Iron Man 3

First, the trailer roundup:

Until now, I was pretty convinced that “After Earth” was going to be another “I Am Legend” debacle for the otherwise-brilliant Will Smith. The trailer I saw today makes me think it might be worth watching.

I saw no sign of the U.S. military in the new “Wolverine” trailer, so hopefully they’re avoiding that whole can of worms (I almost walked out of the last one). Another maybe.

“Hunger Games” looks as moronic as ever. No thanks.

“The Lone Ranger” looks not-quite-as-awful-as-I-thought. Not “Starsky and Hutch” movie bad. Still nothing I have any interest in seeing. Too bad they won’t make a REAL Lone Ranger movie.

Now, for Iron Man:

I really liked it. I had a couple of quibbles with statements made (e.g., they talked science in the movie for literally about five seconds, and still screwed it up), but it’s still very low on my Hollywood quibblemeter. I went in prepared to HATE Kingsley as “The Mandarin” (I don’t know anything about this particular Marvel character), but the direction they took it actually surprised me. Well done.

My new hometown gets a quick shout-out. 🙂

The action sequences were excellent (Downey brings in a little of his Wing Chun), as was the dialogue.

The ending of the movie does worry me a bit, though–there’s a montage of images from all three movies, and the Marvel “credits surprise” revealed nothing about future movies. All-in-all, it felt like it was done to wrap up the Iron Man character, which would be unfortunate.

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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