13 Reasons Why Season 2 – That Ending

I was not going to write about 13 Reasons Why Season 2, as it’s not really in the wheelhouse of “genre” shows at all. However, opinionated as I am, I finished watching it and had some pretty specific thoughts about the ending, and would like to go into it. If you haven’t seen the show there’s not much point in me summarizing it, but needless to say MAJOR SPOILERS follow, so if you’re so inclined, read ahead… Continue reading “13 Reasons Why Season 2 – That Ending”

Rank Your Favorite Marvel Studios Films

Found this making the rounds- Charles Skoda has made a Marvel Cinematic Universe film ranker on his site. Just pick from an either/or visual list and it ranks all 19 films in your order of preference from most liked to least, based on your instinct. This was very useful for me, because I had tried to make a list on my own, but it was too hard to be objective. This way, freed from the shackles of thinking you “need” to rank certain movies higher than others, you get something pretty darn close to how you really feel. Take it yourself and see:

Marvel Cinematic Universe film ranker

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New ‘Venom’ Trailer Breakdown

Sony has unleashed a new trailer for Venom, and there’s a few interesting things to look at. Here ’tis:

It looks as if they are indeed adapting the “Lethal Protector” series where Venom is the hero/protagonist, and it appears that Spider-Man will make nary an appearance, let alone the Tom Holland version in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This seems to be its own thing, like those odd standalone Fox Marvel movies from a decade ago. Is anyone else getting strong Ghost Rider vibes from this trailer? “I’m the only one who can walk on both worlds; I’m Venom/Ghost Rider/Blade/Constantine.” Here we seem to be getting investigative journalist Eddie Brock uncovering a conspiracy about the suit, manufactured in a lab rather than catapulted from space, and after he steals it wacky hi-jinks ensue, or something. There isn’t much to go on but that big tongue right out of the ’90’s comics at the end looked pretty nice at least! Continue reading “New ‘Venom’ Trailer Breakdown”

Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman Returns

Before Man of Steel was a gleam in Zack Snyder’s eye and we had any idea how the DCEU would look, and certainly before we had any idea of who Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer really were offscreen, Superman Returns was at best a divisive movie. To some it was a charming throwback to the Donner era; to others, a gluttonous mess of a vanity project for Singer with no respect for the comics. There are not too many genuinely divisive comic book films; by that I mean, when you think about it, how many movies in the genre have an opinion right down the middle? Certainly not something like Batman v Superman, where although it has many fans, the divide is something like 80/20 against. The closest one can recall might be the Ang Lee Hulk movie, where even though I can admire it for personal reasons, admit it was a noble failure. But that’s the key difference between something like that and Superman Returns, released in the summer of 2006 to much fanfare by critics but met with bewilderment from a nonplussed public. Continue reading “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman Returns”

Why Collecting Comics Matters To Us

To me, the reading of comics is inextricably linked to the collecting of them. There’s no separating the two. Now, I understand some might find that notion ridiculous; after all, going to the movies is not linked to saving movie tickets. It is, however, linked to buying Blu-rays or DVDs or digital copies of a film you like, and I think that comes from the sense of when you like something, you want to own a part of it, to stake your claim. I would describe it as leaving your mark, in some small way, to put out your opinion and hope it mattered in the grand scheme of things. To bring some kind of internal validation to yourself and calm the worry that you spent so much time with, essentially, all these piles of paper that ain’t gonna mean anything in the grand scheme of things. As Alan Moore says in Watchmen, “No meaning other than what we attach to it,” leaving us to create our own meaning and give items totemic symbolism, more or less. So I guess with comic collecting, it becomes about: why bother? How can it possibly be worth the effort, and matter at all? Continue reading “Why Collecting Comics Matters To Us”