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SUPERHERO FILMS:
CAPTAIN AMERICA (1979)

Captain America Reb Brown 1979As fans line up for the newest Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War, let’s take a step back and remember Cap’s pair of 1979 television movies that brought the patriotic superhero right to the living rooms of millions of kids with Reb Brown in the starring role.

During a time when superheroes would dot the television landscape a pair of TV movies (Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon) would be the first time since his serial adventures in the 1940’s where Cap would be brought to life.

Are they any good? Well, in 1979 standards weren’t quite so high for superhero movies as they are now. Cap having his shield was enough for young fans to get excited over. Even if it looked like a giant plastic frisbee.


SUPERHERO FILMS:
THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING (1989)

Return of Swamp Thing ReviewAfter an extended hiatus I’m back with my superhero series.

When last I left I was in circa 1989 and what do you know, it’s time for a sequel to a DC Comics property!

After seven years the mysterious Swamp Thing makes his return to the big-screen, but this time in a very different type of movie than what came before. Swamp Thing stars Louis Jordan and Dick Durock are back and this time are joined by Heather Locklear and Sarah Douglas. Missing is original director Wes Craven. Also the spooky action-packed drama of the original gets replaced with a much lighter, campy tone in The Return of Swamp Thing.

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Movie Cliches – The Villain Wants To Be Caught

Villain Wants To Be CaughtThere was a  time when a Good Guy’s sole mission and goal was to capture the Bad Guy. Escorting the Bad Guy into a cell would mark the end of their nefarious activities and ensure they could do no more harm.

That time is over.

Today just because a Bad Guy gets locked up doesn’t guarantee a victory for the Good Guy. In fact, it could just be the start of an elaborate plan by the Bad Guy. Where once Bad Guys tried to avoid capture, a new cliché has made the rounds – The Villain Wants To Be Caught!  READ MORE


Batman v Superman – A Reaction

Batman v Superman Lego Toys Oh my, my my. What has Warner Brothers and Zack Snyder wrought upon us?

So I ended up seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice late Friday night. I went with two of my friends, one who works at a theater so we were able to avoid paying for this.

That was one of the few redeeming things about watching this – which will be at the top of my list of positives about going to see this long-awaited, hyped-up, universe-building superhero epic. We all found it difficult finding any good out of this movie, but my one shellshocked friend kept reminding us, “At least we didn’t have to pay for it.” READ MORE