Archive for May, 2014

Bryan Singer: is the X-men director a pedophile?

I’m an avid superhero fan, as well as a film buff; I went to film school in 2001 and actually got to meet Bryan Singer while he was filming x-men 2. Admittedly I withdrew my admiration for Singer after he destroyed my favorite superhero in Superman Returns but that’s another story…

Back to the point, Singer has just released X-Men: Days of Future Past, which some critics are calling the best X-men movie to date, and yet I was conflicted when it came to paying my $10 to go see it because of the multiple allegations that he sexually abused minors.

Here’s what’s being reported: Michael Egan has claimed that Singer sexually abused him when he was 15 years old. A second young man who has remained unidentified accused Singer of similar crimes when he was 17 years old. They allege perverse behavior, photographs and even threats. As expected Singer and his representatives have denied the claims and have gone on a mission to publicly discredit them.

One of the things I first asked myself was which scenario makes more sense: that a couple of kids with nothing to gain aside from a little money made this whole thing up, or that Hollywood execs who have hundreds of millions of dollars on the line tried to discredit the victims through the media? Hmm.

I have two young kids and the thought of either of them being treated the way these kids allegedly were makes me want to vomit. But I might be a bad example because if that happened to my children the offender would have to use his millions of dollars on security because I’d hunt him down.

The question I had to ask myself when deciding to go to the movie was this: which scenario would me easier for me to live with:

  • NOT going to the movie and learning he is completely innocent, or
  • GOING to the movie and later learning he is guilty of everything (and possibly much more).
  • Put that way it was an easy choice for me.

    So I’ve chosen to hold off for the time being, but I can still admire Hugh Jackman’s physical achievements as in this blog: Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine training and diet

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    Superhero Physique
    superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington


    In my most recent training cycle I’ve added in three little things to increase the intensity of my training. They aren’t things that I believe can be done with results indefinitely, but certainly add a new dimension to my sessions.

    Technique 1. weighted stretching

    This is typically done as a superset with a compound movement. For example you would do bench press then superset it with weighted dumbbell chest stretches.

    Technique 2. pre workout flex

    Much like I mentioned in my blog about exercise sequence this is about getting a massive pump before lifting any weights. I like to strive to hold a flexed position for about ten seconds.

    Technique 3. unilateral negatives

    At he end of the workout I like doing a few of these. Do the concentric with two limbs, then the negative with only 1 for a few reps then switch sides.

    If your workout is getting stale then perhaps one or more of these can be helpful to you.

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    SuperHero Physique
    superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington

    I’ve been away for a little bit, but I’ve been making some interesting developments in my own training program that I’m going to be sharing with you soon. For today some cool info about using vitamin supplementation to naturally boost anabolic hormones.

    When it comes to optimizing our bodies for muscle growth, a lot of the keys to it seem to be taking in the optimal amount of nutrients. A study I came across suggests the importance of Vitamin D: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24508736/?i=1&from=vitamin+d+skeletal+muscle

    Low vitamin D levels are correlated with low testosterone levels, which speaks to the effect it may have on muscle growth AND fat loss.

    Yet another interesting article suggests that Vitamin D can actually be counter-productive if not taken with Vitamin A. Here’s another article that suggests Vitamin A can be helpful for muscle growth and testosterone production.

    Another thing we ought to keep in mind is that both Vitamin A and Vitamin D are fat soluble vitamins and therefore require dietary fat in order to be used by the body. From everything I’ve researched, fish oil appears to be an ideal source of fat for this purpose… the added bonus: fish oil itself is known to promote testosterone production, which seems to suggest that Vitamin A&D supplementation WITH fish oil is the perfect natural testosterone promoting cocktail.

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    SuperHero Physique
    superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington

    Amazing Spider-Man 2 review

    Posted: May 4, 2014 in fun
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    As you know my two loves outside of my children are superheroes and bodybuilding. Today I’m going to focus on the former with a review of the newly released Amazing Spider-Man 2.

    The story begins a little while after the first film, and apparently Peter and Gwen have gotten back together and Spidey has re-designed his suit. Personally I was hoping for some kind of explanation as to why the suit change within the film (the way they did in The Dark Knight), but instead they left it unspoken.

    The relationship between Peter and Gwen is eerily similar to that of Peter and Mary-Jane in Spider-Man 2, which was exactly what I feared when the first “Amazing” movie ended. The main difference is that instead of John Jameson posing a threat to them ever getting together, the threat was Gwen getting a scholarship to Oxford and moving to England.

    Electro emerges as the baddie early on and is extremely cool however the whole storyline of Max Dillon being both a sad recluse and in love with Spider-Man felt a little bit silly, and made me feel like I was in a children’s movie (The Rhino character was also such a dufus that I felt this way when he was on screen too).

    Harry Osborne enters the picture as his father passes away and he takes the mantel of Oscorp. I was not really familiar with Dane DeHaan before, but he was quite good in this role. He looked like an evil version of Leonardo DiCaprio. The entire time you were never quite sure if he was going to hug Peter or attack him, which made his performance quite perfect. My only gripe with him is that after building up such a cool character portrait through the film, in the last few scenes he is quickly transformed into the Green Goblin and turns into a very cliché villain who we only get to see for one brief (albeit important) battle.

    The emotional through-line of the film is done very well, and had my eyes wet at points. Not to spoil anything, but in stark contrast to some of the film’s silly and immature moments, the emotional story of this film got really heavy to the point where I felt that it was almost not appropriate for kids. So that contrast is probably the movie’s greatest problem.

    So all of that said, I walked out of the theatre thinking that this very well may be the best Spider-Man movie released to date.

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    Super Hero Physique
    superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington