Decorum (noun)- 1.behavior keeping in good taste and propriety 2.A trait not being shown by a disturbingly large number of geeks on the internet.
Hello there. I would like to take a small minute to use this little corner of the internet to air out a grievance or two I have with the current state of nerdy affair; specifically with the rampant and, quite frankly, disturbing surge of sexism going on in both the comics and video gaming communities.
This problem has been going on for a good long while now, and I have, sadly, attempted to ignore these people's hate speech. Since the only forum I currently visit is the Spoony Experiment forums (sporadically) and rarely read the comments to articles, this has been rather easy for me. While this may seem like a cowardly and negative reaction to this problem....it quite frankly is, and for months I have been essentially ashamed of myself for not speaking up. I, stupidly, figured it wasn't my problem and that I could do nothing about it given the fact that I can name amoebae more influential than I am. I did in fact do a joke article on the concept of "fake geek girls", but that was basically just two pictures of women in sexy cosplay(Said article has since been deleted).
But recently, I've read the ComicsAlliance article on the subject of the sexual harassment of female comics creators and came across a rather frightening quote that was sent to Janelle Asselin, which was reposed with permission by Andy Khouri. Said hate speech in the middle of the article linked, and said speech will not be reposted here since A: I don't have permission & B: looking at said speech sickens me to my very core. I mean, that damn rant right there speaks to something rather awful and vile about geek culture. It is seriously just something that makes me want to throw up.
So why am I, a nobody who posts things on the internet, talking to you, hypothetical reader, about this subject? Well, I can say that I do have a selfish reason for writing this. That reason being that I do not desire to feel completely and utterly ashamed to admit myself as a superhero and comics fan. Because it's shit like the quote that shall not be repeated, the reports of rape threats to female creators, and the generally violent "Boys Only" mentality that makes me ashamed to call myself a geek! I mean for God's sake, this is the kind of stuff I'm pretty sure would be used as demonstration of how much games and comics "warp the mind" by an opportunistic politician. But it also shames me that, as a man who was raised better than to say or do thing like that, that there are people, IN 2014, that will do and say such horrible and terrible crap.
And finally here is the part which I ask something of you, hypothetical reader. I ask you, that if you see anything like this happening, do not stay silent. Be you man, woman or whatever else, please tell these people to show a some goddamn respect and basic manners. I know that every subculture, be it politics, religion and especially our neck of the woods is bound to attract the less than civilized, but that does not me we should just let them roam free ruining the good name of geek. We must stand up to these people and stand with those these jerks are attacking. Let's at least try to stop this.
To those who do partake in this kind of thing, I ask that you either straighten up or just get the f*#@ out of the fandom. Trust me, you won't be missed.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Hello again, friends. Nice to see you again. I've been MIA for... HOLY SHIT I'VE BEEN GONE THAT LONG!!!. Well, Jesus H. Christ I should probably do something for you guys. Let's see...damn I got nothin'. Seriously, guys, I've got absolutely nothing meaty for my return to the blogoshpere. It's not that I've been extremely busy, either. I didn't head back to college and my current job is just some part time work. well, since I both wanna get to a semi-fresh star and seriously have nothing big going on right no, let's just go through some stuff I find interesting to talk about... for a couple of sentences, at least.
- First of all let me show you an upcoming cover for Red Hood and the Outlaws #32
'ahem': BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Ar...are you serious, DC? For real, this is a cover for a comic being made in 2014?! This is almost on par with the leather fetish nuns from the Hitman: Absolution trailer in terms of over the top cheesecake aimed at the adolescent male mind. All it needs is and explosion or American flag in the background (or an exploding American flag!) from earning the Michael Bay Hat Trick. I am not joking when I say I don't know whether I should be offended (given DC's recent track record) or astonished that they thought this wasn't going to be a figure of ridicule. To quote thanekos of scans_daily, "That's a cover that makes you think Vice should be somewhere in the title."
- Have you been watching Kamen Rider Gaim? If not, I'd suggest getting on that immediately. Gaim is closely becoming on of my favorite tokusatsu shows...no no no, one of my favorite shows PERIOD. It is seriously on of the more compelling narratives I've come across in years. And yes, people, I've seen Breaking Bad. That's excellent and, yes, better than Gaim. But most series are inferior to Breaking Bad, and that doesn't make Gaim any less of a good show. So watch it. I'd suggest trying TV Nihon, but AesirSubs is good as well (eve if they take some liberties with their transations).
|This is MY stage now!|
- Speaking of Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Ichigo himself, Hiroshi Fujioka, is coming back to appear in the film Kamen Rider Taisen. While like most of Toei's tokusatsu films, I suspect KRT will end up being more spectacle than a functioning narrative, I'm sure it will be fun to see the man as Takeshi Hongo once more
- Heading back to comics, I've been following the whole Superior Spider-Man
drawn-out gimmickstoryline through scans_daily, and I was surprised to see it end with Otto flat out admitting that Peter was always the better man. Kinda brings home Ock's whole "trying to one-up a ghost" story arc.
- Also, to everyone who comments on Peter being to whiny, I ask this: Do you think it's the fault of the character himself or because the Marvel has kept him in character retrograde for the last decade or so?
- Also, I think I've come up with a new term: Character Retrograde. It's like regular retrograde, only it involves characters going the opposite of basic character progression. I suspect Peter Parker has been stuck in this ever since the late '90's, with the event "One More Day" sticking him into this pattern. Trust me, if things don't improve, he'll be acting like a five yer old before you know it.
- Lastly on the subject of Spider-Man, I would like to come and say that I am somewhat shocked that they're going to adapt the "Harry becomes a drug addict" story from the comics. And while I'm sure they've chosen to make him a meth addict due to meth being the "sexy" (as far as illegal drugs mostly associated with poverty and crime can be considered sexy), but them willing to do this for a more kid-friendly property like Spider-Man makes me think they're at least trying to be bra...wait, what? You mean that's not Dane DeHaan as a meth addict, but as the Harry Osborne version of the Green Goblin?
- Garo is getting an anime series. In other news, no word yet on the wheter Toei has taken up my suggestion for a Kamen Rider Spirits anime.
- Onto a less nerdy subject, does anyone have an answer to why Vladimir Putin seems hellbent on reigniting the Cold War? Was he a big fan of being on the brink of nuclear destruction?
- This is the new look of Michaelangelo of my second favorite super team* of the 1990's, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And here is the trailer:
to paraphrase a chemically scarred lunatic: " I have given a name to my pain...and it is Johnathan Liebsman"
*My favorite super-team is, of course, The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
- Just so I don't end on a sour note, I'd like to thank you all for sticking by me after all dead air. I will, in fact, try this time to update regularly. See y'all later.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
There is no way in hell this episode could have been perfect for me. The only way it could is if we got to see both Christopher Eccleston and Paul McGann involved in the actual plot instead of in stock footage (and in McGann's case a 6 minute short on YouTube). We would have seen the full scope of the Time War, with the various planets it affected by such a disastrous conflict. We would have gotten to know the people of Gallifrey who were going to be burned to death by the Doctor's use of The Moment. We would have gotten to see the scope of the Doctor Who universe laid bare, with time and space and alternate dimensions and all life engulfed in it. And, most importantly for me, we would have gotten one scene: the Ninth Doctor, the character who got me to be a fan of the franchise, my Doctor, weep with joy at the sight of Gallifrey finally being saved after all this time, seeing his greatest torment undone.
That would have made it the perfect episode. As it stands, the episode is really, really, really, really
REALLY, REALLY FREAKIN' GREAT!!!
|My reaction by the end of the episode|
First, let's get all the bad out of the way. Like I said before, showrunner Steven Moffat seems to really like screwing with the space-time continuum for his big events from the time compression of the Series 5 and 6 finales to people just going through the Doctor's timeline at the end of series 7. They don't always work, (see the cluster%$#* of concepts you thought were cool in grade school that was "The Wedding of River Song" for proof of that), but I will say this is the closest Moffat has ever gotten to recapturing the greatness of the one-two punch of "The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang".
Clara Oswald is... well, she's there. I haven't had the greatest fondness for Clara the mystery girl, but at least here, like in "Cold War" and "Rings of Akhaten" we ignore that in favor of focusing on here innate need to help people. Love to see more from her character, especially here where she gets shoved into the basically inconsequential Zygon plot. I don't blame Jenna-Louise Coleman for any of her character's failing in series 7B since she seems to be written so sparsely instead of the actress just not having the chops to pull it off.
Speaking of the Zygons, while it was nice to see Kate Stewart and UNIT again, the Zygons attempting an invasion through stasis-paintings seems a bit unimportant with the sight of the Daleks (my personal favorite villainous alien species) invading Gallifrey on the last day of the Time War. I do hope to see them again in future episodes as they're interestingly designed creatures. And I've got to admit, the stasis-paintings plot is one of the more interesting ways t accomplish world conquest I've seen in a while. It's like the "aliens have been in sleeping all along", only the sleep and awakening is deliberate.
|Reverse the reverse of the polarity|
|The Doctor for the day it wasn't possible to get it right|
"Then that's your punishment. You'll survive this."
Chilled me when I first say it, despite the fact they were in the desert.
Did I mention the production is absolutely beautiful? Because it is bea-u-ti-fil! Almost everything to do with Gallifrey is some sort of autumn-colored modernization of it 80's Flash Gordon aesthetic, with reds and golds pervading throughout. While I personally would have loved to see the other chapter of Time Lord society and possibly even the Outsiders, it was still a beautiful sight to behold. The sections of the special taking place during the rule of Queen Elisabeth I are also very well done and well costumed. Even in the modern setting, the hi-def modernism of the UNIT sections looked good, if only because it looked like a more high-budget TV series. And the Zygons are gorgeously represented here, bringing a unique looking monster from the old series to the 21st century.
|The Horror of Tentacles|
So now let's go with no organic transition to the big one: the salvation of Gallifrey. Throughout this special the destruction of Gallifrey is a foregone conclusion. It is something that is going to happen, and absolutely no one will be able to stop it. But today is The Day of the Doctor, and if there's one thing any version of the Doctor can do, it's pull of the impossible. And so he does. Thanks to gathering every incarnation he has (including the piercing gaze of Peter Capaldi's Twelfth) freeze Gallifrey in time and hide in another dimension. That's right, Gallifrey is alive and there's a chance it'll come back.
This is a concept I freakin' loooooove. It's something I've wanted to see since the overstuffed End of Time. Finally, the Doctor can truly let go of the guilt he's had over the death of his own people. The burden of his entire revival series existence has become a victory. What was impossible becoming all too real. Certain death made into a chance at life. Such is the nature of the Doctor. Gallifrey will live. And maybe, just maybe, she can rise again.
And this is why I love The Day of the Doctor. It celebrates the 50th anniversary in style. It was obviously a labor of love, with almost every bit of love on screen. It's about as close to perfect an anniversary story as we're probably going to get in this era. So I congratulate you, Doctor Who. Here's to another fifty years.
|All the world is waiting for you....|
So yeah, Zach Snyder's Superman/Batman movie is starting to become a Trinity movie with Wonder Woman finally being cast. This is big news since Warner Bros. Have been essentially backpedalling on the prospect of a solo Wonder Woman movie for a while. And the lucky actress who'll be shouldering the responsibility is...a model/actress I've never heard of.
Okay, since I can't give a fair assessment of this woman's acting abilities, so I'm gonna pad this post out with my thoughts on Wondy herself. I've never been that big a fan of the artist formerly known as Diana Prince but I've always been interested her. I have two of her trades, one from the Greg Rucka run (specifically Eyes of the Gorgon, which I've yet to read) and the first volume of the Nu52 run (which didn't impress me all that much). My favorite interpretation of Wondy has to be the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited version of her, even though I feel she was under-served thanks to being part of larger casts. If anybody has any recommendations for stories featuring Diana, I'm open to suggestions.
As for the upcoming film, I really have no idea how Diana will fit into the film, but I'm pretty excited to see her on the big screen. The only thing I can say that I want for WW in the film is that the costume be more in line with the classic color scheme a'la Justice League. Also, please filmmakers, do not use the Members Only jacket design from 2010.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I say all this because Thor: The Dark World is exactly that kind of movie: straightforward and simple without being stupid.
Our story goes as thus: After the events of The Avengers, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is stuck in Asguardian prison, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is looking for spacial anomalies and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is doing battle across the nine realms in order to keep the peace. While in London, Jane accidently discovers and gets infected by the aether, a Macguffin that awakens Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccelston) and the rest of his Dark Elf brothers from their millenia-long slumber. With Malekith raring to cause the end of the universe on a cosmic event that will align the nine realms. Will Thor be able to save the universe from impending destruction?
(Spoiler: Yeah, probably.)
Alright, now that we've got that out of the way, let's focus on the film as a whole. Thor: The Dark World has to be one of the most visually beautiful films of the Marvel Movie canon*. One particular scene after the Dark Elves' Siege of Asguard was almost heart-breakingly beautiful. (If you've seen the film, you know exactly which scene I'm talking about) The fights are dynamice enough to keep your attention and just long enough not to overstay their welcome. And the comedy bits...dear God, the comedy bits! I don't think I've seen an action film that was able to tickle my funnybone this much in modern cinema in a long while.
The stars, of course, bring their A game for this. Chris Hemsworth is still selling the hell out of his role as a now more self-serious God of Thunder. Natalie Portman still gives it her all even if the film reduces her into a walking MacGuffin for a good portion of it. Kat Denning still plays darcy as somewhat annoying but overall actually likeable in a harmless womanchild like way. Stellan Skarsgard get all the best comedy bits, playing Dr. Selvig as a mad excentric after Loki's mind screwery in Avengers. Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba...are Antohny Hopkins and Idris Elba, so you know they're going to deliver the goods, save for one scene where Hopkins looks like he might be phoning it in but I am not sure on that. And really, is there nay point in saying that Tom Hiddleston steals every scene he's in as Loki? Man's basically made the role his own.
On the downside of things, Christopher Eccleston doesn't get much to do with Malekith. The character is essentially stoic to the point of uninteresting (save for two scenes where he gets to show that he does still have the talent that made me a fan of Doctor Who). The romance between Jane and Thor still kinda feels really storybook buoyed only by the fact that Hemsworth and Portman have chemistry. The comedy also nearly threatens to undermine the stakes of the final act showdown, but never entirely sinks the ship in my opinion. There's also the fact that Portman, as stated before, gets turned into a walking Macguffin and almost goes to Forest Gump levels of stumbling into major events. Plus, as engaging and fun as found that last battle, its ending of the battle itself felt like kind of an anticlimax.
Still, these things do not destroy the movie. Thor: The Dark World is a good movie through and through, sometimes reaching true greatness and never sinking into the utter crap where things like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, TMNT (2007), the Bayformers films, and X-Men: The Last Stand lie. So good on you, Thor Odinson. See you for your inevitable third installment.
* I saw the film in regular 2D, so I can't comment on how the 3D looked.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
|Shakedown/Breakdown/ You're Busted|
I will admit that I had some trepidation going into this series. I haven't watched anything SNL related in five years save for an episode of Weekend Update last year. But my love of cop shows not backed by Jerry Bruckheimer, I decided to finally check out the series when the episodes went up on Hulu. I've gotta say, the show is pretty damn good. Not at the level of great yet, but still something to keep an eye out for for the Fall 2013 TV season.
The series stars Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta, best detective of the 99th Precinct in Brooklyn. He's an immature jerk who rubs the ambitious Santiago (Melissa Fumero) and annoys the hell out of Sgt. Terry Jeffords (the always welcome Terry Crews), but he does his job well and catches bad guys all while he gets to do whatever he wants. That is, until the drunk slob of a captain the Nine-Nine had gets dropped for the new, straight-laced captain Ray Holt, played by cop show veteran and natural choice for a "black man as authority figure" alongside Dennis Haysbert, Keith David and Harry Lennix: Andre Braugher. It's his first command after being passed over for decades thanks to him being openly gay. Now, Holt wants the Nine-Nine to become the best precinct in Brooklyn, and forcing Peralta to grow up is his special project.
If I may just repeat a common praise thrown at this show, Samberg and Braugher are the main draw here. Their two man act have been, for the past two episodes the best thing about the whole show. And really, the two have excellent chemistry Samberg about as laid back and juvenile enough to be funny but not foolish enough to be completely incompetent. And Braugher really does bring a dry wit and authority to the role of Holt.
The rest of the cast is pretty damn good, too. Joe Lo Truglio's Detective Boyle is just the best kind of sad sack, giving his character a optimism even in the face of the his own clumsiness and woman of his dreams not really caring if he exists. Stephanie Beatriz plays a fine parody of the tough as nails female cop, bordering on a female Gene Hunt from Life of Mars UK. Melissa Fumero does a fine job as the uptight kiss-up Santiago, antagonistic to Jake and the being set up as his possible (but not likely) love interest. Chelsea Peretti gets to play the kooky civilian administrator Gina Linetti and she seems to play off Truglio's Boyle, constantly reminding him of his lonely, lonely life.
Also, Terry Crews is freaking awesome. While he doesn't go full President Camacho on us (mores the pity), he seriously plays a beleaguered second in command very well and certainly shows off some soft spoken humanity (something he already demonstrated well back during Everybody Hates Chris). You should be watching the show for him alone. In fact, The world needs to put Terry Crews in more things. Like, Marvel, help him find a way to be in the Movieverse somehow. He doesn't have to play Luke Cage, just find a role and let him loose.
The series, as I've stated before, is not great, but it's still in it's infancy with only two episodes out of a thirteen episode season having been aired. It's still finding its stride, but I can definitely see this becoming a great comedy. So keep you eyes peeled to the idiot box and catch Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Look at the television landscape today. Network and cable television are filled with variations on the dramatized hardships of the men and women who enforce the law and protect the citizenry of their respective cities. CSI and Law And Order are mega franchises unto themselves, and there's not a year that goes by that doesn't feature a detective show with some sort of gimmick to make it stand out from the crowd. That, paired with the "loose cannon cop who doesn't play by the rules" cliches that seem to affect every one of these shows, I'd say its the perfect time to give television audiences an introduction to Mega City One and the toughest lawman of the 22nd Century.
Now, Dredd and his stories have always lent themselves to both procedural drama and serialized storytelling. Many of Dredd's cases seem unrelated to each other, just being freaky-occurrence-of-the-week. But there have also been various longer storylines peppered throughout the comics' existence, Like The Cursed Earth, The Day The Law Died, The Robot Wars, Necropolis, Blockmania, and the ever popular Apocalypse War. Te stories have also ranged from the satirical (look up the stories You Bet Your Life and Sob Story) to the dramatic (The Return of Rico, Cursed Earth and The Judge Child Quest) to the dark and introspective (Democracy and America, though I sadly only know of them by reputation). Hell, you don't even have to entirely follow or use stories from the comics since Dredd's universe basically runs on satire, violence and high concept sci-fi. The possibilities are endless for an ongoing television series. The only big question you'd have to ask yourself (if you were a producer or network head interested in making a Judge Dredd TV series) which way do you go: live action or animated?
Going either route seems to be extremely viable. For the live action route, its would probably be for the best to follow up where Dredd 3D left off: borrow the aesthetic of that film and follow Dredd and his fellow Judges doing their jobs and navigating the crime riddled streets of Mega City One. YOu could show them dealing with various gangs, block wars, crazed religious movements (such as the loonies for "Loonie's Moon) and even dealing with other Judges from cities like East Meg 1 and Hondo City. It would probably be very expensive to produce but it would make for an interesting sci-fi series.*
As for animation, I'd be lying if I didn't say this is the way I'd prefer to see Dredd have his televised stories told. With animation, you could go the places that the comics go to for not as much of the expense that it would be in live action You could go into all the crazy sci-fi places the early comics went to and have Dredd travel to beyond the farthest star to capture a super criminal. Hell, you could actually do staight adaptations of the longer storylines mentioned above. (Of which I'd especially love the see The Day The Law Died finally given a straight visual adaptation if only so the world an experience the wonderfully hilarious insanity of Chief Judge Cal.)
Either way, I'd personally say that Judge Dredd was not only viable for a television series, but could succeed where his film counterparts failed: getting a mass American audience to love his stories and his world. His brand could expand to various forms of merchandising like DVDs, T-Shirts..and maybe even toys.(I' know, I know, I couldn't help myself).
*P.S. If you do go the live action route, may I suggest going with Law And Order: SVU alum Christopher Meloni as Ol' Stoney Face. The man has the experience and probably would go at it like a man born for the role. But that's just my opinion.