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  1. While you and I have very different takes on Joey Lauren Adams' skill as an actor, Mike, I am pretty much right there with you on Chasing Amy. This is a movie about mature adult relationships written by someone who has very, very clearly never been in one, and tackling LGBTQ issues by someone who, by his own admission, had just befriended his first out gay person (Guin Turner's Go Fish was on the festival circuit at the same time as Clerks). The fundamental, core conceit of this movie is that men are incapable of handling the idea that women had any kind of a sex life before they met. Lik
  2. From a story standpoint, Flash could probably hang around for a bit longer, but it should probably wind down sooner rather than later. Barry is arguably the central Arrowverse character now, but that could be reworked. Legends feels like it's running out of gas as well. But with Superman and Lois and Stargirl coming on board, this train still has a little while to go.
  3. For all of my ongoing frustration with Smith, I can't ever totally get down on Clerks. I saw it in its theatrical release over a dozen times and it's no exaggeration to say it changed the way I interact with film forever. I was 20 and this was the first movie I had ever seen that depicted people my age taking and acting the way I and everyone I knew did. That plus the whole myth around the kid who made a movie all by himself for no money was inspirational. You can't put your hand on your heart and say it's a perfect film. Hell, it's really not a very good movie. But it was important enoug
  4. Femforce #1-10: Somehow these just fell in my lap. This is a small press book (Americomics) from the mid-80s that combines a handful of good girl characters from the Golden Age, either straight up (Ms. Victory) or as thinly-veiled substitutes (Harvey's Black Cat becomes She-Cat), teaming up to do whatever the hell. This. Was. AWFUL. The story is dull and nonsensical, and the artwork (which should be the main draw as the whole point of the book is hey, look at the ladies) is pretty bad. There are some reprints that aren't bad (some Matt Baker stuff from the 50s is pretty decent), but on the who
  5. The Best of Comix Book: In 1975, Denis Kitchen and Stan Lee got together to come up with Comix Book, a countercultural magazine that would be published by Marvel Comics that offered pro rates to high-visibility underground comix creators. However, Stan got nervous, so the magazine would tone down the subversive elements significantly, all but eliminating any reference to sex, drugs, nudity, or profane language. If you are wondering what the fucking point to Comix Book was, you are in line with the vast majority of the intended audience, and it only lasted five issues before folding. However, i
  6. Midsommar: Indescribably beautiful. Deeply unsettling. 24 Hour Party People: Surprisingly funny biopic of the Factory Records/Madchester scene with Steve Coogan.
  7. Don, if you liked this (and yes, McGregor was THE T'Challa writer), you might want to seek out "Panther's Quest", a story that stretched across Marvel Comics Presents #13-37 (it was eight pages an issue, so it's not as insanely long as that sounds). T'Challa goes on an undercover mission into South Africa at the height of apartheid, and it was written by McGregor and the art was by Gene Colan. That was the story that got me loving the character back in the day.
  8. Yeah, the play was basically a cartoon, and they play it as such. Listening to the play actually makes the comic make a lot more sense. Big Apple Comix #1 (1975): A sort of semi-underground comix anthology, edited by Fabulous Flo Steinberg after leaving Marvel, with a running theme of paying tribute to New York City. Specifically, pre-Guiliani "haven of filth and crime but we love it anyway" NYC. It has that almost quaint quality where what was super transgressive in 1975 is almost adorable now, but this comic is filled with work from Marvel mainstays like Archie Goodwin, Neal Adams, Herb
  9. Starstruck: collects #1-13 of the 2009 IDW series, which in turn collected expanded versions of Starstruck #1-4 and Galactic Girl Guide strips from The Rocketeer from Dark Horse (1990), which in turn collected expanded versions of Marvel Graphic Novel #13 and Starstruck #1 from Marvel/Epic (1985), which in turn collected strips that had appeared in Illustracion+Comix Internacional and Heavy Metal (1982), which in turn adapted the 1980 off-off-Broadway play by Elaine Lee (Vamps). Yeah, there's a history. At one point mentioned alongside Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns in lists of gro
  10. I don't give a thought one way or the other to the movie itself, but what we learned here today is if the fandom screams loud enough, and acts shitty enough, the studio might cave in and go back and change shit. It happened with ME3, it happened with Sonic, and it's happening now with JL. This is a very, very, very bad precedent to set, and I am not happy about it.
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    DC Purge

    I have no idea how far this will go, but the industry is going to look very, very different a couple of years from now. Nobody wants to see something like this, as inevitable as it's seemed for a while now. Some of these people will find homes elsewhere, but this is devastating.
  12. The studio hired Joel Schumacher to make a big-budget live action feature-length episode of Batman '66, and he created the Platonic ideal of that. Batman and Robin isn't the movie anyone wanted in 1997, but it is the greatest possible version of precisely what Schumacher set out to do.
  13. If you could throw BWP up there that'd be awesome.