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Into the Dorkness

I’ve read about a dozen different reviews. Some written by Star Trek fans, some written by normal people, and one written by Wil Wheaton – who was part of Star Trek at one point.

My thoughts are this:

Stop trying to find greater meaning in movies and stop trying to nitpick good movies to death. Just enjoy the movie for what it is – a fun romp in the Star Trek world.

SPOILER:
Although I loved it when Spock shouted out Khan’s name instead of Kirk in the old switcheroo. LOL

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Etch A Epitaph

The guy who invented the Etch A Sketch is dead. RIP

Everyone who has watched Jackie Chan flicks should know this is a top secret ploy for him to infiltrate the government and reveal their corruption from within. SUPERCOP! LOL

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The 1% vs The 1%

We had this discussion the other day (last Thursday) at work. The final conclusion was this:

The US  Occupy Movement is mostly 1% of the 99% of which it represents. It is not the entire 99% – it’s part of the 99%. That is, it’s part of the US population that is not the top 1% that have all the money. But is it truly representative of the other 99%? I mean, isn’t that their slogan? We are the 99%?

And that’s where I think things sort of come off the tracks for the Occupy Movement. They aren’t 10% of the 99%, or 5% of the 99%. They are technically closer to 1% of the 99%. So that means it’s 1% of activist Americans vs 1% of richer Americans. Because the other 98% either doesn’t care or thinks the Occupy people are lazy, crazy, etc. I think probably 90% of the 98% are just apathetic – only the Rush Limbaugh and/or Glenn Beck fanatics, or the 8%, think the Occupy Movement is stupid, lazy and anti-American.

But the reality holds. I don’t think the US Occupy Movement has over 400k active sit-in supporters (which would make it closer to 2%), so it’s 1% vs 1%. And that’s why I didn’t like the new Batman movie that much – it made the Occupy Movement look like terrorists. I mean, wasn’t that a point of Ras Al Ghul’s daughter’s movement? Make the rich share the wealth and be like everyone else (poor and miserable)?

Except let’s go an extra step further and force the rich to be tried by a madman and walk out on the ice where they die? Because that’s what the unsatisfied activist aka Occupy Whatever in America wants – to kill the rich and cause chaos by burning down Gotham (or New York, or wherever). So they have to be saved by a rich man in a batsuit (aka someone like … oh, I don’t know … Mitt Romney or Chris Christie).

That’s what the newest Batman is teaching younger kids, whether Batman fans like it or not.

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I met up with an old co-worker to catch up and have a beer. We talked about how Omaha is FAIL, and other stuff. When we got to the theater massacre, he got rather lively.

“Let me just say this: people who think taking guns away will stop this crap? No. Unless you plan to dig a hole in Idaho and live in it forever, you’ll never stop crazy. That’s what this is – plain crazy. You can’t take away crazy. So taking guns means that crazy guy is going to go to a black market and get a gun or use the Internet to make one. And he’ll shoot unarmed people who can’t protect themselves because we took all the guns away. Retarded is what people are who think banning anything works to stop crazy. Prohibition anyone?”

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I’m sorry I haven’t been more active lately, but I have a few things going on. The first is that I’ve been tapped to be a creative writer for the Serpent’s Tongue game, so I’m spending a lot of my free time working on that stuff. The second is that I am presently in the process of getting a new job – I have the offer, but I have to pass the ridiculously long background checks for it to remain on the table.

Two things, both Batman-related:

1. Rush Limbaugh – my favorite Republican idiot talkshow host – decided he, too, wanted to jump on the Mitt Romney Bane/Bain discussion. What I find funny is that he did it without a sense of humor. Most people are approaching this with a sense of humor. Hell, even the Obama people have hinted it’s a funny coincidence, on the humorous side of politics (which actually impressed me so I laughed). Anyway, Limbaugh took it seriously, and some people made fun of him in return. Of course, some of Rush’s douchebaggy fans are now bagging on everyone with a sense of humor, because they have none (like that dude JohnK in the comments). It’s really too bad, because the satire and humor of the entire thing is lost on these sourpusses. The rest of us can laugh, because Rush Limbaugh is a running joke himself.

2. Some fool in Aurora, Colorado went all Bain in a midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises. Killed 12 people. Booby-trapped his apartment. What a whackjob. But that’s about all I’ll say about that – no name dropping from me. Fucker doesn’t deserve to be recognized by the media, but lo-and-behold, ABC rushes to identify him to everyone. So he’s literally famous now. >_<

 

(ALSO WHAT IS UP WITH COLORADO AND PEOPLE GOING ON SHOOTING SPREES. I MEAN, SERIOUSLY??)

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Well, prior to the San Diego Comic Con, intrepid creator of Babylon 5 J Michael Straczynski told all his fans via a short announcement that he was having a meeting of the clans to talk about all new, exciting developments at SDCC 2012. This, of course, started a giant rumor mill going about what the meeting could be about, so people flocked to his panel thing and eagerly anticipated (from what I could tell by the giant amount of happy) the announcement of the restart of Babylon 5.

Well, not to burst their bubble too much, there was no news about anything Babylon 5. Instead, he mentioned three things:

1.  He was going to start directing a new show on Starz Network called Vlad.
2.  He was bringing all the smaller offspring of his multi-mini studios back under one roof. Consolidating the projects, I guess.
3. He was going to start a new comic series called the Majestic Files about the Roswell incident from the aliens’ point of view.

And that was about it. There was more interesting news, such as Marvel re-assigning all the best talent to some of the more exciting books (such as Daredevil and Winter Soldier). DC showed us some Man of Steel footage. We saw what everyone wanted to see – Batman getting his ass handed to him by Bane in the last Dark Knight trailer. There was a trailer by Disney to a movie called Oz, the Great and Powerful, about the Wizard’s arrival and participation in the world of Oz that leads up to the  old Wizard of Oz movie. And finally we got some info about Iron Man 3, Fringe, Doctor Who (goodbye Rory) and My Little Pony (who is getting their own comic book whut?).

By far the worst thing to happen at SDCC was that they were so verbal and intense about the release of the new Twilight trailer that so many Twilight fans showed up and one got hit and killed by an automobile while crossing the street. A ton of web-presences thought that one less Twilight fan was good news, but in reality, it’s really sad. That was someone’s kid right there.

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I read a few reviews before I went to see The Avengers, and then I read a few reviews after I saw The Avengers. I have to agree with a majority of them – it is an awesome movie from a comic book nerd’s view. And it’s a good movie from the normal person’s view. It had everything people wanted in a summer blockbuster movie. It was tense, direct and fun.

It was a Joss Weadon film, so – as everyone else had already put it – it was destined to exceed expectations. It did, if you paid attention to how much money it made this weekend. Some people went THREE TIMES. In this economy, that means something.

As everyone else pointed out, people probably have two new favorite Avengers. The Hulk is the first, since they made him the Hulk everyone remembers from earlier Hulk comics and cartoons. When he loses control, he’s truly a monster. But when it comes down to the last minute, Banner manages to direct the Hulk just enough to be a true Avenger teammate. And I think he has the most bad-ass one-liner in the whole movie when he’s on the street just before transforming into his bad-ass green monster self.

Thor was the other. Unlike his first appearance in his origin movie, he actually has more depth and character. He feels like Thor. Plus, he’s using all of Thor’s signature moves and fights like a demi-god. The fact that he and the Hulk start a rivalry in the middle of a movie makes for good comedy. He actually has passion for the human race now, and really wants to do the right thing. He and Captain are the two … lesser brainy guys, and they work well together, too.

Black Widow was awesome. Her ability to manipulate her victims – even the bat-shit insane Loki – into to telling her everything was crazy good. And Johannsen was perfect. She made me care about Hawkeye, actually. XD

I didn’t care about all the weird ass crazy “Hawkeye is a terrible archer because his form is terrible” stuff archery people were bitching about. I mean, I did look for it and notice it, but the reality is that he fired impossible trick arrows and merely offered back-up. Like he does in the comics. He’s not really a main Avenger since he’s a normal dude with superior eyesight. He’s a cold mercenary who’s along for the ride since he works for SHIELD. And that was OKAY.

What I wanted to add – and I haven’t seen anyone else talk about this – was the evolution of Tony Stark into a real hero, rather than just some guy in a super battlesuit. Throughout most of the movie, he’s exactly what he tells Captain America he is in the trailer – a genius philanthropist playboy billionaire. And his main hurdle is that he acts like a spoiled, self-centered show-off. So much so that he pisses 0ther heroes off. He shouldn’t be on the team except that they need his smarts and his suit. When Loki kills “that guy” (I won’t spoil it for you), you see that Tony starts understanding what a real hero is. He bottoms out for a bit and then has his internal revelation. So much so that by the end, he does a totally selfless thing. He truly becomes the hero Iron Man there, when it counted. And that was the most brilliant, fucking fantastic thing I saw in that movie. A true evolution to hero story.

And then there’s the teaser ending with that other guy. I won’t spoil it for you, but when you see it, you’ll understand how that’s REALLY the bad guy that the Avengers first fought. So it makes sense. And then there’s the second little blooper thing at the very, very end of the credits.

Shwarma indeed. LOL

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