Tag Archives: Captain America

Bucky (and Everybody) with the Good Hair: Captain America: Civil War, reviewed.

For NPR: The 13th Marvel movie/third Captain America movie/third Avengers movie/fourth Iron Man movie/exciting Spider-Man & Black Panther teaser trailer is as good as you’ve heard. The first reviews went up after this screened a month ago (not in DC, for some reason), so all I could do was try to write the Blade II of Marvel movie reviews. Continue reading

Please Hammer Girl Don’t Hurt ‘Em: The Raid 2 and the Flat Circle of Cinema Violence

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The same weekend I saw both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Raid 2 — prompting this piece for NPR Monkey See — my pal Glen Weldon showed me the mostly-animated G.I. Joe episode of Community. The show got a lot of mileage out of the fact that nobody ever got killed in that war cartoon, wherein an elite American military unit fought a uniformed army of terrorists to a stalemate every 21 minutes using ray guns.  Continue reading

Biczar Love Triangle: Weaving & Blanchett Accent the Loopy Tragedy of Sydney Theatre’s Uncle Vanya

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in the Syndey Theatre's UNCLE VANYA

Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull

Or you could go with the one my editor preferred, Tsar-Crossed Lovers. You tell me which one’s funnier.

In any case: The Sydney Theatre Company‘s star-stuffed 2010 adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, reviewed for the Washington City Paper.

All Up in Your Earbuds: I’m on Filmspotting this week!

"I hear you guys are having a little debt ceiling problem. Don't MAKE me hurl this shield. It's vibranium. Harder than unobtanium."

Well now! This doesn’t happen to me every week.

Filmspotting is a weekly podcast offering substantive, informed discussion of current and vintage cinema, produced out of Chicago — specifically, out of the WBEZ studios on Navy Pier where This American Life, one of my other must-listen podcasts, used to operate before they packed off to New York City. Of the four podcasts I consider to be appointment listening each week (the appointment is usually with my running shoes), it’s probably my favorite.

So naturally I was over the moon when Adam Kempenaar, the show’s sleep-abjuring founding co-host, invited me to call in to discuss CAPTAIN AMERICA. I expect he only did this to placate me for not winning the Wrath of Kahn edition of Massacre Theatre a couple of weeks ago. Which was wise of him, because as David O. Selznick once observed, revenge is a dish best served cold. And it is very cold in Chicago. Except for the last couple of months. Continue reading