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Evan Day

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  1. Evan Day

    RIP Leonard Nimoy

    Some probably already know this, but this little bit gives the Jewish origin for the Vulcan "Live long and prosper" hand signal
  2. That's San Francisco getting demolished.
  3. I really liked the KGBeast storyline! Batman saves Ronald Reagan from a rogue KGB agent and his Iranian terrorist sidekick! It was intense and strangely current given recent events, aside from the fact that their goal was to kill everyone involved in the Star Wars program. Um, oh yeah, this movie. Actually I can't be down on the concept of putting Batman and Superman in a film. I just hope they don't do the same thing so many fans do: Over think it. It's the two most famous costumed heroes heroes pretty much ever, let them go save the world. Definitely rooting for a more "World's Finest" vibe than a Dark Knight Returns one. Not that I'm a huge critic of the book, just people aping it.
  4. Some art, including Rocket Raccoon, from this movie in this look at all of Marvel's upcoming Cinematic Universe films. Also, wrestler Dave Bautista (better know as Batista from WWE) is Drax the Destroyer. I really liked Dan Abnett's run with them, though I'll admit I wonder what the plot is. Also of possible interest (or concern) here is that one of the Guardians reoccurring villains is The Universal Church of Truth.
  5. Just the idea appealed to me as an 11 year old boy who loved dinosaurs and was bummed they didn't exist anymore. That's probably why I always preferred Spielberg's John Hammond to the novel, even if some of my friends thought the book was far more cerebral (it was). Hammond in the novel was a despicable human being, Hammond in the movie was a dreamer whose reach exceeded his grasp. How could a man who wanted to bring back dinosaurs be bad? And the last scene...well it looked like something I might have made while playing with my dinosaur toys as a 7 year old. So good and bad. I'd love to see a well done, fun revival of the series.
  6. Wow SDG, thanks for going the extra mile for me there!
  7. Haven't seen this, but I have to ask: Another forum I frequent was convinced (to the point that it was accepted fact and no one was questioning it) that the writers (probably unbeknownst the studio) intended the story as subversive and that the military is secretly the film's bad guys. That is: the aliens by their design and looks appear to be the bad guys, but the military actually shoots first, the aliens merely defend themselves and actually seem to be holding back with porportional responses. Anyone else come away with this interpretation of the film at all?
  8. I went and saw this movie over the weekend. I can't recall ever going to a horror (or horror parody movie) in the theaters, so it's a little weird from that perspective. I will say it had me thinking about the movie and it's implications a lot, in a good way. I really only have two things to observe (i'm leaving spoilers unmarked). The ending could either be interpreted as a "We need things like horror films as a release to keep the monsters in our heads down below," message, or a "The realm of bad horror films isn't worth saving." I'm pretty certain Whedon intended the latter. It also strikes me that within the film's own universe, the ending is nihlistic, the world isn't worth saving, so have some pot while we let the abominations below rise. But on a meta level, you could almost see it as a positive call to tear down the old ways of doing horror. It's not really a "downer ending," as much a "downer ending joke." I suppose it's the difference between the endings to say, Night of the Living Dead and Dr Strangelove. One's a dark, soul crushing ending, the other is an elaborate black joke. EDIT: Oh, and for some bizarre reason I thought the surprise cameo was Jamie Lee Curtis at first. Which actually might have been the greatest thing ever
  9. A slightly awkward but very Whedonesque joke was Captain America commenting he got the 'flying monkies' reference. Since he would have seen The Wizard of Oz. I imagine Steve finds pop culture references extremely frustrating. I was on another forum that actually came up with the idea of Tony Stark having Steve over to the big screen TV room in the Avengers Mansion to give Steve a crash course in movies (sounds like a forum topic in and over itself: What movies would you show to someone trapped in ice since 1945?). I'm really wondering what they'll do with a character like
  10. Ok, I won't then. But the word that was going through my mind when watching the trailer was "pastiche." Well to be fair, I was thinking of the book, guess I should have said that in the other forum thread. I certainly wouldn't deny the concept has been visited a lot, from A Most Dangerous Game to the Running Man (Collins herself refers to the myth of Theseus in interviews). Regardless of the origins of book, the presentation of the movie could very well end up pastiche, we'll see.
  11. Evan Day

    Clue

    I dunno about that. I'd be willing to put a bet against both of you if I could even venture a guess. I watched the film compulsively for awhile as a kid.
  12. YA librarian here. M. Leary is correct. YA lit is just like adult literature: there's commercially popular lit and the more critically acclaimed stuff that gets awards. That's not to say award winning books don't sell well, they just don't have the pop culture presence of the Hunger Games or Harry Potter. Nor is it to say some award winning books aren't overrated. In addition to what Leary mentioned, My personal favorites I would recommend are Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel American Born Chinese, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, Monster by Walter Dean Myers, and Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy. If you want a list of ALA's yearly acclaimed books, check out the Printz Awards. Also the National Teen Book Award, the one which Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl was nominated for. Okay...that said, the trailer looks great! Honestly, they pull me in and give pictures to a lot of things that were vague in the book to me. I can definitely see this being successful. It's just going to be annoying to go online and have to wade through Battle Royale fans yelling rip off. Good night people.
  13. One possible point is how this will tie into the Avengers film. They've already established that the Hulk was an attempt to recreate Captain America in the film universe. One of the reoccurring themes in the comics tends to be: "Some idiot was trying to remake the super soldier serum and made a monster."
  14. I suppose I'll just drop the note here that at the time Captain America was created, they were limited in ink options, and you pretty much had either yellow, black or red haired heroes (brown or darker shades were too expensive). There's black haired heroes (Superman, Batman) but generally the formula was yellow hair: Hero, Red hair: love interest, black hair: villain. whether that's racist or pragmatic color coding you can decide. I wonder if blondes ever feel like the Nazis ruined their reputation. Every time I see a blonde hero in media it seems I see Nazi comments, serious or not, pop up. What's more puzzling is the number of blonde heroes in Japanese manga and anime. There seems to be a fascination with it.
  15. I'd certainly say Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both being jewish, would not be sympathetic to any Nazi ideal.
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