Greetings friends and welcome back to Eye Bleed Ink. I know that things here have fallen COMPLETELY off the map in the past few months which from the posts I’ve been making I think you can all understand as to why. Fear not, I am still here and planning to get back to work soon. My new job has been keeping me busy but they’ve also been keeping me very happy as well, and all I can say to that end is that I think I have finally found home in my work life.

My other job as an IT admin for Occupy Nashville and the Occupy Wall Street movement has taken up all of my free time and beyond, and it doesn’t look to slow up any time soon. For those of you who still don’t know anything about Occupy Nashville or the Occupy Wall Street movement I strongly urge you to visit our sites and learn about what is going on and the changes we are trying to implement. Everyone, not just Americans, should be deeply concerned with the state of the global economy just to name one of the many problems we are facing. Please visit, read, and educate yourself.

Now, onto the stuff you come here for. COMIC BOOK STUFF!!!  😀

As stated above my free time has been nil so trying to keep up with the comic world has been difficult to say the least. What I have had time for in recent weeks was to finally watch 3 films which I had been highly anticipating, and which most of you out there have probably already watched half a dozen times or more by now, but I’m going to review them anyway. First up…

Captain America: The First Avenger

I have to admit this one had me worried, not only because of the “original” Hollywood flop but also because Cap has never been done justice outside of the print world. Another issue that had me concerned was about who was playing the role of Steve Rogers which turned out to be Chris Evans of Fantastic Four fame. With the addition of him into a second Marvel role I began to worry that Marvel and Hollywood were starting to lose touch. We already had Rebecca Romijn jumping from her role as Mystique from the X-Men to the love interest in The Punisher with Tom Jane which opened to widely mixed reviews. I’ll not even go into my views on Spider-Man 3.

But much to my surprise I was taken aback and very pleased to see how much they did to keep the story and the nostalgia of the era intact. Captain America has never been one of my favorite super heroes but over the years I have gained more interest and respect in the character especially with concerns to The Avengers whose other members I have followed since my childhood. The all star cast of this movie certainly ups the anti and strong character presences really make this movie work and the special effects (as nice as they are) play 2nd fiddle in my opinion. Both Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Philips and Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull both deliver spot on performances and Evans delivers the perfect embodiment of Steve Rogers both before his transformation and certainly after as well.

All in all this movie gets two thumbs up from me and I would recommend it for anyone who is just getting into comic books and wants to spring board into the back stories and lore of the characters.

 

 

X-Men: First Class

It’s no secret that the X-Men are one of my all time top five favorite Marvell titles and I stayed in a state of perpetual nerdgasm as soon as this movie was announced. This is one of those movies that only got me more excited with each announcement and bit of info that was leaked as to cast and plot, though all of that did nothing to prepare me for just how great this movie turned out to be.

Though I dare say this is not the official story of the beginning of the X-Men it pulls from many of the most popular of the X-Men time lines and meshes them beautifully together to create the quintessential story that ties all of the titles and stories together to set things off in the right chronological direction. What was drastically refreshing was to see the writers take this Marvel time line and overlay it into our own historical events, in this case the Cuban Missile Crisis, which makes the story a bit easier to digest for new comers to the franchise.

Another refreshing site in this movie was the return of Kevin Bacon to the silver screen playing Sebastian Shaw, leader of the Hellfire Club, who gives a great performance from start to finish. As well the insight into how Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto) become friends and later end up on opposite sides of the fence certainly gives the movie a lot of weight as does the relationship of Raven Darkholme (Mystique) to Professor X and the transformation of Hank McCoy into full Beast form which stems from “cure” research that is performed later in the franchise. All in all, much like Captain America, this movie is perfect for the hardcore geek and the new comers alike. Another two thumbs up from me, and I’d give it more if I had the extra thumbs.

 

 

Cowboys & Aliens

Now this movie came completely out of left field for me. I had heard all of the geek-buzz surrounding this film but I had little to no background on it other than Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and the gorgeous Olivia Wilde were part of it. Of course the fact that Jon Favreau was directing helped sway me to give the movie a shot as well.

Well, I gave the movie a shot and I have to say I’m on the fence about it. The acting is fine, the special effects are fine, the story is fine, but for some reason it lacks somewhere that I haven’t been able to pinpoint yet and it will probably take me watching it about 3-4 more times before I figure out what it is that bugs me about this movie. For a bang-bang shoot-em-up action flick it does well and it’s entertaining enough that you can watch it from start to finish without getting bored but it’s certainly not a movie that I would tout as a blockbuster nor likely to generate a sequel.

I’m giving this movie one thumbs up as it is more of a “lazy Sunday” type of flick. It’s the type of movie if you’re flipping channels and see that it’s on you’re likely to jump into it where ever it is in the movie to watch it knowing you haven’t missed much by way of plot or storyline.

 

 

So, that’s all I’ve got for now because that’s all I’ve had time for though I hope things start to balance out a little more allowing me to get back to doing artwork and certainly reviewing more geek media as it comes out or as I’m able to get my hands on it. As always Stay Tooned and I will update again as soon as humanly possible!

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