No Loss of Power Here

Links that have nothing to do with power outages. OK, that will be the last “Super Bowl power outage” joke. I think. I’ll let the pros handle that.

a perfect plan

Marvel might be the smartest movie makers of my lifetime. How did they screw up their comic book movies for so long, but then turn into brilliant geniuses all of a sudden? Anyway, if the latest report on Avengers 2-Hulk movie-Avengers 3 is true, then I love, love, love it. I couldn’t imagine it going any better than that, with the Hulk getting kicked off the planet at the end of A2, then getting a standalone movie and then returning to earth to take on the Avengers in A3. This is exactly why Marvel/Disney is so far ahead of DC/Warner Brothers. They’ve got this whole thing laid out for years ahead, while DC is still trying to figure out what to do with Justice League, is praying Man of Steel doesn’t bomb and trying to figure out what to do with Batman now. They probably have a road map of how they want to do it, but seemingly no direction in how to get to the end game. Marvel gives off the feel of a company that has everyone on board with everything the studio is doing, and they’re running like a well-oiled machine.

Speaking of Marvel, no new clues really after the Iron Man 3 Super Bowl trailer last night. Tony’s house gets blown to smithereens, Mandarin looks like he’s behind it, Tony still feels bad about pretty much destroying New York City. We got that look at Iron Man trying to save the people who fell out of an exploding plane, but that’s pretty much it. Looks like we’ll have to wait for a new trailer (attached to Die Hard 5, perhaps?) to get any more clues. I do like the story arcs it looks like we’ll be getting though.

The rest of the Super Bowl trailers were pretty pedestrian. Since the Iron Man 3 look was pretty pedestrian too, that means everything was pretty pedestrian. Blah.

i don't get it.

Maybe Marvel isn’t that smart after all, casting Emily VanCamp as the female lead in Captain America 2. She’s never done anything for me, and I usually think she brings her scenes down. Plus, she’s not terribly attractive, so I’ve always wondered what the appeal was. When she got her own show I remember thinking, “Does this mean people actually like her?” Now that she’s nailed down the Captain America part, all I’m thinking of is, “Is she dating the head of a studio?” I guess she’s just going to be someone I’ll never understand. Seeing as I’ve already promised my daughter I’d take her to see it because she for some reason loves The Winter Soldier more than Captain America, I’m going to be stuck in that VanCamp trap for two hours. Well played, Marvel.

Beyonce is a take-her-or-leave-her kind of thing for me, but I just don’t understand where the criticism is coming for the halftime show last night. Sure, with my Beyonce-obsessed wife next to me giggling and smiling from ear to ear, it made it easier to watch, but she freakin’ nailed it. I can’t even imagine how long it took to perfect that 20-minute show, but we’re talking about months, easy.And if there was a nip-slip, then it only adds to the allure. Not surprisingly, she announced a world tour this morning.

I’m not even going to bother reviewing the 30 Rock finale because I barely remember it. How’s that for a one-word review: “Nondescript.” I didn’t see it after it aired on Thursday and didn’t have a chance to watch it until Friday night, which gave me all day to see the Internet headlines about how great it was. Which sent hipsters into a tizzy talking about how great and unappreciated the show was. But it hasn’t been great for a couple years, and the finale tried to crowbar in gags left and right that had no business being in the finale. I think I laughed once for the whole hour, and I’m fairly certain it was more of a chuckle than a full-blown laugh. The people who said they cried at the end were even funnier. I felt absolutely nothing, and I’ve teared up at finales I’ve barely watched. I’ve seen every episode of 30 Rock, and I felt nothing.

yup. i had this card.

Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, OH MY GOD!!! I usually joke around about the level of concerts we get around here, with good reason. But then today I stumbled upon what might be the greatest concert to ever come to the Poconos. And if you think I’m kidding, you’re crazy. Looks like you can’t buy tickets, that BBD is for people who are staying at Cove Haven only. So now I have to figure out how to sneak in. It might be a little hard since I’ll somewhat inebriated from my in-laws’ St. Patrick’s Day party that day. Or maybe that will make me more likely to get in, I’m not quite sure how that would work. What do you think the chances are that they don’t play Poison? It’s gotta be a trillion to one or so, right? No chance in the world? By the way, I did Poison at karaoke a couple weeks ago.

IMAX should have been doing things like this long ago, working out deals to release high-end blockbusters a couple days early to spark some interest. Normally, this would have really made theater owners nuts because it would be funneling all the business to certain theaters. But now that there are a whole bunch of theaters with the IMAX format, it’s not as big a deal. Although is the deal for IMAX-brand theaters exclusively? Will Cinemark’s XD format be included?

More confusion for X-Men: Days of Future Past. I’m prepared for the inevitability of my head spinning when I walk out of that movie.

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