Man Crush Monday: Tony Stark

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Todays man crush monday is a tortured soul. One of the original avengers but a character who didn’t really hit his stride until he was portrayed on film much like the actor who played him. We can only be talking about one man, the Invincible Iron Man Tony Stark. Or as he likes to self proclaim, “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.”

Iron man was created in 1963 and was in Stan Lee’s own words marvels equivalent to Howard Hawks. Similarities can be seen in the physical appearance of both men and Tony Starks father also being named Howard. In the later years apart from a few good story lines from here and there Iron Man was only considered an A list character by default.

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Robert Downey jr was a child actor who in his later years fell on to hard times, drink, drugs and women. Everybody by now knows his story…

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Interstellar: Up and Down

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Interstellar has been compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey, so let’s get one thing out of the way: I know 2001.  I love 2001.  And Interstellar is no 2001, any more than Dan Quayle is Jack Kennedy.  Nor even is it Gravity, and reaching under the sea nor is it The Abyss.

Interstellar - text block 1I mostly agree with the Rotten Tomatoes consensus, except for the part about expectations from Nolan, which I’ll get to in a moment:

Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.

Critics are sharply divided over this movie.  Some are calling it a must-see masterpiece, which it certainly is not, while others have panned it.  Joe Morgenstern for the WSJ:

Christopher Nolan’s 168-minute odyssey through the space-time continuum…

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