Captain America ruined Superman for me

So I started this right after Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out earlier this month then got busy with a real-world thing and didn’t finish it. But now it is finished and even though the movie is three weeks old, fuck it, I still want to talk about this.

After I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I started having the sneaking suspicion that I needed to re-watch Man of Steel. I hadn’t seen Man of Steel since it was in theaters last summer, but when I saw it I liked it way more than expected. I had some issues with it, but I was just so relieved that it wasn’t a disaster and that they managed to put together a Superman movie that worked more than it didn’t. It has some problems—it’s definitely too long, there are some gaping logic flaws, particularly Lois Lane lacking proper motivation at times, and that ending is too. damn. much—but overall, I still liked it.

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Introducing the Winter Soldier: The creation of a truly terrifying Marvel villain

captain-america-the-winter-soldier-poster-buckyA couple weeks ago film critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote a plea for fellow critics to include discussions of form in their film reviews, to at least mention how the language of film is helping or hindering the movie being reviewed. It was an eloquent point well made, and also apropos of what I want to talk about in re: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I’ve already reviewed the movie (available here and spoiler free), so what I want to get into now that we can talk about stuff without people yelling SPOILERS (seriously, if you haven’t seen it, stop reading now) is how all of the elements of filmmaking worked together to bring to life the Winter Soldier, the most memorable, bone-crunchingly scary villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. Continue reading “Introducing the Winter Soldier: The creation of a truly terrifying Marvel villain”

Fashion Friday Fun Post: The Winter Soldier premiere, Europe edition

We’re back for another one of these thingies! With, hopefully, better organized/easier to view photos. Over the week the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit up premieres in Paris and London, and we have a lot to talk about.


Hayley Atwell showed up to the London premiere, wearing grey, bedazzled Julien McDonald and even though I am pretty much over the cut-out trend, this dress works. Partly it’s because Atwell has the body for tit cut-outs, but it’s also just a very flattering dress that is not over-styled. Solid hair and makeup, love the pop of red from the shoes, but this is a lot of dress and Atwell lets it speak for itself (and all it says is TITS). Continue reading “Fashion Friday Fun Post: The Winter Soldier premiere, Europe edition”

Marvel kisses its own ass, but—HOLY SHIT SO MUCH COOL STUFF

Last night ABC, which is presided over by the same Disney overlord as Marvel Studios, aired an hour-long commercial for upcoming Marvel titles Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, in which Marvel also patted itself on the back for a job well done on that whole Iron Man and Avengers thing and then tossed a few—admittedly very cool—breadcrumbs to the fans by way of concept art for the 2015 slate of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Edgar Wright’s Ant Man.

Ant Man. Seems silly, but I wouldn't bet against Edgar Wright.
Ant Man. Seems silly, but I wouldn’t bet against Edgar Wright.

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Fashion Friday Fun Post: The Winter Soldier premiere

It’s Friday! There’s fashion! It’s time for a Fashion Friday Fun Post, a totally new thing I just made up!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiered in LA last night, and while there wasn’t a jaw-drop moment, there were some interesting choices made, and also some awful ones, as well as Suit Problems galore. But also Suit Wins! But mostly Suit Problems. So let’s get started. I don’t have designer IDs for every outfit—if you recognize something, let me know in the comments and I’ll update. Continue reading “Fashion Friday Fun Post: The Winter Soldier premiere”