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  1. The All-Purpose Flickchart thread

    Spinal Tap, but barely.
  2. The Defenders

    Fatigue has to be setting in. By the time 2017 is over, we'll have had GOTG 2, Spider-Man, and Thor in theaters, SHIELD and Inhumans on TV, and Iron Fist, Defenders, and Punisher on Netflix. That's not even taking into account Legion, Runaways, and whatever the hell else is also out there with Marvel's name slapped on it. It's too much.
  3. The Defenders

    Viewing figures do not appear to have been great.
  4. They're talking to Taiki Waitita (Thor: Ragnarok) to direct.
  5. Every comic you've read in 2017

    The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus, vol. 3: collects The Amazing Spider-Man #68-104. This is a really interesting collection. It's really hard to explain or to point to exactly when or how it happens, but over the course of three years' worth of comics (1968-1971), this goes from a very Silver Age Marvel comic to a very Bronze Age one. Some of it's the art - John Romita kicks things off and it's all very classic, old school Spidey. About halfway through he begins inking over Gil Kane's pencils, and that stuff is outstanding. By the end, Romita's been replaced by Frank Giacoia, so what we're getting is pretty much pure 70s Kane. Further, Stan Lee handed the keys over to Roy Thomas (who by this time had already grown out of his "trying to sound just like Stan" phase) after a hundred issues, and it feels like a completely different book after that; where things started with the obligatory campus demonstrations and fights with gangsters in suits in nighttime abandoned warehouses, they end with daylight car chases with giant 70s autos driven by guys in leisure suit jackets, with a side order of Thomas' obsession with making sure there were lots of references to pulp heroes and movie serials. The stories themselves are pretty good. The volume kicks off with a storyline revolving around a stolen ancient tablet that goes on for a then-unheard-of eight months, and while it's still pretty quickly paced and you could read an individual issue all by itself and get a lot out of it, this feels fairly modern. We get the Maggia, the Prowler, Doctor Octopus, the Lizard more than once, the Iceman, and a brief attempt to turn the Black Widow into a female version of Spidey (although this did introduce her classic catsuit, ditching the "Russian femme fatale in fishnets" look she'd worn throughout the 1960s). Furthermore, this has the three non-Code drug issues, which are, remarkably, nowhere near as hamfisted and preachy as you'd think they'd have been. Throw in the death of Captain Stacy and "Holy shit, Spidey's got six arms now" and you've got a very eventful and well-remembered run of comics. Also, it's just weird to see the cover dress change from the 60s corner box to the "Marvel Comics Group" banner at the top mid-collection.
  6. Every Film You've Watched in 2017

    Ant-Man: This movie gets a little more fun every time I see it.
  7. DuckTales

    I finally caught this and enjoyed the hell out of it. I was a little too old to be all that into the original (it was my younger brothers' jam), but I do remember thinking it was good. This was funnier, with a much goofier sensibility, and the voice cast is phenomenal.
  8. Random movie and tv thoughts

    I thought it looked really good (Jon Favreau did his usual good job). It was sold as a straight-up comedy, but what we got was a first season TNG episode with a little more humor, most of which was very unfunny. Pilots are generally rough, and I'm going to give it another shot, but at some point Fox is going to have to say "no" to MacFarlane.
  9. Every Film You've Watched in 2017

    Reality Bites, where it turns out that a movie written by a 23-year-old about herself and her friends is precisely as infuriating as you think it's going to be.
  10. RIP Len Wein

    69 is far too young.
  11. Every comic you've read in 2017

    JSA: The Golden Age Deluxe Edition: collects The Golden Age (1993) #1-4. This is an Elseworlds story that's not a million miles away from Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier, except it focuses on Golden Age heroes rather than Silver Age ones, and also it is bleak as fuck. After the war, whatever heroes haven't retired are driven away by the HUAC, go crazy, have personal lives that go completely to hell, and/or fall victim to a sinister mad science conspiracy of epic movie serial proportions. And overall, this is quite good. Written by James Robinson back when that was generally a good thing, his love of the era shines through even as he puts a dark and angry spin on it. This is also some of the best artwork Paul Smith ever produced; I love looking at these pages. Also, except for the fact that it's a hardcover and the paper quality is very high, there's nothing deluxe about this edition. There's no backmatter at all here, save a foreword by Howard Chaykin.
  12. What are you watching and enjoying?

    I feel like I should like Westworld a lot more than I do. Everything about it seems like it was grown in a lab specifically to be my favorite show ever, and it's not bad at all, but I'm nowhere near as into it as I want to be.
  13. iTunes trouble?

    I've run into that, and I don't use iTunes.
  14. This wasn't bad. While it's a smidge wackier than the pilot was, it's still considerably less over-the-top than The Tick usually is, and it's kind of a weird feel. The cast is uniformly excellent; I fully expected Serafinowicz and Haley to kick ass, and they do, but Yara Martinez is really doing terrific work here, and Alan Tudyk once again shows that he is the best at playing snarky AI characters. The important thing, though, is that Serafinowicz is pitch-perfect in his delivery and frequently even sounds like Warburton. Still, while the Warburton series ind of drove home that The Tick as originally presented - a hugely wacky, insane cartoon - could only work so far as live action, the fact that this is so toned down makes it not feel quite right. (There are also a fair number of F-bombs being tossed, which I normally would barely even notice, but feels really weird coming from this property.) It's funny and I hope we get more, but it did take a few episodes for me to settle into it.
  15. The Convention Thread

    Holy shit. David Tennant had to cancel on Wizard World, and anticipating the ensuing shitstorm from fans who bought VIP packages, they went a little nuts trying to calm things down.