Month: January 2014

Getting Back Into Comics

So, here’s the thing. I’m a man that loves superheroes and superhero movies, I love playing games – science fiction or superhero games in particular. Obviously, I was a comic book fan… Once.

Man, I really wanted Carnage in the Raimi-movies… Can we get him in the Garfield ones?

I think the first comic book I read was an Amazing Spider-Man comic book, and quickly I began loving that character as a kid. Mary Jane, Peter Parker, Carnage, Venom – the whole nine yards. See, I picked them up whenever I saw a new comic in the stores – but I was not really out in stores that often when I was a kid, really. That meant that I had no real consistent read through, that persisted for a long time – and would eventually lead to me leaving the comic book world.

Gambit! His accent was not as thick on the Danish version.

What replaced comic books for me? Simple, I got into superhero animated tv-shows. Now, this time around I got to get a real story from start to finish, thankfully. The early 90s cartoons of the X-Men, Batman, and, especially, the Spider-Man animated TV show formed me as a comic/superhero fan, a lifelong one at that – later I would watch some episodes of an Iron Man cartoon and a Justice League cartoon, both I remember enjoying. This was how I would spend my weekends, watching shows like these w/ my favorite characters of both Marvel and DC.

Introduced to me by my father.

Meanwhile, movies became more and more important for me in my youth. My father is a movie buff, and as a result, so did I become. On a sidenote he is focused on horror and action only, whereas I would say I value the more meaningful films much more. Well, the Donner Superman movies were introduced to me in the late 90s, around the time that I got into the cartoons. Now, I had not seen anything from Superman before, but I was aware of him. Basically, though, these movies formed my early opinion on him… I liked him. I would eventually lose interest in him as a character, but not before having read comics about him! I vividly remember my father taking me to this comic collector in Copenhagen, and while my dad would talk with the owner (who, meanwhile, was drinking Carlsberg Beer) I would be reading Superman, Batman and Robin, and Spider-Man comic books – when it was time to leave, my dad told me to pick out 3 or 4 comic books, and he would buy them for me. Great memories for young Jeffrey Rex.

And then there’s Thor…

Movies really came to the front when Marvel entered. The cinematic universe as well as the stand alone X-Men and Spider-Man movies would rebring my childhood heroes into my life, this was when I got pulled away from comics. The movies were more than good enough, they would pretty much leave me satisfied. When the Avengers introduced the idea of bringing Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy into their Cinematic Universe I was forced to retrace my steps as a comic fan – but I never really got around to truly reading comics again – until I heard about Rocket Racoon from the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Who would’ve thought a talking Racoon would bring me back?

The Guardians of the Galaxy was a nice surprise for me – never had I heard of them – yet they were instantly pushed to the top of my reading list. Mid-2013 I took the jump back into comic books. The Guardians of the Galaxy were given a new set of comic books, and were reintroduced with Iron Man – this was it for me, I needed to read this. I instantly opened an account at Comixology and bought it. The first piece of comic book material for me since The Walking Dead. I’ve yet to read through all the available comic books for this team, but it has brought me back to my childhood – and I am already contemplating what to get next – what to read. Obviously, The New 52 is tempting, and I have wondered if I should read possibly Green Lantern, Nightwing or Deathstroke. Still, Marvel is interesting, and I am wondering if I should go with the All-New X-Men comics.

So, what do you say? Have any suggestions for me as I return to comic books? Anything I must read?

Catch me later, here on:
I’m Jeffrey Rex

 

I’m Jeffrey Rex ‘Award’ Show Announced

In the next few days, perhaps even hours, if you are lucky, I will be posting a blogpost regarding my personal picks for various ‘Awards’ for 2013. The I’m Jeffrey Rex Award Show will feature the following categories – do note that I have listed at least 2 nominees for each category:

  • Playstation 3 Game of The Year 2013:
    The Last of Us.
    Grand Theft Auto V (5).
  • Playstation 4 Game of The Year 2013:
    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.
    Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
    RESOGUN.
  • Playstation Vita Game of The Year 2013:
    Tearaway.
    Guacamelee!
  • PC/MAC Game of The Year 2013:
    Gone Home.
    Football Manager 2014.
  • Overall Game of The Year 2013:
    The Last of Us.
    Grand Theft Auto V (5).
    RESOGUN.
    Gone Home.
  • Movie of The Year 2013:
    Gravity.
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
    Jagten/The Hunt (Based on Danish/US Release Date).
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Cinematic Experience 2013:
    Mads Mikkelsen in Jagten/The Hunt.
    Simon Pegg in The World’s End.
    Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Cinematic Experience 2013:
    Sandra Bullock in Gravity.
    Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim.
    Amy Adams in Man of Steel.
  • Best Performance in Directing a Cinematic Experience 2013:
    Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity.
    Peter Jackson for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
    Guillermo del Toro for Pacific Rim.
  • Television Show of The Year 2013:
    Breaking Bad.
    Game of Thrones.
    House of Cards.
  • Best Peformance by an Actor in a Television Show 2013:
    Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad.
    Kevin Spacey in House of Cards.
    Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal.
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Show 2013:
    Robin Wright in House of Cards.
    Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel.
    Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones.
  • Song of The Year 2013:
    – “Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake.
    – “Headlights” by Eminem featuring Nate Ruess.
  • Chelsea FC Player of The Year 2013:
    Eden Hazard.
    Frank Lampard.
    Juan Mata.
  • Chicago Bears Player of The Year 2013:
    Josh McCown, Backup Quarterback.
    Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver.
    Kyle Long, Offensive Lineman (Rookie).
  • FC Copenhagen Player of The Year 2013:
    Nicolai Jørgensen.
    Rurik Gislason.
    Thomas Delaney.
  • Overall Performance of The Year 2013:
    – Creating The Last of Us, by Naughty Dog.
    – Cinematographic and Directorial Achievement in Gravity, by Alfonso Cuarón & Emmanuel Lubezski.
    – Excellence in writing Breaking Bad, by Vince Gilligan (Representing the Writing Staff)

*Do note that when dealing with movies, games and songs I nominate out of the pieces I have seen, played or listened to.

I will announce the winners in the next few days,
– I’m Jeffrey Rex

 

Ideas 2014

I have been thinking about some possible blogposts for the next couple of weeks and going forward. As of right now, I would like to blog about my Chicago Bears in length. I am also seriously considering blogging about my #365Films New Year’s Resolution, perhaps posting a sample review each month of the movies seen.

I also need to update my section on important projects I have done. This past year I worked on some Shakespeare, American Imperialism etc. at the University of Copenhagen. I have been informed that I will be reading both American and English Literature next semester, I am very much looking forward to that.

That’s all for now,
– I’m Jeffrey Rex

 

 

MMXIV

A Status Update

Welcome to 2014 – MMXIV in Roman numerals – a year where things will change and I will probably only be posting few updates, sadly.

“I’m going through changes”:

  • 31st of December 2013 marked the first time in a long time that I did not post a New Year’s Speech.
  • Moving on I expect little or no mentioning of the Tour de France. I simply feel like it would be stupid for me to dedicate a lot of time on the blog to that subject, seeing as it is only my Fifth favorite sport.
  • Expect a prediction for the 2014/2015 NFL season to feature this year, I love the NFL, and hopefully I’ll be better than I was at predicting this year. I mean… I predicted that the Ravens would go to the Super Bowl in the 2012/2013 season…
  • Expect more posts simply about my Chicago Bears.
  • My New Years Resolution for 2014 is to watch 365 movies in 365 days, expect posts about the movies I’ve seen this year.
  • My Game of the Year for 2013 was The Last of Us, best game I have ever played.

So that was that. My second semester at the University of Copenhagen begins this february, if you were wondering.

Don’t we all… Don’t we all…

Catch you later!
– I’m Jeffrey Rex