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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie review

I was entertained by Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I also have to rip it to shreds.  There’s a lot to like, but honestly, it’s a bladder punishing two hours and twenty minutes that carries too much bloat.  
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Captain America The First Avenger (movie review)

stars-fourThe fourth in a series of comic book movies to debut this year, Captain America The First Avenger stands just a little bit taller than the rest, and there are a ton of reasons why, but I’m not going to bother listing the short comings of Green Lantern, Thor or X-Men First Class again.  As the saying used to go, “Let’s rap with Cap!”

First off, as a life long Captain America fan, I’m still shocked anyone showed up to watch this movie.  Much to my surprise, people know who Captain America is!  I saw this at the local mall multiplex on Sunday night with a packed house, featuring many folks in Captain America t-shirts, including the ladies.  I never expected this, and it fascinated to the point where I almost asked folks if I could photograph them as this seemed to unlikely to be real.  But, I got it now:  people know who Captain America is – duly noted.  (Or, they are big fans of Dunkin Donuts.) Read the rest of this entry

Ideas for Improving Walt Disney World: EPCOT Edition – Enter The Mighty Thor!

NOTE:  for the rest of my Disney World posts, click here.

Since I was a kid, the improvements to EPCOT have been drastic.  Think about it from a child’s perspective (or anyone under the age of 21, for that matter); what was there to do in EPCOT as recently as the 1990s?  Not a whole lot.  The Disney Imagineers or whoever the hell obviously figured this out, because they went to work:  they added Test Track, Mission Space and they imported Soarin’ from California Adventure, as well as adding character meeting places, Turtle Talk with Crush, and that Nemo thingy that used to be educational.  However, they still have that one farming thingy where they’re like, “See those fish we’re farming?  You can eat some of their brethren later!”  That always rubbed me the wrong way. Read the rest of this entry

Captain America Trailer Delights Me During The Super Bowl

Since the Giants didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, I wasn’t too excited about the game, but not only did we get a pretty good contest against the Packers and the Steelers, but the Captain America Trailer finally dropped – and it kicked my ass!

As a (nearly) life long Captain America fan, I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time – especially after the disastrous Captain America 1990 movie.  The only thing worse than the casting, acting (actually, I remember thinking that Scott Paulin was good as The Red Skull), cinematography and soundtrack is the writing – when Cap jumps out of the plane, he’s scared.  Now Steve Rogers is a character that is well rounded and fully capable of experiencing and expressing the emotion of fear in a believable way, but he would never be afraid of something like heights or jumping out a plane…  because, you know… he’s Captain America!  Jumping out of planes is part of the job description.  The movie available on YouTube in it’s entirety – watch it if you dare.

This Captain America movie looks like it’s going to get it right.  Sure, we’re probably not going to get any Invaders and I’m guessing Bucky isn’t going to be in spandex, but you can’t have everything – at least it looks like the Howling Commandos are going to be at his side, and that’s something.  The most important thing to get right here is what they effed up so terribly in 1990 – getting Steve Rogers character right is essential, and I like what I’m seeing so far.  After the Rebirth sequence is over, he’s asked, “How do you feel?” to which he responds, “Taller,” which is a perfect Steve Rogers response.  But more than that, the words we hear Dr. Erskine tell Steve at the beginning of the trailer are so important, “Whatever happens, stay who you are – not just a soldier, but a good man.”  That’s who Steve Rogers is – he’s the best of men:  selfless, fearless and compassionate.  If that’s the character that shows up here, not the jerk who showed up in 1990, this could be a really fun movie.

Of course, we’ll find out in July if the movie really is any good, but the trailer has set my expectations high.  I can only hope they’re met.

UPDATED: Full Trailer now available!

Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #3

steve rogers super soldier 3 captain americaI know I predicted that issue #3 would be terrible…  well, I was wrong.  While I do maintain that many miniseries of late have started strongly and faltered (cough Black Widow: Deadly Origin  cough), Steve Rogers:  Super Soldier is turning out not to be one of them.

I predicted gloom and doom for this issue because of my distaste for the Mark Gruenwald era of Captain America and of all the times he had Steve Rogers lose his super soldier physique.  In my post on issues #1 and 2, I had only cited the first time Gruenwald did it during his 10 year reign of terror (I know it’s impolite to speak ill of the dead, but Gruenwald put me off comics for nearly a decade.), but he actually did it twice more, during the Streets of Poison story arc (and for a few issues after that) and then again during the Fighting Chance story arc.  Both were pretty lame.

Much to my shock, Steve Rogers:  Super Soldier #3, got it right.

Issue 2 ended on a cliff hanger:  it was a very, “Oh no!  What’s Steve going to do now?  He’s in the worst possible situation he could ever be in!”  Issue 3 didn’t handle it that way at all.  In fact, we were treated to a fantastic set of flashbacks to Steve’s childhood during the depression, during which he was sickly and thin and routinely got his ass kicked by the neighborhood kids, and how that ultimately made him the man he was rather than the legend he forged during World War II.  And once Steve got his chance to beat ass, even in his 90 pound weakling form, it wasn’t as though his training had been deleted from his brain – even without his physique, Steve is the best trained unarmed combatant/gymnast in the world, and he handled the situation as such, and kicked muscle bound butt in a manner that would make any Judo master proud.  Very, “Judge me by my size, do you?”

This story still has a bit to go, and I’m optimistic that I won’t end up regretting getting into it in the first place, as I have ultimately come to regret reading most limited series and one-shots.

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