Fantastic & Futuristic Fun Films For Friday!

August 10, 2013 at 3:28 AM (climate studies, comic book characters, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, political atmosphere, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)

I had been anticipating this evening’s features for a few weeks!  I was glad to have gotten to the local theater, so that I could enjoy each film thoroughly!  Whereas one was a continuation of an adventure story that is capturing the attention of action-seeking audiences, the second film forecast a future Earth where all is not set on equal terms for every person.

The excitement began with Percy Jackson:  Sea of Monsters!  The film is prefaced by letting the audience know that sometimes, the gods would have children with mortals, called half-bloods.  One of them is Percy (Logan Lerman), son of Poseidon, who found himself in competition to become the next champion of the demigod children.  Percy’s best friends are Clarisse (Leven Rambin) and Luke (Jake Abel).  They attend the Camp Half-Blood For Demi-God Children together.

At this camp, Camp Half-Blood, Percy meets his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), who is a Cyclops.  Also, the camp is eyed, then raided by Luke (Jake Abel), who is the son of Hermes.  Luke has a vendetta against the gods, and he means to annihilate Mount Olympus!  He has gone out of the way to poison a magic tree that protects the camp, now leaving it free to attack.

However, Percy’s friend Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) has learned that The Golden Fleece can heal the tree.  The god Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) acquires this knowledge, and he sends two students, Tyson and Grover, to get hold of the fleece.  Annabeth and Percy accompany them.

The Oracle gives a prophecy that one of the three major gods will battle Luke.  Percy, with one of his friends, will either have to save Mount Olympus, or will have to eliminate it altogether.  Percy and his allies go to seek Luke, yet they are trapped by The Manticore.  The friends escape, yet they are caught and swallowed by The Charybdis, where they reunite with Clarisse.

The group escapes, managing to reach an amusement park.  There, they set Grover free, and they get hold of The Golden Fleece.   However, Luke arrives, stating that he means to use The Golden Fleece to awaken the god Kronos!  Luke then tries to murder Percy with an arrow, yet Tyson positions himself between the shot, taking the arrow instead.  Tyson winds up being brought back to life with water, as Kronos swallows Grover and Luke!

Percy is able to use his sword to attack and to reduce Kronos.  Then,  The Manticore ends up being killed by Clarisse and Grover.  It nearly killed Annabeth, but Percy used The Golden Fleece to bring her back to life!  Afterward, the friends return to Camp Half-Blood to use The Golden Fleece to bring the dying camp tree back to life!

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Our second film was the anticipated Elysium!  By reaching the year 2154, there is a definite and deadly distinction between the haves and the have-nots!  All of those who have the luxuries of wealth, security, and personal satisfactions live within the Earth-orbiting space station called Elysium.  All else whom are impoverished, uneducated, and diseased live on Earth!

Jodie Foster stars as Delacourt, a ruthless leader of an Earth-orbiting luxury station called Elysium.  There, humans live in safety and security, with no fears or burdens.  All others remain on the planetary surface, dealing with the hardships of poverty, illness, warfare, and the darker sides od humanity.

Max (Matt Damon) works for Armadyne Corporation, which built Elysium.  It is during this work where he is exposed to lethal substances.  These toxic chemicals create a deadly condition within him, giving him only five days to live!  If Max wants to find a cure, he must leave Earth’s surface to reach Elysium!

His quest for assistance takes him to seek a man called Spider (Wagner Moura).  This man has helped Max before, so Max trusts him.  Spider assisted Max with sneaking into Elysium, and getting the medical supplies necessary to treat his chemical exposure.  Once inside the station, Max was able to get biogenetic technology to enhance himself, becoming stronger, as he got wiser to what was happening with Delacourt’s actions.  Yet, Delacourt learned of Max’s actions, and she sends scouts through L.A. to find him.

Spider got all of the details that he could use to give all of the Elysium residents on Earth.  Max does not help with singling out only Elysium citizens.  He deals with Kruger to get him to change Spider’s methods of operation.

While returning to Elysium, a fight occurs.  Kruger is shot.  All passengers are returned to Delacourt.  She reprimands Kruger for encouraging the shot, and he stabs her!  Delacourt dies!  Kruger proceeds to raid Elysium, seeking Max, while chasing Spider as well!

Kruger encounters Max, and a fight ensues!   The fight seems brief, and Max kills Kruger!  Max then gets into the main computer room, logging onto Elysium’s main drive.  Max starts the main systems, accessing all of the major population links, where he is able make all people legal citizens of Elysium.   As the computer does this, Max dies.

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As always, several great movies are coming!  I am looking forward to films that include Baggage Claim, Closed CircuitThe Counselor, Ender’s Game, Getaway, Jobs, Last Vegas, Prisoners, Rush, and Thor:  The Dark World!  Movies, movies, movies!

…..and wha’s your motivation????

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The Wolverine Is A WOW!

July 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM (comic book characters, curious research, current news, human life issues, late night studies, movie reviews, music and entertainment, public debate, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)

Like so many X-Men fanatics, I had been eagerly anticipating my chance to see the film The Wolverine!  I was glad when the day arrived for which I had made plans to be at my regular theater to view the film, and I saw that I was not alone in my eagerness for this adventure.  This recent release to the Marvel Comics franchise certainly stabbed at entries of expectation!

The movie begins with a pre-adamantium Logan (Hugh Jackman) in Japan, during World War II.  He is at Hiroshima at the time of the dropping of the atomic bomb.  Logan is in an area where he suffers the effects of the blast, as we see his flesh boiled from his body, yet regenerated time and time again due to his mutant healing capacity.

He escapes the area of the blast, getting to a place where he can rest.  During this time, he imagines Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen), and the images become frightening.  Logan leaves, walking into the woods, then to a gas station.  He sees men at this gas station who have a dead bear on their vehicle, and this bear was friendly to Logan while he was in the woods.  An altercation ensues, a Logan asks about the killed bear, the men get snide with him, and one man even strikes at Logan!

An altercation breaks out, yet Logan sees a girl.  He is hit, but he breaks free from the fight, getting away with the girl.  She is identified as Ariyako, and she means to give Logan a sword from Master Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi).  He also wants Logan to fly to Japan, yet Logan does not want to go.  Ariyako ends up convincing Logan to take the trip to Japan.

They arrive in the eastern nation, getting to the residence of Master Yashida.  Logan still is ragged from previous fights, so he is taken to be cleaned by caretakers within Yashida’s home.  Once refreshed, he is taken to a lab, where a doctor offers Logan the chance to be freed of his seeming immortality.  This doctor wants Logan’s power in order to protect his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamato) from attacking Yakuza gangsters!

Logan again finds himself dreaming of Jean.  He is interrupted by the leader of a Japanese fighting group with which he had prior affiliations.  This person thought that Logan was dead.  However, Logan and this man go on to attend the funeral of Master Yashida.  The ceremony is interrupted, and gunfire erupts!  Another mutant attacks Logan, as Yakuza attempt to get hold of Mariko.  As some Yakuza run away, Logan is stabbed by sword through his abdomen, yet he chases his attackers!  Mariko has been separated from him.

Mariko gets onto a speeding train, as Logan follows her, with Yakuza trailing them!  Logan remains injured, yet he moves through the cars of the train, followed by sword-wielding attackers.  He and Mariko both are chased and attacked, as a fight ensues through the cars, with Logan stabbing Yakuza as the train took them to a stop at a hotel station.  There, both of them got out, checking into a room overnight.

Logan acts as a sentry outside while Mariko sleeps that night.  He has images of Jean, and he collapses from being hurt during the prior fight with the Yakuza.  He wakes up to see that his healing capacity remains lost, yet he has been stitched by a worker of the motel in which they have been resting, who happens to be a veterinarian!  Yet, the villains Harada and Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) have connected, and Viper now is after Logan and Mariko!

Once they have reached Nagasaki, Logan and Mariko are growing fond of one another.  He tells her of his past, as she has images of Logan dying.  Mariko wants to tell Logan about these visions, yet she does not get the chance to do so.  Mariko is caught, surprisingly by a kidnapper who was ordered to do so by her own father!

Later, Shingen tells the other members of Yashida Corporation that Mariko has departed the business empire.  He means to kill her when his Black Ninjas arrive with Viper!  However, Harada saves Mariko, as Viper poisons Shingen!

Logan gets to Yashida Corporation headquarters, where he gets hold of medical tools to remove the parasite that has been responsible for the attempted elimination of his mutant powers.  He later fights Shingen, who is in the midst of trying to kill Yukio.  He kills Shingen, then goes with Yukio to go after Harada and Viper.  As they reach a research center where the enemies are at, Logan is attacked and caught by Harada!

Viper has Logan put into a machine that can remove his capacity for immortality.  She lets him meet Silver Samurai, who was a super-heated, Adamantium sword!  Yet, Mariko gets free to assist Logan, breaking Silver Samurai’s sword!  Harada has a change of heart while in battle, opting to help Logan to escape, yet he gets killed by Silver Samurai.  Yukio overcomes Viper by hanging her!

Logan gets into a death fight with Silver Samurai!  He ends up having his Adamantium claws cut off, and his powers of immortality being taken away from him.  Silver Samurai then shows himself to be Yashida, having faked his death all along.  Yet, Mariko steps in, stabbing Yashida with Logan’s cut-off claws, and letting Logan toss Yashida over a cliff!  As Logan passes out unconscious, he hallucinates of Jean Grey, seeming to move beyond her dying.  Mariko does go onto become the C.E.O. of Yashida  Corporation, while Yukio remains with Logan as his bodyguard, as they travel to locations yet to be revealed!

After the credits, we see that Logan returns to The U.S. two years later, and he is approached by Magneto (Sir Ian McKellan)!  The lord of magnetism allegedly needs The Wolverine’s assistance with combating a new threat against mutants that means to attempt total mutant extermination!  As Logan questions why he should trust Magneto, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) arrives!  As Logan asks how it is that Charles is alive, The Professor pointedly reminds him that he is not the only one with gifts!  MORE IS TO COME!!!!

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Of course, more films always are around the way!  Next week has Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in 2 Guns!  More of August is exciting with other eagerly-awaited films!  These include Afternoon Delight, The Butler, Elysium, Kick Ass 2, and The Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones!


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Comedic Calamity & A Satisfying Superman!

June 15, 2013 at 3:10 AM (comic book characters, current news, health care reviews, human life issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, music and entertainment, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)

This was one of those Fridays that we had been anticipating for a while!  It actually was a two-film treat, with one movie that was something of a comedic surprise, and the second being the blockbuster that we were yearning to watch for months!  I will say that I was happy with this evening at our area theater!

We actually started with This Is The End!  A witty film that features some of the currently leading comedic actors, the movie opens with Seth Rogen and Danny McBride getting together to hang out.  They hang out for a minute, then Seth hooks up with Jay Pharaoh to harvest their weed stock.  They proceed to talk about committing more mischief, yet Jay is not interested.

The group gets to James Franco’s house, where party activity is happening.  Rihanna happened to be there, and she bitch-slapped some guy!  Jonah was playing with some Spaniel dog that did not know how to bark, while most of the others basically were talking shit.  Other mischief occurs, then the group proceeds to serenade the girls at the party with their song “Take Fur Panties Off”!

As the madness continues, there suddenly is a giant quake!  Blue beams blast downward from the sky, and people are lifted away by them!  Cars begin to race and collide, as explosions occur, and the group gets back to James Franco’s house.  No one there knows what has happened, as Jay tries to describe what he saw.  Suddenly, there is another quake, so all of them run out of the house, which now is aflame!

Several celebrities have run outside.  The ground has split open, sucking in one guy, then Rihanna!  Kevin Hart and a few others fall into a hole in the ground.  Jay Pharaoh runs inside, turning on the television, where information is broadcast that a 9.7 quake has occurred in Los Angeles!

Suddenly, a helicopter crashes outside of the house, and a propeller strikes one of James Franco’s family paintings.   James Franco and Jonah Hill go outside, running amok. The group takes in what has turned out to be an evening of chaos, then they go inside to go to bed for the night!

As morning arrives, James Franco awakens, as Danny has cooked breakfast.  He did not know what happened the night before, thinking it all was a joke.  Suddenly, a strange man breaks into the yard, and the group argues about letting him inside.  The man is decapitated, and his head rolls inside of the house!  Now, everyone wants to know what is going on, so the group goes outdoors to see that Los Angeles has been set on fire!

James Franco video-records the scene, as Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill declare that The Apocalypse has arrived!  They decide to have a get-high party, going indoors to jam to Gangnam Style!  The group proceeds to smoke weed and to come up with silly ideas, when Emma Watson suddenly breaks into the house!  She tells them that a zombie invasion has occurred!

Later, Emma is asleep, and the guys discuss flying the helicopter outside.  Someone needs to go to get supplies without being caught by the zombies.  Craig Robinson is elected to do this, and he does make it to a store to retrieve water.  As he gets the water, something chases him!  Craig runs, and the group now has no goods, with some creature outside of the house!

The group decides to dig through the floor to get to underground water.  Meanwhile, Danny leaves, as Seth and Jay wind up hanging onto the remains of the floor that has collapsed into the ground below.  Two barrels of water are salvaged.  Yet, Danny returns, becoming reckless and irresponsible, as he wastes supplies and becomes selfish.  The group decides to vote him out of the house, yet they give into weaker feelings, letting him stay!

Danny shows that he can cook, so they opt to keep him secured by putting him in the freezer!  The day progresses into night, as Craig and Jonah decide to go looking for more supplies.  While they are out, Jonah winds up being sexually assaulted by a demon, then finding himself possessed!  He now has super strength, as he goes after James and Seth!  The group manages to grab hold of Jonah to perform an exorcism, but a fire breaks out which burns down the house, and burns up Jonah!

Craig now decides to volunteer himself for sacrifice, allowing the group to escape an attacking demon.  Craig winds up being taken into Heaven because of this good deed, so James decides to give himself up to cannibals to help the others escape.  This works, at first, but James gets cocky, teasing the demonic cannibals because he is getting away.  The light to Heaven suddenly vanishes, leaving James behind on Earth to be taken by the cannibals!

The Devil arrives, about to eat Jay and Seth!  The two hug one another, rekindling their friendship.   The Light of Heaven shines down to claim Jay, but being with Seth will not allow him to ascend!  This prompts Seth to sacrifice himself to Satan, which allows Jay to get away, and also earns redemption for Seth!

At the end, Jay and Seth get to The Pearly Gates.  Craig is there already, letting them inside to Heaven.  There, Jay makes a wish that The Backstreet Boys would reunite (???).  It all ends with a divine dance setting, as The Backstreet Boys perform Everybody!


The second feature was the eagerly-anticipated Man of Steel!  It begins on Planet Krypton, with Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) enduring an intense labor.  A male child is born, as the planet is collapsing from it’s core!

General Zod (Michael Shannon) is leading Krypton’s ruling council, through which Jor-El (Russell Crowe) has been taken prisoner.  A fight emerges, and Jor-El manages to get free.  The planet now is at war, as Jor-El hurries to a secret chamber to get hold of The Codex.  Zod tries to steal this from Jor-El, yet Jor-El escapes!

The Codex has information about a distant and habitable world to which he can send his infant son, Kal-El.  It is urgent that Kal-El reach ths world, as Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van place Kal-El into this pod, labeled with the S symbol.

Zod enters the chamber, as the pod is about to launch. He means to destroy the pod, as to destroy all traces of Jor-El.  Kal-El is managed to be launched into space, yet Zod kills Jor-El!  He then promises to find Kal-El, yet he is captured, and he is imprisoned for the murder of Jor-El.  Moments later, Planet Krypton is incensed, then destroyed by it’s expanding, red-giant star!  Baby Kal-El’s pod is thrust away from Krypton, as it later enters our solar system, hurtling past Saturn, and racing toward Earth.

A baby is taken in by The Kents, Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) of Smallville.  He is raised as Clark.  It is his human mother, Martha, who teaches Clark to stabilize his powers, as they create feelings of confusion and pain for him, at first.  As Clark ages into teen years, Jonathan tells him that he truly is from another planet.  He comforts Clark, yet encourages him not to use his powers in front of people, as society is not ready for him.

A powerful storm that produced a tornado struck Smallville.  The effects of the storm lead to Jonathan’s death.   After grieving for his human father, and with his human mother’s blessing, Clark leaves to wander the nation.  He lives in secrecy for years, later finding a secret capsule from Krypton.  It has a device inside of it that allows a communication with the hologram-spirit of his father.  It just happens that a snooping reporter from Metropolis named Lois Lane (Amy Adams) came across this capsule, also.  She is nearly injured while trying to get into it, yet Clark rescues her with his super-human capabilities!

Shocked by what has happened, Lois returns to Metropolis, and to The Daily Planet.  She means to write a story about this super human who saved her life.  However, the newspaper’s editor, Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) rejects her drafts!

General Zod voyages to Earth, tracing the scout ship in which Kal-El was placed. He demands to the people of Earth that Kal-El surrender to him, or they will suffer his wrath!  Clark turns himself into The U.S. Armed Forces, as they proceed to give him to Zod!  Zod then proceeds to reveal plans to convert Earth into a world more akin to Krypton through the use of an engine device that works with his space vessel.  It will eliminate all of Earth’s people, making it clear for Zod to repopulate the planet with Kryptonians that have been engineered by the use of the codex stored within Clark’s cellular structure!

It is back at Smallville where Clark confronts Faora-Ul (Antje Traue).  He is able to stop this assistant to Zod from proceeding with plans to convert Earth into a Krypton-like planet by surrendering to The U.S. Army, who are forced to turn him over to Faora-Ul!    Clark and Lois are turned over to Zod and his forces, yet they get free by using an image of Jor-El that Clark downloaded into Zod’s main computer.  This programming confusion leads to an attack from Krypton’s forces onto Earth, with The U.S. Army responding intensely!  Clark appears as Superman, convincing The U.S. Armed Forces that he is their ally.  Yet, Zod means to get hold of the codex, which is within Clark’s genetic code, and he releases a vessel over The Indian Ocean to begin an attack!

Superman now has Lois at his side, as they speak with U.S. Armed Forces.  They give details from Jor-El’s computer program that set an attack against Zod’s vessel.  A wormhole is opened slightly above Earth, which consumes Zod’s ship and his minions!

Superman returns to The Indian Ocean to shut down the engine that was starting to transform Earth into a Krypton-like world!  Then, he races back to Metropolis to engage Zod in battle, as the villainous general uses powers equivalent to Superman’s.  The Man of Steel ends up killing General Zod in order to save people from the general’s wicked wrath!  Nearly succumbing to pain of emotion from having to kill, Superman is comforted by Lois Lane.  He chooses to pick himself up, resuming a life as Clark Kent, living with the secrecy of Superman to protect humanity when needed!

Man of Steel (2013) Poster


Next week, we get to check out Brad Pitt in an all-out battle against zombies!  The fate of the world will be at stake as he leads heroic human forces to save the planet in World War Z!  The same day will have Monsters University, as June will close out with The Heat and White House Down!

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Iron Man 3 Rocks!

May 4, 2013 at 3:33 AM (comic book characters, curious research, current news, human life issues, late night studies, movie reviews, music and entertainment, public debate, social opinion, web gossip)

Oh, we were waiting to see this movie, and I am glad to say that we were NOT disappointed!  I am excited that all of the comic feature heroes are being brought to the big screen, and that they are having continued success.  The Marvel Comics adventures always were entertaining, and the current conversions of the tales to cinematic adventures has been extremely amazing.  The Iron Man series is NO exception!

“A famous man once said we create our own demons”Iron Man 3 begins with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) giving a speech at a massive New Year’s gala in Bern, Switzerland.  The story moves to Tony in Malibu, California, where he is advancing his Iron Man suits.  Suddenly, a news update shows that a terrorist has attacked Kuwait, killing many people, including children!

A sadistic villain called The Mandarin has launched a terrorist attack.  Iron Man has promised to deal with the situation, seeking the assistance of his heroic friend Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle).  Colonel Rhodes now assists Iron Man as an iron-suited super hero called Iron Patriot (War Machine)!  Both heroes vow to respond immediately, as bombings have occurred at the hands of The Mandarin!

Tony’s girlfriend, Pepper Potts (Gwenneth Paltrow) is running his facility while Tony is away.  Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) has arrived there to meet with her.  He is a scientist, currently in the midst of mapping the bio-electrical activity of the human brain.  Pepper is not exactly fond of, nor pleased by the sight of Killian, as he tries to recruit her into being a test subject for his scientific testings!

Pepper returns to her home with Tony, where he is testing new Iron Man armored suits.  As they are about to be married, Tony actually spied on Pepper as Killian tried to hit on her!  It is later that Tony tells this to Pepper, admitting that he is having some emotional issues.  When they go to bed for the evening, one of Tony’s armored suits activates, advancing toward Pepper as she sleeps!

Pepper awakens, calms herself, then she goes downstairs.  Noise is heard outside, as it is seen that two men are fighting in the street.  One of the fighters reveals himself to be extremely powerful, as the other man explodes!  The victorious man announces himself as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), and that he is on a mission of terror with another action soon to come!

Colonel Rhodes was injured in a previous battle against The Mandarin, and Tony visits him in the hospital.  It is there where Tony announces that he will battle The Mandarin.  Tony proceeds to get covert information from The F.B.I. and from S.H.I.E.L.D. about the tactics of The Mandarin.  He studies residue from bombs that Mandarin has deployed, along with details from prior attack locations.  The details lead Tony to Rose Hill, Tennessee.

Tony and Pepper are at his home when a bomb advances toward his residence!  His living room is blown up, and helicopters arrive, launching missiles!  Pepper attempts getting into an Iron Man suit to help, as Tony runs to get into his own suit.  The house still is under fire, and the copters have launched missiles directly into Tony’s mansion.  He winds up being dragged into falling debris from his declining home, sinking into the ocean waters beside the mansion’s plot.  Tony is buried under water and rubble, yet he manages to get himself free.

Now, within a fully-charged iron suit, Tony flies back to Tennessee.  The suit is somewhat damaged, as he crashes into water, and he ends up being dragged to shore by a Texaco hauler ship.  Night has fallen; Tony contacts Pepper to leave her a message.  He takes his damaged iron suit to a nearby home, getting the unusual assistance of an inquisitive young boy named Harley (Ty Simkins)!

Pepper has Tony’s Iron Man suit and helmet, now!  She puts them on, downloading Tony’s last message.  She learns that Adrian Killian has been behind the attacks on Tony, and that Adrian is in cohoots with The Mandarin!

Meanwhile, Tony is with Harley.  He has information about the last explosion, which reveals that Harley is science-saavy, and that he is something of a chatterbox!  Harley leads Tony to a restaurant, where he meets with a Mrs. Davis (Dale Dickey).  Their meeting is interrupted by an F.B.I. agent, who attempts to arrest Harley.  Yet, a local sherriff intrudes on the scene.  The agent kills the sherriff, along with two other bystanders who attempt to help Tony!

This agent proceeds with an attempt to attack Tony, but he escapes.  She chases Tony, revealing that she has psycho-kenetic powers and telepathic capacity!  Tony keeps her trapped in the restaurant, but she breaks loose, heading toward a water tower outside.  Meanwhile, Harley is outside, and he winds up being caught by this agent.  Yet, Harley knows tactics taught to him by Tony, including methods of how to escape being held captive.

The Mandarin now has made a public broadcast to the nation!  He announces that he has captives, and that he will kill them if The President does not call him in thirty seconds!  President Ellis (William Sadler) does call The Mandarin, yet the captives are killed anyway!  The Mandarin then announces that he is going to continue with his attacks on the nation!

Colonel Rhodes suits up as War Machine, and he is contacted by Tony.  Additionally, Tony gets the assistance of a news cameraman out of Chattanooga, Tennessee named Gary (Adam Pally).  Tony is able to contact Colonel Rhodes, and he gets information about A.I.M..  He sees that A.I.M. has been working with failed attempts to hone work on biological and genetic enhancements in human test subjects!

Henchmen of The Mandarin intrude upon Pepper, and they capture Iron Patriot!  Tony has Harley to download details into his iron suit as it is recharging.  Yet, Tony suddenly is overcome by pain and nervous attack!  Harley assists Tony by giving him amazingly useful, psychological advice, which Tony follows!

Harley proceeds to sneak into The Mandarin’s Miami mansion, hacking computer information, and deploying pressure bombs!  He sneaks further into the mansion, as Tony encounters a fake of The Mandarin, meant to distract Iron Man’s heroic tactics.  This fake tells Tony that The Mandarin that he has been the one on the televised broadcastst of the villain, meant to fake-out the nation!

The real Mandarin appears, knocking Tony out, then trapping him.  An ex-girlfriend of Tony’s, Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) appears, as she has Pepper held captive, too!  Maya is deluded by Mandarin, and she is working with his henchman, Aldrich Killian, as well.  In the midst of trying to gain control of the situation, Killian kills Maya!

Killian reveals that he has Iron Patriot captive, too!  War Machine attempts to fight, but Killian somehow catches fire and crumbles!  Tony finally arrives, getting access to a newly-charged suit, then fighting Mandarin’s thugs!

Now, Iron Man and Iron Patriot get access to Mandarin.  The villain tells of his plans of destruction, and of his intent to capture The President!  Mandarin has an impersonator of Iron Patriot, who currently is in route to Air Force One, meaning to kill The President!  Yet, The President is NOT on the plane!

The villains to attack Air Force One, puncturing a hole into the side of the plane, which vacuums passengers out into the sky!  Tony reaches The President’s Plane, and he saves thirteen people that are falling to the ground.  He, along with all of the passengers, work together to make a safe water landing!

Pepper remains trapped, and The President is delivered to The Mandarin in Iron Patriot’s suit.  Tony Stark and Colonel Rhodes are told where The President is being held captive.  Both of them are shot at by thugs, as their iron suits appear, along with several other iron suits, to assist for battle!  All of the thugs are eliminated, as Tony and Colonel Stark suit up to go and save Pepper!

Colonel Rhodes moves to save President Ellis, yet he winds up fighting thugs trying to attack them.  The President winds up suiting into Rhodes’ iron suit, battling the thugs!  Meanwhile, Tony is trying to save Pepper, as she is seeming to fall into a pit of flames!

A flaming villain appears, who is very powerful, and he moves to battle Tony.  He removes Tony’s iron suit, and a back-up suit is not able to reach Tony.  The Mandarin gets into one of Tony’s iron suits, so Tony blows up the suit with the villain inside of it!  Yet, Mandarin amazingly survives one last time, only to have himself killed as Pepper dons an iron suit to fight the villain, killing him, and saving her beloved Tony!  All of the additional iron suits are destroyed, as well!

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These trailers for After Earth are getting hotter and hotter!  It is going to be fantastic to see father and son Will and Jaden Smith in this sci-fi fantasy that promises to be spectacular!  The film opens May 31!

Meanwhile, May seems to be the month for mesmerizing movies!  The English Teacher, The Great Gatsby, and Peeples all open next week, May 10!  The following week, May 17, will feature Star Trek:  Into Darkness!  May 24 will present the animation of Epic, featuring the voices of Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce Knowles, and Amanda Seyfried!  May 31 also has the movie labeled as a thriller, called Now You See Me, featuring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Ruffalo!

Tony Stark indeed is a Hero!!!

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Films Focusing on Levels of Failure!

April 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM (childcare and child protection, comic book characters, current news, human life issues, legal issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, music and entertainment, public debate, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)

I have been slacking on my blogging!  Other things have been on the plate ahead of the computer, and getting to online reviews of recent films has not been a regular activity of priority.  To my chagrin, I have not been having the evening online fun that I am accustomed to enjoying!

It was this past Friday that I did make it to the regular cinema for the weekend film features!  We had been anticipating these movies, and I can say that the films did not disappoint!  The regular double-dose began with Pain & Gain!

High-action director Michael Bay lead this film that featured Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg.  Supposedly based on a true story, the lead actors portray body-building trainers out of Miami who turn to lives of crime.  Wahlberg plays Danny Lugo, who is a semi-delusional fitness freak that works in a Miami gym.  His intentions are to become the most financially successful and physically-fit person on the planet, while gaining personal wealth by any means necesssary!

The efforts to turn his fantasies into reality lead Lugo to look into the lessons of so-called self-help succeeder named Johnny Wu (Ken Jeong).  After buying into the words of Wu, Lugo recruits fellow body builders.  He talks an overly buffed Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), and a foolish, following-fellow Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) into joining his plans to gain success.  Together, the trio kidnap, rob, then make a pathetic attempt at trying to kill fitness client and deli shop manager Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub)!

Doyle, who is some manner of mind-boggled, born-again Christian, is totally against the idea of brutally murdering Kershaw as they mean to rob his store!   He winds up bonding with Kershaw during the robbery attempt, who sees this as an opportunity to get out of the hostile situation.  Kershaw already is a shyster himself, and he takes advantage of the miserable moment to sleaze out of being killed!

Lugo leads his pea-brained posse into further plans of criminal activity.  He pauses for moments of physical improvement to do random sit-ups and pull-ups, while constantly trying to keep Paul within the mindset of robbery.  Paul recently was released from prison, and has made an effort to find Jesus, so he is not comfortable with a return to serious criminal action.  Yet, Lugo is able to convince Paul and Adrian to join-in with his plan to rob, to kidnap, and to murder Victor Kershaw!

Their plan falls apart when retired detective Ed DuBois (Ed Harris) gets wind of these likely criminal activities.  DuBois decides to follow with this case out of some level of recreation during his retirement years, although he is laden with a consistent back pain.  Yet, DuBois is able to follow through with piecing together various leads that place each of the bumbling burglars into the wrong places at the wrong times.  Eventually, all of Lugo’s misguided hopes and dreams end up in failure, as he and his incompetent cohorts are captured by the efforts of Detective DuBois!


We entered Mud for our second feature!  This movie starts with the introduction of two young boys living in rural Arkansas who regularly wander to play along the banks of The Mississippi River.  Ellis (Tye Sheridan) lives with a submissive mother and an abusive father in a house-b0at along the river’s shoreline.  He regularly sneaks out to play with his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who fishes in the river for oysters with his uncle.

It is one afternoon when Ellis and Neckbone are wandering along the river when they decide use a canoe to venture out toward an ait within the middle of The Mighty Mississippi.  Neckbone has been to this ait before, and he knows that there is something like a canoe suspended within the branches of a tree there.  He and Ellis decide to return to the island, wherer they climb the tree to explore the canoe.  Within it, they find that there is bread, and there are newly-tracked footprints!  This prompts the boys to leave quickly, before they are found!

Upon getting back to their own canoe, they see that someone has been in it!  Indeed, a man appears, and he identifies himself as Mud (Matthew McConaughey).  Mud interrogates Ellis and Neckbone, while revealing bits and pieces about himself.  The boys ask him why he is hiding in a tree, and Mud says that he is hiding from The Law because he has killed a man!  He means to get away, and he wants to reunite with his long-time love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who is supposed to be waiting for him.

Mud enlists the aid of Ellis and Neckbone to retrieve information and supplies for him.  Also, Mud has them to deliver messages to Juniper, telling her of his whereabouts, and of his intentions to return to her.  Yet, unbeknownst to Mud or the boys, they are under surveillance by Texas bounty hunter Carver (Paul Sparks).

Ellis and Neckbone continue with efforts to assist Mud despite the risks.  It is likely that Ellis seeks a father-figure, in the fact that he has none in the home of his successively slapping dad.  Neckbone is cautious about continuing to help Mud, but he does so because Ellis is his best friend.  The boys do continue to risk their own safety and sanctuary to help this eerie stranger, which seems to turn into a realized, one-ended situation.  Ellis and Neckbone realize that there never was anything in it for themselves, as Juniper in fact had found other love, Mud was deluded within a long-lost and possibly one-sided romance, and they both were assisting a wanted criminal!

Mud Poster

Iron Man 3 opens this week!  The long-awaited third installment to this Marvel Comics hero adventure is finally in theaters, to the delight of fans!  This edition features Tony Stark battling The Mandarin in an attempt to save society from devastation and destruction!  Don Cheadle suits up beside him as his ally, War Machine!

May has more movies on the way!  The 10th will feature the releases Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby, along with David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Craig Robinson, and Kerry Washington in Tyler Perry’s PeeplesStar Trek:  Into Darkness premieres the following week, May 17.  More of this month includes After Earth, Epic, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover Part III!

Congratulations Jason Collins!…to-nba-player…collins-coming-out-as-gay


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An Unexpected Journey, but An Expected Delight!

December 15, 2012 at 2:39 AM (comic book characters, current news, historic review, human life issues, movie reviews, music and entertainment, social opinion, web gossip)

First of all, thoughts, heavy hearts, and condolences go out to the community of Newton, Connecticut.  There is NO excuse for the tragic events which occurred there, today.  There NEVER is an excuse to harm the innocent; NEVER an excuse to harm our children!…/newton-ct-school-shooting

I was at my local movie theater today, oblivious to the reports about what had happened within this New England community.  I had been looking forward to viewing this 2012 reboot of The Hobbit, seeing how it would be tied into The Lord of The Rings film series!  Indeed, it was exciting, and I did enjoy watching The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey!

“My Dear Frodo”,  began the story, as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) started to explain his story to a picture of Frodo (Elijah Wood).  It was long ago when  Bilbo left The Shire,  going on a journey to the City of Dale, and onto The Kingdom of Erador.  This is the home of the dwarves, where one found The Arken Stone, also called The King Jewel.  The dwarves began to lust for more jewels, getting greedy for gold, then turning wicked!  This apparently called upon dragons to attack their kingdom, yet men fought alongside them to defeat the dragons!  Yet, Eragon, the king of men, was lost!

The elves did not help the dwarves in their struggle, and the dwarves never forgave them for this betrayal.  This tale was told to Bilbo Baggins , the uncle of Frodo.  Indeed, it was sixty years prior when Gandalf (Ian Mc Kellen) arrived to meet Bilbo to seek an adventure companion.  Bilbo declined at first, yet a dwarf arrived at his home that evening.  More dwarves showed up, then Gandalf returned with even more dwarves!  The dwarf leader, Oin (John Callen), arrived to tell the others of the upcoming adventure to free a dragon!

The dwarves wanted to know how many dragons that Gandalf had slayed, as the wizard had to use a special item to get them to this location, The Lonely Mountain.  Their task required the assistance of a burglar, which was where Bilbo is needed.  This hobbit was declared to be the 14th member of this team.  So, after connecting with they dwarves, they had Bilbo to read and to sign an accord, as they told Gandalf that they would not be responsible for this hobbit’s fate!  Yet, it was Bilbo’s history of thievery that made him stand out as the proper hobbit for this task!

It was the next morning when Bilbo received a note that required his signature.  Upon signing, Bilbo left The Shire to begin this adventure.  He joined with Gandalf and dwarves, leaving The Shire, and reaching a mountainside.  There, a noise was heard, and the dwarves recognized it as the sound of Orks!  One dwarf called Thorin (Richard Armitage) admitted his hate for Orks,  which inspired the others to attempt defeating them.  Yet, upon the end of their battle, few dwarves survived!  Thorin was named as the new dwarf leader.

Orks plotted revenge, and to catch a dwarf who defected from the group.  Yet, the next day arrived, as Gandalf had gone with Bilbo into the rain.  As one hobbit was caring for nearby forest animals, they saw that the wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) was harming the animals.  A spell was cast to protect them, then Bilbo, Gandalf, and dwarves proceeded to Saruman’s castle.  After realizing that Sauruman was not going to help, the group fled.

First, they sought the assistance of elves. Yet, upon getting links from the elves, the group journeyed further into barren territory.  This portion of the trek lead them to dark tunnels, where they had the first encounter with Gollum (Andy Serkis)!  At this point, Bilbo enteracts with Gollum, getting hold of the “precious” ring that the creature held.  This point makes the link between Gollum, and how the creature lusts for the One Ring that ultimately must be destroyed in The Lord of The Rings epic adventures!

The Hobbit

The trailers for movies coming soon are exciting!  Next week has Cirque du Soleil:  Worlds Away, Kathy Najimy, Seth Rogen, and Barbra Streisand in The Guilt Trip, and Tom Cruise leading in Jack Reacher!  Before the year ends, look forward to Allegiance, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Parental Guidance,  and This Is 40



With all that is happening, recall that it is The Holiday Season.  Let us try to find Peace On Earth…..

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What A Knight!

July 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM (comic book characters, current news, human life issues, movie reviews, music and entertainment, social opinion, web gossip)

Firstly, this entry needs to be prefaced with thoughts for the families and the people coping with this latest tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.  I just arrived at my home from viewing this latest Batman movie, excited, and ready to blog about what I saw.  Then, turning on my television immediately exposed me to this horrific occurrence!

Batman, this film franchise, and any of the things related to those particular topics should NOT be blamed for what has happened today!  This is a sick young man who was able to get hold of weapons, while not being under any levels of adequate observation.  I am sure that this outburst of today was not the first warning sign that something was wrong with 24 year-old James E. Holmes!  I do hope that everyone is taking the time to realize what has happened here, to provide any levels of possible assistance to the Aurora, Colorado families and community, as well as to review everyone else’s home situations to check for warning signs that might prevent any further actions like this one. 

While this horrific situation was happening, I was at my nearby movie theater, watching The Dark Knight Rises.  The film was fantastic!  It started with the funeral of Harvey Dent, the Gotham City district attorney who had been killed at the end of the last film.  Then, three men with bags over their heads are taken to an airplane.  Yet, as one of the men speaks, his bag is removed, and he is revealed to be Bane (Tom Hardy)!

As this plane flies, another jet flies to it’s side, and men on wires are released.  They attach to the smaller plane, get into it, start shooting, and Bane kidnaps a doctor on board.  This is happening while the ceremony to remember Harvey Dent is taking place.  Batman is being chastised as the alleged murderer of the Gotham City District Attorney.  Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) spoke, reminding attendees that Dent is responsible for jailing 1,000 Gotham City criminals.

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is at Wayne Manor is hosting another party.  All of Gotham’s top citizens are attending, and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) is posing as a waitress.  She manages to get into a private area upstairs, where she means to break into a safe to get hold of a pearl necklace that belonged to Bruce Wayne’s mother.  Bruce knew only that a maid stole the necklace.

Commissioner Gordon is there, and he finds himself being questioned about Batman.  At that time, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) enters the subterranean Batcave, seeing that Bruce is using the fingerprints of Selina Kyle to track her stealing of this necklace.  Alfred starts to lecture Bruce about reorganizing his life, saying that there is more to come.

Selina goes to an evening bar, where she gives the fingerprints of Bruce Wayne to some guy.  This man proceeds to have a man to try shooting her, but she rapidly moves, getting hold of the gun, then shooting the man before police arrive!  When the cops do get there, Selina fakes injury, then she quicky escapes.  More gunfire erupts!

Commissioner Gordon and Gotham Police arrive.  They start to investigate, but shooting continues.  Gordon is shot, knocked out by thugs, abducted, and he is taken to a secret chamber.  It is the hidden location of BaneAfter Gordon regains consciousness, he manages to slip out, secretly.

After Bruce is visited by Gotham P.D. on the shooting of Commissioner Gordon, an officer that was a child/orphan recognizes Bruce, knowing that he is Batman!  He questions Bruce about this latest crimewave that has beset Gotham City.  The officer mentions that Wayne Enterprises has stopped funding for a Gotham orphanage, also!

Selina Kyle finds herself in the streets, helping a young woman who is being robbed.  She proceeds to attend the party that is hosted by Bruce Wayne.  They dance, while talking about her secret activities, and discussing whether or not her actions are justified.  As they interact, Bruce gets back a necklace that Selina stole from one of his safes.  Yet, she steals one of his cars after the party!

Bruce visits Lucious Fox (Morgan Freeman), with whom he discusses financial issues, and a young lady who he has been eying.  He proceeds to tell Lucious that he has retired as Batman, yet Lucious shows Bruce some updated Bat technology.  Bruce opts to prepare for a return as Batman!

Alfred talks with Bruce, telling him that Bane has been hired by Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson).  Alfred wants to dissuade Bruce from a return as Batman, yet Bruce means to stand for justice of Gotham City.  At this time, Bane has gathered with armed men to attack Gotham Stock Exchange.  They enter the building, as Bane accesses the computer systems.  Gotham Police arrive, surrounding the building!

Bane’s associates have taken people inside hostage.  Bane manages to escape on motorcycle, carrying one of the hostages with him.  He is followed by his criminal associates, and they have hostages, too!  Batman appears on his Batpod, guns aimed that the crooks.  He successfully frees the trapped citizens.

News has spread about Batman being a possibly dangerous vigilante, and Gotham Police are being urged to act.  A new commissioner has been assigned, and he plans to capture Batman.  Yet, Selina now is amok as Catwoman, and she is prowling through downtown Gotham.  She sees where additional hostages have been taken by Ra’s al Ghul.  An alert was sent for Batman, and Catwoman winds up assisting The Dark Knight with releasing these prisoners.  She slyly gets details about secret information that can give her an edge on other criminals, but she is stopped by some of them who are after her!

A chase ensues, and they all wind up atop a building.  There, Batman winds up assisting Catwoman in a fight.  They both escape, with Bane watching from the shadows.  Catwoman tells Batman that she believes he is assisting Roland Daggett (Ben Mendelsohn), which he denies.  Bruce returns to The Batcave, where he is lectured by Alfred  because of possible carelessness with his understandings of the dangers of Ra’s al Ghul, and his beliefs that Bruce can not stop being Batman.  Alfred opts to leave Wayne Manor!

Lucious Fox arrives at Wayne Manor, telling Bruce that Wayne Enterprises is out of money!  Fox tells Wayne that Roland Daggett is about to take over his finances.  A meeting is called for the business officials, and they are mad that Bruce is present.  He is dismissed from the session, and he is told that he no longer is the chairman of Wayne Enterprises!

Bane appears, talking with a business man who is with Wayne Enterprises.  He tells Bane that he has authority over Bane, yet the enhanced criminal kills the man!  Bane proceeds to get details about Batman, and details about Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, Talia (Marion Cotillard).  He learns of a meeting to happen that night, which will gather others who mean to catch him.

Bruce learns more bad news, as the funds for Wayne Enterprises have been taken!  Bane is the thief, so Bruce goes as Batman to attempt a recovery.  A fight ensues, and Bane manages to cripple Batman, then to trap him in a prison cell. 

Commissioner Gordon and Gotham P.D. follow after Bane to an underground hideout.  Yet, they are trapped when a massive explosion happens.  It is revealed that all of Gotham is rigged to a bomb that will detonate if anyone tries to exit the city!  Bane proceeds to announce that he knows about recent political schemes, as he sets loose all incarcerated criminals in the city!  As chaos ensues, national forces are called into set up a blockade around all of Gotham City!

Bruce is slowly attempting to recover himself.  He puts himself through intense training, while getting assitance from Lucius.  Bruce’s efforts to free Gotham City lead him to seek the help of Catwoman and Gotham Police Officer John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), along with additional advisings from Lucius.  As Batman, he prepares to battle Bane.  Yet, Talia al Ghul shows that she is the force that has been behind plots to bring down Gotham City.  As she attempts activating a bomb that had been set by Bane, Commissioner Gordon is able to stop it. 

A fight begins between Bane and Catwoman.  The clawed contender is able to defeat, then to kill Bane.  As he is no longer in the scene, Batman is able to track down Talia al Ghul.  She is found in an underground lair, which is set as a bomb chamber.  Talia manages to flood the chamber, then to escape.  Batman gets loose also, as he follows Talia, and he shoots at the truck in which she escaped.

Before Talia escaped, she set the bomb to detonate.  Batman had to return to the chamber to get hold of the bomb before it could explode, destoying all of Gotham City.  Now, flying in a prototype batcopter, Batman takes the bomb over ocean waters, and releases it to explode without harm.  It seems that Batman was killed in this explosion, as Commissioner Gordon hails him as a fallen hero.  At the end, Bruce is seen alive, in Italy, and with Selina Kyle!

Next week has the adventurous and alien humor of Richard Ayoade, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, and Vince Vaughn with Neighborhood Watch!  The same day has Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, and Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe!  August will open with 360, Celeste and Jesse ForeverSoldiers of Fortune, and You’ve Been Trumped!


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The Oldest Galaxy to Be Found, Yet!

July 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM (astronomy topics, comic book characters, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, late night studies, political atmosphere, public debate, science and technology, web gossip)

Reading about the discoveries and the work of astronomers continues to be fascinating!  A recent posting has given information about the discovery of a spiral galaxy which is supposed to be the oldest spiral galaxy that has been discovered, thus far!  Telescopic views and studies have identified this particular galaxy as being around 10.7 billion years old!

The universe itself is estimated to be 13.7 billion years old, give or take a couple of billion.  Scientists have reached this conclusion through studies of images captured by telescopic viewings, especially through the use of The Hubble Space Telescope.  The Hubble constant is used also, where researchers factor in things like the recognized amounts of matter and dark energy, and the levels of density with these items of the universe.

The galaxy has been labeled as BX442.  The discovery of this ancient galaxy puts a drastic level of pressure to the currently recognized ideas about how the age of the universe.  It’s presence as a completely in-tact structure, having a full spiral shape that can be easily identified, indicates that more time must have been available for this galaxy to reach a stable form.  Astonomers did not believe that galaxies were fully-shaped and indentifiable at such an ancient point of time.

I had read somewhere that our Milky Way is supposed to be a middle-aged galaxy.  Yet, with the current estimates of it being around 13.6 billion years old, that would make our home galaxy pretty ancient!  It would have to have begun forming shortly after The Big Bang.  I will need to review more details, to work out the facts about ages of the universe, and of our galaxy.

The observations and recordings of beryllium that are used to estimate the age of the universe.  This element is found within the oldest stars of the galaxy.  It was formed as cosmic rays within the young universe interacted with, collided with heavier elements that were present.  The isotope Beryllium-9, in particular, was formed through this method, and this element is being identified in studies of older stars that can provide information about the age of the universe.

It is all pretty interesting!  As an actual lamen, in regard to how all of this astronomy stuff works, I was looking at some of the recent online postings, while trying to make sense of it all.  I will likely proceed to read other related sites that give information about the age of the universe, and how things like stars first began to take shape.  It is fascinating to recognize how long that all of what is known is supposed to have existed!

An artist's rendering of galaxy BX442, which is 10.7 billion light-years from Earth, and its companion dwarf galaxy (upper left).

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Aside:  I got caught up, listening to the television behind me, and hearing the latest levels of stupidity flying out of Rush Limbaugh‘s mouth!  He is claiming that Bane, the character from the Batman series, and featured in this latest movie release, is a planned slam at Mitt Romney!  Limbaugh has said that Bane (spelled B-A-N-E) is a slam at a business venture that Romney has worked with, called Bain (B-A-I-N).  Nevermind that this D.C. Comics character first appeared in Batman stories around 1993; not new at all!

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Spidey and A Seductive Salma Set This Scene!

July 7, 2012 at 1:18 AM (comic book characters, current news, human life issues, legal issues, movie reviews, public debate, social opinion)

This was the week to see the superhero sequel that had been bugging the senses all year!  Yes, our theater two-pack did include the adventures of Spider Man!  I was glad to have seen the film, and I was quite pleased with the picture that we picked first!

We did open with Savages!  It begins with Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and Ben (Aaron Johnson) producing the greatest amounts of marijuana in California.  They are earning up to $6,000 a pound sold!  They both have a shared friendship / sex fling going on with Ophelia (Blake Lively), whom they call O, as well.

Ben and Chon find their drug dealings interrupted when The Baja Cartel, regulated by El Azul (Joaquín Cosio) wants to claim control of all related actions of Southern California.  However, El Azul finds himself giving into a greater dealer, El Lado (Benicio Del Toro), for control of the area’s drug transactions!  Each of these drug dealers attempts forcing Ben, Chon, and O to team with them for continuations with illegal drug trafficking.

The twist comes when each of these cartel leaders must give into Elena (Salma Hayek) who leads the notorious Baja Cartel.  Elena believes that she does gain their drug dealings and money, at first.  Yet, she believes herself to be the top of the top in regard to the Southern California trafficking, which allows her to misjudge the desires of Ben, Chon, and O. 

The three friends work behind Elena’s back, getting assistance from a shady D.E.A. Agent named Dennis (John Travolta).  They make connections with Dennis, which work to set up Elena and her agents, and to have them busted by federal drug enforcers.  Shady transactions occur between all of them, yet Elena is captured at the end!  She finds herself sentenced to prison for fifty years, as Ben and Chon are jailed for two weeks.  Both of the men disappear from the radar after their release!


 Our second feature was one of the films that I had been waiting to see all year!  Yes, we did get into The Amazing Spider-Man, second!  This re-boot of the Marvel Comics lead hero story was sure to be a great film, and I believe that I was satisfied with what I saw!

The film starts with the recanting of how Peter Parker was taken to live with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May as a child.  Peter (Andrew Garfield) grows to be something of a nerd at his high school, where he is picked on, teased, and locker-slammed often.  Yet, he meets Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who befriends Peter.  She is the daughter of town Police Captain George Stacy (Dennis Leary), and she interns at OsCorp

Peter’s interest in Gwen leads him to get a part-time job at Oscorp.  It is at this science lab where Peter is bitten by the radioactive spider, which gives him his mutated, arachnid powers.  Now, seeking to understand what has happened to him, and unaware of any possible dangers, Peter visits with one-armed Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) to find out what he needs to do.  He does this instead of following instructions from Uncle Ben, which leads to Peter agruing with his uncle, then leaving the house for the evening.  It is that same night when a burglar invades their home, killing Uncle Ben.

Now, with newly acquired powers from the spider bite, Peter searches for possible killers of his uncle.  He decides to continue by becoming a vigilante in costume, wearing a red and blue spandex suit, and a red-webbed mask!  Peter’s new powers from the spider bite lead him to dub himself as Spider-Man!  He swings by web through New York City, catching criminals in secrecy, and using his mutated powers to sling himself by spider webs!

As Spider-Man, Peter now reveals himself to Gwen.  Meanwhile, he continues dating her, and getting acquainted with her father, Captain Stacy.  Peter also proceeds to investigate the labwork of Dr. Connors, to whom he gives needed scientific details that his father produced.  Connors takes this information to work on a project that he needs to sustain Oscorp.  It is a drug that he pretends is an updated flu shot, yet he uses it on himself.  The injection causes Connors’ lost arm to grow back!

An immediate side-effect overtakes Dr. Connors.  He is unable to control himself as he falls out, then awakens to try contacting his superior, Dr. Rajit Ratha (Irrfan Kahn). Ratha is trying to keep Oscorp alive, and he has fired Connors because he believes the doctor has theories which ultimately will be a hindrance to Oscorp’s progress.  Yet, Connors is mutating into a slimy, scale-covered, reptilian creature!  He proceeds to rampage the downtown New York area, and it is Spider-Man who appears to stop The Lizard from destroying the city!

It is when The Lizard and Spider-Man sink their battle into sewers of New York City that the slimy Connors finds out that Spider-Man is Peter Parker!  Peter is in danger, as he has to protect his friends and Gwen from The Lizard’s attacks.  The Lizard means to turn all people into lizards, using a secret chemical that he has gotten from OsCorp.  He/it is able to get to the top of OsCorp Tower, where he/it unleashes a chemical cloud that will turn all who inhale it into lizards. 

Spider-Man gets to OsCorp Tower, swinging into action against The Lizard.  He is able to release a cleansing agent that cleans the harmful chemicals from The Lizard’s mutating cloud, which also returns those who inhaled the gas back to normal people.  Spider-Man goes after The Lizard, seeing that he has Gwen captive atop Oscorp Tower.  Before he can save her, Captain Stacy arrives to save his daughter.  It is in this battle that The Lizard fatally strikes Captain Stacy!

Spider-Man has managed to release fumes of an antidote into the air.  A cloud is created, which blows out a transforming cure that changes Dr. Connors from The Lizard back into a normal person.  At this time, Captain Stacy manages to get Peter, as Spider-Man, to promise protection over Gwen.  Peter does, and he intends to continue protecting New York!  However, the end shows a jailed Dr. Connors mysteriously speaking to a voice in shadows, which strangely sounds like that of The Green Goblin!

Next week has the latest release of the entertaining Ice Age animations, as Ice Age:  Continental Drift premieres!  Red Lights, featuring Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, and Sigourney Weaver, along with The Obama Effect, featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Charles S. Dutton, and Meagan Good, open next week, too!  The Dark Knight Rises premieres July 20, along with July 27 bringing the thrilling Killer Joe, and the comedy of The Watch

Crank it up wit’ Spidey!

 Spiderman graphics

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Peek-A-Boo, The Hero You Thought You Knew!

May 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM (comic book characters, curious research, current news, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, social opinion, web gossip)

I am figuring that it is Bruce Wayne.  Albeit several of the grown men are running around in tights, he is the one who is an older man with a younger male companion, constantly at his side.  That is just an off-the-bat guess….

D.C. Comics is about to make a public announcement, regarding one of it’s more prominent characters.  The progressive animated publication is going to reveal that one of the famous figures within the set is homosexual.  This is in an attempt to keep the already popular franchise up to date with the ever-evolving world.

The theme of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender stories has become something of a stylish way to present items that are meant to gain the attention and the sales of the current pop culture.  It does look as if D.C. Comics is on board with this sentiment, as it is making such a move like adding the theme of same sex relations to it’s animated presentations.  Indeed, it could be a manner of increasing popularity and sales!

Adding the issues of same-sex relationships to comic book tales has become something of a way to pander to a more hip, while hard-reading public.  Yet, it was during the 1970s when Underground Comix began with contemporary topics that were geared to a younger, yet mature audience.  This series continued from the late 1960s to the middle of the 1970s, when it had a greater focus within the hip to the era location of San Francisco.  At that time, many comic writers and animators lived within the city’s Ashbury Heights neighborhood, where they were able to collaborate and produce publications that presented popular themes.

I said Bruce Wayne, as a first thought.  He is the character who is notorious for being a ladies man, yet he never married any of them.  He deals with the constant nightmare of having witnessed the murders of his parents, which certainly put some psychological trauma to his general psyche.  Plus, he constantly consorts with a possibly under-aged male, whom he calls his partner

However, several of the other tightly-clad heroes could stand out as suspects.  Aquaman does not mind being fish.  Superman has the constant cover of Lois Lane, yet he has never married her  (oh, they did marry…).  Several men and characters have been Green Lantern, so it could be any of them!  Wonder Woman, with that take-no-shit attitude, can be SO BUTCH!!!

Well, for all whom actually care, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio announced that the gay character will be revealed within one of the upcoming issues.  An actual date was not given.  DiDio was at The Kapow! Comic Convention, held in London, when he told the audience.  His statement reflected was stated during his interview with The Advocate, a reknowned U.S. magazine that highlights gay and lesbian topics.  Brucey, is that you???

Who is it? An existing DC Comics character - who was previously assumed to be straight - will become openly-gay



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Oh!  It is the Alan Scott depiction of Green Lantern who is gay!


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