Author: Tom Laurie

Marvel Us Podcast Ep 21 – Iron Man 2 (2010)

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 punishing episode, we’re talking about Iron Man 2. In this episode of Marvel Us, we dig into Tony and Pepper‘s relationship, and try to understand the mystifying machines of Ivan Vanko. Irons in the fire: Guns, rockets, lasers… whips? Why whips? Justin Hammer: He’s like Tony Stark, but you dislike it when he kills people. Just as Tony’s charisma softens his many murders, his chemistry with Pepper makes their distasteful relationship oddly...

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Marvel Us Podcast ep 19 – Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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 punishing episode, we’re talking about Punisher: War Zone. In this episode of Marvel Us, Leona shields her eyes from the sloshing viscera of Frank Castle‘s crusade. Faces are scraped off. Limbs are broken. Heads are smashed. Parkour doers are exploded. No one goes unpunished. Punishments dealt: The effects real mass-murders have on fictional ones. Doug Hutchison: Major Creepo. What if your new surrogate father murdered your actual father? Pretty cool, right? Authentic...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 18 – The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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 heart pounding episode yet, Tom and Leona ask the important questions. Hulk’s second outing might be less of a chore than his first, but it still falls short of “incredible.” He isn’t as bouncy or sweaty as he used to be, but he isn’t much of anything else, either. We’re incredibly incredulous over: The Hulk Can’t F***. Seriously, what’s up with this heart rate monitor? Women are infatuated with Bruce Banner for...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 17 – Iron Man (2008)

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 forward looking episode yet, we look to the past to see the future. In revisiting the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we applaud the leaps forward made by Marvel Studios while hoping for much greater progress yet to come. Together we forge: A general appreciation for Robert Downey Jr. Relief that Marvel Studios never fully committed to the “Yellow Peril” racism behind The Mandarin. Recognition of the awkward power dynamics between...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 16 – Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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 humorsome episode yet, we’re crawling through Spider-Man 3. In episode 16 of Marvel Us, Leona and I consistently fail to understand why any of the things that happen in this film happen. The solid foundation established in Spider-Man 2 is traded away for sand… man sand–and everyone sinks into it up to their necks. Except Gwen Stacy. She’s good. The tangled web we weave covers: The Mystery of Tom’s Episode Misnumbering. Sam...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 15 – Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

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 difficult episode yet, we’re talking about Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. In episode 15 of Marvel Us, Leona and I trudge through the many failed weddings of Sue Storm and Reed Richards. Will those two ever work things out, or will Sue pursue her smoldering chemistry with The Human Torch… her brother? This episode is shorter than the film, so let us spare you the trouble of finding out firsthand!...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 11 – ELEKTRA (2005)

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 shortest episode yet, we’re talking about Elektra.  In episode 11 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash Elektra, the surprisingly good Rob Bowman supernatural assassin escapade. I enrich this exercise by sharing facts and trivia about the film. There is humor. You will enjoy this. Here are some points of interest: Rob Bowman was a well liked director on Star Trek: TNG and The X-Files. He also directed a lot of Castle. Elektra made...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Season Finale Recap: (S02E25) Encounter

As Summer comes to an end, so does the second season of My Hero Academia. With the struggles of the Practical Exam behind them, the students wait anxiously for their results. Who made the grade? Who will be left out of the forest retreat training camp? What new struggles will they encounter? A small portion of the class are fairly certain they failed the practical exam, but aren’t sure of the grading method. Before they can stew in their worry for too long, Shota Aizawa (Junichi Suwabe) throws them for a loop. Yes, a handful of students failed the...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 10 – BLADE: TRINITY (2004)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. As we celebrate what we hope is the end of this iteration of Blade, we’re talking about Blade: Trinity.  In episode 10 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash Blade: Trinity, the exhausting David S. Goyer vampire escapade. I enrich this exercise by sharing facts and trivia about the film. There is humor. You will enjoy this. Here are some points of interest: Wesley Snipes was more interested in getting stoned in his trailer than being in...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E24) Katsuki Bakugo: Origin

The title for this week’s episode of My Hero Academia–“Katsuki Bakugo: Origin“– evoked the possibility of a flashback heavy dive into the psyche of this repulsively prideful boy. While the story does a backward flash here and there, we’re mostly caught in the events of the present. UA’s Class A is wrapping up the “practical” portion of their exams, and that means teachers are beating the hell out of students… for knowledge reasons. The present event in which we’re caught is the showdown between All Might (Kenta Miyake) and his students, Izuku Midoriya (Daiki Yamashita) and Katsuki Bakugo (Nobuhiko...

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