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Everything posted by wcw43921

  1. Seconded for Byrne, Willingham and Wood--and I will nominate: William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman--perhaps not the first superheroine, but certainly the best known. Mac Raboy--while he didn't create Captain Marvel Jr., his work on the character truly made him stand out. Jack Cole, the creator of Plastic Man, one of the most unique heroes to see print on the comics page.
  2. "People want just taxes more than they want lower taxes. They want to know that every man is paying his proportionate share according to his wealth."--Will Rogers
  3. This was a rather nifty thing to read.
  4. Had to think about that one for a moment. . .
  5. Looks like something Calvin might have done with snowmen.
  6. The black horse has potential. Someone should stat it up for the Bestiary.
  7. He eventually got the hang of it, though--there was an episode where he used super-speed to clean up the dinner dishes at his parents' house. Then he had to stand and wait in the dining room so as not to arouse their suspicion.
  8. Of course, in those days, it was seriously difficult to tell the good guys from the bad just by looking. The heroes were just as likely to dress in all black and pack lethal weaponry as the villains. There used to be a really nifty thread on Nineties anti-hero concepts, but it appears to have--disappeared. A shame.
  9. I'm drawing my sword. That thing could come to life at any moment! You guys got my back on this, right? Guys? Not again. . .
  10. You want the voice to call you "Rose?"
  11. I actually thought he was the best version of Luthor depicted on screen--and with competition that includes Gene Hackman and Michael Rosenbaum, that's saying something. He appeared as though he'd stepped right out of a Curt Swan illustration, and the way he knifed Superman in the back with the Kryptonite shiv was thoroughly vicious. This was how he should have been depicted all along. But you're right--it's doubtful Kevin Spacey will be appearing in any role anytime soon.
  12. Looking forward to this now more than ever.
  13. Wasn't that the premise of some commercials a while back? I remember one with Rebel Wilson saying something like "Do it yourself," then the regular Alexa voice comes on and says, "Thanks, Rebel, but I'll take it from here." Personally, I'd rather have the voice of Catherine Zeta-Jones or Salma Hayek on my Alexa machine--if I ever get one. And if either of those voices were programmed to respond by saying "Yes, Master" to my requests--that would be really great. I've said too much, haven't I?
  14. The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories. There were all the regular types of stuff: Spilled milk and pennies saved. But then the teacher realized, that only Janie was left. "Janie, do you have a story to share?" "Yes ma'am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy. She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife. She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn't break, and then she parachuted right into the middle of 20 Iraqi troops. She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands." ''Good Heavens," said the horrified teacher. "What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?" "Don't Screw with Mommy when she's been drinking."
  15. I can imagine. The movie had nudity on the part of Sandy, not to mention she was in a relationship with a much older art teacher--which could be reasons for Our Miss Watson to turn it down. On the other hand, the part is definite Oscar bait and the character does take down a fascist sympathizer, so there's that going for it. But yeah--screw censorship up the behind with a double-barrel shotgun.
  16. I remember, if not distinctly, a post by lapsedgamer (Rest You Well, HERO) in which he said he liked to recast movies with African-American actors. With that in mind--and because it actually might work--I give you this casting of The Andy Griffith Show (which would likely be retitled Life In Mayberry)-- Andy Taylor------------------------Will Smith Opie Taylor-------------------------Jaden Smith Aunt Bea-----------------------------S. Epatha Merkerson Barney Fife-------------------------Chris Rock Howard Sprague----------------Eddie Murphy Helen Crump----------------------Jada Pinkett Smith Goober Pyle-----------------------Martin Lawrence Otis The Town Drunk---------Leslie David Baker (Stanley in The Office (USA)) I was also thinking a remake of The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie might be nifty. Alex Kingston would be Miss Brodie, Emma Watson would be Sandy, and Maggie Smith would be the headmistress of Marcia Blaine as a way of paying tribute to the original movie. (And while this might be a long shot, it could be updated to present day America, with Miss Brodie sympathizing with Trump instead of Franco and Mussolini.)
  17. The thing one needs to remember about the Starship Troopers movie us that Paul Verhoven grew up during the Nazi occupation of Holland--which means that some of his earliest memories were of bombs falling and artillery shells exploding, then all these big guys in sharp grey uniforms strutting around like they owned the place. Under those circumstances, I would think it would be quite easy to become not at all impressed with military people and military culture the way, say, Americans tend to be impressed by those things. Of course, Verhoven isn't the only filmmaker to take liberties with a book. There was a Cold War thriller called Red Alert written by Peter George back in the early Sixties, about an Air Force general who learns he is dying of cancer and on his own authority orders his B-52 bomber wing to attack the Soviet Union. What follows is a mad scramble to stop the bombers and prevent World War III. Nerve-wracking, nail biting stuff, right? Serious as a heart attack followed by an indictment for murder, right? But when Stanley Kubrick got a hold of the book, he turned it into the darkest comedy ever made--Dr. Strangelove. But no one complains about the lack of fealty to the source material--or the fact that just about everyone in the movie aside from Group Captain Mandrake isn't quite playing with a full deck, especially the military men. Granted, not that many people are familiar with the original novel or its author. So let's select a better known author--Stephen King. Kubrick took some rather flagrant liberties with his book The Shining, especially with the way it ended. But very few people seem to take issue with the way Kubrick changed the movie, except for the die-hard King fans and King himself. Granted, the movie has its moments--not to mention one of the most original (and most scary) trailers ever made. But Kubrick seems to get a pass on this movie, just for being Stanley Kubrick. Those are my thoughts on the subject--take them as you will.
  18. Storm Area 51 Gathering Draws Only About 100 People
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