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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

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Clark Gregg is in The Usual Suspects

Agent Phil Coulson, the bad ass who makes the Marvel Movie and TV Universe go round, is in The Usual Suspects, one of the best movies ever. It’s only for a minute, when the cop is on the phone trying to a translator that knows Hungarian, but that’s him on the left, as noticed by Dr. Girlfriend.

An awesome movie just got awesome-er!

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!

5 Reasons Monthly Comic Book Sales Will NEVER Recover

comic booksThere are so many reasons that practical monthly comic book sales (I mean of the physical object) will never rebound back to their levels of yesteryear that it’s hard to know where to start. As an old-fashioned comic geek, I’ll just stick to the things the industry is doing to themselves rather than factors Marvel and DC can’t control, like the advent of video games and other home entertainment options. Read the rest of this entry

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV review)

agents-of-S.H.I.E.L.DIt was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch the Ilpremiere episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. Here are a few quick first impressions.

THE CHARACTERS
This show has a lot of characters. Agent Coulson from the various Marvel comics movies seems to be the star of the show, although we also briefly saw Maria Hill, who had only appeared in The Avengers film up to this point. The team consists of classic archetypes: we’ve got the two nerds, this seasoned combat veteran of legend, the guy just coming into his prime, and the hot new rookie.  It was a mouthful for a first episode, but some of these characters might turn out to be interesting.

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The Wolverine (movie review)

the-wolverineHugh Jackman (Huge Jacked Man) returns as The Wolverine in FOX’s latest X-Men installment designed to make hardcore comic book fans nuts and still please me.

I’ve decided that I need to quickly address this issue: you see, I’ve heard from a lot of people that they didn’t like X-Men Origins: Wolverine because the story differed from the comic book, but I can’t accept that. I thought the flick was a good time, but critics didn’t agree. If you glance through its Rotten Tomatoes page, you’ll see quotes like, “I haven’t been this disappointed by a film since the new Indiana Jones,” or “You’re going to be really underwhelmed” or such thought-provoking blurbs as “I was definitely disappointed.” Anyway, critics and dorks agreed, Origins sucked – well, I didn’t agree, but there you go. For me, Origins wasn’t anything spectacular (well, the helicopter scene was spectacular), but it was a good time at the movies and I simply love Jackman as Wolverine. He’s perfect in the role and he has to share even less of the screen this time around, which may be why fans and critics alike seem to prefer The Wolverine to Origins. But in my view, they’re both fine, so if you hated Origins, this might not be the review for you. Read the rest of this entry

Iron Man 3 movie review

Iron Man 3 wasn’t quite what I thought it was going to be, but it was still a good time at the movies.

While we’ll see Iron Man again in the Avengers sequels, this will be the final solo adventure for the Armored Avenger. I guess I thought IM3 would be more in the vein of Dark Knight Rises, but this movie was a bit more fun and not nearly as dark. Even when Tony is at his lowest, he’s never really alone… not that any of his super powered buddies show up. (This movie makes you wonder why he doesn’t call in Captain America or SHIELD about a dozen times.)

This movie has impressive scope, action (in ways I didn’t see coming from characters/actors I didn’t think were this bad ass capable), visual effects and a story that’ll keep you in your seat. I wouldn’t recommend jumping in if you missed the first two installments, but Iron Man 3 isn’t just a genre flick – it’s a quality action movie. I give it an 8 out of 10.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you’ll want to stop ready now. Otherwise, meet me after the jump for more discussion! Read the rest of this entry

Amazing Spider-Man Toys look amazingly crappy

I’m no toy export, but these Amazing Spider-Man toys don’t look like much fun – or make any sense, for that matter. Read the rest of this entry

Daredevil: End of Days is the shit [comic book review]

daredevil-end-of-daysThe miniseries still has a way to go, but so far, Daredevil:  End of Days has impressed me in a way that a short run book hasn’t done for a long time. Read the rest of this entry

Iron Man Christmas Stocking

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Sure, I’ve seen Christmas stockings with characters on them before, but it has always been someone cute and cuddly – not fucking Iron Man posed to do something violent.  Maybe I can get one with Captain America punching the Red Skull in the face on it…

Take A Bath With Spider-Man!

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Not only is the idea that Spider-Man will be int he tub with you kinda strange because I don’t associate him with water (although he can hold his breath for a real long time… OK, that’s not helping), but Spider-Man’s an adult, right?  Kinda weird that they’re pushing the idea of kids taking a bath with Spider-Man.  Why not play basketball instead?  I don’t want to use Spider-Man’s bubble bath – it’s freaking me out!

Deadpool Goes To The Therapist [fan film]

Don’t know who Deadpool is?  This video isn’t going to help much!

Did you watch the video yet?  No?  OK, go watch the video, then read on.

Done?  OK, here’s the deal:

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Deadpool fan film premiers Friday Nov 23rd here at CreativeJamie.com!

The video is now live – click here!

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After you stuff yourself on Thanksgiving, wake up ready to get your video on here at CreativeJamie.com as we debut our Deadpool fan film, Deadpool goes to the Therapist.   A good time will be had by all!

Unless you don’t know anything about Deadpool…  then this might not make any sense. I’ll try address that problem!

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“My gun matches my costume – boo-ya!”

Uncanny Avengers #1 cover is awful most of the time

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This is the cover for Marvel Comics new flagship title, Uncanny Avengers.  See, it’s half X-Men (who are uncanny), half Avengers… That’s not the point.  The point is, they look like they’re melting – especially Cap and Thor.  It’s one fugly cover. 

You’d like to think that Marvel gave a big job to somebody and they fucked it up, but on the same day this issue was released, Marvel released multiple alternate covers for the same issue.  Like they always do.  Here are just a few examples:

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So why didn’t they plaster one of these all over the place instead of that crap factory way up top.  I don’t get it.  Marvel makes weird decisions.

I’m reviewing Winter Soldier & X-Factor at ACB!

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"Psh... I'm the REAL Winter Soldier!"

Since I’ve been contributing at AComicbookBlog.com, I’ve been reviewing crap – at least for the most part.  But now, I get to talk about something awesome:  Winter Soldier!  Ed Brubaker’s one of my favorite writers, so the fact that he’s got another book out and I get to review it is awesome.

And speaking of my favorite writers, I’ve also taken over the duties of reviewing X-Factor, written by Peter David, who I had the good fortune to interview last year.

more Comic Book Reviews at creativejamie.com/category/comic-book-reviews/

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The Spider-Man-ification of The Avengers

avengers-annual-2012If you’re familiar with Spider-Man, then you already know that it’s fairly routine for someone to shout, “It’s all Spider-Man’s fault!”  It’s his proverbial cross; he has to be the hero at the sacrifice of his personal life, not tell anyone he’s Spider-Man and then watch as public opinion is turned against his heroic exploits by J. Jonah Jameson (editor of the local paper), or anybody else whose job it is via the plot to make Peter Parker’s life a living hell.

These days, Spider-Man is in The Avengers and The New Avengers (come to think of it, he’s also in The Future Foundation, which is part of the reason why no one can agree which costume he’s supposed to be wearing when, and I thought he left proper Avengers and is only in New Avengers now, yet he’s all over the annual issue, but those are rants for another day); two teams, one human spider – fine.  The problem is, both Avengers books are starting to turn into Spider-Man books. Read the rest of this entry

Fear Itself – The Two Price Tags

fear-itselfI’ve talked to other fans of Marvel Comics (we are also comfortable being described as nerds, dweebs, fanboys or dorks), and I seem to be in the minority with my discontent with the newest event, Fear Itself.  Besides the obvious Roosevelt reference in the title being a lame device, the  story is equally lame.   But then I thought, “Hey, maybe I’m not giving it a fair shake; after all, I’m just reading the main ‘Fear Itself’ series and the subsequent tie-in issues when they happens to pop up in my regularly purchased titles (Fear Itself has popped up in Iron Man, Iron Man 2.0, some Avengers titles, etc…), but now I wonder: maybe I’m rushing to judgment and I’m missing a big part of the story?”

If you’re not a comic book fan (AKA not lonely), this is how events work:  see, you’re reading your favorite comics (Marvel’s Captain America, Iron Man, Avengers, Vertigo’s House of Mystery, etc…), minding your own business and then blam-o!  Marvel releases a limited series that affects nearly every one of their characters in some way.  So you break down and you buy it – after all, what’s the difference?  It’s just one more book to buy, and limited series are usually only 4 issues long, (Fear Itself is 7, that’s seven issues long, but who’s counting?) so it’s not a big deal to go along with the flow and watch all the characters struggle together against a common threat… (Yeah, that sounds a lot like the plot of the Avengers books, but whatever.)  But it doesn’t end there – then they release a companion limited series to the primary limited series, Fear Itself:  Home Front.  And then they release another one!  Yep, here comes Fear Itself:  Youth in Revolt.  Plus, there are tie-ins in nearly every regularly published title, like The Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, The Invincible Iron Man and so on.  How many different Fear Itself limited series and other issues are out there?  And how much will it cost, when all is said and done, to read every single issue that proclaims that its part of Fear Itself?  I was going to buy Iron Man anyway, but now I’m buying this limited series… It’s only one extra book per month, but if I went all in like I did with a previous event (Marvel’s Siege), I would be buying a lot more that just 1 extra book a month.

I guess the question is, how much extra does Marvel expect me to spend per event?  What’s the price tag? Read the rest of this entry

Iron Man, Rusty Venture, Dr Huxtable, Professors explain why Anthony Weiner, Politicians love sex

CreativeJamie.com is dedicated to understanding the fundamental truths of the universe and disseminating the information to you in a clear and concise way – however, there is one problem:  I don’t have any scientific knowledge or ability.  But fear not!  I had assembled a scientific round table consisting of the best fictional minds available! Read the rest of this entry

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