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1997. The year yours truly graduated high school. The year of the deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa. The year Bill Clinton began his second term as president. A loose cross between the calm and the chaotic.
1997 was pretty great cinematically, an improvement over 1996, the weakest year of the 1990s. Musically though, it was a step-down. If in 1996, there was still a sense of possibility that the “alternative rock revolution” might lead somewhere, 1997 offered definitive proof that the moment had passed and all the possibilities that had leapt forth following the early 90s breakthrough had reached an impasse or petered out totally.
Yesterday we kicked off the new celebrity birthday feature with a bang. Today’s birthday’s are megastars like Tom Hanks or infamous like O.J. Simpson. But, you know, they are still pretty famous. Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is looking fabulous for 44 and Jessica Simpson isn’t looking too bad either as she turns 36.
Greetings LeBlog readers! The biggest movie release of the weekend has been the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) superhero throw down Captain America: Civil War, so Lebeau and I have decided to have a conversation about the film here. A warning right off the bat: There Will Be Spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet, go to your local multiplex (this obviously isn’t an art house flick, so you’ll have no trouble finding it) and enjoy a little hero-on-hero combat and then come back here to discuss what we all saw and what it means about the future of the Marvel films.
Spoilers begin after the break, so this is your last chance to avoid them.
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Leading up to the release of Batman V Superman, I dug into the Starlog archives for stories about the origins of the respective movie series. I’d like to do something similar with Captain America: Civil War because I am much more excited about that movie than I ever was Zach Snyder’s ode to men punching each other in the rain. But unfortunately, Marvel movies only recently. Starlog ceased publication in 2009 just one year after the release of the movie that launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s not quite a nostalgia trip on the same level as going back to the 70’s Superman or 80’s Batman, but here’s Starlog’s preview of the first Iron Man movie back before anyone realized that Marvel would come to dominate the box office. The issue also included a history of the character from the comics, so I threw that in too.
One of the things Lebeau and family had fewer opportunities to experience than I did when they visited Universal on Father’s Day prior to their Disney cruise this past summer was the variety of food offerings. In the interest of offering the most complete coverage we can here at LeBlog, I’m presenting some of my thoughts on the eateries I had a chance to try while my family and I were in the Universal parks in late March. I visited the Hot Dog Hall of Fame in CityWalk for lunch one day and experienced dinners at Mythos and Lombard’s.
Today I’m going to talk a little about the primary meal destination in the relatively new Diagon Alley area in the original Universal Studios theme park. Come along, won’t you?
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently breaking box office records. For the most part, the movie has been embraced by fans and critics alike. The most common complaint about the new movie is that it borrows heavily from the original films. These similarities create another issue for the new movie. It’s easy to feel like the events of the first three films didn’t really matter.
**Spoiler Warning: Plot points for The Force Awakens follow
The Star Wars bracket game was set up to be heroes vs. villains. In the end, the victory went to the Dark Side. Darth Vader beat out his own daughter to win the title of Ultimate Star Wars Character. He’s definitely one of the most iconic villains in movie history.
That brings this iteration of the bracket game to a close. It will be back next year. I will probably run two bracket games in January just as I did this year. 2015 started off with bracket games covering the movies of 1985 and 1995. That set the tone for a lot of the articles that came out all year long. I’m looking to do essentially the same thing with the years 1986 and 1996.
As always, thanks to everyone who played along with the Star Wars bracket game. Things are going to be a bit hectic for the next few weeks. Updates over the holidays will likely be a bit less frequent. But rest assured Le Blog will be back in full force in the new year. If I don’t see you before then, best wishes!