Avengers Endgame–Ideas, Observations, Miscellany, and one more Big One

I’ve already written a lengthy, rambling review of this movie, the 22nd in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the 1st ever movie to conclude such a massive multiple movie, multiple franchise theatrical epic.

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(Alternate) Box Office Blockbuster Tourney: Even-Numbered Years Conference, Round One

So as explained previously, we are again playing a seeded tournament-style elimination game amongst each of the US domestic box office champion movies from the last 32 years, but this time with all-female judges.  Seeding was done via Rotten Tomatoes scores, with ties broken with Metacritic scores.  Three of our five judges will vote on each match-up of two films, with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser skulking off into obscurity, until we have our overall Champion!

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Box Office Blockbuster Tourney: Round Three

So as explained before, we are playing a seeded tournament-style elimination game amongst each of the US domestic box office champion movies from the last 32 years.  Seeding was done via Rotten Tomatoes scores, with ties broken with Metacritic scores.  Three of our six judges will vote on each match-up of two films, with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser skulking off into obscurity, until we have our overall Champion!

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Looking Back at Being 47

Today is the end of me being 47 years old.  I’ve been writing all year in one way or the other about how 47 is my favorite number, and now we’re here at the end of the year and all I can wonder is, did I actually do justice to this iconic moment in my life?  After all, I don’t get to go back and do it again.

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Can I, indeed, think of 47 things I did or experienced this year that made the year notable or cool?

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Captain America: Civil War (or really, “Marvel Super-Heroes, Part 13”)

So, if it wasn’t clear already, the Marvel Studios is now officially really confident in their “shared universe” approach to their superhero movies. I mean, we’ve known that’s what they are doing from nearly the beginning, and we’ve been excited about it ever since Robert Downey jr. showed up in the post-credit scene of The Incredible HulkAvengers was built in many ways on the goodwill and anticipation that was built up by the various hero’s prior appearances in their solo films.  And we fans have come to expect the gratuitous cameo appearances, like Chris Evans showing up Thor:  The Dark World or Anthony Mackie’s Falcon getting a big scene in Ant-Man.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

I was a bit worried going into Age of UltronThe Avengers, it’s predecessor, was of course great and all the trailers for this film looked like similar fun.  But we’ve all been burned by trailers before.  For me, the biggest recent disappointment was Man of Steel — what if this turned out to be like that?  What if this turned out to be a big, overblown, overhyped, bag of hyperkinetic  hot air with a confused structure, dopey characterization, and a lame-brain plot?  What if it, you know, was terrible?

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