Posts Tagged ‘Jon Bernthal’

b-mco-chris-vs-chris_nvy1Listen, I know I am not crazy and I also know that the next Superbowl (which is Superbowl LI) isn’t going to happen for another 274 days (from todays date May 7TH), but there were just too many factors that played a part in me thinking about it. First of all, this weekend saw the official release of Captain America: Civil War (read review here) into theaters and it also happens to be Free Comic Book Day which saw the release of Civil War II as well as a Captain America comic. So with all of this in my face constantly, it made me remember a bet that was waged during SuperBowl 49 between Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Star Lord) an they called it Superhero Bowl 49 as Pratt was a Seattle Seahawks fan and Evans a New England Patriots fan. I don’t know why one wasn’t down for last years SuperBowl, but I would love to see it return once again. They made an incredible T-Shirt with proceeds going to charity and they dressed in character for each other’s charities. It was all fun and it was for great causes.

marvel_cinematic_universe_timeline_by_darkmudkip6-d9jhxzl copySo, I thought of a list of teams that I would love to see make the next SuperBowl in hopes that there is an actor from that city that plays a Marvel character. Anthony Mackie, the man who plays Falcon represents The New Orleans Saints. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) all can represent whatever team from the New York/New Jersey area (Jets or Giants). Don Cheadle who plays War Machine represents the Kansas City Chiefs while Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) could represent either the Oakland Raiders or the San Francisco 49ERS (depending on his preference). Chadwick Boseman is from South Carolina so it would be interesting to see what team he picks whether it be Carolina or any of the teams near by. If we go beyond the film, there’s Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) who can represent the Green Bay Packers and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Dave Bautista (Drax) could represent the Washington Redskins. Vin Diesel who plays Groot could also represent either Oakland or San Fran while Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) could represent the Philadelphia Eagles. If we go into the television universe of Marvel, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) could represent the Washington Redskins while Kristen Ritter (Jessica Jones) could represent either the Eagles or the Pittsburgh Steelers (depending on her preference). Meanwhile Mike Colter (Luke Cage) is just like Chadwick Boseman where it depends on his preference as he is also from South Carolina. So, keep all of these options in mind once the football season starts and hopefully they bring back Superhero Bowl once again.

 

comiccon_nov2015_eventimage_600x280-copyWhen I had heard that the Rhode Island Comic Con was returning for another year, I was super excited just to see who was going to be there as far as guests. I was immediately excited to see that Jon Bernthal, Jason Momoa, Ralph Macchio, Ron Pearlman, Michael Rooker, Doug Jones, Karen Gillan, the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, The Honky Tonk Man, “X-Pac” Sean Waltman, Amy Jo Johnson, and so many more were going to be there. I had all the people I wanted to meet and all the things I wanted to get signed all ready to go, but as you know things change and I forget things sometimes. Nevertheless along with some friends, I made my way to the convention at both The Dunkin Donuts Center and The Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. I think it would be wise to let all of you know that this was the very first time that I had ever attended the Rhode Island Comic Con so I had no idea what to expect from this one.

me and iron manThe first impression that I received when I arrived was that they had things under control even though the lines walking into the building were very long and it came as no surprise considering it was a Saturday. The first person that I got to meet at the event was Jon Bernthal who everyone knows is going to star in the new season of Daredevil as The Punisher. Jon was very nice and courtesy to everyone who came and spent money to get his autograph. I do have to admit that some of the prices to meet some of the stars was a little too pricey for my liking as most didn’t include a picture like it did at The Rock And Shock Convention in Worcester. I then proceeded to go the actual Convention Center side where everyone was an I immediately found where Karen Gillan who stars in Doctor Who, but I loved her in Guardians Of The Galaxy as Nebula was going to sign. I started to wait in line at 12PM and by 2:30, she had had never showed as she decided to take a lunch break after her photo Op session went a little too long. I was so angry because I had my Funko Pop Nebula figure all ready to be signed, but I was hungry and tired from standing in line that I received a refund and left. I was so agitated at this that I had to step outside for a breath of fresh air before I went back in.

me and tedIt was a good thing I went outside for that air because as soon as I returned, I had fun meeting Demolition, the greatest WWF/E tag team of all time and still my favorite tag team of all time. I bumped in to Ciara Price who I had interviewed on my college radio show Pedal To The Metal (check it out here) and she is just as beautiful and sweet in person as she was on the phone. The next person that I met that day was the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase who was super cool which is all you can ask for when you are at these events. The Honky Tonk Man was also very cool as I told him he was the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time to which he agreed. Sean Waltman was also very cool and Henry Winkler seemed very nice to his fans, but I didn’t stay to meet him. After that I was all set meeting who I wanted to meet and I proceeded to leave. The one thing that I will say is that some of the people seemed like they didn’t want to be there while others did and that is a natural thing I guess. Unfortunately, Carrie Fisher canceled her appearance to the Comic Con for personal reasons I believe, but she promised to be there next year. One person that didn’t seem to want to be there was Lori Petty who some of you may remember from Tank Girl or Point Break (and maybe even In The Army Now). Her attitude didn’t bother me or ruin my experience there. The security and staff of the convention center could have done a better job with their policies, but it was a good time overall.

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wolfFor this week’s Based On A Truesday (play on Tuesday and True) Story film, we are checking out a film that is outrageous you thought it was impossible that someone could possibly live the life this man lived. The film is called The Wolf Of Wall Street and it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as stock broker Jordan Belfort who starts his career as a honest stockbroker until a chance encounter with penny stocks sends him on a journey that will see him rise to new heights with money all the way down to his fall with corruption, drugs, and the government. The man had it all, but like everyone who gets greedy, they get sloppy and eventually the empire crumbles down leaving you broke and humble. The film was directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) and it also stars Jonah Hill (Superbad) as Donnie Azoff (looesly based on Danny Porush), Margot Robbie (Pan Am) as Naomi Lapaglia, Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) as Mark Hanna, Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty) as Agent Patrick Denham, Jon Bernthal (Fury) as Brad, Jean Dujardin (Monuments Men) as Jean Jacques Saurel, P.J. Byrne (Horrible Bosses) as Nicky Koskoff, Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Chester Ming, Brian Sacca (The Kings Of Summer) as Robbie Feinberg, Henry Zebrowski (A To Z) as Alden Kupferberg, Jake Hoffman (Click) as Steve Madden, and Mackenzie Meehan as Hildy Azoff to name a few from the long list of people that acted in the film.

wolf 2As I said in the above paragraph, this is a story that is so outrageous that you almost don’t believe that it’s possible that someone lived the lifestyle that Jordan Belfort lived. Of course that is why the films always say that it is BASED on a true story because not all of it is 100% factual, they have to exaggerate on somethings just to make the movie more interesting. One person who didn’t like the film was Andrew Greene who feels they ruined his personal character, but it’s really how they made fun of Nicky “Rugrat” Kos­koff’s wig that really pissed him off. You see the character of Nicky is based off of Andrew Greene and he is suing them for $25 Million dollars. According to Slate.com, “landing the helicopter on his lawn while stoned, crashing his car while severely high on Quaaludes, insisting that the captain of his massive yacht sail through choppy waters only to have the boat capsize and then get rescued by the Italian navy” stories are all true and it was even verified by the FBI agent on the case. Danny Pourish who is known as Donnie Azoff was married to his cousin, but he didn’t meet Jordan in a restaurant, but says that his wife introduced them. He has admitted to eating the goldfish, but denies having a three way with a teenage employee and Belfort. Besides all the fact and fiction stories that can be discussed about the film, it is a tale of total debauchery and it had masterful performances from Hill and DiCaprio. I was mad at first that DiCaprio didn’t win the Oscar for this performance, but I’m over that after watching Dallas Buyers Club. You can tell the film was done by Martin Scorsese because it has that style where the main character is narrating his life throughout the film and it starts at certain points before going back to explain how they got there. The film is available on Netflix and I suggest checking it out as well as reading this article for more fact or fiction on the film by clicking here. I am giving the film an A for a final grade.

eddies-top-5It’s kind of sad how a story is hot in the news, but as soon as something else comes up, it’s yesterdays news. I was amazed watching the news yesterday at how true that statement was when they were reviewing the news reported for 2014. Nevertheless, it’s out of our hands and not really worth talking about all that much because that is just the way things are done in the media. So, I decided for today that you were going to get some of my top 5’s of 2014 and I want to start with movies because I went and saw a boatload of films this year in the cinema. This list pertains to no particular genre, just my top 5 movies of 2014.

5. The Lego Movie– I thought this was going to be absolute crap before I checked it out, but Chris Pratt is on top of the world in 2014. This was funny and very enjoyable to watch as you see so many different Lego characters and lands in one film. I’m hoping for a sequel.

4. Birdman– I have this film on this list just for the mere fact that it had some amazing cinematography and Michael Keaton was amazing. He was telling us subconsciously after all that he is the only Batman we ever needed to know except he’s Birdman in this film plus Edward Norton was amazing.

3. Fury– I’m not particularly sure how historically accurate this film really is, but man wasn’t this movie absolutely bad ass. I’m not a huge fan of war movies, but this one was definitely worth watching. Brad Pitt throws a very similar performance to the one he did in Inglorious Basterds, but on the more serious side. All of the guys in this film like Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman all deserve a round of applause for their great performances.

2. 22 Jump Street– I don’t care what anyone says about this film, but this was my favorite movie of 2014 and by far the best comedy of 2014 in my opinion. If you are going to write a sequel to a comedy classic, then watch this film and take notes because this is how it’s done.

1. Guardians Of The Galaxy– All I have to say about this film is that it is the greatest superhero movie ever made. The best cast, the best special effects, and the best soundtrack.

Honorable Mention- Nightcrawler, Boyhood, A Walk Among The Tombstones, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America: Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Fury_2014_posterI ventured out to the movies like I always do on a Tuesday and I didn’t watch a horror movie, but that is because there was a film that had been gaining a lot of praise. I went and checked out the brand new World War II film starring Brad Pit (Inglorious Basterds), Shia LaBeouf (Lawless), Logan Lerman (3:10 To Yuma), Michael Peña (End Of Watch), and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead). Brad Pitt plays a war hardened character named Wardaddy who leads his crew of misfits (the guys listed above)and a rookie in a tank named Fury in World War II. It’s April of 1945 and the allies are looking to make the final push in Germany to defeat the Nazi party. With all the odds stacked against them, they will drive into the heart of Nazi country and they will try with all their might to take them down in hopes of ending the war once and for all. The film also stars Jim Parrack (Battle Los Angeles) as Sergeant Binkowski, Brad William Henke (Pacific Rim) as Sergeant Davis, Anamaria Marinca (Europa Report) as Irma, Alicia von Rittberg (Romy) as Emma, Jason Isaacs (The Patriot) as Captain Waggoner, Kevin Vance (Sabotage) as Sergeant Peterson, Scott Eastwood (Flags Of Our Fathers) as Sergeant Miles, and this brutal in depth look at the ugliness of war film was directed by David Ayer (End Of Watch).

Fury-brad-pittI said ugliness of war in the above paragraph, but the film also gives you a look at brotherhood and what it means to fight next to your fellow soldiers for a cause. This film could be viewed as a coming of age story for Logan Lerman’s character of Norman Ellison who is the rookie on board with a group of guys that have been battle tested. He has only been in the army for 8 weeks and he is absolutely petrified of war, but you see him grow in the film as he turns into a man thanks to Wardaddy. I will tell you that this film is unlike any other World War II film I had ever seen because the battle scenes depicted are extremely intense and it is not for the faint of heart. Much like what they did in Passions Of The Christ, they are showing you here that war isn’t beautiful. It’s ugly and sad, but unfortunately someone has to fight and like the poster says “War Never Ends Quitely.” I’m just wondering how factual the story itself is, but man their are scenes in this film that are just hard to watch. This is definitely a candidate for movie of the year in next years Monster Entertainment Awards and it’s definitely one of my all time favorite war films. I am giving the film an A+ for a final grade because the acting was amazing, the cinematography was amazing, and the score that goes along with the film is beautiful.