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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #309: Good end to a decent two-parter Superman #3 (2018): S'alright Detective Comics #988: S'ok but after two great runs this issue felt subpar and basic. Ms. Marvel #53: Writing's solid but I'm wishing the art were more dynamic. Amazing Spider-Man #806: Decent end to a good first arc. Batman #55 (2016): Pretty good. King's Nightwing's way more chatty, and even if that's meant to be the point it's a bit much, but otherwise it's good. Nightwing #49 (2016): This book has gotten boring again. Immortal Hulk #6: I don't like stories where established heroes who are part of a team just show up in another book at the drop of a hat for the sake of another character without a line of dialogue. I know it's the Hulk, but I don't buy Black Panther and Captain America arriving on the scene like silent henchmen ready to throw down. Save that for a team book. Trade Paperbacks: 18 Single Issues: 214
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    Captain Marvel

    It looks okay. Marvel already did the "LOL90S!" joke at the beginning of Iron Man 3, so the slow panoramic shot revealing Blockbuster felt like a gag several years too late. And the trailer doesn't exactly explain this takes place in the past beyond that, so she could be fighting in an old antiquities town or something. I think everything looks good, but the trailer itself is pretty standard. Even the marketing with the "her" in "Hero" feels like it slept through 2017 when Wonder Woman came out. It's not like the Black Panther trailer had "Get ready for some BLACTION" plastered over it or anything.
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Yeah but Hugo Weaving is phenomenal in it.
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    Episode 56: Salma Hayekérard_Depardieu "He is one of the most prolific character actors in film history, having completed more than 170 films since 1967." Rape allegations aside, there's something hilarious going from an actor with such prestige to Jean-Claude Van Damne.
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    Everything DC

    That's a shame. I liked him in the role a whole lot.
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    Suggest future actors for the HAA! spotlight

    Antonio Banderas, if he hasn't been mentioned before (he prolly has)
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    Episode 56: Salma Hayek

    Finally finished this. I'm glad you guys agreed the ending to Beatriz at Dinner was wack. Tbh that was more than enough for me to write the movie off. You two seemed to enjoy it more'n I did. Looking forward to sending in feedback for Collateral, and will have to discipline myself from spouting Street Fighter quotes too early, even if that isn't picked.
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    Help Influence Episode 58!

    Street Fighter's easily my favorite of his. Besides being a big fan of the franchise, it's one of his cheekier performances. Plus he and Kylie Monogue were nailing each other and he was up to his haircut in cocaine at the time. Seriously, if you do Street Fighter, the behind the scenes stories would put the review for that film over an hour at least. I nominate Double Impact because it's the first of several movies where he plays his own twin and is really good at it. And it's a redonkulous action film. Kickboxer, Bloodsport, Lion Heart, Time Cop...they're all classics from one end to another. JVCD is a must for his most recent work. It's personal and serious and unquestionably his best performance. Also be on the lookout for these:
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    Everything Marvel

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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Nightwing Annual #1 (2018): I liked the character dynamics in this. Dick and Vicki Vale flirting was interesting but the book points out that by this time he's back with Barbara, so we're not just whoring out Nightwing around for the sake of it. Nightwing #48 (2016): S'ok. Dick racing against demons on Supervillain Island doesn't feel like a Nightwing story, more Iron Fist if anything. Batman #54: Utterly excellent. Whereas before I was hot and cold on King's run, this book has been on fire since the wedding issue. Batgirl Annual #2 (2018): Pretty good. Scott does grimdark Batgirl better than Gail Simone. Batgirl #26 (2018): S'ok. I really like Paul Pelletier's art. Lex Luthor Porky Pig #1: This was weird. I dunno...there's something offputting about making Porky Pig look as realisitic as possible to fit into the DCU. Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #23: Pretty good. The Immortal Hulk #5: Wow, this was good. Great. Intense. Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #2: Trade Paperbacks: 18 Single Issues: 206
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    RIP Jacqueline Pearce

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    Deadpool 2

    Why, I've no idea what you mean
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    What You've Read Recently

    See All The Stars by Kit Frick, her debut novel. I read a review copy of this sent to my store, primarily because I'm online friends with the author's husband. As such, I'm not really comfortable talking about my thoughts on this book publicly, aside from here. This is a YA novel about a high school kid in her final year before graduation, on severe outs with her friends and broken up from her boyfriend. Each chapter switches between the events of her junior year and her senior year. Throughout the book we're shown her thoughts on her friends, her boyfriend, how she sees herself in her friend group and ambitions for the future. I found this to be a very basic, average story. It's not badly written, but it's melodramatic to the point of being pretentious. The main character has a poetic voice that flows between metaphors and similes, but it feels too overwritten to sound like a natural voice of a seventeen year old who's into welding. Most of the characters speak in dramatic, almost meta-speak, almost as though they're trying to act out a teen drama, which they're written to be in. It's a strong lack of awareness that really holds this story back and made it surprisingly annoying to get through at times. There are two big twists that you're reading to get to in order to justify the story at the end. One of them is visible from a mile away, at least halfway through. The other is a genuine surprise, but the book ends so soon after it's revealed that you wonder if there was a bit of fast-writing or cheating in the lead-up to it. I feel the YA genre has better representatives that this, as all this story came down to was a breakup between friends and teenage love drama. There's really nothing going on any deeper than that. And in itself, that's fine. But it presumes the weight of world-ending importance and wants the reader to fear and fret as much as it does. I just wasn't feeling it the whole time I was reading it.
  14. Thoughts and prayers go towards his agent securing him a much meatier and worthwhile role than the one he got in Terminator Five.
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    Top Ten Comic Book based films

    Pretty much this. On paper there's a ton of tragedy that occurs throughout the movie, but Taika Watiti is too busy being glib and wacky that it really doesn't resonate at all. And it comes off as too similar to the Guardians movies IMO. It throws out the identity of the first two Thor films in favor of one that's not really there. The first act is really fun though. Everything up to Thor's arrival on Sakaar (except the lame chain joke at the beginning) I really like.
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    Top Ten Comic Book based films

    From 2008? 10-8: (In no particular order) The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War 7. Deadpool 6. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 5. Logan 4. Captain America: Civil War 3. Black Panther 2. Captain America: The Winter Solider 1. The Dark Knight
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Batman: The Caped Crusader vol.1: Collecting the Jim Aparo run from Batman #417-#425 and #430-#431 along with Batman Annual #12. Really this can be seen as a sequel release to Batman: Second Chances which collected Post-Crisis Jason Todd's origin. Even though Max Allan Collins penned that story and most of those issues, that trade ended with Starlin's run. This collection finished it, with art by Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano and Mark D. Bright. I've always been a cheerleader for the Starlin run of Batman. His voice for the character is pitch perfect, and the way he writes action, coupled with Jim Aparo's artwork and Mike DeCarlo's Seuss-esque inks make this a must-have for any Batman fan. This doesn't include Death in the Family, which that team did, because that's been collected a dozen times elsewhere. But it does collect all four parts of Ten Nights of the Beast, the storyline that introduced the KGBeast, and it fucking rocks. This has to be the first major story that tests Batman's mettle in a way that hadn't been seen until Knightfall, as Batman, Robin, Gordon and the CIA all try to protect politicians and other people involved with the Star Wars Program. One thing that must be said about the Starlin run, and this involves Death in the Family, is that it's very 80's. The Cold War politics, the hunt for a misogynist serial killer, battling Columbian drug smugglers: this is very much the "License to Kill" era for Batman comics, at least in the Batman title. That might grate for some readers, but the writing and artwork are both so on point that I can never care all that much. This story also contains the infamous issue where Jason Todd seemingly kills a diplomat's cocaine dealing son out of revenge for the suicide of one of his girlfriends. And in a way, after reading the run up to that point, you can definitely see how the issue would end up the way it does. It's not solely a comic that shows what a bad boy Jason was as much as it was a boiling point reached when Batman and Robin went up against too much red tape and too many horrible people that one of them would snap. You see scenes of Jason going too far and being violent to the point where Batman has to pull him back. Until flashbacks in Under the Red Hood, these were the only times you'd see scenes like this. The jerkass Jason Todd persona was only ever portrayed between these nine issues, and he'd been around for six years up to this point. Any other collection that included him, and he was the kid Robin. If you want Under the Red Hood Jason, here's where you get it. Trade Paperbacks: 18 Single Issues: 197
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    Weird Dreams

    Unless it's been done before, maybe a topic about the bizarre dreams we have why not? For instance, last night I dreamt I met Elden Henson in the bathroom of this hotel-boat/ship hybrid, at which point it was revealed he was there to rob the place and the events that followed were a mix of the film Under Siege and an episode of Cowboy Bebop. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What are some of yours?
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    What You've Read Recently

    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Audiobook read by Jesse L. Martin. Baldwin's words I find easier to take in when listened to. His writing is terrific, but is so soulful that they near incomprehension through simple prose. To have the truly dulcet tones of Martin express the heart, anger and love in every sentence really translates (I feel) the proper emotion and meaning.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Batman Beyond #23 (2016): Solid comics, and Will Conrad's artwork slaps. The Robin suit looks pretty cool. Action Comics #1002: This was a thick-ass read, very dialogue heavy. Very dense. I liked seeing the whole "Superman kills!" headliner and Perry White roll his eyes at it. Lengthy but good read. Detective Comics #987: Decent end to the story, and a set-up for Bryan Edward Hill's Outsiders. I really like the guy on Twitter, but I found this arc to merely be okay. Not bad, not great either. A lot of the characters spent the arc whining at each other. But he does have a good voice for Bruce and is decent on Cassandra, so that's a plus. Amazing Spider-Man #805: Continuing to enjoy this storyline although it's moving along very quickly, and Spencer seems to be pulling the wrap-up too soon. But it had great humor in it. Trade Paperbacks: 17 Single Issues: 197
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    Top Ten Comic Book based films

    Some films in terms of how bad they are have gone up in recent years, at least to me. Dolph Lungren's Punisher is a great Punisher movie, and I'll brook no f'n argument on that. People have also been nicer to Constantine, Speed Racer (lol Ian) and even the initial F4 films of late.
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    The Flash

    Generally this season is a downgrade from even season 3, but "Enter Flashtime" is by far and away the best so far, and I can't imagine it not being the best of the year. -Terrific acting from all the regulars, but specifically Grant Gustin, who's at his best when he plays desperate. The big scene between him and Iris (Candace Patton) was wonderful. -The plot is an A-1 Flash plot. No CW drama, no lameass Thinker scheme of the week. It's an awesome conflict and the obstacles it takes to reach the conclusion were very good. -Tom Cavanaugh plays more of the season 2 Harry who's frustrated and pissy when dealing with Jesse, which the season has been building up from the beginning. -From the first shot, the direction is way better than the show on average has been in a long time. This felt like season 1 to me, and I'm calling it the best episode this show has done in years.
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    Bond 25

    Adham went ham on FB about it lol
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    The All-Purpose Flickchart thread

    I've been hesitant to answer. Garcelle Beauvais' bewbs versus all of Civil War. It's a tough call for me.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Peter Parker: Spider-Man #308: I love these kinds of Spider-Man stories. Where the weight of the various characters' histories sags them down a depressing present. It's why Paul Jenkins' run on the title is my #2 favorite run. Batman# 53 (2016): This is an A+. Terrific characterization of Bruce, top-tier artwork. Wonderfully poetic. I loved this. Batgirl #25 (2016): This was pretty good. My main takeaway was the return of the Dick and Babs romance which the Dan Didio era of DC Comics has fought against tooth and nail for reasons I still don't know. It worked off their most recent team-ups and felt natural and sweet. The rest was fine, I don't love Batgirl being in grimdark stories but at least she's written better than during the Gail Simone era. Trade Paperbacks: 17 Single Issues: 193