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The Geek Life: Guardians of the Galaxy, Why it Works (Article) - 8/1/2014 9:45:08 PM

This old scifi show called Farscape?  Really, it's not that old.  Or it doesn't seem that way.  I watched a few episodes today and it hasn't aged at all. 

If Guardians of the Galaxy is like Farscape I definitely have to see it!

Mania Review: Sharknado 2 (Article) - 7/31/2014 7:57:13 PM

I read an article about some confused senator from a landlocked state who actually believed that tornadoes full of sharks were a real thing and saw that there was a related video of Al Roker explaining that Sharknadoes were just fiction and that people didn't have to be frightened of them.  *sigh*


New Captain America and Thor: Diversity or Cheap Gimmick? (Article) - 7/29/2014 2:22:36 PM

They need to make another movie about Blade and tie him into the greater Marvel movieverse.  Or add a little diversity to the Avengers films.  I'm not a big Marvel fan, I prefer DC.  But there must have been minority characters in the Avengers at some point.  Put some of them into the next Avengers films and then spin them off into their own movies.

I don't think new characters will ever attain the popularity of Batman, Superman, Captain America or Spiderman and those characters were created before representation of ethnic diversity was a thing.  I can see minorities wanting a piece of the pie, but since everytime you change anything major about these characters the reset button will be pressed these changes can never be more than a stunt. 

Make the next Captain America a Vietnamese American lesbian double amputee athiest.  It will make a splash for a while and then Steve Rogers will be back in all his male WASP glory.

Mania box Office Report: If LUCY fell (Article) - 7/28/2014 9:30:53 PM

I prefer 2D.  The glasses are uncomfortable and I find that most films only have a few scenes that look better in 3D.  The rest of the film is just as good in 2D.  There are only 2 films (Avatar and Prometheus) that I've seen in 3D and really thought the 3D enhansed.

However, I'm looking forward to a film I've seen advertised, Into the Storm, and I think I might just try to catch that one in 3D.  I imagine that the extreme weather FX will look good in 3D.

I saw A Most Wanted Man this weekend.  It's a very good film but not much fun.  It was kind of grim.


New Captain America and Thor: Diversity or Cheap Gimmick? (Article) - 7/25/2014 1:57:30 PM

For the record and in case anybody missed it, I am not offended that Captain America is now Black and Thor is now a woman.  What does sort of offend me is that these changes are being made to these characters for purposes of marketing and publicity.  It's annoying.  It disrupts the characters and storylines.  It's not permanent.

While there is nothing silly or illogical or about Falcon taking over as Captain America, many of these marketing stunts ARE silly.  Superman dies and is replaced by 3 clones?  Really?  Spiderman gets a new costume and it turns out to be a symbiotic mind controlling alien?  Come on!  Batman dies and Nightwing takes over the cowl, but not really because Batman was just lost in time?  WTF?

No iconic characters are ever going to permenantly die, change costumes or make other signifigant changes.  Storylines will come and go but the reset button will always be pressed.


New Captain America and Thor: Diversity or Cheap Gimmick? (Article) - 7/22/2014 3:43:35 PM

The problem is that all these sexually and ethnically diverse characters are less well known.  You can talk till you're blue in the face about Black Panther or Blue Beetle or Ms Marvel but nobody will care.  Blue Beetle is now hispanic?  Who?  Talking about a black Captain America though, THAT people will notice and care about.

Of course, nobody knew who Iron Man was before the movie came out.  Make a good movie with a well cast popular star and it will be a popular movie and suddenly EVERYBODY knows who Iron Man is.  The same could be done with any of the sexually or ethnically diverse characters the Marvel Universe teems with.

New Captain America and Thor: Diversity or Cheap Gimmick? (Article) - 7/22/2014 6:20:44 AM

Comics is a business and they have to generate sales.  They do this with these marketing stunts.  If they put out a press release that they were starting a new series about the African American superhero Falcon do you think anybody would pay the slightest attention?  Would it be on the evening news or the entertainment news shows?  Would Joe Noncomicsfan care one whit?  I don't think so.

But let Falcon put on the Captain America costume for a few issues and suddenly its NEWS.  Captain America is BLACK!  People who normally couldn't care less about comic books will have to check this out and sales go up.  Hopefully a few of these new readers will become interested in the medium and keep buying after the novelty wears off.  Then things will go back to the status quo.

It's a creative approach to marketing, or it was back in the 80s when they first started this kind of thing.  The unfortunate effect is that it affects the storytelling and annoys longtime readers.  I wish they could find some way to attract new customers without alienating their core audience.

The Summer of '84: The Last Starfighter (Article) - 7/14/2014 8:28:30 PM

This review speaks of the hokiness of the FX but they were state of the art at the time the film was made.  The Last Starfighter pioneered computer generated FX.  They look primitive now but were astonishing when the film premiered.

Mania Box Office Report: Transformers, again (Article) - 7/7/2014 6:48:46 AM

Transformers 4 was a much better film than Transformers 2 and 3.  I had more to say about it but I got the dredded Forbidden error.

Mania Review: Earth to Echo (Article) - 7/4/2014 6:44:24 AM

The commercials remind me of a movie called Batteries Not Included about a family of miniture flying robots befriending the residents of a run down apartment building.


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