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  1. Aw, man.... Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda has passed, age 70. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/motorsports/f1-great-and-aviation-entrepreneur-niki-lauda-dies-at-70/ar-AABFeqU?OCID=ansmsnnews11
  2. Hehe, so they took the "Superman is a dick" theme, and cranked it up to 11... This one may be worth checking out. Saw the newest trailer; man, that bit with the fluorescent bulbs was cringe-tastic. All I could think was: Man, I dunno about the kid, but that waitress is effin' hard core; how is she not freakin' the fu** out?! Pretty sure I'd be like: OMG! OMG! Don't touch it! WTF! WTF! Fuuuuuuuuuuu!
  3. So how long before more super-soldiers start showing up in the MCU? We know the Russians and Americans have managed some degree of success in re-creating a serum to enhance soldiers. The Russians managed to do it with Bucky, and even upped the output somewhat with the 5 sleeper-soldiers--before Zemo kills 'em in their sleep. Was there any reason given for their not trying to create more? Also, AFAIK I think the significance of Gen. Ross having "dusted off" the super soldier program to give Emil Blonsky his enhancements in 2008's The Incredible Hulk has gone largely understated. In his first one-on-one with the Hulk, we see that Blonsky's moving at clearly increased speed, agility [and presumably strength] levels that appear to approach--but probably not equal--those of Steve Rogers. It isn't until he forces Dr. Sterns to use the serum synthesized from Banner's blood that he turns into the Abomination. You tellin' me Ross only secured enough material for one test run? Oh yeah, wait.... I can see how that might make Ross consider the test a failure.
  4. I too initially had a knee-jerk reaction to Cap's side-mission when I first saw it. I thought: this is so un-Captain America-like that this is gonna piss people off to no end. At first blush, it does seem to trivialize all the sentiments and ideals he professed to believe in and stand for in all the films that had come before. What happened to "I'm with you 'til the end," eh? The character of Captain America--no, Steve Rogers, the man behind the shield--is supposed to embody all that we should aspire to be as Americans [or citizens of one's respective country, I suppose]. This is like he's turning his back on all of that.... But when I gave it some more reflection, I conceded to myself: man, you need to lighten up a bit, eh? This is still the story of a mortal man, albeit a man augmented by the effects of super-soldier serum and all the benefits thereof. But with that in mind: even if the serum helps slow his aging process [is that ever implied/established in the MCU?], he's still not going to be able to soldier on and "fight the good fight" forever. Eventually he would have to hang up his helmet and uniform, Just how does someone bring closure to that part of their life, especially after sacrificing so much for it? Audiences have spent the better part of a decade rooting for Cap, no doubt thinking and wishing that if any one Avenger could just catch a break, it ought to be him, right? ed: on a side note, I loved the elevator scene, was definitely worth a chuckle. I got the impression that it was meant as a nod to a significant event from the comics, but also their way of saying: look, this is about as close as we're gonna get to that little "blemish" on the Captain's shield.
  5. The Russos appear to have thoroughly enjoyed their opening of a great big ol' Sam's Club-sized can o' worms and tossing it right onto the middle of the dining room table, then walking right on out of the dinner party... From all the is-it-an-alternate-timeline-or-a-different-reality mumbo jumbo; to permanently maiming the Hulk; to the arguably un-characteristic ending for Cap; there are some aspects to this film that history and critical discussion may not be at all kind to.
  6. Well, hell. Like in the other link above, Joe Russo's interview pretty much takes my little theory about the true meaning of Strange's gesture to Tony in the final battle, and: (at least, as far as concerning just who the only one who could stop Thanos was, anyways) other linky here: https://www.looper.com/151745/joe-russo-reveals-the-true-hero-of-endgame/ Turns out, the true hero of Endgame wasn't one of the "heroes" after all? Ain't that a bi**h! And my daughter totally caught that in the moment in the theater. She was like: "hey, wait! So the only reason he was able to get out was because of that...." and I was like: shush! we don't want to miss anything! Turns out, she caught it alright--and I totally missed [the significance of] it at the time!
  7. Ditto. We can see Quill's searching for her [coordinates?] on the ship's control screen before everybody else comes on board at the end of Endgame. My money says they'll definitely be "searching for Spock." With all the bru ha ha over J. Gunn's earlier dismissal, the discontent that it caused, with cast members rallying to his support [D. Bautista seemed 'bout ready to start burning some bridges, eh?], I just hope it doesn't/hasn't altered the chemistry between cast & crew that helped make the earlier movies so successful.
  8. I thought it was a brilliant bit of unspoken communication between Dr. Strange and Tony. One way that it could be interpreted is that Strange was telling Tony: wait to make his move ["1 more minute"?, or "1 more second"?], i.e. it has to be at precisely the right moment. OR, the much more likely meaning--at least for me--was his re-emphasizing to Tony: one way to win this.
  9. Well. I stand corrected. But damned if that widow's peak don't look like it's trying to crawl its way down over his forehead, or somethin'.
  10. Went to see with the kids this weekend. Good movie. Not great. But good movie. Loved the 90's nostalgia trip it was good for. BUUUT.... 1. The digital "de-aging" still has some ways to go. There was something just a little "off" with agent Coulson's appearance; a little unnatural, for lack of a better word (The effect was pulled off a little better with Kurt Russel's "Ego" in GoTG2). But then there was Nick Fury... What in the actual FUU did they do to Samuel L.'s hairline?!? That sh*t was actually distracting. It kinda killed Samuel L.'s scenes for me, 'cause my eye kept being drawn to it, wondering: WTF is up with that? It's like it was reaching over onto his fuggin forehead, trying to touch his fuggin eyebrows or something. All these hundreds of millions of dollars spent on effects and visual wizardry making this movie, and they gave him the digital equivalent of a bad toupee. Bad form.
  11. Meh. I'll wait for cable. In fact, I'll wait for Toho's response... I finally got around to watching Shin Gojira just a few minutes ago; and all I can say is: "Godzilla is God!"
  12. *snip* Oops, sorry hutch--you beat me to it.
  13. Took the kids to see it the other day. I must admit, I went in feeling pretty skeptical, thinking Pixar had long-since missed their chance to do a proper follow up to the original; was kinda like.... But I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. As sequels go, it was pretty, well--incredible. It was well written; entertaining enough to keep the kids in the audience engrossed pretty much the whole time, while still layered enough to keep the parents from being bored into a coma. Hehe, I had to stifle the urge to yell out "That was totally wicked!" at the end of the big climax. That isn't to say that there aren't, erm, issues though. Just like with Syndrome, with this story I'm not totally convinced that the bad-guy's intentions are all that, well--evil. If you listen to what Screenslaver's actually saying during the takeover broadcast, you may find yourself thinking: um, this guy's actually making a legitimate point. Overall, this one gets a thumbs up. Like a lot of Pixar's other films, it's good enough to see more than once.
  14. What a laugh riot! Juggy totally stole the movie for me. When your theme music is: "You can't stop this motherfu**er, Holy sh*tballs," you know you bringin' the sh*t. And Zazie Beetz; what a cutie pie! I love a woman that can kick my ass. --Spike Spiegel LOL, man--fu*k the Academy, if Reynolds doesn't get an award for his death scene.
  15. Damn. I'll be blasting Somewhere I Belong on the commute home with a misty eye today...
  16. Not sure if it goes here, but... WHY THE FUDGE aren't more people aware/excited by this?!? Holy sheep, it's like something from Marvel comics or a James Bond movie made practical (more or less). All that stuff from the "world of the future" type exhibits from World's Fairs of old is finally coming to pass.
  17. I for one have waited many moons for a release of the MM1 version of the Pursuit Special. But I've got to decide: drop a couple hundred bones on a much-coveted model of my dream movie car? or dedicate the funds towards a shock tower brace for the 1/1 XB in the garage, so's I can brace up the chassis and move forward with metal surgery? Dammit; not having disposable income sucks. Knew I shouldn't have pissed away that $$ on that damned Kalashnikov... I suppose the closest we'll ever get to a diecast version of the Knight Rider's stolen HQ would be to pick up one from Classic Carlectables and kit-bash it, as they also make some kick ass diecast Aussie musclecars. I managed to pick up a c-carlectables XAGT (Moffat) in 1/18 from a Canadian site, Linpin Holdings I think was the name--and at what amounted to wholesale pricing to boot. I think they're no longer able to distribute diecast models of Aussie Fords due to some licensing issues or something, IIRC. ed: I dunno. Not to be a doubting-Thomas, but going to try to compose myself and take this news with a grain of salt. Just a little odd that no news/updates to be found at the websites for Biante or AutoArt on a MM1 version release. And I could almost swear, but if them photos in the orig post don't look like ones for some resin kits that were offered by a custom builder on evilBay a couple years back, for kit-bashing the orig MM2 ver.
  18. Godda**it. http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/comedian-charlie-murphy-dies-at-57/ar-BBzLJum?OCID=ansmsnnews11 RIP, Charlie. I know I'll miss your stories...
  19. and from the Random Thoughts bin.... I was out in the back yard at me mum 'n dads the other day, and I decided to bide my time by picking up spent shell casings while I kept an eye on my son, as he puttered around learning to ride the old family ATV. It hit me with a subtle thud: OMG, I am country as fu*k. Lord, I'm like a punchline at a Jeff Foxworthy concert or something. ed: the clerks at the local sporting goods store pretty much recognize me on sight whenever I go in to buy more ammo; they'll usually greet me along the lines of "ain't it [the AK] fun?" Yes. Yes it is.
  20. Holy sheep, this could be bad for morale--in the services and for the general public... Navy instructor pilots effectively "on strike" http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/navy-instructor-pilots-refusing-to-fly-over-safety-concerns-pences-son-affected/ar-BBzmi4z?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=HPCOMMDHP15
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