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….and the Battle for the Cowl goes to??????

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Yep! There you have it. Bennifer himself. The cowl has been officially given to Ben Affleck. I have to say, I am ok with this. Many years ago, no. But now, he has matured to the point that he has been involved in some of the best films in the past 5-7 years. The Town was awesomesauce, Argo was really effing good, and his new movie with Justin TImberlake, Runner-Runner, looks to be like a strong flick as well.

If you ask me, Affleck definitely has the acting chops pull this role off and between his physicality, charm, and smarts, he is an excellent choice to play Bruce Wayne. Maybe not THE perfect choice, but an excellent one, nonetheless. And you need someone just as pretty as to stand next to Cavill on the big screen.

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SOOOOO now that the trigger has been pulled on who will be playing the Bats, let the speculation begin as to what story line they will draw from. Worlds Finest, The Dark Knight Returns…whichever direction Snyder and co. decides to go in, I am all-in. 100%!

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The next time you see the Bat and the Boy in Blue on screen, it will be together. And it will be the ……….

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Pacific Rim : Why Everyone Should Be Checking Out This Movie

This weekend I saw Pacific Rim. I almost didn’t because I was vascillating between seeing Man of Steel for the fifth time. In the end, I decided on Pacific Rim. 

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I def made the right decision. One word comes to mind after I saw this movie. FUN. I had so much fun watching this movie. I laughed, I cheered (on the inside) and by the end of the movie, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, wringing my hands. 

The gigantic robots known as Jaegers vs. huge other-dimensional monsters, known as Kaiju’s. The previews just didn’t do it justice. Seeing these things on the big screen was so cool and so immense, I would’ve been ok with the movie being 3 hours of just fighting. 

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Now the movie isn’t without it’s faults. But, it’s a giant robot vs giant dimensional monsters movie, right? You gotta suspend some disbelief while watching. I enjoyed the casting of this movie. Starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, and Ron Pearlman. I’m a huge fan of Sons of Anarchy, so anything with Hunnam and Pearlman is a win in my book. And the chemistry between Charlie Day and Burn Gorman was awesome. They played off each other so well and most of the comedic moments happened between the two. 

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I hope, in the end, this movie does well enough for a sequel. Guillermo Del Toro did a great job. If his whole point was to awaken the inner child in you, he passed with flying colors. In a day where everyone is trying to adapt some kind of superhero story or comic book character to the big screen, that has been told a fafillion times, this movie is a nice breath of fresh air, and I have no problem with saying I will see it again. 

Don’t worry about the reviews or it failing to beat Despicable Me 2.Go see it, you will not be disappointed. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score – Currently at 72% fresh!

Man of Steel : The Spoiler Free Review

So by now, everybody knows I saw Man of Steel….twice. Will probably see it more, if I can. 

First, let me say that this was the movie I hoped it would be. From the first trailer I saw, to the last spoiler I read…it lived up to the hype, and more importantly, mine. I loved it. The movie garnered some bad reviews and had a very low score on Rotten Tomatoes from the critics (they can get the finger, the middle!!). Do not listen to the critics. I feel that most of them have a biased agenda one way or the other. Go see for yourself and bask in the all the glory that is Kal-el. 

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Zack Snyder did what almost every other Superman movie has failed to do. He brought action to the franchise.  And an S-load of it too. (“S” pun totally intended). And this wasn’t that type of unrealistic action where buildings get destroyed and no one dies. The action in this movie was cataclysmic. Punches that leveled city blocks. A Superman that has not yet learned how to control his anger and rage, and many people lost their lives because of it. This was the first time we’ve seen a Superman that is not yet fully in control of his abilities and is still learning what some of them are. Some powers we’ve come to know as fans, did not even make it in this movie. 

Yes, we got another origin story. But it was unlike any we’ve seen before. Seeing Krypton on the big screen, with it’s sweeping landscapes and high-tech horizons, was something I have always wanted. And to get a glimpse of the wildlife on the planet, was TIGHT. 

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And before everyone starts complaining about Zod being the villain AGAIN…Michael Shannon knocks it out of the park. I’m pretty sure he didn’t have to get into makeup for this role. He is just disturbingly menacing. The overall look of the Kryptonian army was perfect. The armor, the ships, and the guns were all tons of awesomesauce. 

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Before I get to Henry Cavill, let me get through the rest of the cast the I liked. Be small minded and say what you want about race, but Laurence Fishburne was GREAT casting as Perry White. I generally just prefer to see him fighting Keanu Reeves in the Matrix, but I really, enjoyed his take on White. He was forceful, but also had this fatherly aire about him. It was great. And Antje Traue, as Faora was just…..just….yes. 

Honestly, I think the only bit of casting that really did not work for me was Amy Adams. She wasn’t bad at all. And I think part of the problem was how she was written, but all I could think while sitting there was “Where is Erica Durance and why isn’t she on screen right now?”

Maybe more than Cavill, I liked the two Robin Hoods. Costner and Crowe were amazeballs. Costner was born to play Pa Kent, and Crowe was awesome as Jor-El. Not the old, idling portrayal of Brando, but a Jor-El that could whoop some @SS. Loved it. As for the rest of the casting, you probably remember seeing alot of them on a certain show called Smallville. Hopefully, Snyder’s nod of respect to a tv show that kept Superman somewhat alive and kicking in the mainstream for 10 seasons. 

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Now on to Cavill. When Superman Returns came out in 2006, I thought Brandon Routh was perfect casting as a continuation of the Superman Christopher Reeve’s put on the screen in the late 70’s, early 80’s. That was his job and he pulled it off perfectly. But Cavill….He IS the Man of Steel, Kal-El, and Clark Kent all rolled into one. And he pulled it off effortlessly. From his look as a young Clark Kent, to the first time he dons the suit. Cavill is Superman. I really can’t say enough about him. Man-crush territory? 

While he didn’t have a ton of lines, or heart felt monologues….the Man of Steel’s presence on screen well made up for that. My only complaint (because I’m a fanboy of old), was the S-curl. It was nowhere to be seen. And the red tights were gone!! Thank the lord baby jesus! They are gone! One would think a civilization so intelligent and technologically progressed as Krypton would realize that you don’t wear your undies outside of the outfit. I mean come on, thats Fashion101, amirite? 

Anyway, I loved the movie. I was extremely lucky to win tickets from a website to see the movie at Tysons AMC 22. I felt very special. I saw it once in 3D and once in 2D. Go see it in 2D. Save yourself the risk of stroke. Watching those fight scenes in 3D, I definitely started to get the shakes. 

(There is one thing I will not talk about right now. The ending. I will let you decide for yourself)

Everyone should go see this movie. Even non-comic book readers will have a great time. Take your friends. Take your wifey. Take some kids. Introduce them to the Man of Steel.  They will love it. 

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My plea to DC and Warner Bros? Savor this success. Don’t get over zealous and try to fast-track the next movie. Which, sadly enough, is what they are doing. Man of Steel took almost 3 years to make and it showed. This movie has the potential to setup a shared universe much in the same way Iron Man did for the Marvel Universe. They just need to take their time and realize what a goldmine they have in the Man of Steel. 

New 30 Second TV Spot for Man of Steel

30 Second TV spot for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has some new footage! Enjoy!!

Know what May 4th is??? Free Comic Book Day!!!

That’s right citizens!!!…… Free comic book day is coming!!!

Go to your local comic shop on May 4th, 2013 and enjoy the great lineup of free comics and any other goodies the shop may have. You may even run into one of your favorite superheroes 🙂

Make sure you go to Laughing Ogre Comics in Ashburn for all your comic and nerdly needs.That’s where I’ll be….so, pretty much, you should be too.  http://www.laughingogrecomics.com/wordpress/ 

 

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#1 – Man of Steel : Trailer Friday!!! Movies I am Stoked for!

Not much I need to say about this, though Glorious comes to mind

Man of Steel – Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Lawrence Fishburne

Adventures in Star Effing…Part 1

In 2011, two friends and I went to San Diego Comic Con. While I was there, I became very adept at taking pictures of celebs when they didn’t want them taken. I also got an up close and personal view with some of them. Here’s how it all went down…..

First we take a look at the celebs that got salty when I took pics….

Image” The original Black Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” – Not a soul stopped by his booth so this pic was easy to take.

Image“Next up is the very, very polarizing, Rob Liefield. Love him or hate him, he’s done a lot. He was def a bit on the douchey side. Hiding behind his table, not signing autographs”

Image“Last but not least, Eddie McClintock from Warehouse 13. His strategy was too look as bad as he could so no one would take a pic. Didn’t work out too well! Love the show though!”

And now we get to some of the celebs, that were really cool. The either let me take a pic, or actually took one with me! Enjoy!
ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageFrom top to bottom – John Barrowm (Torchwood, Arrow), Brian Posehn, Season 1 Game of Thrones Cast, Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers), Geroge R.R. Martin, Robert Kirkman (comic artist – The Walking Dead, Invincible), Steven Lang (Terra Nova, Avatar)

ImageImageAnd Finally – Me with Jon Cryer and Bookem Woodbine

The “S” Stands for……. HOPE

Think you know what the S on Supermans chest stands for? Click here to find out!!!!!

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