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Also released yesterday, this awesome little teaser for the upcoming Netflix Daredevil
show. Easter eggs everywhere -- sound effects, cast members, Avengers Tower just right of center, and check out Matt's reflection in the street puddle near the end.
I've already watched this a dozen times since it was released yesterday. Nearly all-new footage, and exciting and dramatic and EVERYTHING.
All the things.
Go wild. For what it's worth, I thought it was excellent -- a natural progression from both Avengers
and Iron Man 3
. Clark Gregg is simply splendid. And did you notice the Special Thanks in the credits to Jim Steranko? That's from where we got Lola.
"... Gramsie...?"This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1640155.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Ahhh, DC Comics. Always with the maturity and good clean fun
I don't think it's any secret that I've had it up to HERE with what the writers and editors at Marvel and especially DC Comics consider to be cutting-edge material, mostly because their material tends to include lots of cutting edges. But this
is just frickin' nuts.
And I see the stuff in the comments on that page about the potential meta and meta-meta context. Nope, sorry, no biscuit. DC's animated wing is doing just fine without this crap; Marvel's animation is nearly as good, and of course the movies are great. No, the people in charge at DC Comics these days are the sad, repressed damaged goods people used to think were caused
I can certainly deal with violence in comics (said the guy who loved Frank Miller at the beginning of his career, long before most people had heard of him). Absolutely sexuality (said the proud owner of the three-volume hardcover Lost Girls
, every issue of XXXenophile
, and lots of other smutty goodness). But there are... not limits. Standards. There's an old adage about rules, and how they're made to be broken... but sometimes they're made to be followed, because they work.
Every once in awhile, someone posts an old page from the earliest days of Spider-Man or Fantastic Four, or even Superman during the Curt Swan heyday. And it's wonderful how much story and characterization Stan and Steve or Julie and Curt crammed into six or nine panels... and how there actually was
story and characterization going on.
Remember the chest-burster scene in Alien
? Ridley Scott famously didn't tell the cast what was going to happen, to make sure that their reactions were all believable... to force everybody in the film, and thus everybody watching the film, into a new and unknown realm of horror.
Sometimes I feel as if modern comic creators are trying to do that all the time.
It ain't the medium -- it's the people who have forgotten, or never learned, storytelling... and, possibly, how to have fun.
Thoughts?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1638494.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
A little extra love and attention for:
Any other cool projects we should know about?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1634555.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Just... just look at this
. Besides the context, the damn costume doesn't look jack shit
like Superman's.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1630435.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Tue, Jun. 11th, 2013, 09:15 pm
MAN OF STEEL
71% on Rotten Tomatoes
. First shows are at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
I'm looking forward to it. I hope it's good. Gotta say this, though: When a movie reviewer complains about the science in a Superman film, it'd better be really, really hosed science.
Because, Superman.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1625848.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Sat, May. 25th, 2013, 06:14 am
Geek Pride Day
So many things we celebrate on Geek Pride Day
First, of course, it's the Glorious 25th of May
, for all you Discworld
It's also the 36th anniversary of the release of the original, non-Episode IV Star Wars
. We weren't completely
unprepared -- technically, Jaws
was the first "blockbuster" -- but, besides being the coolest thing most of us had ever seen up to that point, Star Wars
was absolutely transformative in how films were both created and marketed. Along with Star Trek
, it can be considered one of the foundations of modern mythology.
And, celebrating another of those foundations, it's Towel Day
, celebrating the life and writings of author Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
. Here's hoping that, someday, we'll all have a proper edition of that mind-bogglingly useful book.
And, on top of all that, it's the birthday of such geek legends as Edward Bulwer-Lytton
(1803), Sir Ian McKellen
(1939), Frank Oz
(1944), Barry Windsor-Smith
(1949), and Stan Sakai
How are you
celebrating Geek Pride Day? I'm at Up In The Aether Con
in Dearborn, MI, where the place has already been going crazy since yesterday morning. Wonderful folks, superb cosplay, Victorian mad science, gorgeous women in corsets, fun fun fun.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1622835.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
At least until Saturday
. Anne and I think it rocks -- good voice acting, fast-moving tight script, good animation, Black Widow's cheekbones -- what else do you want?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1622357.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Sat, May. 4th, 2013, 10:19 am
All in all, definitely a Week In Geek. And this weekend especially.
I'm going to get a few comics, come home and clean a bit, and then work on music. All while enjoying a gorgeous Southeast Michigan spring day. You?
* I accept that this has become popular, and I really don't mind going with it, but I'm old school: In my heart of hearts, Star Wars Day will always be May 25
.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1618539.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Let fly. Those who haven't seen it yet, read this thread at your peril.
One non-spoilery thing: The acting is, top-to-bottom, great, especially RDJ and Ben Kingsley.
Another: Stay through the (very long) credits. Of course.
Another: The IMAX 3D was really cool. But you don't need it.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1618247.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
. All I'll say is, it's about a minute of character work. By RDJ and Gwyneth. Don't want spoilers, don't watch.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1617006.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Yeah. Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah. Haven't even got past IRON MAN 3 yet, and I'm already jacked to the max for this. And they got Rene Russo back!This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1616357.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Okay, so here's an attempt to lighten the mood. Isn't this gorgeous
There are actually three Oz comics coming out at about the same time (here's a look at the other two
), but the one is a straight-up adaptation of Book 6, while the other is, to be charitable, just a touch slutty. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Said the guy who has Alan Moore's Lost Girls
in the big-ass slipcase edition.
What's your favorite song from The Wizard of Oz
? Okay, fine, the whole soundtrack, not a clinker in the bunch (thank goodness the "Jitterbug" scene was cut). But if we ever do an In Concert version at OVFF or somethin', I'd love to play the Cowardly Lion, so I could sing "If I Were King Of The Forest".
And "... Da NOIVE."This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1613696.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Great sadness. One of the all-time legends of comic art, Carmine Infantino
, has passed away
at the age of 87.
Infantino was an amazing artist. Where Kirby made things almost unnaturally epic, and Gil Kane brought fierce power, Infantino's forte was movement. He did his best work on The Flash
, where he brought to life the sheer speed
of a man who could outrun light. Not incidentally, he also co-created many of the villains who became Flash's Rogues' Gallery, including Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, the Mirror Master, and Grodd.
As an editor, as a mentor, and especially as an artist, Carmine Infantino was one of the icons of the Silver Age, and his impact is still felt throughout comics. Rest well, sir, and thanks.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1611122.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
We haven't spoken about a number of movies and TV shows I've seen, because I saw most of them several weeks after their respective debuts, and I had other stuff to mention.
- Argo was excellent, very exciting, and Ben Affleck was cheated out of a Best Director nomination... although my favorite performance in the whole thing is that of John Goodman, who is amazing as usual.
- Les Miserables was simply beautiful. And anyone who complains that Russell Crowe (as Javert) is not as good a singer as Philip Quast... well, you have a point. But Crowe does everything he needs to, and does so with style, and who knew Amanda Seyfried had such a lovely voice, and oh my god Jackman and Hathaway and Sacha Baron Cohen.
- Anne and I finished watching the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes series -- really, REALLY well done -- and have moved on to Ultimate Spider-Man, which is so frickin' cool I recommend it completely. There is great heart in it, and a lot of laughs, with a Scott Pilgrim sensibility around the whole thing (or maybe Ouran High School Host Club). And Doctor Octopus, who has not yet had a full visual reveal, is just creepy.
- Must catch up on the past three weeks of Top Chef.
- Still haven't caught up on last year's Doctor Who.
- Have started downloading Arrow.
- Am having a blast, finally watching Face Off. Not as good as Top Chef in a number of ways, but the visuals are spectacular, and there isn't the sense of cutthroat aggression so prevalent in TC.
- Sometime next week, I hope to watch Django Unchained.
- Last but not least, Anne and I went to see Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. This is not a good movie. But it is an amazingly fun movie, if you're in the right mood, which we were. The medieval milk bottles with the parchment drawings of missing children set the tone exactly. The performances are not the problem -- everybody does at least what they need to, and Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as Gretel are both very good (and there's not even a creepy incest vibe!). What doesn't work with this movie is the fault of the writer-director, Tommy Wirkola, who has a good story and a good handle on action sequences but not the best script or non-action set pieces. Still, it was way fun, utterly silly (if you like First Knight you'll like this), and a very riffable way to kill two hours.
All of which, by the way, leads to this: An important character in H&G:WH is the troll Edward, played by Derek Mears (body) and Robin Atkin Downes (voice). We thought he was CGI. Nuh-uh:
All hail Spectral Motion, the effects team that brought Edward to animatronic life.
So what TV and movies have you
seen lately, and what did you think of 'em?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1599421.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
I think that the best of the many, many good things about Marvel's Avengers
movie is that you care so much about the characters, and they're all played by such good actors. ('Cause, face it -- when the objectively worst actor in your ensemble is Chris Hemsworth, you're in pretty good shape.) Still, part of the joy also was Teh Shiny -- seeing those characters on the big screen and finally, finally looking right
Industrial Light and Magic kicked ass and took names on this one, and here's a little something For Your Consideration:This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1592954.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Not good, not good at all. Writer Peter David
has suffered a stroke
We were on vacation in Florida when I lost control of the right side of my body. I cannot see properly and I cannot move my right arm or leg. We are currently getting the extent of the damage sorted out and will report as further details become clarified.
Many good thoughts sent out to Mr. David and his family, and may he recover quickly and completely.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1590103.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Whether it's the winter solstice
, that whole Mayan calendar thing
, or merely the birthday of Mr. Samuel L. Jackson
, allow me to contribute to your feeling that now you've seen everything:
So. What stuff are you taking with you when the world dissolves into chaos and fire? I got two external hard drives, my dice bag, and my stuffed Bear right here. And an off-off-off-brand Android tablet filled to the gills with Harry Potter fanfic.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1587394.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
More great sadness. starcat_jewel
alerts us to the passing
of Jeff Millar at the age of 70.
Jeff was the writer on one of the most underappreciated comic strips of all time: Tank McNamara
. If you haven't seen it before, it may be because it usually runs in the Sports section of the newspaper (although you can subscribe to it online as well). It's a witty, silly, occasionally utterly goofball strip starring Tank McNamara, a former football star who changed careers and became a sportscaster.
There aren't too many regular supporting characters -- his girlfriend and co-worker Angela, his neighbors Nick and Kate, the amazing Dr. Tszap -- but the big appeal of Tank
has always been skewering sports, the culture of sports, and pretty much anything else that Millar saw.
The strip will continue, with his partner Bill Hinds both writing and drawing.
My own favorite strip, one of my very favorite comic strips of all time, is a Sunday Tank
where a coach is talking to an owner -- "Absolutely incredible, and he's a free agent!"
The owner says, "Okay, let's see this new defensive star."
They go to the field, where a scrimmage is starting. The quarterback says, "Hut one, hut two --"
At which point, The Incredible Hulk tears through the defensive line, aiming straight for the QB. He's got a helmet kinda jammed onto his head, he's flinging bodies this way and that, and he picks up the QB (clutching the ball to his chest like a child) and tosses him like a lawn dart. And then Hulk comes over the to the coach and owner with a big grin.
The owner says, "... What are you trying to pull? That's The Hulk. We can't sign him. He's a fictional character
. He's not even real
The coach walks away dejected, and ends up in the locker room, where Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Thor are waiting, all with football helmets. And the coach says, "No go, guys -- try the Colts...."
Rest well, Mr. Millar, and thanks for nearly four decades of laughs.
Any favorite sports comics you like, or specific cartoons, or...?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1582908.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
There have been numerous attempts over the years to get past the planning stages of a movie based on the seminal fantasy comic Elf*Quest
. Now it looks as if one might actually go forward -- and it's in the hands of a small indie company that made an impressive fan film
While I think it has potential, I also think it suffers from not having any of the male elf characters. It's going for a look-and-feel, and I think it does so, but, unless it turns out to be an all-female version, we do
need to see what Cutter, Skywise, and Rayek look like.
Thoughts?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1576497.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Brother Godric, the adorable cat of our friend cluegirl
, is havin' a time. Short form, kittie medical bills. A lot for one person to handle, but in small doses we can get it together pretty quickly, methinks. Won't you help
And, if you want a real treat, Clue happens to be quite the excellent author. Check out her ongoing Avengers fic, Five Times Steve Rogers Rubbed Tony Stark Exactly the Wrong Way (And One Time He Didn't.)
Yes, it's got implied slash -- labeled "pre-slash" -- and one frankly hot-as-hell boy-kissing scene, but mostly it's a hell of a ripping MCU Avengers fic.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1575666.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Mon, Nov. 5th, 2012, 10:47 am
I love fan films. All are done with love, and some are easily professional quality. Here are some cool ones to start your week:
Your favorites not listed here? Er, ah, Link 'em up.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1575027.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Today, at your favorite comic book store
. Wish I'd been planning for it; sticking it in October (it used to be in April) has screwed me up with it. Next year, maybe.
What comics are you reading lately? Anne is all over the Hawkeye
series. I have to get Vol. 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise
. And, beyond that, I'm honestly not sure what's out there besides the Big Two (their collective mottoes: "Hey, our animated stuff is way
better than our books").This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1570101.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Some by people we know and love:
- Heather Dale has made her and Ben's new album Perpetual Gift free for download, but consider kicking in for it, won't you?
- Amy McNally's Hazardous Fiddle is available for download at CD Baby.
- Three Weird Sisters have just released Third Thyme's The Charm. Short review: GET IT GET IT GET IT. Superb.
- I clean forgot that you can get new albums by Dr. Mary Crowell and Cat Faber, yay!
- And how could we forget the wonderful Cheshire Moon?
- One of my fellow Daily Kossacks, The Gimp, just had a feature on him and his work at Newsarama.
- Anne turned me on to The Mechanisms, and their musical/concept album Once Upon A Time (In Space).
- The musical Allegiance, about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2, stars the exquisite Lea Salonga and everybody's favorite, the god George Takei. Here are some highlights:
Anything else we need to know about?
This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1566463.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Long time since we had a DVD Day here, so let's get to it.Marvel's Avengers
is released today on DVD and Blu-Ray, including the neato spiffy keen Target version with Blu-Ray 3D and the soundtrack, and an extra making-of disk. Who's getting what version, and who (gasp) hasn't seen it yet!? (Be sure to see Iron Man,
the Edward Norton Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor,
and Captain America: The First Avenger
before you see the big payoff.)
Also just out today -- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
. Looks most excellent.
And, to complete your superheroics, Target has Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
for $5.00. If you haven't seen this compilation of GL Corps stories, including the wonderment of Mogo (guest-starring Rowdy Roddy Piper as Bolphunga) and the amazing fight scene in Laira's Tale, you need to. Oh, and, Nathan Fillion plays Hal Jordon. :D
What else is out on disk that we need to know about?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1564519.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.