Saturday, August 27, 2016

Star Wars

Hey Space Cowboys and Girls!

I just finished the amazing monthly edition "Lattes With Leia", 2 savvy ladies talking about Star Wars for an hour.  My cup of Jawa Juice.
This Edition: "Best of..."  I played along at home.  Maybe you can as well.  I'd love to hear your Lattes' -Inspired Best of List.
So do what I do, give the Lattes Ladies a Spin and Play Along at Home!
The Force will be with you.  Always.  ^_^

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Suicide Squad


Suicide Squad was a great accompaniment to the eventual over-story of the new DC Live-Action Movies.
A PG-13 attempt at matching Marvel's Deadpool with some pottymouthed fan service.
In the end, it was a simple movie, told in three acts with relatable characters.  I think it better use of the action figures in this Movie Universe's Toybox.
MoS, BvS and the introduction of "metahumans" is the familiar backdrop and this story tells itself.  The stakes are in the backstory.  The exposition is seamless.  The Big Bad is Believable if you know your DCU.  The threat was a CGI-Frakfest yet the strength was in the roles & their actors.  The Story was Color-By-Numbers in 3 Acts.  You know...a movie.
Will Smith I knew was gonna steal this show.  He was Lawton, the Deadshot.  Really filled the role with depth & humanity.  As this movie went, I was most interested in seeing him.  He's a good actor.
Margot Robbie really was Harley Quinn.  Nailed it...POW!
I'm sorry if you were disappointed with it...really.  I don't know what you're expecting.  It's one of the reasons I go into movies Spoiler-Free.  I don't prejudge.  I like movies.  And as dumb action movies go, this is good.  Act 2 is a mini-remake of "Escape From New York".  Hey, I liked Jared Leto's Joker and his apparent devotion to his moll.  Harley's Origin Story is Important to Me as a Fan....a Bat-Fan.  And they did it right, or close enough.  Harley was never a victim of Joker like the New 52 Version.  In the original source Batman: The Animated Series, Arkham Asylum psychologist Dr. Harleen Quinzel was a Conscious Choicemaker and fell in love with Her Puddin.
Their screentime together is actually quite charming.
Amanda Waller, Captain Boomerang, Katana. They were spot on.  Killer Croc was really cool.

It's just a Summer action movie.  Go, Enjoy.  Get some popcorn.  Stay for the Stinger.  I dunno how Infinitely Rewatchable it is yet I'll give it a second spin, it's only 'when"?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Star Trek Beyond!

Beyond Expectation and Anticipation lies only Story.
And if the Story isn't Driving...then What Is?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I grew up in the day when Music wasn't Digital.
It was Analog.

You could Feel it.
It was Tactile.
From the LP
through the diamond needle
pass the wires
to the Speakers...

That Happened!
There is a magic about LPs
I remember the story "why" Metallica's "...And Justice For All" is a Double LP
It's to accommodate the drums and the bass.
That Happened!
Literally captured on Analog Tape.
Sure it was Digitally manipulated, somehow/
Yet have you ever known how "...And Justice For All" can rumble your shirtsleeves?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Star Wars!

Hey Jedis and the Occasional Pieces of Sith,

It's time for another strong-in-the-Force cup of Jawa Juice as Lattes With Leia 'casts again.
This time one of the subjects is "Debate This!".  The Ladies bring up some Hot Topics that have been bandying about the lore.
My favorite part of the podcast though was when Amy Ratcliffe told us about her interview with comics writer Charles Soule.
Amy writes for Star Wars Dot Com (so cool!!).
I thought I swore off the Books.  Yet I got sucked back in a little bit.
Mr. Soule writes POE DAMERON and it's drawn by one of my favorite artists Phil Noto.
Soule writes dialog for BB-8 which then gets translated into Boops & Tweeeps!  It's so engaging in the pilot & droid's relationship.

So check out the Lattes Ladies Latest Cup of Goodness.  And play along at Home!
Debate This!! ^_^

Hey there Lattes Ladies & Lads!

Let's Debate!

On Ewoks: remember that David Lynch was tapped to direct Episode VI? Just Imagine... http://www.slashfilm.com/david-lynch-talks-about-not-directing-return-of-the-jedi/

On Slave Leia: that imagery has been in the Public Domain, Zeitgeist & Nerd Culture for SO LONG....it's a dead issue. Or it can be any issue you wish to "dress up".  What I saw as a child and as an adult was Princess Leia choking that slimo with his own chain.  Leia rules. 'Nuff Said.

On Jar-Jar: I love the guy. What can I say? Episode I might have it's problems yet the greatest threat was Story then Acting, not the Characters. And as delivering a performance, Ahmed Best did a great job, IMHO.

On Jedi Celibacy: My robes do not come with a Chastity Belt! ;) Remember, Lucas was trying to smuggle Hindu, Zen & Buddhist Ideas. Look at character names: Qui-Gon, Padme, Shaakti and in that vein later on Asohka. Anakin suffers from Attachment and its ultimate consequence Loss & Grief. I betcha there was some serious "shipping" going on at the Jedi Temple for a 1,000 years. ;)

Han Shot First. I was there. It was the late 1970s. It was of its time. Dirty Harry with Clint Eastwood. Death Wish with Charles Bronson. And Han Solo. These characters all share a time in Cinema that they could be correlated into an archetype: the Maverick with a Gun who ain't afraid to use it. Remember in Firefly when Captain Mal kicked that guy into the engine? Han would have approved... More?

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Chicago 2016

I only took a few Chicago pics this year.
I wanted to remember this time like I'm supposed to: with my Smile ^_^

In the Hotel Room was a Pizza Party.  The sink was filled with Miller Lite cans & Ice.
And we painted the Town red...
Karaoke Kings of Chee-Ka-Go!
Pete, Emily, Anna & Myself.
2nd Annual Friends Reunion in the Windy City.
So much fun was had.
The Short List of Karaoke Songs.
Anna did an amazing "Life on Mars?" by Bowie.
Anna and Emily rocked the house down on Salt 'n' Peppa's "Shoop".
Peter closed the show with "Freedom '90" by George Michael.  We all sang backup & did Interpretive Dance.
Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant
Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics
Bad Case of Lovin' You by Robert Palmer
Fat-Bottomed Girls by Queen (2nd year in a row, the only repeat but iDigress....)
Pete blasted the nuts off the crowd the night he did Santaria by Sublime!
And Pete and I got our Rolling Stones song, 2nd year. Last year it was "Satisfaction".
This year was "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
We're a Mick/Keef combo anyway.
Kermit & Fozzie too so you figger it out.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bats in My Belfry...

Another tidbit I dropped over on Imzy as part of the Arkham Sessions community.  ^_^  Cheers

I just read this totally awesome & worth the time essay on one of my favorite Bat-Subjects. Jason Todd.
As the 70s turned into the 80s, I went from a mere kid to what we'd now call a "tween". Robin grew up to be Nightwing and by the time the Crisis on Infinte Earths came about, it was almost time for my Bar Mitzvah. Alright, Irish-Catholic Confirmation where I took the Saint's name Matthew to make me Ma happy but iDigress...

I was a BATMAN reader then as I am now. I remember the visciousness Crazy Quilt had coming after an ill-preparred 2nd Robin, the villain not knowing the difference. I remember going "what the heck" with the diplomat's son. And then the Ad with the Phone Numbers: Live or Die. I didn't call. My Ma wouldn't let me. She wouldn't let me 1-800-DIAL-MTV either.

One thing the author didn't mention was how Judd Winick got to adapt his own BATMAN arc into the animated "BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD". From the confusing meta-mess of retcon punches comes the simple elegance of atonement as Ra's Al Ghul places the dead Robin in a Lazarus Pit, feeling responsible for the Detective's Loss as you'll see in the movie.

I think the subject of Comicbook Death is something we should plumb on the couch of the Arkham Sessions? What ya say, Bat-Gang?

Thank you,
Hub o'the Multiverse

"Later On..."
In the decade plus between HUSH and "Now", Jason has had a really tough road back to a more stable life. I don't know if his problem was "resilience"...it's something else. The only anxiety Jason seemed to suffer was the usual post-Lazarus Madness, or so it seemed. Yet before the New 52 re-cast Red Hood as the Deadpool of the DCU, Jason was having difficulties adjusting to Life. And I mean that Literally.

"BATMAN: Under the Hood" takes place around the publication of INFINITE CRISIS. I see it as Continuity as Before IC. Why? Fits better? Retcon Punches effected history.

In the "One Year Later" relaunch post-INFINITE CRISIS, NIGHTWING picks up in Manhattan. Why? Dick was almost murdered by Alex Luthor and Bludhaven was nuked by Chemo. He comes home early from a year-long family bonding trip with Bruce & Tim, antsy to get back in the fray. Yet there's an imposter. And he's killing. And guess what....it's Jason!

Jason was a tagalong in the Challengers of the Multiverse story in the COUNTDOWN to FINAL CRISIS drek that I bought every issue but iDigress...Good Guys with Ray Palmer, Kyle Rayner & Donna Troy. Yet he was playing a good guy with his "new look". Brown leather jacket, expressive red helm & Two Guns.

Then in BATMAN AND ROBIN, Dick as Batman & Damien as Robin square off against Jason in a new "heroic-looking, caped" Red Hood outfit with Scarlett, a survivor of Professor Pyg's machinations. I'm pretty sure this is the last appearance of Jason until the New 52 where he wears a Bat on his Chest and his part of the Family. There might be one more yet...then comes the New 52 Version.

RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS was something I started the New 52 with. BATMAN wasn't! I was picking up ACTION COMICS and that was it. I picked up Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo & Co.'s BATMAN in trades yet ended in Monthlies. That speaks for itself. Yet Somewhere, Jason is brought back to a better emotional place over Time. Talia al Ghul left him with some Hand Ninjas or the DCU Equivalent after his resurrection if New 52 "...and the Outlaws" can still apply.

Yet Jay-Bird...as Roy Harper nicknames him...how do you feel?? You were Dead. Now you're back. Can you describe your feelings?


The Smoking Puck...

Tonight starts the 2015/'16 Stanley Cup Finals.
The San Jose Sharks versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Guess who I'm rooting for?  Cheers!  And looking forward to this series!!