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Holy. Crap. We’re back, baby! Not a joke and not a one-off! The Four Color Freak-Out returns in a bite-sized 45 minute episode to dig in on the succulent meal that is Iron Man 3! We cover what’s happened in uh…like half a year in DC and Marvel news, and talk a little bit about the comics we’re still very, very, very excited about.

And Eric Melin from Scenestealers joins us for our totes spoiler-free Iron Man 3 review.

Listen now or iTunes the hell out of it later!


Two years ago, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes presented a version of the fabled detective that was more in line with anything else playing in movie theaters – that is, with more one-liners and in slow motion. But it wasn’t for everyone – seeing such a classy character get the Robert Downey Jr. treatment isn’t exactly a natural course to take.

Those who had problems with Ritchie’s take probably weren’t looking forward to the Warner Bros. sequel, A Game of Shadows, which was systematically cranked out for a release aiming to mimic the original’s successful 2009 launch on Christmas (against Avatar, no less). But it’s safe to say that if you had a problem with a smarmy Sherlock the first time around, you shouldn’t even bother showing up this time around.

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It must be Summer, because there’s shorts and sun dresses are making their appearance, and a superhero is in the theaters. As you’ve probably guessed by now, Iron Man 2 has been on dadsbigplan’s collection “oh hell yes” list for some time, so of course we’ve got an opinion on Marvel’s latest big screen endeavor (and the film guaranteed to be the hit of the summer, if only for lack of competition. So hit the jump for a dual Monkey/Cap’n take on the golden Avenger’s second round on the screen.

Six months after revealing himself as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has become a national hero. The world has seen an unprecedented period of peace, Stark stock couldn’t be higher, and the girls (and drinks) are plentiful. Not everything is all sunny in the life of the world’s newest hero, however. As Iron Man 2 opens, Stark is facing health issues tied to his use of the arc reactor, the U.S. government wants the Iron Man technology for military use, and business competitor Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is looking to knock Stark down a few pegs any way he can. Oh, and a disgraced Russian physicist (Mickey Rourke) is gunning to destroy not just Tony Stark, but his entire legacy.

That’s a lot of plot to squeeze into two-hours, and we haven’t even mentioned Pepper Potts’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) new role as CEO of Stark Industries, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D., James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and the creation of War Machine, or Stark’s new assistant (Scarlett Johansson) who has a few skills not listed on her resume.

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by Cap'n Carrot on October 14, 2009 · 4 comments

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I’m a big fan of Chaplin, which is one of my two favorite Robert Downey Jr. films (this being the other). Although Downey lost the Academy Award to Al Pacino that year, his recreation of Chaplin, particularly that of The Tramp, was nothing short of amazing. Here’s the scene which gives us the character’s origin and first moment caught on film. Take a look, and, if you like, you can also watch the entire film from the beginning.