I found a clip of the Batman/Batgirl scene from Killing Joke and added it to my review, so feel free to have a look if you haven’t already seen it.
The site Pop Sugar’s always been on the cutting edge, posting lots about sexuality and women’s sexual freedoms as well some interesting literary and cinematic subjects. This one’s not exactly groundbreaking, but still intriguing and not a bad way to expand your horizons. Think of it as a New Year’s resolution.
Read more about it here. And if you’re inclined to share your progress with me, I love to hear about it.
Food for thought. While I don’t agree with everything the article says, there are too many valid points here to be ignored- much as some would like to.
The world as it is, not as how it used to be.
Last year, Salon did an more cursory article about the changing of the guard in comics.
Bottom line: while in the past comics have been instruments for social commentary, they remain an industry, a business like any other. And if they don’t keep up with what’s relevant, with what’ll make them money, they’ll soon cease to be.
Ultron: You are annoyingly naïve.
Vision: Well, I was born yesterday.
Avengers: Age of Ultron goes full throttle start to finish, which also means it should’ve slowed down to let everyone catch their breath a few times. We all know the plot, but as the devil’s in the details, the question is how do all the pieces fit together. The answer is: Very well, indeed. Even if some of them get forced into place.
What’s Good: It’s a Joss Whedon vehicle. That means the rare synergy of action, humor and drama we’ve come to expect from him. Lots of cameos and appearances from supporting characters- Sam Wilson/Falcon and James Rhodes/War Machine for example- as well as other denizens of the MCU. Even Idris Elba shows up for a minute as Heimdall (hey- that’s three black guys! Wow.). There’s also all the references and easter eggs you’ll have fun spotting: like a certain African nation, for example.
For those (rightly) complaining about Hawkeye’s lack of… well, anything remotely useful, brace yourselves. Clint Barton looms large in this one and is quite relevant to the plot. Go figure. Besides that there’s quite a few twists you won’t expect and things definitely get worse before they get better. The Vision’s debut is a bit shaky, but works out ok.
What’s Bad: believe it or not, the movie does have some warts. Noticeable in their absence are Pepper Potts and Jane Foster; though explained via some light comedy, you still wonder why they’re not around. One of my main bones to pick was Ultron’s origin sequence; it was surprisingly brief, almost rushed- like it was only there because it had to be. He almost literally just snaps into being and is already rolling. It really wouldn’t have hurt anything to spend a little more time on Ultron’s development and a lot less on the 3D-driven mindless, wholescale destruction fight scenes (and yes, I do mean the Iron Man vs Hulk battle. That one might as well have been ripped from anime). Because frankly, some of them didn’t make much sense and kind of send you into sensory overload. More than a few times there’s simply too much going on here; you’re exhausted just watching them.
And the emergence of the Maximoff twins brings us right back to the ongoing unanswered question of how the X-Men figure into all of this. Because there’s no way they can, even with Magneto’s children in the mix.
What’s Left: the blockbuster you’ve been waiting for that sets up just about every other Marvel movie on the horizon. Oh, and there’s only one mid-credits scene to watch for- and it’s a killer! Hint: it’s foreshadowed during the movie. 4/5 stars.
A-Force, All-Female Avengers Team, Calvin & Hobbes Snowmen Massacres, Deep Fried Spaghetti Dog, Foodbeast, Jack White's Tour Rider, Jimmy Fallon Fresh Prince, Poltergeist Trailer, Red Velvet Pancakes, Saturday Morning Cartoons
Good Morning, everyone! 🙂
Even though you’re probably having breakfast, here’s something to look forward to later when you’re watching a movie or something. Sorry it wasn’t in time for the Super Bowl.
Marvel announces an all-female Avengers lineup- featuring some former members, natch.
The trailer for the Poltergeist remake looks interesting.
In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, I give you: Red Velvet Pancakes! (you’re welcome)
Ever wondered what Jack White likes, and doesn’t like, when he’s out on tour? Just ask the University of Oklahoma, who posted the details of his rider in their campus newspaper– including a strict ‘No Banana’ policy and a special guacamole recipe (see below).
Jimmy Fallon’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air intro spoof.
And finally, a guy who randomly narrates episodes to strangers. Sorry for the video quality.
Enjoy your weekend!
Just got a look at the pilot episode of latest CW/DC partnership on the horizon: The Flash.
Aside from the ongoing and unexplainable ban on all things Batman and Wonder Woman on the network, this doesn’t offer much in its own right, even with all time comic veteran Geoff Johns in the mix as producer and co-writer. It’s simply too trendy, too cool for school and ultimately too much of the same ol’ same old.
Thanks to Wikipedia for providing a clear, concise synopsis: After witnessing his mother’s murder, and his father wrongly accused, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective West and his family. Becoming a forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department, Allen tries to uncover the truth about his mother’s murder, which leads him to Harrison Wells’ particle accelerator. When the accelerator causes an explosion, Allen is struck by lightning, and enters a coma. When he wakes up, he learns he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds, though he is not the only metahuman created in the wake of the explosion.
But as the saying goes, the devil’s in the details.
This morning’s edition of the newsletter features articles from The Masquerade Crew, Roz Miller, Hillary Clinton flubs an important question, Empire Magazine talking about Dracula Untold, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer, (the other) John Green on The Colbert Report and the Queen of England visits the set of Game of Thrones.
Angry Joe, Bum Reviews, Days of Future Past, Doug Walker, Godzilla, Last Airbender, Linkara, Maleficent, Nostalgia Chick, Nostalgia Critic, Racebending, Roger Ebert, That Guy With The Glasses, TV Tropes, Video Game Confessions, XMen
This is without question one of the funniest joints out there. It presence justifies the continued existence of the internet.
That Guy With The Glasses, is ran by Doug Walker and home of such nerdy treasures as Nostalgia Critic, Linkara, Angry Joe, Video Game Confessions, Nostalgia Chick and others. Bum Reviews is my favorite by a country mile. And more often than not, I find myself agreeing with his snarky assessments. And the only other person I’ve ever been that much in sync with was Roger Ebert.
Bum Reviews is so good its got its own IMDB entry, and a TV Tropes one as well. Each segment is introduced with a Masterpiece Theater-esque voiceover accompanied by chamber music to set up a bit of sketch comedy where one Chester A. Bum opines and waxes enthusiastically about the latest movie he just snuck in to watch… which is always the greatest movie he’s ever seen in his life!
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll snort coffee and get caught by your boss not doing at work at your desk. Might even find yourself on the street asking for change. (That’ll make sense after you watch the videos)
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Bookwraiths has some lists that, typical of these kinds of lists, are fun to check out and discuss/debate.
First up we have The Top 21 Longest Fantasy Series– featuring the likes of Dark Tower, Belgariad, Thomas Covenant, Shannara, Riftwar, etc.
Next comes 17 Overlooked Fantasy Series– and I’m happy to say I’m familiar with some of these and even have a few still sitting on my shelves. Even the inclusion of the LoTR ripoff series, The Iron Tower, won’t dampen your joy of discovery.
Lastly (for now), there’s Best Standalone Fantasy Series, Pt1– where once again, I’m proud to say I know a few of these. And so will you.