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Extra Credit

Posted by on August 1, 2011

Why is Captain America so Old School?

Good guys win, bad guys lose and the girls are pretty. (If that’s not a country song, it should be.) The key to making a good comic book movie is sticking like bionic Super Glue to the premise that made the original comic book work. That’s why Spiderman and Ironman were great movies and The Fantastic Four movie was steaming skubalon.

Captain America, The First Avenger stuck to the zeitgeist that made the comic book a classic. Same era (1940s), same unapologetic “go America” nationalism, same villain (Nazis and the Red Skull, although the change in the Red Skull’s allegiance was slightly annoying) and the same virtues (it’s not the size of the man but strength of his courage that counts).

See this movie while it’s still in the theaters.

Abandoning proven source material is why Will Smith ruins moviesThe Wild, Wild West was created to be “James Bond on horseback”. I’ve loved this show since I was a kid. The Will Smith movie? The pits. To his credit, Will Smith apologized to Robert Conrad for the movie.
Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend is one of the great stories of its genre and the ending could teach M. Night Shyamalan how to finish a story. The movie I Am Legend, well, fell as short as Dr. Miguelito Loveless at a slam dunk contest. The reason both movies failed is that they ignored what made the source material work.

Tractor Supply

If you don’t have a reason to occasionally buy something at a Tractor Supply store, you need to take a long hard look at your life. You are spending too much time indoors.


You never realize how much sushi you’ve eaten until you try to get up from your chair.

There is no more insincere repentance than the statement, “Man, I wish I didn’t eat so much sushi.”

The Value of a Day’s Work

A great article from Lew Rockwell on the value of work, Cracker Barrel and an honest paycheck.

A Leisurely Evening Cocktail

This practice is waaay underrated. To sit at end of the day with the kids in bed, the Smokin’ Hot Wife nearby and a libation in hand — libation… that word is not used enough — it’s a custom that lifts the heart at the end of a rough day and calms the heart at the end of a great day. Why collapse into bed when you can glide?

There are leisurely practices that are only the providence of the wealthy; things like yachts and private jets fall into this category. But an evening cocktail works equal wonders for prince, pauper and all us punks in between.

The Chocolate Screwdriver

  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 parts orange
  • a splash of chocolate vodka

Pour it over ice. Tastes just like one of those chocolate oranges.

Keep it Old School my friend,

The Old Man, Chris Dixon

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