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No Way Home

Finally.

We didn’t get to go see this one at the theater. This weekend it’s on early release on Vudu, and us being a Marvel family, we bought it. Gotta have the matching set.


Sitting here with my son watching the movie, I realized that it had never hit me before. This isn’t Earth-616. Tom isn’t the Spider-Man I grew up with in the comics. This isn’t the regular universe I’ve gone through with the X-Men. Tobey and Andrew clearly aren’t of that universe because that’s detailed in the film. We aren’t watching a retelling from that comic universes point of view. We are watching all the universes play out.

Earth-616

The link better explains this concept to those who aren’t well versed in comic lore.

Nope, we are pulling a full-on Uatu every time we sit down for one of these movies. In effect, becoming Watchers instead of just watchers.

I never thought of it this way before now. Every story I’ve read, comic book I’ve gone through, every series, every movie. I’ve sat at the center of a kind of multiverse and watched all the stories play out.

It was a strange realization because I never thought that deeply about it. Sure there are alternate timelines throughout the comics.

All through Marvel and DC (nod to Elseworlds) and they keep a lot of the characters fresh because let’s face it, it’s always fun to imagine; What If?


This is where my mind went tonight when MJ corrected the fed about her name. Not Mary Jane Watson but Michelle Jones Watson?! But she doesn’t use Watson anymore. I thought, that ain’t right! But then thought deeper and really opened my mind on the subject while watching what I consider to be a pretty fabulous movie.

You might even say it was…amazing.

And for the first time ever I’m dedicating a post to someone.

This one is for my son Sam who is always on my left.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Watching…Again

I’m watching Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, again.

I like this movie and I loved the book. I don’t think I’ve read anything else by the author. I enjoy the twist on historical characters. Some of my favorite actors have parts in the movie.

I just read up on William Henry Johnson who was portrayed by Anthony Mackie in the movie. He was Lincoln’s friend, aide and one time bodyguard. Interesting real history. (The link is to a Wikipedia page. I’m not big on Wikipedia but that was the mist readily available information.)

It’s funny where a movie will take you.

I’m checking out some of the other characters.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Fun Movies: Battleship

This came up in my memories on FB today, and I can admit when I’m in the wrong.

I received a free code from my company for the movie, so I didn’t pay for it. But I would have.

The wife loves this movie, quite possibly because one of the heroes is a PTA, and she is a PTA. I catch her rewatching the movie several times a year.

The board game is barely even referenced in the film. The writer could have left that out and made a great sci-fi adventure just the same.

There are several actors that I’ve enjoyed in a lot of other films and shows. Taylor Kitsch, Alexander SkarsgΓ₯rd, Liam Neeson just to name a few.


More importantly, featured in the film, is Col. Gregory D. Gadson. A real American hero.

Image from IMDB

From his IMDB profile:

Col. Gregory D. Gadson assumed command June 25, 2012, of Fort Belvoir, Va., a 47,000-strong garrison in its 100th year of service. Gadson graduated from West Point in 1989 and holds Masters Degrees in Information Systems and Policy Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Advanced Field Artillery Officers Course and in 2010, he became an Army War College Fellow at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

Gadson, was returning from a memorial service in Baghdad for two Soldiers from his brigade on May 7, 2007, when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered a severe injury to his right arm.

He became one of the first Soldiers fitted with a next-generation powered prosthetic knee. It allows amputees to walk with a more natural gait. Rather than taking a medical retirement, Gadson requested to stay on active duty. Gadson returned to active duty to serve almost two years as director of the Army Wounded Warrior program before being selected to command Fort Belvoir.


And then there’s my favorite scene:

From the trivia on the IMDB Battleship entry:

The veterans of the U.S.S. Missouri that Stone Hopper mentions are real life vets of the U.S.S. Missouri.

Alex Hopper’s calling upon the retired veterans to help crew the Missouri is inspired by actual historical events.

When the Iowa class battleships were reactivated in the 1980’s, the Navy had to recall veterans who had served on the ships during World War II and Korea, so they could teach the new crews how to operate the guns, fire control systems and other 1940’s era technology.


It’s a fun movie and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Wholly unbelievable, big explosions, and the American military kicking ass. Just a good time.

Oh, and the good guys save the world. Again.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Friday Night

Introducing my son and wife to the cinematic masterpiece that is…

This movie is closer to anything that might happen during a zombie apocalypse than anything else you’ve ever watched.

If you haven’t seen it, put it in your queue.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Watching

The wife and I are watching Infinite tonight on Paramount+.

First off, Mark Wahlberg, I’m a fan. I have enjoyed him in everything I’ve ever seen him in except for Pain and Gain (just a bad movie all around) and the M. Night Shyamalan movie The Happening, which I couldn’t finish. Not a comment on Wahlberg; it’s just probably Shyamalan’s worst movie.


A sci-fi, action adaption that examines the concept of reincarnation through remarkable visuals and well-established characters who need to use their memories and past learnt skills to ensure the future is protected from Infinites that seek to end all life on the planet.

imran (from IMDB)

I’m about thirty minutes in, and I’m getting a heavy Matrix/Wanted feel with a dash of Highlander.

Wahlberg plays Evan McCauley (IMDB has the last name as Michaels), and he’s immortal-ish. This is more immortal by way of reincarnation, retaining all former knowledge and skills. But it seems he needs a jumpstart.

He’s in a war, caught between two factions of immortals, and he’s apparently on the losing side.

One side The Believers want to protect humanity. The other side wants to end the world.

A tale as old as, well, a lot of sci-fi movie plots.


This all takes me back to Highlander. Not just the movie (or movies, I’ll suffer through the bad ones), but the series.

I loved the first movie, but the series with Adrian Paul was an absolute favorite of mine.

The first season was slow for me, but then came Joe Dawson.

The addition of Dawson and The Watchers added so much to the mythos of Highlander. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and I believe they ended Highlander: The Series on a good note.

I would love to see it rebooted, but I’m going to need Jim Byrnes back; to keep an eye on things.


Infinite was good. I’ll probably watch it again. I would rather see the storyline fleshed out in a series rather than one film. All in all, 7 out of 10 stars.

It was a bit rushed but still a good time for action fans, I think.

No spoilers.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Panem Et Circenses

We are watching The Hunger Games movies as a family because Sam has never watched them, he was too young when they first came out.

It’s an interesting story if you like dystopian type stuff.

It kind of reminds me a lot of something I can’t quite put my finger on.

But…

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Tonight we continued the children’s cinematic education with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The movies of my day (yea, this is very much within the timeline) rated as PG-13 prove one thing, we were not sheltered from language and innuendo like kids are today.

PG-13 from 1986 would probably be a hard R today if you threw in a bare breast.


Personally, I think that the John Hughes movies of the 80s are masterpieces. Gen X can quote them line for line. It might even be a better proof of age for most anything in place of ID.

Cashier: Can I see your ID?

Customer: Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.

They don’t and won’t make movies like this anymore. Their day has come and gone. Often replicated, never duplicated comes to mind.

At least we have the historical archives.

Which reminds me, grab those hard copies while you can.

The sheriff is near.

Wink wink, nudge nudge.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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They Live

I watched They Live again this morning.

If you don’t know what that is…

They Live (titled onscreen as John Carpenter’s They Live) is a 1988 American science-fictionactionhorror film written and directed by John Carpenter. Starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster, the film follows an unnamed drifter[nb 1] who discovers through special sunglasses that the ruling class are aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to consume, breed, and conform to the status quo via subliminal messages in mass media. Wikipedia

I didn’t know there was a short story that it was based on until this morning. The short story is Eight O’Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson.

I liked the short story [spend] nearly as much as I like the movie.

Both the movie and the story have [consume] certain parallels to what is going on right now. How much of your thought is controlled by the talking heads on TV and what the media pushes through your phone?

Things to think about.

That’s it. [obey] That’s the post.

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Favorite Movie Scenes: Junkyard Fight

Christopher Reeve as Superman and Clark Kent facing off in Superman 3, the junkyard fight.

You can tell what a great actor Reeve is when the only difference is the clothes and a pair of glasses. Same guy, two completely different people.

Also, a nod to that fourth wall break Reeve did at the end of the Superman movies. That flight into orbit and that grin at the audience.

He was my favorite Superman.

Bigger budgets may have made β€œbetter” movies. And no disrespect to the people who’ve taken the role after him. But, he was Superman.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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