Guardians of the Galaxy

Avengers: Infinity War

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2018

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  • Title: Avengers: Infinity War
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Avengers: Infinity War movie review2012’s The Avengers brought together all the elements from the planned Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was a payoff movie, and one that was executed brilliantly by Joss Whedon. It also gave us the first on-screen appearance of Thanos (now played by Josh Brolin) whose foreshadowed war on the universe would be put on hold for several years. Until now. Since The Avengers, too many of the Marvel movies have been forced into world building while telling their story. For the first time in years, there is no horizon which frees sreenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors the Russo Brothers to simply tie the elements together as Whedon did six years ago and tell one hell of a story. And you know what? They do a damn good job.

With some notable exceptions (Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, and Marvel is still completely ignoring their television properties) everyone is on hand to deal with the threat of Thanos who finally gets around to collecting the Infinity Stones which will allow him to complete his life-long quest of killing off half the lives across the universe with the snap of his fingers.

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  • Title: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Back in Black TV review

“Back in Black” is notable for introducing Sam Alexander (Logan Miller) to the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Reprising the Nova helmet seen in earlier episodes (which turns out to have belonged to Sam’s father), the Guardians go in search of the missing weapon only to discover the young teen has become Earth’s new Nova. The first-half of the episode is pretty straightforward as the heroes clash before the Guardians attempt to both train and dissuade Sam from life as a cosmic super-hero. The former is more successful than the later.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Mantis Pop! Vinyl Figure

This Mantis Pop! Vinyl Figure can be yours for the low, low price of $11.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

by Alan Rapp on May 5, 2017

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  • Title: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie reviewLess ambitious than the original film, the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy attempts to focus a bit more on relationships and family while, of course, still leaving plenty of time for hijinks and misadventure. As he proved in Guardians of the Galaxy, writer/director James Gunn is right at home with the later, but if the sequel has a major weakness it’s that more subtle emotion isn’t his forte.

Not to take anything away from the sequel which proves to be an enjoyable summer romp, but Gunn struggles mightily during emotional beats which are hamfistedly repeated, underlined, bolded, recalled, and given at least three exclamation marks. While this works for the bawdier humor, exploring the relationships between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) or Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and relationships to both his long-lost father (Kurt Russell) and his surrogate father Yondu (Michael Rooker) in repetitive exposition leads to some awkward scenes that drag on far too long. And, because there’s not much to the script other than a focus on these relationships, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed in Vol. 2.

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  • Title: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
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Guardians of the Galaxy - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun TV review

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is a pretty straightforward and forgettable episode as the Guardians are hired by the Grand Commissioner of Rigel (Trevor Devall) to deliver his spoiled daughter, the Princess Tana Nile (Jessica DiCicco), home before her birthday to attend her coming of age ceremony. Keeping the emotionally-unstable telekenetic under control turns out to be a tall order for the Guardians, although Drax (David Sobolov) does take a shine to the independent young woman who reminds him of his own daughter. The story has a late twist leading the team to decide between the girl or the money, but is only really memorable (if at all) for the scenes between Drax and Tana.

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