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April 18, 2019 5:10 pm My enjoyment of these movies, especially those based on original material, is never really complete until I hear the thoughts of the Brian Trust on the matter, and this was no exception, so thank you so much. I agree that the movie does main problem is execution, and I also agree with a lot of the criticisms Paul had about the portrayal of. Those seeking to deal with mental health issues, and treatment of those issues in the film. When we see Jessica Cruz talking to her therapist early in the film, I was especially thrown by the the throwaway talk of a mantra. Mantras can be effective tools of course for dealing with all kinds of things but even a brief exchange between Jessica and Jessica's therapist about other coping mechanisms, or medications or how to deal with the PTSD in a more active and inclusive and holistic way would've gone a long way for me. Just a little bit more beat on the meat on the bones, with a a little bit more of Jessica talking about the ways in which her "security job" were triggering and how to contend with those for years would've been very welcome. I also agree that Star Boy's framing of mental health and his subsequent "treatment" at Arkham Asylum was not handled particularly well, especially with the ablest sort of language that the doctors and to certain extent, Batman. I did think that star boy as a character seemed fully three-dimensional and fully human in a way that really work for me in the film., I thought his sense of humor was nice, and I really enjoyed the small scenes that he had with two face, and the sense that we get from the film that this to face at this particular time is really trying to get a handle on his own mental health issues and to look out for star boy. I thought that added a really nice dimension to to face his character and was probably my favorite moment of the film.. After all, have we ever heard two face apologize to anyone before and admit that he's trying to be better? That was very well done, and quite powerful for anyone that has history with the animated series version of the character . I also thought I thought that the scenes between star boy and Jessica Cruz were also positive standouts in the film. To see Jessica Cruz reach out to star boy, and talk to him as, a person in a non-patronizing way about whatever was going on with them and to see him joke about the joker and joke about the time he spent in Arkham Asylum (and not in a completely pejorative way) was really nice. I think that's. That's where we get some sense of why she might've been chosen for the job, not because she lives is without fear, but because she lives with fear and understands the consequences of trauma. That's a very good way to approach the character of a Green Lantern and I wish we had more of this characterization and less of the kind of "power through the trauma that we get in the last half of the movie when she really harnesses the power of the Green Lantern. From a visual perspective, star boy's superhero costume is one of my favorite things to be animated. It was beautiful and serene, every moment. It was on screen The wonder woman attacking Jessica was a scene that I thought about a lot, and I can see the justification that attacking Jessica to bring her out of her shell is a certain sense very much in character with the wonderment of the animated series, but I also thought that a wonder woman that would have some knowledge of the PTSD that Jessica Cruz is dealing with, would not have handled it in the same way. Because you don't attack someone who is very trauma is from being attacked, and I also think that. A person who came from an island of warriors would know a thing or two about how to respectfully handle somebody in the field. It's dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder. So I really disliked that scene, and also the "I broke a nail dialogue" and the "I heard you were grabby that Ms. Martian throws at one of the villains at some point. A lot of these dialogue lines were very ham-fisted and could've used some refinement and another several passes, or perhaps a more diverse writer's room I agree that all the Mr. terrific stuff was spectacular, and the banter between Batman and Superman was great, as was Ms. Martian's sidekick thing with Batman I'm a little bit torrent on the level of violence and some of the language. Some of it seemed appropriate, some of it seemed a bit gratuitous.
April 30, 2017 3:37 pm Things that make Conor great is a fun thing: 1) you all deserve tremendous credit for a strong and well moderated Internet and community space, especially during the heyday of the video show when the site was full-time with written content etc, but, Conor is always the guy that I think about when it comes that kind of thing. The rules were always very clear, and strictly enforced so that no flame wars resulted, and any moments of toxic fandom were dealt with immediately. It's no small thing. It's one of the reasons I was glad to hang out in comment or threads, or the old forums, and one of the reasons I was never hesitant to recommend the podcast or the website to fangirls or any of the other kind of demographics of fans that are often excluded or subject to some kind of intense hostility or meaningless gate keeping. That's never been the case here. 2) when twitter was still kind of a nascent platform, and a more sociable place, Conor was very good at it and very funny "Say what you want about Bill Lumbergh but he was in the office on Saturday" still ranks as one of The Best Twitter Jokes. See also "Is that Blood or chocolate" in the wee hours of the morning. As a writer and "personality", he's probably the pithiest of you three, and if there a truly funny or insightful punchline, he's usually the one that gets there in the funniest most efficient way possible. "On air, he's not as gregarious or giggly as you two, so when he does break, or crack a joke, it's special. Episode 55 of the video show ""Kingdom Come" has one of my favorite moments of genuine unintentional slapstick. 3)
December 28, 2016 6:03 pm It was Park Avenue not Park Slope- pardon the upstate yokel mistake! . It was the high society folk I wondered about specifically. I didn't know they struck you is realistic or comically exaggerated. It is certainly an impressive book, I don't think I liked it quite as much as it sounds like you did, but it was really good-especially as an engagement with trauma and terrorism. Thanks for recommending it.
December 26, 2016 5:19 pm THE GOLDFINCH is one of those I've been wanting to read for a while but keep forgetting about it. Your recommendation reminded me and I read it. Not a bad novel to read right before Christmas, it turns out. I was just wondering, how does all the Park slope characters, neighborhood, and all around New York aspects of the book, strike you, Conor? There were times in which I can figure out if the author was aiming for verisimilitude or high-minded metaphor-I suppose it could be both.
December 21, 2015 7:23 pm I like a lot of this, and I echo Ron's general sentiment from just a little bit more innovation a little bit more departure from the new hoe forumaa, and I think that might've been accomplished by little bit more exploration of the people on the fringes, the people in the background. Some little bit of the scene somewhere that suggested maybe that the residents of Jaku weren't so thrilled with the rebels hiding in ther midst and bringing the first order around. I have two general questions for everybody: A) did anyone think as that the movie would've just been better off having Kho Ryn as a sort of self made agent of darkness, with no formal instructor? And Conor-I understand your point that this is the first chapter the three chapter story basically, but do you think it's beyond the pale to which this film also was a little stronger as the standalone chapter within the larger arch. I found myself wondering if the movie would've been stronger as the film, having not had that last final MacGuffin cameo that we were all waiting for, and starting that fresh the next film?
December 14, 2015 8:33 am For Kayla I would suggest DC's Digital offferings, especially adventures of Superman, Wonder Woman, and the DC Bombshell series has been great. Also the new Landis Supes book
July 5, 2015 7:24 pm The episode about goofy judgment until director of shield Steve Rogers is episode 252 from 919 2010. The unwritten #17 was the pick of the week
June 7, 2015 5:57 pm Jason, Joe Keatinge and Sophie Campbel's GLORY should scratch That 90s image itch for you. The violence level, artwork and the overall feel of the book captures a certain bombast that I think you're after. I have a recommend a one volume oversized hardcover because the art is totally worth it, (Collections have it listed as Joe Keating and Ross Campbell because it was published before Sophie came out as a transgendered woman)
February 22, 2015 3:32 pm Name Withheld-I've never had a job that was creatively fulfilling or that made me happy and some deeply resonant way. I suspect, as Josh alluded to, that such a thing probably won't materialize for the vast majority of us. So, in my free time, in my off work hours, I've tried to spend time doing work for creative projects, some of which may never see the light of day, but it makes me happy, and it reminds me that there is more to my work then my job, much more. So, maybe try to find a project that can give you that satisfaction, reach out to your former colleagues, and see if there are any projects they have that you might be able to contribute to, or come up with some of your own. That way, you can still have something that you can look forward to working on, regardless of what you have to pay the bills, or fulfill your various other responsibilities
December 22, 2014 6:43 pm If you get the chance, watch the Criag finale, especially the close, it's the kind of ending that people like you, with long histories and appreciation of television would especially find charming. The whole episode solid but that end bit is a great final note to go out on I agree that Brooklyn 99 isn't great yet, but it's close, and while I like all the cast, seeing Andre Brougher get to cut loose is special joy (especially for the likes of the two of us, who have fond remembrances of his Homicide days) If you're having trouble with getting into Korra, I can absolutely understand why,.In my estimation, it takes until midway through book 2 to really find its feet, and direction that it would carry for the rest of the series. I hink if you really want to cut to the quick, starting with book 3 might be the way to go, because Book 3 and four make a really nice pairing, and sort to build off each other in interesting way, and there is plenty of information in book 3 and for that reference the important happenings in the previous two books. That might get you hooked, and I think it's worth it.