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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 29, 2014, 10:16:22 AM
Avengers: Age of Ultron party scene

Avengers: Age of Ultron woodchopping scene

Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 28, 2014, 09:43:31 PM
So... after the Marvel event thing... who's winning?? DC or Marvel??  Evil
is it wrong to just answer this, "the fans?"

That's the perfect answer, yeah Cheesy

Agreed.  Smiley Especially as it now looks like the hatchet face one hasn't (yet) been cast as Strange.  Grin
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 28, 2014, 09:33:24 AM
On a visual recognition level, what's the difference between 616!Fury and Mr Fantastic? It's an eye patch. Similarly, the sole distinguising feature between Stark and Strange -- a dark haired blue eyed middleaged white man with van dyke beards -- is the same streak of white hair shared by Fury & Reed.

And these are A-List heavy hitters who've been around more or less since the beginning of the company. Which is fine I guess if you're giving them their own book that comes out every few weeks. It's a far less ideal situation for the MCU where the visual branding of a character is far more important. It's the reasons why the TMNT got their unique mask colours.

Changing up Ultimates!Fury to a deliberate Samuel L Jackson-alike was perhaps the single greatest marketing decision Marvel has made in the last 2 decades. It finally made the character unique from just about every other spymaster ever (Equinox, we miss you) and has given their cinematic universe a very distinct visual as a result.

So similarly, any move that distinguishes Strange from Stark is a good one. And as Pat often points out about adaptions, characters like Strange are desperately in need of a modern reinvention for their new medium of film with its far more multi-cultural -- and culturally aware -- audiences. So if that reinvention also allows you to give the character as distinguishable a branding as possible, the better.

The whole point of the Ultimate Marvel brand was "What if the Marvel universe had been created 'today' instead of some 60 years ago" and a recognition that the company's characters sprang from a presumption of straight white masculinity that is no longer as representative of western/American society as it once was. So given that the MCU is both informed by the Ultimateverse as well as the present day, just because a character was initially white isn't a guarantee they are adapted that way. Obviously for a variety of reasons some characters are far more immune to that than others
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 28, 2014, 03:27:22 AM
He's Israeli Jewish by birth and culture which puts him in the same boat as Gal Gadot. It's a step beyond the usual anglo casting so it's close enough to make both sides of the fidelity/representation debate happy to some degree which is why I suggested him. Plus, he's hot.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 28, 2014, 02:29:39 AM


While vanilla Strange is the heavily established lynchpin of the 616!verse, outside of comics fandom he's so little known that Marvel had a huge opportunity to be able to do something about the pervasive whiteness of the MCU and its source material. Oded Fehr and Jimmy Smits are two possibilities with enough good looks and recognition to carry the role without breaking the bank. Instead they've gone with the whitest possible option for Strange who it so happens personifies the worse aspects of the JJTrek franchise.

DC have already stolen quite a few marches in recent weeks on a Marvel Studios far too content to rest on their laurels -- they've been the first to announce a movie with a female lead, been significanty more diverse in the casting of their primary characters, and have now declared they're intensionally lookig for a female director to helm Wonder Woman while Marvel have been doing their best to ignore the contribution of their one female screen writer to Guardians of the Galaxy in order to propagate the whole director as auteur image.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: October 27, 2014, 10:41:57 AM
Weird Al - Party in the CIA
Slightly Left of Centre - Love The Way You Move
This Land is Mine
Crater Face
Space Stallions
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 24, 2014, 08:44:42 AM
First Age of Apocalypse viral clip drops.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 24, 2014, 02:28:49 AM
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9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 23, 2014, 11:57:23 PM
That there would be an appearance of the Hulkbuster armour was one of the first things we knew about the movie after Ultron was revealed, so it makes sense that would be in the teaser. I suspect it was also there to distract from Ultron's Bayformer-esque face (though I have my suspicion that we're actually seeing Vision there in some form)
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: October 23, 2014, 08:36:35 AM
Humanity - we have flight, fight, or (these days) fuck down to a precise art.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Golden Oldies: Classic Film & TV thread on: October 23, 2014, 08:28:07 AM
We've been watching the back to the future trilogy, and the saying that the middle film in such things tends to be the weakest holds true here. Mostly because most of the middle section of the film in the alternate 1985 could have been rendered moot simply by looking at the "last time visited" section of the time circuit display, which would at least have instantly revealed the time they needed to get to in order to resolve the paradox.

But that aside this trilogy is just so much damn fun even though or perhaps especially because you know what's about to happen, with effects that were at the time cutting edge and even today hold up pretty well. And even nigh 30 years later, that deLorean remains one hell of a sweet ride, landspeed soundenhancement and all..
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 22, 2014, 09:47:53 PM
Goodbye AOS ratings boost.

That said, looks like we might be getting a glimpse of the Red Room
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Greg Weissman's animated Stargate series proposal on: October 22, 2014, 08:49:15 PM
Gargoyles, Young Justice, The Clone Wars, and the entirity of the DCAU for a start argue otherwise.

And there was no confusion in the early years: the first ep clearly established each gate uses the same 38 destination glyphs, and that a single gate could dial all other gates, as a result there's a single universal address for Earth that the rest of the galaxy had essentially forgotten following the revolution that closed the gate.

That said, I actually prefer the interconnecting network model, as well as each gate having unique glyphs because every planet has it's own unique constellations to form addresses for. It basically allows for trade routes and quest hubs, and as the basis for a RPG campaign setting that's exactly how I'd go with it.

I understand exactly why SG1 grossly simplified the way it works -- it just isn't feasible to continually send teams to worlds they have an absolutely minimal guarantee of being able to dial home from (having 2-way wormholes would admittedly make that less of an issue). And dramatically you just don't have the time in a 42 minute episode to have the team constantly trying to find the return address.

That said, universal addresses still works with the idea of interconnecting networks as the basis of a weekly action show, because once you start hitting mytharc episodes, discovering new routes and capturing/holding key hubs becomes important and feasible plot and continuity points.

14  Community / Off-Topic / Greg Weissman's animated Stargate series proposal on: October 22, 2014, 11:30:22 AM

The Animated Stargate: The Hunted should make use of what animation does best. We should open up the scope of what we're creating. It's as easy (and cost-effective) to paint a truly otherworldly background, as it is to draw one that looks like it could be found somewhere near Vancouver. So we want weird environments: underground cities, water worlds, cloud deserts or whatever. It's also as easy to design a truly alien alien as it is to draw one whose look could be achieved by a human wearing great make-up. We want inhuman aliens (although not so weird that they're unrelatable to our audience, unless that's the point of a specific story). Similarly, new alien technology should be shocking and stunning

There are some interesting -- and truly terrible -- ideas within, but the entire basis of the series seems to fly directly in the face of how SG-1 -- the version of the franchise upon which the series would have been based -- established the structure of the gate network
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: October 20, 2014, 06:09:10 PM
Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98
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