- Chris and Matt over at WarRocketAjax have included some of my award categories in this year’s “Gordie Awards”. WarRocketAjax is a pop cultural podcast wherein two really, down to the bone, unequivocally nerdy dudes talk about comics, video games, BBQ, music, movies, TV, net stuff, etc. But mostly comics. The categories they took from me were “Best High Concept”, “Best Rap Verse”, and “Best Last Page (of a comic)”. To which I would have to answer (in order): the entirety of Hickman’s “Manhattan Projects”, Sadistik on “Wild West” (off Kristoff Krane’s “fanfaronade”), and I’ll have to come back to the last page thing.
Here’s that track (and verse):
And while I’m on the subject, Sadistik has a new record coming out soonish. February 19th. Here’s the announcement on his page, along with the track listing and album info/artwork/all that jazz.
- The BAFTA nominations have been announced. Not many surprises here. One flick I was really excited for that didn’t get raving reviews was the crime/screenwriting/Shih Tzu kidnapping comedy “Seven Psychopaths“. It was nominated for “Best British Film”. Glad to see Michael Haneke’s new film getting some attention. Somewhere. I haven’t seen “Amour” but I’m sure it’s probably challenging as are all of his movies. “Original Screenplay” is an interesting category, as I could see almost any one of the guys win. But c’mon, “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t really an “original” script. I mean, it is in a sense that there wasn’t a fictional account of those events prior to it existing… but it’s a journalistic take on what happened. It’s just telling a real story. And if there’s evidence of that, it’s that the State Department is taking quite an interest in investigating where Boal and Bigelow got their information for the movie.
- Good Lord. More people having more issues over Django. Along with an ultra-conservative co-worker (who’s mad because the movie’s “just about white people getting murdered”) here comes Al Sharpton who’s saying there shouldn’t be figures of the characters in the movies because he says these toys are for kids. Which they clearly aren’t. I mean, any kid would be bored out of his mind with an action figure that vaguely looks like Leo DiCaprio in a Hugh Hefner-esque robe with a cigarette holder dangling out of its mouth. And I’m doubting action figures of characters from Tarentino movies sell all that well. I think they’re probably geared towards hardcore fans who collect things of this nature, and they’re not widely available. “”I don’t see any dolls representing Hitler that came from Tarantino’s (Holocaust movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’)…”, Sharpton says. No, you don’t. But who gives a shit if there was?
When I have kids I’m not going to let them have a fucking Hitler doll from a Tarentino movie, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t allow such a thing to exist.