Post by Paste Pot Paul on Dec 17, 2016 12:39:37 GMT -5
It's OK Kurt. Just getting them in till I have time to bore you with why.
It was the year of fire… the year of destruction… the year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth… the year of great sadness… the year of pain… and the year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed.
Post by Crimebuster on Dec 17, 2016 14:51:31 GMT -5
10. Teen Titans
I've never been a big fan of the Titans in the comic books, but this fun animated version makes a pretty compelling case for why the Titans are cool no matter how much Jericho's afro perm insists otherwise. Sure, it skewed pretty young, but I'd argue that Teen Titans should skew younger. And that made it even more fun, because while it was aimed at a younger audience, it never became juvenile or spoke down to them. It's boggling how egregiously DC screwed up the Titans reboot in the comics when New 52 came out, as it was the perfect chance to make the comic as fun and fan friendly as the cartoons. As usual with DC and Warner Bros., though, one hand doesn't know that the other is poking them in the eye. At least the cartoon is awesome.
Post by Slam_Bradley on Dec 19, 2016 13:28:35 GMT -5
Random thoughts on Day 3.
I've never gotten around to seeing Dick Tracy. I've meant too, but I've never done it. And I like the character. But I really hate Madonna and I'm not that fond of Warren Beatty. But I should get around to it.
I've not seen the new Supergirl show...nor any of the other current crop of DC tv shows. So much content...so little time. And I'm not a "Super" fan in any way, so it's fairly unlikely to happen.
I had no idea there was a Tales From the Crypt film from '72. Interesting.
I've also never seen Akira...or read the comic. Manga/Anime is a blind spot for me. It's likely to remain one.
I've seen a number of the DC Nation shorts on Youtube. While they do vary in quality, overall they're a lot of fun. Would be great to have them all collected in a nice neat package.
I've not seen The Phantom serial...and probably should. I've only seen about a half dozen or so serials. I do love both Flash Gordon and Spy Smasher.
The Fleisher Popeye cartoons, like the Fleisher Superman cartoons made my consideration list. They really were brilliant cartoons.
I thought about the X-Films, but didn't give any serious consideration other than First Class. But X2 is the best of the original set of films and the first two were clearly instrumental in getting the current crop of superhero films off the ground. Guardians of the Galaxy is just a great fun film and it did hit my long list. I've only seen it the once though. So it didn't make the cut.
I thought Hellboy II was okay, but not a patch on the first film. But I've only seen it once and should probably see it again.
Ducktales came out when I was in college. And I remember a number of us watching it now and then. But it just doesn't hold enough of a place in my heart to make the list. It does feel like it started the cartoon renaissance that came in the late 80s. Spider-Man was a great film. It very well might have made my list if it weren't for the fact that I fell in love with the new Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.
I honestly can't remember if I've ever seen Blade II.
My youngest son used to watch Teen Titans Go and I would occasionally watch with him. It seemed pretty good.
I've not seen 30 Days of Night or Beware the Batman.
Post by Reptisaurus! on Dec 19, 2016 18:29:31 GMT -5
10. Superfriends (Like a decade and a half from 1971-1986.)
I haven't watched Superfriends in the last, say, two and a half decades, but I remember it well enough that I can make a list of good points:
1) Shape-Changing alien teenagers with a pet space monkey. SHAPE CHANGING ALIEN TEENAGERS WITH A PET SPACE MONKEY!!!! I have no idea how the Wonder Twins did not get their own book in the new 52.
2) It had Aquaman. Aquaman is my # 1 favorite Justice Leaguer, as it shows the writers are willing to use some imagination as they desparately search for stuff for Aquaman to do.
3) In one season, the Superfriends fought a team of actual A-List villains. This had never happened in the comics before, and never would until Grant Morrison's mid '90s JLA series.
4) It raised Darkseid to prominence as a major villain, leading to Kirby getting some toy royalties.
5) The toys were fun. I could never find a freaking Penguin to complete my collection, though!
6) The shows creators had to create a bunch of new characters (Apache Chief, Samura, Black Vulcan) just to get some $%^&*(% diversity. This is hillarious.
And 7) I started reading Seanbaby when he was just a weekly collumnist for a Denver alt-weekly, and I re-read his Superfriends page at least once a year. Almost every character gets profiled, and they are hillarious!
WONDER WOMAN Wonder Woman's unofficial job on the team was giving Aquaman a ride to any place that wasn't along the water. If you want to see how often that might have been, try to travel by boat to every place you go in the next week. That's probably why Wonder Woman could never finish getting dressed-- she was busy playing taxi for the damn fish idiot.
The Legion of Doom had everything they needed. A bald guy, a gorilla, and a robot in its underwear. But somehow the world still ignored them when they ran outside and declared themselves absolute dictators. That's when the guy in the back wearing green pantyhose said, "What if we told everyone what we were going to do before we did it?" Perfect. It was a little bit more evil than their previous idea of NOT telling everyone their plans, and a lot better than their idea before that -- Tree House.
The Riddler's power was giving the heroes clues to help them on their way. He wasn't an informant or a traitor, though; I think he just really liked the friendly prison life, and could never wait to get back. The saddest part of his amazing ability to gossip was the huge deal he made out of it. He couldn't just call the Super Friends and tell them his evil plans, he'd stay up all night to make sure it was all in the form of a shitty poem. When he popped up on the Trouble Alert, he seriously was so excited about his riddle he could barely keep from humping the screen.
An absolute victory for structured storytelling. This one started out with 5 solo adventures featuring Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk and Ant-Man and the Wasp, before bringing them together in a completely organic way and giving them a solid and definite reason to stay together. It set up plot threads weeks or months in advance and paid them off. It introduced scores of characters without overwhelming the viewer. And it did so seemingly effortlessly. Plus, we got one of the most charming interpretations of The Wasp ever, and a truly inspired version of The Hulk. The creators hit all the main storyarcs. We got Ultron. A Genuinely Awe-Inspiring take on Kang. The Secret Invasion. The Casket of Ancient Winters. Hydra. Korvac. All executed extremely well. Plus, you had the little episodes, like the one where they introduce the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man guest starring the Heroes for Hire and featuring a cavalcade of weird 70's Luke Cage villains - I was gobsmacked. Just the idea of sitting there watching a cartoon featuring Senor Muerte, Black Mariah and Big Ben Donovan just blew my mind. And if that wasn't enough, the series is full of "F*** Yeah!" moments, when the heroes pull out the victory, and you almost want to cheer. A lot of these are care of The Hulk, but everyone gets a go. It was a shame we didn't get more of it, but to be fair, they DID go out on a high note.
Post by M. W. Gallaher on Dec 22, 2016 20:35:40 GMT -5
#10 Blue Is The Warmest Color, based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh
I was a little hesitant to cop to this one, but in my defense, I'll say that I watched this movie at the suggestion of, and with, my wife... And it is explicitly erotic, yes, and for those who enjoy seeing beautiful young women enjoying themselves naked, well, this movie has plenty of that. But it's so much more, and most importantly, successfully so much more. Drama, joy, tragedy, adventure, character, this is captivating, arousing, heart-breaking, and most impressively, never succumbs to the flaws of similar European films: no boring travelogue segments, or meandering scenes, just an incredibly rich, engaging, irresistible, and very adult look at young love. On its own, the film would be a remarkable accomplishment, but the fact that it's based on a comic...
...goes to show how rich this medium can be, what kind of amazing, accomplished, enlightening and enriching source material is out there in our beloved comics pages. I love the adventure stuff, just like most or all of us here, but it's a hard climb to raise superheroes to high art. But "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is art...magnificent, erotic, hypnotic art.
Post by coke & comics on Dec 25, 2016 21:19:10 GMT -5
Thoughts on Day 3.
Ducktales was #5 on my list.
Many MCU films were strongly considered, with Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers being among my favorites. If I'd made room for one more MCU film, it would have been Guardians.
Things I think are great: X-Men First Class (My favorites of the series are X2 (my #10) and Days of Future Past, but I also think this is great) Hellboy II (I love the original, but think this was superior in many ways. It was such a gorgeous film.) Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (As an Avengers fan, this series was an absolute joy to watch.)
Things I like: Dick Tracy (I recall it fondly and am way overdue for a rewatch) Supergirl (Only seen a couple episodes. Working on it. She is charming and the show has a certain charm. I'm kind of over network television, with its production value and the structure of its plots. 10 years ago, I'd have been all over this.) Akira (Currently reading the comic for the first time; the film is great. I'm overdue for a rewatch) Blade II (I considered the first one for my list; this is also a fine film. I think it had the more interesting story of the two)
Things I've only seen a bit of: Teen Titans (Maybe an episode or two; didn't make much of an impression) Popeye (I'm sure I saw some as a child, but don't recall it well.)
Things I really dislike: X-Men Origins Wolverine. Thought this was a terrible film, among the worst superhero films I've ever seen.
Things I haven't seen: Tales from the Crypt Doom Patrol Phantom (I do mean to watch more superhero serials) Beware the Batman Blue is the Warmest Color (I see it's on Netflix and will be watching it with haste)
"We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be." ~Angel
"For all their indisputable intelligence, men take this farce as something serious, and that is their tragedy." ~Brothers Karamazov