Welcome to New York: Far from Home with an Old Friend

Growing up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I dreamed of one day moving to the great New York City.

There, I thought, I could be any one I wanted to be. A tough guy living in the Bronx, a hipster artist in Brooklyn, a wall street bro in Manhattan, a…uh…whatever Staten Island is known for, and of course a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in Queens.

Okay so my obsession with the Big Apple started, and possible endured, because of Peter Parker and company. How could it not? I’ve watched, read, and even played along as Spider-Man web slings through the towering skyscrapers of the city, as he’s rested at the top of famous landmarks, and as he fought the bad guys and dodged the NYPD.

The city felt like a real character, a place as alive as any living thing. It was rough and filled with people with bad intentions. But it was also filled with friendly neighborhood Spider-Men and helpful citizens. The beauty of the city in the comics, movies, and video games is that it’s a part of Peter Parker’s DNA because it’s real and not hiding behind aliases like Gotham or Metropolis. It always felt so real and yet…oddly unobtainable.

Fast forward to this past 4th of July weekend and, in what you could call either an incredible coincidence or proof that the universe loves telling great stories, I found myself sitting in a theater in Queens, New York to watch the aptly named Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Yes I had just moved to the Big Apple a day prior and who else was there to welcome me? None other than Queens’ own Peter Parker and, yes I have to say it, we were both far from home.

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“Iron Man 3” Review by Jesse Schaffer

I can’t think of a more fitting choice for our first movie review than “Iron Man 3.” You see, here at Pegboard, we love us some comic book films. Not so much in the sense that we are hardcore fans of the source material, but more so because we are drawn to these characters and love seeing them come to life on the big screen. In a way, that makes these adaptations all the more enjoyable for us; we don’t fret over every little alteration and are usually free to absorb this genre of cinema as pure entertainment and nothing more. Phase 1 of Marvel Studios’ film series began with “Iron Man” in 2008 and culminated with “The Avengers” last May, and through it all we found each offering to be engaging and unique from the others, with only small differences in the level of quality.

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