May 05, 2016
Tweet of the Day
From our 'ol pal Ron Marz:
Me: "Trump can't win a general election."— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) May 4, 2016
H.L Mencken: "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."
Indeed -- just look at what happened in November of 2008.
May 02, 2016
Of course they do
Because entertainment isn't just entertainment anymore -- it has to send a message, you see -- the LGBT advocacy group GLAAD is calling for the new Star Wars films to go gay:
As sci-fi projects have the special opportunity to create unique worlds whose advanced societies can serve as a commentary on our own, the most obvious place where Disney could include LGBT characters is in the upcoming eighth Star Wars film," reads GLAAD's statement, referring to 2017's Star Wars: Episode VIII. "2015’s The Force Awakens has introduced a new and diverse central trio, which allows the creators opportunity to tell fresh stories as they develop their backstory. Recent official novels in the franchise featured lesbian and gay characters that could also be easily written in to the story.
While GLAAD calls for LBGT characters in the new Star Wars films, it should be noted that the orientation of the three major new characters - Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron - were not revealed during The Force Awakens.
I still think Luke has gotta be gay. I mean c'mon:
Let's check in with the moonbat comics creators!
Retweeted by the gnomish Dan Slott:
Free speech & parody are critical pillars of our culture. This kind of attack isn't just unAmerican, it's inhuman. https://t.co/n6MGhOcLtb— Seth Green (@SethGreen) April 30, 2016
Oh, so NOW the Left is concerned about free speech? Because of some dopey Trump supporter's (alleged) violence? Where have they been on college campuses the last decade or so? Why are they so determined to get Citizens United overturned? Where were they when Boss Obama had the creator of the video "responsible" for the Benghazi attacks jailed?
What a hoot.
Here's the ultra-PC (when it suits him) Ron Marz:
Seems apparent some dudes need to grow up. A LOT. https://t.co/0Up55ixTEY— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) April 29, 2016
How dare people despise a movie trailer ... for a film that helps break the Hollywood "glass ceiling" (or whatever the hell the Left is pissed about today)!!!
Lastly, Kurt Busiek on being a citizen:
I think it is a fine and healthy thing to distrust one's leaders. To be skeptical and wary, a constituent rather than a cheerleader.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) May 1, 2016
Yeah, except for the last seven years though. Gimme a royal break. So many of the things that pissed off guys like Kurt from 2001-2008 earned nary a peep from 2009 to the present. Not to mention, when people were "skeptical and wary" of Boss Obama, Kurt and his buddies were often ultra-quick to cry "RACISM!!"
April 29, 2016
That's a shame
The writer of Captain America, among other things, says
People, if the books do not get numbers that can provide income, the books cease to exist.— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) April 23, 2016
Fine by me. Especially when guys like you crap on a boat-load of potential customers every single day on social media.
April 24, 2016
Highlight of the Day
... is this complete smackdown of the gnomish, doltish "creator" at Marvel known as Dan Slott.
My name's Dan Slott and this is the age I act.
h/t: Doug Ernst
Folks are just realizing this now
Yours truly, from August of last year: "Trump as the national Christine O'Donnell"
Tweet from today, by an editor of RedState:
Donald Trump is Christine O'Donnell on a Presidential scale. His supporters, like hers, will be bewildered after he's trounced— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) April 24, 2016
It's a little easier when you're from the First State, I suppose. ;-)
April 18, 2016
Marvel's "greatest" political jabs?
Thanks to my buddy Doug Ernst, this article by Wired offers up what it thinks are Marvel Comics "greatest" political swipes. As you might imagine, there's nary a jab taken at a political liberal, and we're going back a ways here.
Coming in at #10 is a conversation featuring Hank Pym in The Ultimates. It was only 2002, but already writer Mark Millar was bashing George W. Bush for his administration's post-9/11 reaction.
#9 is this picture of mutant children for the Mutant Registration Act. But as we've noted several times here at Colossus, making analogies using mutants as a stand-in for, say, homosexuals or other minorities is pretty dumb. Gays, blacks or the handicapped don't have the ability to destroy an entire city with, y'know, a wave of their hand.
#8 is one of the non-partisan choices from Howard the Duck (1977) showing how superficial presidential politics are.
At #7 we see the president of the United States as Satan. Of course, it's Counter-Earth, not Earth proper, but considering the publication year was 1974, well, you know who was in office then (at least through August).
#6, like #9, attempts to use mutants as a stand-in for a lecture on civil rights. In an issue of 2009's Uncanny X-Men the public gets a chance to vote on "Proposition X" -- whether mutants should have to undergo mandatory treatment for their "X" gene. Again, sexual orientation, etc. does not equal the ability to kill thousands/millions with a wave of the hand.
#5 is directly related to the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War and deals with restrictions on superheroes due to their immense power (similar to mutant registration). Of course, our modern creators are overwhelmingly for gun control in the US, yet they'd have you believe wanting to register 1000-times-more-powerful-than-guns super-beings is a legitimate civil rights violation.
#4 is surely one both sides can agree on -- that is, that Marvel heroes should have obliterated: The Sons of the Serpent. Patterned more or less after the KKK, modern creators have used the group to send out anti-Donald Trump border wall messages. As if illegal immigration isn't, y'know, a legitimate political matter.
Ronald Reagan literally turns into a snake for the #3 moment. Writer Mark Gruenwald had the then-president, like many others in Washington DC, transform into a lizard after the Serpent Squad (no relation to the Sons) puts a toxin in the city's water supply.
#2 is probably the most famous (or infamous) set of political comics panels of the Bronze Age: Captain America unmasking the Secret Empire's Number One -- who turns out to be Richard Nixon. Well, we don't actually see that it's Nixon, but writer Steve Englehart's implication couldn't be any less subtle.
And the big #1 is from a mere six years back -- when Capt. America and the Falcon infiltrated that "dastardly" Tea Party. Writer Ed Brubaker really overstretched with this ridiculous nonsense, which included the all-too- typical blurb that a "black guy couldn't fit in with a bunch of angry white people."
WHAT WIRED MISSED:
The Ultimates volume 2: The aforementioned Mark Millar lectures the US (well, the G.W. Bush administration) about its foreign endeavors by having a coalition of outlaw states' "super"heroes invade the US.
What about Truth: Red, White, and Black which posits that the US government began testing a version of the lost formula that turned Steve Rogers into Capt. America on black subjects? It's pretty damn political when you compare our government's actions to that of something akin to Nazi Germany.
J. Michael Straczynski's Supreme Power and Squadron Supreme, like The Ultimates a reaction to the G.W. Bush presidency, features a new take on the Justice League analogues -- one which, yes, lectures the US on foreign entanglements.
Keep in mind, too, that right-leaning individuals in Captain America have been shown to be mentally unstable.
In Steve Englehart's original run, he explained the Cap of the 1950s -- a fan of the original Cap who then used an imperfect version of the super-soldier serum. This turned him (and his "Bucky") into lunatics who, it just so happens, also became bigots.
Mark Gruenwald did the same thing with John Walker, who replaced Steve Rogers for a time as Cap in the 1980s. After Walker's parents are killed by a fanatical right-wing terror group, Walker's sanity slowly ebbs away. Walker, a very pro-US individual, formerly played the role of Super Patriot.
April 14, 2016
Gee, I wonder why?
Philly.com laments the struggle the Philadelphia School District has in finding teachers:
And then right next to that headline we see this:
Though MSM outlets will never tell you, you can bet your bottom dollar that these two are linked. These "new" approaches to school discipline include things with fancy names like "restorative justice." While a good idea in theory -- doing away with harsh penalties like suspensions for relatively minor infractions like lateness or dress code violations -- the reality is that school officials are getting pressure not to suspend kids for serious violations, like fighting ... or worse.
April 12, 2016
Imagine the headline if Trump or Cruz did this
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio make a racially insensitive joke? "Some" are "cringing," according to the New York Times.
Just imagine if Donald Trump and/or Ted Cruz had done that ... what would the Times' headline(s) be then??
DC's Cyborg's 'greatest threat': Being a black guy in Detroit
From Newsarama: Cyborg's greatest danger comes from "being a black man living in Detroit."
Writer John Semper elaborates (somewhat):
He faces his greatest danger, which is being a black man living in Detroit. Justice League was once set in Detroit, he’s working out of S.T.A.R. Labs in Detroit, but no one has ever made the city a part of the saga. Detroit is a very unique city; it’s got a wonderful history, it’s got music, it’s got all kind of great things. It’s got a large black population, and here we’re telling the story of a black man in Detroit.
It’s also a city that’s in a great deal of distress, so there will be a lot of stories that will emanate from that. And in a way, Detroit will be a part of Cyborg’s identity, like Batman in Gotham, and Superman in Metropolis. We’re gonna Cyborg a big part of Detroit.
Now, Semper's comment doesn't go into all that much detail, but given what we've seen in modern comics these days one can take an educated guess as to what that "greatest danger" means. Let's see ... police brutality? Alleged "conservative" policies which led to situations like that in Flint? Opposition to gun control? Gentrification?
Perhaps this comment says it best in response:
Maybe they could do something intelligent and brave, like explore how heavy regulations, high taxes, gun control, and suppression of individualism and individual rights (all the things voting for Democrats gets you) have turned Detroit and Chicago, once cities America was proud of, into poverty-filled war zones. Nah. They'll go with the puerile, tribalistic, undergraduate social 'sciences' identity politics getting shoved in everyone's faces from every angle and remind me why I stopped buying comics, watching new television shows, and won't be watching the NFL this year either.
April 08, 2016
And remember -- a lot of millennials get their news from him
"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah thinks there were just four Founding Fathers -- and they're all on Mt. Rushmore (fast forward to 2:05):
Sure, the dude is from South Africa, but if you're gonna take a position like this, at least know the basics, huh?
GOP(e) hates you. Yes, you.
The Tea Party wing of the GOP has wised up to the fact that The Establishment (GOPe) hates them. They know it and now even GOPe isn't pretending anymore. They've basically come to the point that they're willing to lose the presidency to keep control of the party. Exhibit A:
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cautioned supporters of Donald Trump who vocally disapprove of the GOP's delegate allocation and selection process.
This is not going to endear him to anyone this side of John Boehner.
I am terrible at political prognostication. But that doesn't stop me. I see this as a major problem for the GOP. They don't want Donald. That would be conceding to The Great Unwashed that their Elders and Betters don't have control of the party. If they pull and end run around Trump and hand it to anyone else they're going to lose the significant numbers of supporters that Trump brings to the table. A brokered convention looks like a loss for the GOP.
Does that mean that the Democrats have a better candidate? No. The Sandernistas are the Bearded Spock version of Trump supporters. Hand the nomination to Hillary and watch them become incandescent with rage.
I think that literally anything can happen at this point. Paddy Power, the major bookmakers in Europe, have Hillary winning soundly. This is their business and they're not often wrong.
April 05, 2016
Here's the "logic" of the man who would replace Hillary
"Bread lines are a GOOD thing," says Bernie Sanders:
Fast forward to 3:11 in the clip.
And this guy is this close to the Democratic nomination.
April 01, 2016
Once again, it's crap like this which gave rise to Trump
It's bad enough Boss Obama and his acolytes can't bring themselves to, in any way, associate terrorism with radical Islam -- now they're actively censoring the words of other world leaders who say it!
Here's what French President Francois Hollande had to say at a recent meeting (which was attended by Obama):
“But we're also well aware that the roots of terrorism, [Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we're doing within the framework of the coalition.] And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we've been able to launch with the coalition.”
Note what the official White House audio translation leaves out (hint: it's in brackets in the above quote) in the clip below:
And now it even appears the video from the White House website has been deleted!
March 30, 2016
It's sure to be a best seller
DC Comics "Rebirth" is supposed "to reaffirm to fans the company’s commitment to readers," according to publisher Dan Didio.
An ... interesting way to show that commitment is the book New Superman, "a comic that is set in Shanghai and whose main character is a 17-year old Chinese teen who finds himself with Superman’s powers."
Wow. I can't think of a more interesting superhero comic than one whose setting is on the other side of the planet in one of the few remaining authoritarian regimes, and whose protagonist represents a whopping 1.2% of the total US population.
But hey, what do I know. This is the industry which could care less if its creators treat those who sustain it like what your dog just excreted in the backyard.
But at least their SJW bonafides aren't in any danger.
Comment of the Day
"I stopped buying comics not only b/c they weren't good anymore but because of the people working in the industry and the fans who buy them. The new generation of creators are just the nastiest people. They have this sense of grandeur about them, like they are gods or something and I'm like, if you were so great, why is your work turning so many people away. Just b/c a few sycophants crowd around you in a comic shop or at a convention, does not make you a god. Get your head out of the niche comic box and no one knows your name." (Source)
As if on cue:
(h/t to FCMM)
March 29, 2016
Batman vs. Superman: Ignore the haters, enjoy the film
Due to my spring break I was able to actually get out and enjoy a must-see comics film on its opening weekend. I was a bit wary, natch, as many reviews had trashed the film, but I kept a "must see for myself" attitude as many I know who know comics said the film was rather good.
To be sure, there are some definite weak spots, but as a whole the film is enjoyable.
--Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Yeah, I can't quite believe it either, but honestly, Affleck is the BEST Batman we've seen. Yes, better than Christian Bale. However, Ben is only slightly better than Adam West. (I'M JOKING!) I'm serious, here. Affleck was sensational.
--Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Not only is she beyond gorgeous, during the climactic battle scene she showed the zeal for combat that we've come to associate with the Amazonian.
--Nods to comics stories. I'm not nearly as versed on DC as I am Marvel; however, the obvious nods to the alternate reality tale Injustice were very well done. And need I mention The Dark Knight Returns?
--Tie-in to Man of Steel. The first cinematic DC Universe meld was executed very well. The opening montage with Bruce Wayne zipping through a battered Metropolis during Superman and Zod's epic confrontation in MoS was almost perfection (aside from Wayne having to tell a subordinate to vacate his building which is almost right next to the Kryptonian world engine leveling the city!! WTF?).
--The Supes-Lois Lane love affair. Good idea, but needed more fleshing out. Given the length of the film, what's the deal? I'm also not keen on Amy Adams as Lois -- it reminds me of the looks mismatch between Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. Almost.
--Doomsday. A villain this big deserves more development and attention. Plus, his first incarnation looks like a huge pile of shit.
--Why is Wonder Woman around? Are we really supposed to buy that she's trying to get that photograph back from Luthor? Because that's all we were really fed, given her response(s) to Bruce Wayne. But I don't mind much -- again, Gadot is breathtakingly gorgeous!
--Sneak peeks at upcoming Justice League members. They seemed quite forced: Wonder Woman checking out each (video) file that Batman sent her? Yeah, maybe. But it came off as rather cheesy.
--Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal is really the only -- but significant -- downside of the flick, in my opinion. It's as if he's trying to be the Joker. Luthor is a cut-throat, amoral (thanks, Duff!) businessman, not a raving lunatic, but that's how Eisenberg plays him. And it's awful.
The film is long, yes, but it pretty much needs all that time to adequately establish everything without coming off as rushed (aside from the Doomsday plot). Some of the flashback and dream sequences perhaps could have been edited down (did we really need that additional -- and repeated -- young Bruce Wayne scene?), but as a whole they worked.
I read one review that compared (negatively) the "busyness" of the film to Spider-Man 3. I disagree. Outside of the time needed for a better development of Doomsday, BvS is far superior.
Be sure to check out Doug Ernst's review as well.
March 23, 2016
$15 minimum wage? Meet your replacement.
Remember the ranks of the marginally employable agitating for $15/hr and unions to protect them? They have sown the seeds of their own demise.
“We could have a restaurant that’s focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person,” Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider.
Puzder says the automated restaurant would be cheaper since he wouldn’t have to worry about rising minimum wage.
“If you’re making labor more expensive, and automation less expensive- this is not rocket science,” Puzder said.
This is predictable as it is sad. Automation is going to have some seriously disruptive effects on entry level jobs very soon. I don't know what the solution is or how we are going to absorb these changes but I'd by lying if I said I wasn't concerned.
March 22, 2016
Two of our favorite moonbat comics folk react to Brussels attacks
Isn't the following tweet by the gnomish Dan Slott oh-so sweet?
The news and the reaction is too intense, sad, infuriating, and overwhelming. Wishing peace and love to all.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) March 22, 2016
And logging off the internet.
He also snarkily retweets two tweets, one to which he reacts thusly -- "FFS" -- and another which says "@FoxNews right now blaming #brusselsattack on "political correctness."
Meanwhile 'ol Ron Marz has the cojones to tweet this:
Still counting bodies in #Brussels, and Ted Cruz is scrambling to score points by blaming Obama and going after Trump. Shameless.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) March 22, 2016
Just not as shameless, you see, as Obama and the Left blaming mass shootings on the 2nd Amendment, the existence of Gitmo for the action of jihadis, and not to mention refusing to call what we're fighting what it is: Radical Islamic Terror. (Y'see, Slott, political correctness IS partly to blame for things like Brussels.)
Other than these, it was fairly quiet on the creator front regarding Belgium. Which also says something.
Cult movies you have to see?
io9 has a list from a couple years back, and while some of the entries are head-scratchers, there are a few worthy mentions.
Here it is, in their order, with my occasional comments:
#30. ZARDOZ. io9 says "The only way a person could properly appreciate this movie is with cult status, and a handful of LSD. But it's absolutely something you have to experience at least once."
#29. TREMORS. Funny and scary at the same time. What more could you want? And despite io9's complaint that the monsters' origins weren't explained, they actually kinda were -- mutations due to nuclear bomb testing. It was the Nevada desert, after all.
#28. THE WARRIORS.
#27. LOST BOYS. Classic 80s entertainment. Ahead of its time.
#26. BORN IN FLAMES.
#25. SHARKTOPUS. Nothing from SyFy should be on this list, sorry.
#24. TALES FROM THE HOOD.
#23. DEATH RACE 2000.
#22. THE HUNGER.
#21. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.
#20. DARK STAR.
#19. SLITHER. A surprisingly good, and funny, horror yarn starring "Castle's" Nathan Fillion.
#18. THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI. Been a while since I've seen this, but it's way ahead of its time -- sort of like "Max Headroom" was as a TV series.
#17. TIME BANDITS. Didn't like it as 1) it's British, and 2) they only go back in time. Boring.
#16. EVIL DEAD 2.
#15. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. A true classic and worth repeated viewings. The one that started it (the zombie craze) all.
#14. BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET. Absolutely sensational film about black-skinned alien who's pursued by a pair of white-skinned aliens. Not-at-all subtle analogy, natch, but Joe Morton (who played Dr. Dyson in Terminator 2) is terrific as the The Brother, whose empathy and caring you can almost feel yourself.
#13. CHERRY 2000.
#12. ALTERED STATES.
#11. REPO MAN.
#10. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. A true classic in every sense of the word. First saw it when I was eleven, and even then laughed my ass off.
#9. THEY LIVE. John Carpenter's parable about (supposed) Reagan-1980's greed features one of the longest (and needless) fight scenes in movie history, and one of the coolest-ever premises. But you'll be left wondering why in the hell super-advanced aliens, who can travel between the stars using some sort of gravitational lens, headquarter their cloaking tech in an easily destroyed, ground-based TV studio.
#8. PRIMER. You'll have to watch this one numerous times to figure out WTF is going on. And it's well worth it as this is one of the better time travel yarns on film.
#7. NAKED LUNCH.
#6. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. The book is way better, but a young David Bowie does a good job as the alien who poses as a wealthy businessman in hopes of acquiring needed H2O for his desiccated planet.
#5. RE-ANIMATOR. A dude tries to get the right amount of "freshness" in order to bring back the dead. Great fun.
#4. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.
#3. ERASERHEAD. I've watched this a few times and remain eeriely intrigued. Still can't figure out what it's all about, though, really.
#2. DONNY DARKO.
#1. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Never a fan, and never got the appeal. My fondest memory of it is when the college band I was in opened up for its midnight showing at the local theatre.