If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.
Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.
Supernatural is a show that is entering its tenth year. This is a heady accomplishment, especially in a world where Firefly and Brisco County Jr. both only got one season. It's also unique in that it brings in the female fans despite the fact that the main characters are all males (albeit extremely dreamy ones). Thus, with season 10 approaching fast, how can we celebrate Supernatural?
Supernatural tends to be a little circular. Invincible enemies are introduced one season and two seasons later they're basically mooks. The brothers break up and reunite more times than Oasis, taking turns being the "Cynical Brother Who No Longer Cares". Sam goes from being a demonic host to the devil to an angel and Dean goes from being the Sword of Michael to being the new Cain. It's not easy to find a central meaning to Supernatural. You have to think a little outside the box after all these years and after so many tangled story lines. One idea that more or less works is reincarnation. Are the boys trapped in an eternity of living the same lives and making the same choices over and over again? I mean, they are, but what if there's a literal truth to it as well? Assuming there is, let's look at ten reasons Supernatural is all about the path of reincarnation.
(Extreme spoiler warning here. Just stop when you get to the season you haven't binge-watched yet.)
If there's one lesson that is easy to learn, it is this: nerds on the Internet are an angry and contentious lot; far more often than is good for us.
A big contributor to this problem is that the past decade and a half has seen a surge of members of our own ranks entering into the elite circles of the entertainment industry. When guys like Chris Nolan, Bryan Singer, Joss Whedon et al. started to hit the sweet spot of what works for nerds and what doesn't alienate conventional audiences, Hollywood saw a huge spike in profits and praise. Nerd-approved properties have become a perennial market bonanza and Hollywood is continually doing its best to try and court our dollars. Sometimes it even seems that they're doing too good a job of it - to their own detriment. To see what I mean about the forest being missed for the trees or even just the branches, let's get onto the list proper.More >>
Some of us are satisfied with the nerdery Hollywood provides us. Marvel movies are great, we've got another Star Wars saga to look forward to and the Wachowskis keep making crazy movies. For others, HBO's Game of Thrones is as edgy as we need to get. A few, however, need to search the depths of the cinematic fringes for something we've never seen before. The problem is it takes a lot to top the previous 117 years of cinema; at this point we're talking about the cinematic equivalent of autoerotic asphyxiation.
Proceed to the rest of this article at your own risk. Mildly NSFW images ahead.More >>
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Friday afternoon is usually a great time to hide bad news. It's a common enough practice that it has its own name: the Friday News Dump. So you can imagine that there was some befuddlement when this was announced:
"Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history."This was not bad news. This was the exact opposite of bad news. This was acknowledgement of the role of arguably the most important creator in comic book history by a notoriously litigious company on the eve of maybe the opening of the Supreme Court's phase in the litigation. This was incredible news. After 30 years of fighting with Marvel over King Kirby's contributions to their universe, FINALLY there was some kind of positive resolution. More >>
Can you beat a sentient Garfield banana? We'll give it a try, with these amusing tidbits culled form your weekend submissions and collected with the help of Kyle LeClair. Tipsters this week include kegs, donnaryoko, rkwsuperstar, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, Gallen_Dugall, clashctyrkr, Rx79immigrant84, SlyDante777More >>
Last week, a whole lot of people who aren't into video games, but like reading financial news, suddenly heard about Minecraft for the first time when it was announced that the game is being acquired by computer giant Microsoft for 2.5 billion dollars.
This news has been a huge surprise, sending shockwaves through the fan community and the gaming press. Some of those reactions have been particularly entertaining, and the possibilities that the deal presents are interesting as well. Let's take a look at some highlights.More >>
I've seen it posted over and over on my social media in the last twenty-four hours: THE article. The one that says cosplayers are ruining conventions. My highly talented costumer friends - many who make a living from cosplay - are livid, stirred up into mania merely by the title of the article: "Is Cosplay Killing Comic-Con?"
Let's investigate...More >>
This past week, Superman's cousin Kara joined the parade of DC heroes making the jump to television, when CBS ordered a full season of a Supergirl television series to begin airing next year. From all indications, this is going to be a fully fledged superhero show, not a pre-hero extended origin story like Smallville, which means our girl Kara will be wearing some kind of costume.
Supergirl is a lot like Barbie; she's tall, blonde, fit, and has seemingly tried her hand at every career known to man (she's been a TV news anchor, a guidance counselor and a soap opera actress, and that's just for starters.) And also like Barbie, she's had a wardrobe filled with many different outfits over the years, some stylish, and some that should have gone the way of Krypton. (Unlike Barbie, Supergirl likely never griped that "math was hard.") So when the time comes to make her TV debut, Kara will have several outfits to choose from. Here are five she should definitely consider for her television debut, and five that should be used as lining for her pet Streaky the Supercat's litter box.More >>
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I had the good fortune of being born in 1979, and thus living through the golden age of video games. I received an Atari 7800 for Christmas, which sort of sucked actually, but it was replaced the next year by the hallowed Nintendo Entertainment System. I also had the fortune of growing up in an area where arcades were popular and spent summers living the birth of Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat and my personal favorite, Time Killers. In more modern times my wife, daughter and I all game and frequent our local Gamestop. The game I am most looking forward to this year is Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I plan to take a long weekend to get into it.
Why say all that first? Well, there seems to be an opinion that growing up loving video games and thinking that Tropes Vs. Women is total crap and that Anita Sarkeesian should be banned from the internet are inseparable. Honestly, this is only the beginning of the online rage as you can see from this Patreon with a $5,000 a month payout vowing to fight her movement because apparently "Recent evidence suggests they have far larger powers of censorship than anyone would suspect; this is what we want to uncover." Because obviously a secret cabal of feminists is controlling all media. Hadn't you noticed?
Is Tropes Vs. Women perfect? Not at all. One simple complaint I have is the lumping of games with a karma system like Fallout or games that reward pacifist play-through like Dishonored with the Grand Theft Auto games of the world. Sarkeesian states that these games all have a similar punishment/reward system for offing random innocents, and this is factually incorrect. However, we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater and having actually watched these videos, I have to say they bring up some really simple and valid points.