Monthly Archives - November 2020

RIP Darth Vader Actor David Prowse

Darth Vader actor, David Prowse passed away in a London hospital on 28, November after a brief illness. His family has not stated what the cause of death was. "Though never formerly politically outspoken, Prowse publicly declared his support in 2009 for Ukip, the UK Independence party. Asked in 2014 what he would do if he ruled the galaxy, he said he would “reintroduce capital punishment”. He briefly managed the Welsh musician Jayce Lewis and wrote an autobiography, Straight...

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Girls Are Not Their Target Audience

It's interesting to try to pinpoint exactly who these mega-corporations in entertainment are trying to sell to. Back when the first feminism craze really hit in the 90s, it made a little bit of sense with attractive girls doing awesome things. Maybe it didn't make physical sense that a little blonde girl could beat up all these dudes, but from an audience perspective, one can clearly see why everyone would want to tune into it. Pretty girls sell. Always have,...

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RE:View – The Terminator

Los Angeles 2029: There is nothing but rubble, mountains of skulls and gigantic killing machines rolling through the streets gunning down the last few remaining inhabitants of LA. “YEAH SKYNET!! GIT SUM! GIT SUM! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! HOO-RA-A-AH!” “Dear, please quit rooting for the terminators,” My Lady sighed. “It’s bothering the children.” “Nah, we’re cool with it, Mom,” replied Darkspawn. Before Westworld came along the Robot Apocalypse used to be cool. The Machines weren’t angsty at all. They just wanted to get the job...

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RE:Play – Quest for Glory 1: So You Want to Be a Hero

Today the monsters of PC gaming are well known to all. Blizzard, Steam, EA, Bethesda, and so on. Huge multi-billion dollar corporations chugging out carefully crafted and polished money extraction software. Modern games require the kind of budget that epic blockbusters are made of. Quora estimated that Overwatch cost about $165 million to develop. Modern PC gaming is a mega-industry of unearthly proportions with annual revenues exceeding the gross national product of most third world countries.  But before these modern...

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The Return of Captain Jack

If prayer is the last refuge of the scoundrel, then turning to a man is the last refuge of a feminist.  The last acceptable (which is not to say good) season of Doctor Who was season eight. It had some major problems. But I could wade through it. Also, I did like Missy. Moffat’s last decent creation for Doctor Who. In fact, Missy provides what is arguably the last decent scene in Doctor Who. https://youtu.be/D-1bfXFmUmc On the face of it this shouldn’t have been...

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Appendix N Heroes: Imric the Elf Earl

NOTE: I'm using the term "hero" pretty loosely in this case. It was written in 1954, you can tell it was written in 1954 because it couldn’t be written today. This is a work of high tragedy that is strongly influenced by the Norse sagas.  If you like Game Thrones but would prefer that it be written by a non-sadist that can actually fit a story that should only take two hundred pages, into two hundred pages.  This is the book...

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Zoomers Know They’ve Been Robbed of Something

When I was a kid there were still a few dime stores around.  Nothing in them cost a dime by then but they still existed.  What didn't exist was dime-store culture. That lost bit of Americana where a bunch of bare foot boys wearing coonskin caps and carrying their bb-guns would wander into one to buy pop, candy and comic books with their paper route money. And honestly, it never even occured to me to miss it. So, why bring it up? ...

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Marvel Does a Brutal Take Down of Its Own Lead Writer

Human potato Dan Slott was the center piece of SAVAGE hit piece by… Disney Plus?!?! There is a new documentary series on Disney's premier and unwatched streaming service called Marvel 616. The title refers to their main timeline of Earth 616, as opposed to DC's more solipsistic, Earth One. Mostly, this docu-series is about things like cosplay, Marvel Comics' impact on other cultures, and the 1970s Japanese Spiderman TV series. (Which I thought was going to be the only interesting thing on the...

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Wonder Woman Dumped on HBOmax

The studios are now making strategic business decisions on the basis of a projected Biden bailout.  Wonder Woman 1984 is going to begin streaming on Warner Media's HBOmax on Christmas Day. This will be in conjunction with a simultaneous release to whatever theaters are open to show it.  If you take the No Time to Die asking price tag of 600 million as a benchmark for what a modern tent pole film has to make at the box office to turn...

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Rob Liefeld SAVAGES Former DC Publisher Dan DiDio

Hyper-successful artist Rob Liefeld has a podcast where he talks about the past of comics, and nothing's been more interesting to watch than the trainwreck of DC Comics which started around the New 52 more than a decade ago, through the present where they are on one of the biggest collapses of history. On his podcast, he talks about how Dan DiDio took over publishing as Editor in Chief of DC and used a bombastic personality in order to...

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