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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Interlude of Minor Happy/Whiny Babbling

I'm so behind on everything, so completely behind. June is a complete wash of a month, and I'm not sure how I'm going to survive July without losing my mind...

But on the plus side, there's going to be a Blue Beetle tv show?

That's so awesome that I'm going to be absolutely crushed if it turns out not to be happening!

(Another happy thing for me, they've cast First Class's Beast! To be perfectly honest, I have no idea who that guy is, but he's cute, even if I feel kind of like a perv for saying so, so I'm sold.)

So yeah, this has gotten me all perked up to go back to work. Yay!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Are Barons always Bad?

I had a thought in class today. This is rare because review class is kind of mind-numbing (necessary, but mind-numbing) and my thought is...

Has there ever been a GOOD fictional character with the title of "Baron" (or "Baroness")?

I mean, we see a lot of good and evil aristocratic characters in general, and I can think of good and evil Dukes/Duchesses, Counts/Countesses and so on. But every "Baron" I can think of off the top of my head (Red Baron*, Baron Zemo, the Baroness in GI Joe) is a villain.

Can you think of any good barons?

(Edited to clarify: I'm thinking specifically of fictional depictions of the Red Baron, the Howling Commandos, Charlie Brown, et al. I'm generally unwilling to categorize most real life people as "heroes" or "villains" outside of a fictional context. :-))

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The A-Team!

I finally saw it and it was awesome!

Okay, so the plot was a little lacking, but I'd say the plot hung together at least as well as the majority of episodes, so that worked. The action was fun and crazy. The cast was really really good.

Including Liam Neeson. I know I've mocked him, but he did great!

I can't quite understand why they didn't just make Murdock a South African ex-pat, but the meandering accent worked for the character.

I was surprised to see Owlman from Watchman playing Lynch (I'm sure I knew of the casting choice before, but must have forgotten.) I almost missed him since he looked a LOT younger (and hotter) in this movie.

I liked Jessica Biel too. She was more like Colonel Decker than Colonel Lynch as "gotta catch the A-Team" types go. (I always had a weird fondness for Decker.)

They didn't use the theme music enough. But they made up for it with shirtless Bradley Cooper.

I'd see it again.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

...I would watch it.

You know, I'm sure it'll be as awful as the first one but I would totally watch a second Ghost Rider movie.

I think it's because, as awful as the first one was, there was a strange sort of joy about it. Sometimes you can tell when a creator really really loves the product, and you can really tell here if only because where Iron Man and Batman are fairly obvious money-makers, I don't think anyone really looks at Ghost Rider and thinks "Oh, this will sell tickets."

Though I hope Eva Mendes comes back. And of course, Sam Elliot. They were the best parts. But even without that, I'll probably still watch.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Movie Talk!

I'm hoping to see the A-Team over this weekend. I still think it looks dreadful but it looks gloriously dreadful, and well, the guy playing Murdock is kind of hot.

I'm trying to give Liam Neeson a chance, but in every trailer I see, he's got a perpetual hang-dog expression and sounds like that Family Guy bit ("The river stretches for meters and meters! And who KNOWS how many fathoms!")

The silver hair does not really work for him either. But I'd never have said Steve Carrell would make a good Don Adams, so I'll keep an open mind.

I don't know when I'll actually get a chance to see it (bar review class is like law school concentrate. 3 years in 2 months. Kill me now) but if you do, drop me a line and tell me how good/awful it is?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Okay, while I agree that this totally sounds like an awesome idea...

I have to say that IMO, the best part would be seeing Hal and Tony cruising for chicks after the fact.

And of course Hal making some unfortunate faux pas regarding alcohol and giving himself a concussion on Tony's helmet.

It'd be awesome!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Casting Rumor!

Okay, I admit, I didn't expect the Marvel movies to bring in Hawkeye, (HOPED, but didn't expect it) so this makes my day.

I mean, a cameo is a cameo, but well, that guy's hot. So I'm sold.

Also, if Hawkeye exists in the movies, that makes the Black Widow/Captain America hook-up that I'd been fearing (nothing against the characters, but I don't think they're compatible and they tried it in Ultimate Avengers) much less likely!


Friday, June 04, 2010

Background Characters you'd like to see again

One thing that alternately annoys and amuses me about comics is how background characters that are relatively important at some point just kind of disappear because series get cancelled or creative teams change or things like that.

And it's a shame because a lot of those characters are legitimately awesome. Buck Wargo, anyone?

So I was wondering, what vanished minor character would you like to see again? (It doesn't matter if they just disappeared, or got killed off, or anything like that because, hell, it's comics.)

For me, it's Buck Wargo from Warrior. Because nothing beats an awesome millionaire scientist cowboy who actually serves as a functional father/older brother-type figure for Guy. Also, probably the single greatest author-avatar character ever.

A runner up character I'd like to see again is Dawn Fury. Her few appearances in Howling Commandos were fairly awesome!

But as far as I know, she's never appeared in any comics set later than WWII. Which sucks because Jake Fury got to be a damn supervillain, and Jake was a tool. Dawn seems like she'd be fun to just add somewhere, maybe to SHIELD since Dugan and Jones are pretty clear indications that Nick likes nepotism.

It'd be funny if she were like a SHIELD psychologist or something. Just because I'm intensely amused by the idea of a Fury who's also a shrink.

So what minor and disappeared character would YOU like to see again?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Oh dear.

Okay, my nostalgia kick is totally warring with my "this is going to be horrible" instinct, at the thought of a new Thundercats cartoon.

I mean, intellectually, I know that even the original cartoon wasn't very good. In fact, I saw episodes recently and it was even worse than I remembered. I mean seriously, awful, in a gloriously wonderful way.

But a new series? Can't they think of new asskicking yet dumb animal themed cartoon shows instead of remaking the 80s? (Though, credit where it's due, I did think the 2000s version of He-Man was kind of awesome. I wanted to see them bring in She-Ra.)

At the same time, my inner nine year old's all "Hee! Thundercats Hoooo!!!!"

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

You may have noticed the lack of substantial posts this last week or so. This is because bar review class is pretty rough and I've been adjusting to my schedule and spending the rest of my time watching bad reality television shows that my parents dvr-ed.

I'm starting to grow fond of Dancing with the Stars. I will never understand, however, why my mother seems to like watching that Kardashian show. At least the Dancing with the Stars people DO stuff that's somewhat entertaining. (Even if not quite the way they intended.) Even though I already know who won, I'm enjoying watching famous and semi-famous people being goofy on camera.

Granted, I spend most of the time watching leering at Chad Ochocinco (he strips off the shirt a lot) or Evan Lysacek (I'm sure it shocks everyone that I have a thing for tall, thin and vaguely robotic), but I'm shallow and I don't want to think right now. :-)

I should adjust pretty soon and get back to being able to think again. Or this is going to be a long two months.