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Following The Truth in the fantastic Discworld series is Thief of Time, a curious tale of timekeeping, artificial humans, and some very cool monks. Oh, and the Apocalypse (mustn’t forget that either).
The story is focused on a pair of History Monks, Lu-Tze and Lobsang Ludd, who are charged with investigating a mysterious breach in the flow of Time. What they…
You know what the best part of last night’s Bob’s Burgers was?
In the episode where Tina writes goofy erotic fanfiction, Tina was treated with respect, and even though her hobby is, admittedly, a funny thing, it was treated with respect.
In the episode where Tina loves a boy band, Tina was…
So, have we all seen The Winter Solider? Of course we have. Marvel Movies as a franchise are probably this generation’s Star Wars, only better: more than three of them are really good. Also? No Jar Jar.
It’s been astonishing not only the popularity but the turnaround of the “comic book movie.” Up until the early 2000’s, comic book hits were a fluke. Superman and Superman 2 were the only sensible entries in their series. Batman (1991) and (arguably) Batman Returns were the only two from their franchise to be solid, watchable films. Same can be said for the first TMNT, and the breakout popularity of Blade can only really be attributed to its lead actor. Beyond that, the history of films based on comics was one painful misstep after another, rising and falling based on studio whims and divided vision.
It was Spider-Man and X-Men that pointed the way, though oddly neither of them being under Marvel’s direct control (Sony and Fox, respectively). Sam Raimi is most likely the father of the modern comic book film. He changed as little as possible. He stuck by the essence of the character. He tried to tell the most important story in Peter Parker’s history. And he took it seriously, with the love of someone who read comics and wanted to see it done right. X-Men took the same route, also finding that great middle ground that is a successful adaptation. But when sequels came and creative control was swung around like a trailer park in a tornado, the crash and burn was inevitable.
When Marvel got its feet under them with the breakout success of Iron Man, that’s when everything changed … and sadly, that’s when comic books ended.
I’ve been focused on this image for a while now. Picture, if you will, a young man or woman, full of life and cheer and optimism. Now imagine that person’s essence being ripped out from their mortal shell. Imagine the memory of their former selves being twisted into a nightmarish ghost, a terrible wraith to suit someone else’s mad dreams. And though their former self may rear their pitiful little…
Ever since I saw The Avengers in 2012, I’ve realized that, despite my long-held joy of Robert Downey, Jr. playing the great Tony Stark and Iron Man, it was Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, who truly was my favorite Marvel superhero. While he may not have a powered suit of armor or divine birthright or unstoppable strength, Cap is the pinnacle of human endeavor and integrity, achieving the…
Postmodern Jukebox - Just (Tap) Dance - Vintage 1940’s Jazz Lady Gaga Cover
In an alternate universe, where A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around a jazz club, Jon Snow chain smokes while working on his beat poetry in a dark corner, Daenerys Targaryen swills her single cask whisky like a goddamn champ, Tyrion Lannister is the smoothest MC in all the land, Robert Baratheon enthusiastically drums along on his table because he’s drunk and happy but everyone loves him so whatever, Samwell Tarley is surprisingly cool and laid-back, Anya Stark is the chillest waitress in town, and Joffrey Baratheon and Sansa Stark aren’t there because they don’t get jazz, man.