Marvelous Monday #22 – Guardians of the Galaxy Was Special To Me

I'm Jeffrey Rex' Marvelous Monday 22 - Personal

Spoiler Warning For: Guardians of the Galaxy

Real talk. Today’s post is really important. Today’s post is really personal. Today I am going to write about how Guardians of the Galaxy was a very special movie to me, and to my family – I am going to explain how it helped us out. I don’t just love that hero-squad because they got me back into comics. The film also helped me heal after the loss of a loved one. Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #22 – Guardians of the Galaxy Was Special To Me”

F.P.: New Direction


On monday December 29th 2014 the Chicago Bears fired three very important people. First it was general manager Phil Emery, then head coach Marc Trestman – and finally Aaron Kromer. Along with that, new information surfaced about the hiring of Marc Trestman.

This post will tell you why you need to fire these three men – and who I would like to see in Chicago in 2015. Before doing that though, let me state the obvious – the Trestman/QB-Guru project was a disaster.

So, Phil Emery is perhaps the most shocking sack of the season for non-Bears fans. Let’s state why he’s gone.

  1. His draft picks didn’t work out – we practically only have fond memories of Jeffery and Long…
  2. Emery stated that they would progress, become even better – when they actually went from 10-6, to 8-8 and now 5-11.
  3. Emery hired Trestman to fix the offense. He did not.
  4. This:

    “At the time, the plan was to retain the highly regarded Marinelli to run the defense. And he had planned to, remaining on even after close friend Smith was fired. But back in mid-January 2013, as part of their final selection process for a head coach to replace Smith, Emery and the organization had Marinelli interview the three finalists for the head-coaching job.

    Marinelli was asked to rank the three. He did. Arians was his runaway first choice; Bevell was the second; Trestman was a distant third.

    Emery selected Trestman.

    When he learned of the decision, Marinelli abruptly angrily resigned and left Halas Hall for Dallas and a de facto demotion to defensive line coach.” – John Mullins, CSNCHICAGO.COM.

So, this is basically self-explanatory. The same can be said for Kromer and Trestman.

  1. Aaron Kromer outed his personal problems with Jay Cutler to the press… Inexcusable, instantly fired in my humble opinion.
  2. Destroying an offense you were hired to fix.
  3. Doing the reverse-Lovie Smith (not having balance defensively).
  4. Not utilizing your best player (Matt Forte), i.e. not running the ball.

I will say, I wanted Trestman – but it didn’t work out. The fact that Chicago could have had Arians AND our old DC, but chose not to is inexcusable. So now Bears look ahead for new hirings. Therefore we need to mention some possibilities. First let’s look at my preferred GM:

  • Jeff Ireland – former GM of the Miami Dolphins.

This guy has plenty of experience, his granddad has ties to the Bears – and he himself was a ball boy for the Chicago Bears once. This could be a perfect fit.

No full analysis of the various HC candidates, but I’ll list my top 5 here in no particular order:

  • Mike Shanahan, former LA Raiders, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos Head Coach.
  • Rex Ryan, former New York Jets Head Coach (son of former Bears DC, Buddy Ryan).
  • Dave Toub, former Chicago Bears Special Teams Coordinator.
  • Greg Roman, current Offensive Coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Dan Quinn, current Defensive Coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.

Any thoughts on the Chicago Bears?

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

2nd I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards – 2014

Second Annual…

Last year, I introduced 17 categories – one of which has been discontinued, or at least not considered for the nomination process, this year (PlayStation Vita Game of the Year). This year, I’ll present the following list of categories, which does include new categories:

  1. Biggest Entertainment Disappointment of the Year
  2. PlayStation 3 Game of the Year
  3. PlayStation 4 Game of the Year
  4. PC/Mac Game of the Year
  5. Nintendo Game of the Year
  6. Best Performance by a Voice Actor in a Gaming Experience
  7. Overall Game of the Year
  8. Superhero Film of the Year
  9. Best Performance by an Actor in a Superhero Film
  10. Best Performance by an Actress in a Superhero Film
  11. Superhero of the Year
  12. Superheroine of the Year
  13. Movie of the Year
  14. Best Performance by an Actor in a Cinematic Experience
  15. Best Performance by an Actress in a Cinematic Experience
  16. Best Performance in Directing a Cinematic Experience
  17. Best Performance in Writing a Cinematic Experience
  18. Television Show of the Year
  19. Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Show
  20. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Show
  21. Song of the Year
  22. Chelsea FC Player of the Year
  23. Chicago Bears Player of the Year
  24. FC Copenhagen Player of the Year
  25. Overall Performance of the Year

A total number of 25 categories. 25 winners to be announced today. Please be aware that cinematic and gaming release dates are based on the Danish theaters, so, films from 2014 that premiere in 2015 (in Denmark), won’t be considered for the I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards-announcement. First, let’s dive into some gaming-related awards…

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NFL 2014 – Week 16 Preview

Power Ranking (It’s back!)

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Arizona Cardinals
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Dallas Cowboys
  8. Miami Dolphins
  9. Baltimore Ravens
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Cincinnati Bengals
  12. Buffalo Bills
  13. Philadelphia Eagles
  14. Detroit Lions
  15. Kansas City Chiefs
  16. San Diego Chargers
  17. New Orleans Saints
  18. St. Louis Rams
  19. Atlanta Falcons
  20. Houston Texans
  21. Minnesota Vikings
  22. San Francisco 49ers
  23. Cleveland Browns
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Chicago Bears
  26. New York Giants
  27. New York Jets
  28. Washington Redskins
  29. Tennessee Titans
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars
  31. Oakland Raiders
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Predictions (61% accuracy so far)

  • Jaguars over Titans
  • Eagles over Redskins
  • Chargers over 49ers
  • Dolphins over Vikings
  • Texans over Ravens
  • Lions over Bears
  • Panthers over Browns
  • Saints over Falcons
  • Packers over Buccaneers
  • Steelers over Chiefs
  • Patriots over Jets
  • Rams over Giants
  • Bills over Raiders
  • Cowboys over Colts
  • Seahawks over Cardinals
  • Broncos over Bengals

NFL 2014 – Week 14/15 Preview

Next week I’ll probably update the power ranking.

Predictions (14):

  • Cowboys over the Bears
  • Bengals over the Steelers
  • Rams over the Redskins
  • Titans over the Giants
  • Saints over the Panthers
  • Vikings over the Jets
  • Dolphins over the Ravens
  • Colts over the Browns
  • Lions over the Buccaneers
  • Texans over the Jaguars
  • Broncos over the Bills
  • Cardinals over the Chiefs
  • Seahawks over the Eagles
  • 49ers over the Raiders
  • Patriots over the Chargers
  • Packers over the Falcons

Predictions (15):

  • Cardinals over Rams
  • Falcons over Steelers
  • Redskins over Giants
  • Dolphins over Patriots
  • Chiefs over Raiders
  • Texans over Colts
  • Bengals over Browns
  • Ravens over Jaguars
  • Packers over Bills
  • Panthers over Bucs
  • Titans over Jets
  • Broncos over Chargers
  • Vikings over Lions
  • Seahawks over 49ers
  • Cowboys over Eagles
  • Saints over Bears

Review: Dumb and Dumber ‘To’ (2014)


Sometimes sequels just aren’t called for. In the sequel to the 1994 comedy classic, Dumb and Dumber, we follow Lloyd and Harry once again go on a trip across America – this time in search for the daughter of Harry, who has been adopted. There’s some added emotional weight added to the film, seeing as Harry desperately needs to find a kidney-donor.

That’s the overall frame for this feature length journey, and it’s complete with fun nods to the original film like specific dream sequences ending in a certain way, and the vehicle on the film’s poster. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are, of course, back – but while they both act out the comedy extremely well, they aren’t given a lot to deal with. I just don’t feel that a huge chunk of this movie is funny at all – primarily around the time of the point of no return in the third act. That’s not to say that it’s not funny at all, because of course Daniels and Carrey are funny – but most of the jokes are not really that memorable – and the film isn’t instantly quotable.

The thing is that the film borrows a lot of the plotpoints and quotes from the original film – and thus takes some fanservice and turns them into wasted moments of material that feels copypasted. Sadly, I also felt that the parts of the plot that weren’t ‘copypasted’ were predictable. Daniels and Carrey are the real highlights of the film, for there’s nothing else to be excited about. The plot feels similar to the original, the jokes feel similar to the ones in the original and the sidecharacters aren’t that exciting.

While I didn’t hate this movie, I feel that I have to add that the people next to me were so disappointed that they left the film after 30 minutes – and I’m sure they weren’t the only ones wishing they were somewhere else… And that’s sad, ’cause it’ll never get old seeing Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey having fun together.

Overall Score: 4.7 out of 10. Though not completely without laughs or fanservice, this film remains nothing more than yet another comedy classic sequel – and not a single one of them are very good. I loved the original, but this one lost its magic – perhaps this was a missed opportunity.

Foreign Perspective – Chicago Bears – Week One 2014


In this ‘essay-like’ series under the name ‘Foreign Perspective’ – I’m trying to elaborate on views of a European, when seeing traditional American news or results. This includes, but is not limited to, potential political topics. My main focus, however, is the Chicago Bears – an American Football team that I love. How do I see the recent news and results lining up? Do I even understand this sporting mentality? Find out in the Essay Series ‘Foreign Perspective – Chicago Bears’.

On Sunday September 7th, the Chicago Bears opened their NFL Regular Season (2014/2015) against the AFC East Buffalo Bills. At Soldier Field, expectations were big – seeing as the Bears have been stellar against the Bills at home, and generally in the opening game. However, the Bears proved that this year won’t be as good as most people expected. I, perhaps infamously, predicted a 12-4 season – I drank the kool-aid, and believed the hype. But the Bears ultimately fell to the Buffalo Bills 23-20. Now, I have a couple of notes and views on the game. This week’s Bears Essay is entitled: The Good, The Bad and The Inexcusable.

Most of the things we saw at Soldier Field were bad, but it’s important to remember that it didn’t start that way. The Bears opened the season by forcing the Buffalo Bills 3-and-out. The Defense we wanted to see. When the Bears got the ball, they were fast and furious – an on-point Jay Cutler led the Bears down the field, and finished it off with a Touchdown to Martellus Bennett – a Tight End who had a big role to play in the opening week. It all went downhill from there.

Did the Bears think it was an easy win? Well, the game proved to be a trap-game. E.J. Manuel took his team down the field, by exploiting the Bears’ defensive holes – using Robert Woods to perfection, for one. The Bears let the Bills take an easy Touchdown. Tied at 7-7, I wasn’t panicking – not at all. But then the Bears offense made the same mistake that the defense did – thinking it was too easy? Sure, maybe. Hubris? Definitely. Trying that flea-flicker was obnoxious – and the playcalling was essentially terrible following the opening Touchdown-drive.

The Bills quickly went up 17-7, and the Bears were booed going into the half. And Cutler’s first interception of the season, directly led to a C.J. Spiller Touchdown. What happened during that play? I think Martellus Bennett was running a hitch-route, but failed to turn around and catch the ball Cutler was throwing – a missed play by Bennett. These missed plays continued, as Cutler was unable to lead the Bears back to a win. It wasn’t made easy for him, though – as Garza, Slauson, Morgan, Jeffery and Marshall all had injuries during the game.

Now, Martellus Bennett is not the bad, the good or the inexcusable. He had an average day, and his performance had both plusses and minusses at the end of the day. The Good was Matt Forte. He ended up with a total yardage of 169 yards – and was the one positive aspect of a game, wherein I expected very little from Forte following a mixed pre-season.

I label Jared Allen as ‘the bad’. But in reality, the defensive line should be labeled so. Jared Allen was particularly disappointing – and maybe both Allen and, the new Packer, Peppers are over-the-hill. As for the inexcusable? Jay Cutler. He did okay early in the game, and I don’t blame him for the first interception. But he did hold onto the ball too long, he did make two throws that easily could’ve been picked. And his second interception forced me to label him as inexcusable.He’s got his big deal, he’s got the big receivers – his type of coach. He didn’t take home the win – and he has no excuses when he throws directly to Kyle Williams. Throw it away, Jay.

Next week the Bears face the San Francisco 49ers, and they look good – like I expected – but it’s probably the best chance the Bears have had of pulling off an upset in San Francisco in a long time – with the defensive lack of health and new stadium in mind.

Go Bears.

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

The following is a spoiler review of Guardians of the Galaxy, a James Gunn film. 

Today I saw a movie that featured the characters that reignited a fire within me, reignited my passion for comic books – Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve been really excited for this film for a long time, and I even feel like I’ve been ahead of the massive hype-train for a long time. In the following review, I will briefly discuss the credits-scene, I will shed some light on what I liked, disliked and what I would’ve liked to have seen more of in this film. Guardians of the Galaxy might become one of my favorite films of all-time sooner, rather than later.

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REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Theatrical Release Poster – 20th Century Fox

The following is a quick spoiler review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Directed by Matt Reeves.

In 2011, I quite enjoyed Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I must admit. And that was in spite of some mistakes that I had found in what I found to be a rather simple story. I liked that movie, but it pales in comparison to its 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Gone is Wyatt, Franco and Pinto – in stays the amazing Andy Serkis. Continue reading “REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)”