Author: Tom Laurie

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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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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