I often feel like I'm the only guy at the watercooler who's not in the "Really Really Good TV Club". I've taken a peek at the big shows--Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, etc--but none of them have grabbed me. It makes me wonder if my heavy Diet Coke consumption has warped my tastes in TV.
I listened to a podcast earlier today where some culture writers talked about "opting out" of major cultural phenomena, and how many people on the outside of such a happening tend to guard themselves by feigning knowledge of the material. (Say, for example, you're the only guy in the civilized world who hasn't read the Harry Potter series, so you pick up enough knowledge through casual conversation to at least pretend that you're not an outsider.)
Is it okay to be a poseur to shield yourself against isolation? Or should everyone take the moral/ethical high road and freely confess our distaste for, say, the Walking Dead?
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When it comes to the realm of comics, I sometimes feel myself bending to a pressure similar to what I described above. I find myself outside of a particular crowd/following, and I feel a pressure to dive into a franchise--wallet-first, of course--for reasons other than quality. As a comic fan, it's easy to fall victim to information overload.
I have to continually remind myself of the best advice I've ever read on these forums: "Read quality comics."
So how was your holiday?
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"Team-Up" was the name of the game today, I think. I picked up A+X #1, and it impressed the hell out of me: it's a perfect specimen of the fun, freewheeling team-up comics that I'm such a sucker for.
I also picked up Mark Waid's The Brave and the Bold #11 from a few years ago, "starring" Superman and Ultraman. (I grabbed it because my CBG was only asking $1, and I always get a kick out of the Crime Syndicate.) I use quotes around "starring" because the bulk of the issue actually focused on the Challengers of the Unknown. No big deal though, because the issue has a few really fun moments, such as Ultraman marching into the Daily Planet as Clark Kent, punching a coworker in the face, and making out with some hot blonde.
How'd Monday treat you?
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Meh it was pretty boring day. My only highlight is watching the Philip DeFranco show. Have you watched his daily shows they are hilarious to watch everyday. Today's episode.How'd Monday treat you?
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Call of Duty!
1) Find a bad guy
2) Be Wolverine
Bring Back Ultimate Wolverine...again!
90`s x-force is just silly to read, with the tough guy poses and all. x-factor was ok, but very infantile until david took over with issue 70 (or close). david`s run was actually pretty good. teen books are also not particularly worth it. new mutants didn`t age well and generation x varied in quality, and is ignored by all writers anyway.
furthermore, at this moment, noone can really say that there is such a thing as x-men continutiy anymore, as it would be silly beyond belief. proffesor x died and returned like 5 times (the same goes for him being in wheelchair). jean grey history is fucked up beyond comprehension. the same goes for psylocke, cyclops (e.g., he was apocalypse at one point) and numerous other x-men. rogue lost/regained her powers like million times. magneto went from megalomaniac, to well-intentioned terrorist, to teacher, back to megalomaniac, then genocidal maniac then back to well-intentioned terrorist. not to mention crap like joseph, thunderbird, marrow, adamantium-less wolverine etc. plus, a lot of stuff that years were devoted to are ignored completely now - e.g. graydon creed, legacy virus, personified cerebro... if you tried to piece all of it together into one history, it would make no sense whatsoever anyway.
if i could start again, i would essentially just consider new x-men the starting point, and just work with selective continuity. more or less, i would work with the assumption that x-men existed before new x-men, and that some stuff happened. e.g. giant sized, dark phoenix saga, days of future past, mutant massacre and age of apocalypse (which although from 90`s kicks ass). the rest can be fairly safely ignored, if you have a basic idea of x-characters history.
i`m writing all this, because i want to save you from my own mistakes. you are going to pour a lot of money and time into comics which at the end of the day are probably not worth it. furthermore, if your aim is to get to know the x-lore, then there are better and more economical ways to do that, without plowing through decades of currently ignored material. maybe that`s just me though:)
All-time Favs: Ultimate Marvel, Transmetropolitan, 100 Bullets, Ex Machina, Grant Morrison, Saga...
So I saw 007 Skyfall yesterday. I had heard so many good things about it. Some are saying it's the best Bond film to date. I thought it was pretty good, but I was somewhat underwhelmed. I felt it wasn't as exciting or as entertaining as Casino Royal or Goldeneye, which are the best two Bond films in my opinion. It's still pretty decent. If you enjoyed the last two Bond movies, you'll enjoy this one. But in terms of it being the best Bond film to date? I would argue that point. I'll just say that as good as Daniel Craig is, Judy Dench definitely stole the show in this movie.
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In the UK, there isn't really much of a general consensus of anything, except for maybe football.
I HATE television and the sheer amount of shit that's on it. Especially when adverts pop up every ten minutes, trying to sell you stuff you don't want. It pisses me off, to the point where I end up smashing up the TV with uncontrollable rage.. Why is it when you're watching something, buisnesses are always advertising meaningless shit at you. I'm like 'Leave me the fuck alone! No, I don't want want to buy your product. No, I don't want to watch actresses who only have a job because they have a nice loooking chest. No, I'm not hungry. No, I don't have problems with my vagina. No, I'm don't need 100 different types of detergent that supposedly removes all stains. No, I don't want to always have to choose between Coke and Pepsi. No, I don't want to watch an entire season of sport, only for it all to restart the next year. No I don't want to vote for something in which I have absolutely no clue what decisions I'm voting voting for. No, I don't want car insurance, when you're all ripping me off anyway. No, I don't want to advocate a holiday tradition without a good reason for it. Leave me alone!!!
If I'm at home, I'm either on the Internet talking to you guys, making phone calls to different council members or sometimes playing my Playstation. The rest of the time, I'm out, either at work or with friends.
Looking at America from an outside perspective, I'm staggered by how much general consensus there is. Everyone seems part of a stereotyped group of interests. There must be a lot of peer presure to like everything, and I imagine it must be pretty strenuous trying to watch so much TV and so many internet videos all the time. I just imagine everyone in doors watching TV and when they go out to see friends, all they talk about is what TV they've watched. I would go mad if I had to sit down and watch so much TV, especially with all the commercials popping up every ten minutes.
The Walking Dead is one of the only things I like watching, but I'm not sure if that's only because I read the comics. But still, thank you America for providing something I actually like on TV. Not many countries can manage that. However my biggest complaint, is that after watching just ten measly minutes of it, more fucking advertisments keep trying to sell you stuff. I really cannot be bothered to sit there doing nothing, waiting for a programme to come back on. I feel like every time I watch TV, I'm mostly just flicking through channels trying to find something reasonably good, but all I can find is adverts on like 70% of the channels.