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Sep 8, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Thing that sucks is we're now all programmed to hate things based on whether or not we think people we hate will like them or if it was intended for them.

Like, "WWII shooter but one character is anime-hair punk lady cyborg" is the most videogame thing that ever videogamed... ...I mean 5-10 years ago that'd just be a "thing," and 15-20 years ago it'd be weird for any action game to NOT have shit like that in it. And if it was in an Kojima or Grasshopper game without any rationale I think "gamers" would be okay-to-jazzed with it...
Sep 6, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Kind of daunting to try and explain what Burt Reynolds meant to a generation that maybe only knew him as a meme about timelost ironic machismo. He was part of the "other track" of post-60s Hollywood, the part that wasn't urban, post-anything or geeky... ...SMOKEY & THE BANDIT and STAR WARS were the same year, man. There are no coincidences. Thing is, he *started out* as an exaggeration, telling his own jokes at the expense of his own persona... and he told them so well the "gag" became reality. And he owned it.
Aug 28, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
'member when I said Film Twitter should AVOID treating "Ethan Hawke sez superheroes iz fer dum-dums" as some profound call to arms? Juxtaposition of this slab of ultrasmug from a Guardian piece (quoting someone else even!) w/ the blue-highlight pix is why:… P.S. eff off, it's still stupid as hell that this is a "controversy." But in general A LOT of people in my hyper-detached business should avoid talking about relatability like it's a singular concept where possible precisely because of instances like this.
Aug 28, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Calling it: They're gonna do "The Joker is good, actually, because rich people and insanity is the only sane defense to living under capitalism and blah blah blah..."

Egh. THAT, or "Joker" ends up being a lot of industry pros (some big names involved in this) venting their hangups about the current popularity of comic flicks via a parody of what they think the genre is; which seldom ends well.
Aug 10, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Just to be clear: I'm not talking about a PG-13 DEADPOOL movie, I'm talking an R-rated DEADPOOL movie where the curses have been bleeped and the nudity is pixelated and only DEADPOOL himself notices this.

Bonus if he *also* notices how much violence they still "get away" with :) "No, it's okay. We should all be fine because apparently everything is family-friendly n-"

[graphic death]

"How is THAT okay!!???"
Aug 9, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
We're asking the wrong questions of/about Jack.

Twitter's real business isn't content or advertising, it's user-data like everyone else.

Why is the "it's okay for Nazis, alt-rights and Trumpers to be here unfettered" model considered "good" for Twitter's user-data business? Facebook etc clearly have determined that they need to NOT be a place where right-wing lunatics feel safe and free in order to continue having user-data worth selling. Twitter (or at least Jack) seems to make the opposite calculation - why?
Aug 9, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Free idea for @TheAcademy if you want something to make "the audience" tune in that doesn't involve a stupid/degrading "Best Popular" award:

"Re-litigate" famous Best Picture contests from past years and announce the results live on the telecast.

I am 100% serious. Here's how you do it:

It's not an "overturning" or a "new winner," it's a nostalgia thing - call it the "Test of Time Award" maybe.

Audience involvement: You announce on ABC a month or two out that you've "assembled a diverse panel representing regular moviegoers"...
Aug 8, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
And now for something completely different... ManThoughts with Prof.* Peter Jordanssen, D.H.L., "MASTERING YOUR UNIVERSE" (Pilot)
Jul 30, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
"How will the X-MEN conceit that Mutants are a persecuted minority make sense in an MCU where much weirder people/things already exist?"

Probly the way it has in comics for 60+ years: NOT AT ALL if you think too hard about it... but nobody will bring it up so you won't have to. See also: Every continuity inconsistency that didn't end up mattering ("wait - Tony Stark knew about Captain America existinf already? And so did the whole world? And Ant-Man also?")
Jul 28, 2018 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
This is not a "subtweet" of anyone in particular because A.) There's too many people making the opposite point anyway and B.) This is a place where I disagree with basically zero malice:

The "homogenization of product" is the LEAST concerning thing about Disney/Fox. THREAD:
Like I understand that "FOR THE ART!!!" is a more romantic pose than than brass-tacks economic reality, market structures, etc AND it handily avoids having to stake out a specific political posture; but apart from obvious problem of setting up a framework where monopoly..
Jul 21, 2018 • 23 tweets • 6 min read
Seated for the #WarnerBros presser in Hall H. Hoping AQUAMAN and SHAZAM are good looking, FANTASTIC BEASTS is short and JUSTICE LEAGUE news involves *new* movies or nothing.
#SDCC2018 WB sizzle reel of recent-greats cuts from FURY ROAD to SUICIDE SQUAD.
Jul 20, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Shitty behavior years ago, shitty follow-through now, always think twice before handing a "win" to people like C**novich or MAGAs who are always incalculably worse. @ me about this with anything close to flippancy = consider yourself blocked, feed scoured and reported. Fuck off IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER OR NOT DISNEY "DID THE RIGHT THING": What you just saw is the beginning of MAGA Twitter's new "thing," which has been building for awhile - they did videogame culture-war before, they invaded/took over the DCEU "snydercut" thing and poisoned it...
Jul 14, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
It just randomly popped into my head that the bad guy in HIGH NOON is named "Frank Miller" and now I'm racking my brain: Has anyone *done* that story "but with Batman" in the comics or one of the shows?

Because that would make a HELL of a one-of superhero bit. For the younger set: HIGH NOON is about an aging Western sheriff who learns that a train carrying the recently-escaped outlaw sworn to kill him and his gang is heading for town. As he prepares to make his stand, he gradually comes to realize that the townspeople...
Jul 14, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Finally caught up with ARCHER: DANGER ISLAND.

A little... "slight?" But fun, and this particular universe's version of Pam is *everything.* Could've just been an inside joke (who else is going to be Archer's "Chewbacca?") but the rework creates such a nifty "new" character... I get that a lot of people have an issue with early-seasons Pam and the later rush to annoint her a "representation-icon," but this particular version (seemingly through necessity) ends up being just great.
Jul 14, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Here's the thing: I think Russia colluded with the Trump campaign, but I doubt Trump himself (knowingly) "works for" Putin. Trump is "Closseau Stupid" - he's aware enough to know he's stupid and be ashamed of it, but stupid enough to think he can hide it from everyone else... which case, it's likely Trump thinks HE'S "conning" Putin: Getting all this help in election(s) while still be in control and not ceding anything b/c what he's giving up (NATO, international order) doesn't matter to him - because he's an idiot.
Jul 13, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Here's the thing: I sincerely wish what (at one point, mid-production of BVS) looked like the WB plan for the DCEU had worked out; because the market (and the medium) doesn't need or want another MCU just with different people and it would've been interesting to contrast... ...a set of (somewhat) auteur-driven projects getting fitted-together at the seams continuitywise against the Disney/Marvel "30s-throwback producer-driven studio-machine" approach. That would've been cool!

Like the prospect of a Superman mostly created by Snyder/Nolan...
Jul 10, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
This is basically the right approach, I think. Roe was basically holding back thinkers-vs-believers Civil War over religion as policy and the idiocy of "States Rights" in an age of instant-communication and rapid interstate travel. Now, we have that fight - possibly too early. As an avid advocate of a post-religious (as far as societal-structure and governance - do whatever you want with your weekends) but also someone who'd prefer NOT to have unnecessary violent conflict; my hope was that by the time it came to make "post-Roe" hard-law...
Jul 5, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
It won't be treated as such because nobody cares about this movie, but this is a REALLY big deal. Hollywood union credit rules are a goddamn shadow-war, and most fans would be ASTONISHED how many times names you know are said to have "fixed" giant parts of movies you've seen and you never saw their names. All the time with scripts, but directing too...
Jul 5, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
The Somerville Theater is running GOOD BURGER as a Midnight Movie tonight, apparently expecting solid attendance. Strange to think of something I was "too old for" when it was new as a nostalgia-classic for people now, but it also didn't occur to me at the time... ...that no one had really taken a swing at a Bill & Ted/Beavis & Butthead/Waynes World type "dopey comedy duo" youth movie like this with two Black comics before, right? This might even still be the main one?
Jul 5, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Talk about trans-visibility/erasure in movie-culture today got me to thinking how oddly seldom I hear discussion around Wendy Carlos; electronic music pioneer with god-tier "film geek" status: Composer of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, THE SHINING, TRON *and* a Weird Al collaboration album. She's still with us at 78, and was one of the most (relative to industry) well known public people to come out as transgender (in a series of Playboy magazine interviews in 1979.)

She's also had astronomy photography published by NASA, and composed much of her personal work...
Jul 4, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
For the "Did you know?" file: Roger, the member of Al Bundy's NO MA'AM club with the receding hairline standing center behind Jerry Springer, is Chris Latta - best known as the voice of Starscream and Cobra Commander. This was one of his last roles, one year before he passed. For you youngin's: "Married, With Children" ran into the mid-90s. NO MA'AM ("National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood") was a late-period recurring plot element - the writers considered a "Men's Rights Group" to be an idea so dumb it would be automatically funny.