39: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Starring Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson
Apr 2014 08

Captain America PosterThis week on the show we took a break from attending Wizard World long enough to discuss (fittingly) Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We were tired but we, um…soldiered on.

There’s no Blind Man’s Synopsis this week since we all saw the movie. (It’s funny how that happens with comic book films, innit?) But we do get a video recovery from Dan and we discover that Kevin thinks an abacus needs a power source.

So join us as we dig into Marvel Comics ode to performance enhancing drugs.

It’s Reel Spoilers #39 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

You’ve been warned.

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Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014 – A Weekend in Review
Apr 2014 07

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis.

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis. Photo Credit: Kevin Brackett

As I sit in my recliner taking in all the glory that is WrestleMania 30, I’m reflecting on the weekend that has passed.  Wizard World descended upon the America’s Center for the second year in a row, and there would be no sophomore slump.  After the turn out we gave them last year, they brought some of their best this year and we responded in kind. With an amazing turn out again, St. Louis showed Wizard World and the pop culture community that this town is a hot bed of talent and fans.

This year’s show floor was in the actual Edward Jones Dome, rather than being limited to just the America’s Center due to its size.  Where last years show had a lot of dealers bringing high end books (Amazing Fantasy #15, Detective Comics #27, etc.), this year’s show brought more variety to the Gateway city. There was a lot more merchandise to be sold, and talking to the deals it seems to have been going very well.  They were selling more current items and variant covers.  To me, that’s where I will spend money.  I won’t be buying $15,000 books, but I might pick up some older issues of Hellblazer or Daredevil to plug some holes in my collection.  That was one of the things that last year’s con was missing.

Photo Credit: Joe Buttice

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Spoilers: ‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’ Reviewed by a Cap Fanboy
Apr 2014 04

Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-PosterBefore you start reading this, I want to warn you.  I will be spoiling the crap out of the movie.  If you don’t want to know who the Winter Solider really is and what role he will play in the future then stop reading.  You have been warned!!

As an unabashed lover of all things comics, it’s pretty easy for me to get excited about everything Marvel is doing at the moment.  I get even more excited when the people involved in said projects take things seriously and make a near perfect movie.  That’s exactly what directors Anthony and Joe Russo do with Cap 2.  The setup is pretty straight up.  Captain America, The Black Widow, and Sam Wilson team up to take down the returning Hydra.  The flick is not only an extremely strong follow-up to Cap’s first outing (Captain America: The First Avenger), but it also is the standard bearer for all future Marvel projects. The movie will also have a massive impact on anything else the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer. The repercussions of the events of this film will felt throughout everything yet to come.

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Movie Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford
Apr 2014 04

Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-PosterKicking off this year’s set of superhero movies is none other than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Serving as the direct sequel (obviously) to Captain America: The First Avenger, and the third movie in the set of phase 2 movies (phase 2 referring to Marvel Studios movies that take place after the Avengers) one is left to wonder what it will bring to the table as far as shaping the oncoming entries of the Marvel cinematic Universe. The film is under the direction of the Russo Brothers; Joe, and Anthony who had a previous reputation of directing the likes of You, Me, and Dupree, Happy Endings, and Community. For those keeping track, most of their directing energies were toward comedies. So, how do they handle one of Marvel’s most beloved heroes?

As far as the story goes, we will stick to the bare bones of it all, as it is only fair to see the film and watch it all unravel. Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Captain America (Chris Evans)  some couple of years after the events of the Avengers, and has joined S.H.I.E.L.D. This film sets aside time to deal with Cap’s adjustment with the modern world and what he has missed in his absence. As can be be drawn from the trailers, there is a growing tension between Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Cap on the philosophy of protecting people with Fury’s quote of “S.H.I.E.L.D. takes the world as it is, not as we’d like it to be”. Unless people have been sleeping under a rock over the past year, it’s easy to draw parallels between S.H.I.E.L.D., and say, the NSA, and the overall advent of exponentially high surveillance. This serves to drive the relevance of the story to obstacles that society deals with today. In his time spent with S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen) has become something of a co-worker, and a friend, who still has a plethora of her own secrets. Also, Captain America finds a new ally in former military man, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) also known as famed hero “The Falcon” to assist with the growing threat of the Winter Soldier who has something of a boogeyman or ghost-like reputation in the intelligence community.

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38: ‘Noah’ Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins
Apr 2014 01

Noah Poster IMAXIt’s Reel Spoilers #38 in which we learn that Noah is Aramaic for “bat-shit crazy”. Darren Aronofsky gives us a head-scratcher of, well…biblical proportions. And Tom rains down on upon us a plague of Bible and flood “jokes”. (See, there were two in that sentence alone.)

All that plus Dan is this week’s contestant on Blind Man’s Synopsis – our new game in which someone who hasn’t seen the movie de jour is forced to recap the film. And, given that this is one of the most famous stories of all time, you’d think Dan would have an easy time of it. But don’t be too sure. This is Darren Aronofsky’s version of Noah that we’re talking about.

It’s Reel Spoilers #38: Noah.

You’ve been warned.

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