Several things were satisfying about ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
The Falcon: There was a lot of potential to screw this up. In comics history this guy has a history of identifying himself as a token black (see below).
But the film did no such thing. He had his own story arc and a cool explanation for the wings/flight suit.
The shield: The bounciness of Captain America’s shield is one of the reasons I loved the comics. Jack Kirby (bless his sainted soul) captured the dynamism of such a weapon, but all the movies have not been able to do justice to it. Until ‘Winter Soldier’.
The fight sequences: Great fight sequences from the start, including Batroc the Leaper. Cap’s fighting style has improved and sped up as compared with previous movies. The choreography was more frenetic this time, which is what you expect from a comic book movie.
The tone: This was an action/spy/conspiracy flick. It delivered on all fronts. Bonus points for adding a relevant message into the mix without slowing down the action. The pacing was perfect and no scene dragged or flagged. This film was pretty much Captain America: agent of SHIELD.
Stephen Strange : Name-checked. Expect a Doctor Strange movie.
Brubaker homage: Brubaker (first name Ed) has written the best Captain America stories since the early Kirby work. You can see his DNA all over this movie.
My verdict: go see it.
Ink, pencil, willpower.
While listening to Ethanopium.
A few months ago I admitted to being overweight.
Not an easy thing to do for me given that I have a vaguely athletic past.
Now, though, I’ve acquired an addiction to the cross-trainer. That’s been going on for some weeks. This week I added Interval Training to my arsenal.
As in most things I’m trying to be rational about my plans.
The problem has several elements:
The problem with a focus on weight is that once you reach a target weight the activities that lead to weight loss may start to taper off. My wife has this particular problem (sorry, darling, I love you, but it’s true x ).
I’m defining fitness as exercise tolerance for now.
Sustainability is the extent to which the healthy activities (exercise, healthy diet) are maintained and maintainable over time. There’s nothing more short-sighted than losing weight only to put it all back on again.
My goals are bite-sized and set daily. It’s simple: I aim to complete the exercise. I do a little exercise every day (30 mins, 60 mins on weekends) and I eat sensibly. I don’t really diet, but I eat less of the stuff I already eat and I alter the carb/protein ratio. I forbid myself nothing. Most important to me is that I can maintain this indefinitely. Completion is the goal, rather than a weekly or monthly weight target. As each workout becomes easier I just increase the resistance on the cross-trainer.
I’m already seeing benefits and if I’ve figured this out right the weight-loss should be a side-effect of disciplined exercise. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know.
St Alban’s Cathedral in the background