Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pure Beastie Boys Gold

Funky Donkey is the best track in this medley.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Review of Captain America: The First Avenger

I could probably crank out a very long essay to review Captain America's latest interpretation for the big screen, so I'll try to be brief. So you know, I watched the film 3 times within 24 hours: 7 pm on Thursday, 12 am and 10 am on Friday, opening day!

Director Joe Johnston clearly had much respect and knowledge of the source material. For example, they included the old lady secret agent that guards the front of the Antique Shop that hides the secret lab that transforms 90lb Steve Rogers into the perfect human specimen, Captain America. He was transformed with an injection of super soldier serum and vita rays, just like back in the pages of the 1940s comic book. It was those little details and nods to the 70-year legacy of comic books that really made me smile.

The creative license they took with Bucky Barnes and Howard Stark were good changes that were made for the sake of better drama and plot links to next summer's The Avengers. The love story between Cap and Peggy Carter was believable, sweet and appropriate for the 1940s. The casting of Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull was positively perfect. Tommy Lee Jones as the cranky Colonel paid off too. It was great to see the inclusion of the military Howling Commandos instead of the cheesy, way-too-comic-booky WWII Invaders characters.

Best of all was Chris Evans as 90lb Steve Rogers, not a sickly nerd, but truly a spunky, smart guy with a lot of fight in him. By the time he becomes muscle-bound Captain America, he is believable as a strategic and courageous leader. He's still the same guy, skinny Steve inside the perfect body and uniform of red, white and blue. The costume rocked and the shield in action was a dream come true to watch.

My only critiques are minor: I could've done without a couple of the one-liners, it'd be nice to have seen some more Nazis instead of hoards of Hydra goons, and the last 3 seconds of the film needed more out-of-control emotion and drama. That's it. I score it 95 out of 100 - a solid A ... A for America!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Captain America Figure

Hot sh*t, for sure. It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.

The best villain since Darth Maul - The Red Skull

Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull may steal the whole movie.

John Romita Jr. covers Cap's movie uniform

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The HEART of Steve Rogers - my inspiration

The spirit of Steve Rogers is perfectly embodied in this clip. It is this pure heart and heroism that has inspired me so many time over the years. We're one week away from the movie and I wish to salute the true hero under the mask: Steven Grant Rogers, of Brooklyn, New York.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Good things come with humility

I have a new car, my first one in 9 years. It feels great to be able to afford the model that I wanted after being in limbo with rental car (or a borrowed car) for 2 weeks.

Flashing back two weeks: the day I interviewed for a Director position at my company, a pair of aggressive buyers showed up with $9,000 in cash to buy the car I've been trying to sell via craigslist. Coincidence? I sold the car, and thought it was a good sign that change was in the air.

Then, I had to prove myself to my company again by sitting down face to face with the top executive in my department in round 2 of the selection process. That was humbling. I prepared by re-focusing my mind on wanting the job for the right reasons, not for my ego. Then came the waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting on pins and needles. Again, I turned to humility, spirituality and thanking God for the opportunities He has afforded me in life.

I was in limbo all the way around: trying to transition between an ego-centric existence to a calm and centered existence; trying to transition for an unfamiliar rental car into a car that I've been wanting for years; trying to transition from a manager into a director at my company.

The day I got the tap on the shoulder to announce my promotion at work, the universe had been dropping subtle clues that change was coming, and that it would be good change. The stars aligned and I bought my new car the next day.

The arduous homework and aggressive negotiations I'd been in at the dealerships paid off. I now had the confidence that I could afford whatever I wanted - even resisting the temptation to buy a foreign luxury car. In the end, it was humility that won out - an American-made car that would serve me well and act as a symbol of my two weeks of limbo and the lessons that I learned.

Now I have a lot of people to thank for my success, most of all: God, Family and Country.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011

3 Weeks away from ... Captain America!

Captain America frozen in ice for 70 years

Take a look, true believers:

This gives me the chills ... pun fully intended!