Captain America Civil War review (spoiler free)


I went and saw Civil War on opening night, that’s Thursday here, like I do every superhero movie. The last one being Batman V Superman. I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t hate BVS like a lot of people, and I didn’t think Civil War was on the opposite end of the spectrum like those same people seem to be saying.

The main idea behind this blockbuster is that after all of the events of the MCU thus far, the United Nations have all agreed that the Superheroes need to be put into check. Tony Stark agrees with this after he is confronted by the grieving mother of an innocent victim in the battle of Sacovia during Age of Ultron. This leads to the division of the Avengers, some siding with Cap and others siding with IronMan. Also there is some contrived shoehorning of a villainous Zemo (not Baron, we think).

So here it is, it was a good movie, it was a fun punch em’ up, battle Royale of a superhero movie. It didn’t leave me aching for more of this story. It didn’t leave me feeling overwhelmed with angst or anger or saddened.

I know they are two different beasts but let me compare it to BVS for a moment, good and bad. Where BVS failed was I didn’t know why Superman and Batman were even fighting. From a character standpoint they didn’t tell us enough to care why they were fighting. Civil War on the other hand tells us exactly why there are battle lines drawn and why both ‘generals’ of the opposing sides have their viewpoints. But where it falls short is I didn’t get the feeling that the rest of the ‘warriors’ for team Cap ever gave reasons as to why they sided with him.

Another problem I had with the movie was the oddly placed and convoluted ‘mastermind’ of Zemo. Again we are given reasons as to what this villains motivations are but what we aren’t given is a reason or a plausible way his ‘genius scheme’ could have gone off without a hitch. Like Luther in BVS, Zemo’s character isn’t much of a character and a weak point.

What did I like about it. I liked that storylines we have followed through over a dozen movies (this is number 13) have had this huge payoff. I liked that it gave us something to think about, and because we know why they are fighting it can give us something to think about. How would you side? Would you work outside the law to protect people when and how you wanted or would you be a hired soldier and only work when the UN  activates you. Basically the fight comes down to Tony can’t have the collateral damage on his conscience and Cap can’t allow the bad guys to do what they do and hurt humanity.

I did really enjoy this movie and felt that for the most part it was a really well put together film and we got to see all the Superheroes we love on the screen together again.

My ranking for this installment in the MCU -👊👊👊👊


Shane is Back in Black, Black Returns with The Nice Guys


Shane Black is back with The Nice Guys and I decided I’d do this as my first trailer review. Why now? Well I felt compelled because I write detective and P.I. fiction and one of Shane Black’s films really influenced my writing style, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite neo noir films, EVER, and I thought I’d let you guys know what I thought of The Nice Guys trailer.

First it’s classic Shane Black and if you don’t have any idea who Shane is I’m willing to bet that you know his movies. He wrote most of the Lethal Weapon movies, The Last Boy Scout with Bruce Willis and Damon Waynes, The Last Action Hero with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Long Kiss Goodnight.

This film seems to be classic buddy cop movie and that is one thing that Black does so well and this movie reminds me a lot of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, here is the hard nosed muscle played by Russell Crowe (played by Val Kilmer in KKBB), then there is the bumbling comic relief partner played by Ryan Gosling (Robert Downey Jr in KKBB), the Damsel in distress, and the odd looking mobsters. The setting is classic Black as well. The setting the gritty Underworld of L.A.

The trailer has just the right amount of Black’s humor and action to tease a great movie.

Is there something that I didn’t like? Sure I think we saw too many if the odd mobsters deaths and I hope we didn’t see too much. Now I will say that I don’t think we saw the twist that Black is known for, not the M. Knight Shyamalan twists, just that moment when the two detectives (or one, sorry I didn’t get a good vibe from Crowe’s character, he could bite it) realize they didn’t have everything figured out like they thought and after one more clue piece it all together for a twist you didn’t see coming.

Did I like the trailer? You bet your happy ass I did. I give my anticipation level for this movie 🔫🔫🔫🔫🔪 out of 🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫

My rating system:
 🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫=best ever
🔫 🔫 🔫 🔫
🔫 🔫 🔫
🔫 🔫
🔫  = should’ve watch a Young Adult Drama
🔪  = 1/2

So I’m thinking of doing more reviews for mystery, suspense, noir, and thrillers. I really enjoy the genre and love to talk about it. What do you think? Would you like to see more of this type of content?

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American Monsters and How to Destroy Them – SoundCloud

Listen to American Monsters and How to Destroy Them by The Lemme Listen Podcasts #np on #SoundCloud

An improv mock radio show in the theme of Coast to Coast A.M. American Monsters is genius. The cast of characters are hilarious from the Chief of Police who is an alcohic Narcoleptic to John Earle who runs furniture store who is maybe, probably, most likely doing something shady after hours at on his property.

The story focuses on radio “host” and crypto- zoologist searching for a monster in his hometown with a cast of hometown idiots. Andy Griffith show meets Coast to Coast AM. Check it out.