Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Lesbians The Leaked THOR Trailer!

I have no idea if the video is still up but here the link be:

What you can expect:

- Muscles: Chris Helmsworth hit the gym. Hard. I think it may have fell over.

- Agent Coulson: It seems as though Clark Gregg will be getting screentime equivalent to both IRON MAN movies combined.

- Kat Dennings: I don't know who she plays and do not care. MORE KAT DENNINGS!

- The Warriors Three: Badass!

-Helmets: Worry not, fanboys. Not only is Thor sporting his trademark winged accessory, but brother Loki brings the horns.

- Hammer Swinging: Because it's not a party if it ain't got that swing.

-Lady Sif: Hot, but still...KAT DENNINGS!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DC Keeps My Money...For Now

For the past few months, I have been whittling down my monthly pull list. Not due to budget constraints, but because a lot of books were starting to suck. The majority of those books were from DC Comics.

After War of the Supermen, I was looking forward to having Superman back on Earth, being Super and what not, but as anyone who read Superman #700 can attest, that is not the case. So, I was wondering if I'd be dropping the other books in the Superman family. I dumped Adventure when it became nouveau-Golden Age Legion of Super-Heroes; I was getting it because I thought Superboy Connor would be the series star. Action Comics was staying on because Paul Cornell's Wisdom and Captain Britain and MI:13 were brilliant, and making the book about Lex Luthor is inspired. But what about Supergirl?
I have mixed feelings about Sterling Gates run. While he was building a solid foundation for the character, every so often Gates would have Supergirl do something so incomprehensibly stupid, I wanted to smack him AND her. Add that to the fact that I wouldn't be reading about Superman at all for at least a year, I couldn't think of a reason to really stay with this title. Then this happened:

You got me, Gates. You got me.


Last night, I had the privilege of seeing one of the (if not THE) most awesome combinations of visual and audio stimulation ever put to digital recording. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD is just a beautiful adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novels, eschewing the deep characterization that the books have the time for, to bring the frenetic action and indie rock music to life. It's like seeing the pages come alive, and since the books rock ultimate, that's just downright delightful.

The soundtrack with jumps from 80's videogame music to Beck-infused rock is a major highlight to this movie. Videogames and videogame references are splattered across the graphic novels and from the opening you realize Edgar Wright was not going to waste a chance to exploit the movie medium for original references. Also, the music of the bands (Sex Bob-Omb, The Clash at Demonhead, Crash and the Boys) are stunningly good. You will be picking up the soundtrack.

And the fights! O'Malley can draw a good fight, but the ones presented in this movie are ridiculously awesome. Not just the choreography, either. The camera angles give the scenes that extra punch with overhead and moving shots. The Street Fighter influence on the action is particularly awesome, having VS. appear when a fight breaks out and multiple instances of differing game effects with each fight.

The humor of books is also on display. It's freaking hilarious. I have to give it up to the villain turns of Jason Schwartzman, Brandon Routh and particularly Chris Evans, who is just stealing the movie away during his scene. The fact is, though, everyone is pulling their weight, especially Edgar Wright with his cut scenes and sight gags. Michael Cera pulls off the various, differing aspects of Scott Pilgrim well. His general cockiness, paranoid vulnerability, frequent cluelessness, and eventual determination are all there. Plus, it's Michael Cera and that pretty much would have gotten me into the seat, anyway.

Kieran Culkin : Wallace Wells :: Robert Downey Jr. : Tony Stark

Overall, I think what I liked most about the movie is that, even with how close it was to the source material, the divergent path it took was still in keeping with the story. And it was still brilliant. It's a movie you can enjoy tremendously with or without having read the books, because what you love about the story is still there, presented in a more kinetic way.

Rating: *In Miz voice* AAAWWWWWEEE-SSSOOOOOMMMMMEEE!! (Wait, do I like The Miz, now? Damn.)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Great Moments In Animated Insensitivity: THE 13 GHOSTS OF SCOOBY-DOO

Dateline: 1984

Hanna-Barbera has been milking the Scooby-Doo franchise for a decade and it's time to refresh the property. Having found success with guest stars and, somehow, Scrappy-Doo (really?), HB decides to blend these elements into a new Scooby-Doo series that revolves around a modified Scooby Gang tracking down 13 ghosts released from a Demon Chest Shaggy and Scoob probably thought contained "a crazy cupcake stash."

Rounding out this new crew are Daphne with a fresh bob and a fad-starting short sleeve-over-long sleeve combo, the aforementioned Scrappy and the Master of Scare-amonies, Vincent Price. Now Price pretty much worked like six minutes an episode, letting the youngsters round up the ghosts while I'm guessing he drank vodka tonics and "entertained" whores. But the key ingredient of this series is this little fellow:

When I mentioned the series to my friends on Wednesday, I mistakenly thought the kid's name was Riff Raff, and that he was an Arab orphan with a terribly unfortunate name. The truth is way better. And by "better," I mean kind of racist. See, the kid's name was actually Flim Flam and he was a Mexican con artist. Let that roll around your thoughts for a second.

Just to be clear. In 1984, Hanna-Barbera decided the best way to introduce diversity into Scooby-Doo's all white/canine cast is to give them a Mexican juvenile delinquent with a talent for lying.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Jon Hex Gets It Together...

...To bring you his review of the last volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim:


From the start, O'Malley has been throwing readers a curve. When you start reading Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, you're not really prepared for the craziness and the awesomeness that the story has in store for you. Subspace highways, evil ex-boyfriends (sorry, evil exes), long sword proficiencies, 2 second punk rock masterpieces and vegan psychics come blasting towards you, hooking you into what is the underlining story of how a slacker gets a handle on growing up and falling in love.

Volume Six begins with Scott stuck in limbo, playing PSP Go on his couch waiting for any definitive word on the whereabouts of his love, Ramona V. Flowers. For four months, Scott has been neglecting his job, friends and anything from his life pining for a girl who may not come back, avoiding the final confrontation with Ramona's last evil ex, Gideon. From the earlier volumes, you know Scott can get sidetracked, but without a clear mission, Scott is completely rudderless, moving like a zombie through his life without any sense of what he's doing or what he's going to do.

To me, one of the best parts of this book is Scott's meanderings throughout the beginning of this volume. We get a sense of the what the "lost year" was like, after he broke up with Envy Adams and before he met Knives Chau. Like any finale, we get answers to questions we had from previous volumes and O'Malley delivers here, showing why Scott sees himself a little differently than everyone around him sees him and for his spotty memory.
But life won't wait for Scott to get ready for it. Gideon is opening his new club in Scott's town. Scott's friends are moving on without Scott's participation. Knives Chau is no longer 17 Years Old. Scott tries to get back in the game and finds the road to maturity is not without pain, but it will get him to what he's been looking for.

The greatest thing about this series is how well formed O'Malley's characters are. They're not just props in the story of Scott Pilgrim, they grow and change with the protagonist. You get a sense of how life is changing for Scott by the changes of his friends and it just heightens the story. The emotional center of this series is what makes people into such avid fans.
Rating: A+ This is a finale that does not disappoint and pays off big. Read the whole series. Now.