The entire purpose of this post is testing out the wordpress tablet app. My laptop went tits-up, which is my excuse for not posting lately. Tits-up, isn’t that a reference to dead goldfish? Goldfish don’t have tits. That’s weird.
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Just as a quick aside, they’re gonna run out of clever titles for Die Hard sequels soon. Here’s some suggestions. I’m super helpful.
When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die hard
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die hard
It’s so fluffy I’m gonna Die hard
Let me call you back, my phone’s about to Die hard
Eat shit and Die hard
Got any more? Let me know in the comments.
Sorry, no bitching about D&D or pictures of Katherine Heigl’s underwear today. No, today I’d like to plug something neat.
My lovely and talented wife, Laura has started a new blog where she review books and then crochets something related to the book. Sounds like a neat idea, and you should all give it a looksie here: http://plothooks.wordpress.com/
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d bring the mood down a bit by discussing some stuff we don’t get to be thankful for. This stuff was all announced, got people moist, and then never materialized. Enjoy…not getting to enjoy.
The Return of Ziggy Stardust
Music is a subjective thing. We all have our own tastes in music, and that’s fine. That being said, David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is one of the best albums ever recorded. Period. If your particular tastes don’t align with this, then you’re wrong, and I don’t consider you a person. Blech to you. Gross. Anyway, around the turn of the millennium, Bowie stated that Ziggy would be making his triumphant return in 2002 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the album. This would have included unreleased footage, a stage show, and even a movie, as well of unspecified internet content.
This never happened and we should be sad forever.
On a related Bowie note, I’m still bummed that we never got the followups to 1. Outside, Bowie’s underrated industrial album, with announced sequel album 2. Contamination never arriving.
In 2000, Marilyn Manson released the third part of his three-part concept album series, Holywood: In the Shadow of the Valley of Death. Say what you want about Manson, but Holywood is my favorite of his catalog. I’m a sucker for a good concept album, but Manson went way down the rabbit hole with this one, even going so far as to pen a novel based on the album. One chapter of the book was even released, and it was something that I would have learned to read in order to enjoy. Sadly, years came and went, other albums came and went, including two back to back breakup albums, and the book never released. Manson still claims that he’d like to released it in some form, possibly as a graphic novel, but at this point I feel it’s time to move on with my life.
The Rifts Movie
Rifts has always held some notoriety in the RPG community. It looks like it was designed by 14-year olds for other 14-year olds. Spaceships, wizards, robots with skulls all over them, lasers, dogfaced men, and that’s just the table of contents. Rifts has a pretty big following, Disney optioned Rifts for a movie to be developed by Jerry Bruckheimer in 2004. There was a press release about it, and transcripts of it were passed out at Gencon that year. This could have been a pretty cool thing to see., and could have bought roleplaying games a bit more legitimacy in mainstream media after the dumpster fire that was the D&D movie.
BUT IT NEVER HAPPENED.
World of Darkness…assorted
White Wolf’s World of Darkness RPG line has a rabid fan following, but not a stellar track record when it comes to crossing over from the tabletop. They had a couple of pretty good Vampire: The Masquerade PC games, and a couple of batshit crazy Hunter: The Reckoning console game, and a piss poor TV series called Kindred: The Embraced that I desperately wanted to like, didn’t, and still bought on DVD because I don’t learn lessons.
Despite all of this, the rebooted World of Darkness was announced for a couple of media projects that never occurred. in 2004, Vampire: The Requiem, which was a different take on Masquerade, was optioned for a movie by New Line Cinema. Come to think of it, 2004 was a real cocktease for gamers, wasn’t it? There was also a WoD MMO in development for years. The game was recently shitcanned, and several developers lost their jobs.
Star Wars Live Action TV Series
Several years ago, it was announced that Lucasfilm’s five-year plan for Star Wars was that the Clone Wars series would run for a while, and would generate capitol for a live action Star Wars TV series set between episodes III and IV. Neat idea. Never fucking happened. Now I won’t bitch too much about this one, because in the end Disney bought Lucasfilm, Rebels filled the gap the live action series left and we’re getting actual sequels, the trailer for which dropped today, and I won’t talk about in length because everyone in the world is discussing it right now, so why listen to me? But in all, maybe this one is for the best.
Well, it’s ninja turtle time again. It happens every few years,, and as time has gone on, it seems to get less and less notice each time it happens (kind of like Haley’s Comet). The difference being this time, is Michael Bay is involved. So the prophecy demands, that we must all clutch our collective butts in agony and whine like somebody just dumped pig’s blood on us at prom. You know what I did on my prom night? Huh. do ya? I spent it at my buddy Billy’s house, playing D&D. There was no awkward genital groping for me that night! No siree, So fuck you, people who had sex in high school, fuck you right as you fall asleep!
Sorry. I’m better now.. Anyway, internet whipping boy has brought us another nostalgia fueled popcorn flick to bitch about, and you know what? It’s not as bad as most of the internet would like you to believe. Just like Transformers.
Let me break this down nice and simple. Ninja Turtles, as a thing, has always been stupid. It started as a joke. It happened to be a joke that sold LIKE CRAZY. Think back to your first memories of TMNT. I’m guessing it involved a Technodrome, Bebop and Rocksteady, maybe some Nutrinos. That was dumb. It was charming, it made for a great line of toys, but it was dumb as hell. Maybe your first version of the turtles was the 2003 series. Shredder was an alien thing. Then he was a Satan. Then…you know what, fuck you too, that shit’s confusing. And dumb.
A quick summation of the new movie, if I may. Turtles that are ninjas fight an armored ninja called the Shredder who has some stupid plot involving bullshit science, some kung fu happens, someone says cowabunga. Sound familiar? Yup, it’s still the turtles. The origin story has been changed ever so slightly, removing Hamato Yoshi from the equation entirely, and it’s a little bit dumber for it. Again, it’s always been a little dumb. Great, but dumb. Also, this is marketed to a different generation. A dumber generation. Yes, children watching this are dumber than we were. Deal with it. Slap the smartphone out of their hand and make them read a book if you don’t like what I’m saying, otherwise you’re ok with it. If you’re one of those people holding the original Mirage Comics as a measuring stick, stop it. As much as it hurts me to say it, because I love those books too, but they’ll never make another Turtles like that again. Especially not in movie form. Sadly, it’s just too dark to be marketable to the kiddies. The dumb, dumb kiddies. In that series the lovable heroes straight up kill the Shredder in the first issue, but to be fair, only after he refused to ritualistically commit suicide.
A lot of people are butthurt that the turtles have noses now. Ok, I’ll admit, it was a bit jarring at first. You know what else is jarring? Realizing that the turtles never had noses before. That’s creepy. Some people also hate that the turtles have lips. Guess what, today’s turtles are no less anatomically correct than they ever were. Want to see what turtles really look like?
We’re so quick to criticize everything these days. All the shit that we always dreamed of as kids, live-action movies about GI Joe, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, Superman, and so on. A seemingly endless supply of new Star Wars movies on the way. And all we can do is complain. No movie could ever live up to our stupidly impossible expectations, all because we’ve put all the shit from our childhood on pedestals, and act like anything new coming along is just trying to…to…rape our childhoods. We need to just relax and let ourselves have fun. Because there is fun to be had in this stuff, just don’t expect the impossible.
I guess my point in all of this was that this new Ninja Turtles movie is dumb. It’s also a lot of fun to watch, stop being so sensitive…it seems like there was something else…
Right. Just go track down a copy of Soul’s Winter. It’s the only time they managed to turn this whole thing into art.
Holy shit, what?!? There’s a new X-Men movie? With the old cast we loved? And the new cast we love? And they meet? First question; do they fuck? Grow up. (no, they don’t) Second question, do they fight? Fuck yeah, they fight!
Then the weird questions come up. Wasn’t Professor X in the body of a quadriplegic? How are there two Emma Frosts of differing ages in two different time periods? How come Professor X could walk in the 80’s at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Where the hell’d Nightcrawler go? Does Mystique not actually have a buttcrack? But I digress…
Days of Future Past does some really good stuff though. It’s basically an apology for every X-Men related movie since X2, an apology I’m more than willing to accept…mostly because of the giant robots brutally murdering the X-Men for two hours. Sorry Iceman. Seriously.
I may delve into spoiler territory here, so fair warning.
Basically the setup is the X-Men are bummed living in the dystopia that inevitably follows a timeline where X-Men 3 and Origins: Wolverine are allowed to be canon, and the Sentinels (they don’t call them Nimrod, but they’re basically Nimrod) are wandering around murdering mutants in brutal and hilarious fashion. They arbitrarily give Shadowcat the power to send people’s brains back in time (don’t question it), and they send Wolverine back to save the franchise.
What follows is a really cool follow up to the events of First Class. Some really cool stuff has happened, and there are some great character moments here that are really well acted. And yes, Quicksilver steals the show. I’m suddenly less excited to see him in Age of Ultron.
There really weren’t a lot of jokes here…this movie is just plain good. I’m shocked that they basically made a movie out of their own reboot. Between the cameos at the end, the prospects of how deeply the timeline has been fixed, and the setup for what comes next in the end credits scene…damn dude, despite some minor plot hols to fix other plot holes (although that could be another article entirely…) this may be the best X-Men movie yet.