Name: Ron DeVinitz
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February 20, 2017 8:11 pm It's so interesting how people can have such wildly different reactions to a book. I'd seen Jon Davis-Hunt's art in 'Clean Room' and I figured he'd be a good fit for whatever Warren Ellis was going to try. I wasn't disappointed at all. I thought his art was terrific (kind of a blend of Mike Dowling and Frank Quitely) and that page of Jenny's flesh tearing apart from the inside was top notch. Like Josh I was intrigued by Ellis just taking the core Wildstorm components and running off with a new take. I fear he'll be gone in six issues (or they'll be horribly late), but as it is, this along with 'Young Animal' has almost all of my available comics dollars tied up right now.
April 4, 2016 3:37 pm I've been surprised there has been no mention anywhere about Hitch no longer drawing a JL book. I must have been the only person on the planet enjoying his JLA (one of DC's few books I was still reading). His writing/drawing on that was completely working for me, but once they moved him to the main JL book, I only heard crickets.
March 26, 2016 3:23 pm <> The same at my afternoon show. It wasn't like the Star Wars show last year (two very different movies, I understand, but both with the same goal - to win over a skeptical/hopeful crowd). Even Wonder Woman gained no response.
March 26, 2016 3:12 pm I haven't listened yet, but I look forward to the iFanboy Movie Team discussing it. I was one of the crazy folks that liked MOS, and I enjoyed BvS as well, but I can see it's not going to be for everyone. I just accepted before I went in that it's a dark version of Batman that I don't like (similar to to the Injustice book, and the Arkham games) and that Superman never seems to have any joy in his life. The most engrossing thing though is outside of the movie itself - it's the perception of the film. The schadenfreude from folks laughing at the reactions and fans. The disparity between it's critical response (I think it's 44% on Meteoritic) and the audience response (B CinemaScore with 7/10 average on IMDB or Meteoritic). The assumption that critics are so mixed because it isn't a audience friendly film like a Disney/Marvel movie. I respect WB for committing to the vision, but the audience I was in didn't seem to respond much. It felt a bit overpowering and bombastic. For me, that's what I expect from Snyder, and it's what I got so I enjoyed myself. I like him as a filmmaker, and I think he has a real talent for creating a mood and capturing a moment, that despite so much of BvS following simplistic "Comic Book Logic" it didn't bother me like it would for other movies.
December 22, 2015 11:17 am I just had to pipe in with the same reaction as Josh and Conor. I have very little love for Star Wars anymore as an adult, but I took my oldest son (he's 9) to see this (his first SW film in an actual theater!!!). We went to a sold out screening with 600 fellow Cub Scouts and their parents, and it was absolutely wonderful getting to see that movie with a theater of kids. They completely got into it, they applauded, they laughed and cheered. And one poor six year old behind me screamed out at the penultimate moment on the bridge, and his mother had to comfort him (I felt awful for him - I may never forget that experience). Afterward I felt the same way about the naysayers - yes, as an adult I can see the narrative issues, and that it wasn't as unique as the prequels (but uniqueness doesn't make a film watchable), but I do not care. Emotionally it hit all the right notes (even the subtext of the film of characters failing or abandoning their kids pulled me in). It was an experience that was kind of priceless, and I'm so grateful I got to share it with my son. Now in two years my daughter will be old enough to go, and I can see the 8th film with both of them.
November 3, 2014 10:01 pm I think I got tired of the superhero movie thing about 15 years ago (when was X-Men?). It's funny Disney/WB are so grossly over stretching themselves, this is going to be a blood bath. Although a number of these I'm intrigued by (Cyborg and Inhumans - I can't imagine those being made, but I definitely want to see them), but it's exactly as it was described on the show. It's the proliferation of westerns in the 40's/50's, or the Buddy cop move of the 80's, Lawyer or Hitman movie in the 90's. 20 years ago I'd have been excited by all of this, now I'm just curious to see what actually makes it to the screen. I think having read so many great superhero comic stories, I no longer have a deep need to see them as movies, because no movie is going to capture what makes them work so well on the page. Still though...Cyborg? Really? I gotta see what that looks like.
June 2, 2014 10:00 pm Please please please close out every podcast talking about 80's movies from now on. Please. Still to discuss (and encourage Paul to catch up on) - Midnight Run; A Fish Called Wanda; Top Secret! Then you can move on to "ignored or forgotten" dramas that are actually still really really good - Moonstruck; Broadcast News; Out of Africa. I'm not kidding.
May 25, 2014 9:39 pm Yeah, I couldn't recall the future alarm clock in the earlier films, and I hadn't remembered if Kitty was teaching in the third film. But the timeline was fuzzy on how long it took the Sentinels to turn the future into "Bryan Singerland" (as Devin Faraci called it), so I wasn't exactly sure if we were meant to believe Logan wakes up on that day he was erased from history like Marty McFly. But like Ron mentioned, the film really made me want to bust out my "12 Monkeys" DVD.
May 25, 2014 9:04 pm I enjoyed the movie enough, but again Bryan Singer is just not a particularly compelling storyteller (in particular the motivations in the last third of the film). Most of the characters were as flat as they were in First Class. I can overlook the plot holes and just go with it, so I had a good time, but at best his films are "all right". Shockingly for me that last Wolverine movie is still the best "XMen" film so far. But here is my question... Was anything really retconned? Was it established what year it was that Wolverine just woke up one day and remembered this whole battle? And just because he remembered it, how does that undue anything? I just took it as now his storyline lines up with where we were earlier in the either the first or second X-Men film (after all, none of those films had Sentinels either). I guess I'm cloudy on why that would undue the third X movie? Then again, I've rarely gone back and re-watched a single one of these films before (Fox, Sony or Disney films), so maybe it makes more sense to other folks.
July 10, 2013 12:20 pm <> Oh absolutely. When the superhero movies play to the strength of what the movies can do best, that it's own special reward. I'm thinking of the comic timing in The Avengers, the too-fast or you'll miss it fighting in Man of Steel, or New Yorkers standing up for Spidey in the 2nd film. Those are dramatic elements that movies can bring to a life in a different way from comics.