Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 06 – The Avengers

This is where it all came together for the first time.  Quite possibly one of the most landmark events in super hero cinematic history, the first Avengers film was proof positive that Marvel Studios could actually make this thing work. I’m pretty sure I was in full denial of this fact up until I was […]


Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 05 – Captain America (The First Avenger)

Captain America and Daredevil often ran neck and neck throughout my childhood for the race to be my favorite comic book superhero.  At one point in my collecting youth I had every issue of silver age Captain America from #100 on up (it was in its mid 300’s at the time) and the Gruenwald/Dwyer era […]

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Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 04 – Thor

Throughout the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I remember Thor being the first film that I wasn’t necessarily all amped up about.  As a younger comic reader, while I was a pretty avid fan of Captain America and Iron Man’s individual stories, the Avengers as a group never really appealed to me.  I […]


Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 3 1/2 – The Consultant and Thor’s Hammer

Wedged in among big screen releases, Marvel Studios took an interesting turn in 2011 and starting doing what they called One Shots, which were short, direct-to-video stories, mostly focused around SHIELD, designed to support the larger narrative and tell little stories with some of the supporting characters. I’m focusing on two of those One Shots […]

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Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 03 – Iron Man 2

In Looking back upon the genesis of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s easy to see where things could have potentially gone off the rails early.  Many fans point fingers at The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 is being two of the worst of the MCU films, and one might think that a more reactionary […]


Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 02 – The Incredible Hulk

Invariably, when someone ranks their favorite films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, by some strange circumstance, The Incredible Hulk ends up ranked close to the bottom, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why.  Even upon a rewatch a few years after I watched it the last time, this film ranks it […]

Iron Man in his Mark III armor in the movie "Iron Man." Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment Present A Marvel Studios Production in Association with Fairview Entertainment A Jon Favreau Film "Iron Man" starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film is directed by Jon Favreau from a screenplay by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. The producers are Avi Arad and Kevin Feige. The executive producers are Louis D'Esposito, Peter Billingsley, Jon Favreau, Ari Arad, Stan Lee and David Maisel. This film has been rated PG–13 for some intense sequences of sci–fi action and violence and brief suggestive content. © 2008 MVLFFLLC. ® & © 2008 Marvel Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 01 – Iron Man

Captain America: Civil War is hitting theaters in around a month, and is being touted by Marvel Studios as the kick off for the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III. In the ramp up to that event, I figured I’d go back and check out Phase I and Phase II in order (the films only of […]


If you self publish, you should read this immediately

Digital Book World posted an interview today with Hugh Howey, a hugely successful independent author who has achieved New York Times best seller status, and he’s got a lot to say about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. It’s a fantastic article. Of course, with Howey being the very successful independent author that he is, most of […]


Critics vs. Audiences – whose voice is loudest?

In case you were sleeping in a dark cave somewhere, you know that last week Hollywood unleashed their latest superhero juggernaut Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  It hit audiences like a firestorm, and the critics, by and large, hit back. Currently sitting at around 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s safe to say the launching […]


Seven minute “supercut” leads into Captain America: Civil War

I’m already anticipating how much writing motivation this film will provide me, considering the final infiltration sequence in Loose Strands was directly influenced by Captain America: Winter Soldier.  The best way to make sure your body is ready for Civil War is to watch this amazing seven minute supercut.  It’s like an extra long trailer for […]