Author: Tom Laurie

MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S03E03) Kota

Day breaks on the Wild, Wild Pussycats’ forest training ground as Class 1-B’s teacher, Sekijiro Kan (Shuuhei Matsuda), tries to rouse his class with a speech about the glory of training in My Hero Academia. Based on the concept of muscle strengthening, Classes 1-A and 1-B are assigned repetitive tasks specifically selected to exhaust their Quirks. It’s a training regimen taken right out of The Elder Scrolls, but everyone seems pretty into it. Still, the explanations of how well trod characters (like Class 1-A’s all stars) will strengthen their Quirks feel like an uninvited layer of redundancy, particularly when...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 32 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our most electrifying episode yet, we’re talking about The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In this episode of Marvel Us, we get bitten by eels? Unearned Villainous Turns: Eels? Really? Eels? Your electric generators run on eels? Reconnecting with your best friend that you haven’t spoken to since you were literally children. Paul Giamatti? Fine. Whatever. There’s nothing heroic about close-talking. Peter Parker‘s Solo Hide’n’Seek Game: The Truth Revealed! You can follow Leona on Twitter, here. Follow Tom...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S03E02) Wild, Wild Pussycats

I spent the first two seasons of My Hero Academia marveling at the series’s ceaseless upward trajectory. It’s only fitting that this momentum should stall just before Shota Aizawa (Junichi Suwabe) explains to his students that, though their stamina and mental resilience have improved greatly, the physical limits of their Quirks (for the most part) have hardly improved in “Wild, Wild Pussycats”. Mineta’s (Ryo Hirohashi) nonsense continues–first fantasizing while peeking up his classmates’ skirts, then trying to peep over the wall at the hot springs–further obscuring what was ever likeable about this show. It would be a dream if...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 31 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our most covert episode yet, we’re talking about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In this episode of Marvel Us, we crash Big Brother into a dang river! State Secrets Revealed: How long can Chris Evans run? Dating your ex’s niece: It’s super weird! Captain America’s signature move: kicking your spine to dust. Great setup for Black Widow that will definitely be squandered! Bucky is Sasuke fight me You can follow Leona on Twitter, here. Follow Tom...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S03E01) Game Start

After a break that felt like forever, My Hero Academia is back. Like me, you were probably excited for a fresh adventure with the kids of UA High’s hero course. Like me, maybe you were left still and blank faced, like an animatronic waiting for the next cart of riders to drift by. But hey, it’s totally possible that while you were waiting for the third season premiere of this popular series, you forgot the plot and all of the characters. In that case, this episode has you covered. Thinly veiled in a nothing story about Class 1-A spending...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 29 – The Wolverine (2013)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our most honorable episode yet, we’re talking about The Wolverine. In this episode of Marvel Us, we crave eternal life! Bone claws drained: Has Hugh Jackman always been 50? We may never know. They spend a lot of time talking about “honor,” but don’t force Japanese characters to constantly speak English, so… nice effort? Would a more thoughtful film have time for multiple ninja-in-snow-blower deaths? Bullet train fight: very cool. Continually reckless handling of...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 28 – Iron Man 3 (2013)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our most capitalist episode yet, we’re talking about Iron Man 3. In this episode of Marvel Us, we take a enact the “House Party Protocol.” Expensive works of technological wonder obliterated: “The Mandarin,” huh? We’re really trying to make this thing work? And he’s secretly a white guy? Cool. Great. For a fleeting moment, it feels like they’re going to give Pepper Potts the Rescue suit she deserves. Are you curious about the Marvel...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 27 – The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our most three-dimensional episode, we’re talking about The Amazing Spider-Man. In this episode of Marvel Us, we take spin a web in New York’s notoriously gecko filled sewers. Sewers surfed: The crystal clear sewer water really lets you appreciate all the turds. It took a tested, experienced, qualified director to helm this series: the guy who made 500 Days of Summer and a bunch of music videos. Rhys Ifans probably spent months living among...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 26 – The Avengers (2012)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our most vengeful episode, we’re talking about The Avengers. In this episode of Marvel Us, we take a Tesseract portal down Memory Lane. Memories revisited: Male writers think two women would be a majority over four men. The banter was fresh for its day, but we’ve seen more accomplished with an ensemble (by people who aren’t Joss Whedon). Captain America: His earnestness grows on you like a reassuring moss. Black Widow has so much...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 25 – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our most ephemeral episode, we’re talking about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. In this episode of Marvel Us, we ride with the ghost of Nic Cage‘s career. Vengeance sought: Peeing fire: more central to the plot than you’d expect. The “Weird Contacts Era” of Idris Elba‘s career. The big mining machine was cool, I guess? Christopher Lambert shaved his head… for this. Sorry about all the audible dog sniffles! Hey, maybe watch season 4...

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