Gotta get going to work this morning, so here’s a cool Zelda GIF I found (the artist is Zac Gorman; very charming work):
… Wow. Obama’s more like George Bush than any of us would’ve imagined, eh? Holy shit. When he started referencing the “evil that exists” in the world in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, I thought for a minute he WAS W-Bush. A really well read version. I’m not gonna lie, it was great speech. And I don’t get why the fist-pumping Conservatives hate the guy so much, he’s carrying the American-Imperialist torch with some balls, that’s for sure. Fuck it, this ain’t a political WordPress page! It’s a… a… it’s like a… thing… it’s, well I dunno what the hell it is. Moving on.
… Matt Fraction‘s Invincible Iron Man is one mainstream superhero comic worth reading. Even if IGN supremely overrates the title — as per their usual prerogative — along with countless other Internet havens for Marvel lovers, it still is good comics. Written cleverly, with a surprisingly small amount of action and heavy fisted fighting, drawn well, plotted carefully, all the while understanding the pure core essence of said mainstream superhero. However, I do wish Fraction’s Tony Stark drank more. Anyone seen that one-sheet of Mickey Rourke as Whiplash for Iron Man 2? Whoooaaaaa.
… The head/founder of Blackwater International sounds a lot more like Tony Stark (speaking of) than Bruce Wayne. I know they aren’t doing weapons manufacturing, but they’re pulling security. Well, this week the founder — Eric Prince, I believe — was ousted as an asset to the CIA. Apparently his private security firm had been working far too close with the US government in legal terms. Blackwater has been under all kinds of scrutiny after several reports of corruptions of justice, brutality, and even the killing of civilians in Iraq. That scrutiny led to this Prince mess. I referenced Blackwater in a piece of speculative fiction I wrote months ago. God help us if Blackwater ever gets contracts in US cities. Fuck. You know those people who think we should privatize everything?? Yeah, they’re knuckleheads.
… I’ll leave you with anything but a knucklehead’s cartoons. One of them anyhow. This guy’s name is Graham Annable (if it wasn’t for SuperPunch, I’d never know him). He does lots of things, including making creepy animation shorts. Here’s one for the holidays:
…what a shitty tagline. No. Oh good God no. NO! As if the remake craze/sequel craze hadn’t spun ridiculously out of control already; I just got word that a major studio will now be producing a follow-up to Point Break. That’s right. The 1991 Swayze/Reeves flick is actually being FOLLOWED up on. Who’s set to direct? Jon De Bont. Never heard of him? Briefly: he’s a European cinematographer who most likely sacraficed his original artistic visions, or at least Ingmar Bergman inspirations, for some decent paying work. Most notably of which, directing jobs for Speed, Speed 2: Cruise Control, and Twister. This guy probably went to a film school in Italy for all I know, and now he’s been regulated to these types of scripts. Maybe he WANTS the shit. Who knows.
I’ve spoken/written about it before. This remake shit is getting way out of hand. Now even people I admire and respect are adding to the trend. Werner Herzog, who’s Grizzley Man was one of the most engaging documentaries I’ve ever seen, is remaking the 1992 Harvey Keitel flick Bad Liutenant with Nic Cage.
I suppose one could blame this on the success of remade/Americanized Japanese horror movies. Studios see that if said remake is obscure enough, no one will care that it’s a remake. At least it used to be that way a couple years ago. Now they don’t even pick the obscure movies to remake. Anything and everything equals a possibility. NOTHING is off limits. It’s such a shame. TV shows are now movies, movies are now TV shows. Animated shows and films have been adapted to live action. And vice-versa. The one and ONLY Transformers movie will always be the animated flick from the 80s, in my mind. It isn’t even comparable. Orson Wells or Shia LeBouff… c’mon. Judd Nelson or Tyrese. I think I’m living in the wrong generation. Especially after hearing such great things about IRON MAN from LEGIT sources, it disappointed me so much. The state pop culture right now sits at a low. A LOW.
On a happier note, I finally got my copy of Local H’s “12 Angry Months”. I’ll most likely review it tonight or tomorrow. But I do already know I like it. I’m on my third time through the disc right now. Along with my three main comics I read, which all came out yesterday. So yeah- I guess there’re some aspects of our pop culture I enjoy. The Road, Local H, CERTAIN comic books, Adult Swim, independent hip-hop… fuck TV, blockbuster movies, the NFL, and the rest of it.