Comic Book Movies

Finally saw The Avengers last night. Glad I saw it before it was no longer in theaters, but I must say, the experience was lacking. Not because of the movie, but due to a pretty violent storm in our area last night the power was flickering in the theater and twice the movie stopped and had to be restarted. If it hadn’t been hurricaning (if that’s not a word, it should be) outside I would’ve demanded a refund and left. But we stuck it out, and the movie was pretty good.

**There are spoliers here if you haven’t seen this movie, just sayin**

Firstly, the only romance to speak of was between Stark & Potts, and even that was limited, and almost parodied. They kept it lighthearted and funny. The injection of stupid romance was part of why I didn’t care much for Thor when I first watched it. The weird thing between The Black Widow & Hawkeye wasn’t just , weird, so I don’t include that. It was almost creepy, actually, which I kind of like, so yeah.

The only sort of pre-cursor to The Avengers I hadn’t seen, was The Incredible Hulk (2008) which wasn’t even the same actor, so I don’t know if it qualifies in this sense. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America- those were all the same folks. As previously mentioned, I didn’t care that much for Thor, as a whole, but it did have some pretty good action. I liked the Iron Man movies, mostly because RDJ is great, and beause TOny Stark is very likeable. Captain American was kinda of meh, in my opinion. It might be because I don’t like the actor, I’m not sure.

The new characters, Hawkeye and Black Widow, were bad-ass in their own ways, I guess, but I could take them or leave them. Hawkeye’s prowess was revealed too late, IMO- up at the top of the skyscraper, picking off the aliens, he was very cool. Scarlett Johanson is always smokin hot, though her character lacked something I can’t quite put my finger on.

But anyway, I enjoyed The Avengers, in the end, mostly because of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk. He was awesome. Best part- Loki facing Hulk and saying he “will not be bullied…” and Hulk smashing him around the room like a rag doll. That, and in the end, where Iron Man is laying, motionless, and Hulk yells in his face, I was cracking up. I could defintely watch an entire movie of that.

I’ve heard The Amazing Spiderman isn’t so amazing. I’m not sure I’ve liked the previous incarnations of Spidey in theaters anyway. Batman has done fairly well, and my favorite actor behind the bat is Christain Bale. Dark Knight Rises looks to be very good, and I will go see that. Green Lantern was so-so, maybe leaning toward blah, though the character is one of my favorites from the comics. Fantastic Four, not really my cup of tea, but The Silver Surfer added much to their last film. Haven’t seen any of the relatively recent Superman movies.

What are your favorite comic book superheroes, and which movies have you enjoyed or at elast thought did justice to their heroes?

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Dating Perils of a Nice Guy

Has anyone ever broken your heart? Have you ever been disappointed in a relationship? Has a woman you thought things were going really well with ever, out of the blue, told you that you should find someone better and then proceeded to ignore your attempts to contact her? Yeah, me neither, but I hear that happens to guys a lot. Nice Guys finish last they say. I’ve started to believe it, but I wonder, why?

Your friends will tell you that you’re better off, that there’s a million other fish in the sea, or any other string of cliches and trite little sayings meant to console you, but do they help? Does someone saying, “Well, it’s her loss,” seriously make you feel better? I don’t think it would make me feel any better, if someone were saying it to me, if I found myself in a situation like that. I read that loneliness is as bad for you physically as cigarettes or drug abuse. Maybe it IS your loss?

Why does it seem like a Nice Guy can’t catch a break in the romance department? You’re funny, smart, attractive, you treat women well, you’re polite, and Moms love you. You could be having the most fun you’ve had in a long time with a woman, and you could be thinking, wow, I may have just got really lucky and found someone I’d like to spend time with and get to know better and WHAM. Out of nowhere, she starts telling you that she’s got issues, baggage, a history, or whatever, and that she’s not usually like this, doesn’t want to get involve with anyone after all, even though you “met” on a dating website where, theoretically, you’re both there to actually find a person to spend that time with, that she thinks you could do so much better, etc…

But, enough with the hypotheticals. Let’s talk about reality. What do you Nice Guys out there find the most frustrating about relationships and what do you do if you find yourself in these kinds of situations? Do you find yourself finishing last? Should Nice Guys really expect more from the women out there? Are Nice Guys just not doing it right?

Ladies, feel free to chime in here as well. Your perspective is imperative to understanding how this all works.