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The Avengers — ☆☆☆☆☆ out of 5

As Posted on At The Buzzer on May 4, 2012

By Gary Sundt

I hated Marvel’s The Avengers. Continue reading

Top Five Reasons Non-Fans Should See Marvel’s The Avengers

As Posted on At The Buzzer on May 5, 2012

By Gary Sundt

Okay, so we all have friends who are either whiny hipsters or, even worse, elitists. They may not know it, but they are. How do you spot them? They’re that arrogant individual who turns their nose up at anything popular or mainstream, believing wholeheartedly that it couldn’t possibly be worth their time.

Case in point: Marvel’s The Avengers. These people couldn’t care less because they either think a) it’s stupid because it’s a superhero movie, b) it’s stupid because it’s popular, or c) it just “isn’t their speed.” Yes, there are obnoxious crowds, high ticket prices, or the unthinkable act of missing that Studio Ghibli retrospective at the local art house theater, but I (and/or those nearest and dear to you) still believe you should go!

Therefore, here are five very good reasons non-fans should see Marvel’s The Avengers in the movie theater as soon as possible. Continue reading

The Artist — ☆☆☆☆☆ out of 5 stars

Jean Dujardin stares at something off-camera in The Artist. (Photo courtesy of http://kalafudra.wordpress.com)

As Posted on AtTheBuzzerShow.com on February 4, 2011

By Gary Sundt

As I live in Los Angeles, I am an avid listener to the hilarious Kevin & Bean Show in the mornings on KROQ 106.7 FM. This past Tuesday, Kevin was complaining about The Artist, this year’s apparent frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. Not only does our man Kevin dislike the film, but he has gone as far as to call it “utter BS.”

He has, of course, made up his mind having never seen the film, under the guise that it is for hipsters and intellectuals. He’s wrong, but we’re going to circle back to that. Continue reading

Iron Man 2 – ☆☆☆☆ 1/2 out of 5

by Gary Sundt

I am in disagreement with other film critics, because I think Iron Man 2 is every bit as good as its blockbuster predecessor. It capitalizes on everything that made the first installment great, while expanding the complex superhero universe we already know. Robert Downey Jr. returns in the title role, and there are more explosions, more double-crosses, and more junk science than the original.

Essentially, if you enjoyed what made the first Iron Man soar, than there is no reason to think you won’t enjoy the sequel. Continue reading

Comic-book mastermind Ed Brubaker to pen series for Crackle.com

 

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AWARD-WINNING COMICS MASTERMIND ED BRUBAKER AND CRACKLE.COM TEAM UP FOR LIVE ACTION SERIES

Zoë Bell Cast As Ed Brubaker’s “Angel of Death”

San Diego, CA. – July 24, 2008

Comics mastermind and Eisner Award-winning writer Ed Brubaker (Criminal, The Death of Captain America) and White Rock Lake Productions have teamed up to produce Angel of Death, a new live-action series for Crackle.com, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s online video network, that will premiere in 2009.

Stuntwoman turned actress Zoë Bell (Death Proof, Double Dare) has been cast as the lead character in the series, which depicts a remorseless assassin (Bell) in the employ of a ruthless crime family. After suffering a severe head wound, she becomes so haunted by her victims that she decides to kill the people who ordered the hits, one by one. Angel of Death will premiere in 2009 on www.crackle.com/angelofdeath. Each 8-10 minute installment will be released over the course of 10 weeks.

“Besides the elation I feel about having a project I wrote actually being filmed, which is huge for any writer, I’m just as thrilled about having Zoë Bell signed on to star in Angel of Death,” said creator/writer Ed Brubaker. “And working with Crackle and Sony Pictures Television to give viewers instant access to the series online is completely overwhelming.”

Angel of Death is exactly the kind of high-caliber original content our audience has come to expect from Crackle,” said Sean Carey, senior executive vice president, Sony Pictures Television. “The combination of Ed’s sensibility and Zoë’s talent is sure to keep loyalists and new viewers alike coming back for more.”

Ed Brubaker is an Eisner Award-winning writer best know for his work in comics, which includes such titles as The Death of Captain America, Batman, Criminal, The Authority, and others.

Brubaker’s work is credited for helping to revive the crime comics’ genre, and has also been translated into eleven languages around the world. Angel of Death was created and written by Ed Brubaker, and will be produced by John Norris and directed by Paul Etheredge.The series is produced by White Rock Lake Productions and will be distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Press release courtesy of Sony Pictures Television.

Captain America #25: The Death of a Dream

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by Gary Sundt

As Printed in The Lumberjack

In 1941, America was about to be plunged into the second World War. At that point in American history, everyone was encouraged to “do their part.” And comic books were no different. Thus, in March of that year, nine months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Marvel Comics debuted Captain America, punching his way into comic book history, popular culture and Adolf Hitler’s face.

In March 2007, 66 years after his rousing first appearance, Captain America, also known as Steve Rogers, died on the steps of the Supreme Court Building after being gunned down by an unknown assassin in the book “Captain America #25: The Death of a Dream.”

The fictional character’s death was a backlash of “Marvel Civil War,” the miniseries that pit superhero against superhero in a war over the highly controversial Superhuman Registration Act. The document would require all masked crime fighters to reveal their identities to the government. Captain America stood against the act, and when he lost the war, he was taken into police custody, and would later be killed by a mysterious gunman on his way to be de-masked.

“Captain America #25: The Death of a Dream” is, quite simply, the perfect ending to the almost seven decade-long run of The Captain. Writer Ed Brubaker created an ending for the superhero that was as shocking as it was respectful. Captain America saw a decline in readership after the 60s, and it wasn’t until the shocking events of “Civil War” that the patriot was put back into the spotlight.

The fear in “Civil War” was that the writers would kill off characters for no apparent reason, and in Cap’s death they proved the readers half wrong. A character did die, but not without a purpose. His death humanizes not only himself but the rest of the heroes as well, and serves as an intense but indeed brilliant conclusion to not only Captain America, but the Civil War-era in the Marvel Universe as well.

The rhyme and reason for the assassination is unknown at the book’s conclusion, however, what is known is that a hero is dead, and that the impact of his death will be felt for a long time to come. Many readers used to feel that Captain America lost his stride after the Vietnam era, and his influence was no longer desired or necessary. However, when a staple of Americana is gunned down, it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Marvel Civil War

by Gary Sundt

 As Printed in The Lumberjack

As a comic book reader, it makes me sad knowing I missed certain things, like the first time “Spider-Man” hit the shelves, or when Batman first met Robin, etc.

However, it all feels OK when I think about how I was there for the “Marvel Civil War.”

“Civil War” is a seven-part miniseries by Marvel Comics. This event has been covered by CNN, the BBC and several other news outlets, and has brought several individuals flocking back to the comic books they stopped reading when they were in the 8th grade.

I know most of you are thinking “Comics? Those are for kids!”

Okay then. Here’s the setup.

The government wants to pass a bill called the Superhero Registration Act, which would require all crime-fighting heroes to register with the government, revealing their secret identities in the process. Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, has been fighting this in Congress for a long time. Until now, he has been all but successful in keeping the Registration Act on the government’s back burner.

A mutant named Nitro, using his ability is to turn himself into a nuclear strike, “sets himself off” next to an elementary school, subsequently killing 612 people.

And then all hell breaks loose.

Iron Man sided with the government, insisting that the law is the law, while Captain America, the American Patriot, decided to fight against the Act. Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, She-Hulk and everybody else took sides. Now there is a civil war that is shaking the very foundation of the Marvel universe and will change the course of said universe forever.

While the mini-series itself is amazing, what sets “Civil War” apart from every other comic book event in the history of the art form is that it spreads to every major book in Marvel. What this means is that this is an event that really does affect the entire Marvel universe, with ramifications that cannot be ignored by a single character.

For example, in “Civil War” No. 2, Spider-Man, the guy who has protected his identity more than any other character in the history of comics, takes off his mask on live television in support of the Superhero Registration Act. Peter Parker has to deal with his secret identity being public for the rest of his life, and opens up his family and friends to danger from all of his major enemies.

This is just one of the moments in “Civil War” that will change the game for all Marvel superheroes forever.

While the event is a mere issue away from its climactic ending, there is no doubt it will be in graphic novel-form by May of this year, and for good reason. The stories and the art are some of the finest seen on bookshelves in a long time, comics or otherwise.

Some of you may have never read a comic book, and others may have forgotten about the art form a long time ago, but this one is worth it. It’s like watching a great movie or reading a great book: You want to know how it ends, but you have no interest in seeing that ending any time soon.

Note: “Civil War” did end, and it was an incredible finale. If you are interested in purchasing the graphic novel, or reading all “Civil War” related material, head over to “http://www.amazon.com/Civil-Marvel-Comics-Mark-Millar/dp/078512179X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206739294&sr=8-1″