POLL Results: Best MCU Villain

August’s poll asked the question, “Who’s the best baddie so far?” when it comes to the 13 films and four TV series that have so far made up the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Marvel bucked the established trend in comic movies before Iron Man, which was that the villain was the centerpiece of the film and the hero’s journey was shaped by their adversary.  Marvel’s films and series are very much hero-centric.  The readers had no doubt as to whom the top villain was.  Tom Hiddleston’s god of mischief was the star of Phase One of the MCU, and continued to expand his character in Phase Two, and I’m sure will have an impact in Phase Three both in Thor: Ragnarok, but in the Infinity War, as well. Continue reading POLL Results: Best MCU Villain

Complete Achievement/Trophy List for Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, PC – 2016)

While I am in real life, at best, a ….creative driver, I do like the Forza series.  The main series is very posh and geared more toward people who understand automobiles in way that borders on fanatic.  Forza Horizon is more for people who just want to race and may or may not believe that cars run on magic.  Microsoft today released both the achievement list for the upcoming Forza Horizon 3, which will be released for Xbox One and PC on September 27, 2016.  For HALO players, there’s a little bonus coming with the game.  The iconic HALO Warthog will be an in-game, playable car for anyone who has played either HALO 5 or HALO: The Master Chief Collection.  Specs below for the Warthog and achievements from the Forza site.

Forza Horizon 3, HALO, Warthog

The M12S Warthog CST will be available at launch for Forza Horizon 3, and will be sent as a free download to everyone who has played either Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. Eligible players will receive codes to download the Warthog via an Xbox Live Message, and codes will begin to be sent out during the week of September 5. In addition, players who have not played an Xbox One Halo game will still have the chance to earn the Warthog via a special #Forzathon event coming to Forza Horizon 3 in October.

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My Favorite Scene: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) “Pure Imagination”

Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, absolutely hated the first adaptation of his book (I doubt he’d have liked the second better).  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory certainly departs from Dahl’s novel, but in a rare case of the movie creating its own bit of magic that does nothing to take away from a classic novel.  Why does Willy Wonka work?  What is it about a top-hatted, purple clad reclusive chocolate maker that has captured the minds of children and adults since its release in 1971?  I think the answer is: Gene Wilder, the genius comic actor who passed away yesterday at the age of 83.

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R.I.P. Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016) *Pure Imagination is Gone*

Gene Wilder
Willy Wonka is gone.  Gene Wilder is dead.  We’ll never see his mischievous grin or that conspiratorial twinkle in his eyes, we’ll never see the depth and breadth of talent across all medium of entertainment, and we’ll never see the like of the pure imagination he brought to each of his roles ever again.  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite films when I was a child (and remains so to this day), not because of the wondrous chocolate factory, but because I saw in Wilder’s performance a kind of manic, sly genius that I wanted.  I didn’t want the golden ticket.  I wanted to be Gene Wilder.

Wilder had been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for many years and more recently Alzheimer’s, so this shouldn’t be a shock, but this is one of those rare celebrity deaths where I feel like I’ve lost a dear friend.  Wilder wasn’t just Wonka, of course, he was a star on broadway, television, and in a host of indelible comedies like Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.  I’m going to place Variety’s excellent, comprehensive obituary below.  This one hurts.  Thank you, Gene. Continue reading R.I.P. Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016) *Pure Imagination is Gone*

Movie Review: Hell or High Water (2016) *A Heist Movie For Our Times*

Hell or High Water, Ben Foster, Chris Pine

The heist movie is a classic staple of American cinema.  Bonnie & Clyde, Heat, Ocean’s 11, Inception, really when you think about it is a heist movie, and so on.  There’s something about the have-nots taking from those who have that’s intrinsically American.  Hell or High Water isn’t just a great heist film/crime drama.  It’s a film born out of an America that hates financial institutions.  The great majority of us in debt, fighting liens, repossessions, and looking on while the same companies that inundate us with statements get bailouts.  There’s some graffiti sprayed on the wall early in the film in a dusty town in West Texas that reads “3 Tours in Iraq; no bailout for me.”  This is the America in which the Howard brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) begin their bank robbing spree. Continue reading Movie Review: Hell or High Water (2016) *A Heist Movie For Our Times*