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Marvel's Point One Initiative (Article) - 11/10/2010 10:59:15 AM

Chad, this is one of your best columns in a while.  You went from your usual, enjoyable snark to full-on blasting sarcasm and angst.  (No, I'm not being sarcastic myself in these comments.)

Marvel and DC have both strayed SO far from marketing to their target audience with some cheap new gimmick, that they've lost complete sight of what worked back in the day:  great stories, great characters, good art, at an affordable price, marketed and sold to kids who were smart enough to read, understand, and care about things like plot and character development.  In fact, it worked SO well in the 70s and 80s that they now have a built-in audience for their new spate of films, cartoons, and even some awful TV shows (yes, I'm looking at you, Smallville).

Now, rather than looking to maintain that built-in audience by raising the current generation of kids to be the next generation of movie-goers, they're dropping the ball by alienating the kids and adults alike with these ridiculously expensive, abruptly short, and often horribly illustrated comics.  And don't even get me started on how Wolverine, Batman, Green Lantern, Deadpool, and even Iron Man are now showing up EVERYWHERE.  It's gone from "extra material on a beloved character," to the source of many "how does Wolverine find the time to be everywhere?"-jokes, to being just outright ridiculous and insulting to the intelligence of all comic readers, regardless of age.

Predators DVD Review (Article) - 11/10/2010 10:21:46 AM

I haven't seen this yet, since I've heard no good reviews beyond "Eh.  It's okay.  Better if you drink while you watch it."  Not exactly a rousing endorsement.

I actually enjoyed the first AvP.  It seemed to be moving the larger story along, gave us a little background to Weyland, and a bit more history to the presence of the Predators on Earth.  The second AvP was just offensive and brutal to a fault, and didn't have nearly enough Alien vs. Predator action (and the Pred-alien hybrid thing was stupid and illogical).  The first AvP was admittedly light in its PG-13 content, but AvP2 was over the top (particularly the attack on the hospital maternity ward - that was just wrong).

I just think they could have mined a lot more story out of where they were headed in the first one.  If only they had better writers on this series. (How often do we say THAT on this site?  LOL.)

Batman Battle Royale (Article) - 11/1/2010 9:05:02 AM

Why was this even a question?

More CAPTAIN AMERICA Pics (Article) - 10/29/2010 7:30:00 AM

 Yes, yes, yes, yes.  I take back everything I said about my worries of Chris Evans.  He looks GREAT (other than being a little short, which I'll forgive)!!!  This movie will OWN the summer of 2011.  I'm thrilled that they're going to use both shields in the film as rumored.  And Hugo Weaving is going to be LEGENDARY as Red Skull!!


P.S.  Ghost Rider 2 is going to suck balls.

Colin Farrell Circles TOTAL RECALL (Article) - 10/22/2010 10:27:44 AM

NO!!  This movie is a classic and SHOULD NOT be remade!!!

Smallville: Supergirl Review (Article) - 10/12/2010 8:13:14 AM

"[T]here is also a strong contingency of you out there who want have invested years in this show despite its long history of coming up short, who still watch this program because you believe in the characters, you’ve seen this show deliver big on occasion and you’re sitting there, hoping against hope that this Friday’s episode will be 'one of the good ones.' "

That ABSOLUTELY describes me and my relationship with this show, Joe.  Well said.

I'm still not sure what's up with the "black smoke and ghost ravens"-thing that is supposed to be Darkseid.  I'm not a regular reader of Superman, but I've been reading comics for over 20 years now. I'm pretty familiar with the basics of the characters in his world.  I'm also disappointed that we haven't seen any Omega beams yet.

The previews made it look like Brainiac is coming back next episode, and that makes me happy.  I'm still waiting for Clark to notice that the Fortress of Solitude has been rather gloomy and half the crystals it's made of have been black for the last couple years.  Hopefully we can see that little detail resolved soon (though I fear the show runners have just forgotten about it and moved on).

Cruise, Nicholson Re-Unite (Article) - 10/6/2010 3:36:04 PM

 Shouldn't Tom Cruise be trying to protect Lord Zeenu, or something?

Cruise, Nicholson Re-Unite (Article) - 10/6/2010 3:23:39 PM

 Shouldn't Tom Cruise be trying to protect Lord Zeenu, or something?

No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Marriage Review (Article) - 10/6/2010 2:24:51 PM

 This show is pretty decent so far.  It has a lot of potential.  There are certain aspects that it seems to draw from "Heroes," which is great as long as they can avoid the unnecessary extra cast members and other bad b.s. from Heroes.

I also like that they keep the comedy to a minimum (though I admit that the part with George running Jim over with the car was overdone).

All in all, it's a decent show, and I'm hoping it improves as it builds up steam.

Gilroy Directing BOURNE 4 (Article) - 10/5/2010 8:22:44 PM

 Hobbs is on point, yet again.  LOL.

I just hope they ditch the shaky-cam b*llsh*t.  I want to see Bourne fight, not get a dose of seasickness and blurred assumptions about how the fight is going.


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