Now into double digits, the end is within arm's reach. Too bad I don't have a time travelin' Delorean where I can drive 88 mph and skip ahead to the end. I am looking forward to breaking out my Back to the Future Blu-rays again and watching this phenomenal trilogy all over again.
A few weeks ago, I offered to send post cards to readers of this blog. All I asked in return was that you would send me back a picture with you and your card. Today, I feature three more who have done just that. Today's post features two of the four Atomic Geeks and another fine fellow I've met because of the Geeks.
Christian sent in two pictures. I debated trying to just run the one with his daughter and cropping him out but decided against that. Christian can be briefly heard on the tenth episode of the Nerd Lunch Podcast.
Most nerds would agree that in the current state of comic book movies, Marvel is outshining DC. Since Blade in 1998, a surprisingly decent film, Marvel has slowly but surely overtaken and far surpassed DC in terms of overall quality and scope with their properties on the silver screen. This is all culminating in one of the largest, most grandiose film experiments ever--The Avengers.
But before 1998, Marvel was a laughing stock. Especially because every other month, Stan Lee was bragging about how some character was going to be appearing in a movie soon. These announcements were hard to believe because they rarely happened. And when they did happen, they were less than stellar. Many of the characters that we have slowly met again for the first time during the last five years appeared in live action form before.
Captain America Serial (1944)
Incredible Hulk TV Series (1978)
Captain America (1979) and Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)
The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)
Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990)
Captain America (1990)
Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998)
The Hulk (2003)
With this, we begin a blog crossover with To the Escape Hatch that is counting down to the Avengers film in May. Over the next few months, we'll revisit the five films leading up to the Avengers, look at some extra stuff, speculate about where it is all going, and eventually end with a giant review of the film.
Last fall, we got a pretty decent coupon for Burger King. For one cent less than $10, we got:
- 1 Whopper
- 1 Whopper, Jr.
- 10 piece chicken tenders
- 3 small fries
- 3 small drinks
- 2 pies
Pretty good deal that fed our family quite nicely. After the coupon expired, they brought it back as a regular promotion but changed a few of the items. They dropped the chicken, pies, one of the fries, and one of the drinks and replaced them with a kid's meal. Not horrible bad trade. That would have still worked for us although we might have had to supplement a little bit. And by not getting pies, it would have meant no one fought about pies.
I don't think this promotion is going on right now, but let me belatedly applaud BK for this promotion. Jeeg mentioned on the podcast a few weeks ago about the dwindling fast food deals like this. I like the idea of buying a big sack of food and feeding my entire family for around $10. It's why we go to Taco Bell so often.
The only downside is the fries. While I like Whoppers and their inexplicably good chicken sandwich, I've not ever been a big fan of their fries. BK has changed out their fries recently for a thicker cut. I was hoping this would translate to a new flavor, but it's just a thicker version of the same-tastin' fries. If you're stuck paying full price for a side at BK, I still recommend going with the onion rings.
Perhaps next time I post about Burger King, I will be reviewing what I think of their delivery service.
The basic origin story was fairly faithful to the comic book but did take some slight deviations. Also, with DC it's hard to know what is "faithful" to the comic anymore. Green Lantern has probably had three major tellings of his origins over the 50 or so years he's been around. This was probably pretty faithful to the most recent one. That aside, the story suffered from forcing the themes down the viewers throats rather than letting them see them displayed through the actions of the characters.
It also read as DC's attempt to make a Marvel movie. That's an understandable thing right now given that Marvel movies are rocking the super hero movie world right now. But DC and Marvel characters are different from each other. Marvel origins are very much about redemption and humanity. The characters in Marvel start at a low point and must take on their heroism to redeem themselves. This is not the template for a DC character. Most DC characters are naturally good people who are granted powers for who they are already rather than what they can become. I found it very hard to believe that the ring chose this guy out of the 7 billion people in the world.
I did find Sinestro to be an interesting character and wished there had been more interaction between him and Hal Jordan. This was a prominent part of one of the recent DC Universe animated movies and makes the eventual turn of Sinestro mean so much more. It would be akin to not giving Batman much time with Harvey Dent before his turn to Two-Face.
The biggest issue with this movie was casting. I don't mind Ryan Reynolds, but Hal Jordan he is not. I could see him as a wise-cracking Wally West or he was okay as Deadpool, but something about him seemed off as Hal Jordan. He was too aloof and really a big jerk. He's not the only casting problem. Blake Lively really doesn't live up to her name with her cardboard acting and lack of chemistry with the lead. I didn't buy her as an aspiring entrepreneur nor as a friend of Hal Jordan's.
The effects weren't bad, but I do question the need to change the classic costume from the comic book version. The Gil Kane-designed outfit is one of the greatest costumes in comics. It's a shame that we still have not seen it truly realized on screen.
Podcast regular Shawn Robare occupies the fourth chair for a discussion of sodas, pops, fizzy drinks, cokes, or whatever you might call them. We kick around our favorite and most hated carbonated beverages, wade into the cola wars, and talk about ill conceived soda disasters. Crystal Pepsi, anyone? Plus in the Nerd To-Do List, we finally get an Earthworm Jim reference and CT's review of the Green Lantern movie. (Full-length blog review of the Green Lantern movie coming tomorrow!)
Usually on Tuesdays we are announcing a new episode of our podcast, but this week's episode will be delayed by one day. We will be doing another Drill Down and this time we will be talking about sodas. It's a good one and I'm looking forward to sharing it with our Nerd Lunchketeers.
In the meantime, I wanted to bring up a soda that I neglected to mention on tomorrow's episode. This is a "new to me" soda called Cheerwine. Cheerwine has been around for 95 years, but hasn't been widely distributed until recently. It is finally available in Tallahassee and signs like the one above can be seen around town announcing it. I guess it's a legend, but it has been completely off my radar until this past Fall.
To see what was so legendary, I picked up a two liter and gave it a try. In essence, this is Dr. Pepper turned up to 11 and then turned up some more. It has a strong cherry flavor. Some might argue that it's a cherry-infused cola, but I would argue that it's a cola-infused cherry soda. I didn't hate it, but it's so strong that I can't see picking this up again.
What about you? Have you had this legendary drink? What were your thoughts?
A few weeks ago, I offered to send post cards to readers of this blog. All I asked in return was that you would send me back a picture with you and your card. Today, I feature three more who have done just that.
[Note: I do have some remaining cards. Email me if you are interested in one. No guarantee that you'll get the company that you want at this point.]
Jack is one of our favorite readers of this blog and stumbled upon us a little over a year ago. Since then, he's been one of our biggest commenters and always offers insights and encouragement to us. Being that he served in the Navy, I sent him a Sub-mariner card. You can find Jack over at Jack's Hideout.
I met MonkeyJedi through Twitter. He runs a blog/review site over at http://geekhash.blogspot.com. Definitely worth checking out. Lots of great tips for things to check out and even ways of landing some of those things on the cheap.
What is there to say about Rob? Absolutely nothing. But I'll try anyway. I found Rob through Twitter via Marvel's Senior Art Director Jeff Suter. We were both listed in a "Follow Friday" one day and I decided to see what this @Spidey004 guy was all about. And I have never regretted an action in my life more. In all seriousness, he's hilarious and it is my secret hope to have him on our podcast some day.
Jay from The Sexy Armpit returns to our guest chair to kick off a new year of the podcast. Jay joins Pax, Jeeg, and CT in an exploration of the terrifying majesty that is FanFiction.net. After coming to grips with the site, each of us selects a fan fiction story for a favorite property, does our best to actually read it, and offers up a review. If you ever wanted to know who wears the pants in Hordak's Horde family or were curious about Amy Allen's dating life, this is the episode for you.