Author: Tom Laurie

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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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 9 – SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. Agreeing that Pirate’s Booty is tastier than microwave popcorn, we’re talking about Spider-Man 2.  In episode 9 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash Spider-Man 2, the surprisingly dated Sam Raimi web-slinging 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: Aasif Mandvi, Donnell Rawlings and Joel McHale all make appearances Due to back pain, Tobey Maguire was almost replaced by...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E23) Stripping the Varnish

Exams grind on in My Hero Academia, and this week is about everyone getting out of the way in time for the main event. As Recovery Girl (Etsuko Kozakura) tells it, the duos of students are pitted against teachers who will best exploit their weaknesses. Given their gravity and laser light focused Quirks, Ochaco Uraraka (Ayane Sakura) and Yuga Aoyama (Kosuke Kuwano) are at the mercy of Space Hero Thirteen’s (Inuko Inuyama) Black Hole. With their chances for success being pulled into the mysterious void within Thirteen’s space suit, Aoyama decides its prime time for stirring up drama. He...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E22) Yaoyorozu: Rising

Exam season continues on My Hero Academia as pairs of students face off against members of the UA faculty. Everything they’ve learned about teamwork and adapting to specific environments will be put to the test. There are only two ways to pass this test and, facing off with pro Heroes, neither will be easy: slip handcuffs onto the teacher, or make it through a designated escape gate. At least, I didn’t expect it to be easy, but hey these kids have learned a lot! The first duo thrown into battle is Tsu (Aoi Yuki) and Tokoyami (Yoshimasa Hosoya), facing...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 8 – THE PUNISHER (2004)

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 bewildered episode, we’re talking about The Punisher.  In episode 8 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash The Punisher, the baffling Jonathan Hensleigh revenge 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: This sh*t-show has a generous score of 29% Rotten Tomatoes! At one point, Thomas Jane accidentally stabbed Kevin Nash for real!...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 7 – HULK (2003)

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 anguished episode, we’re talking about Hulk.  In episode 7 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash Hulk, the bouncy Ang Lee monster 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: The Hulk character is based on Frankenstein’s monster and Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde. This mess started development in 1990! Ang Lee’s wife is a microbiologist....

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 6 – X2 (2003)

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 disputably our most controversial episode, we’re talking about X2.  In episode 6 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash X2, the second Bryan Singer mutant 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: They used MIMES for the time stop scenes! Alan Cumming is fluent in German! They were going to introduce Gambit & Beast, but they...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E20) Listen Up!! A Tale From the Past

After weeks of mayhem on the mean streets, My Hero Academia returns to the “academia” shtick. The students of Class 1-A return to school, sharing tales and mostly downplaying their adventures as Hero interns. Uraraka (Ayane Sakura) is visibly intense in her newfound devotion to martial arts, but Kyoka (Kei Shindo) and Tsu (Aoi Yuki) demur about their involvement in busting up criminal organizations. Similarly, the trio that took down Stain have to play along with everyone’s belief that Endeavor rescued them and apprehended the Hero Killer. Even while students praise the #2 Hero, the influence of Stain’s ideology...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E18) The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain

Pieces move around the board while My Hero Academia‘s trio of boys nurse their wounds. A powerful piece, the Hero Killer: Stain (Go Inoue), has been removed from the board, but the outcome is not pleasing Shigaraki (Koki Uchiyama). As the public leader of the League of Villains, he hoped the Nomus would rampage through Hosu City before killing Stain and replacing him as the chief menace in the public eye. Instead, Stain is in police custody and all of the Nomus have been killed or captured. Stain is off the street, but his ideology is spreading like wildfire....

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 5 – Daredevil (2003)

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 Benniferriest episode, we’re talking about Daredevil.  In episode 5 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash Daredevil, the Mark Steven Johnson sensory escapade. I enrich this exercise by sharing facts and trivia about the film. There is humor. You will enjoy this. Listen for the following incredible moments! We both forget Vince “Ham Head” Vaughn’s name Jon Favreau‘s entry into business with Marvel Wearing leather while damp Alternate casting possibilities: Vin Diesel as...

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