The McBournie Minute: Sit down, comic book fanboys

2015. The cinematic world is in constant peril. There is always a super villain is bent on destroying the world, and mankind looks to the skies, hoping for someone with the courage and power to fight back. Those wishes are always heeded, usually by some grim-faced dude with a penchant for one-liners. It’s the age of the superhero movie.

For the past 15 years, we’ve had a barrage of blockbuster superhero movies aimed at us. Some of the characters are already well known, some have been obscure. Geek culture has been on a steady rise, thanks in part to these movies. If you’re a fan of comic books, there has never been a better time to be alive.

So why do fanboys keep bitching? Continue reading The McBournie Minute: Sit down, comic book fanboys

You Missed It: End of 2012 edition

It's how I do my thinking.
It’s how I do my thinking.

Oh, hello there. I’m just here sitting back in my smoking jacket and enjoying a nice whiskey on the rocks (my third). You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about 2012. It really sucked, didn’t it? Stop and think about it for a minute, did anything good happen this year to anyone but Psy? Not really. However, it certainly was a wild, memorable ride. Perhaps it was the looming threat of the end of the world. It could be the heavy buzz I’ve got going, but I feel like looking back on the biggest stories of this year. Grab a drink and join me, won’t you?

January:

Swingin’ Gingrich
Marianne Gingrich made her ex-husband, Newt, look even worse by dropping the bombshell that he wanted to have an open marriage. Apparently this is worse than asking your wife for a divorce when she’s recovering from cancer treatments in the hospital. Mitt Romney didn’t see what the big deal is–you can have more than one wife, right?

Also, they battle Hitler
In a story that can only end well, scientists in New York made “supersoldier” ants. I’m not really sure why this was so important to do, but now there are ants with really large heads. Their heads are so large that they are able to block the entrances to their nest when it comes under attack. Also, they do this really cool shield-throwing trick.

Equal time rule
A year away from inauguration day, and President Barack Obama was out on the campaign trail. He was raising funds, and he’d do just about anything for your money. At The Apollo, he noted that Rev. Al Green was in the audience, and did his own version of “Let’s Stay Together,” well a few bars of it, anyway. And he’s got the chops for it, too. The American public got to hear his pipes more along the campaign trail when he sang “Red Solo Cup” in Missouri. Continue reading You Missed It: End of 2012 edition

MasterChugs Theater: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

I’m a big comic book movie fan. Hell, I’m a comic book fan. I’ll readily admit that I’m a sucker for the character that does good acts just because (as an only child for a fairly long time, and with no children living near me, and going to school that was in another town, comics were one of many forms of media that helped shape my childhood).

To tell the truth, though, I almost thought I was comic-book-superhero-movie’d out. I thought the genre had hit a wall. I thought the spandex onslaught that has been distinguished by Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men flicks had of late filled that particular cup to overflowing with sputtering also-rans. It doesn’t help that the most recent one, Green Lantern, really stunk.

Apparently not.

There’s nothing like crisp movie making execution — a spirited mix of action, sci-fi fantasy, humor, nostalgia, and romance — to blast through one’s enough-already reservations and been-there-done-that fatigue. That’s exactly what Captain America: The First Avenger does. Continue reading MasterChugs Theater: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

MasterChugs Theater: ‘Iron Man 2’

For those with Netflix (and if you don’t have it, then shame on you, and shame on me for my completely unsolicited plug), Iron Man 2 will soon be available to watch streaming. This is something to keep in mind, as there are worst ways to kill time. But should you put at the top of your queue, or should you just meander around to it? Hit the jump button to find out. Continue reading MasterChugs Theater: ‘Iron Man 2’

A banner day for manipulated genetics

Science has finally given us the greatest gift of all: destruction!

Harvard University medical researchers managed to engineer a biological cell that can produce a laser beam. This was all done through an experiment that allowed human kidney cells to produce that which lets jellyfish go all glowy in the dark, green fluorescent proteins (or GFP, as we’ll now call it). From there, one of the cells was placed between two mirrors. When light was sent through the cell Frankenstein monster, a laser was born! Talk about shooting from the hip (because the kidneys are located close-ish around the hip, and the kidney monster shot a laser and … shut up).

Soon, we shall all be Arthur Parks, or at the very least, Scott Summers.

MasterChugs Theater: ‘Thor’

Verily! Thor doth cometh to smite thee! Okay, so the Thor in Kenneth Branagh’s big-screen version of the Marvel Comics character doesn’t actually talk like a reject from a Renaissance Fair, which is a shame, as that might have been hilarious. Instead, Thor and his buddies, including the Warriors Three (or, er, Four) talk pretty much like you and I, except with a little more English. Literally. That is not a bad thing. Continue reading MasterChugs Theater: ‘Thor’

You know what they say about a Bigfoot?

They’re probably a hairy trespasser.

Well, okay, that’s probably more what you say if Tim Peeler of North Carolina. According to Peeler, he heard grunting and screeching sounds from outside his house. This presumably alarmed him since he was not a part of said noises. What did he discover?

“The thing was 10 feet tall with beautiful hair, yellowish hair, and a yellow beard,” the mountain man recalled.

Logically, this can mean a few things: Peeler has a strong taste for the shine of the moon, Bigfoot has been getting kissed by the sun more than anyone ever expected or he stumbled across Thor. Probably not the Thor of legend, but more the Thor of Marvel comics. We can only hope that the lightning was not called down upon Peeler.