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Review: Luke Cage – Episode 1 – Moment of Truth


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Marvel’s Netflix partnership is now in its fourth season. So far, the quality has been a mixed bag. Daredevil went from a great first season that presented a dark, lived-in crime story with thought-provoking drama, strong characters, and strongly choreographed fight scenes to a second season that devolved into fantastical nonsense/magic storyline punctuated by unrealized potential in Punisher and the groan-inducing Elektra. Jessica Jones arrived with an outstanding first act to the season using a compelling villain, a strong (and still feminine) female hero, and an edgy metaphor for rape and abuse victims. This was bogged down by a weak middle act, bizarre character choices, and mostly salvaged by a solid ending. These shows have proven much more daring in content than the cookie-cutter Marvel films, even if the episode order should be more like 8-10 instead of the padded 13.

These shows will be culminating in The Defenders, a street level Avengers, that will see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and possibly Punisher join forces. While we will still have to wait to see the latter two, we are now treated to Luke Cage. After making a memorable supporting turn in the JJ series, and proving he could yell, “sweet Christmas” and still seem cool, Mike Colter debuts his bulletproof hero for hire. The results are, predictably, mixed. The first episode is much too stodgy in its table-setting for the rest of the season, with clunky exposition and bad writing weighing down charming performances.

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Starlog Archives: Iron Man (2008)


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.

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Freemium Game Smackdown Part Deux: Avengers Alliance 2 Vs. Injustice Gods Among Us


Avengers Alliance Vs Injustice

Recently, Daffystardust pitted two free apps against each other in a Freemium smackdown.  But where Daffy’s tastes run towards tapping screens to customize cities and/or theme parks, I’m more drawn to games that let me recreate super hero battles.  As such, I’m comparing the new Avengers Alliance game to the mobile version of Injustice Gods Among Us.

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Lebeau Family Trip Report 2015: Universal Studios


Universal Globe

For the last few years, our big family vacations have mostly involved going to Walt Disney World.  Last year, we made a special trip to check out Disney’s latest additions in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.  At the airport on the way home, we got into an elevator with a guy carrying a clipboard with the Universal logo on it.  He asked if we enjoyed our trip.  We said we had.  Then he asked if we got to visit “the fun place” and tapped his clipboard.  We said we hadn’t because the girls were still a bit young.  He chuckled and said, “Those are good Disney ages.”

This year, I wanted to do something different.  For one thing, Disney wasn’t offering anything new.  But we were also getting a bit tired of the typical Disney World vacation which is simply exhausting.  I didn’t think the girls were old enough for Universal, so I looked into a Disney cruise instead.  Over the course of planning the trip, we allowed a little time in Florida both before and after the cruise.  When I realized that the day before we boarded the ship was Father’s Day, I decided to spend a day at Universal to get a taste of what we had been missing. Read the rest of this entry

Marvel Movies Bracket Game Winner!


cap winter soldier

Another bracket game comes to a close.  This time around, I’ve made no effort to hide my pro-Cap bias.  He’s my favorite Avenger.  Seeing as how he appeared in 1/4th of the movies participating in the game, I was optimistic that Captain America would fare pretty well.  But I really didn’t expect a solo Cap movie to take the top spot.  I figured that honor would go to a team movie like Avengers, X-Men 2 or Guardians of the Galaxy.  So I am pleasantly surprised to see that the voters have picked Captain America: Winter Soldier as the top Marvel movie.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man 2 Vs . Captain America: Winter Soldier


Spider-man 2 vs Winter Soldier

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Captain America: Winter Soldier Vs. Avengers


Avengers Vs Winter Soldier

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man 2 Vs. X-Men 2


Spider-man 2 vs. X-Men 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Guardians of the Galaxy Vs. Avengers


Avengers Vs Guardians

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Iron Man Vs. Captain America: Winter Soldier


Iron Man Vs. Winter Soldier

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: X-Men 2 Vs. X-Men: First Class


X-Men 2 Vs. First Class

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Blade Vs. Spider-man 2


Blade Vs. Spider-man 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Avengers Vs. Avengers: Age of Ultron


Avengers Vs Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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