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AVENGERS ENDGAME – Karl Sides (The Flick fanatics)

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Starring:

Chris Evans          Scarlett Johansson     Robert Downey Jr.

Mark Ruffalo       Chris Hemsworth     Jeremy Renner

Every Journey has an end and Marvel brings our 11-year thrill ride with “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” to an epic and proper conclusion with the film AVENGERS ENDGAME!

Everything has been building toward this moment in time……from the first suit of armor that Tony Stark made when confined to the cave in the desert…. to a war hero frozen in ice…. a GOD from another universe who fell to Earth, a couple of spies with deadly aim and a scientist with some anger management issues that would become the team we call THE AVENGERS!

Last year we saw our defenders fall to the “Mad Titan” Thanos (Josh Brolin) who snapped his fingers and erased half of the galaxy’s population and we lost heroes like Falcon (Anthony Mackie), the Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and the king of Wakanda- Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Endgame opens with fallout around the world with people mysteriously disappearing, society spirals down not being able to cope with the loss.

The Avengers that are left try to move on and locate the missing team members that weren’t in the battle of Wakanda, with Black Widow coordinating the search teams. Steve Rogers leads therapy sessions for people trying to move on from the “event”.

While they put up a strong front, the Avengers also are still trying to figure out where Thanos went and how to get the gauntlet to possibly use it to get their friends back. Dr. Banner explains that they are short-handed this time if they face Thanos, only to be corrected by newcomer Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) aka Capt. Marvel “No this time you have me!”

If you are looking for spoilers and answers to those questions that have been burning in your soul, you won’t find them here! You need to get one of the few available tickets left and GO SEE AVENGERS ENDGAME this weekend!!!

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CAPTAIN AMERICA:CIVIL WAR- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Friend vs. Friend, Avenger vs. Avenger as the Marvel Universe divides in the latest film Captain America: Civil War!

As a comic book fan and a film critic, I love that the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows how to cross promote their films and TV shows while introducing characters in cameos prior to their solo films. We met Nick Fury all the way back in Iron Man (2008), Agent Peggy Carter was introduced with Captain America and now we get a look at two new heroes in the new film Captain America: Civil War.

Civil War picks up where Age of Ultron left off with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)leading the new group of Avengers:  Falcon (Anthony Mackie) & Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) tracking down Crossbones (Frank Grillo) to prevent HYDRA from obtaining a biological weapon. The fight takes place in the streets of South Africa and there are numerous casualties including a group of students from Wakanda as Cap and his crew defeat Crossbones securing the chemical.

The governments of the world are demanding accountability by the Avengers after the battles in New York (Avengers), Washington DC (Captain America Winter Soldier), Sokovia (Avengers Age of Ultron) and now Africa. Secretary of State Ross (William Hurt) tells the Avengers they have to agree to supervision by the United Nations to continue policing the planet.  This is accepted by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the military minded Rhodey aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), but Cap and Falcon think that they still know what is best for the heroes.

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THE BRONZE- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic “

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Melissa Rauch really sticks the landing in the new comedy “The Bronze!”

Melissa Rauch co-wrote (with her husband Winston) and stars in the new comedy “The Bronze!” Melissa is Hope Ann Greggory, a local gymnast from Ohio that is the USA’s best chance at a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic games in Rome. Hope grew up being encouraged by her father Stan (Gary Cole) and pushed by her Russian coach. Hope was eyeing a medal until a misstep on the beam and she injured her foot. Hope has her best event left, the uneven bars, but a bad foot and needing a near perfect routine to medal. Hope toughs it out and performs. She sticks the landing and returns to Amherst, Ohio a hero with a bronze medal!

Years roll by and Hope is still living in the past trying to stretch out her 15 minutes of fame to 15 years. The once Olympic athlete is now drinking, doing drugs, masturbates to her Olympic footage and takes advantage of her enabling father. Stan, a postal carrier, cooks, cleans, and supports his unemployed daughter who sneaks in and steals money out of letters in his mail bag. Hope needs to get a job but she thinks she can still live of her celebrity and Stan.

Hope is so domineering over her father that his only other relationship he can have is with his pet goldfish! Hopes ex-coach dies suddenly and in a letter promises to give Hope $500,000 if she agrees to train the new up and coming superstar gymnast “Miracle” Maggie (Hailey Lu Richardson).Hope being her self-centered self agrees to coach Maggie, but then realizes she will de-thrown Hope as the local celebrity. Then the sabotage begins. Hope gets rid of Maggie’s diet and fattens the gymnast up and has her hooking up with boys. On team Greggory, there is no practice.

The Olympic team coach and former gymnast Lance Tucker(Sebastian Stan) comes in to check on Maggie’s progress finding a bulging girl drunk at noon. Lance was Hope’s teammate and boyfriend at the 2004 games, and he tells her Maggie wont make the team. Hope sees the end of her coaching career and a payday until Stan tells her there is no money unless Maggie makes the Olympics and she is coaching her!

Hope has to go to work for real and Maggie is put through gymnastic drill camp!

Melissa Rauch transforms from the nice girl next door we know as Bernadette from the Big Bang Theory to a Tonya Harding raunchy win at all cost athlete in the comedy “The Bronze”. There is a record setting use of the “F” word with Hope talking like a sailor. Hope is a drinker, druggie and has one of the most elaborte and well choreographed sex scenes in movie history! Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan and Hailey Lu Richardson are fantastic in their supporting roles.

I encourage you to GO FOR BRONZE! Go see this film and laugh until you fall out of your chair!!

Listen to the entire Flickanalysis here:

Rated R (Language, Strong Sexual Situation, Nudity, Drugs)

Grade: 4/6

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Interviews

Fanatic Interview with Melissa Rauch from “The Bronze”

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I as fortunate to see an early screening of Melissa Rauch’s (Bernadette from Big Bang Theory) new film “The Bronze” , which she stars and co-wrote with her husband. You can get the Flickanalysis this Friday (3/18), but I sat down with some fellow critics in a round table format to interview Melissa about the film.

Let me start by saying Melissa is one of the nicest celebrities I have ever met and a complete contrast from her character Hope in “The Bronze”. You can hear the complete interview below (spoilers revealed in the interview) , but here are some highlights from the questions asked:

*It wasn’t planned to break the record for using the “F” word in a film, Hope could make Scarface blush!

I asked Melissa if she was an athlete or did any gymnastics in school? She told us that she was the opposite…the most unatheletic person you would meet. The idea came from her liking to watch the Olympics with her husband and a trip back to her home town after her first acting job and was given a free pretzel by a fan!

There were many questions about scenes in the film but we also asked about co-star Gary Cole who plays Hope’s father who goes from pushing parent to dominated provider for Hope. We asked about Stan (Cole) having no life and his only relationship is with his fish. Melissa told us Hope is a handful and all encompassing, keeping Stan to herself.

*Melissa added Hope doesn’t like herself very much, then I added “Except in the first 10 mins of the film” which got a laugh from Melissa. She added Hope loves her past success and continues to live it.

I asked What Bernadette would think of “The Bronze”? Melissa said she would like the film, she would be shocked but would like the movie!

Here the entire interview here:  

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