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Abhimanyu last won the day on February 22 2014

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    Psycho killer, qu'est ce que c'est.....
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  1. I agree with Christian - Trillium #1 was fucking great. That combined with somewhat familiar but very strong work from Snyder on The Wake as well as a promising first issue of Collider gives me some hope re: Vertigo's future.
  2. Mark, you seen it yet? Opinions?
  3. This article articulates what bothers me about the whole destruction porn aspect of all these blockbuster movies. It's the PG 13 rating. On one hand they want to make serious movies about serious topics including terrorism and apocalypse but on the other hand they want to make it OK for kids to go. So they enter this weird grey zone where they depict city-wide massacres but aren't allowed to show the physical or emotional fallout of such violence. As the writer says, it's OK for them to show the death of thousands of people but only if it happens mostly off-screen. Classic have your cake and eat it too. It just leaves you hollow. It doesn't have the pop kick of genuinely 'comic book' style violence (a la the Donner Superman movies) but neither does it have the sobering effect of more visceral depictions of violence. Just leaves one feeling hollow and vaguely dissatisfied. These are generalizations, of course, but I've found that they hold true for me through most of the blockbuster films of the last decade or half decade. I'm not saying superhero movies need to be gory and horrific but I do think that if they choose to go with the PG-13, they need to tailor their stories accordingly, the way Donner (and Singer) did. You can't have movies about globally scaled terrorism and cataclysm and then proceed to sterilize the whole damn shebang. http://blogs.indiewi...s-pg-13-problem
  4. This is the crux of the matter right here. We've come to the point where the screenplay is pretty much the most irrelevant, dashed-off, shoddy, thoroughly compromised and cooked up by committee aspect of most big budget films. It needs to be one of the strongest elements in every film - the foundational one, if anything.
  5. If the action stuff is anything like the standard CGI-heavy, thoroughly anonymous apocalypse that is now a feature of pretty much every single summer movie then Balthy's review isn't very encouraging. I was hoping for mood (as opposed to portent), inspired visuals and/or character to make the film for me. I am utterly sick of 'action' as defined by summer blockbusters - bland, bloodless, generally incoherent PG-13 destruction without an iota of emotional fallout. There's only so many explosions and epic punches shrugged off by godlike beings/robots/etc that I can take without it getting mind-numbingly rote and only so many times I can see London/NY/Paris get razed without the spectacle becoming completely meaningless. Cranky in my old age.
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    Group Hug

    Best typo I've ever made.
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    Group Hug

    Has Mark put his clothes back on? I'm considering coming on the group hug.
  8. This. Superman is who he is because of Ma and Pa Kent. He got his entire moral system from them. I thought that was the whole point of the Superman myth - alien origin and godlike powers joined with good ol' down home American Midwestern common sense. To show Pa Kent saying that Clark should have let a bus full of children die is to undermine the very basis of the character. I liked the second half of the trailer but it looks like we're going to get a solid 90 minutes of existential angst and moping about before the Van Alden hits the fan.
  9. I really wish they would give it a proper send-off. Not just conclude with Milligan's story but do a small run of issues written by some of the great writers who have been on Hellblazer in the past. I would love to see a nice little series of shorts done by Carey, Gaiman, Ellis, Delano et al. At the very least, the series deserves to go out on a high and not just wrapping up Milligan's latest effort.
  10. I get all the (valid) arguments for ending Hellblazer but, damn, this gutted me. I am feeling quite unexpectedly sad about this. Been hanging over me all day. I guess I'm a nostalgic sort of person. Been reading Hellblazer as long as I've been reading comics. Slinker: Has it been reported anywhere that JC is going to be 'Yankified'? I'm sure he'll still be British in the PG title.
  11. Since everyone is chiming in, I thought I would too. I loved it. I am a little suspicious of any comics reader who doesn't :P But seriously, great capper to the trilogy. Bale does his best work on the character, Tom Hardy is a brilliant balancing act between high camp and brutish menace and Anne Hathaway was a very very pleasant surprise (I'm always dubious about the Catwoman character). The pacing was off and the film overreaches wildly but - these days - that's a compliment if anything. People are making wayyyy too much of the politics. The screenplay was done and production half finished when Occupy came to the fore. Excellent action setpieces. Massive flood of catharsis in the end. I had a few problems with it here and there but am too lazy to put them in spoiler alerts! Not worth it anyway - great film! It's no TDK but why go there.
  12. "I've got to get me one of those" made me cringe. Literally.
  13. I really really hate how Nolan (by studio mandate, no doubt) has to shoehorn those blockbuster movie moments into a film that just cannot sustain them. The last 10 seconds of the trailer are a great example. Nolan's Batman is decidedly NOT a one-liner type of person. It doesn't help that Bale is humorless, the Batvoice sucks and the one-liners are generally excruciating. Ah well. Still looks like a great movie. Just trying to prevent my expectations from getting way out of hand.
  14. Downey was unsurprisingly awesome but - for me - the real treat was Ruffalo as Hulk. My favourite screen iteration of the character by far, right there. He absolutely nailed the role of Banner. Also, major props to Hiddleston. Withnail via Asgard was the perfect way to go. Agree with everyone here - liked it very much.
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