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Another Deadpool Fan Film is coming soon!

Way back in 2012, we made a Deadpool fan film and we’re back at it again because… my boy still has that Deadpool costume. I understand that the below image might not be the most helpful teaser ever, so I’ll go on to say that this short will also feature Captain America and will be somewhere in between Blossom and The Odd Couple. If you don’t see the synergy between those two shows, then – wait, I don’t see the synergy between Blossom and The Odd Couple, so this video is going to be a bit on the odd side. But then, that’s kinda what we do around here anyway.

We’re about halfway done with filming and I’ve sorta started the editing, so this shouldn’t take too long, but I don’t want to give a debut date and be wrong, so let’s just say ‘coming soon’ and leave it at that.

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What’s Your Number? (movie review)

It’s Anna Faris (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and the Captain himself, Chris Evans, together, in a comedy! That sounds promising! And yet, despite its somewhat unique premise, What’s Your Number? is a by the numbers twenty first century romantic comedy. (You see what I did there?) Read the rest of this entry

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (movie review)

I finally got around to seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend and like The First Avenger, it exceeded my expectations. It’s at 89% at Rotten Tomatoes, but how does this movie work for the hardcore, casual and first time viewer? Let’s dig in! Read the rest of this entry

Captain America: The First Avenger – a video refresher course before you see The Winter Soldier 

Sure, I wrote a review of Captain America: The First Avenger when it first came out, and I could just refer everybody back to there, but what fun is that?  This is a Winter Soldier celebration!

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“I think the girls only know the one song… but I’ll see what I can do.”

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Captain America Patriot Cologne is a thing that exists

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It’s MY attack plan.

Some folks might want to be Captain America, but Dr. Girlfriend realized I want to smell like him.

She’s not wrong.

I’m sure you’re wondering:  What does a patriot smell like? Read the rest of this entry

It's a Captain America: The Winter Soldier celebration here at CJ!

I love me some Captain America, and I couldn’t be more delighted that another flick is dropping starring Chris Evans as the Star Spangled Avenger. I’m not completely in love with the way they’re writing him (one second, it seems like the Steve Rogers I know, but the next second, he’s firing automatic rifles and hurling people to their death), but I’m pleased with the way Evans is portraying the roll. Also, I’m a big Winter Soldier fan, and I’m curious to see the movie’s take on it. Unlike before Captain America: The First Avenger, my expectations are dialed up to eleven: the trailer gives the impression that the movie is interesting, and we’ve already seen what most of the players can do with their characters, and, as history has shown us, the second movie of a series is often the best one (Matrix trilogy aside), so all signs point to a good movie.

We’ll have to wait and see…

Oh, the celebration part – I almost forgot. Well, we should have some Captain America-centric posts going for the rest of the week, and maybe beyond. Stay tuned for more stuff!

Like the Captain America of Old, Chris Evans Tell Us What We Need to Hear

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“I think the girls only know the one song… but I’ll see what I can do.”

If you follow us on Twitter, you’re cool – but you also know I’m not a fan of this new volume of Captain America. The writing is boring and the character’s all wrong. Old School Captain America always knew what to do because he’s not just the champion of ideals, he is the ideal, and actor Chris Evans, who portrays the Star Spangled Avenger on the big screen, fits that tradition like a glove.

In an interview he gave to The Advocate (which I cannot find – thanks Google!), he had this to say on gay marriage:

“Are you kidding me? It’s insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It’s embarrassing and it’s heartbreaking. It goes without saying that I’m completely in support of gay marriage. In 10 years we’ll be ashamed that this was an issue.”

SWISH! Did the Captain hit the nail on the head or what? Chris Evans deserves some big ups for not wimping out and letting his shield fly. Good job, Cap – now go punch us some bad guys!

Nerd Gift Alert: Superman and Captain America Cookie Jars

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Holy shiz on a shield, it’s Superman and Captain America Cookie Jars! It took a lot of self control to not snatch up that Cap cookie jar when I saw it, so it’s probably still tumbling around out there in the wild somewhere.

6 Pointless Facts about Mistletoe

mistletoeI’ve always thought that kissing under the mistletoe was a mysterious (but worthwhile) tradition, and I’ve done some research to try to better understand this plant and why it demands we make out.  As it turns out, mistletoe didn’t always insist we hang it and hook up underneath it.

So where did this mistletoe thing come from?  Those who have glanced through the Bible may be familiar with Matthew 16:19 (which includes some of Jesus’ parting words before going to heaven after the Resurrection) which goes a lil somethin’ like dis:  “I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.”  The next sentence wasn’t, “Oh, and thou should hang mistletoe above thy door and get sloppy under it.”  Didn’t happen.  So why do Christians do it?  I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the answer, but here is a bit of mistletoe’s journey through history.


1. Mistletoe was once regarded as a symbol of fertility


Way back when, mistletoe was seen as a symbol of fertility and whatnot, so one can easily understand why people started tacking it up on door jams and getting hickies under it.


2. Mistletoe is poisonous



Huh.  Referencing Batman Returns a lot lately

Mistletoe is not the sort of thing I’d keep around the house, but then, I could always use a kiss from the Dr. Girlfriend. It’s not like you can eat mistletoe, so the only reason to keep it around is to get your freak on.  I’m pretty sure it will make you sick and if you eat too much, it could even kill you.    Ironically, the ancient Celts considered mistletoe to be an antidote to poison.  I guess when it didn’t work, they’d just shook their head and remarked, “If only we’d given him the mistletoe tea sooner!”  They should have contacted Batman – Batman knows mistletoe is poisonous!


3.  Mistletoe pops up all over the place in Greek Mythology


Here’s just one instance:  In the Greek epic The Golden Bough, the hero must journey to the underworld to see his father, but first, he must get the golden bough (which folks believe is actually mistletoe) to give as a gift to the queen of the underworld, because she presumably wants to make out with her husband, Pluto.


4.  Mistletoe pops up in Norse Mythology, too


lokiIf you’ve seen the movies Thorand The Avengers, then you’re familiar with Loki, the Norse God of mischief.  Not to be outdone by the Greeks, Loki somehow arranges the death of another god via mistletoe, but whether he’s killed by a mistletoe arrow or a mistletoe sword is unclear to me.  So did they just scratch the dude and let the poison do the work, or did they straight up kill him and use poisonous wood just to make sure they got the job done?  Loki knows…


5.  Mistletoe is only a tradition with English-speaking Christians


The earliest documented case of kissing under the mistletoe dates back to the 16th century in England.  The tradition has spread throughout the English-speaking world, but non-English speaking cultures rarely practice the kissing under the mistletoe tradition.  I guess non-English speaking Christians don’t like having poisonous plants around the house.


6.  There are at least two types of Mistletoe


Depending on where you live, you’ll be able to buy one species of mistletoe or another – but there are at least two:  Viscum album is found in Europe and Phoradendron serotinum is found in North America.  So at least two ways to die via Christmas on two continents – AWESOME!

Don’t forget to vote!

Today is election day – don’t forget to vote!  They might even give you one of those bad ass “I voted!” stickers!

If you haven’t decided who to vote for yet, don’t let me sway you…

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