Gotham SPOILER Thread: Boyz 'n' the Hood

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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What do you think I am, crazy? You'll just turn the TV off when I'm halfway through it.

Top-Down Smackdown: Mr. Nelson Rules!

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

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Can I just say that Eva Marie's dad, Barry Nelson, is my favorite character on any WWE program right now? He's loud, unapologetically Roman Catholic and superior about it, possibly in denial about his health, and seemingly a good dude deep down. The way he shut down the idea that he should have a bucket list just because he has colon cancer was such a good moment I have to wonder how planned it was, if at all. You never know with Total Divas.

But I think the lesson here is this: you take a real guy with a brash personality, (presumably) tell him to amp it up on camera, and let him do his thing, unscripted. What a concept! I think certain people could learn from that. When I think back to what WWE did with Torrie Wilson's dad, I cringe - but Barry, who is presumably not healthy enough to appear as a regular character on wrestling shows, needs to at least get a vignette at WrestleMania.

DC Marvel vs Transformers Fan-Edited Trailer Is Awesome Blasphemy

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, Toys, Video Games
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 2:54 pm

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Given the way most people feel about Marvel movies versus how they feel about Man of Steel and Bayformers, a mash-up flick probably doesn't top anybody's wishlist. But if it did, I'd want it to look something like this. "Alex Luthor," who brought us that outstanding fake Marvel vs. DC trailer this past December, has now gone and added Optimus, Megatron and the crew. If nothing else, it's an effective critique of how limited the environments for big action movies are, and how easy it is to match angles of projectiles being fired at things.

Though I love the way he throws in fan film and video-game footage super-quickly before you can really process what it is. If Mr. Luthor isn't a pro, as I suspected last time, somebody needs to hire him.

Here's a Solid Gold Telescoping Lightsaber Scaled to Vintage Star Wars Figures

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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If Luke Skywalker ever has to fight Cybermen, this would be the way to do it. And if you know anyone who wants to pay a thousand dollars for an accessory that forces you to modify the figure first, well, bless 'em. Because...

The Farm Boy Luke that is being used to display this saber had to be altered at the slot/elbow end to allow "line of sight " to the hand hole in order to slide the saber into the forearm. Plastic sabers have to be bent considerably to get them out of a standard Luke arm slot, this is not an option with a precious metal saber. This is not an issue with Darth and Ben since they have line of sight as a stock figure. Please take note of this and there is a photo showing the alteration as a reference.
But of course, it's neither as clumsy nor as random as a gold blaster. Which vintage Tatooine Luke couldn't hold at all, anyway.

via ActionFigureInsider on Twitter

Winston Churchill's Blood Is up for Sale, so Let's Get Cloning!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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How many times have you thought to yourself, "Today's world leaders are terrible. If only we could clone somebody great like Winston Churchill"?

Well, now's your chance.

A phial containing traces of Churchill's blood, drawn from the former prime minister as he recovered in hospital from a fractured hip, is being offered for sale to the highest bidder. Churchill was treated in the Middlesex hospital in London in 1962 at the age of 87 after breaking his hip while in Monte Carlo. It was feared that he would not survive but he soldiered on until the age of 90.
Dude was an overweight smoker and drinker who lived to be 90. Even if we can only clone his liver, lungs and heart, it'd be worth it.

If the sample's not clean enough, fill in the gaps with frog DNA. That works, right?

Here's a Short Film About a Girl With an Anus for a Mouth

By Luke Y. Thompson in Miscellaneous
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

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It's horrible. And yet I suspect that, just like me, you'll feel compelled to click on it anyway.

It's called "Eat My Shit," and here's what its director has to say:

Eat My Shit has become a viral success in Spain, France, the United Kingdom... The movie is going to do it. This makes me think that people understand a woman with an anus on her face more than I thought they would.

The video player takes a second or two to load, which gives you plenty of time to second-guess your choice to watch it.

Watch This: "Mr. Piggy Dies in 25 Dimensions"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

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During a typical work day, you are NOT generally going to get me to watch an online video for more than 2 minutes. I stuck with this short for all 15, and it may have messed with my brain.

The best way to describe it is to say that it feels like a subjective interpretation of what one's mind is like when scouring the web for pop-cultural content all day, every day. If one's mind could be represented as a pig that keeps getting killed.

Thanks to andre morelo for sending this in. I know it won't get the traction of something about Star Wars (though it does contain Star Wars references, like EVERYTHING else nowadays), but it's worth your time.

The Frozen Meets The Thing Combo You've Been Hoping for

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Be honest: since moment one of Disney's mega-hit, haven't you said to yourself, "I wish that happy happy 'Let It Go' bullshit were infiltrated by an alien monster that infects at a cellular level and rips apart the pretty bodies to consume nearby victims with sinewy tendrils"?

No? Too fuckin' bad. Here it is anyway...

The Walking Dead Recap - Eric & Aaron 4Eva

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:30 am

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I don't know how many people watched what with that other big TV event - you know, WWE FastLane - dominating Sunday night. But here, as usual, are my thoughts.

7 Reasons Why I Don't Want an Indiana Jones Reboot With Chris Pratt

By Luke Y. Thompson in Daily Lists, Movies
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

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It is most likely inevitable, but that doesn't mean I have to go along with it.

First, Disney floated the idea that they like to do more Indiana Jones stuff, possibly with Chris Pratt in the role. Then, on Friday, Deadline reported that Steven Spielberg would be happy to direct Chris Pratt in the part if the script were right. I don't entirely blame Disney for wanting to maximize the Lucasfilm IPs they just paid top-dollar for, or Pratt if he takes an iconic, big-bucks role he'd be crazy to turn down. But I do not want to see this happen.