The Life & Times of an Auteur.

Commentary on Pop Culture, and maybe creating some of my own.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 Emmys!



Congratulations to "Game of Thrones" on all your big wins. While I don't think you deserved this last year, you definitely earned it this year. Well done.

Of course, GoT won't be eligable for the 2017 Emmys since it will be premiering months later than usual. "Better Call Saul", will it be your turn to shine?

Also congratulations to John Oliver for his big win. But stay on your toes, because Samantha Bee is overtaking you fast.

Oh, and because I am obligated to be mean to this failed show and this failed thespian.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Spectacular Radio Podcast



I suppose I should have mentioned this here. Anyway, I host a podcast dedicated to discussing and analyzing "The Spectacular Spider-Man" animated series. It's hosted on Spidey-Dude.com, alongside Clone Saga Chronicles and Mayday Mondays.

We go through the series episode by episode, devoting two podcasts to each episode. The first is an interview with Greg Weisman and various other guests. The second is a fan panel where myself my co-hosts, Zach Joiner, Gerard Delatour, Jesse Garret, and other guest hosts discuss, review, and analyze each episode.

So far we've finished the first season of the show. Alongside Greg Weisman, we've also had Jennifer L. Anderson, Vic Cook, Sean "Cheeks" Galloway, Vanessa Marshall, Andrew Robinson, Josh Keaton, and Ben Diskin. And I hope to have even more people on as we cover the second season.

Check it out: http://www.spidey-dude.com/?cat=118

Saturday, August 13, 2016

... then they came for Kevin Conroy


Batman... the real Batman... broke his silence and commented on Zack Snyder's most recent cinematic excretion. Usually, in cases like this, actors keep their mouths shut. They want to work again, after all. But no actor has imbibed the character of Batman like Conroy has with his nearly three-decade stretch portraying the character. As far as I am concerned, Kevin Conroy is Batman.

But, the cinematic world has been invaded by a serpent named Zack Snyder. Snyder's movies are made to stimulate the nether regions of a certain kind of fan. Mostly angry. Mostly male. Mostly white. These movies have not been well received by most people outside their bubble, especially critics. Naturally, these Snyder-Bros lash out and accuse them of being bribed by Disney and Marvel. Or they make up other conspiracy theories. Bias. SJWs. Etc. Etc. They're at war with an enemy that doesn't exist.

May I ask you, who does this remind you of?


Now, I'm not out and out saying that Zack Snyder is Donald Trump. But Snyder's fans are definitely a lot like Trump's supporters. I'd be interested in seeing a Venn Diagram of the overlap. The parallels are uncanny. Snyder appeals to angry dude-bros in scary ways. He's their patron saint of comic book movies. Plus the conspiracy theories... "Crooked Hillary is rigging the election" and "Marvel is paying critics". I could keep going.

Trump's supporters never liked minorities, as Snyder fans don't care for that "SJW, Pussy, Marvel" crap. But, beyond that, Trump's supporters have turned against veterans. Witness their attacks on POWs and Gold Star families. Snyder's fans have done their own unthinkable, they turned on Kevin Conroy. And viciously. I'll share a few examples.

 








I think this all speaks for itself.

Meanwhile, petitions are being written and signed to shut down Rotten Tomatoes and Donald Trump is recruiting assholes to show up at the polls, armed, to intimidate the "wrong people" from voting... er, I mean make sure voting is fair.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Reclaiming a missing piece of my childhood.


"Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" was released in theaters on Christmas Day, 1993. It came, and went in less than a week. There were few screenings, and it was a box office flop. I was twelve when it was released, and missed  the very brief window to see it. Of course I bought it on VHS a few months later and then on DVD. I've seen the movie dozens of times since then, but I always wished that I could have seen it on the big screen.

Sometimes wishes come true.

Last night, the Alamo Drafthouse ran a special showing of "Mask of the Phantasm". Despite having seen it dozens of times, despite owning it on DVD and VHS, I went and paid $10 to see it on the big screen. And I was happy to do it. Even happier when I found out that what I was about to watch was one of only two 35mm prints left in existence. I left the theater an hour and a half later feeling like a kid again. I wanted to see it on the big screen back in the day and now... twenty-three years later, it's finally happened.



It's still the best Batman movie ever made and, as far as I'm concerned, there is no competition. None. After the atrocious "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and the offensive "The Killing Joke", I needed to step back in time and remember when Warner Bros. was capable of making great DC movies like this.

Why isn't this movie on Blu-ray, yet?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Sick Joke


Um... it's awful and don't watch it. Mark Hamill is great but, seriously, don't watch it.

Anything I could say has already been said by others. So I'll just link to a few reviews that I recommend.

* Batman the Killing Joke Animated Movie Review by Reaf

* The Killing Joke Movie Is a Disaster, Right Down To Its Comic-Con Panel

* The Killing Joke Movie Is Stuck in the Worst Parts of the Past



I could post more, but you get the idea. It wasn't well done. The only one that gave it any effort was Mark Hamill, who has been wanting to do this for years. Even Kevin Conroy sounded like he was phoning it in.

So yeah, to quote Brad Jones: "It's not the worst Batman movie I've seen this year." But this was still a pile of garbage that included a festering, cracked, molding kitchen sink.

Grade: D-. The only reason it's not a full F is because of Mark Hamill.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Just what the doctor ordered...



This helped me pinpoint one of the reasons 2016 has seemed exceptionally miserable... it's the first year in forever where I don't get to see Jon on TV every week.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Have They Been Seen In Public Together?


I've recently come to a conclusion. Henry Cavill and Megan Fox are the same person. Let's run through a tally.


  • Both of them are terrible actors. No charisma. A complete inability to emote.
  • Both of them are being shoved at us by the two least talented directors in Hollywood. Henry Cavill by Zack Snyder in his horrible Superman movies; and Megan Fox by Michael Bay in those terrible Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.
  • Both of them are, somehow, sex symbols. I personally think both of them look fake... not only like they're made of plastic, but if you look into their eyes... there's nothing there. It's not like let's say Hayley Atwell or Misha Collins who, if you look into their eyes you see substance... life. Cavill and Fox look like corpses.
  • Both of them are complete morons. Read just about any interview with them. It's one stupid thing after another coming out of their mouths. Whether Cavill is being racist or sexist by accident (okay, maybe it's not by accident) or Fox is comparing directors with Adolf Hitler. There's not a cell of gray matter between them.
At the end of the day, who do they remind me of?