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Messages - BillCable

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I'm gonna start tweeting how much I like GB2 now.  :-X  :-*

You really should probably not do anything else in life, Tweeting or otherwise, until you watch Groundhog Day.

Seriously, what the ****, mang?

Wait - you're from Pittsburgh and you've never seen Groundhog Day??!  WTever-livingF, Jesse??!!

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They could do CG or a puppet.  Kinda like what they did for the Scoleri Brothers in GB2.  Just make a puppet that resembles him.

Not that the movie will ever happen.  And that might be seen as somewhat disrespectful.  But imagine them opening to a scene at Egon's funeral, and Egon's ghost pops out of the coffin...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 24, 2014, 10:03 AM »
Not a fan of this episode.  First, the three new folks just seem out of a different reality.  They're goofy.  They don't make much sense in this series.  Got this chick walking around in Daisy Dukes - NOT THAT I'M COMPLAINING - but how does that make any sense?  And then we have super-genius dude who, despite being a super genius walking around Zombieland, never took 10 minutes to learn how to properly shoot a rifle?  "The fate of the world rests on my shoulders... but I sure wouldn't want to learn how to use the most basic of survival equipment!"  Or, you know, learn how to shout the word "ZOMBIES!"

The Rick, Carl and Michonne stuff was all solid.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 23, 2014, 09:26 AM »
Wait wait wait.  They can make The Torch Black, but Doom and Black Widow are off limits?  If they can make Sue's brother another race then they can damn sure change anything.  There are no black people in Russia?

Several thousand invited students from Africa.  Roughly 40,000 half-black descendents from previous students.  But no indigenous blacks, and due to rampant, violent racism against black, very few live there permanently.  In fact blacks are advised not to travel to Russia.  Things are so bad for blacks there the government itself will not count them.  They're considered sub-human by large swaths of the population.

So yeah - the idea that Black Widow could be black is patently ridiculous.  That is unless you're ragingly ignorant.

Pretty sure there are Eastern European blacks as well.

Not gypsies there aren't.

Why can't Punisher just be Hispanic?  Is being Italian essential to his character?
 

Have you actually read the Punisher?  It's all about him being Italian.  Grew up in a poor, Italian neighborhood in NYC.  Exposed to Mafia violence early.  Now he hunts the Mafia.

That's the most ridiculous rebuttal I've ever heard.  The fact is that they won't make Doom black because it would be considered racist, and they won't make a black hero like Panther or Luke Cage white because that would be racist.  Making white guys black is no problem though for some reason.

That's not a "fact."  That's your own assumption based on your apparently very white-centered perspective.  I was pointing out that there are some characters whose ethnicity is critical, and others whose ethnicity is not.  I'd say that's a tautology.  Go ahead and prove me wrong.

Then I gave examples where certain characters, based on their back-stories, necessarily need to be certain races.  You largely dismissed those out of ignorance.

I don't mind revisions to the classics, but count me among those bothered by the trend of changing races or sexes of well known characters.  It reeks of publicity stunt, intended or not and it just isn't needed.

I'm not normally a fan of gender changes.  Making Doom a woman would be stupid, IMO.  Thankfully that rumor was shot down by Trank.  But then I can only think of one off-hand:  Jimmy Olsen becoming Jenny Olsen.  Since she had all of two lines in that awful movie, that was pretty much a non-issue ultimately.

There were no white guys qualified to play the Torch?  Come on.

"Qualified"?  Are you effing serious?  You're framing this as an Affirmative Action play?

Here's a clue for you:  Nobody in Hollywood is ever cast because they're "qualified."  There's tens of thousands of actors who could play any particular role.  Actors are cast because they're famous, they're attractive, they give a good blow-job, they have connections, or they're great.  Being "qualified" is never the reason somebody is chosen.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:02 PM »
Who says they're changing it "for the sake of changing it"?  Did the director or screenwriter state that?  Or are you jumping to a conclusion with no evidence?

Trank worked with Jordan on Chronicle.  Jordan was FANTASTIC in Chronicle.  So maybe Trank decided that he wanted to work with this great actor again and wasn't going to allow the whites-only racism of the comic book industry in the 1960s to forbid him from doing it.

What does changing Johnny Storm's race substantively impact?  Is the dynamic between him and Sue ruined if they're step-siblings or half-siblings rather than full blood siblings?  If so, how?

What else is the problem?  His relationship with Ben?  Reed?  Because black and white people are never friends in 2014?

The idea that this is somehow akin to doing a white Black Panther is ludicrous.  Black Panther is a African tribal leader.  And guess what - African tribal leaders are black.  So are you saying that all astronauts are white, so Johnny has to be white?  Is there something about his bio that requires a white actor?  Let's check Wikipedia:

"Growing up in Glenville, New York, a fictional Long Island suburban town, Jonathan "Johnny" Storm lost his mother due to a car accident from which his father, surgeon Franklin Storm, escaped unharmed.[1] Franklin Storm spiraled into alcoholism and financial ruin, and was imprisoned after killing a loan shark in self-defense. Johnny Storm was then raised by his older sister, Sue Storm."

Sure sounds like someone who could possible be black to me.  Or any race, really.

So I think, unless you have some damning statement I haven't seen, you need to give the director the benefit of the doubt.  If you're not comfortable with Johnny being black for some non-racist reason, please share.

And I'm not saying I'm on board with any-and-all race changes.  For example - Dr. Doom has to be white.  He's an Eastern-European gypsy.  The Punisher needs to be white - he's Italian.  Black widow is Russian, thus white.  Tony Stark is the son of a WW2 industrialist - white.  There are many instances when the character's bio dictates their race.  Johnny Storm is not one of those instances.  Kinda like Nick Fury.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:18 AM »
I have no problem with them casting a black guy as Johnny Storm.  He was great in Chronicle.  Really good energy.  He fits the character well.

As for him and Sue - maybe step-siblings?  Maybe they're half-brother and sister.  Not really a big deal.

I'm honestly less of a fan of Sue's casting... I've seen her in a number of roles and I've never liked her much.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:17 AM »
I'm digging it a lot.  First time through I was thrown for a loop - didn't expect anything so laid back.  But the second viewing really hooked me.

I love how the GUI on the cage obscured Star-Lord's middle finger.  First time through I thought they just blurred it out for the trailer.  "OBSCENE GESTURE: IMMINENT!"  That's comedy gold right there.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:34 PM »
The shoe thing, I figured it was from another kid.

So big middle finger to the audience, then.

You don't show a close-up of a kid's shoe, then in the very next scene show the exact same shoe close up on a living kid.  That's just dishonest.

Re:  the bus - who says somebody didn't get out?  There were only like 8 or 10 walkers in there.  The bus was fuller than that when it drove off.  Maybe half a dozen people got out the front before closing the door behind them.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:29 PM »
Inconsistent writing.

The shoe was obviously foreshadowing that girl's death.  I mean, blatantly.  Could they have filmed it and decided later that she wasn't going to die?  The only other explanation is that the writers just gave the audience a big old middle finger for no good reason.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:39 AM »
Can someone explain why the younger girl's shoe was at the scene of the walker attack when Daryl got there, but she was still wearing them as they walked down the train tracks?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:28 PM »



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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:00 PM »
and True Detective (now there's a show that should be talked about more.  The last six minutes of last weeks episode was ******* nuts).

That was one ridiculously intense sequence.  Very gritty.  You could feel it spiral out of control.

I also really liked how even a decade later the two guys matched their stories about the time off to visit his dad.  Even though they don't seem to like each other much they're both loyal (and smart).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:44 PM »
The Olympics last until March.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: Official Television Thread
« on: February 9, 2014, 02:45 PM »
Still watching.  Still enjoying.  I like how they're tying in movies.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 8, 2014, 10:52 AM »
How'd you like the way they killed off Daryl?  Gruesome!





(j/k... I don't own an xbox)

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