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THOR & CAPTAIN AMERICA…..an “AVENGERS” Summer!!!

Posted in Collectibles, Comics, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

The Mighty Thor

I cannot lie,  I truly am a sucker for a good blockbuster movie.  Drop that Blockbuster in the summer and you might find me first on line geeked out talking about “Avengers” history and why I cant wait for Iron Man 3 to be released. But the truth is blockbusters are blockbusters because these films do not only appeal to the nerdy gamer fanboys out there, no actually blockbusters have the broadest appeal of all movies….thats what makes em blockbusters!!

But the Summer of 2011 is shaping up to be “THE SUMMER OF THE BLOCKBUSTER” …..it seems every weekend this summer another huge movie will be released and the festivities get started on May 6 with the release of “THOR”

Now ever since the good folks at Marvel Studios started to cross promote their characters (for example) Robert Downey Jr. aka Iron Man makes a brief cameo at the end of The Incredible Hulk and then Samuel L. Jackson aka Nick Fury makes a very brief appearance at the tail end of the credits  for Iron Man 1. ….I have been waiting for this summer when THOR the God Of Thunder and The First Avenger Captain America hit the big screen!!

As one might be able to tell I am well versed in Marvel lore which maybe does make me a nerdy fanboy..but I digress.

Captain America

The point here is that Marvel has been laying the foundation for what might be the ultimate comic book blockbuster of all time ‘THE AVENGERS”.  Where the stars of Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and the forthcoming Captain America all join forces to form a super group. Considering “The Avengers” would star Robert Downey Jr. , Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo , Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans , Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner, to say that this is anything less than a massive and ambitious endeavor is the understatement of the year!

The Avengers!!

So with Iron Man and The Hulk already two films deep in their respective franchises , the summer of 2011 gives us not one but two HUGE marvel superhero films..and both are sure to be huge…I hope.

Thor gets first dibs and really is the start of the entire summer movie season with a May 6th release date. Then on July 22nd Captain America gets his shot at once again becoming America’s most beloved super soldier. But Thor and Captain America will not be the only superheroes getting some burn this summer…On June 17th Ryan Reynolds get his shot at Super Hero stardom as his becomes the Green Lantern, which although not a Marvel release (Green Lantern is from the DC Universe of Superman and Batman) will also sure to be a big one.

But THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA are the two releases I am most excited for as they will lead into Iron Man 3 and most importantly the first “AVENGERS” installment coming in summer 2012.

The Marvel Universe is simply no joke!!

The King’s Speech

Posted in Movies, The Oscars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

Every year when December rolls around and the awards show season in Hollywood kicks into high gear, I try to make sure that I see pretty much every film that might have a shot at winning the most awards… Golden Globes , SAGs, and of course Oscars.

The Kings Speech was pretty much the last film on my list and I have to say that it was a great movie, and a fascinating bit of World history that I can only imagine most people certainly know nothing about.

The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Speech Therapist Lionel Logue.

The Year is 1939 and the United Kingdom is on the brink of WAR.  the passing of King George V puts the empire in turmoil. George VI was never supposed to inherit the throne of the Worlds Greatest Empire. Rather it was his brother, King Edward VIII who took over the throne with the Kings passing.

But….King Edward VIII was forced to abdicate the throne when he revealed his desire to married a twice divorced American woman named Wallis Simpson.

King George VI

As the second son, King George VI never expected to have to perform the Royal duties that come with wearing the crown of the great British Empire, but when forced into this highest of Royal positions, King George VI was now forced to battle his biggest challenge; his debilitating stammer.

Prior to the advent of Radio, a Monarch only needed to look the part and perhaps speak only to a small circle of advisors ,  but now with the development of technology the King of the Worlds greatest Empire could now speak to his subjects across the globe via radio transmission.

King George VI enlisted the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue to overcome his terrible stammer .

The Kings Speech is the story of these two men and the amazing friendship they develop as the newly crowned king is forced to deal with his speech issues just in time to symbolically lead his empire into another World War, this time against the Nazi menace.

For what would seem to be such a huge slice of European history, the film has a wonderful small intimate feeling. The monarch (Firth) hardly seems to be regal at all, just a man with a serious speech impediment and his mentor and friend Geoffrey Rush. The character Rush plays (Logue) will not refer to the King as his Royal Highness but rather as “Bertie”  (short for Albert..his birth name)

The bond these two develop will last a lifetime and Logue would be at the side of the King for every major public and radio address during his time as king.

The historical time period when the story takes place, (The coming of World War 2, The Death of the King, The Abdication of the throne and the resulting ascension to the throne) merely serve as a backdrop to a wonderful story of an unlikely friendship that developed between a man and his speech therapist.

That man just happened to be the KING OF ENGLAND!!

Colin Firth Must Win The Best Actor Oscar for this role!!

#Summertime

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Dave Matthews Band, ESPN, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, James Patterson, MLB, MMA, Movies, Music, New York City, New York Yankees, NYC, Rappers, Sneakers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

INCEPTION

The Boss and Joe Torre

ahh Summer Time , its been a very busy summer so far and its been a minute since I have posted,  so rather than post about a single subject I am simply gonna write and see what comes out….From Capri to Inception to the loss of Steinbrenner , it really has been a crazy summer to date…In just a few short weeks , Lebron went from sports icon to total DOUCHER , I became completely obsessed with Twitter, Hip Hop came back hard with great albums from The Roots, Drake, Big Boi, Eminem and Ricky Ross , The Yankee Organization was hit hard 3 times with the losses of THE BOSS, Legendary PA announcer Bob Shepard, and former player and manager Ralph Houk , Dave Matthews crushed Citifield , Nick Swisher was on the All Star team and in the Home Run Derby , great books by James Patterson and David Bladacci were read , Brock Lesnar battled Shane Carwin and pulled off a great victory keeping his UFC heavyweight belt , .The Yankees are sitting in first place atop the AL EAST……… AND…………..I bought six pairs of dope ass kicks (shout out to the crew at WEST on 72nd Street (WESTSIIIIIIDE!!!)

Baseball Hall of Fame

This weekend I take my annual trip to Cooperstown with my dad. It is a weekend consumed with the sport of baseball and the very deep history of the game, needless to say it is a great time and also very much symbolizes the mid-point of the summer and will certainly get a full post of its own.

So that’s my very brief summer to date recap…MUCH MUCH MORE TO FOLLOW

Iron Man 2…The Summer Blockbuster Season is here.

Posted in Movies, Superhero Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Oh and AC/DC is rocking the soundtrack

Summer is Blockbuster Season, that is no secret. But with the release of IRON MAN 2 Marvel studios is putting into motion perhaps the most ambitious Super Hero franchise of all time “THE AVENGERS”

This series will encompass multiple heroes , each with their own individual platform franchises and then the super umbrella franchise being “THE AVENGERS” proper.

Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk (just for starters ) will each have their own films, and they join forces for the über blockbuster “Avengers”

Pulling this together for Marvel is no easy task and actors had to commit to participate in as many as 9 total films to gain the coveted roles that will turn the likes of CHRIS EVANS “Captain America” into household names.

Chris Evans is Captain America

But all the real action starts tonight with Iron Man 2, The brilliant billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is back and let’s be honest, by far the coolest super hero alter ego ever.

Tony Stark

And I am quite sure we will see hints of   “The Avengers”  franchise throughout “Iron Man 2”

Lets just say I know where I will be tonight.

Case of The Mondays….

Posted in Comedy, Movies, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

IF ONLY IT WAS THE SUMMER OF GEORGE

Monday + Rain  = Depression.

You dont need to be Stephen Hawking or even Eloise Hawking (shouts to my LOST Fans out there) to figure this one out, Gloom and doom. Rainy mondays often make me feel like pulling a Constanza and having Connie the carpenter carve out a little nap area complete with cup holder and alarm clock shelf, so I can catch a couple zees at the office.

Office Space really nailed this one

Waiter : “Maybe i can get you guys something to nibble on, like some PIZZA SHOOTERS, SHRIMP POPERS or EXTREME FAJITAS”

Ron Livingston : “No, Just some Coffee”

Waiter: “Sounds like a case of the Mondays”

Have a great week people!

“Step Brothers”

Posted in Comedy, Movies, YouTube Classics with tags , on April 21, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Sometimes you need a good laugh to get you through the week, “Step Brothers” always seems to do the trick!!

Shout out to my boy Nahder for interviewing in a tuxedo and getting the job!!!!!!!!!!

Oh and shout out to COOPS…just because!!!!

“Is that Pan or Pand?”

And the Nominees are….

Posted in Movies, The Oscars with tags , on February 2, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

82nd Annual Academy Award Nominations : The Full list of Nominees

The Oscar Nominees are in, and this year I myself am particularly excited because I spent much of the last year hitting up the movies and seeing almost everything that is nominated. I see Avatar winning best Picture, but it was great to see both District 9 and the Blind Side nominated, both excellent films which deserve to be recognized. Below is a list of the key Awards.

Best Picture
“Avatar”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9″
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”
“Up in the Air”

Best Direction
“Avatar” — James Cameron
“The Hurt Locker” — Kathryn Bigelow
“Inglourious Basterds” — Quentin Tarantino
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” — Lee Daniels
“Up in the Air” — Jason Reitman

Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon in “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

“Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” narrowly led the Oscar nominees, with nine nominations each, including best picture and best director, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scattered its honors among an unusually wide field of contenders on Tuesday.