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Ant-Man: Too Many Bugs for Me


Ant-Man (2015 PG-13), directed by Peyton Reed, is a super hero movie that is clever and witty and fits in nicely with the rest of the Avengers universe.

But there were too many bugs for me to enjoy it.  I couldn’t laugh when the audience laughed.  I couldn’t “ohh” when the Avengers references were made.  Too many bugs.  Literally.

Ants.  All over the screen.  Ick.  Yuck.  Gross.

Even now, safe at home, writing about the movie makes me squirm.  But that’s just me.

You, if you like Agents of Shield and Iron Man and Hulk and Captain America and Avengers, you will like this movie.

Stay to the very very end for a nice tie in to other Marvel movies.

Marvel's Ant-Man..Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..? Marvel 2014

Scott the crook finds a strange suit instead of money in an old man’s house. Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..? Marvel 2014.

Marvel's Ant-Man L to R: Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2014

Old Dr. Pym needs Scott to be Ant-Man so they can stop the bald bad guy, who becomes Yellowjacket. L to R: Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2014


Dr Pym’s daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) is undercover trying to help.


Scott’s friends (T. I., Michael Pena, and David Dastmalchian) help him break in.


Scott has a daughter (Abby Ryder Fortson) and ex-wife (Judy Greer).


That’s me suffering in a swarm of bugs.

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Captain America: A Good Avenger Movie


Captain America:  The Winter Soldier (2014 PG-13) is the next in the series of Avenger movies (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America are all Avenger superheros).


Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a super soldier from World War 2 who gets frozen and woken decades later to help save the world from bad guys in Captain America:  The First Avenger (2011 PG-13).  S.H.I.E.L.D. is the government organization charged with defending the world from bad guys, and S.H.I.E.L.D. calls on the Avengers for help, which we see in their various movies.

Here are the things you just have to take as a part of an Avenger series movie:

  • There are a lot of fights, and Avengers win them all.
  • The main characters come close to dying, but survive to fight another day.
  • The bad guys seem to die, then come back at the end to secretly recover, ready to cause problems in the sequel.
  • The boys are all muscular, and the girls are all thin.
  • Everyone can hack into computers, snack machines, and underground tunnels with ease.
  • Thousands of bullets fly, and most all of them miss.

So, accept these silly things as truths, and enjoy this Captain America movie.  Here are my favorite parts:

S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be infiltrated by traitors.  Steve is saddened, and is leaving the building.  As the elevator descends, people get in the elevator with him.  Watch as a different style of bad guy gets on at each floor –  paramilitary, devious business men, Russian gangsters, ninja fighters.  As the audience catches on, it’s fun to see who gets on the elevator next!

Captain America is just Steve, a soldier made artificially strong, then pulled from his proper timeline and dropped into the present.  Several times in the movie we get a glimpse of how he deals with the adjustment.

Here is an intrepid viewer who has found the differences in what Steve wrote in his notebook, based on what country the movie is showing in:


What things do you think Captain America should add to his list of things to watch, hear, and read?


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On Location in Lone Pine: Iron Man and Tremors


We’re on the road to Lone Pine, where construction workers, and sheep, are mysteriously killed in Tremors (1990 PG-13).

lone_pine_mapLone Pine, California, has been the site of hundreds of movies and commercials since the early days of film.  We camped there recently, then came home and watched two movies featuring the dramatic desert scenery of Lone Pine.


Lone Pine becomes Afghanistan for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the first Iron Man (2008 PG-13).


While demonstrating his super missile to the troops in Afghanistan, Tony Stark gets kidnapped. In a remote cave (also in Lone Pine) he creates his first version of Iron Man and learns a bit of humility.


There is no snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains in our picture due to a very dry winter.


Tremors (1990 PG-13) takes place entirely in the Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine, which serves as an isolated community that is attacked by underground worms.  It sounds campy, and it is!  Fun movie (with a bit too much bad language).  Watch Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as handymen who unite the town to combat the worms (and get the girl).  Reba McEntire and Michael Gross are great as extreme survivalists.


Standing on the boulders is the only safe place for the people. See, they shot up a worm (the guts are all over the rock)!


The valley is strewn with hundreds of boulder formations, which we had so much fun climbing on!

Since we’ve been to Lone Pine, we now recognize it in many movies and especially car commercials.



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Robert Downey Jr’s Forgotten Gem: Heart and Souls


Before he was Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr starred in the film Heart and Souls (1993 PG-13).  It’s a fun movie that’s worth seeing!

An uptight business man (Robert Downey Jr) has to help four ghosts with unfinished business.  These four different characters have been linked to him since he was born (their bus crashed just as his mother gave birth on the way to the hospital), and have watched over him as he’s grown up.  Strange premise, but don’t let that keep you away from this warm and funny film!


Robert Downey Jr, who rarely over-acts, gets the chance to show off a bit by acting like each of the four characters as they briefly inhabit his body to complete various tasks.  He becomes a:

Here is the trailer.  The trailer seems dated now, but don’t let that stop you from watching this fun movie!

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