be a major let-down. Paper Towns is painfully dull! Nat Wolff who seems like a full-of-life-fun-guy IRL was the biggest depression-inducing aspect of this film for his monotonous performance. The super hyped Cara Delevingne: non-existent. The script: not so powerful. The only acceptable performances were by the main lead’s two best friends. 

Potahto Rating:

2 out of 5 Potahtos

Watch It If:

you want to see a mildly decent bromance. Otherwise, please don’t bother.

5 Lines (or less) Movie Reviews: Southpaw, Spy and Fantastic Four

Hi guys, I’m introducing this new category called “5 Lines (or less)” for those reviews in which I don’t want to ramble on for a thousand words. This typically happens when I’ve seen lots of movies or shows in one go and it’s nearly impossible for me to discuss them thoroughly. So in this category I will give one basic outlook on the movie (or show) in 5 lines or less, declare my rating for it and then tell you to “Watch It If” (a reason describing whether you should watch it or not.)

Let’s give it a go!

5 Lines (Or Less) Movie Review

Southpaw:

Southpaw
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Take any typical boxing movie, shuffle up the characters, add some extra bit of family drama and lots of tears ‘n tragedy, include two intense fight scenes and one incredible performance by an ugly-looking/busted-up Jake Gyllenhaal, and there you have it: Southpaw.

Potahto Rating:

3 out of 5 Potahtos

Watch It If:

you’re a fan of boxing (or kick-boxing) movies like Rocky, Warrior etc and like to spend a quiet evening with your family watching a highly predictable but tear-inducing redemption story.

Spy:

Image courtesy: www.nypost.com
Image courtesy: http://www.nypost.com

Melissa McCarthy at her best (damn I love that woman; even her shitty movies make me chuckle)! Spy is a refreshing addition to the action-comedy genre, PACKED with profanity and insults (it feels like you’re watching a Comedy Central Roast), and brilliant performances by the supporting cast; especially by Jason Statham a.k.a. the new Chuck Norris 😀

Potahto Rating:

4 out of 5 Potahtos

Watch It If:

you’re looking for a good laugh and don’t mind listening to obscene (but hilarious) insults that you may find a tad bit cruel.

Fantastic Four (2015):

Image courtesy: www.comicbook.com
Image courtesy: http://www.comicbook.com

Think of the worst movie you have ever seen in your entire life. Now take that intensity of patheticness and multiply it to a hundred. Done? Yes, Fantastic Four is THAT bad. If you’re a serious movie-watcher who truly appreciates quality cinema, watching F4 is like you’re being spat on your face by the director. Even the original F4 movies seem Oscar-worthy as compared to this one.

Potahto Rating:

0 out of 5 Potahtos

Watch It If:

it’s the last existing movie on Planet Earth.

Mad Max: Fury Road… 95% Action, 100% Heart

Bizarre, chaotic, poetic!! How do I describe this movie?? I’m at a loss of words yet my mind is filled with things I want to pour out for this work of art!! I’m using too many exclamation marks!! YES, I AM SHOUTING!!!

Mad Max Fury Road

Before I proceed with the review, I have to confess something. I… haven’t seen the previous three Mad Max movies 😦 I had to read about the trilogy on Wikipedia while on my way to the movie. Yes, I know I should feel ashamed. I myself felt dirty that I had to rely on Wiki-*facepalm*-pedia to know more about George Miller’s classics. I cringed when I realized that the only Miller movies I’ve seen are the Happy Feet duology. HAPPY. MOMMY FUDGING. FEET! *eyes twitching*

Please God forgive me for I have sinned.

Movie Synopsis:

Set in a world where there’s no trace of vegetation, energy resources, or sanity, Max is a man in search of redemption. While on his travels he is captured by War Boys: an army of a cult lead by a psychotic and monstrous man Immortan Joe (the guy who wears that creepy-ass mask and hair more glorious than Thor’s).

During his escape, Max comes across Furiosa (Immortan Joe’s Imperator) who has gone rogue and is on a mission to save Joe’s five oppressed wives (who are used as breeders of his army) and wants to take them back to her childhood home: “The Green Place”. Max decides to help their convoy reach it’s destination across the desolate desert.

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – A Potahto Review

Alright… We all know that the Marvel movies are always supposed to be these fun, action-packed joyrides for the whole family. They always have these lighthearted quirky/funny moments again and again that just make the audience go all “Baahaa”; but that was the one thing that seemed missing (not completely but to some extent) from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And you know what? That completely escalated the quality of the movie. The tone of the whole film was so mature, focused and dark. Because of that reason Captain America 2 is probably my most favorite Marvel movie to date. Yes it does rival The Avengers in my view. The storyline was perplexing and complex, like I was watching a Bourne movie, only much much mucchhhh more fun.

Captain America the Winter Soldier Poster

The Story:

Excerpt taken from IMDb:

“For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture; it also means that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities. That comes clear when Nick Fury warns him that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies and they all face the ultimate threat of facing the ruthless assassin The Winter Soldier. When Rogers acts on Fury’s warning to trust no one, he is branded as a traitor by the organization. Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar.”

My Take on the Movie:

*may contain spoilers, read at your own risk*

The first Captain America was probably the most boring action flick of the century. So obviously I had no high hopes for part two either. Also, Hollywood is deeply inflicted with the “Sequels-Are-Supposed-To-Be-Pathetic” curse, but some RARE movies beat the crap out of that curse and come out on top. I did NOT expect Captain America 2 to be one of those rare films. Why I loved it so much? Continue reading