The Live-Action Punishers, Ranked

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The Punisher was one of my favorite superheroes as a kid. He is the vigilante element of the superhero distilled down to its core essence. Like Batman, The Punisher didn’t have any superpowers, just a whole lot of anger. Unlike Batman, he didn’t feel the need to get all theatrical about it. Forget dressing up like a bat and pretending like that would do anything but make criminals kind of scratch their heads a little, all The Punisher needed as his costume was a goddamn skull on his shirt.

There have now been four different live-action takes on The Punisher, three on the big screen and the most recent one in Netflix’s Daredevil series. They have had varying degrees of success, both creatively and financially, and they have also been quite distinct from each other. I’ve seen them all, and I’m here to give you my hot take on which are the best and which are the worst.

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Me, My Mom, and the Terminator

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One of my fondest memories of my mother involves killer robots. It was early July, 1991, and by some set of circumstances I can’t recall my father and sister were not home that day. It was just me and my mom. She made me my favorite dinner (spaghetti and meatballs) and asked if there was a movie I would want to go see. I answered without hesitation: Terminator 2. Continue reading

The Best of 2014

Last year for my obligatory year-end “best of” post, I wrote about the best songs of 2013. It had been a pretty damn good year for music, so it seemed like a natural choice to focus on that. In 2014… well, I was a bit underwhelmed by most of the music that came out. Not all of it, mind you, but there just wasn’t as much great music as the year before. So to mix it up for the new year, I’m branching out a bit and writing about all of my favorite things of 2014.

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Movies I Will Never Outgrow

My last post explored movies that I’ve outgrown for a variety of reasons, from lackluster sequels to cultural over-saturation to just not being at the right place in my life to connect with them anymore. There are some movies, though, that I’m entirely certain I’ll never outgrow. These are movies I go back to time and time again and enjoy them each time I watch them. I’m not talking about movies that are necessarily part of the classical canon of “Great Films;” I’m talking about movies that have withstood the test of time as far as my own personal tastes are concerned. But also, they’re pretty awesome. Continue reading