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#1085 – Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2015 by scotthiga

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I’ve been looking forward to Avengers: Age of Ultron ever since it was first announced at Comic-Con in the summer of 2013. In the almost two years since then, I have been following the production while trying to limit spoilers. I made it through clean and last night was able to fully enjoy Avengers: Age of Ultron.

I was thoroughly entertained by Age of Ultron. After watching it only once, I can’t really say how it compares to The Avengers or the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I can say, though, that it is a lot of fun. A lot of the same pieces from The Avengers are there, but they get used in different ways. Also, the new characters like Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Ultron himself definitely add a lot more to the movie.

Here are some other thoughts I had while watching Avengers: Age of Ultron. Continue reading

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#1084 – The Weight of Shame

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2015 by scotthiga

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I don’t know how many times I’ve watched The Avengers. I saw it three times in the theater and have watched it countless times at home. I still find it terribly entertaining, especially when all six Avengers finally assemble in New York City.

Less exciting, but potentially more intriguing, is the scene between Natasha Romanoff and Loki. Black Widow’s past is shrouded in secrecy but, by her own admission, there are a lot of sins for which she needs to atone. Even though Loki didn’t break Natasha down, she still admitted that there was a lot of red in her ledger.

More than any of the other Avengers, we may be able to best identify with Black Widow. She may be a well-trained assassin, but at least she’s a normal human being. She’s not a god, she’s not a super soldier and she’s not a billionaire, playboy philanthropist. Natasha is just a mere mortal attempting to wrestle with her future, her present and her past.

And perhaps that is where we most identify with her: in her wrestling with the past. Continue reading

#1082 – Nerdy Summer Movie Preview: Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2015 by scotthiga

I can’t believe it’s already the last week of April. This year is flying by and the summer is upon us. As schools wind down and the temperature heats up, we need to get ready for the summer movie season. This year there are plenty of nerdy options coming to the big screen. Check out previews of the movies you might want to see in May and June.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 01, 2015

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#1080 – Avengers Anticipation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 24, 2015 by scotthiga

I’m pretty excited for Age of Ultron; just like I was excited for the original Avengers. Here’s a post I wrote about my excitement for The Avengers and how I should probably be just as excited for what God wants to do in my life.

I cannot get over how completely excited I am for The Avengers. Even though the movie comes out on May 4 I already know I won’t be able to see it until May 5. On May 4 I’ll be helping out at our church as we host the Chick-fil-A Leadercast and, that night, we have our annual student ministry overnighter. Knowing that I’ll have to wait an additional 24 hours only makes me more excited.

Below is the most recent commercial for The Avengers. Continue reading

#1065 – MCU Holy Week: Good Friday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 3, 2015 by scotthiga

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Good Friday has become one of my favorite holidays. I look forward to it more and more with each passing year. Obviously Easter is the apex of the Christian faith, but I appreciate the opportunity Good Friday gives us to pause and reflect.

The celebration of Easter is only possible because of the suffering of Good Friday.

The new dawn of Easter is only possible because of the long night of Good Friday.

The life of Easter is only possible because of the death of Good Friday.

There is so much to think about on Good Friday, so many different ways that God can speak to us. As we look at Good Friday through the lens of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though, Jesus’s willingness to offer up his life definitely sticks out.

Jesus intentionally left heaven so that he could live among us and eventually offer up his life as a sacrifice for us. Jesus placed the needs of humanity, our needs, above his own. Jesus saw us in our sin, separated from the Father, and took it upon himself to save us.

While Jesus’s is the greatest and most fruitful sacrifice of all time, we can see glimpses of it all throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Continue reading

#1064 – MCU Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 2, 2015 by scotthiga

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Eating is one of my favorite parts about life. Even though I’m trying to be better with my diet, I still enjoy eating; I’m just trying to enjoy healthier options and smaller portions of said options.

Maundy Thursday is Holy Week’s celebration of food and fellowship. On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus sat down to one last meal with his disciples. On the final night before his crucifixion, before his earthly ministry would culminate in his death and resurrection, Jesus chose to share a meal with his closest friends. Jesus’s choice to have dinner speaks to the inherent value of eating with friends and family. Continue reading

#1044 – Avengers: Age of Ultron Final Trailer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 5, 2015 by scotthiga

The final trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered yesterday. It wasn’t supposed to go live until Thursday, but Marvel treated its fans to an early surprise.

You can watch the trailer below.

I love the trailer. I don’t think that it gives too much away and definitely hits on all the right notes. The trailer only adds to Ultron’s menace and it really shows the team working together.

Thankfully Age of Ultron is less than two months away. I don’t think I could wait any longer.

Check out some screen caps and thoughts below. Continue reading