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  1. Is that the one with Chyler Leigh and Chris Evans? Yeah, that one manages to be not entirely garbage.
  2. Dudley Simpson, composer for 15 years between the 60s and 70s, has passed away.
  3. Zachary Levi as been cast as Captain Marvel.
  4. Not slamming evil, so much as gently waving a finger at it and silently admonishing it. The Phantom 2040 isn't MAD at you, evil. He's just very disappointed.
  5. Dan

    Episode 37

    True story: for reasons I will never fully understand, when I sit and think to myself, "Self, how does the Star Trek theme go?" it's the theme song to the animated series that I always, always, always have in my head.
  6. "Is that your swimsuit?" "Is that your overbite?"
  7. There's so much about this cover that just makes me SO HAPPY.
  8. There's nothing there that would make me want to see it if I hadn't already decided if I was going to or not. It doesn't look awful, but not particularly interesting, either.
  9. Batman and the Outsiders HC vol. 1: collects Batman and the Outsiders (1983) #1-13, plus The New Teen Titans #37 and material from The Brave and the Bold #200. After Lucius Fox manages to get himself kidnapped by a hostile foreign power and the JLA are forbidden to do anything about it lest they create an international incident, Batman has a temper tantrum, quits the League, and forms his own team and it'll have candy and presents and Firestorm's not invited. Who is invited instead are a couple of established characters that DC weren't really doing anything with (Black Lightning and Metamorpho), and some new characters that range from mildly interesting (Katana) to wasted potential (Halo) to the dictionary definition of utter uselessness (Geo-Force). Mike W. Barr, the Bat-writer in the early-to-mid 80s, has a tough time reconciling the brooding loner Batman he'd been working on with the guy training and leading a team of people with varying degrees of experience, but for the most part it comes out well enough. Jim Aparo is as Jim Aparo as he always is, even if he's not quite at the top of his game. Overall this is pretty typical Bronze Age, just pre-Crisis DC stuff. Stories are generally quick, no more than two parts. There's a crossover with the Titans where it's driven home how much more interesting Terra was than her brother Geo-Force. The Dick and Bruce relationship is pretty much destroyed at this point, and that's almost entirely on Dick's end; Batman is barely aware that Robin is so angry. (Hence why Dick is so angry.) The actual story isn't memorable, but the characterization is interesting. There's also a fucking phenomenal Christmas issue that's seriously one of the best Batman stories I've ever read. Also, Metamorpho is totally Ben Grimm with the serial numbers filed off.
  10. Some Like It Hot is a gimme, but it's a gimme for a reason. Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch, How to Marry a Millionaire.
  11. This could be the most Earth-2.net sentence ever typed.
  12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005): A movie this well-cast and this good-looking really ought to be a lot more involving. I'm not sure a film version of the book could ever possibly be satisfying, as virtually all of its humor and its ideas are driven by the language (the BBC series, which hewed closer to the original radio series, worked a lot better, coughDaveandIancoughcough). The stuff that's added really doesn't work, as it doesn't feel like the rest of the work and is generally not as funny. With that said, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, and Stephen Fry are all perfect in their roles, and Zooey Deschanel goes above and beyond in trying to make Trillian in any way interesting. While I love Sam Rockwell, he's trying a little too hard here. Visually, it's gorgeous. It's a weird mix of huge and splashy alongside "we're back in a tiny studio in Television Centre" and it somehow works. There's definitely some enjoyment to be had here, but it tends to be a little flat. It just feels like a bunch of actors reading lines from a famous nerd book. The fact that they obviously thought they were going to go on to make The Restaurant at the End of the Universe doesn't help.
  13. 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.
  14. Viewing figures do not appear to have been great.
  15. They're talking to Taiki Waitita (Thor: Ragnarok) to direct.
  16. 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.
  17. Ant-Man: This movie gets a little more fun every time I see it.
  18. Dan


    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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Dan

    RIP Len Wein

    69 is far too young.