Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Review

Captain America: Winter Soldier

Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the character by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby and a story by Ed Brubaker
Directed by: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo

Welcome to the 21st century, Cap.

Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to hit the ground running, much like (excuse the segue) Captain Steve Rogers does in The Winter Soldier. While the action scenes are much more influenced by Parkour as well as harder than they were before, the events here put the psyche of Captain America to an even harder test: How much can he take? And whom can he trust?

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By |April 1st, 2014|Reviews|4 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #213: Podcasting is No Longer a Crime, It's the National Sport!

Hugo Drax with fingers steepled from Moonraker

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that expects the skies of Florida to be filled with zeppelins any day now.

Agenda:

  • Recommending movies for Cosette
  • The Hills Have Diapers
  • Florida, Evil Empire of Rox
  • Where to get orange juice in Washington D.C.
  • Governmental key parties
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    By |March 29th, 2014|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    Crisis on Infinite Cards

    So like many of you, we enjoy playing Cards Against Humanity. It's horrible, it's wrong, it's like Mad Libs reworked by Eli Roth, and it's terrific fun to watch two generations of a family playing it. (Trust me. Hee-larious.) We have all the expansion packs as well. We even bought the unofficial, unauthorized, uninterested-in-paying-for-your-therapy Crabs Adjust Humidity expansion sets.

    Like many of you as well, we can't help but think of our own cards (and, indeed, blank cards are provided for you to vent your unholy misbegotten spleen upon). I started thinking along the lines of a common theme--comic books, mostly of the Big Two/spandex variety--and once I got started, I couldn't stop. I'm very sorry. But here's the result. Feel free to use where and how you see fit.

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    By |March 28th, 2014|Stimuli|4 Comments

    Who's Robert Redford in "Winter Soldier"? The Sundance Kid. No, Really.

    Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    When the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer first hit, one of the weirdest things for me was watching Robert Redford and Nick Fury shake hands. And everybody was talking about The Sundance Kid (Redford's classic role alongside Paul Newman--kids, ask your parents) being in the cast of the film. But it struck me: I wonder if that could literally be the case?

    In life as in the film (and sorry about spoilers, but Jesus, it's historical and the film's been out since 1969), Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were both likely killed by the Bolivian Army in 1908. But there's been loads of speculation as to whether or not they actually died there. There's more than one theory out there about one or both of them surviving. (See the film Blackthorn for a fairly badass "Butch survived" setup.)

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    By |March 26th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #173: Medieval Times Atlanta

    Medieval Times: A Pair of Villains
    The latest issue of Super-Villain Team-Up...

    It's Episode #173 for Medieval Times Atlanta, in which our protagonist is joined by the wizard, Rox of Spazhouse. Together, they discuss the perils of giant owls, how to cheer for (and thus confuse) the villain, and how to raise your social standings through copious amounts of medieval beer.
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    By |March 25th, 2014|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

    A Unique Warcraft-Style Avatar Cosplay Opportunity

    Love and Warcraft Monster Design

    What gaming cosplayer wouldn't want to have a real-life replica of their avatar look to strut around in? Created by professionals? Well, they're in luck. The Tony Award-Winning Alliance Theatre's recent production of In Love and Warcraft was about a girl living in both her real life and her online gaming life. For the production, the costume shop created some amazing real-life avatars, designed by Lex Liang. Due to a lack of storage for these sizeable costumes, the Alliance is announcing a rare sale of these pieces from their Atlanta-based shop. For questions and purchase information, please contact Alliance Costume Shop manager Carol Hammond at [email protected] Here are the details:

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    By |March 23rd, 2014|Headsup|0 Comments

    Music Whenever: 65daysofstatic, Hotel California, Sir Sly & More...

    65daysofstatic

    We're back. With music. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

    First up, there's a fine line between experimental rock, math rock and just lots of noise. 65daysofstatic fit snugly in the good portion of that particular Venn diagram. And I was wondering what this track might look like live: "Safe Passage" from last year's Wild Light. Sort of insane and majestic all at once. (Amazon: CD; MP3; Vinyl. Official site.)
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    By |March 17th, 2014|Music Whenever|0 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #172: Robocop (2014)

    It's Episode #172 for Robocop (2014), in which our protagonist enjoys back story and setup as much as the next bearded lunatic who can drive, but really wants the story to just get underway. Also, he defends remakes (no, really)...and applauds the new black color scheme for Robocop. It's just a sensible choice.
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    By |March 15th, 2014|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|5 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #212: The Lunchlady Who Loved Knives

    Colt 45: This Establishment is Billy Dee Williams Approved sign

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that argues that Martian Manhunter could look like David Ogden Stiers if he really, really wanted to.

    Agenda:

  • Parenting (and hunting) skills
  • An attempt to talk about Zero Hour
  • J.J.'s deal...revealed!
  • Pirate dental work
  • House of Cards Season 2 (SPOILERS)
  • Hot in Portland
  • The Following (SPOILERS)
  • Hannibal (SPOILERS)
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    By |March 14th, 2014|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|3 Comments

    Roots Aroma Black Original - Coffee Review

    Roots Aroma Black Original Coffee

    I believe I've complained before--and often--about a significant hole in the packaged, pre-made coffee arena. By that I mean: I've taken to drinking my coffee black. This because I realized a while back that with the amount of coffee I go through--and the accompanying sugar--I was expecting a collect call from Wilford Brimley at any moment. So when I'm traveling and there's not a live barista for miles and I pull into a gas station/convenience store--and the coffee might have been freshened sometime in the past 72 hours (maybe)--I want to grab a coffee that's already made. Starbucks, for example. They sell tasty Doubleshots and Mochas and whatnot in cans and bottles.

    Know what they don't sell? Straight coffee. Black--no sugar, no cream. In fact, I've yet to run across an example in the southeastern U.S. You might have--and if so, I envy you. Because it seems that I have to go to Japan to get anything close to what I want.

    I say "close," yes. Because on one hand, you get the taste of straight coffee. Not the sort of black coffee I normally make--my preferred kind is the type I have to wrestle into submission--but just straight down the middle coffee. Nothing spectacular.

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    By |March 14th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments