Marvel Cinematic Universe Rewatch – Phase 1

This is the first installment of my Marvel Cinematic Universe Rewatch which will take a look back at the MCU movies released between 2008 and 2012, usually referred to as Phase 1. Wait, what is this about? Check out the intro post here. Iron Man (2008) The Good: Perfect casting for Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr.’s personal story and battle with his demons fits perfectly with the journey Stark went on in the comics in the late 70’s. The entire cast

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Rewatch Preview

Earlier this summer Marvel did what was once unimaginable. They released Avengers: Infinity War – their 19th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which was built upon all of the movies that came before it. Before next years still untitled follow up to Infinity War I wanted to do a Marvel Cinematic Universe rewatch and revisit all 20 movies so far. Another inspiration point for this endeavor was listening to The Incomparable’s Summer of Marvel podcast series (starting at episode 413) where

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Media Bites – July 2018

Like last month, this month’s Media Bites is kind of lacking since we’ve spent most of our time dealing with closing on our new house and move to Austin, but here’s a quick review of some of the movies, television shows, music, and other media that I’ve consumed and thought was worth sharing for the month of July 2018. Movies Ant-Man and the Wasp – The latest Marvel movie, and just as expected, it was super fun. Skyscraper – Going into

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Media Bites – May 2018

Here’s a quick review of some of the movies, television shows, music, and other media that I’ve consumed and thought was worth sharing for the month of May 2018. Movies Deadpool 2 – You don’t get to say this very often, especially in the realm of comic book movies, but for me, the sequel was better than the first one. Solo: A Star Wars Story – I went into this movie with the lowest of expectations, and was pleasantly surprised.

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Media Bites – April 2018

Here’s a quick review of some of the movies, television shows, music, and other media that I’ve consumed and thought was worth sharing for the month of April 2018. Movies Ready Player One – I went into this movie mostly blind to the story or plot. I just knew that there was a ton of references (and Easter eggs) to some of my favorite pop culture items and that there was a battle between two camps – the users of

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Media Bites – March 2018

Kottke.org, one of my favorite blogs, has a recurring feature called “Media Diet” where Jason Kottke lists out all of the media he’s consumed in a given time, and shares the worthwhile ones. I love that idea and want to copy it. So I am. With the clever name – Media Bites – which will hopefully be a monthly thing. In these posts I’ll include movies, music, comics, television shows, books, articles, whatever I come across that’s worth sharing. They won’t

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Best of 2017

Best of 2017

Wow, what a shit show 2017 was, huh? Daily doses of idiocy from Trump and administration, countless mass shootings, hurricanes, Net Neutrality being destroyed, and so much more. But, there were a lot of great things too. We kicked off 2017 by meeting our newest nephew TJ in March, and our second niece Gia in November. We now have 2 nieces, and 5 nephews, ranging from 9 (10 next year) to 2 months. I can’t believe our oldest is going

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Best of 2016

Best of 2016

Man, 2016 was a rough year. We’ve lost so many important people. Losing Bowie alone was crushing. But the rest of the musicians, actors, athletes and dignitaries that died compounded that feeling. And then add the train wreck that is President Elect Trump and man, 2016 was just the worst. I usually hate seeing end of the year posts on social media because the same people complain year after year that current year was awful and they can’t wait for

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Best of 2015

Another year come and gone. Some big changes for the Rastiellos in 2015, namely I said goodbye to my friends at LyntonWeb and joined Rackspace. On top of that, we traveled to Arkansas, Chicago, and Memphis, and New Jersey twice (not to mention several road trips within Texas). We saw my youngest sister get married, and our awesome niece and nephews grow even more awesome. We celebrated Ali’s 40th birthday, and my mom’s 60th. We saw a ton of concerts,

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Daredevil – The Man Without Fear

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Thanks to Marvel Unlimited I’ve read about 11 years worth of Daredevil comics over the past few months. I had started reading Daredevil monthly in 2009 or so, but shortly after Daredevil premiered on Netflix, one of my friends suggested that I go back and read everything starting from Volume 2 (from 1998) which was about 133 issues. I’m glad I did. I don’t know if I have ever read, or will ever again, read a series so consistently well

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