MARTIAN'S MINUTE: July 3, 2019

I have an update on the video intros. I don't know if you've been looking forward to them, you should be because I'm disgustingly handsome, but it's going to be about a month before they make their debut. The current studio set-up is too inconvenient for me to do them on a daily basis, so when I move in a month and turn my room into the Burbs studio I'll start them up. Until then, use your cognitive skills.


Not much really happened in free agency yesterday besides a few minimum deals being signed and I wasn't about to take time out of my morning to fill you in on Jeff Green signing with the Jazz. Great signing for them, though. With that being said, watch some Steve Nash highlights.


"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a worthy follow-up to "Avengers: Endgame"

Another Tuesday, another movie. It just so happens that "Spider-Man: Far From Home" was having its opening night, meaning we got to see it for cheap. Gotta crunch numbers more now after that towing fee. I had a good time at "Far From Home". "Endgame" was obviously a wild film that changed a lot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it wasn't the "end". Spoiler alert, but Iron Man is dead. I think everyone in the world has seen "Endgame" at this point and the Russo Brothers lifted the spoiler ban, so, yeah. I don't feel bad. Spider-Man was the perfect hero to showcase a post-Iron Man world, mainly because of Peter Parker and Tony Stark's father-son relationship, and I think it properly set up the next phase of Marvel movies. Spider-Man is (probably) my favorite superhero, mostly because I've been watching the movies since I was like four, but also because his movies are the most fun to watch. Tobey Maguire is the Spider-Man of my childhood but I think Tom Holland has perfectly embodied the spirit of the hero. He's actually young, so he can convincingly play a high schooler, and is able to perfectly deliver sarcastic and witty comments, whether it be at the height of a fight scene or a run-of-the-mill conversation with his friends. I love that this iteration of Spider-Man doesn't take itself too seriously. Of course there are emotional moments, but for the most part, it's a comedy all the way through. There are constant jokes, even during the most intense battles, making it feel more like a comedy with superhero elements rather than vice versa.

Jake Gyllenhaal (almost spelled that right on the first try) plays Mysterio, a "mysterious" figure who claims to be from another dimension. I can't really say much more because it'll spoil a massive part of the movie but I thought it was a good addition. I like that Marvel isn't using typical Spider-Man bad guys like Green Goblin and Rhino, instead reaching a bit deeper to make it feel like a truly expansive universe. Gyllenhaal and Holland have great on-screen chemistry, making their scenes together stand out.

My favorite moments in the film come when Peter is interacting with his classmates. His best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), introduced in "Homecoming", is always hilarious and him and Peter's relationship is easily one of the top parts of the movie. MJ, played by Zendaya, had a fairly big role in this, but with "Euphoria" airing the last few weeks, I was kind of waiting for her to ask Peter for a Perc or something the whole movie. I'm not going to showcase the rest of the students that tagged along for the vacation but I can safely say that they're consistently the funniest parts of the film. Martin Starr and JB Smoove chaperone the trip so you already know that they have their times to shine.

If you're a fan of any of the Marvel movies or Spider-Man, give "Far From Home" a watch. It's funny, it's not overly long, and it sets up what appears to be a wild ride of a third installment. Stay for the post-credit scenes. Yes, scenes, there are two.