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    May 4, 2018 6:18 am In response to the idea of "actors don't want to play these characters anymore", one has to remember that Actors have contracts. That is to say, actors have monetary interests in pretending they couldn't not be more interested in a film they just signed a contract on, and completely wishy washy when their contract is about to expire. "I love Captain America and want to play him forever!" is a great way to shoot yourself in the foot at the negotiation table. "I love the character but I've done this a long time. I don't know if people are getting tired of me. I don't know if the studio wants me around. I have lots other options to consider" are great ways to make the studio show just how much they want you in dollars.
    May 4, 2018 5:57 am Well I think the answer to your question is that it's the same way the Comics do it. The comics have been rife with guest stars for years. You pick up any DC book and you are likely to see a half dozen guests from other books in it. I think that the title of the book gives you a focus on what character is the one who's eyes you are looking at the world through. They are your anchor, even if "the whole gang" is in every single issue. But I see what your point is. And I would argue that it could even be a problem, in some ways. I actually dislike the way DC spends too much time mixing their characters together. I fell like certain characters, say Batman, lose a lot of their potential when they are CONSTANTLY framed in the context of a world where aliens exist, time travel is common, death has no meaning, and where Batman is routinely in space.` But this is comics. nothing makes sense.
    May 4, 2018 5:52 am I couldn't have liked this movie any more. It's every thing it could possibly have been. I walked out of Civil War thinking, "That was AWESOME. But it was missing something critical. It felt more like Pro Wrestling that comic books". Infinity War felt like pure, distilled, comics. 100%. My only criticism, and this is a testament to how much I loved the film, is that the line about Heimdall being Thor's "best friend" struck me as bizarre. I also underscored how confusing and weird it is that we didn't see anything out of the Warriors 3 or Sif. They really were an important part of the reason the first film was so superior to the second.
    May 4, 2018 5:49 am I would agree with you 100% about the tone of the film being unreasonable, but for me Chris Hemsworth completely NAILED the scene where Thor cries. He's making jokes, but the score and his acting communicate incredibly well that he's extremely broken up inside. He simply deals with it by making jokes. I thought that was a critically necessary scene and I think they did it extremely well. Laughing in the face of danger is one of the cornerstones of a pop-fiction hero. It's all about how it's done that makes or breaks a story. It's one of the reasons why Harrison Ford is such a jewel. He knows how to tell a joke while in danger and make it seem like he fully understands the situation he's in. I also think that the movie paid it's dues by having the yuk-yuk Guardians Of The Galaxy be the screw-ups who, disregarding the after-message we get from Strange, ruin the plan to disarm Thanos. Yes their jokes are inappropriate. ButTHIS movie KNOWS they are inappropriate and treats them accordingly.
    September 22, 2017 5:58 am I feel like The Tick is a very "Jr. High" thing. In Jr. High, you're first starting to become aware of "society". You're starting to understand that people are weird and that society is weird. So the idea of this very familiar thing, superheroes, poking fun at "society" is very appealing and very funny. The problem is, I think, like most groundbreaking art, everything is "The Tick" now. Every movie that comes out now has jokes about how superheroes are weird, quirky normal people. I don't know if there's room for The Tick anymore. I feel like most of the stuff that seemed novel in the 90s is pretty wrote now. (I only ever really saw the Cartoon. I never read the comics, although I'm aware of them.)
    September 21, 2017 6:06 pm I think people kind of forget how Timm and Dini started out in cartoon-ass cartoons. That kind of thing doesn't exist any longer, but I can see the people from that age still want to live there from time to time.
    September 21, 2017 5:50 am I looked up some pages from Star Wars to see what you guys were talking about regarding Larocca's faces. You're right. They do look weird. In analyzing it, I think the main problem is that Larocca "inks" his art. That is to say, he draws bold black lines to alias objects. But for whatever reason, he's NOT doing that to the faces. I think it's because, since he's tracing the faces, he doesn't really know what lines to draw and what lines not to draw. So he is just fully drawing out the faces as one would if they were a portrait artist. The problem with the colors in the faces is that they are not being colorer properly. They are being colored as a "Face" with "flesh tones", but they are not being colored as though they exist in the same room with the rest of the scene. Light is bouncing all around a scene at all times. A face is reflecting all sorts of tones from the room that the face is currently standing in. If they are in, say, an Imepieral Detention center, the face would be picking up and reflecting lots of warm colors like reds and oranges. If they are on, say, Hoth, the face would be picking up and reflecting lots of blues. When watching a film, the eye makes the adjustments to see flesh colors as being normal. But when you look at the colors independently, you realize that there isn't really any one set of "flesh colors" that will work in all scenarios. Long story short, it's why tracing doesn't work as well as one would think. There's no shortcut to talent. It just takes hard work. But to support Larocca, I have to say that I enjoy the attempt to get the characters to look like themselves. It really helps my enjoyment of the Star Wars books. or at least it did before I realized that I don't really want new, endless adventures of Han and Luke.
    August 28, 2017 9:56 am Shield lost me. The first season started out awful, but by the end was legitimately awesome. Then the beginning of the second season was outstanding. But by the end of the second season and the beginning of the third season, they had completely jumped the shark. It felt aimless and rudderless. They never knew what to do. They would stumble across a great idea, and then bizarrely surrender it all for no good reason. Like, for instance, getting rid of Mockingbird and whatshisname. I can't blame them fully, though. The audience is a big part of the problem. The show works best when it's a spy show. But people who see "Marvel" think it should have superheroes, and so they are under constant pressure to do that in a weekly show with a limited budget. Thus the whole Inhumans arc, which was all just bad. In my opinion, anyways. Although I do have to hand it to them, the scene where Lincoln and the villain are in space about to blow up, and they have that poignant moment together was actually extremely good. It was BIZARRE, and somewhat of a joke because of how much people hated Lincoln, but it was a neat bit of writing.
    August 28, 2017 9:50 am I don't understand why they couldn't have just had Iron Fist take Matt's makeshift mask when he changes into his costume. Just go "Here, gimme that. I should wear a mask too." and BOOM. Iron Fist has his mask and is a step closer to his actual costume. The whole problem with comic book adaptations is that people forget that a huge reason why kids were attracted to comic books in the first place, and why they like one hero over another, is COSTUMES. We like the pageantry of it. And 1/2 of the reason anybody likes Iron Fist is because of his cool costumes.
    August 4, 2017 5:01 am "There's a lot of cool scenes with motorcycles in this film..." The scene where Bruce punches a guy off a motorcycle in weird-slow motion is directly ripped off of the anime Akira. That's why it's in there and why it feels a little odd. Time would do a similar thing in Batman Beyond Return OF The Joker when he steals the satellite laser scene from Akira.