18 04 2012

Perfectly Assembled: A spoiler-free review of The Avengers (2012)

Standing in a line of over 200 people at 7 am in San Diego, California during a very cold and windy morning; I thought back to when I first saw the, now famous, post-credit Iron Man scene where Sam Jackson playing Nick Fury uttered the word “Avengers.” Who knew that one word would lead to this, in my opinion, the greatest comic book film I’ve yet to see. Allow me to explain.

For those who don’t know, The Avengers is a film that has been years in the making. All of Marvel Studios films following Iron Man have been leading to this story: A tale featuring Earth’s mightiest heroes together at last. In the process of creating a movie with such ambition, many people began to wonder if this could ever work. Fans all over the world were both excited and terrified when the news first came out that this film would happen, but a lot of their concerns were put at ease when they announced the film’s writer/director: Joss Whedon.

Joss Whedon is most famous for his television work, (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) but he is also well known for his witty writing, slick visuals, compelling action and his love for comics. If anyone was ever suited to bring this massive dream project to life, it was Whedon. But the success of this film would also rely heavily on the talent attached. When it was officially announced that Whedon was directing, Robert Downey, Jr.’s portrayl of Iron Man was the only Avenger that had made an impression on audiences. During Comic Con 2010, (which myself and fellow Fourth Wall member Art were in attendance) the world got a look at the group together for the first time and a little glimpse of what Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor would offer. But even with the stage being set and everything falling in to place, many still wondered… “Is this really going to work?”

After leaving the advanced fan screening of The Avengers, I realized that not only did it work; it was damn near perfect.

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Fourth Wall Podcast #8 is here

12 06 2008

Here it is the new podcast in all the assorted flavors.

For the Week of June, 8th 2008.


With Jesse, Freddie, Art, Dan, Danny and our special guest Aaron Haaland, co-owner of A Comic Shop in Winter Park, FL.

Secret Invasion #3 (3:46)
Ultimate Origins #1 (11:57)
Kick-Ass #3 (27:55)
Avengers/Invaders #2 (35:02)

Quick Mentions:
Skarr: Son of Hulk # 1
Bee Power

DVD and Videogames

In which Jesse, Freddie, Art and Seth discuss the following:
Semi-Pro (1:19)
The Machine Girl (3:43)
The Andromeda Strain (9:50)

Ninja Gaiden 2 (14:32)
Incredible Hulk (15:39)
Lego Indiana Jones (16:05)
Metal Gear Solid 4 (17:45)
Dark Knight Game News (23:50)

Film and TV

With Jesse, Freddie, Art and new member Danny.

In which the main three introduce our new member through the following:

Mongol (1:44)
Kung Fu Panda (2:20)
Madagascar 2 (7:00)
Zack and Miri (12:40)
The Happening (20:47)
The Fall (28:00)

Battlestar Galactica S4E11 Hub (31:26)