I am very pleased to have my theory affirmed that Batman: The Animated Series was modeled after the original Max Fleischer Superman cartoons.
Archive for August, 2013
This interview aired on Entertainment Tonight on October 28, 1982.
From my perspective the words are amazing, as are the pictures, but his Brooklyn accent, like all Brooklyn accents, sounds like a speech impediment. It is fantastic.
To be fair I have never heard Jack Kirby speak. I like the cut of his jib.
Interviews with Avery Brooks, Ira Behr, Penny Johnson
Melinda and I attended “Rifftrax Live – Starship Troopers” on Thursday. This is the first RiffTrax Live I’ve managed to attend, and it was a hoot and a half.
Through a kickstarter fundraiser, Rifftrax finally managed to secure the rights to a relatively recent blockbuster, and the results were worth the effort. Instead of making fun of a movie that excruciating to watch unriffed or is ineptly done (such as Plan 9 from Outer Space or Manos: The Hands of Fate), they tackled a movie that is bad on a completely different level.
Starship Troopers was an excellent choice. We’re talking a film that has some poor casting choices (“Denise Richards as a starship pilot” being the big one, though you could probably add “the entire cast as people from South America”), improbable enemies that overcome futuristic weaponry using Flintstone technology, strategies that only work because the humans make poor decisions, such as flying their immense craft within an elbow’s reach of the next ship even though they have the entire stratosphere to spread out in…and ham-handed Nazi propaganda analogies that are about as subtle as a Lady Gaga dress.
Favorite riffs from the evening:
“I can fit an entire can of tuna in my mouth” – Spoken as Denise appears and won’t stop smiling.
As Jake Busey’s hand gets stabbed onscreen: “Ow! That’s the hand I use to hold my giant toothbrush!”
“It’s Captain Sue Ellen Mischke!” – Indeed it is.
“That breaks my bad!” – The military commanding officer is the DEA guy from Breaking Bad, who apparently hasn’t aged a day.
“Yeuchhhhh.” – Not really a joke, just an exasperated groan at the sight of yet another shot of Jake Busey’s mugging, horse-teethed face. Probably got more laughs than anything.
The next Rifftrax Live is in October, when they’ll do “Night of the Living Dead”. My understanding is that they would like to someday riff on “Twilight”, but we’d be talking serious dough to do it. (Imagine all the young girls itching to see it on the big screen again, only to have three middle-aged guys making snide remarks throughout it. Wouldn’t that be awesome?)
from Wizard World Philly 2010, June 2010
Uploaded on Jun 14, 2010
Today I went searching for the very first mention of Wolverine having an Adamantium skeleton, and not simply bionic claws, and it was a waste of time for a number of reasons, most notably that I could not find it.
I found the page from an archive of John Byrne’s Byrne Robotics Forum where the topic was literally “Wolverine’s Adamantium Skeleton & Claws” and that by itself is extremely fascinating as John Byrne talks about elements and aspects to the character that were his and the art and method of collaboration with Chris Claremont and the sheer amount of respect between the two regarding how their differences would work. There is a good deal of summary and recollection from fans, including the stuff that is definitively marked as “retroactive continuity”, artistic differences. I also enjoyed how one of the fans described how different artists and then media depicted how Wolverine’s claws were arranged and portrayed on his hands.
What I love is that everything I thought about Wolverine literally as a kid, every problem I had regarding the character in the nineties, was something that John Byrne agreed with. I thought bone claws were stupid because there was not only no reason for them, but no natural analogue. Hey look! A professional writer/artist agrees with a 14 year old kid!
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Addiction can cost you everything.
Robin Lisa Kelly died recently at 43 years old.
Here is the late actress in 1992 on Married With Children, acting opposite Christina Applegate. Make no mistake. She was 21 years old on Fox’s flagship sitcom. She had make-up and extreme youth on her side but it still is enough to make the point.
This is a promotional image for That 70s Show. Who is going to deny the use of make-up, photoshop, airbrushing, whatever? But it still requires some amount of material to work with. I am unsure of the origin of the rest of the images.
Now purportedly the reason Miss Kelly’s character was written off the show and why the actress left the series at all is because she was fired for her alcoholism.
Purportedly the bail for this misadventure cost her $50,000, her savings up to that point.
Now she is dead. She passed away August 14th.
I saw episode 4 and I just don’t feel like putting my name next to it.
Go watch it on youtube.
Bad service and ok food at the Blue Monk tonight. However, I did have an excellent beer, the Ellicotville Hopicide Nitro! A tasty IPA that is not carbonated but rather nitrogen infused (like Guinness) so it had that creamy texture and still had the wonderful citrus aroma prevalent in an IPA.
— Graham Nolan, August 2, 2013
Warren Ellis was asked
what do you do when (if) you ever feel like giving up?
His reply was
So it is pretty obvious that this is no longer a family-friendly weblog and I’m okay with that. On a far more serious note this is not the exact angle from which I would approach the question/problem but the core action is essentially true. When things are at their worst is when you should fight the hardest. There are people that quit when it is the most difficult and they do so in the most final way possible. They quit when there is the most left to do.
Best to not quit until everything is done or the Spirit in the Sky tells you your time is done.