I apologize to my readership; my day job has slowly been creeping up on me and the responsibilities it entails have kept me busier than usual. So, to make up for it, I have decided to sum up a whole bunch of ideas I had for whole articles into a few articulated ideas. Without any further ado:
- Breaking Bad might be the best show I wrongfully ignored during its run on AMC. Seriously, it has every element of a television drama that might, just might, be something superior to anything The Sopranos ever accomplished. The characters truly evolve, not just change. It shows the seedy underworld of the drug production and distribution world in a realistic light in a way that a show like Weeds never could. If you’ve been skipping it because of “hype,” you’re not doing yourself any favors. Watch it on Netflix ASAP.
- Futurama is ending (again) and yet somehow South Park keeps on going. Why? Maybe South Park illustrates my general frustration with pop culture; let’s keep celebrating mediocrity by supporting a sub-par (in my opinion) show that relies on racism, xenophobia, homophobia and fart jokes rather than one that might challenge your intellect like Futurama always manages to.
- Batman Vs. Superman? Ok. But if the “A Game” is not brought for this one, it’s going to be an abysmal failure. So, Warner Bros.? Do yourselves a favor: Pay Christian Bale whatever he wants (within reason). Get a good script that incorporates all the best elements of Superman and Batman ever having encountered each other (The Dark Knight Returns, World’s Finest, Public Enemies) and make it work. And don’t treat us, the DC fan-base, like morons. Yes, we will be excited to see both Batman and Superman on film together, but don’t short change us with a hackneyed script just to get something on film. We won’t be satisfied until there is a legitimate Justice League movie.
- Speaking of DC, if you are skipping any of their home animation movies, you are really missing out. What they are accomplishing on the direct-to-video home animation market is nothing short of amazing. The Dark Knight Returns, Superman Unbound, and The Flashpoint Paradox are are stellar movies. If the fact that they are animated is throwing you off, don’t let it. These are grown-up movies. They’re violent. They’re mature. They don’t downplay their source material. Also, it makes me believe that if some of the bigger, better DC stories are ever going to be told in the visual medium of movies, it’s going to be home animation. For instance, Blackest Night could be an amazing animated movie.
- Pacific Rim nailed it. Next summer’s Godzilla has me waiting on pins and needles to see more giant monster action. Also, Ron Perlman needs to be in every major theatrical release.
- I may come off as being very anti-Marvel Comics but I could not be more excited for Thor: The Dark World. If I have any major complaints about anything Marvel has done “wrong” with their Phase 1 movie releases, it was making Thor nothing more than a platform movie for The Avengers, just to get something out there with the character in it. DC could take a lesson from that movie; just because you have a major character who needs to be in a crossover movie doesn’t necessarily mean they need their own standalone film (this is very true of Wonder Woman and Aquaman). Especially if the studio isn’t going to give that character enough credit to make the movie truly theirs and not set up things for a larger movie down the pike. Thor is not a bad movie, but it’s painful to watch because it wasn’t really about him; it was about setting up The Avengers.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us is one X-Box video game that really understands the value of Downloadable Content (DLC). Between the character downloads and the skins available, it’s one game I really don’t feel is trying to rip me off when it comes to paying for X-Box Live points. I will say this though; even though their characters for DLC have been very well thought out (my favorite so far hands down has been Zod, but Martian Manhunter plays the best) I am a little hurt that neither Atrocitus or Larfleeze from the Green Lantern comics made the cut.
And just for fun, one very significant non-media thought:
- Tangy Honey Mustard Ruffles are the best potato chip flavor in years. I really try very hard to avoid junk food, but these things are making it difficult.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to go buy many, many more bags of chips.