Romano's Review: Captain America Civil War

Romano's Review: Captain America Civil War

Everything Wrong with the Marvel Universe
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The 2015 movie season is the most highly anticipated movie season since, and Captain America: Civil War may be the most highly anticipated movie of the summer. Both dedicated Marvel fans and casual movie goers are flocking to the cinema to see the critically appraised super power slug fest. Some have even scene it twice already (*cough cough*) totally not me. The movie is a critical success, and comic book expert, Kevin Smith, has gone so far as to call it the greatest comic book movie of all time, comparing it to the Dark Knight. The movie was definitely good, but to compare it to the Dark Knight is like comparing delicious chocolate chip cookies to a fiber one bar, its an okay snack but we all know which one is better. Therefore, I now present to you my review of Captain America: Civil War. There will be spoilers.

The Good

4. The fight scenes

As proven in the previous installment, the Russo brothers know how to direct action scenes. The action scenes in Civil War are excellent, they combine a plethora of gritty hand to hand combat that we have come to expect in a Captain America movie; however, there is also a ton of quality super-powered fights executed in a way that we haven't scene yet in the MCU. The action pieces are exciting and fast paced, as well as being very high-stakes by pitting our favorite characters against each other.

3. Black Panther

I was extremely skeptical about Black Panther, going into the film. He seemed like a second or third rate character, but I was absolutely proven wrong. Black Panther's story arc perfectly exemplifies the broader them of the movie. With the death of his father, he is pulled between the values of loyalty and morality, where he must decide whether to avenge his father's murder or allow for redemption. He ultimately decides to spare Zemo, and allow for himself to be free free of vengeance consuming his life. Something the other characters cannot do.

2. Character Development

If you couldn't tell from the promotional material, this story pits Captain America against Iron Man, who have a dispute over whether or not the government should regulate "enhanced" people's activities, because of the fall out from the previous movies. The reasoning for both sides is rock solid. The movie delves deep into the damaged character that is Tony Stark, and Robert Downey Jr. does a masterful job of portraying the emotions of loosing parents and being the cause of so many deaths. Chris Evans has always been the best casting for Steve Rodgers, and, once again, defines the character as being a rigid, moral and loyal friend. Marvel has traditionally been criticized for their movie villains, but this isn't the case. Daniel Bruhl is astounding as Baron Zemo, and something tells me he will be back.

1. Spider-Man

Tom Holland is absolutely amazing as Spider-Man, better than both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. This take on the character is the most accurate to the source material we have seen yet, and it is absolutely amazing. Holland is completely believable as a teenage kid from Queens with super powers. He's fun to watch and absolutely hilarious. The brief screen time made me excited for the upcoming Spiderman: Homecoming movie.

The Bad

3. Its all over the place

Team movies are the way superhero movies are going, but that is a slippery slope. If not done correctly these movies can be way overblown and choppy. This movie has over 12 superheroes and a villain, meaning that 13 characters are fighting for limited screen time. Add that to the over abundance of dialog among characters, and the jumps from city to city, this movie can easily become confusing. The audience barely has time to blink, let alone take a bathroom break, which is a big deal during a movie with a 2 hr 27 min run time.

2. It relies on knowledge of almost all of the past marvel movies

With the insane number of characters, there is not time to give a background on everyone. Also, with a jam-packed plot, there is no time to explain the background between Tony Stark and Steve Rodgers. Casual movie fans and new comers would have a very difficult time following the logic behind the two ideologies. They would not know some of the background heroes, like Hawkeye, Ant-man and especially War Machine. War Machine becoming a big problem since his injury is the emotional turning point of the movie. The script brought in characters from the Incredible Hulk, that I didn't even remember. A shared universe will always have this problem, but Civil War relies on the background knowledge more than any other movie

1. There are still no consequences

This is my number one problem with everything in the MCU. We have yet to see a movie that has had serious implications at the end. The two most prominent Avengers just battled for almost two and a half hours, and at the end they send each other a letter to make it all okay. The most shocking scene in the entire movie, when War Machine gets paralyzed, is gut wrenching, but ultimately gets fixed with some sophisticated Stark tech that helps him move his legs. The Marvel executives are so scared to end some things on a bad note that it begins to ruin the credibility and emotional pull to the bad things that happen during the movie. It isn't just this movie either. Coulson dies in the first movie, but don't worry he'll get a TV series. Loki dies in Thor: Dark World, but don't worry its just a trick to take over the throne. Even Nick Furry gets to come back to life after being absolutely riddled with bullets. Its unrealistic and disappointing to know that the entire emotional basis of a movie is manufactured to tie up nice so that we can all go home with a good feeling. Give us some depth or we aren't gonna buy into your plot.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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