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#3700575 2015 Oscars

Posted BigDMcGee on 09 May 2015 - 08:34 AM

God, I wish I'd not known that about Birdman. The Cutless nature of it, was the only thing I knew about it ( and made me want to see it). It's just spectacular, Isn't it? It doesn't seem gimmicky at all, but adds to the frantic tension and insanity of the movie


#3692429 2015 Oscars

Posted BigDMcGee on 28 February 2015 - 07:19 PM

I mean it too. Tanner is my boy now. You're out.


#3675662 Random Entertainment Observations

Posted BigDMcGee on 09 October 2014 - 09:21 AM

PTA's adapting a Pynchon book? holy crap!


#3671508 I Hate Tool

Posted BigDMcGee on 01 September 2014 - 09:44 PM

Still hate tool


#3667447 Does Anybody Else Read Comic Books / Graphic Novels?

Posted frautotenkinder on 23 July 2014 - 08:47 PM

I've read quite a few. I get almost all the stand alone books from the library. The serialized stuff (Fables) I had to purchase.

Maus 1 and 2--both brilliant.

Stitches by David Small. It's a memoir told in graphic novel form. The narrator doesn't trust the world around him, which affects the art. I really liked it--there was a few panels depicting living as an artist in a Detroit squat that was so vivid I'm still thinking about.


Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

This book was much, much smarter than me. It goes into architecture, formal design, and philosophy. I should re-read it to see if I can catch up at all.


Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Really really great. It's a memoir by a woman who grew up in a funeral home. There's lots more as her father died in a possible suicide, she comes out as queer, etc. Read it, and be secure in talking about the Bechdel rule.


Marbles by Ellen Forney
Another bio from a mental illness type queer lady. The weakest of all the books in this post, but still worth it from the library.


Fables I adored, I just stopped wanting to buy more. Is there a limited series, with a definite end that you all recommend? I've read Watchman, and am just okay on the other Alan Moore I've read. I'd love to read a superhero series, but again--I want it to be maybe a 6-10 trade book run.


#3667149 Does Anybody Else Read Comic Books / Graphic Novels?

Posted BigDMcGee on 17 July 2014 - 07:47 PM

Alright, I'm at least 5 years out of the comics game, but I do love them as an art form. I think the first thing I'd recommend is "understanding comics" by Scott McCloud. It's a graphic novel, but it's also like a history of comics and not just that, but an examination of the art form itself. It's super good, and can give you a bunch of suggestions of other artists you might like.

From there, I think probably my favorite GN is Jimmy Corrigan, the smartest kid on earth. All of Chris Ware's acme novelty library stuff is great, but jimmy is just beautiful.

The first comic that I ever read, that I truly loved and thought it was on another level of art, was the Sandman series, by Neil Gaiman. There are many different comic artists in it, almost all of them at least interesting.

Another one I got into early was The Preacher Written by Ennis and drawn by Dillion. It's funny and ****ed up. I love Ennis, but without Dillions sort of hyper cartoony art to take the edge off his ****ed up material, I don't like him near as much. They are the perfect writing/art combo. They also had a great run on Hellblazer ( many great writers wrote for Hellblazer), and on Punisher.

Punisher is one of the comics I traditionally hate. In the post Dark Knight Returns world ( by Frank Miller. You should read pretty much anything Miller put out), many comics started getting really ****ed up and hard boiled. But without the intelligence that Miller had, most were just graphically violent and bad. I thought Punisher was a great example of this. He wasn't a hero, he was just a serial killer, who happened to pick criminals to kill. He was a geek revenge fantasy wet dream. But, when Ennis started writing it (and particularly when DIllon did the art) it had the right amount of irony and absurdity.

You mentioned that you read The Watchmen. You should read pretty much anything Alan Moore wrote, starting with his Swamp Thing run. it's not overstating it that he and miller transformed mainstream comics and inspired a generation of writers and artists. My favorite non-watchmen thing of his, was his America's Best Comic's run.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, (you may be familiar with the shitty movie) is like a steam punk super hero comic, set in victorian england, using books from Victorian literature for it's characters and inspiration, like Dracula, The Invissible man, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Jeckyl and 20,000 leagues.

Promethea is like a Wonder Woman re imagined story. Moore believes in a lot of weird magical stuff, and how it ties into story telling, It's very weird, but the art is tremendous, and it's funny. (All of his ABC stuff is really funny)

Tom Strong is like his take on the "Science Hero", kind of fantastic four-y, but also many of the golden/ silver age adventure comics. It's really funny.

My favorite though, is Top 10. Top 10 is like this inter dimensional super hero police force. IT's very meta, taking jabs at.. pretty much every single super hero archetype

Warren Ellis wrote two of my favorite comics, Transmetropolitan (who's main character is obviously inspired by Hunter S Thompson, but in a cyberpunk future) and The Authority ( another meta super hero comic, that plays with the archetypes) He also had a great run on HellBlazer.

Brian MIchael Bendis has been given the keys to Marvel and is considered their brightest writing star. And while his marvel stuff is better than the average marvel stuff, Marvel ruins almost everything it touches. I would highly recommend his indy Powers run. Powers is yet another meta super hero comic ( seeing a pattern in the things I like?) The hero is a superman type character, who had been a hero on earth for millennia. But sometime in the recent past, he went through a procedure that turned him into a normal human, and now he's working as a cop who gets assigned to "powers" related crimes.


Fables is a great comic about heros from children's storys, who live in New York City. I think these TV shows like Ever after ripped it off pretty hard.


My favorite marvel Comic of all time was Milligan and allred's X-Force-Xtatix run. Again, another meta take on super heros, but this time, it's more of a critque of celebrity and reality tv culture. The style of the comic is a jarring contrast to the content of the stories, which is often really violent and dark. Mike Allred in general has a throw back style that I really like. A lot of fan boys HATED it when they took over X-Force, but I pretty much hate anything a fanboy would like.


I didn't read a lot of the truly indy comic stuff, but http://www.fantagraphics.com/ out of seattle puts out a lot of amazing things. They put out Crumb's stuff ( the artist who drew Harvey Pekar's stuff), Acme Novelty library, Love and Rockets,Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Eightball) and all kinds of great stuff.

My favorite indy artist is Joe Sacco, who is a "Comic journalist" It's hard to explain, but he will go into a war zone or a ****ed up likes like Palestine or Sarajevo and make comics about the people he meets there and their stories. Palestine, The Fixer and notes from a defeatest are all great.


Perseopolis is also amazing. And Maus. That Art Spiegelman would put out the comic, that is probably most widely read as it gets assigned in schools, would have been impossible to predict, as he was a giant in the indy-alternative comic scene. Maus pretty much single handedly brought "narrative sequential art" into a place of respect.

Those are what is coming to me off the top of my head, I'm sure there's a bunch of others that are great that I'm not thinking of right now.


#3663383 Random Baseball Observations

Posted brvheart on 14 June 2014 - 06:33 AM

Timmy's just being a Boston homer on that one. Hell, Guapo sees 5 year olds make that throw all day long.


#3660431 Roger Ebert

Posted AmScray on 22 May 2014 - 12:23 AM

Odd bump.

Used to see him IRL quite a bit (we lived in the same city), met and talked with him once in the early 00's outside of a White Hen of all places. Told him I liked his review of Dances with Wolves years back and how much I liked the movie (pretty much making the most awful celebrity-encounter small talk, ever) yet he stood there and talked about the movie with me for swear to god 5 minutes as if I was somebody other than a random schmuck on the side of the road. Quote from the conversation: "Cinematography is the match lit against whatever kindling is provided by the story...". Later that night I realized he meant 'match' like 'you light a cigaratte with a match' and not 'match' like a 'pair' of something.

Also, we both shared an immense love for the film Juno.


#3659604 Random Baseball Observations

Posted brvheart on 14 May 2014 - 11:19 PM

Royals stuff:

http://m.mlb.com/vid...areer-strikeout

His reaction is hilarious.


#3656917 Game Of Thrones

Posted FCP Bob on 28 April 2014 - 05:28 AM

Bronn used to be a Pop Singer




#3657150 The How Awful Donald Sterling Is Thread

Posted FCP Bob on 29 April 2014 - 05:07 AM


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Welcome to the Finger-Wagging Olympics



#3656734 True Detective

Posted JubilantLankyLad on 26 April 2014 - 03:42 PM

View PostBigDMcGee, on 26 April 2014 - 01:26 PM, said:

great (and misunderstood) in INglourious Basterds

Misunderstood is not the same as "hard to understand"


#3655890 Game Of Thrones

Posted Ron_Mexico on 21 April 2014 - 06:20 PM

View PostDavid_Sklansky, on 21 April 2014 - 05:57 PM, said:


That's kind of why losing Joffrey hit me so hard.

How has that kid not won every acting award known to man, Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG, whatever else? Has anyone in the recent past made the public hate him (or in Dutch's case, swoon) as much as Joffrey has?


#3654988 Game Of Thrones

Posted David_Sklansky on 14 April 2014 - 09:08 AM

Spoilers: Right as they introduce my potential second favorite character, they take away my #1. His behavior at that wedding was so good. I wish I had a way to act like that.


#3652003 Random Baseball Observations

Posted BigDMcGee on 25 March 2014 - 05:27 PM

http://deadspin.com/...dium=socialflow

The best part is the dude calling Pelfrey a "Munson". OMG he just said munson to munson.