Marvel Takes the MCU to Another Level with ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Posted 3 years ago by Movies

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Disclaimer: I’ve had a few drinks and I just finished rebuilding the site, so this post may ramble on a lot longer than it should. Feel free to make fun of me in the comments.

This past Thursday night the wife and I saw Thor: The Dark World after months of anticipation. Unlike a lot (seemingly) of my fellow Marvel movie buffs, I really really like the first Thor. Compared to an Iron Man or a Captain America, Thor and the concept of the nine realms was the trickiest thing Marvel had to try and introduce to the general movie-going crowd, and I feel like they handled it very well. Fast forward a couple years, and in my opinion, the sequel takes the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe to another level. I loved it, and it just makes me more excited for the expansion of the MCU.

The Slow Build

When you look at the MCU starting form Iron Man in 2008, you can start to realize the genius behind their whole strategy. They started with concepts that weren’t that hard to buy into. Tony Stark is a brilliant dude, he builds a suit that lets him become a superhero. I can buy that. Then they threw in that post-credits scene with Nick Fury and set this years-long expansion in motion.

Unlike Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk, Thor had to work in order to set up The Avengers. Whether or not you like the first Thor film as much as I do, you have to admit that they succeeded in selling the concept. People love Loki. People get that there are different realms, that Thor and his Asgardian bros aren’t gods, but more like aliens. This let us believe in the power of the Cosmic Cube that the Red Skull harnesses in Captain America, and the madness that Loki unleashes in The Avengers. Smart guy in metal suit to full-scale alien invasion in just four years. That’s impressive.
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The New TMNT ‘Ninjas in Training’ Are Adorable

Posted 3 years ago by Toys

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It’s no secret that I love the new Nickelodeon TMNT action figures. I’ve been trying to keep up with all the awesome figures that have been coming out over the past year or so, and from the villains to the main figures I’ve been super impressed. Recently Playmates released a new batch of figures that contain what could be the cutest Ninja Turtles ever relased: Ninjas in Training.

Released as two separate packs (kind of lame, but whatever), these ‘Lil Turtles are short, stocky, and outfitted with wooden training weapons. Seeing as how I totally skipped the 2K TMNT show and missed out on the Toddler Turtles (read this and this), I’m excited to finally be able to own baby versions of the Turtles.

My first idea after successfully tracking down both sets was to put them in front of the Muppet Babies ColorForms set I have and post it to Instagram because I’m a big dork.
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It Came from Netflix! The Frighteners (1996)

Posted 3 years ago by Movies

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We live in an age of remakes, one where seemingly anything can and will be remade, rebooted or reimagined. Even films that were thought to be “classic” are being remade; Disney reimagined their animated version of Alice in Wonderland into a Tim Burton driven gothic fantasy, the hit 80’s action flick Robocop is being brought into the modern age in a new version coming out this winter, and in 2007, Rob Zombie gave us his version of the horror classic Halloween. One can argue that Hollywood has run out of ideas. I, however, argue that remakes aren’t a terrible idea, rather, the films that they’re choosing to remake have been so great originally that the remake feels tired, and unfulfilling.
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When You Hear This Sound #9 – Man-Thing

Posted 3 years ago by Podcast

When You Hear This Sound

On this very special, very spooky Halloween edition of When You Hear This Sound, we’ll take a look at one of the strangest superheroes to ever crawl out of the muck – Marvel’s Man-Thing. Come along as we hear this haunting tale of suicide in the swamps, with a ghostly twist. Remember to leave the light on!

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PSA: The ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Trailer Hits Today

Posted 3 years ago by Movies

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Hey there! Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but you know, life and busy and blah blah. Anyway, I wanted to let you know to keep an eye out for the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which drops today at 9am PST on Apple’s Trailer site. I’m super excited about this movie and can’t wait to see the trailer. I’m sure it will play in front of Thor 2 next week (which I’m also super pumped about) but if you’re like me you’ll want to see it as soon as possible.

It will be interesting to see how they handle Falcon and how the general public reacts to Cap’s more stealthy costume this time around. I’ll update this post later today with my thoughts on the trailer, so come back and we can get a nice geeky discussion going!