Marvel burn out?

This year promised to be a monumental blockbuster year for comic book and graphic novel fans.  For myself this year still has to prove itself in the realm of comic based action movies. I am rather burned out on Marvel movies. I hated the fluster cluck that was all of the Ironman movies, except the first one and who needs another incarnation of the same old Spiderman franchise, I didn’t even bother to watch them not even on cable. I did like Paul Rudd as AntMan a movie that I dreaded, because I absolutely hated the character as a teen, but watched anyway; It’s hard to believe that I was ever a teen, but in 1962 when Antman was introduced, I was in junior high school. Me and my friends all agreed that it was a lame concept for a superhero to grow small enough to step on. Who was the guy that pitched this as a movie, since Antman is probably the Aqua-man of the Marvel universe. Fortunately the ageless Mr. Rudd was engaging enough to pull it off.

This year started off with Dead pool a character that I was not familiar with because the last graphic novel that I read was The Watchmen. Dead pool was okay but forgettable. The rest of the year touted some serious stuff; Batman versus Superman,(DC. universe )and Captain America Civil War Marvel universe. Neither of these movies moved me. They were an inconceivable match up, created to invigorate the genre, but for me all they did was to bore me to tears and make me wonder why they were actually fighting, instead of using their superior intellect to resolve their problems peacefully. Of course that would make for some even more boring screen time. No one likes talkies that do nothing but talk. The best thing about Batman Versus Superman was wonder woman. Enough said! So unless both the Marvel franchise and the DC. franchise comes up with something more watchable I won’t be wasting my matinee money on either of them.

There is hope in the DC. universe yet, with the suicide squad; from what I’ve seen of the trailers ,it looks pretty awesome; however all of the attention is on the deliciously wicked Harley Quinn (Played by Margot Robbie). Will Smith is also there,I hope his role is juicier than what the trailer indicates, otherwise he’s just an also ran. Coming out in 2017 is Wonder Woman and the Justice league. Let’s cross out fingers and hope for the best because fans hate to be disappointed.

Good bye to the Greatest

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This photo exemplifies a part of Ali that most people don’t remember, his sense of humor and fun. I was around when then Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. defeated Sonny Liston, a man who had made short work out of Floyd Patterson another great fighter.  Liston was so feared that many boxers didn’t care to mix it up in the ring with him. A lot of people wanted the arrogant young Gold Medalist to be pounded into mincemeat by the threatening Liston. Everyone was very surprised when Sonny  couldn’t come out of his corner for the seventh round, some people even speculated that Liston had thrown the fight to up the gate for a rematch. Right from the start Ali’s career was filled with controversy.

Joining the Nation of Islam also known as the Black Muslims an separatist group did not help his reputation especially in a time of racial unrest and befriending Malcolm X known in the media as the minister of hate. Changing his name to Muhammad Ali was the final insult to sensitive white folks especially in the south. No one in my old neighborhood cared about all of that noise, we just thought that it was a little odd  that he wanted to join those bowtie wearing paper peddlers. I personally and my friends just wanted to see him knock people out.

In 1966 the real trouble started, Ali claimed conscientious objector status on religious grounds and his career collapsed. From 1967 until 1970  he was banned from boxing. arguably those three years that were stolen from him were three prime years and cost him a fortune in revenues. Ali was powerful inside of the boxing ring and on the outside, as a private citizen. He was too powerful, too influential and too arrogant, God forbid that a black man exhibit some pride, in America that was and still is the cardinal sin, gotta keep those Darkies in their place. These are the real reason behind the government denying him conscientious objector status and nothing else. In an era of war and national conscription, you can not have the worlds most visible black athlete voicing dissent against the official views of the United States government; even though those views were based on a lie. We now know,  that the golf of Tonkin incident was a complete fabrication created to increase our presence in southeast Asia. How did that work out for you Secretary McNamara!

Ali’s case went all the way to the supreme court and he won, proving that you can’t keep a good man down, at least not for long.He came back and proved himself time after time against some of the greatest heavy weight boxers of the century. By  putting everything on the line, career, reputation and even his life Muhammed Ali exhibited the kind of courage that few people possess and to me that’s what made him the greatest.

Voting down ticket,or (Hillary ain’t doing it for me).

I woke up this morning and promptly turned on the television to hear about what happened in last nights California primary. I was expecting much better from Californians, especially the Hispanic Californians who Want immigration reform  and greater opportunities in education and employment. Voting for a wall street center right Democrat will not accomplish anything. I have heard all of the arguments especially from the people who I actually respect, like Joy Reid, Stephanie Miller, Tom Hartmann and others, all saying that it’s over and done with so you might as well vote for Hillary. Well, I am sorry to disappoint, or be an old stick in the mud, but there are plenty of reasons to avoid Hillary as if she were a third term for Obama.

There is an old saying that goes,”You Can not be betrayed by an enemy, only by a friend.” Obama and Eric Holder both betrayed America and Black Americans in particular; Obama with his Signature drone strikes, attacks on Whistle blowers and constantly kowtowing to republican racist and Holder for his refusal to bring the weight of the Justice department down on southerners willing to erase decades of civil rights . Hillary was part of that administration and some of the dirt rubbed off on her, although her own shortcomings are enough to turn me off in their own right. If you’ve never heard the name Berta Cáceres look it up! She was an indigenous activist from Honduras Who was assassinated by unknown gunmen in March of 2016. Below is an excerpt  from the Democracy Now program, explaining the Chaos that Hillary’s sponsored Coup in Honduras  has torn the country apart.

If that’s not enough the coup was actually illegal under the Honduran constitution, even though she said it was legal. Regime Change is not a good foreign policy tactic. Guess what was behind the coup, it was international corporate domination over a sovereign nation. This is all you can expect from a Wall Street Democrat.

That’s not all Puerto Rico is in debt up to its neck, held hostage by Wall street hedge fund managers and is suffering from Draconian austerity measures supported by guess who, Hillary and Obama. They want to appoint a panel of what amounts to emergency managers, just like  Detroit and Flint; this is outrageous and an act of corporate colonization. The people on Wall street pay her huge speaking fees that have made her very rich. SERIOUSLY!  do Puerto ricans really believe that this is the person who is going to come to their aid, when she had already conceded to the Republicans plan for the dismantling of their fair island. It’s the best we’re going to get, she says.

Are Californian Hispanics blind to the facts or is it that they just don’t care about other Hispanics. Given Hillary’s record do the think that she is the right choice; if so they  have a rude awakening, just like I had when the truth sank in about the center right, Wall street Democrats. At leas they got the rats part right!

Here is my prognostication for a Hillary Clinton presidency. Everything that she has promised, to compete with the Bernie Sanders campaign will quickly be forgotten; remember she started out calling Bernie’s Ideas pie in the sky fantasies, not even willing to admit that everything worth having, is worth fighting for. She surrendered before the battle was joined. She will surround herself with weak or just plain lousy advisers, just like Obama did and maintain the status quo. The Military Industrial complex will continue to roll over our nation while subjugating weaker ones, enriching themselves and creating a massive debt for taxpayers. Investment bankers will continue to bilk the public until another collapse and then say we’re too big to fail, so ante up or it’s the end of America as you know it. If progressives don’t gain a foot hold in the House and the Senate then there will never be a livable wage, the move for sustainable energy and an end to all fracking will never be realized; Gerrymandering, voter nullification, campaign finance reform and an end to devastating so called free trade agreements will be nothing more than a fantasy. Whistle blowers will continue to be suppressed, harassed, persecuted and even prosecuted and our freedom will continue to evaporate in a haze of suspicion and fear.

If the republicans were smart ,they would be pointing all of this out, only they’re complicite in the same bad behavior, so they conveniently  ignore it. So now hopefully you understand that when I heard that Bernie Sanders had lost California, I was not only at a loss for words, I could not comprehend why any well informed Hispanic voter, not to mention the African American church block that carried the south would vote for this woman. I became literally sick to my stomach, realizing that sometimes the lesser of two evils is not an option,for people who want future generations to inherit a better world. So, no, I will not be voting for Hillary come November, I will vote; I haven’t missed a national election since I turned 19, but I will be voting down ticket for every progressive thats on the ballot or every Democrat that I deem worthy.I’ll probably write in Bernie for the Hell of  it because I no longer have any faith in, or allegiance to the Democratic party.

Captain America civil war

 

As usual I didn’t see this movie on the opening weekend, I waited a week and went to the Tuesday matinee and got the Senior discount, yay senior discounts! I figured that I would be disappointed about this movie like I was disappointed about Batman versus Superman. Where’s the beef, What’s the beef, I thought, it was very confusing, but mostly pointless.

Captain America was a pleasant surprise and very thoughtful for comic book fare. They brought up real issues about government over reach and manipulation. Divide and conquer the same old games; the control of dangerous others that may or may not be a threat to national security in spite of the fact that they were fighting for the survival of humanity. The subject of free will was a major theme with Bucky Barnes aka. the Winter soldier. Does a man under the pernicious influence of a brutal brainwashing program bear any responsibility for the crimes he has committed?

The deep subject matter however, did not slow the pace of the movie, it had plenty of action packed fist fights and awesome special effects. It also had some amusing banter to counter the dark seriousness of the story, Ant man and spiderman were a comedy duel that rivaled Abbot and Costello, (look it up)!  It was the clash of the titans in spandex, but it was a fairly well thought out storyline. It was definitely worth the eight dollars that I paid to see it, and  if you haven’t seen it I would highly recommend it.

Goodbye purple Majesty

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As a Minnesotan I am obligated to say something about the passing of one of our favorite sons, Prince. Born Prince Rogers Nelson June 7, 1958 he passed away April 21, 2016. He is mourned by everyone that knew and loved his music but for those of us who live in Minnesota the epicenter of purpleness the loss of this talented man is deep and profound.

His awards include, seven Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, he is also an inductee into the Rock & Roll hall of fame. The fact that he was not only a singer songwriter and musician, but played multiple instruments exceedingly well, was an indication of his genius. His flamboyant style and his androgynous good looks, redefined masculinity on his own terms. The Minneapolis sound was singlehandedly crafted and shaped by him and his influence on the other groups that followed in his path is evident.

The lilacs are in bloom in Minnesota and the sky has been crying for a week and a state mourns the passing of The Artist and the man known as Prince.

My views on Justice Scalia

I’m going to try and do this without angrily ranting at the screen, but it may be hard, since I think that the Supreme court was unfairly stacked with politically motivated justices. Antonin Scalia was appointed by Ronald Reagan, (You now the guy that made the public declaration about healthy young bucks and welfare queens cheating the government); probably because they were of like minds. Here is what Scalia had to say about the supreme court getting involved in cases of racial injustice, below in his own words.

“To pursue the concept of racial entitlement—even for the most admirable and benign of purposes—is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American.” -Antonin Scalia

So wanting the same treatment and privileges that whites take for granted is Racial entitlement! That entire statement is to say the least BALDERDASH! There is no American race only the human race, and the fact that he decided to refer to us as a separate race from the rest of humanity says a lot about his mindset ;  I think they call it racist. He tries to make people believe that this is a fair and just world and that he is just being logical and judicial but it is hard for me after his stance on the voting rights act calling it a Racial entitlement. I was appalled that any of the Justices would try to overturn anything that ensured democracy for everyone no matter what color they are. His views on race religion gender and sexual preference are all out dated and have no place in the justice system.

Now he is being lionized by a press that has no memory or conscience or journalistic integrity. Luckily there are still some honest voices in the press that have revealed the true nature of the man. I found these videos onYouTube, People who are much smarter and more articulate than I am.

 

 

http://on.aol.com/video/scalia-a-conservative-rock-star-and-lodestar-519502536

ERIC HOLDER WALL STREET LACKEY

As our nations first “African-American” Attorney General, Eric Holder has proved to be a resounding failure.  He has proved himself to be just another worthless Wall street Democrat. This man has done a disservice to America, to the middle class and to his own people. I expected much better from him than what we got. This despicable excuse for a law enforcement officer, did absolutely nothing to reign in the unforgivable swindlers of the banking industry. Now Mister Holder is going back to his crooked rotten roots, taking a job back at his old firm

Of course you’d say that you’ll Wall street Troll. Now this jerk is back at his old law firm of Covington and Burling  a a firm that represents many of the people that he has failed to hod accountable for the swindling of American taxpayers out of billions. There should be a law against this but there isn’t, but if Eric Holder was a truly honorable man he would have declined to work for the people he has failed to prosecute. He has proved himself a true Wall Street Lackey.

Just because I’m old

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just because I’m old, don’t think that I’m still not young inside or that I don’t like a lot of the things that I liked as a young man. I still like traveling, listening to jazz and R&B, attractive women, movies and video games. Yes, I confess the sporty ol dude likes to play video games. Don’t be surprised I’ve been playing video since the days of pong and space Invaders. Now three and a half decades later and fifteen years two months into the new century I’m still at it. So this is how I’ve been spending my senior time since Christmas on a game called Fallout four which came with the Xbox one that I purchased as my Christmas gift, because no one else was going to do it for me. I have collected some screen shots the old fashioned way by actually photographing the screen with my  iPad. mostly because I don’t like the cloud and have disabled it on all my devices. Anyway here’s whats up in my Fallout 4 world.

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If your a fan of Fallout 4 you’ll recognize the T-51 power armor in hot rod flames paint job. underneath is a T-60 done in the Atom Cats cuts paint job.

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This one is a T-45 power armor in Hot Rod Shark paint job.As you can see I’ve been busy collecting power armor , with a little help from IGN and You Tube to find every full and  partial suit I can. I am a collector in real life and it carried over to my gaming life  I feel this is the most interesting part of the game, but it comes with a cost because theres raiders, monsters and gunners everywhere.

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This girly looking armor was built for my female companion Cait who is the worst with power armor, She’s an Idiot who waste ammo and positively destroys power armor

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This is a sampling of part of my collection at  the starlight drive in T-51 in Rail Road paint job a T-60 in Brotherhood of Steel paint and an X-01 in mixed flame atom cats and titanium scheme

So far I have accumulated  five T-45s Six T-51s  which incidentally were the hardest to find and since I destroyed the BOS more T-60s than I know what to do with.I’ve actually sold some of them. Anyway  there you have it I am a Senior citizen hooked on gaming. By the way I only bought the Xbox one because gaming on mac is super lame and always two years behind PC.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens ( review)

I can’t say that I wasn’t excited to see the newest installment of the Star wars Franchise. I am probably one of the few people who liked episode One and three, at least they were a different slant on an old story. The Force awakens continues to make big box office bucks mainly because the new generation is being introduce to a story they’ve only seen as Saturday morning cartoons, now with live actors on the big screen. The other enduring audience, people who grew up with star wars and old codgers like myself, who first viewed the original as an adult and fell in love with the characters and the Star wars Universe.

In 1977 I was 28, wow! I was still young and recently married when I first saw the original Star Wars with the ugly sub title a new hope.  No one ever referred to it by that name anyway, in those days it was just Star Wars. Any way I was looking for a way to waste my afternoon when my wife was away in Florida. I went to the Highland theater which was out of my neighborhood Back then it was new and shiny and had 2 huge screens. When I went it was before noon and an early matinee. I shared the theater with maybe a dozen people at most.  When I left the theater there were people lined up for a block.  I stupidly asked some one which movie they were lined up for and the reply was Star Wars, the movie I had just watched.

I liked the movie, it is still my favorite of the entire franchise, but before perusing the movie section of the Pioneer press for something to see I frankly had never heard of it, so I was surprised at the crowd lined up for tickets. The magic of the first Star Wars movie can never be recreated. The special effects alone made it a modern masterpiece. I was amazed and astounded just like those old 1950’s promos used to say. It was the only sci-fi movie that I can say this about, even today compared to all of the fancy FX done on a regular basis it still stands above the rest.

Enough about the original How about the Force Awakens? I knew that it was coming well in advance, I read all of the hype and watched every trailer on you tube. Like millions of other fans, for me this was a widely anticipated once in a decade event. To date it has made $540,000,000 so they have surpassed their budget and made a nice profit. What more can you ask for?

Well as a fan I feel jilted. I wanted something new and exciting, not old rehashed action that hardly took any thought or imagination. The on screen comparison of the death star to the planet gun was obviously an inside joke. It’s different because it’s bigger. It still destroyed a planet so where is the difference? That soccer ball robot a poor substitute for R2D2 was totally annoying and useless. Again it’s different because he has a ball for a body instead of a can. and lets not forget the villain who turns out to be Leia and Han Solo’s son, gone over to the dark side for no apparent reason, at least not one that the audience is aware of. What is with this family; is there a recessive stupid evil gene or what? His villain costume isn’t even original  it was just a rip off of his grandfathers.

Even the patricide is old rehashed plot fodder. This time we get to say good bye to Han Solo for good, cause he’s dead.  There is absolutely nothing new or original about this film and the only performances of note came from Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and veteran actors Max Von Sydow  Andy Sirkis , Domhnall Gleeson and  Gwendoline Christie. I’d like to say that Lupita Nyong’o did a good job, but I don’t even remember her, was she a cameo or what. The two young leads Daisy Ridley and John  Boyega gave  performances  that were worthy of low rent television, but not worthy of the big screen. They’ll do okay because of the boatloads of money that this property is generating. This was an average big budget movie nothing more; but if they didn’t have a built in multi generational audience I doubt they would have made their money back,

 

 

 

Into the Badlands (review)

I am so tired of dreary, sad, hopeless, end of the world scenarios. The Left overs, The Walking dead, Helix, the Twelve Monkeys and Childhood’s End are all supremely sad and depressing. They are must avoid television not must see TV. Even the comedy entry to this field of nightmares The Last man on Earth on Fox is without hope of redemption.

Into this litany of post apocalyptic dreariness comes Into the Badlands. It’s part Steampunk, part Diesel punk, part martial arts slugfest and all pure escapist fun. Screw Rotten Tomatoes low score of 65, I give the first season a rip roaring 99% I do have a few problems with the teen aged angst, but that’s just me. What I love about the show is the action and the intrigue and the character interaction. I am not a professional critic but I know what I like. If a show keeps me entertained, interested and wanting more then it is a success.

I wanted the season to last longer, I wanted to know more of the background of the boy with the mysterious powers; I wanted to know more about  Sunny, about the widow, about the Baron (Quinn) and about Sunny’s mentor Waldo, The Kick ass guy in the wheel chair. There aren’t a lot of television series that I want, or need to know this much information about the Characters, I think that says a lot about the quality of the writing on the show.

The cast is diverse and awesome and women with wit and sword keep the men constantly looking over their shoulders and on their toes. Orla Brady (Lydia), Sarah Bolger ( Jade), Emily Beecham, (The Widow) and Ally Ioannides (Tilda), are all dangerous in their own way, demonstrating that femininity is a two edged sword, literally and figuratively. It might be a man’s world but the women are about to shake it up.

The men Daniel Wu as Sunny the main protagonist of the story and Marton Csokas as the Baron the main antagonist, play a game of cat and very dangerous mouse while pretending to maintain the status quo. Precocious, petulant, spoiled Ryder (Oliver Stark), the Baron’s son lurks in the background with his own agenda to gain supremacy over his father and the rest of the Barons. Six episodes wasn’t enough for me, If you missed season 1, you’ll have to pay for it.  I’ll just have to wait for season 2 .