NerDFW Podcast Episode #14

You know, I never would have thought that I'd have the opportunity to say this again so soon, but the NerDFW Podcast is back!

Just kind of came out of nowhere, one month we're talking about wanting it back, then boom, Jason and I are sitting down recording. Moreover, we've got plans to sit down again next month or the month after, whatever works out better content-wise. But yes, we are back, and we're gonna keep things moving.
Without further adue...

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The boys are back in town. I mean, they never left...but they are back for this long awaited Episode 14 of the NerDFW Podcast. This time they will spoil everything, from Thor: Ragnarok, Stranger Things, and the futures of Marvel, 21st Century Fox, Pacific Rim, and the Nintendo.

Again, the is SPOILER HEAVY, so listen if you dare...but it's damn good to be back.

Find Episode 14 here at our NerDFW Podcast Feedburner.
You can also find Episode 14 of the NerDFW Podcast on iTunes.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.


Reviews: Warcraft, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Now You See Me 2

On the podcast, it was always hard talking about new movies, because we were always having to tiptoe around spoilers. Of all the horrible things that can come from the internet, and I've talked about playing a few games of "just the tip" with the deep web, nothing rates quite as high on the hate list as spoilers...or at least the people doing the spoiling with little to no warning. It's hard not to be that guy. A few minutes is hardly a lot of advanced notice to give, and we can't exactly tell you where to resume listening if you want to skip ahead.

Audio is tricky. Text is easy. All you have to do is go big and bold, and maybe say something like


...and everyone easily gets the point.

Right? Does everyone get the point? Thought without further ado, on with the show!

Warcraft: The Beginning

I'm going to preface this by saying that I have a strong bias; I've never played Warcraft or World of Warcraft. I had no idea going into this movie who any of the notable characters are in the series, what the idealogies are, or what any of the big caveats are of the games. It was clear that some knowledge of the universe in which this exists was a prerequisite to seeing this. Lothar...Durotan...Khadgar...Gul'dan... ...I spent the whole movie getting these characters confused, as character development seems to have been left largely in the hands of the game makers, who were far removed from the production of the film it seems.

As much as I can gather, this movie is the preface for where the original Warcraft game picks up. Before there was the war between the Alliance and the Horde, there was the Gate, bridging the two worlds of Draenor and Azeroth, fueled by a dark magic called Fel. The Orcs face extinction, as their home world of Draenor slowly dies, and the races of Azeroth now face the wrath of the Orc Horde as they try to claim a new home using the only form of negotiation they know...War.

This is as much as I've managed to gather about the lore of Warcraft from the film, and...I'm going to go ahead and throw this out there...I didn't like it. But, my reasons are obvious, so let's see if I can be objective about this.

My gripe primarily was with the lack of developing the characters, and establishing lore. This was definitely intended as a movie for existing fans of the Warcraft franchise, that already are firmly rooted in its adage and legend.
This movie wasn't made to bring in a larger fanbase, it was more made to cater to its already established fanbase, in my opinion anyways. And while I'm sure this will make some new fans of the franchise, this is a fan service movie.

The special effects were actually very good. I mean, this is CG dominated movie, so it kind of has to be. I think computer graphics haven't gotten to the point now though that that shouldn't even need to be a call out, but it's still something that means a lot to me. It's attention to detail.

The story, once you can finally get your head around it if you're uninitiated to the tribe, is pretty solid. A tale of multiple betrayals, the fall of a hero, the rise of a villain, and the genesis of a franchise.

The action is decent; magic and swordplay throughout. The biggest sets of armor I have ever seen, huge weapons, and large colorful spells. It's good.

The acting felt a little forced. The guy that played Lothar especially; he was all over the place with rage, macheesmo, and disdain. He couldn't find a tone that suited the character, so role had kind of a bipolar feel to it. And Medivh...could we please find a deific character type that has more ab and less flab? Also, someone that didn't look like they just did a line of coke in the green room. Not making accusations, just stating an opinion.

There was one saving grace on the acting/casting side...

Paula Patton is just...she's a lot of yes. Okay, her performance was a bit flat, but I believed more in her character than Lothar.

So, in summary...lacking in a broad audience appeal, and the acting/casting felt hollow, but the story and the visuals held it up quite a bit.

Warcraft: The Beginning
3 out of 5 stars

X-Men: Apocalypse

This is the third installment since they more or less rebooted the franchise with X-Men: First Class. Never mind that Days of Future Past went about crossing two alternate timelines with two sets of actors, and one of the most convoluted plot lines I've seen yet, I'm still counting it as a prequel movie.

Anyways, without giving away much more than what the TV ads did, One of the first of mutants, that lived back in the time of pharaoh era Egypt has been awoken...and he is pissed. En Sabah Nur is the name of this big baddie, reawakened back in the 80s(approximately 10 years past the events that changed the future in Days of Future Past)...and he is looking to rid the world of its'...weaknesses. Where his resistance was minimal in the past, he now has the X-Men to contend with.

We see the reintroduction this time of some of the X-Men staple characters; Scott Summers(Cyclops), Ororo Munroe(Storm), Jean Grey, and even Jubilee finally gets some face time. The only other character that is new to the silver screen is Psylocke(Ok, yes. She was in Last Stand, but I don't think she even had a speaking role, let alone screen time totalling more that 5 minutes, so :p ). Olivia Munn has been a long time favorite for me, so seeing her get the chance to suit up and be a badass is I feel a long time coming for me.

Now, the complaints I hear most about this movie are that En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse is not how he should be. Early renderings released to the public had him looking a lot like Ivan Ooze from the original Power Rangers movie.

They ended up making him a bit darker and a bit more ominous, but the theater version really wasn't all that different.

So yea, many didn't feel like Apocalypse lived up to looking like the badass that he was in the comics. Don't let that fool you though, he is still one of the most powerful mutants I have seen displayed in the movies, and I don't even know what the extent of his powers are.

Ok, brass tax. The action is the most intense I've see in any X-Men movie, and I'm including the first three with Patrick Stewart as the Professor and Ian McKellen as Magneto. The whole world is thrown into chaos. Everyone that can fight makes it out to the battlefield in this one, Charles even goes up against Apocalypse, one-on-one. Top marks as far as I'm concerned.

The casting was also great for me. Regardless of what you think about the visual look of Apocalypse, Oscar Isaac played that role like a fiddle. I've already expressed my approval of the "rebooted" cast of regulars, and they did not disappoint at all. McAvoy I think, is becoming the definitive Charles...I think he's at Patrick Stewart's level. And I mean no offense to Ian McKellan, none whatsoever, but I think that Michael Fassbender brings so much more intensity to the role of Magneto.

Don't even get me started with Mystique. I think you all know that I've got a thing for Jennifer Lawrence.

Just...yes. I mean...hngh. The thirst is strong.

The new guys killed it too. Scott Summers and Jean Grey felt as young as they ought to, and seeing them at that point when their powers were still out of control was really cool.

This is X-Men, so mentioning the graphics is kind of a moot point...of course they're spectacular.

The story is, well, same thing, different spin. It's up to them to save the world. It's not from a super mutant trying to start World War 3, or from there own pasts this time...but from a super mutant from the past that wants to bring about the apocalypse. Original concepts. 

All things considered, I thought this was a good summer movie. It's not going to win an oscar anytime soon, but it was a good couple of hours worth of eye candy.

X-Men: Apocalypse
3.5 out of 5 stars

Now You See Me 2

Right off the bat, this is going to be a hard sell. The obvious assumption going into this movie is that it is a film about magic. Going into this expecting what you got out of The Illusionist or The Prestige...will leave you very disappointed. The same can be said about the first one. Everyone said about the first movie that, if you instead went into it expecting more of a heist movie, that you would feel a lot better walking out that you got your monies worth.

::Sidebar:: Is that a real word, monies? Or is that something that greasy gangsters made up? Like irregardless. It doesn't feel real. ::/Sidebar::

So, the expectation might be then, that with the second movie here with the same thought that it might be a heist move...that our expectations might be much better managed.
Well, maybe...and maybe not. Is there magic...yes. Is there a heist...yes. You'd still be missing quite a bit, but I'm not about spoilers here, so there's not much more to say. I guess what I can say is that there are aspects of revenge, and secret societies at play here, and you're getting pretty close to the whole picture.

Meat and taters. A lot of what makes up the "4 Horsemen's" arsenal of magical tricks is misdirection and slight of hand. So, this is not largely an effects driven movie. Given that, what is used feels very situationally appropriate, and not blown out and overly flashy.

The casting/acting is a bit anomalous for me. I feel like most of these actors are typecast into certain situations.

Jessie Eisenberg: A pretentious know it all, and usually someone I quite dislike.
Dave Franco: A brainless, frat boy like partier.
Woody Harrelson: Adorexic, aloof, uncaring, and often time stoned.
Isla Fisher: Bubble headed, sex driven, and naive.

Well this time Jessie Eisenberg does end up in this same type of roll, but not in a capacity that makes me dislike him...Franco actually has some wit and charm in his character...Harrelson seems caring, concerned, and motivated...and Isla Fisher...has been replaced. Filling her perky, plucky, and titular role this time is Lizzy Caplan. I'll go ahead and say it...I usually am a sucker for redheads, but I didn't miss Isla Fisher with Caplan in her place. She added a zany and scatter-brained charm that was missing from Fisher's role in the first film, and I appreciated the inclusion.

Daniel Radcliffe was also given a role as a motivating factor for our Horsemen, and I've got to say...what the fuck is going on with Daniel Radcliffe?

It seems like all the other kids from Harry Potter grew up to be hot and charismatic. Radcliffe though must have drawn some sort of short straw. He now looks like someone's stereotypical uncle pedorapist. He's awkward as crap in this movie.

The plot and arc are where this movie got knocked down a bit the first time around, and it certainly isn't going to get any points back this time. So...

All things considered

Now You See Me 2
3 out of 5 stars

Until next time.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

Fantasy and other Genres

I blamed the collective schedule of the group for the down of the podcast...or at least the downfall of it's regularity. That puts equal blame firmly back on my own shoulders though, as well. Where did the time go? What is it about this whole being a grown up thing that automatically means your free time is cut in half? And, can I say, I'm not entirely convinced I'm cut out for that particular job. A lot of days I find myself wanting to turn in my keys, go back to my parents house, and just play games all day.

I find myself spending a lot of time fantasizing about what I would do if I had more time. Back asswards, right? But yea, all the games I would play...all the movies I would see...all the books and scripts I would read...all the scientific research I would publish...all the lands I would conquer. My own mind can be a hell of a drug. Where was I going with this? Oh yea, a smooth transition!

It's that time of year again where E3 comes around and causes us all to fantasize about what games we want for Christmas, Festivus, Carnival, Tuesday...whatever. I've tried to do E3 on here before, but I was so long at the tooth that I might as well have been out there summarizing the whole thing. By the way, if anyone can actually hook me up with that deal, I can do things...normal people have shame.

This time, let's just stick with a few high points this time.

There was a lot that I was expecting to come up this year that evidently mum was the word for. Mainly...I was hoping to hear some kind of update on the Final Fantasy VII remake, and there wasn't even a whisper. So for what actually did show up, is it any surprise that the first thing I'm going to bring up is a Pokemon game? I'll be 70 and I'm still going to be talking about how Squirtle was the best starter.

Pokemon Sun and Moon was probably the best thing I saw this year. They've made a lot of improvements over the last couple of entries, and with this being a completely new generation we will have a ton of new Pokemon to find. Add in a new multiplayer free-for-all battle system, and this will be sure to suck up a few hours of my time.

Oddly enough, the next coolest I saw was also from the Nintendo event...the only other thing...The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

This is going to come as spectacularly unbelievable to some, but I've actually never played a Zelda game. My only real link to the Zelda franchise (link, get it? this fucking guy) is Super Smash Bros. Even I have to admit though that this game looks very cool.

Nintendo is a hard sell for me though...for the WiiU at least. The only game I really play on mine is Super Smash Bros., and I honestly can't remember the last time I played it. So, despite my interest, I may end up passing on Zelda...again.

The only other thing that really caught my fancy from the big E3 conferences was kind of out of left field for me: Ghost Recon Wildlands.

I don't think I've ever played a Ghost Recon game before. Usually I get my FPS fix with more futuristic titles like Halo and Destiny...but this game looks really good. The thing that strikes me most here is the freedom the game gives you to complete your objectives in any way possible. Stealth, high-tech, full-on force; if you can think of another way to accomplish your goal, it looks like the game will let you.

And that's it. 6 big conferences and I only pulled 3 games. It seemed like everybody was making a big push for virtual reality this year, and while a lot of the games being made for it look pretty neat...I'm just not feeling it yet.

Okay, I more thing. This past year has been a sad time with Hideo Kojima being let go from Konami, and his legacy essentially being stripped away from him. Well, the internet exploded when, during the Sony press conference, Hideo Kojima walked out on stage with a new game that he's about to begin development on. And not just that, a new game with Norman Reedus as the player character, not unlike Kojima's last iteration of Silent Hill that got the boot earlier this year. The game is called "Death Stranding", and though no real production has started on the game yet, it feels like Kojima is giving Konami a well deserved slap in the if to say, "You will not silence me!"

Speaking of Norman Reedus, it's come to my attention that Marvel has reacquired a lot more of their properties that they sold off the film and TV rights to. I'm not sure just how much Marvel has reacquired in the past few months or so, but what I am sure of is the rights to Blade and Ghost Rider.
So, why do I lead off this thought process with Norman Reedus? Well in a recent interview with Uproxx, Reedus was asked about "The Walking Dead", his new show "Ride", and what he thought about playing a different motorcycle riding badass, Ghost Rider. Reedus definitely sounded like he would be on board with playing the spirit of vengeance in a potential reboot. I don't know how you feel about the Nick Cage portrayal of Johnny Blaze, but if you think it wasn't that're wrong. It was garbage. A Norman Reedus Johnny Blaze...that could be a true badass. Let's make this happen Marvel.

Hopefully we can look forward to that. Pretty please.

I'm also looking forward to hopefully not dying this next weekend. My buddy is having his Dadchelor party...I think that's what you kids are calling it nowadays. We used to just call it a Diaper Party...bring diapers and beer, and a good time will be had. One of my friends is making jello shots, and I'm already feeling the pain. Ugh.

Everyone is having babies...

Until next time guys.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

Sword, Shield, Dagger, or Pistol

I still haven't made it out to "Earth to Echo" yet, which at this rate I may just have to wait for the DVD. Work has just been crazy and all over the place. I didn't want to talk about it last time, hoping that tensions at work would die down...tensions are still high though, and I want to talk about it. 
I'm going to be making a habit out of airing out my more casual day to day business before I get on to the point of my post. So...give me a minute here to talk about work before I explain what "Sword, Shield, Dagger, or Pistol" is all about.

So, a couple of weeks ago now, a prank was played out at my work. Not usually a big deal, we play pranks all the time, usually harmless stuff. This particular incident, not so much. I'll preface this by saying that this went down on my day off, so all the details that I'm delivering here are a second hand account. Moving on, one of our guys over in the general QC area had the cap of his water bottle glued down. Harmless enough, unless the glue wasn't given adequate time to set before...let's call my ill fated peer George...gets back to his water bottle and takes a drink...which is exactly what happened. The end result is that the super glue got George stuck to his water bottle. And, as George tried to remove himself from the water bottle, he ripped his lip (sounds worse than it is, but it still earned him a trip to Concentra). 
What would you to expect to happen after this? The bosses called a meeting for the entire department, our Service department as well. This was essentially a "sus out the culprit" meeting, as well as a "come to Jesus" session to try and get all of us to end our pranking ways. Let's flash forward to now when they have had a chance to review security footage and still not pin anybody as the culprit. Our bosses are still watching us like hawks. George is still accusing my lead of being the culprit (they have a bad history of sorts). And...we're still getting berated with accusations and false evidence. The thing is, we've narrowed down who was in there...and we're pretty sure, as gauged by their reactions to questioning, that at least two of our co-workers over in general QC know who the suspect is, if it isn't one of two of them. One of these guys needs to come forward, if not with guilt than with information, so that management can quit breathing down our necks. Ugh.


Alright, the Sword, Shield, Dagger, or Pistol...with the movie "The Purge" coming out, it kind of makes me wonder what I would do if put in that situation. If, for half a day, everything was legal and absolutely nothing was off limits, what would I do. The way I see it, we all have four options...the Sword, the Shield, the Dagger, or the Pistol. The tactic that I think most people would take as well as myself, if I'm being honest, is the Shield...

Shield.png other words, hide. Lock yourself up nice and tight. Protect your loved ones, your belongings, and your own well being. I'm think Panic Room style, even better if you could go completely panic house. Best let the rest of the world on the outside be animals and opt out of the mayhem and carnage. Another one of the options that I see a few daring individuals taking is the Sword...

...or, the hero. Yea, I see a few brave people volunteering to stay out in the fray to save whatever poor souls happen to get caught outside when the Purge commences. Selfless, a strong sense of justice, and undoubtedly physically fit. I feel like I'm a brave enough person, but not enough to run headlong into the fray on crazy person night. This is probably a few cops, soldiers, and vigilantes that want to minimize casualties of the Purge. You know...the hero. The opposite of the Shield here is the Dagger...


...the crazy person, the psychos that just want to watch the world burn. These are the people that you worry about in the Purge, the people for whom the Purge was instituted. These are the people that are out the to kill, maim, rape, and torture the innocent lives they come across. They have waited all year long to slake their bloodlust, held off all year long so that they can have one night to get everything out of their system. They want to do in one night what Jack the Ripper did over his entire hypothetical career. I'm sure if we all dig deep enough into our past, there is someone that we want to feel some kind of repentance. If given the chance, would you want to be the delivery person of said judgement? I'll admit, I have some dark thoughts at times, but thinking of guilt I'd have to live with, and what kind of person could honestly put a night of these horrors behind them like it was just another day, that's not a crew I want to associate with. There is one more type though, the Pistol...


...more of the opportunist. This is the person that wants to commit crimes of a more non-personal nature. I'm thinking like robbing a bank, or stealing cars...the crimes people commit over wealth and a lavish lifestyle. Hell, how much would I love to walk into a Dodge dealership and steal the keys to a new Challenger SRT Hellcat Edition?

(Answer: Very much do I want to steal the keys to this car. Also yes, this is shameless promotion of my baby Morgan's new little sister.)
This is the person that wants to take advantage of the situation in the most advantageous way possible. That's not saying that there is nothing to gain by staying in, watching a movie and maybe...not dying, but if you could put a little planning a forethought into your specific endeavor, you could certainly stand to improve your position quite a bit. I could see myself as this individual during the Purge, if there was something that I sincerely wanted badly enough to risk my chances of encountering the crazies out there that night.

So, what role do you think that you would fill, the Sword, the Shield, the Dagger, or the Pistol? I'd be very interested to find out what you think you would be doing the night of the Purge. Again, if I'm being honest, if the Purge was going down within like a week or much as I'd love to be able to wake up the next more with a new car in my half driveway and a few more bucks in my pocket, what I'd really be doing is finding out how to best barricade my house shut, so that none of the crazies stand a chance of getting in.
What about you? Are you feeling heroic? Are you feeling greedy? Feeling a little...crazy?

By the way, this post is in no way a promotion for the film, I never saw the first one, probably won't go and see this new one...this was just more of a mental exercise.
Also, if you caught on that the shield, sword, dagger, and pistol were all game elements, bonus points to you.

I know this has been a short one, but I think that I'm going to call it quits there. Hopefully more for you next week. Till then.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.


Destruction Porn

How's it going friends and followers? Sorry if you were looking for a post last week and I let you down. I've got no energy when I get home in the afternoon, and what energy I do have goes to the fur baby.

It's taken me a while to define my interactions with this puppy, as he is my roommate's and I'm not actually his master. But I'm all he's got for most afternoon, as my roommate gets mostly close-shifts at his job, so I have some mastership over him. This is what I've come up with...This puppy is like a Pokémon that's been traded to me from another trainer, and I don't have the badges yet to control him. And...he has really crappy attacks. Puppy, use your Leer attack on that cat...immediately hides behind me. Puppy, there's a wasp in the casa, use your Fury Swipes...plays with it, it gets away. Puppy, theres a cute girl walking the neighborhood, use your Charm attack...hey, that kinda works!

That, and the weird crap that's been going on at work...I don't really wanna get into it now, I just want to escape, into a good movie or something. Hey, this feels like a good time for a transition.

So, I've seen a couple of movies recently. Godzilla is a little old to talk about right now, but Transformers 4 is still topical, so let's render a verdict on that.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Oh...kay. So, several years after Optimus, Sentinel, and Megatron destroy Chicago in a battle over the transport of Cybertron to our planet, we find ourselves in a world where all Transformers are being hunted down and eliminated. The truces are over.
Any and all Autobots and Decepticons left have gone into hiding. I guess this was done so the could finally release Shia LaBeouf and Tyrese from their contracts with Michael Bay. Our protagonists are replaced with a garage inventor (Mark Wahlberg), his extremely hot and engineering smart daughter (Nicola Peltz), and her Aussie rally racing boyfriend (Jack Reynor). Marky Mark is supposed to be playing a died in the wool Texas boy, but he maintains his ever-present Boston accent. Wahlberg is like Sean Connery in that respect...he'll never do another accent (you remember Connery in "The Hunt for Red October"...yea, very convincing Russian submarine captain with that Scottish drawl).
I'm not going to reveal any plot points that aren't revealed in the marketing for the film, but let's talk about this movie poster that I posted above: Optimus Prime riding a huge dinosaur shaped Transformer. I thought as many of my friends did, that this was going to be an introduction of the "Beast Wars" bots back into the franchise. Nope, it's the Dinobots introduced in the original 1980's show. They were designed as primally strong but intellectually limited back in the show, but were simply described as legendary warriors in the movie. Anyways, once Optimus "tames" the Dinobots and mounts one (pictured above), I lost all sense of the semblance of plot. Actually, I felt like all plot was abandoned in the last film, "Dark of the Moon", and this is just a continuance of this...destruction porn.
Dark of the Moon made an attempt, which I felt wasn't present here. I feel like someone handed Michael Bay a script for Age of Extinction and he was just like, "Psh, nah, let's just blow 70% of the budget on explosions." The other 30%? It probably went to Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, and Stanley Tucci. Thank God for Stanley Tucci by the way...he was the only redeeming factor of this movie.
Alright...I've said my piece, and expressed my disdain for the film.
Transformers: Age of Extinction - 3 out of 10

If I could briefly continue my hatathon on Michael Bay, I saw my first theatrical trailer for the new Ninja Turtles movie while waiting for Transformers to start...

The first thing that occurs to me while watching this, is that the voice acting feels so horribly wrong, especially given what I remember from the original live action movies and the 90's cartoon. Why does Mikey sound like...well, a cholo? And the leader of the 4 brothers, what should be the voice of reason and wisdom...Leonardo...actually being voiced by Johnny Knoxville. Oh Jesus Christ. And William Fichtner as the Shredder. I'm sorry, Fichtner is a great actor, but the Shredder needs to be Japanese and have a martial arts background. Combined with Megan Fox as April, and all the weird crap adorning the turtles themselves...and how about the general monstrous look of the turtles?
[Sigh] I won't lie, I shed a few tears seeing this. I feel like it's destroying my childhood memory of the turtles.
Never forget...

Bay has his heart set on destroying my sense of nostalgia. Our only hope then may lie in the future, and this has been a pretty good summer so far for the box office. Here are the next 3 films I'm looking forward to seeing soon.

Earth to Echo - I know that A) It's only rated PG and most likely geared towards a much younger crowd...and more importantly, B) It is a Relativity Media production, and they haven't had a box office hit since...ever. Seriously, as defined by any movie that earns $100 million or more at the box office, they've never had one, never.
Still, it looks interesting. Thinking I might go and check it out this weekend.

Lucy - The smallest synopsis you could give it is...Scarlett Johansson kicks a lot of ass. Sold. The director is really good at doing the the femme fatale style too, so you know you'll be wanting it up until the second she rips your eyes out (I don't know if that actually happens, so don't take my word on it). Morgan Freeman doesn't hurt the chances of this movie destroying the box office. I'm all in.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Yea, I didn't think I'd want to see this one. I might have even wrote in my last blog how much it's going to suck. I'm coming around though, even for Rocket Raccoon. It looks like there are a lot of good personalities coming together here, including Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper)...kind of seems like Face (A-Team), just really small and furry and with a constant bad attitude. Zoë Saldana as Gamora, what an awesome choice. Marvel is just on top of it's game right now, especially with the success of Cap'n 'Murica 2. 

Alright kids, I'm gonna call it quits. I'll try and get back to you next week, but we'll see what kind of time I get. Till then amigos.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.