- Christ it’s been a while. That may have been the longest break from here I’ve taken in some time. Alright, let’s get to it.
- Last time I posted I mentioned Lichtenstein. Well, one of his more famous pieces just went for a whopping $45 million. Not gonna lie though, any Lichtenstein would look remarkable in a modern-stylized home (where as many “classic” paintings would not).
- Interview with Robert Kirkman at CBR. In it he discusses the upcoming 100th issue milestone of Walking Dead, why he thinks the series is so popular, and how he legitimately thinks issue #100 features the most gruesome scene of the series’ long history. If you’ve read even 50% of the book, you know how stirring of a statement that actually is.
- This FilmBook review of the Avengers gets it (in my opinion):
As the film progresses, action and suspense are chased and harried with mounting moments of levity, monologues, and convenient conflict resolutions. Those convenient conflict resolutions showed themselves again and again in how superhero fights were ended in the film. Most of the fight scenes had no pay off because of the state of the people fighting, a situation completely absent in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. During the diverse fist-a-cuffs between members of the eventual The Avengers team, nothing is really at stake, except in one of the fights (Hulk vs. Black Widow) and that fight, theoretically, should have had a different conclusion. With everyone’s super powers, no one can be hurt or killed so there is nothing at risk (except property damage) and nothing to lose. The viewer seats and watches colorful crash dummies throw each other through walls or into inanimate objects.
But… it goes on to say:
If The Avengers is an exercise in escapism like most “tentpole”, “popcorn” films and how could it not be deemed as such, these quips and qualms are irrelevant.
Exactly. My thoughts exactly. I went into the movie with the expectation of watching a super awesome nerd-gasm inducing action flick (featuring some of the biggest names in comics), and that’s what I got. However, that does not mean that I still was a little disappointed with aspects of the film. The world never actually feels that threatened. Neither the heroes. It’s something easily forgivable considering this is the first go of it. But if Joss Whedon is going to do 3 of these things, it would do him (and whoever else scripts) a whole lotta good to up the tension a bit. I mean, the middle segment on the Hellicarier was more tense than the final scene. Much more. That’s the vibe ALL of the 2nd one should have.