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Reed Diamond – Christmas Special the Second

Once again Culturally Fixated is joined by our Special Correspondent in LA to celebrate Christmas!!

Welcome back to the fabulous, the funny, the festive

REED DIAMOND

daniel whitehall gifWhat a chat!! We cover all sorts of everything – we dove straight in and began discussing Marvel, comics, Agents of SHIELD and Reed’s reunion with Jed Whedon, Mo Tancharoen and Dichen Lachman. From there – it was a hectic head first trip down the rabbit hole as we covered Rossum, Hydra, the spectrum of TV villains and the parallels of the fictional and real world.

Then onto Reed’s insanely busy 2014 – from Wayward Pines to the final season of Franklin and Bash, to working with Malcolm McDowell and his first foray in comedy (on TV anyway), then onto State of Affairs and back again.

REED DIAMOND

as Daniel Whitehall

 

All the while joined by Monkey (an actual magical monkey) and Donald (the inebriated and obscenely snobby elf). Daniel Whitehall – yup, heartless evil Nazi Hydra leader – even serenaded us with a chilling rendition of Jingle Bells.

Oh and I taught Reed how *not* to say Nollaig Shona (Merry Christmas in Irish).

***LANGUAGE***
We’ve very good. Practically not offensive at all.
***SPOILERS***
Agents of SHIELD. We ruin the living daylights out of the first half of the second season.
And the end part of the first.
Oh, we also assume that everyone is up to speed on Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing. Because why wouldn’t you be?

 

[audio http://culturallyfixated.podbean.com/mf/web/mr574p/ReedDiamond-ChristmasSpecial.mp3]

 

Reed Diamond – Christmas Special the Second

Reed Diamond – Christmas Special
Reed Diamond – our 3rd chat – HERE!
Reed Diamond – our 2nd chat – HERE!
Reed Diamond – our 1st chat – HERE!
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SNL – Marvel Future Films

The premiere of the 40th season of Saturday Night Live was hosted by the ever affable Chris Pratt – star of the Guardians of the Galaxy film.

While the live sketches seemed a bit flat (and surprisingly reliant on cue cards); there were some pre-recorded gems.

 

My Favourite Things 01 – Marvel Film Universe

I’m a simple soul. Always have been. As a result I take an inordinate amount of delight in things that those around me frequently don’t notice. 

It’s the little things in life that can really make a difference. 
Finding a fiver in your jeans…before you put the washing on for example. Or in a disused bag and you’ve no idea how long it’s been there. 

Enough milk for a single cuppa, when you feared you’d have to leave the house again immediately. 

A favourite song that plays at an unexpected moment that loosens you out. 

I’m not talking about anything that you’d write home about. Just…simple pleasures. 

The end credit scene’s across the Marvel Film Universe series make my toes curl with delight – I get such a kick of out waiting during the credits, watching those not in the know walk out with the somewhat sinful thrill of the initiate. Even if the film doesn’t exactly work for me, I’ll always wait for these!

(Also posted on Drneevil’s blog.)

Iron Man 3

BLURB

When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. 

* * * MILD SPOILER ALERTS * * *


Popped out to the old picture house this evening to check out the new Iron Man sequel. Sadly, as it’s been out for a while*, there was no 3D option. I would have enjoyed seeing this with all the bells and whistles!

I really enjoyed this – considerably more than it’s predecessor to be honest. Though I try to keep expectations low whenever I see a Marvel Universe Film (because I enjoy the world so much, I have to prepare myself mentally for another Wolverine. Or X3. That just about broke my heart.), I was genuinely uncertain about what I should expect from this, especially given the ramifications of The Avengers (Avengers Assemble). And don’t be lead by the trailer – that presents a very different film to the one I watched!

The back to basics focus on the man behind the suit was certainly an unexpected but welcome step. It was so good seeing Tony Stark vulnerable again – and in such an unpredictable way for the character. Though it had the potential to be really hokey, I found his interactions with his underage sidekick to be very touching. 

Additionally, it was great seeing Tony work without all the hubris. His persona has frequently resulted in his serious skills as a super hero being called into doubt – most spectacularly when S.H.I.E.L.D. refused to put him on the regular Avenger role call. Watching him refit himself into the role of the mechanic was a lovely way to turn about this tendency. 

I’d recommend to the three people who haven’t seen it yet. A good solid film and – if the character was starting to appear a bit glib in his more recent films – the opening scenes are a beautiful way of refreshing your viewing palate!

Oh, for those who have seen it. Is this the first in the Marvel Universe that doesn’t feature Samuel L Jackson. 
Yes I could Google it. I’m feeling lazy! Don’t judge. 



*3 weeks. Barely. Man the Box Office is cruel this time of year.

NB 
There is an after credits scene. I forgot to check before I went and had to do that loud whisper convince to himself to sit through the long looooong list of credits with me (I knew that he would, he always does, but he prefers to know that he’s definitively waiting for a guaranteed result!).

Comic Book Tradition

In our most recent podcast, Culturally Fixated 2.0, I talked very briefly about seeing Spiderman and X-men movies on my birthday.  It was a ritual which began with the first X-Men movie in 2000.  I took a chance on taking my, then, 11 year old sister to see it, assuming that she would get into it.  I was right! One of the benefits of having a birthday on the 3rd week of May is that there is usually a big summer movie to watch.  I have spent recent birthdays watching 3 X-Men movies, 3 Spiderman and various other big event movies.  This year it was a little more low key, spending it watching ‘Win, Win’.
I want all of the movies we talked about during the episode to be good, but I just don’t think they will.  My big hope is that they don’t screw up the Avengers movie, but again, who knows? Now what I want is for there to be a Deadpool movie, and for it to be good, and a really good Gambit story.

I can live without a stand alone Gambit, but he really needs to be a big part of the next X-movie.  The character is in good hands with Taylor Kitsch, one of my favourite young actors and there are acres of backstory to explore.  But then, I’m happy anytime Kitsch gets something good to do!
Another Friday Night Lights alum dabbled with the superhero/comic book genre in recent months, this time not successfully.  She was slated to be Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s reboot of the show.  She looked good in the outfit, is statuesque and a hell of an actress.  I would have given it a shot, but the powers that be decided otherwise.

Well, hopefully one day we can have a Hannibal King spin off and I can rest my man crush on Ryan Reynold’s penis pointers once again!

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