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Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/4/2014 8:11:45 PM

There's a difference between witty and corny.

Witty is smart. Corny is over-the-top and often cliche'd. Broad and silly.

I don't think Spidey has to be corny to be witty. He isn't in the comics. Not for the last 15 years. And I don't think a movie has to be light or silly to be a 'super hero' movie. Iron Man wasn't. Batman wasn't. Winter Soldier wasn't. Even the Avengers. It was smart. Funny, but smart. Not corny. Never. When hulk sucker punches Thor, that brought down the house. It was unexpected, yet that 3 second scene captured the essence of the Hulk. Are you going to say that wasn't a comic book movie? Are you going to say that this movie was a smart? Witty? Entertaining. Original?

The difference is this: Good comic book movies don't sylize a nerd to look like Urkle. Good comic book movies don't have the villain turn into the bad guy by connecting two electric cables and then conveniently fall into an open vat of electric eels. [ Can anyone day 'Mr. Freeze? ] Good comic book movies don't have a sadistic scientist with an over-the-top russian or german accent, something that has been done a zillion times. Good comic book movies don't have the heroin steal a police car and run over the bad guy. Puhlease. Good comic book movies don't make you laugh at a lame mechanical rhino standing on two legs, like a dog begging for scraps. Good comic book movies don't put an excellent actor inside that mechanical joke and make a complete fool out of him. And don't get me started about the kid in the spidey suit.

I marvel [ pun intended ] at how anyone can see this movie and say they enjoy this kind of lazy thinking. I know it's wrong to impose my taste on anyone else, or try to imply that my taste is superior. And I apologize for that. But honestly, are some of you watching the same movies we are? Do you not see a GLARING difference in the quality of the scripts and direction?

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/4/2014 3:32:39 PM

Went to Free Comic Book Day yesterday at my local comic shop and ran into a few of my fellow fanboys who actually liked this movie. That's right, they LOVED the Rhino! As well as the Max Dillon character! My mouth was agape in astonishment and horror. It's amazing that anyone could like something so corny. Yet, I see a few here in this thread that liked it, as well. And I hear that it made 92 million this weekend, or something to that effect.

So, I guess there are  2 camps out there: Those who think a superhero movie is supposed to have a little corn in it, and those who don't.

Although, I wonder if the corn cmp even sees it as such. I mean, the same guys who like Spiderman also liked Winter Soldier. So their tast, to me, seems all over the place.

My head hurts.

STAR WARS REBELS TRAILER DEBUTS May 4th (Article) - 5/4/2014 3:21:21 PM

This looks like _______.  [Insert the sound of me farting]

I know Clone Wars. And this is no Clone Wars.

GAME OF THRONES: OATHKEEPER Review (Article) - 5/2/2014 8:52:17 AM

Must've have misread it, then. Sorry, bro. That second sentence seemed aimed at him.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/2/2014 8:49:59 AM

Monkeyfoot, go in with REALLY low expectations - unless you like corny, over the top cliche's performances. Then, by all means, expect greatness.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/2/2014 8:45:24 AM

LOL Lazarus on Rhino: "It was like if Iron Man was a retard with an animal fixation." My son said something to the same effect.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/2/2014 5:32:59 AM

Wow, I think you ae being VERY generous giving this movie a B, Rob. I normally agree overall with your taste, but man are we miles apart on this one.

Andrew Garfield was great. No denying that. The kid's a star. Some of the affects were cool. But Electro's origin and character before he became Electro felt like it cam from the same people who brought us Mr Freeze. It just felt really dated and corny.

And the Rhino? My kid and I were laughing at him. Just horrible. There is also the forshadowing of another villain, and I won't spoil it for those who have not seen the movie yet, but he was so over-the-top with his performance - It was just awful.

Clearly, someone got to Mark Web and made him create this turd. It's nowhere near as good as his first installment. B=Very disappointed, as if you couldn't tell. lol

GAME OF THRONES: OATHKEEPER Review (Article) - 5/1/2014 8:24:18 PM

@Redhairs: Dude, I hear you, and I'm certainly more guilty than anyone else this week, but I think Monkeyfoot deserves that you speak to him with a little more respect than that. He contributes a lot to these threads.

At some point, people need to follow a few simple rules. Otherwise, sure - we can ignore the usual spoiler suspects and let them fly, but what happens when someone new comes into the fold and they ruin it for them? Or, what if they read the spoilers and think - oh, hey, I guess it's okay for me to share what I know from reading the books too - and since they are new and we don't know them, WE READ THEIR SPOILERS!

Anywho, just a thought. Toodles.

 

GAME OF THRONES: OATHKEEPER Review (Article) - 5/1/2014 8:20:12 PM

@Daybreak: Good question. Honestly, as someone who has NOT read the books, I have no idea what's going on with these White Walkers. Maybe they feed off the energy of humans? I dunno.

GAME OF THRONES: OATHKEEPER Review (Article) - 5/1/2014 8:16:17 PM

Elbazz, there's a difference between an honest mistake, like you made, and the games rinkle dick, I mean rkngl, is playing. He is bathing in the negative responses he's getting, letting the dispair he causes trickle all over his putrid naked body onto his dimunitive naughty bits. It makes them tingle.

Violator, I hear you on the fun a little discourse can create. But I think we should all agree to draw the line at spoilers.

Again, the best thing we can do at this point is that every time rkngl comments - force yourself to not read it and completely ignore him. That's what I plan to do. He's like a creature in an old Star Trek episode that feeds off of negative energy. Don't give it to him and he starves.

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