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Messages - BillCable

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Shamrock Shake Lovers Unite!
« on: February 4, 2016, 03:08 PM »
Hey guys - any sightings yet?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TV Funny Man Dave Coulier...ALIVE!
« on: February 4, 2016, 07:11 AM »
Hey Jesse - you can see the zombie man up-close next month!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: January 29, 2016, 08:13 AM »
So Velma's what, 8 years old now?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: January 25, 2016, 12:05 PM »
I think they did the best they could to clean up a very messy situation.  And it seems like this'll be permanent for a change.  The core Secret Wars book was hit and miss.  Some pretty shocking deaths, but it seems like they're not gonna be permanent.

I'm surprised they opted to go with old-man Hawkeye, old-man Logan, and old-man Hulk, and replace the main characters with their kids (and some random Asian guy).  I'm not sure how long it'll take before they each find their fountains of youth.

I prefer this solution to DC's "everything before is non-canon" new 52.  At least they didn't nuke 75 years of legacy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: January 25, 2016, 09:05 AM »
Marvel completed their reboot a couple months back with the Secret Wars cross-over.  Basically, Molecule Man was a time-bomb created to erase all off history across the multi-verse.  Doom finds out, defeats the beings who created him, and does what he can to salvage the few bits of reality still existing.  So he creates Battleworld, where he rules as God Emperor Doom.  Everyone believes Battleworld is how the universe always was (false memories) save for the few people who helped create it, and a few people who survived the destruction on high-tech life boats (Reed Richards, Thanos, Black Panther, Miles and Parker, among them).  In the end, Battleworld falls apart in a battle between Reed and Doom (which I haven't read yet since the core book is running a few months late), and the new, single Marvel Universe is created.  In it, they've cherry-picked their favorite characters from the Ultimates Universe, '90s New Universe, classic Marvel Universe, and random parallel timelines (Spider-Gwen, Maestro Hulk).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: January 15, 2016, 03:41 PM »
Judith might be a much more effective tool to paint Negan as a monster than just about anything else.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: January 4, 2016, 08:19 PM »
"Creed" director Ryan Coogler Confirmed as Marvelís Black Panther Director

Haven't checked out Creed yet, but the accolades I've read point to this being a solid choice.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: January 4, 2016, 07:51 AM »
Reactions from Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn to his viewing of Civil War:

I saw Civil War and I think it's incredible. It's one of the best Marvel movies ever, and I can't believe what a wonderful job the Russo brothers did. And the cast. Oh my God, they're so good. So it's an amazing film and people are going to be really excited to see that come summertime.

I'm trying to think about what is cool to say or not. But I will say this one thing. Tom Holland [Spider-Man] is [Ö] off-the-charts awesome. Off. The. Charts. Awesome. Off the charts. Truly. Hand to my heart, he's amazing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Netflix's Marvel Comics Shows
« on: January 4, 2016, 07:49 AM »
I finished Jessica Jones over the weekend.  There was a lot to like about it, but there was a stretch in there that was just so relentlessly dour and depressing that it's hard to really say I enjoyed it.  Great performances, though.  Really complex characters, especially for a "comic book adaptation."  And constantly surprising - there were a number of very refreshing, unexpected plot turns that I appreciated.

While totally believable it still totally sucks.  If your job was to write this book, wouldn't you lock yourself in your writing space and do only that. 

That's not his process.  That's never been his process.  And writing at his level isn't something you can force yourself to accomplish.

I feel kinda bad for the guy.  He spends his entire life doddering along, writing his books as he wants to write them.  Totally content.  Then all of a sudden HBO decides to adapt a story and now the job he loved causes him nothing but stress.  I'm sure the fortune and glory take away some of that sting, but it's not hard to wonder if, given the choice, he might not go back to obscurity.

My only worry is that he doesn't finish the books before he meets the same fate as the Starks.  He's no spring chicken.  I'm sure he has enough of the last two books written that an apprentice author could complete them as happened with the Wheel of Time series, but those last books weren't near the quality of the rest of them.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 14, 2015, 01:25 PM »
I've read a few places the same song was in Abrams' first Trek.  I can't recall one way or the other.

I think the trailer looked horrible.  Like they hired the guy who directed Fast & Furious to make a Star Trek movie.

(yes, I know they hired the guy who directed Fast & Furious to make this Star Trek movie)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: December 14, 2015, 10:58 AM »
Why don't they take a lesson from JJ Abrams and Disney in their approach to TFA...not knowing the plot, but teasing just enough in the trailers has led to huge interest in this movie!

That's why Disney is Disney, and WB is WB.  I mean, even comparing it to Civil War - the Civil War trailer has a lot of plot points packed into it.  You get a very good idea what the movie will entail.  But it still hyped me the hell up.  So being entirely cloak-and-dagger isn't necessarily the magic formula.

I wonder if the BvS folks have just sat on their completed product for so long that they can't help but dribble out info at every opportunity.

But just taking this production designer's statements at face value - the mind boggles.  Is he saying Supes is killed-off mid-movie?  Or disappears or something?  He's implying Doomsday takes Superman's place, and then Batman has to go all versus on the new-improved clone of Superman.  Except it's a clone of Zod.  It's just lunacy.  My brain hurts trying to make sense of it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: December 14, 2015, 07:26 AM »
Cryptic, SPOILERy plot synopsis of BvS re: Doomsday from the production designer...

"Doomsday isn't just the final act... We are able to tell a story in a fresh way. Doomsday is an evolution essentially. Fans may be aware of 'The Death of Superman' story, but this is handled in such a new way.

When the film is called Batman v or versus Superman, it really has a lot of levels to the meaning. Superman isn't just killed off at the end of something. We see how he evolves as part of Lex's plan to protect the world.

Seeing the Superman we know, be gone, and then replaced with this reproduction is really going to make fans think of how we look at these super beings. It was especially interesting to figure out, how would you create Superman from Zod... then how would that evolve into Doomsday."

I don't even know how to respond to that...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: December 10, 2015, 09:48 AM »
My wife's response was "I knew it was too good to be true."

So the ancient inhuman banished from earth was a slug?  Or maybe it was a symbiote...  ;D

I thought it was supposed to be a shape-shifter rather than a body-snatcher, but I won't quibble.  Looks like it absorbs the memories of the host.  I still don't know if they're going to tie it to something from the Mavel comic universe.

So what are people's reactions?  I've seen mostly negative responses from friends on Facebook.  One called it "Aggressively Terrible."  I thought it was pretty -meh- but not embarrassingly bad.  Except for Eisenberg - that's perhaps the worst villain casting since Mr. Freeze.

But then I had low expectations after MoS, and this trailer fits squarely with those expectations.  Maybe I'm mostly reading reactions from people who thought it would be good.

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