It somehow seems that for the last dozen years or so, a fair number of the movie reviews that I’ve written in this space have included the phrase, “I don’t really like comic book movies, but…”

Having now seen Avengers: Endgame, I’m beginning to think that maybe I do like comic book movies, especially when they are expertly produced, terrifically acted, unapologetic about their pop culture roots and - go figure - actually have something to say.

Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd movie in a series of interconnected, labyrinthine films about the likes of Iron-Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and the list goes on and on. It fits into what is commonly called the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and what a vast and varied canvas it has been, as the movies have been written, directed and acted in different styles, but always with a core belief in the power of heroism and the ability of heroes to transcend their own limitations and be a positive force in the universe/Universe.

The MCU is, much as I almost hate to admit it, a remarkable achievement, and Endgame is both a fitting conclusion to this series of movies and a new beginning that, judged from this movie, is going to be even more interesting and diverse. There will be no spoilers here - I went in not knowing anything except what I knew from the previous movies, and you should do the same. But I can promise you that there are a lot of laughs, plenty of occasions for tears (some expected, some not so much), and I think you’ll find it to be a satisfying experience.

I know I did. Maybe I do like comic book movies. At least the good ones, and Avengers: Endgame is a very good one.



Netflix has a new Amy Schumer comedy special called “Growing,” in which a very pregnant Schumer talks about her life with about as much vulgarity - verbal and otherwise - as I can imagine being fit into an hour of stand-up.

Actually, I take that back. I’ve seen Kevin Hart in concert, which means I can imagine a lot of profanity.

But I’m not throwing stones here. The fact is that Schumer is laugh-out-loud funny in “Growing,” which is a highly observational piece about her marriage, pregnancy, and both politics and culture. There were times I had tears in my eyes … I can’t tell you about them because this is a family website, but I can assure you that they happened. She was almost George Carlin-esque, if I may be so bold as to reference a comedy god.

I’m just warning you … “Growing” isn’t for the faint of heart. Or ears.



Mrs. Content Guy has become an enormous fan of Sancerre, which the appellation used for any wine grown in a specific part of the Loire Valley, in France. So, we’ve been trying a bunch of them, just for fun, and I have a couple to recommend to you this week…

• 2017 Nicolas Idiart Sancerre, which is 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc, is a wonderfully refreshing wine perfect as the weather gets warmer, with a lot of citrus going for it.

• 2017 Romanna Sancerre Rose, which is 100 percent Pinot Noir, which is just fantastic when served with shellfish or pasta or … hell, just drink it all by itself and enjoy.



Back Monday. Have a great weekend.

Slàinte!