Saturday, June 1, 2019

Flashpointing the DCEU

So...the state of the DC Extended Universe.

After a rocky and divisive start, with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam!, the DC movies seem like they may be finally finding their stride. So naturally, many wonder where they go now with their shared universe and if any planned crossover movies should be expected.

As of this writing, I understand the plan is to back off on continuity for now. They're just going to focus on solo movies and not really worry about how or even if they fit into one another.

And for the record, I think that's wise.
Better to just let these characters have their own movies moving forward, I don't need the story of Wonder Woman 1984 to be dictated by what might happen in a future Superman or Batman film, and personally, I would not lose sleep if we never see another Justice League movie any time soon.

Having said that, not too long ago, there was talk of using the Flash's movie—titled Flashpoint at the time—as a way to reboot the DCEU or, at least, erase the more divisive elements.
For those who don't follow comics, Flashpoint was a big event crossover involving time travel and history getting rewritten, leading to DC's New 52 reboot.

A while back, I was thinking about how they could fix or soft-reboot the DCEU with Flashpoint, and it occurred to me there might be an easy way to do it.

Game of Thrones: What Happened After?

And thus, Game of Thrones has come to an end.
But what became of Westeros and the surviving characters in the aftermath? What future awaits the Six Kingdoms and independent North, good or ill? Who went on to prosper, and who sank into failure?

Let us take this journey....

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Daenerys's Rage-Quit

So there it is. After eight seasons, Game of Thrones comes an end.

And...oof. What an ending it was.

As much as it seems like a bandwagon thing, I'm inclined to agree the show fizzled out in a spectacularly anti-climactic and unworthy letdown. I love the books, and the previous seasons of the show were arguably some of the best television produced, but, as tends to happen from time to time, when it came time to stick the crashed and burned.

Many would say things took a turn when the show went beyond the books—which would be circa Season 5—but I think the last two seasons, more than any other, saw a catastrophic drop in writing quality.

There's going to be no shortage of articles, essays and think-pieces all over the internet exploring the how and why, but one thing I want to focus on here is how things turned out for the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. 

**Spoilers ahead, obviously, for those who might care**

Sunday, February 10, 2019

All Just Turds In the Wind - Thoughts on "Venom"

Late to the party again, but I want to talk about my boy and his movie.

So I saw Venom opening weekend. Up front, before I go into detail, I'll say I enjoyed it. It is definitely not a good movie, but I was entertained. I wouldn't even call it a "so bad it's good" type of thing—the film does seem to be in on the joke. It knows what it is.
To be perfectly frank and somewhat objective, aside from Tom Hardy's performance (easily the best part) and some flashes of absurd black comedy (which they could've used more of), it's an in one ear, out the other disposable superhero flick.

That's my brief summation review. From here, my actual thoughts on the film. SPOILERS ahead for those who care.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My Top 10 & 5 of 2017

It's the end of another year, and whatever else can be said about this year of our lord Cthulhu, 2017, at least there has been some good stuff to watch. I don't get to the theater that often these days, but this year actually saw me making the trip for three movies. A feat compared to last year where I didn't hit the theater once and by the end, I didn't have a Top Ten list so much as seven or so movies that I saw...half of which I didn't even like.

So let's roll with My Top 10 Movies of 2017...that I saw....

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

In Defense of Venom

So I have a confession to make: I'm a big Venom mark. Specifically, the original Eddie Brock Venom. He is, for all intents and purposes, the character that got me into comics, and to this day, if I was to rank my favorite characters, he would probably remain on top.
Yes, as much as I love Wonder Woman, and even though I've devoted several essay-length blog posts to her, Venom might always be my number one.

So what's the big deal? After all, Venom has been widely popular since his introduction and remains one of Marvel's most iconic and famous characters.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thoughts on "Justice League"

So Justice League has come and I have thoughts.

I'll preface this by saying I haven't seen the movie, nor do I plan to anytime soon. Everything I'm going to write here is based on spoilers, word of mouth and reviews, which I'll admit might not be fair or entirely accurate.
Some may believe that automatically disqualifies anything I say, but......meh. This isn't a review, and I'm not looking to sway people who loved the movie. If I'm completely off the mark here, then that's fine. Hell, I might even be relieved.

[UPDATE: Yes, I did eventually watch it on TV. I stand by everything I say here. In fact, it was even worse than I heard. So...yeah. If nothing else, I'm glad this movie landed with a wet thud and will most likely be ignored, assuming the DCEU even bothers continuing its continuity.]

If nothing else, I want to get this off my chest while it's fresh. Spoilers ahead, obviously.