I’m glad that Terrance Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle. Although it does sort of drive me nuts when a film series replaces actors/actresses. I wonder when we’ll get a deep fake version of the film that swaps out Howard’s face for Cheadle’s.
Tony Stark/Iron Man has really experienced so much growth over the course of the MCU. In this film he starts off as a womanizer, gambler, etc. He’s a totally different person by Infinity War.
The Jericho Missile System reminds me of some of the missile technology that Iron Man shoots from his hands.
I love the Mad Money cameo — seems so apropos for 2008.
One of my favorite things about comic book movies in general is casting really great actors as villains. The MCU kicks this off in Iron Man with Jeff Bridges playing Obadiah and continues throughout the series.
That said, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man was an especially inspired casting choice. I cannot imagine the film being as successful with another actor.
Neat continuity that Paul Bettany voices Jarvis and becomes Vision. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched Age of Ultron and I’m excited to be watching it again soon.
I sort of forgot about the slight anti-war message of the movie and that a good chunk of it tangentially involved the (still) ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Obadiah/Iron Monger sorta reminds me of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit. (The missile/rocket launcher-thing coming out of his arm/elbow.)
I wish Obadiah survived. One of my favorite parts of Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy was that a character like Scarecrow didn’t die at the end of the first movie and went on to appear in the sequels (albeit in very minor roles — even better!).
This is the only Iron Man movie I am rewatching. Sometime I’ll get around to rewatching the second and third in the series.
In advance of Avengers: Endgame coming out April 26, I’ve decided to rewatch a movie from the Marvel Cinematic UniverseCaptain Marvel (which I saw in the theatres and loved, of course).
Here’s what I’m up to the the next 6 or so weekends:
- 3/16 – Iron Man
- 3/23 – Captain America
- 3/30 – Avengers
- 4/6 – Avengers Age of Ultron
- 4/13 – Civil War
- 4/20 – Avengers Infinity War
- 4/27 – Avengers Endgame
How did I come up with this set of films? A couple things: First, I didn’t chose many of the recent films because I’ve seen them more recently (and in most cases multiple times e.g. Black Panther four times). It’s been a long time since I’ve rewatched Captain America and an even longer time since I’ve rewatched Iron Man. Second, I specifically wanted to focus on Iron Man and Captain America knowing that Endgame will likely be their last film. I expect Spider-Man to be around for a while… And finally, I wanted to re-watch all of the previous Avengers films.
I’m definitely looking forward to Endgame and I’m happy with the fact I was able to resist my completionist/whatever urges and attempt to rewatch every movie — this list will be a good abbreviated version of the MCU thus far.
Good news about this month’s chart: There seem to be more music videos on YouTube than normal.
|Such a dark, interesting take on such a normally fun song.|
|Go Satta||Go Deep|
|Shock Machine||Shock Machine||Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Re-Animation|
|Oliver Heldens & Tiësto||The Right Song (feat. Natalie La Rose)|
|This month’s c89.5 song.|
|Luxxury||Hold On (Greg Wilson & Peza Remix Feat. The Reynolds)|
|Kenny Glasgow||Imagine a World (feat. Shanira G)|
|Aladdin||Girls in Uniform||Trevor Jackson Mix|
|The original is pretty interesting, too, but I love how Trevor Jackson turns it so long, dark, and weird.|
|Holy Ghost!||Crime Cutz||Neon Indian vs Holy Ghost! Remix|
|Alicia Keys||In Common|
|My new favorite song. The first song of 2016 I rated 5-star.|
|For The Foxes||Running Back to You (feat. Allison Weiss)|
|I’m sort of embarrassed to like this song but it’s so catchy!|
|Lianne La Havas||Lost and Found||Matthew Herbert Remix|
|Usually remixes of songs end up on my charts so this is a rare occasion when I picked the original instead. On this one it was close, though. I really love the David Carretta remix, as well.|
So I just watched the DC Animated Universe original movie The Flashpoint Paradox and it gave me an awesome (I think) idea for what the Arrow/Flash/and even Supergirl TV shows can do for their next season. Here’s the trailer for the animated film:
So at the end of Flash season 2, Barry goes back in time and saves his mother. This is the same thing that causes the Flashpoint Paradox story. What if the television show universe does the same thing. On Arrow, Oliver is darker. The world has changed. Maybe his dad or mom are still alive and Thea is dead or something? They could bring back Black Canary, too, and reset the “Olicity” relationship. The previous season was sort of a dud in my eyes and this could reset things. The finale ended with “Team Arrow” sort of disbanding anyway. Likewise on Flash they could follow the comic a little more and have Cisco and Caitlin reprise their evil roles as Reverb and Killer Frost, respectively. Considering they are moving Supergirl from CBS for the next season, maybe this Flashpoint could be an interesting way to reset that show, as well.
As for DC Legends of Tomorrow (which I also enjoy), considering it’s about time travel I figure it would be cool if it mentioned the Flashpoint but I wouldn’t be as disappointed if it wasn’t a major part of the story — though the fact that John Wesley Shipp, who played The Flash in the series from the 1990s is supposedly joining the cast as Jay Garrick could make for an awesome aspect to the Flashpoint storyline.
Either way, I loved Flashpoint Paradox and am really curious/excited to see how the TV show tackles this storyline. But considering how connected Flash and Arrow are, I would be disappointed if the Flash season finale only affected Flash/i>.
|Jori Hulkkonen||Black Books||Doc L Junior’s Robo-dub|
|Midnight to Monaco||One In A Million|
|Thank you Aurea Astro!!! This is on a record label I love called Future Classic.|
|Pet Shop Boys||Twenty-Something|
|I love the poppiness of this song. So slick. It’s produced by Stuart Price/Jacques lu Cont/etc. of Madonna (and many others) fame.|
|Tiga||Tell Me Your Secret|
|Lee Walker||Freak Like Me||DJ Deeon vs Lee Walker Remix|
|The Agent||Southside Berlin|
|Beyoncé||6 Inch (feat. The Weeknd)|
|Of course it’s difficult to choose just one song, but I especially love this song because of the sample of “2Wicky” by Hooverphonic.|
|Shit Hot Soundsystem||Lover’s Groove|
|Sísý Ey||Do It Good||Club Mix|
|Duke||So in Love With You||Sweet mix|
|This is a relatively older song but I’d never heard it before and I happened to hear it on c89.5 and it immediately struck me. Dumb but catchy as hell.|
|Tiga||Make Me Fall In Love||Tiga Vs. Audion Pop Version|
|I love his new album No Fantasy Required. Was tough choosing one favorite track.|
|Coma||The Sea||Baio Mix|
|Kanye West||Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance the Rapper & Kirk Franklin)|
|When it comes to Kanye I always prefer the production over the lyrics.|
|New Order||Singularity||Erol Alkan’s Extended Mix|
|Aww yeah! It’s been a while since Erol Alkan has put out a remix — it was worth the wait.|
|V.I.M.||Maggie’s Last Party||Beats & Bass mix|
|I don’t know much about this song but it’s crazy and weird and I love it.|
|Cassius||Action (feat. Cat Power)|
|I never would’ve predicted these two artists (Cassius and Cat Power/Chan Marshall) two collaborate. But they did. And it’s great.|
|Alex Midi||In the Air Tonight (feat. Delacey)|
|This is for my Phil Collins-loving friend Aurea Astro.|
|AlunaGeorge||I’m In Control (feat. Popcaan)|
|WhoMadeWho||Hi & Low|
|M83||Do It, Try It|
|This song took a few listens but then it really caught me. It’s not what I would’ve expected from M83 — which could be exciting. New album out soon.|
|Shlohmo||Druid Caravan of Smoke|
|So Rick Rubin produced an album of a bunch of electronic music artists doing songs inspired by Star Wars. I love a bunch of the tracks — they are weird, funny, exciting. But this dark one by Shlohmo is definitely my favorite.|
One of my favorite new Friday rituals is that when I get off work (usually a little early since it’s Friday), I put on my “5 Star” playlist (i.e. a playlist of all my favorite songs — the playlist itself has 864 songs while my entire iTunes library has a little over 65,000 songs: so these are the top songs) and then I narrow that down even more by listening to my favorites of my favorites — essentially “6 Star” songs. It’s a nice way to end the week and feels a bit nostalgic (I’ve noticed that most of the 5-star songs are over 5 years old). I was telling one of my friends about this and got the idea to post some of the songs I’ve listened to lately. Not sure if I’ll do this regularly or what. Check em out!
|Elvis Presley||Suspicious Minds|
|Annie||Heartbeat||Röyksopp’s Mindre Tilgjengelige remix|
|The Smashing Pumpkins||Thru The Eyes Of Ruby|
|Sonic Youth||Teen Age Riot|
|Junior Boys||The Equalizer||Morgan Geist Graphic Mix|
|Étienne De Crécy||Am I Wrong|
|Kanye West||Homecoming (feat. Chris Martin)|
|Nine Inch Nails||Ruiner|
|M83||Don’t Save Us From The Flames||Superpitcher Remix|
|Pearl Jam||Yellow Ledbetter|
|Nine Inch Nails||The Hand That Feeds||DFA Mix|
|Lush||When I Die|
|GusGus||Your Moves Are Mine|
|David Guetta||Memories (feat. Kid Cudi)|
|Muse||Knights of Cydonia||Ocelot remix|
|The Wolfgang Press||Going South|
|Róisín Murphy||Overpowered||radio edit|
|Metronomy||Not Made for Love||Joakim remix|
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs||Gold Lion||Diplo’s Optimo remix|
|Paul Van Dyk||Nothing But You||PVD Radio Mix|
|Morcheeba||God Bless And Goodnight|
|Depeche Mode||Enjoy the Silence|
|Röyksopp||Someone Like Me|
|Tiga||Move My Body||Boys Noize remix|
|Kelis||Bossy||Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Earth Out remix|
|50 Cent||Ayo Technology (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)|
|Paul Revere and The Raiders||Kicks|
|Missy Elliott||Play That Beat|
|Helium||All The X’s Have Wings|
|Lana del Rey||Video Games||Copycat Night Drive Version|
|How come I didn’t know about this remix earlier?? Copycat is one of my favorites (and has made numerous appearances on charts past). This remix adds a dark disco-y feel to the haunting original.|
|How could I not include it? This song is amazing on so many levels.|
|The 1975||The Sound|
|I’ll admit the album version isn’t as good as their performance on Saturday Night Live but it’s still catchy as hell.|
|99 Souls||The Girl Is Mine (feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy)|
|I haven’t been a huge fan of mash-ups for quite a while but this is a nice one. Feels like an entirely new song that heavily samples others.|
|Tiga||Planet E||Dense & Pika Remix|
|THEY.||Motley Crue||Gener8ion Remix|
|Riton||Rinse & Repeat||Brodinski & Myd Remix|
|Loredana Bertè||Ti Piacerebbe||Bottin Rework|
|Leonardo Gonnelli||Stay (feat. Forrest)|
|I haven’t been able to track down the lyrics yet, but it’s something like, “Stay with me. I’m never going to leave. Can’t you see it’s something that I’ll never be. I’m never going to ask you anything. What you feel is just something I’m never going to feel” and I find it so powerful and amazing.|
|Daco||Meine Killer||Live Mix|
|That German deadpan or whatever that I love so much…|
|Jaytor||The Love Track||David Garcet Remix|
|Rome Fortune||Dance||Fred Falke Remix|
|James Rod||Journey To Jupiter||AIMES Remix|
|I only wish a journey to Jupiter would sound this fun.|
|Eagles & Butterflies||We Get High||Eagles & Butterflies Remix|
|A long dark high, then.|
|Florence + the Machine||Queen Of Peace||Hot Chip Remix|
|LA Priest||Mountain||Jam City Remix|
|The Shoes||Us & I (feat. Esser)|
|J. Cole||No Role Modelz|
|“Fool me — you can’t get fooled again” (yes, this song samples George W. Bush)|
|Kanye West||No More Parties in LA (feat. Kendrick Lamar)|
|Sia||Move Your Body|
|If this song gets remixed expect to see it show up again.|
|Bloc Party||The Love Within|
|Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a Bloc Party song this much. Different energy than their earlier more angsty stuff.|
|The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra||Step Into My Life||M&M Mix by John Morales|
|Lord Huron||The World Ender|
|Reminds me of Timbre Timbre — especially the Timbre Timbre song “Broken Arrow” (and I mean that in a really good way).|
|Vince Staples||Lemme Know (Feat. Jhené Aiko & DJ Dahi)|