Covert Avengers: Robert Downey Jr – The Judge

If the Marvel movies are great at one thing, it’s casting. So much so that sometimes its hard to imagine their actors ever weren’t Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor and the myriad players to take the screen since. Maybe they always were and the universe just didn’t know it yet. So, with Avengers: Endgame a day away, let’s take a look at another work of the Godfather of the MCU himself, Mr. Robert Downey Jr, in 2014’s The Judge.

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Covert Avengers: Jeremy Renner – Arrival

If the Marvel movies are great at one thing, it’s casting. So much so that sometimes its hard to imagine their actors ever weren’t Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor and the myriad players to take the screen since. Maybe they always were and the universe just didn’t know it yet. So, with Avengers: Endgame a week away, let’s take a look at some Avengers in other roles. This week, Covert Avengers features Jeremy Renner, in 2016’s Arrival.

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Covert Avengers: Chris Evans – Gifted

If the Marvel movies are great at one thing, it’s casting. So much so that sometimes its hard to imagine their actors ever weren’t Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor and the myriad players to take the screen since. Maybe they always were and the universe just didn’t know it yet. So, with Avengers: Endgame mere weeks away and a title suggested by my friend Sean, let’s not do an entire MCU rewatch again, and instead take a look at some Avengers in other roles, starting with Chris Evans in the 2017 drama Gifted.

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At no point was The Passage what I thought it would be

It might not come as a shock to anyone who’s been following the woeful state of my books posts, but I don’t read nearly as much as I used to.  So when I heard Mark-Paul Gosselaar was going to be in a new series called The Passage, based on a best-selling trilogy, I didn’t know anything about it. And honestly, the first trailer I saw didn’t really prepare me.

I don’t know, maybe I blinked or something during the combined seven seconds of screen time for Fanning and Shawna Babcock in a three-and-a-half minute trailer, but my takeaway was that Mark-Paul Gosselaar worked for some shady people, got cold feet about abducting a kid and then spent life on the run with her.

Which, okay fine. I’ve watched worse for MPG. But then somebody in a forum mentioned vampires and I was all “The who with the what now?”

Anthony Carter (McKinly Belcher III), The Passage (FOX)
VAMPIRES, WHAT?!!

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2018 Media in Review: Movies at Home

In addition to the 15 movies I saw at the theater in 2018, I also watched 32 movies at home, half of which were part of the Road to Infinity War MCU series. As such, only 9 movies (28 percent) were new to me. I started 2018 tracking release dates and genre and films by month, but as I raced through all the Marvel movies between February and April, everything started to blur together and eventually I just gave up on that. So, sadly, once again I can’t get very mathy.

Here are the Top 5 movies I’m glad I watched in 2018, the 5 I could have done without and a few miscellaneous things to wrap up my 2018 non-theater movie experience.

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2018 Media in Review: New Movies

Last year, I saw so few movies at the theater, I just combined them with the movies I streamed or watched on disc. That was not the case this year. In 2018 I saw 15 movies, most of which fell under the action/adventure/superhero umbrella, but there were some dramas, comedies and even a documentary to round out the list.

Here are the five I enjoyed the most of all, followed by all the rest.

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