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Guardians of the Galaxy (movie review)

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy this past Sunday with a full house at 10:50 AM. The movie is filled with murder, violence, profanity, betrayal, torture, sadness, jokes, pop songs from the 1970s, abduction, deaths of innocents, more murder, more violence… and it’s probably the most fun you’ll have at the movies this year.

“And there’s your blurb,” as Christy Lemire would say.

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Movies Coming Soon: it’s all sequels and franchises!

movie-postersUsing this magical tool called the internet, I’ve compiled a list of movies that are coming out over the next two or so years that are either sequels, franchises or both… and I say without any hesitation: this list will amaze you.
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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!

Career Advice from Edward Norton & Bill Hader

See what happens when you say no to The Avengers movie? It’s almost as bad as what happens when you quit Saturday Night Live. Read the rest of this entry

6 Movie Box Sets Available for Christmas

From the practical to the absurd, there’s plenty of movie box sets available this Christmas. Read the rest of this entry

Avengers and TMNT action figures

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This box set of Avengers action figures made me feel old.  I said something like, “In my day, we had to collect all, each sold separately – and we liked it!”  But for Christmas in 2012, you can just plop down $45 at Target and take home the entire team and their primary adversary all in one shot!  Disgraceful! Read the rest of this entry

Super Hero Balls

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Like this morning’s post, this is probably not what you expected from this title.  Every time we go into CVS, we make a stop over here in the toy aisle, but never actually buy anything.

I like that Black Widow (right corner of Avengers ball) is doing a silly looking kick, but poor Batman – getting stuck with Plastic Man is a raw deal.  (FYI:  Plastic Man predates Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four.)  I wonder why no other members of the Justice League were available to appear on this ball.  Look, they didn’t even bother to put Plastic Man on the other side of the ball.

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The Avengers movie review

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My score: 8.5 out of 10

I finally got around to seeing The Avengers this weekend, and a good time was had by all.  At least half of the audience clapped at the end, which doesn’t usually happen in a movie theater, but it was that kind of flick – people wanted to stand up and cheer.  After living with these characters for five movies, maybe this is what the audience always wanted; but if you didn’t see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America, I don’t blame you if you were thoroughly confused. Read the rest of this entry

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

Wolverine #1 2010 comic book review

wolverine #1The horror.

The horror.

Yes, it’s that bad.  Wolverine #1 (2010, so it’s clear which Wolverine #1 I’m talking about) is a total waste of time, money, and certainly not least of all, paper.  What the hell is this crap?  I’m enjoying Wolverine: Weapon X, and I though Wolverine Origins was an inspired series of the highest order, but this…  this is crap.  There isn’t any other word for it.

Logan meets with John Wraith, a buddy from way back in his Weapon X days at his church, where he’s a pastor.  They talk about the darkness inside them, how they’re natural-born killers and what not, which is shtick that’s getting a bit old as far as I’m concerned.  He’s Wolverine, he’s violent, I GET IT!  But here’s the twist:  with Norman Osborn out of the picture and Logan’s new girlfriend, he’s feeling hopeful for the future, for maybe the first time in his life, and it scares him. Read the rest of this entry

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