Movie Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 – a sequel that’s better than the original, with a surprisingly strong, character-driven slant.

As soon as Kurt Russell was introduced as Ego, in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2, one specific thought came to – how was he going to die?  Now, to anyone who reads comics, especially those who remember when comics were a good, fun read, it’s no spoiler to say that Ego, The Living Planet is historically one of Marvel’s cosmic villains.  First introduced on the final page of the September 1966 issue (#132) of The Mighty Thor, Ego is defeated in the following issue and vows to never attack anyone else … of course, over the decades, Ego has returned again and again to threaten lots of places and superheroes.  But the specific story I immediately thought of was Fantastic Four #235, a few issues into John Byrne’s legendary run as writer and artist.  And, as it turns out, I was right on the money.  So what does this have to do with the review?  I’ll get to it a little later.

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Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER – middling biopic that loses its way on bigger issues

American Sniper

Ok, so just back from American Sniper, the Clint Eastwood-directed version of the story of Chris Kyle, the “most lethal sniper in US history”, a movie that’s polarized the American people, but not so much the audience. I figure if you already think it’s “propaganda” (as somebody described it to me the other week), you’re not likely to see it, or if you are on the Right you’ll flock to it. As someone who isn’t a fan of the Left OR the Right, to me, it’s just a movie. Continue reading “Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER – middling biopic that loses its way on bigger issues”