Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Review)

(Contains spoilers.)


Wow! This is now my second favorite Marvel movie, after The Avengers. It’s especially relevant because of all the surveillance going on now. This movie finds Cap in an America dealing with freedom, restrictions, expanding government, privacy, and how to balance it all. And he doesn’t give up on an old friend, which pays off!

Few initial observations:
•The Falcon is a nice addition to the team – a real friend for Cap.

•Can I just say it’s really annoying whenever someone in Marvel “dies”? 🙄
•The Winter Soldier…wasn’t in the movie as much as I was expecting. The story turned out great anyway, but they only just opened up the possibilities with Bucky here.

I like how the privacy intrusions committed by SHIELD and the government all turn out to be bad, because Hydra is revealed to be in charge. The movie makes a excellent point about how complacency, apathy, and backing down results in a loss of our freedom.

Dr. Arnim Zola: “HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize was that if you tried to take that freedom, they resist. The war taught us much. Humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly. … HYDRA created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice its freedom to gain its security. … People will fight for their freedom if people try to take it from them. But if you cause enough trouble, people will willingly give up their freedom for a more secure world.”

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

Steve Rogers: “Don’t let control take the place of freedom!”

As SHIELD crumbles, Cap and Natasha Romanoff are forced to go on the run.


The unstable situation is reflected close to home for Cap as he observes Natasha’s style—one of being willing to do anything, to play the games and tell the lies, in order to stay alive and do her spy work. Cap, on the other hand, holds to moral standards. And that’s refreshing to see in this day and age.

Nick Fury: “Now Agent Romanoff is comfortable with everything.”

Natasha Romanoff: “I find that it’s easier to keep your true self buried under several layers of untrue selves, to protect yourself.”
Steve Rogers: “That’s not a good way to live.”
Natasha Romanoff: “No, but it’s a good way not to die.”

God doesn’t ask us to sway our standards with changing situations; following God’s Word ensures success.

The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
– Psalm 112:6b-8

He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
– Deuteronomy 23:4

Through it all, as Captain America fights for right, others join him. His dedication to truth, honesty, and friendship influence those around him to those things as well. His shining example is the cause of much good in this movie.

Steve Rogers: “The price of freedom is high, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay!”


Savin’ the World: The Incredibles

This is one of my very favorite movies; in fact, it was the inspiration for my Superheroine doll outfit. So, I though I’d share a little about this very cool movie 😀

Pictures were again taken by me on a digital camera.


Superheroes used to be popular and respected, defenders of law and justice.

However, some years ago, based on complaints, the government discontinued its Supers program and sent all current Superheros and Superheroins undercover, giving them secret identities and expecting them to live quiet, unobtrusive lives. Included in this sweep were super-strong Mr. Incredible (with secret identity of Bob Parr)…

…and super-stretchy and flexible Elastigirl (now Helen).

Fifteen years later, they are married and have a family, with kids Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack.

But Bob, yearning for the old days, is not satisfied working his boring desk job.

And the kids are struggling to hide their superpowers and fit in at school.

When contacted about an opportunity to get back in his Supersuit and work a secret job for a company, Bob readily agrees.

However, he soon realizes he has stumbled upon a dastardly plot.

Captured by the villainous Syndrome, he has no hope of escape.

That’s when the rest of the family (except baby Jack-Jack, who is being babysat by a naive friend)…

…with help from Superheroine costumer Edna…

…must step in to help.

Attacked by Syndrome…

…they must find alternate transportation. Helen (Elastigirl!) stretches into a boat shape while Speedster Dash runs as fast as he can to propel them through the water.

Once on land, Helen ventures into Syndrome’s hideout to find her husband…

…and the kids are discovered…

…and chased through the jungle by merciless guards.

Violet utilizes her powers of invisibility and force fields while Dash uses his speed, both to escape, and to take down as many villains as possible.

They meet up with their parents and the whole family makes a stand as they are attacked in the jungle…

…until Syndrome catches the whole family.

Escaping through the use of Violet’s force field, they head home only to find the Supervillan has released his nearly-invincible OmniDroid on the city. He plans to heroically stop it and set himself up as the ultimate Superhero, but the machine quickly rages out of control.

The Parr family works together…

…with help from fellow Superhero and family friend Frozone…

…to destroy the OmniDroid and save the city.

Furious, Syndrome kidnaps Jack-Jack and nearly escapes, until Jack-Jack shows his powers of Shapeshifting and causes the villain to drop him. Bob throws a car at Syndrome’s plane and the villain loses his grip, his cape sucking him into the propellors.

The Parrs’ house is destroyed…

…but they are saved by Violet’s force field.

With everything set right, the Parrs are closer than ever as a family, and ready to save the world at a moment’s notice.


Superheroine doll

We recently watched the Disney Pixar (animated) movie “The Incredibles,” which I really liked.  That movie was the main inspiration for this outfit 🙂  So I created this superheroine and an outfit for her–she has a backstory, family, superpowers, all that… 🙂

To start with, there’s the superhero staple–a spandex supersuit!  I made that out of a dark blue sock that had a great stretch to it.  It’s all one piece.  Then i took the silver corset and halter top off of the Sci-fi girl‘s outfit, because I felt it would look better with this outfit.  (You can read more about how I made the silver corset and top here.)  Red plastic boots (which I didn’t make) complete the outfit.

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