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The N00B reviews Bridge of Spies ——–Spoiler Alert——-

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The N00B reviews Bridge of Spies                        ——–Spoiler Alert——-

  Bridge Of Spies Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks as James Donovan, Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel and Billy Magnusson as Douglas Forrester in BRIDGE OF SPIES, a dramatic thriller directed by Steven Spielberg. Aside from Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, this is the first movie I saw in the theater since coming home, and it’s the first review I’m writing in two years. So, I’ll do my best to give an intelligent critique of this one.   Steven Spielberg…it’d be a waste of time and typing effort to go on about this legend. What can be said about his career that hasn’t been said? His are most of the movies that changed the way movies are made. He’s been a massive influence on every serious filmmaker since his time, and when he talks about the future of the industry, we print it as prophecy. Although, to be fair, you know as well as I do that not everything he touched was worth Oscar gold (A.I., War of the Worlds). So, it’s become a matter of intrigue that every time a movie is released under his direction, it’s not just “What’s the Master got in store for us this time?”. More like, “Is this gonna be one of his hits, or misses?” Well, while I wouldn’t put up there with, say, E.T. or Schindler’s List, it’s thankfully doesn’t go along with A.I. or War of the Worlds or that stupid Jurassic Park sequel I still don’t think he needed to make. I’d put it somewhere in the middle with, oh…War Horse or Empire of the Sun. Nothing I’d call substantial, but he still did a good job with it, and I’m glad I saw it. Bridge of Spies is based on true events taking place around Cold War paranoia in the late 1950s, when the CIA captures an accused Soviet spy named Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance, in a touching and sometimes quite funny performance). Tom Hanks gives an up-to-par performance as James Donovan, the lawyer assigned to defend Abel for the sake of due process. But, considering the mindset on the Soviets at that time, the trial really was a formality, and Abel was found guilty on all charges. It sort of reminded me of the Muslim kid who got in trouble for the clock. Hmm….Still, Donovan developed something of a friendship with this guy, and to this day it’s not confirmed whether or not he was really a spy. So Donovan is actually able to waive the death sentence, making him the least popular guy in America. The reasoning behind it is that you never know when they Soviets might capture someone and we’ll need something to trade. Well, wouldn’t you know it? A few years later, an Air Force Pilot named Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), is capture by the USSR. Now Donovan and the CIA are sent overseas to negotiate the exchange of Abel and Powers. It’s around this point in the movie that what I feel is Spielberg’s weakness kicks in. He does a great job with the set up, and it’s fun to follow Donovan as he defends this unconfirmed spy, and urges the court to treat him like a human being. We’re introduced to a man who does the right thing because...

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Chris Evans! It happened.

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Chris Evans! It happened.

I can’t believe it’s already over. Why do the greatest things in life always need to be so fleeting? My final day should be the easiest to write about; the hard part would be giving the Con a proper conclusion. My friend and I arrived a little after 8:00, as lottery winners for the Chris Evans panel, and sat ever so patiently for an hour and a half for the panel to begin. Just to see the man who’s played the most comic book characters in a career was exciting, and that fans actually asked relevant questions that let us get to know the star a little more was greatly appreciated. Things really picked up when Anthony Mackie and Hayley Atwell snuck up from behind him. Those three together with a legion of fans in one large ballroom was a panel for the books! Unfortunately Chris and Hayley had to leave early for some photo ops, which meant that I had to be on my way, too. 😉 Let me tell you, now I’m beginning to understand the talk about long lines that last an hour, and with so many people to get through there’s not a whole lotta time to geek out on ’em. Literally all I could do was say, “Hey, guys! Big fan! Love your work!” “Thanks, dude. We love you, too!” Take a pic, NEXT! They probably thought I was a spaz… And the excitement on my face shows just a little too much. And that was my time with Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell. Gratefully, though, I was able to have just a little more one-on-one time with Felicia Day. I brought my copy of her book for her to sign and had a photo op with her later that day. I said, “Y’know, I really love your stuff.” and she said, “Thanks, Ryan. You have excellent taste.” and I said “It’s more than that. Learning about you and your story, it almost feels like I’m reading my own story…” and so on and so on about what an inspiration she’s been to me. We both got a little emotional. It was a good moment. I told her I looked forward to working with her, and she said she would, too. Seed planted? Maybe? After that and the photo, my dad and I took some time to browse around the vendor hall, and we able to get pictures with R2-D2 (like, a REAL R2-D2!), the Batmobile from 1966 (that car has EVERYTHING!) and even a good visit with Richard Hatch, Apollo of the original Battlestar Galactica, the only one I’ll watch, I told him. He was so chill. He even gave me card for his acting clinic when I told him what I wanted to do with my life! Again, opportunity? Maybe? Then it was time to get clobbered into another line for a photo op with Anthony Daniels.That guy knows how to love his fans. Let me tell you. I was the last one to walk in, knees about to just quit on me. I go in and tell him that I claim to be his biggest fan. He says, “Well in that case, you get to hold my dolly!” and he gave me the C-3P0 doll he was holding. Again, too much...

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Day 2

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Day 2

“He’s no good to me dead” I chose wisely I found Waldo DC Baby! Spidey’s I was apart of the attempt! Getting ready to break the record. I need a helmet. Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 World Record. Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 World Record. Wow. This day’s gonna be harder to write than yesterday. My first order of business this day was to buy my own lightsaber from Ultra Sabers, and an Energy Sword for my brother who wasn’t able to attend this year. And if you know me or my brother, you know this means that my mom has a new world of worry to look towards. After that and a panel about killing our favorite characters (Moment of silence for all the victims that fell at the hands of Joss Whedon), I figured it was high time to meet some famous people. So, at the recommendation of the Convention Survival, I went all the way upstairs to attend Animaniacs Live!, a Q&A panel featuring the voice actors of The Brain, Pinky/Yacko, Wacko and Dot. I’ve been an avid lover of The Animaniacs since I was, like, two. So, this panel was a breath of fresh air. We sang songs from the show, re-enacted some inside jokes; it was like the show never ended. My inner two year old was in pure bliss! And that was just the beginning. Followed by that was my geek/hero (one of ’em, anyway), Felicia Day. Man, I love this girl. If you haven’t watched her web show The Guild, or read her latest memoir, You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost), drop everything and get started. This girl is an inspiration in every sense. I couldn’t wait to ask her more about her journey from social recluse to online superstar. I was anxious to see what words of wisdom she could give to a little boy trapped in Utah whose only dream was to become the next geek icon. The most frustrating part was that people kept wasting time asking stupid, irrelevant trivia questions. (“What did you think of [so and so] when [such and such] happened in [this show]?) I was the second to next to ask my question before we ran out of time. But, I guess not all dreams are meant to come true. At least not in one weekend. Immediately after, in the same room, was the panel of Anthony Daniels, which was way more entertaining. Why? Because Anthony Daniels told us his story. No BS questions that grabbed no one’s interest. He played with the fans, he shared his love for the material. I really felt like I was getting to know the person in ways you don’t read in interviews. No Force Awakens spoilers, though. He told us he was wired and that he’d be shocked if he tried anything. I yelled, “Show us!” and he gave me a cold stare. Yip. My ten seconds of comedy with C-3P0! I can’t wait to get photos with both of those people. Oh, and how’d the world record attempt go? Well…WE BROKE IT! 1,086!!! WHAT’S UP!? But the Groot costume was a disaster. I’m doing Deadpool next time. Deadpool’s have all the fun. I can’t believe tomorrow marks the end. I’m looking forward to that being the best...

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Nerdy News by our “N00b”

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Nerdy News by our “N00b”

9.24.15 My first day at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Writing about this is gonna be a lot easier said than done. I should’ve posted some live updates, or the like. But I was doing so much that I just couldn’t find time to update before my next stop. Seriously guys, just the first seven hour day has been exciting, overwhelming, even revelatory.   The day started out, honestly, a little scary. The first picture shows where I was in line before they opened the floor. I was excited to be surrounded by people with the same passions I had, having fun observing who was dressed as whom. The scary part was worrying about if I’d be able to fight through that crowd. Dad and Jonny had to work and would join me later in the day. So, I was on my own.   Imagine a tiny freshman who walks into a football field in gear that’s three sizes too big on him, facing a whole team of giant senior players who are ready to crush him. That’s how I felt.   But once the doors open and the bedlam started, there was really nothing to it. Sure, you had to dodge some groups now and then, but all that talk about three hour lines and the stress of running from panel to panel, I don’t know what they’re talking about! There was plenty of time to browse booths and enjoy some great discussions, today ranging from Enterprise captains and what they represent (Kirk was inarguably the favorite), to how to scare the crap out of people in writing, to starting your first fan film.   That last one I mentioned was why I said earlier that the day was revelatory. For some time, two of my greatest desires have been to make a Star Wars fan film that summed up everything Star Wars means to me, and a Joker/Harley Quinn rom-com. But, as was pointed out in this panel, too many people allow themselves to submit to fear or stress, and don’t follow through with what they’re passionate about. I mean, really, what’s stopping you?   Sobering thought, huh? If there’s something we claim to be passionate about, how much do we show that we really care?   And that seems to be what the spirit of Comic Con is all about. People who can proudly go out in character, in front of God and everybody, sharing what they love with fellow lovers.   My kind of people, my kind of place.   No celebrities today, but on Friday I plan to meet Felicia Day, Queen of the Geeks and personal hero, as well as the one and only C-3P0, Anthony Daniels. Jonny and I will also be participating the World Record Attempt for Largest Gathering of Comic Book Characters. He’s gonna be Star Lord and I’m Dancing Baby Groot. Bough some Comicbooks at SLCC 2015 The “N00b” adventures. The “N00b” adventures. The “N00b” adventures. The “N00b” adventures. The “N00b” adventures. The “N00b” adventures. The “N00b” adventures. The “N00b” adventures The “N00b” adventures. Lots more fandom coming your way!   Oh, and I also got a comic based on George Lucas’ rough draft of “The Star Wars”! How cool is that!?!?!?   Ryan Saunders “The...

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The N00b helps

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The N00b helps

9.23.15 In the world of fandom and entertainment, I feel that people seldom realize or appreciate just how much goes into a movie or a convention or anything that’s put together to show audiences an unforgettable experience. It’s not like fingers are snapped and everything just comes into place. It can be hectic, stressful, and even dramatic. Today, I helped set up the booth for Rocky Point Haunted House in the Vendor Hall, which gave me an idea of all the hassle that goes on behind the scenes. It was also an exciting sneak peek on what’s in store. It was more exciting than waiting by the fire place for Santa to come down! We pulled into the loading dock with at least three men yelling at us about where to park, what to do, and to get our truck out ASAP. Obviously having a bad day… After hauling all the equipment into the hall (which was way bigger than I’d imagined) I was given the chance to walk around, explore the venue and sneak a preview for some of the attractions.   I tried to put in my best Peter Parker eyes and get some pics, but failed miserably. Here are some results (sent from my iPhone):   Vendor Set up at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Vendor Set up at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Vendor Set up at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Vendor Set up at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Vendor Set up at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Ultra Sabers!!! Vendor Set up at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Vendor Set up at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Salt Lake Comic Con Vendor Hall Salt Palace Convention Center Salt Lake Comic Con Car It’s weird to see the place so empty, knowing what to expect. I also had a fantasy that I’d bump into one of the big stars who’ll be attending. No dice. Valerie also got me acquainted with some of the people who’ll “take care of” me. I’ll also be getting backup from my father and my friend Jonny, who can be considered Comic Com veterans. Do I even need to point out that I’m pumped? Until tomorrow!    ...

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Meet The N00b

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Meet The N00b

Meet Ryan Saunders the “The N00b” here at Flava Entertainment Productions, and follow his nerdy adventures at Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 9.22.2015   I left home just over two years ago to serve in the Washington Kennewick Mission. It was a tremendous experience and I learned so much about myself, God, life and a bunch of other things. It really was the best two years of my life. I’ll have to tell you about it sometime. One thing that I admit really sucked was that I flew out of Utah TWO WEEKS before the inaugural Salt Lake Comic Con. Since I was a little boy who decided to make movies, sci-fi and superheroes his life, it had been a dream to attend Comic Con. But to travel to San Diego or anywhere else they house these gatherings was too expensive, so I remained trapped in my obscure town in the Tooele Valley, watching the Cons on the Internet, only imagining the thrill it must be to experience the Fanboy Mardi Gras that is Comic Con. I don’t need to tell you I was ecstatic when it was announced that Comic Con was actually coming to my dark corner of the universe, and deeply disappointed to have missed the first one. Again left to the Internet in e-mails from friends and family to give me just an idea of what it’s like. Apparently, is was a big deal, because it gets bigger every year. And finally, after much long-suffering, I’ll be attending the 3rd Annual and my first ever Salt Lake Comic Con, covering it all! Along with the obvious stuff such as the displays, cosplays and Chris Evans, I wanna attend as many panels that cover as many different fan bases as I can. While my passions lie with Star Wars, Marvel and DC, Comic Con has a little something for everyone that can be considered geeky. And I intend to see all that I have time for. Ones that really grab my attention include: – Convention Survival (for obvious reasons) – Creating Horror – My Little Brony – Fan Films That Look Good – Your Opinion Sucks! (Audience Member and Film Critics Square Off – The Spielberg/Lucas Era And many more. I’ll also be participating in their World Record attempt for Largest Group of People Dressed as Comic Book Characters, and I’ve bought some some photo ops. There’s just too much to do in too little time. But, this is bound to be the best week of my life, thus far. http://saltlakecomiccon.com   See ya’ there! “The N00b”      ...

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