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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: Dawn of Justice
« 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: Dawn of Justice
« 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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: December 3, 2015, 01:33 PM »
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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: December 2, 2015, 01:09 PM »
Supes removed Batman's eye make-up faster than you could see!  Maybe he just gave him a full make-over.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 1, 2015, 09:41 AM »
Why did he look sick btw?  WTF?

He's suffering from PTSD.  Given that it's TV, they're making him look sickly. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: November 30, 2015, 12:37 PM »
Gotta hand one thing to the Bieber - he's got good taste.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 30, 2015, 12:36 PM »
The whole "it takes 15 extra seconds to walk up one step on a ladder or over a fence" thing has got to stop as well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM »
Dumbest move ever - handing over two guns to a dude holding a knife.

Biggest plot fail ever - psycho wolf dude who has declared his intention to kill everyone gets two guns in his hands, and then walks out without killing anybody.

I think the story has gotten too conventional.  Now we expect each character's story to wrap up before they bite it (or, more accurately, get bit).  In the first few seasons, it didn't work that way.  It felt like anybody but Rick could die at any time.  Bad decisions had immediate, fatal consequences.  And you could do everything right and still have a house fall on you.  Now that's gone.

I think the writers like the characters/actors too much now.  I remember when Beth died, one of the showrunners went on about how it sucked to kill anybody off because that meant they didn't get to work together any longer.  I understand the core folks are supposed to be very competent at this point, and wouldn't die as easily.  But now they just live on for no good reason despite idiocy.

Looking forward to mid-season when they come up with some stupid reason why the bikers don't gun down the folks from the truck.  "Now go back and tell your people that Negan's coming for them!"  Or maybe it'll be a kidnap and torture thing.

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