Monday, February 26, 2018

Black Panther, RiffTrax Live Kickstarter, The Ritual, and Movie News

Black Panther Review

First off, I really did enjoy the film.
However, I am confused by the over the top superlatives and praise. The movie I saw didn’t redefine the super hero genre nor was it different in tone or style from the other Marvel films. The focus was less on the super hero than the man, but that was seen in Iron Man III.
It is a very fun film though. It’s an origins story, not of Black Panther but of T’Challa becoming king.
T’Challa and the Black Panther are actually the least interesting characters. His sister and general more than made up for this though. All three female leads were great. It was also fun to get behind the scenes and see all the tech of Wakanda.
As far as villains, I liked Killmonger, but he was a little too two-dimensional – all hard edge with no compassion.
Overall I enjoyed it. Not my favorite but another strong entry into the Marvel universe.
Recommended


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The Ritual Review

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them. A UK movie filmed in Romania.
A review of this at Cinemarvellous sparked my interest.
Lately NetDlix has been dropping some interesting films. This one is built around the framework of a very clichéd plot device in horror movies – the old hikers lost in the woods. But here’s the amazing part – this one actually works.
I can’t say much about the film without spoiling it. It went places I didn’t expect it to go, which was refreshing. Kudos to the director and cast. A scene involving an overnight stay in a cabin is really disturbing. The film builds layers of tension and dread.
Overall, I found it to be a very effective genre film.
Highly recommended



Movie News and More

17th Annual Golden Schmoes Movie Awards - the voting is now open!
The 17th Annual JoBlo Movie Awards (aka The Golden Schmoes) is in YOUR control, so hit the booth and cast your votes! Final voting runs from Tuesday, February 13th through Wednesday, February 28th, with winners to be announced on Friday, March 2nd, just ahead of the Oscars!

JoBlo posted some great news about Aquaman:
Warner Bros. reportedly held a test-screening of James Wan's AQUAMAN last night, and Batman News was able to speak with several of the people who attended. Keep your salt shaker at the ready, but the reaction towards the film, which is obviously still in an unfinished state, was quite positive, with it being described as an "emotional action movie" with elements of humour and horror as well. Compared to WONDER WOMAN in tone, Batman News says that AQUAMAN will also include STAR WARS-like underwater battles and a few scary monsters.
AQUAMAN will hit theaters on December 21, 2018.
Aquaman is my favorite superhero and I’m really looking forward to this one!

Available February 28:
Twin Sacrifice by Jennifer Lane
Psychological Thriller
My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him.
I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.
Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.



I won’t have a post on Monday so I’ll see you Wednesday, March 7 for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post!

What did you think of Black Panther? Ready for two more awesome RiffTrax shows? Seen The Ritual? Voting for The Golden Schmoes? And did you enjoy the Winter Olympics?

92 comments:

nashvillecats2 said...

We can always rely on you Alex for a good newsy post.
Pleased you enjoyed the film.

Yvonne.

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully Aquaman turns out more like Wonder Woman. Black Panther is just getting played up more because of diversity. It is the best thing ever because of it, blah blah. Not to say it's not a great entry, but yeah, some others were just as good if not better.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I just added 'The Ritual' to my list on Netflix (and scared myself in the process, ha!) Reminds me enough of Blair Witch (which I enjoyed when it came out) enough to think it may work for me, although I'm not usually a horror fan.

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex!

I'm staying out of the theaters and enjoying the variety of Marvel and DC television series currently available. I recently started watching Supergirl. Mrs. S and I both love it.

My eyes began to roll when you explained that The Ritual is about a group of college friends in peril in a cabin in the woods. However, if the film actually did succeed in avoiding cliche, then I am eager to see how the story was handled.

Have a great week, good buddy Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pat, there was a whole thread of discussion at the JoBlo site about Marvel films that were better.

Elizabeth, it's really good and not really gory.

Shady, they really did it right, which was refreshing.

Birgit said...

I hada feeling Black Panther was not the most inventive and best comic to film flick ever made. It is getting all the kudos mainly because it is African Americans mainly cast in all the roles. I’m glad that the film has this diversity and is not the Blaxploitation films done in the 70s and I hope more films come out with mainly an African American cast that is not about rap, gangs etc... but a film about , well, whatever. I am so happy about my country doing so well at the Olympics. We did so well in figure skating especially now that it is much more difficult for the judges to cheat. We did great in ski cross, bobsled and ski jump stuff..hahahaa can’t think of the name where they do fancy flips etc.. As for hockey, I think we might have been too cocky and that always effects how one plays but the women should be happy with the silver for heavens sake. The men should be happy with the bronze but what I am surprised about is the German hockey team...German...wow:)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Making a note of The Ritual - sounds good! We've been watching DARK on Netflix and really enjoying it.

Juneta Key said...

I have not been as impressed with some of the spinoff Marvel movies but I do enjoy the genre. Have not seen this one yet.

kaykuala said...

The Black Panther comes highly recommended. It created a difference from the norm with lots of African-American participation not just presence. That would be nice.

Hank

Joanne said...

I think we pretty much agreed. I posted my review today. I'm ready for Feb to be over and Oscars given out. Then we can move into spring movie mode, whatever that may bring. Meanwhile - have a good week!

Charles Gramlich said...

I've lost interest in most superhero movies. I'll probably see Black Panther when the library gets it

Sandra Almazan said...

I haven't seen Black Panther yet, but I do want to see it while it's still in theaters. The question is how to persuade my son, who has no interest in superhero movies, to watch it too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, I couldn't have said that better.
Our men's hockey team was sad, but at least the women did well. And we did good with snowboarding.

Madeline, I've not watched that yet.

Joanne, I probably won't even watch the Oscars. Rather skip all the political nonsense.

Sandra, who knows - this might be the one to change his mind, especially with all of the technology.

Chrys Fey said...

My nephews saw Black Panther on Thursday. They are half Asian and half African American. The first thing my oldest nephew told me when I asked if he liked it was...well...yes...and then, "Almost all of the people in it were dark skinner!" :) That's why it's redefining the superhero genre. I'm excited to see it, but I don't see movies until they come into my local libraries. lol

Tamara Narayan said...

I will definitely check out The Ritual. Have you watched Dark yet? It's a series that involves missing children so it gets compared to Stranger Things, but the mood is completely different--much darker even though the gore/scares are comparable. I actually like it better than Stranger Things.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Black Panther... on the super-hero end of it, felt sort of pushed as if they were like "hey it's a super-hero film, blow something up"... the women dominated the screen... I was taken out of my life, put into this one... I agree the KillMonger was able to make amend of the situation he was put into, but chose to be more angry... until the end. Several of the Marvel films villains, play off as weak...

It was good, like watching a complete film about lives... and hell yes on all that wonderful tech.

Happy Monday!

Jeremy

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I was bored with the beginning of Black Panther. It's not my favorite.

I'm excited about Aquaman because of the star!

Lidy Wilks said...

I enjoyed Black Panther. Especially the women. Loved Princess Shuri, Nakia and his general Okoye. Some of my favorite scenes were with them in it. Couldn't get enough of Shuri and T'Challa together. Can't wait for the other super hero movies coming out later this year.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I've always been a big winter Olympics fan, but this year some things fell flat for me. I did enjoy the half-pipe snowboard competitions at the beginning and all the ice skating, but that's about it.

Chemist Ken said...

I enjoyed Black Panther. The tone was noticeably and (according to the director) deliberately different from other Marvel films. Much more serious, with less humor than recent Marvel offerings. I suspect that's one of the reasons it's getting such praise. It's not my favorite Marvel movie, but it's not the worst one either. I'd watch it again.

I saw Game Night this weekend. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. The pacing never flagged, and there were so many twists you were never sure what would happen next. Heck, I was still half expecting another twist during the final credits.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

That's a lot of movies. I haven't seen any of them. As usual. I enjoyed the Winter Olympics but was disappointed that the figure skating (my favorite) was shown at later hours and I did not see all of them. Have a great week.

The Cynical Sailor said...

I feel really out of touch - I haven't seen any of these movies or any of the Winter Olympics. I used to really enjoy watching the Olympics, but not having TV means it doesn't happen. Oh well, more time to read and write :-) Have a wonderful rest of your week. Ellen

Nilanjana Bose said...

The son saw Black Panther and said 'okay' when I asked him what it was like. But on second thought, okay is probably a superlative coming from a teen. Glad you enjoyed the film. Ritual sounds really interesting.

Have a brilliant week.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tamara, I haven't watched it yet.

Jeremy, and here they bashed Justice League for a weak villain...

Ken, I haven't seen that film. Good to know.

Beverly, the time difference really had an impact.

Nila, it probably is!

cleemckenzie said...

I saw the previews of Black Panther, but I wasn't really jumping to see it. Maybe I'll reconsider. I hadn't heard of The Ritual, but I might be up for a good horror film experience. Thanks for the reviews.

Christine Rains said...

I felt the same way about Black Panther. The women did steal the show. I'm adding The Ritual on my Netflix list! I watched a little of the Winter Olympics, but I used the time to catch up on other shows. Almost all caught up on my Drunk History episodes now!

L.G. Keltner said...

That RiffTrax duo has me excited! Space Mutiny is always ripe for riffing, and I remember seeing Krull as a kid, so that'll be a fun one to watch.

I remember you talked about Altered Carbon a couple of weeks ago, so my husband and I watched it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Arlee Bird said...

Judging by the previews of Black Panther I'm not interested. Looks like more CGI and FX overload that I've grown rather weary of.

That hikers in the woods film sounds more to my liking. I'll be watching for that one on Netflix.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Stacy McKitrick said...

There are so many movies I want to see, but I never get out and see any. Probably because I'm not fond of our local theatre and the others are too inconvenient to drive to. But I did watch and enjoy the Olympics.

Spacer Guy said...

Black Panther scores big worldwide with 700 million, now thats a smash. Its obvious fans want to see a neat mix of characters, amazingly on only a budget of 200 million! Thanks for the movie reviews, I'll watch Ritual being a Trekker for sure. Live long and Prosper!

Andrew Leon said...

So, you know, you could also show support by picking up my fire thing. :P

I'm gonna hold my Blank Panther comments until I get a chance to write my review.

Cherie Reich said...

I've heard that the female leads were great. I'll likely see Black Panther this Friday.

I'm so excited about Aquaman, though Jason Momoa will always be Ronon to me (from Stargate Atlantis).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, you should check it out.

Christine, isn't Drunk History hilarious?

LG, glad you enjoyed it!

Lee, if you like smart creepy, you'll enjoy it.

Andrew, then I'm guessing you thought it was the greatest thing ever.

Cherie, I'll always consider him Ronon.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Lots of excitement about Black Panther. I haven't seen it. I'm glad you liked it overall. Sounds like a lot was put into it.
Have a great week, Alex, Mini, and the Mrs.

Suzanne Furness said...

I've not been to the movies for a while now. Can't believe it's nearly March and IWSG next week!

J E Oneil said...

Ugh, I think my last comment got eaten by the internet. Anyway, Black Panther was great.

Sandra Cox said...

I was waiting for the Black Panther review:) Looking forward to seeing it.
Happy Monday, Alex.

Jemi Fraser said...

Haven't seen Black Panther yet but it sounds like lots of fun!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Black Panther gets and over-the-top review from me because of all the strong women in the movie. I think it was fun and visually entertaining, too. It may not be my favorite of all superhero movies, but I really loved it and appreciated the way T'Challa worked with his team.
Winter Olympics ... just wow. I am totally blown away and amazed by those athletes and loved seeing the snowboarders all hugging each other after events - no matter who received high or low scores.

Trisha F. said...

We just saw Black Panther this weekend - I definitely enjoyed it but as you say it wasn't anything 'redefining'. It still made me laugh and it was visually stunning. I agree the female leads were fantastic! Loved the interactions between the king and his sister.

Liz A. said...

I did not see Black Panther. I'm sure I'll wait for it to come on TV. I just saw Wonder Woman...

Sounds like the RiffTrax shows will happen. I'm sure you're stoked.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you liked Black Panther movie. Sounds like the characters could be developed more.

Karen Lange said...

Caught some of the Olympics. Most enjoyed seeing the US women's hockey team win the gold.

Rhonda Albom said...

My girls both enjoyed Black Panther. Me, I have been loving the Winter Olympics. At one point, pre injury, both my girls were national athletes, and many of their former teammates and former competitors and former people they trained with overseas were in these games. So it was super fun for us. One of my girl's former teammates even got a medal. I knew three of the people who carried in Flags. I love the Winter Olympics!

mail4rosey said...

I haven't seen Black Panther. I've tried two weekends in a row. Maybe this weekend will be the lucky one. :)

XmasDolly said...

As far as Black Panther is concerned my daughter (who is The Night Owl Mama/her blog) went to see it on the Red Carpet with other blockers (guests of Disney), anyway she loved, loved, loved it for some reason or other & she took all three children to see it. My youngest grandson says he now has a new superhero! When she went to see it downtown evidently there was some discrepancy between a black family & her family and sly remarks were passed because my daughter was white and her family was the only to applaud because they liked the movie so much. The woman got out of hand & my daughter decided she wanted to explain. When she did & explained about going to the red carpet and all & how she met some of the actors etc. The woman apologized to my daughter & said she'll think twice next time. My daughter told the whole story on FB. I thought that was rather cool & wanted to share. Have a great day my friend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, now you have it.

Tyrean, the snowboarding was great. Cool Shaun White got another gold.

Liz, they hit their funding yesterday!

Karen, that was an awesome moment.

Rhonda, that is awesome!

Dolly, that is indeed quite the story.

Patricia Lynne said...

I went to see Black Panther this past Saturday. We were stuck on the bridge to Canada for 2 hours to do so! Worth it. Although, I had a little breakdown during the Han Solo trailer because my brother was a huge Star Wars fan.

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats to Jennifer. Sounds like an excellent read.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I can't say how much I liked Black Panther, because I have not seen it yet. Big surprise, i know. However, I have a ticket to see it tonight. So perhaps I will come back and fill you in on my thoughts.

Susan Kane said...

We saw Black Panther and could see it as an intro to an addition to the Avenger crew and then Justice League. I enjoyed it. But, I kept expecting Andy Serkis to be the ultimate villain and then he wasn't.

Aquaman, oh, yes. Jason Momoa is perfect for the role, and I'm glad to hear that are multi-dimensions and layers.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

The Ritual sounds great. Thanks for the review.

I haven't seen Black Panther yet, but I'm so glad they made that movie. It's about time.

I'm off to StokerCon tomorrow. So excited!

mshatch said...

I'll have to tell my sister about Ritual. She love a good scary movie, with the emphasis on good.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - I might get to see Black Panther and take it for what it is. I haven't seen as much of the Winter Olympics as I'd have liked to ... but Canada did quite well! See you next week ... have a happy weekend - cheers Hilary

Heather R. Holden said...

I'm a huge horror fan, so your review of The Ritual has me intrigued. Will have to remember to check this out, if I ever have the chance to.

LynNerdKelley said...

I admire how you keep up with all the movies. The scary movie about getting lost in the woods sounds good but too scary for me. Thanks for the warning! Have a great week, Alex.

Yolanda Renée said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the Black Panther.
We were disappointed with the coverage of the Olympics. Seemed really disjointed and the best stuff was on so late.

Jennifer Lane said...

Hi, Alex! Thank you for sharing my new release--I really appreciate it.

I'm not into superhero movies, but I did observe (while seeing the excellent Darkest Hour movie) a few Black families/couples take photos in front of the Black Panther display, and I surmised that this movie means a lot for people of color who feel underrepresented in Hollywood.

I saw your earlier comment about skipping the Oscars due to political nonsense, and I totally agree. I used to host an Oscars party but I have no interest in watching this year.

Loni Townsend said...

Black Panther is on my list to see, though it's not super high. Most likely, it'll be something my husband and I rent, due to the inability to make it to the theater regularly. But hey, we just bought a cuddler couch, so watching movies at home just got more comfy!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Patricia, I'm sorry. You were dedicated.

Jeffrey, let me know!

Susan, that was the twist, wasn't it? Momoa is perfect as Aquaman.

JH, enjoy!

Marcy, The Ritual is one of those rare good ones.

Yolanda, we stayed up a few nights to catch the good stuff.

Jennifer, you're welcome! And I won't be watching either.

Loni, there you go!

Sandra Cox said...

Hmmm, interesting info on Aquaman. Sounds good!

Magic Love Crow said...

Thanks for everything Alex! My brother wants to see Black Panther. I have to say, I'm not that anxious! Aquaman looks good!

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Black Panther was fantastic and I am just obsessed with all the things about it but I study all this pop cuture and superhero stuff so I can make a strong arguement for how important this film is and when was the last time you saw a GREAT movie with the ability to carry that burden?

dolorah said...

I've been unimpressed with most movies lately. Not enough new. See you Wednesday.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I haven't seen Black Panther yet, but I enjoyed Ritual. This will probably surprise you not at all, but hearing Aquaman is hitting the horror spots a bit makes me even more excited to see it! I bet RiffTrax won't have any trouble getting the funding they need. And congratulations to Jennifer. Her book sounds so good!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Hubby is really looking forward to Black Panther. Maybe this weekend.

Elsie Amata said...

How sad is it that I can't remember if I saw The Ritual or not? If it's the one I'm thinking of, I think I did. I watched a movie on Netflix about a group of friends that went into the woods together and lots of things happened as a result of their journey. It was well done, and I think that may be the name of it. See what happens when you watch a movie with a migraine? :)

Elsie

Sandra Cox said...

Enjoy your time away. The light will be on Wednesday when you get back:)

Magic Love Crow said...

Hi Alex, thank you for commenting, when you are away! I am not sure what you mean by CTRL button? I have a MacBook Air. If you have time, come by, but if you don't, no worries!! Just hoping blogger gets its act together! Thanks again!

Meka James said...

Took my boys to see Blank Panther on President's Day. I'm not into all the superhero movies, but enjoyed this for what it was. I did enjoy the movie and it was different to watch a movie with a positive portrayal of the mostly all black cast. That's where I believe most of the praise comes from. It was a welcomed change.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I was looking forward to your review of "Black Panther." We haven't seen it yet, but we plan to see it soon. I think some of the excitement about the movie is that it features a black superhero, and it's the same kind of excitement we saw when the first black baby dolls were sold and the first black actors appeared in positive TV roles. I think it's a good thing and long overdue.

We watched a lot of the Olympics, and I especially enjoyed the figure skating and the snowboarding events. I went to bed and missed it, but my hubby was over-the-top excited about the Canada-U.S. women's ice hockey final.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cal, the last great film I saw was Dunkirk.

Shannon, glad you enjoyed The Ritual.

Elsie, if it was well done, there's a good chance that was it.

Susan, there does need to be positive role models.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Commenting about your comment on Dunkirk above==> I too thought that movie was spectacularly good. I've seen it twice now. It's going to be hard not to recognize that achievement at the Oscars...

Black Panther...hrrm. I loved this movie for being what it was: a big budget entry for yet another iconic comic book hero. But it's popularity and why it was amazing actually have nothing to do with the actual story and everything to do about how difficult it is in Hollywood to achieve such a spectacle with an all-black cast. It feels weird to be writing about this in 2018. But there it is in a nutshell. I hope that other black superhero movies get made to the point of where it's nothing special anymore. Then maybe things can be judged more or less on their content and less by how difficult they were to bring to world wide audiences.

The same thing is going on with A Wrinkle In Time I guess. The black director (she directed Selma) wanted a black female main character with a white boy (Levi Miller) following around a black girl through the whole movie. She said publicly that it is important to see that: a white boy following a black girl around and who would be hopelessly lost without her. I suppose I'll never understand, but okay *shrug. It looks like a good movie and I already have tickets.

Sherry Ellis said...

My husband and I are planning to see Black Panther. I think it is getting a lot of attention because of the ethnicity of the characters. I hear so many rave reviews about it on the radio.

DMS said...

I haven't seen Black Panther yet, but I have been hearing a lot about it.

The Ritual has me intrigued. Thanks for the introduction!
~Jess

Tara said...

I've been wondering what Black Panther was really like under all the hype. I figured it didn't quite live up to it, but it's nice to read that it is a good movie overall. We may go see it this weekend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael, I think you nailed it. First almost all black superhero movie. There will be more and eventually it won't be as big a deal - and we can get back to judging films on their quality alone.

Jess, check it out.

Tara, it's a fun superhero flick.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Your review of Black Panther makes me want to see it. I'm never quite sure when I see over-the-top praise if I'm really going to like a movie or just regret buying into the hype. I like when I see normal reviews which demonstrate that people like it, even when they don't gush.

Jo said...

After all the hype about Black Panther I found your review very interesting. I'm not sure it matters what colour the protagonist is.

Ritual sounds interesting too.

Just ordered the Thor Ragnarok movie from the library - I am 167 on the list so no idea when I will get it.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

I'm looking forward to Black Panther. The women characters look good, so I'm glad to hear they are good. It's also great to hear positive things about Aquaman.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Alex, did my comment go through? Am I missing it?

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Nevermind, I found that comment approval is turned on. My bad (ignore this).

M Pax said...

I loved the Black Panther. His sister was my favorite character. It was iconic for reasons other than the story, but the story was very good. It was a richer story than usual, which is why I liked it so much.

Sandra Cox said...

What movies are in your sights for this week?
We haven't been to the theater for several weeks. We really wanted to see The Post and it's probably long gone.
Have you seen Geo Storm yet?

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Alex! Your posts inform me about things I would otherwise have no clue about. So thanks! I did have fun watching the Olympics. I especially appreciated CNBC devoting time to curling which I love to watch. I would have liked to see Canada take more gold in the sport, but it's always fun to watch. Have a great day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jo, might be a while...

Holly, sorry! Comment verification on since this is an older post now.

Sandra, not seen Geo Storm.

Fundy, they showed a lot of curling...

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I haven't seen Black Panther yet, but my son is a Marvel Obsessive said almost exactly the same thing as you about it. I check out the Ritual. I love parts of the Winter Olympics but there are so many events where Americans weren't even in the running and that lessened my interest.

Helena said...

I don't anticipate being swept away by Black Panther, but then I'm not a big superhero flick fan anyway. But I'm glad that you think the women leads are so strong and interesting -- that much I know I'll enjoy. Anyway, movies like The Post and Darkest Hour are much more to my taste, stodgy old lady that I am.

Stephen Tremp said...

Hi Alex, we've waited for the lines to go down foe The Black Panther. I expected a very good film with great special effects and acting but also expected the hyped to supersede the movie. We look forward to having a great time this weekend watching it.

More RiffTrax yeah!

I'll check out The Ritual thanks for the recommendation.

I once had a roommate called The Schmoe. Last name Smolerik from Rochester NY. The three of us simply referred to Dave as The Schmo. But never as Dave.

Sandra Cox said...

My son saw Black Panther and loved it. Said it was at the top of his Marvel list, even nudged out Wonder Woman (for him at least).

Gene Desrochers said...

I heartily agree on Black Panther. Good movie, but the level of praise is head-scratching, for the reasons you intimated.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I didn't take the boy to see Black Panther, but I probably should.

The hubbub around it was just unnecessary, but a complete product of today's society. All talk and no research. The 'I must post my opinion, which is always right, on social media and pick fights wherever I can, cause I'm right" mentality is so frustrating to watch.

Glad you enjoyed it. I heard that the Winter Soldier has a new code name! I'm very excited to see him again. I think he's a great character!

Thanks for the great post, Alex!
Heather