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  1. The Defenders

    The Marvel Netflix hype does definitely seemed to have cooled since the first season of Daredevil. While I maintain that DD, JJ and LC have all been really great, I think Iron Fist was so bad that it impacted the development of Defenders. It seemingly impacted interest for people going in. The MCU films have a really solid entry every so often while staying relatively good from movie to movie. If the Netflix shows wake up from complacency, we wouldn't have to talk about bad ratings I figure.
  2. Every comic you've read in 2017

    Venom: Deathtrap-THE VAULT: Old School 90s One-shot by Danny Fingeroth and Ron Lim. Venom and a shit-ton of C and D-List Supervillains attempt to escape the Vault, and the Avengers and Freedom Force try to stop them. I get my kicks out of lame-o 90s comics because that was my childhood, but Fingeroth misses the mark on writing Venom. He's characterized in this as a petty, one-note bad guy moreso than an insane man who genuinely thinks he's doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. There's none of the style or panache with Venom like David Micheline defined. So this could've been an amusing, average read but it was brought down by making Eddie Brock so bleh. Totally Awesome HULK #23: Interesting start to a story. Good issue. Superman #31 (2016): Solid story with solid characterization of Deathstroke. Deathstroke #23 (2016): I like the scenes with Jericho and Adeline.
  3. Live Action Remake of Akira?

    Akira has a love action movie is unfilmable. Its impact is measured chiefly in terms of anime and animation. The story is sci-fi cool, but just imagine all that creativity and kinetic energy from both the movie and the manga being washed out by a Big-Named actor and the merchandise for said property replacing the merchandise for the original property. I. E. GHOST IN THE SHELL
  4. Every Film You've Watched in 2017

    American Beauty: I'm sort of mixed on this. On the one hand the performances are all great, especially Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning. On the other hand, the overall message and some of the symbolism I found to be surprisingly banal and pretentious. That plastic bag scene was like something out of a parody. Thora Birch is and always will be a really good actress, but this is the most basic role I've ever seen her in, basically Enid Coleslaw without the personality. It's far from a bad movie, but for what it's going for (and I don't think the meaning comes across as obtusely as others do apparently) it's not terribly subtle.
  5. Suggest future actors for the HAA! spotlight

    Thora Birch. An ideal ep could be Hocus Pocus, Ghost World (LOVE to hear your thoughts on that one) and American Beauty
  6. What are you watching and enjoying?

    I watched all thirteen episodes of the early 2000s animated series Mission Hill. It's created by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, former writers for the Simpsons who showran season 7 and 8, and in my opinion were the last great arbiters of the classic era (if you listen to the commentaries for their seasons, they really got in depth with what they wanted to do with their time on the show and took all the characters and stories pretty seriously). Mission Hill was their chance to write for characters that were not showcased much at all on the Simpsons, mainly the teenage-twenty-somethings range. It's about two brothers, one nerdy seventeen year-old Kevin and his older twenty-four year old slacker brother Andy, living in a NY-esque hipster-esque area. A lot of jokes are on their interests such as meeting one's potential, growing up and manifesting destiny, in that quirky observational way. In terms of the writing, it takes a couple of episodes to find it's groove but it's pretty good. It never comes close to their Simpsons writing but there's definitely a similar style in terms of the act-break gags and sense of irony. It's a more frankly sexual and mature style of writing that deals with things like masturbation and homosexuality more directly. The characters are entertaining enough. Andy's generally a prick who just stops short of being unlikable when push comes to shove. Kevin is voiced by Scott Menville, so his voice is that of Robin doing his best nerd impression. The animation and art design is very comic strip/alternative comics, with visual keys like eyesight lines and clouds over head that's kind of cool to see pop up now and then. There's a wide variety of cool palettes that alternates from day to night. Overall I enjoyed watching the show and mourn it's short lived existence as it was cancelled 13 episodes into it's 18 episode deal. I really like Oakley and Weinstein and appreciate what they were trying to do with the series, and the show itself is still funny despite being on the WB at a very specific time. The most dated episode is one where Andy joins the cast of the Real World, but it's also the funniest as it just fires ammunition on late 90s MTV.
  7. Every comic you've read in 2017

    Totally. I'm not really a fan of Kane's stuff without Romita's inks. It's not bad, but the art in ASM #97 was so good, anything less really stood out.
  8. Every comic you've read in 2017

    Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #7: As someone who got into Spider-Man and comics through the Clone Saga, what Dan Slott did to Ben Reilly's character months back in the Clone Conspiracy was nothing short of wanton betrayal. I'd hoped Peter David would redeem him in his series, and with this issue he's absolutely doing that. Very good stuff. Ms. Marvel #21-#22 (2016): This is probably the best super hero comic out right now. Motor Crush #6: Great return issue. Cameron Stewart is a wonderful artist, I had forgotten. Secret Empire Omega #1: I've missed out on most of Secret Empire, but I thought this was really good.
  9. Every comic you've read in 2017

    Amazing Spider-Man #32 (2015): This was really, very good. Best issue in I don't know how long. Props to the writing, characterization and story idea.
  10. Every comic you've read in 2017

    Action Comics #987: LOL awesome. Very Dr. Hurt from Morrison's Batman era vibe here. Let's see where this goes. Detective Comics #964: The balance of characters and their interplay and dynamics keeps this so much better than every other Batman-starring book. Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14: It's cool to see Babs be both Batgirl and Oracle, but the scene where she saves Batman and his 'Tec Comics squad was played too over the top. Stuff like that keeps trying to put Barbara Gordon over and just makes me resent the fan love that produces such writing.
  11. Random movie and tv thoughts

    So I just got done with the pilot of the Orville. I know critics are ripping it a new one because it's transparent Star Trek fanfic and not the ribald comedy Fox advertised it as. It's not an awful show, but it's definitely held back by a tonal imbalance. There were two or three times I chuckled, and the overall look is really damn slick. The characters are moderately likable, save for the bro-y navigator guy who's main joke is "Think they have bars/strippers/etc. on that planet?", which is stupefyingly unfunny. There's nothing terribly innovative about it because of that tonal imbalance. I see potential for it should it smooth itself out a bit, but right now it's essentially Brian Griffin on the set of the Next Gen Enterprise.
  12. Suggestions of shows we could cover.

    Quark, a.k.a. this show I just found out existed.
  13. Every Film You've Watched in 2017

    It's not a bad movie but the dialogue made me want to swallow Drano. And the characters were all hideous people.
  14. Every comic you've read in 2017

    Batman: DOA: 70 page one-shot written and illustrated by Bob Hall. Batman's poisoned and has 24 hours to live. He works a kidnapping case while Robin and Commissioner Gordon hunt for a cure. Inoffensive/ineffective done-in-one with serviceable writing and less than average artwork. Maybe it's the heavy inking but Hall's style, which I'm not terribly familiar with, wasn't on great display here. Still, not a bad comic. Not great but not bad. Serviceable.