Friday, April 26, 2019

#MCUAlumniMovieWatch Update #4

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Well here we are. Avengers Endgame opens wide today (I'm seeing it tonight!). Due do some hiccups I wasn't able to watch as much as I would have liked in the past few weeks. But let's see how I did in the home stretch. Again in no particular order:

*all images from IMDB

Us-MCU Alumni: Tim Heidecker, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o

Blade Runner 2049-MCU Almuni: Dave Bautista, Edward James Olmos

Ingrid Goes West-MCU Alumni: Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Olsen

Nina-MCU Alumni: Zoe Saldana

Pilgrimage-MCU Alumni: Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage

Shazam!-MCU Alumni: Zachary Levi, Djmon Hounsou

The Fast and the Furious-MCU Alumni: Vin Diesel

Jumaji Welcome to the Jungle-MCU Alumni: Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale

Total: 8 productions, 15 new MCU alumni, 1 repeat.

Overall total (so far): 46 productions, 43 MCU Alumni.

So in slightly under a year I managed to check off the 6 OG Avengers, all the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and more. The spreadsheet I'm using currently has 106 actors/MCU Alumni on it, with more to be added I'm sure. While technically I've hit my deadline, I'll probably keep up with it, although probably not as strongly. It's been fun to push my boundaries and watch things I probably never would have before

Monday, March 11, 2019

#MCUAlumniMovieWatch Update #3

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We're weeks away from Avengers: Endgame being released, and Captain Marvel was just released this past weekend (which I've seen TWICE already!) Let's see how I'm doing now that we're in the home stretch. Again in no particular order:

A Star Is BornAnnihilationArrival

GlassIncredibles 2Ocean's 8

Playing It CoolRalph Breaks the InternetThanks for Sharing


A Star Is Born-MCU Alumni: Bradley Cooper

Annihilation-MCU Alumni: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Arrival-MCU Alumni: Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Glass-MCU Alumni: Samuel L Jackson

Incredibles 2-MCU Alumni: Samuel L Jackson

Ocean's 8-MCU Alumni: Cate Blanchett

Playing It Cool-MCU Alumni: Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie

Ralph Breaks The Internet-MCU Alumni: John C Riley

Thanks for Sharing-MCU Alumni: Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow

Vice-MCU Alumni: Sam Rockwell

Total: 10 productions, 11 new MCU alumni, 3 repeats.

Overall total (so far): 32 productions, 38 MCU Alumni.

I've now checked off the original 6 Avengers (which was my smaller goal) along with some secondary characters. My new smaller goal is to check off the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy before Endgame.

Monday, January 14, 2019

#MCUAlumniMovieWatch Update #2

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Well, the summer ended up getting away from me and my binge watch had to take a back seat. Thankfully the holidays and the subsequent break allowed me to check off some more alumni. Again in no particular order:

*all images from IMDB

Christopher Robin-MCU Alumni: Hayley Atwell

Detroit-MCU Alumni: Anthony Mackie

Ghostbusters-MCU Alumni: Chris Hemsworth

Liberal Arts-MCU Alumni: Elizabeth Olsen

Prince Avalanche-MCU Alumni: Paul Rudd

Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse-MCU Alumni: Mahershala Ali

The Grinch-MCU Alumni: Benedict Cumberbatch

The West Wing-MCU Alumni: Clark Gregg

Unbreakable-MCU Alumni: Samuel L Jackson

Kong Skull Island-MCU Alumni: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson

Sing-MCU Alumni: Scarlett Johansson

Mama Mia! Here We Go Again-MCU Alumni: Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper

Total 12 productions, 11 new MCU alumni. I wasn't able to check off as many this time since there weren't many productions with multiple actors in it. And I also had several alumni repeats which don't add to the overall total.

Overall total (so far) 22 productions, 27 MCU Alumni. 

I hope to at least check off the rest of the original Avengers before Endgame comes out in April.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I'm Still Here!

Oh my! I haven't posted anything on here since....well we won't specify how long it's been ;-)

If you're subscribed to my YouTube channel, you've seen that I've been posted videos on at least some of what I've been up to. Including our family Alaskan cruise, a corgi race, and then my recent trip to Dallas.

Even my channel saw a slump in posting there for a while, due to some personal issues (which is for another post at another time). But the podcast has been going strong, so I hope you're keeping up with what we've been releasing.

I do hope that now my personal stuff is more in control, I can get back to blogging more. We'll see how I do finishing out the year, but it may just be that I pick up stronger when we get into 2019. Thanks for those who've stuck around!

sign that says I'm Still Here

Saturday, June 23, 2018

#MCUAlumniMovieWatch Update #1

Marvel Cinematic Universe

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It's been almost two months since Avengers: Infinity War was released, and we're now slightly under two weeks from the release of the next movie in the MCU, Ant-Man and the Wasp.

I've slowly been cracking at watching as many movies with MCU alumni in them during my off time during what is a busy summer. Here's watch I've watched so far (in no particular order):

Tinker Tailor Soldier SpySherlock HolmesSherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows

Jurassic Park The Lost WorldJurassic Park IIIJurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Deadpool 2Ocean's 8Solo A Star Wars Story

Mama Mia! The Movie

*all images from IMDB

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy-MCU Alumni: Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock Holmes-MCU Alumni: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows-MCU Alumni: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Jurassic Park The Lost World-MCU Alumni: Jeff Goldbum

Jurassic Park III-MCU Alumni: Sam Neill

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom-MCU Alumni: Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldbum, Toby Jones

Deadpool 2-MCU Alumni: Josh Brolin

Ocean's 8-MCU Alumni: Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage

Solo A Star Wars Story-MCU Alumni: Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau

Mama Mia: Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper

16 MCU alumni so far over 10 movies, not bad. I still have a ways to go to check more off my list.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

#MCUAlumniMovieWatch Suggestions Needed

Marvel Cinematic Universe

So if you're friends with me on Facebook, you've seen this post already (and the subsequent rather large comment section that followed). But as my list is far from complete, I decided to ask the interwebs for their suggestions.

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So I've got this crazy idea. Before Infinity War this year, I rewatched all of the MCU films in release order. One a week starting at the beginning of the year.
Looking ahead to Avengers 4 next year, I could do the same thing BUT to change things up I thought it might be fun instead of watch other films that star members of the MCU. Think of it as a way to expand my cinematic horizons instead of watching the same movies over and over.
So what I need are YOUR recommendations of movies that star members of the MCU (Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, etc.) I want to start compiling a list and then go from there.
I know I've got a lot of film aficionado friends, so lay it on me!

What I have so far.....

Hayley Atwell
-Christopher Robin
Dave Bautista
-Blade Runner 2049
Paul Bettany
-Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)
-A Beautiful Mind
-Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
-A Knight’s Tale
Chadwick Boseman
Josh Brolin
-No Country For Old Men
Don Cheadle
-Miles Ahead
Bradley Cooper
Benedict Cumberbatch
-The Fifth Estate
-Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
-Third Star
Benicio Del Toro
-The Usual Suspects
Vin Diesel
-The Chronicles of Riddick
-The Iron Giant
Peter Dinklage
-The Boss
-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Robert Downey Jr
-Sherlock Holmes
-Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
-Due Date
Idris Elba
Chris Evans
Martin Freeman
-Hot Fuzz
Karen Gillan
-Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle
Clark Gregg
-500 Days of Summer
Danai Gurira
-All Eyez On Me
Chris Hemsworth
Tom Hiddleston
-I Saw The Light
Tom Holland
-The Edge Of Winter
Samuel L Jackson
-Pulp Fiction
Scarlett Johansson
-Lost In Translation
-Ghost World
Pom Klementieff
-Ingrid Goes West
Brie Larson
Anthony Mackie
Elizabeth Olsen
-Wind River
Gwyneth Paltrow
-The Talented Mr Ripley
-Shakespeare in Love
Chris Pratt
Jeremy Renner
Paul Rudd
Mark Ruffalo
Zoe Saldana
Sebastian Stan
Benedict Wong

So suggestions for the actors already listed? Anyone I'm missing (that you have a movie recommendation for). I wanna hear it!

A few disclaimers/notes: If you can suggest a movie that has multiple alumni in it, even better because that means I can check off more at once and save myself some time. Also, the suggested movie should be relatively easy to find (be it Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, etc).

Friday, April 13, 2018

Last Night Was Weird!

Last night, the hubby and I drove up to Wabash to see Weird Al during his 'Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour' The concert was at the Honeywell Center, which the Ford Theater reminded me of my high school auditorium.

This tour is unlike previous shows that I've seen Al do (this is my 5th time seeing him). But I knew that going in, as Al said when the tour was announced:

"By design, it has extremely limited appeal. Instead of doing festivals, fairs and arenas, we’ll be doing small, intimate theatres. Instead of putting on a big flashy production, we’ll be trying to go for something very informal and low-key… kind of an Unplugged/Storytellers vibe. Like we’re just hanging out, playing in your living room. So if you’ve really got your heart set on seeing fat suits and Segways and hearing all your favorite parodies… this probably isn’t the tour for you. Chances are we’ll be doing that kind of show again sometime in the future, just not THIS time." Weird Al

As a HUGE Weird Al fan (I did ask him out my prom after all), I had no problem with the lack of costumes and parodies. Granted some of the songs I knew better than others, but I still sung along the entire time. The set list is different every show, which makes sense considering how large his music catalog is, even once you take out the parodies*. The vibe was definitely more calm, unlike the more party atmosphere at previous shows. But everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I saw lots of Hawaiian shirts.

Set list
Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
Traffic Jam
Generic Blues
My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder
Good Enough For Now
Close But No Cigar
Airline Amy
One Of Those Days
I'm So Sick Of You
Don't Download This Song
I Remember Larry
She Never Told Me She Was A Mime
Christmas At Ground Zero
The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota
Unplugged Medley: Eat It/I Lost On Jeopardy/Amish Paradise/Smells Like Nirvana/White & Nerdy/I Love Rocky Road/Like A Surgeon
Secret Never Before Heard Cover
The Saga Begins

*There's a spreadsheet on Reddit that is keeping track of every song that's been sung during the tour.

Emo Philips was a fun opening act (Al normally doesn't have an opening act so this in itself was unique). Chauncey and I made sure to watch UHF the night before. 

I wish I had a chance to see this tour again, just to see and hear for myself some of the other songs that are in rotation. But alas, it's not in the cards for now. But as Al says in 'The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota'..."but at least we got our memories."