Movie Review – Thor Ragnarok

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I had a chance to check out Thor Ragnarok and I have to say I was impressed.

I’m not a big Thor fan. In fact, on any given day you can find me debating my coworker, Rick, about Thor vs. Superman. Honestly, I don’t even remember the first two Thor films. I just didn’t enjoy them. Maybe I don’t have a big interest in Norse mythology or maybe they just weren’t as good as what Marvel is doing now. Either way, Thor has never been a high priority when it comes to my beloved superhero movies.

That said, Ragnarok took an interesting departure from its previous films and did something different. It borrowed from the Guardians of the Galaxy playbook, my personal favorite films in the franchise. I felt that the Asgardian mythos fit well as a realm in space and that it worked really well with the planet hopping and space faring. It didn’t seem out of place at all, though I’m not sure how Thor can fly a spaceship when he still requests you send a raven to contact him.

The humor was on point. I found myself laughing out loud in the theatre which is rare for me. His relationship with the different characters really shined, specifically Hulk/Bruce, Loki, and even during Dr. Strange’s brief cameo. I hope future Marvel movies live up to this and explore more interesting matchups. I’d really like to see Rocket meet Tony Stark at some point.

Let’s face it, Thor Ragnarok isn’t going to win any Oscars, but it was a damn fun movie to watch. It rebooted the tired Thor formula and gave me a character I could really enjoy on an adventure more interesting than anything the Superman movies could produce. Just don’t tell Rick I said that.


Nerds are Cool


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I’ve been absent for awhile. You may or may not have noticed. Sorry about that. Its not that I haven’t had time to write, I just don’t have anything to say lately. At least, nothing that hasn’t already been said. I’ve been spending time watching new TV shows and playing video games of course. In short, the Marvel shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage were amazing and I can’t wait for Iron Fist, The Defenders, and Punisher. As for gaming, my time is divided by my three current favorites: Grand Theft Auto Online, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, and of course Minecraft.

See? I have nothing to say about these things except that they are all awesome. As is everything on the horizon. Dr. Strange, Rogue One, Logan, The Walking Dead, Fantastic Beasts and Game of Thrones are all coming soon. What an age we live in! There is so much to see and do in the world of entertainment, its hard to keep up with it all. I refuse to even watch the DC shows. I don’t have the time. I think we’ve hit a peak in regards to the nerd culture that permeates our society now. Its become almost… overwhelming.

Don’t get me wrong. Its great that we have this mass acceptance of what was once fringe culture. Gone are the days of the stereotypical basement dwelling nerd with his mint comic book collection. No longer do gamers hide their favorite pastimes. I even have a friend on Facebook asking about the pros/cons of LARP’ing in a graveyard with no fear of retribution. I can’t imagine how this would have gone ten or twelve years ago in my high school. Just kidding. I totally can because I lived it. As a gamer and player of CCG’s, I know exactly the kind of taunting and bullying that comes with the territory.

So what happened? How did we get from there to where we are now? How did the zeitgeist change so drastically? I’d wager it has something to do with the internet and social media, but what do I know? I’m just some anonymous blogger on the internet that can barely find the motivation to write.

What I do know is that we live in an era where fantasy worlds and fantastic beasts reign supreme.

And that is cool.

Movie Review: X-Men Apocalypse (Minor Spoilers)


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You know what’s amazing about the X-Men movie franchise? There’s like a billion movies and all of them are part of the same series. Yes, there is a retconn in Days of Future Past, but it doesn’t mean the events of the first movies didn’t happen. It simply means that tampering with time rendered them moot. This would be like Toby Maguire’s Spider-man going back in time and altering his origin instead of Sony just starting over with a new actor. The X-Men literally changed actors and got younger right in front of us and it worked.  I’ve always had a lot of respect for that. To me, it feels a lot more fitting for a comic based movie.

I’ve personally enjoyed all of the movies with the exception of Wolverine: Origins. That movie got a lot of heat for its inaccurate portrayal of Deadpool, but I didn’t know much about him back then. What always bothered me was the campy feel of the movie. There’s a scene where Wolverine literally chops a ladder down beneath Gambit piece by piece. There also a scene where Wolverine calls Blob “Bub” and that misunderstanding is what causes them to fight. Not the best writing.

Now you have a little familiarity with my take on the X-Men. As for the new movie Apocalypse, I freaking loved it! This movie was everything I really wanted to see in an X-Men movie. There are some minor things I didn’t like (as there are in every movie) such as the weird magic used by Apocalypse to transfer bodies. That is NEVER explained. Its obviously not a mutant power, so what the heck is going on there? Apocalypse also seems a little on the short side. A co-worker pointed this out to me and I have to agree. My only other gripe is about Psylocke. Why is she even a thing? There had to be a batter mutant out there for that role.

On the plus side, and without revealing too much (spoliers ahead, but very minor, no plot details), we get to see some awesome scenes with Nightcrawler, an origin story for Storm, Magneto embracing his power, Quicksilver doing what he does best, Wolverine (OMG), and a fantastic end sequence with one of my favorite mutants and potentially an arc for a future storyline. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know who I’m talking about.

The acting was spot on, with the exception of Olivia Munn. Psylocke was so flat and boring. Its a good thing she wasn’t a major character (I expected this). I thought the jokes were on par with Marvel’s MCU and Kurt Wagner had some great one-liners. The graphics? It’s 2016 and its Marvel. What is there to say? They were awesome. The movie was a beautiful concoction of action and mutant powers. I really don’t understand the bad reviews.

My only other gripe is that this movie was predictable. I knew how Wolverine’s appearance was going to go down long before the movie was released and I had the ending figured out within the first half. Still, I enjoyed every minute of it and would definitely recommend watching this movie!

Movie Review: Civil War – Underoos!

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This is a badly photoshopped image. Why is Black Panther 50 feet tall? Who’s in those suits in the back? Is that a crashed tie-fighter? I just had to use this.


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I haven’t written anything in almost two months and it feels good to be behind a keyboard to do something other than work and play video games. I’ve been itching to put words on paper (paper means electronic screen in 2016), but my schedule has been crazy. During my absence, I’ve done quite a few things, but I mostly wanted to talk about Captain America: Civil War and how absolutely amazing it was!

Seriously, I cannot gush about this movie enough! And for the love of all things sacred, Iron Man calls Spider-Man “Underoos” in reference to the underwear, which Wikipedia can sum up for you here:

“Underoos were developed as a product idea in 1977 by an independent entrepreneur, Larry Weiss, who obtained licenses for the four major comic character groups (DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Hanna-Barbera, Archie Comics) which included Superman, Batman, Shazam, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Spider-Man, and Captain America.

NBD. Just dropping yet another culture bomb on you. I’ve seen so many people asking what Iron Man says that I had to answer the question in my blog. Sigh.

Anyways, this movie was absolutely everything I’ve come to expect from the MCU. I had no doubt I was going to enjoy every minute. I will admit I was skeptical about Spider-Man, but in my opinion, he stole the movie. The few scenes he was in were incredible. Just watching Peter Parker go toe-to-toe with some of the Avengers biggest names was like a dream. His banter with Tony Stark, how we DON’T see Uncle Ben get murdered, the way he rekt Falcon, Captain America, and the Winter Soldier…. Wow. Just wow. Tom Holland, you da man.

The movie wasn’t without its flaws, however. I didn’t read the comic because I don’t read comics, but I know one of the main criticisms was that the movie doesn’t follow the comic storyline. I don’t care. I just don’t. I was actually hoping to see a lot more plot involving the accords, but in the end we got a revenge story of sorts. And I’m fine with that! It managed to set up a sort of rift between the different groups that will carry over into coming movies. This “civil war” doesn’t simply end when the movie does, as it shouldn’t, because super hero registration is a big deal and can’t be resolved in a couple of hours. Still, I would have enjoyed more info in that regard.

I’ve also seen a lot of complaints about Baron Zemo, the main villain, in case you missed that somehow. He was an interesting character, in my opinion, and a well written villain. He suffered from the acts of the Avengers and sought revenge in an incredibly devious way. He attempted to tear them down from within. His plan was extremely convoluted and required a fair bit of luck to pull off, but isn’t that to be expected? This is a movie based on comic books, after all. He was definitely displaced, though. The original Zemo was a Nazi, but aren’t we tired of watching Captain America kick the crap out of Nazis? I take that back. Its always fun watching Nazis get beat. Tarentino made a whole movie about it. But it gets repetitive if that’s the only thing Cap does. New Zemo struck me as a little more human. I liked that.

As for everything else: the action was on point, the acting was superb, the plot was good-not great, the story telling was above average, and overall – this is how it’s done, Zack Snyder. Side note: Please stop making movies, you hack. You’re ruining everything.

If you’ve read this far, I’ll assume you’ve already seen the movie. What did you think? Did you like Spider-Man? Wasn’t Black Panther just awesome? Because I loved every bit of it and cannot wait for this to hit Blu-ray. I feel like I say that about every Marvel movie these days…