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MCU Movie Reviews | The Avengers (2012)

We come to it at last: the movie that the then-recently-formed Marvel Studios predicated its entire strategy upon. As with all big payoffs, the initiative for bringing The Avengers to cinematic life c...[Read More]

captain america: the first avenger title card 8.5 Great

MCU Movie Reviews | Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger might mark the beginning of Captain America within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this origin story film actually marks the end of an era in a couple of ways. Fi...[Read More]

thor title card 7 Good

MCU Movie Reviews | Thor (2011)

In Iron Man 2‘s post-credits scene, we are treated to a brief snippet from Thor that shows S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) investigating an impact crater in the desert where Tho...[Read More]

iron man 2 title card 6 Fair

MCU Movie Reviews | Iron Man 2 (2010)

Two movies came to mind when I just watched Iron Man 2 again for the first time since the night it hit theaters on May 7, 2010: 2008‘s The Dark Knight and 2007’s Spider-Man 3. Plot-wise, t...[Read More]

the incredible hulk title card 6.5 Fair

MCU Movie Reviews | The Incredible Hulk (2008)

While I was there to see Iron Man on opening day on May 2, 2008, I was decidedly not there to watch The Incredible Hulk on the day it opened six weeks later on June 13, 2008. In retrospect, I have to ...[Read More]

iron man title card 8 Great

MCU Movie Reviews | Iron Man (2008)

I saw Iron Man in theaters on opening day back on May 2, 2008. Though the film industry had long since been propped up by tentpole blockbusters, at the time I never could have predicted what the futur...[Read More]

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Favorite Movies | Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar is director Christopher Nolan‘s most polarizing film, but there is little debate that it’s his most ambitious. Indeed, by the end of the film’s nearly three-hour run tim...[Read More]

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Between the World and Me (2015)

The three topics you are not supposed to discuss when engaging in small talk are politics, religion, and sex. I find it strange that race is not considered a fourth, though upon further reflection the...[Read More]

Apocalypse Now

Favorite Movies | Apocalypse Now (1979)

Over the years many, including the late Roger Ebert, have labeled Apocalypse Now as the greatest of all war films, and among the greatest works of cinema. In the most recent Sight & Sound Critics ...[Read More]

These People 7.5 Good

Album Reviews | Richard Ashcroft – These People (2016)

A welcome return from the British abyss, These People finds Richard Ashcroft in the best form he has been in for quite some time, and while the album may not win over any new converts -- it evokes the...[Read More]

In Defense of a Liberal Education

Fareed Zakaria – In Defense of a Liberal Education (2015)

I regularly watch Fareed Zakaria‘s weekly current/foreign affairs program Fareed Zakaria GPS every Sunday morning on CNN, and I always find him (and the guests he has on the program) to be start...[Read More]

A Head Full of Dreams 8 Great

Album Reviews | Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams (2015)

Chris Martin‘s divorce — er, “conscious uncoupling” — with Gwyneth Paltrow appears to have made Coldplay more productive. Ever since the band’s international stardo...[Read More]

25 7 Good

Album Reviews | Adele – 25 (2015)

For years in the music industry, artists either were stars or were just making a living in search of stardom. (Or failing entirely.) Tuesdays, in the music industry of old, were home to big releases b...[Read More]

Mr. Misunderstood 9 Amazing

Album Reviews | Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood (2015)

The chances of me eventually becoming a country music expert are certainly slim to none, but I am enjoying becoming acquainted with some of the best of what the genre’s contemporary artists have...[Read More]

Adrenalin Baby: Johnny Marr Live 9 Amazing

Album Reviews | Johnny Marr – Adrenalin Baby: Johnny Marr Live (2015)

I haven’t reviewed any live albums since I began reviewing albums in 2013, so I figured Adrenalin Baby: Johnny Marr Live is as good a place as any to start. And it’s not because this is an...[Read More]

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