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2016: Movies and Books Edition

Holy shit, Brownies. I haven’t posted since August. Because reasons. Maybe I’ll get into those in another post down the line, maybe I won’t. I’m never very forthcoming with my emotions (unless I’m drunk, which was more often than usual at the end of 2016), so we’ll see.

But, I always kick off the new year with the books and movies I partook in the previous year. The movies list is always huge; I average about a book a month, give or take. Lately, too, I’ve been sticking to smaller press books (for obvious reasons), but I did read a few masters of the genre, so to speak.

Books


  1. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – 4/5
  2. A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno – 3/5
  3. Inheritance by Joe McKinney – 3/5
  4. Barlow After Dark by Brad Carter – 4/5
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 3/5
  6. Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano – 5/5
  7. Blackened by Tim McWhorter – 4/5
  8. On A Red Horse by Monica Corwin – 4/5
  9. Post Office by Charles Bukowski – 4/5
  10. Joyland by Stephen King – 4/5
  11. The Winding Down Hours by Tim McWhorter – 4/5
  12. High Moor by Graeme Reynolds – 3/5
  13. They Rise by Hunter Shea – 2/5
  14. Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor – 2/5
  15. Pale Wolf by Tim McGregor – 2/5
  16. Last Wolf by Tim McGregor – 2/5
  17. Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon – 2/5
  18. Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore – 3/5
  19. Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden – 3/5
  20. Blood and Rain by Glen Rolfe – 2/5
  21. Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter by Brian Easton – 2/5
  22. Abed (short story) by Elizabeth Massie – 4/5

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Batman v Superman v Deadpool…

No, that’s not a typo. They all did battle last weekend for my coveted attention, though that’s not even really true, either. I guess what I’m trying to say is last weekend was super for me. Took my boys to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then the eldest to see Deadpool. And there aren’t any spoilers in the post, so don’t be afraid to read.

And unless he used a body double, I got to see glimpses of R.R.’s penis. Even if Deadpool had sucked, that was worth the price of admission. But Deadpool didn’t suck, and that’s a good thing. But what I really want to talk about isn’t Ryan Reynolds’ penis (though we certainly could), but Batman v Superman, and the extreme vitriol it’s getting.

I’m almost sure people saw a different movie than I did. Sure, it wasn’t RDJ being a snarky fuckitall, and it wasn’t as bright and bullshitty as a Marvel movie, but it wasn’t this pile of stinking shit people are making it out to be.

Was it a perfect movie? No, not by any means. Snyder dropped the character ball a few times in favor of big scenes and epic battles, but if I remember correctly, Ultron picked up an entire country with the intention of killing us all. And where’s the character development in that movie? There wasn’t much, not when you break down the nuggets. I think the MCU is just too established at this point, and that comparing the MCU to the DCU is frivolous. They’re different beasts.

I prefer the darkness that the DCU is going with. While I have steadfast, if stupid, hope that us humans will be better to each other, the cynic in me knows hope won’t buy me anything. The questions raised in BvS–man v god; do we regulate heroism (good deeds, such as giving out food to the homeless) and if so, how much; is absolute power corruptible; do we act preemptively or wait; why do we fear what’s different? There’s more, many more, that I can list, but BvS brings the deep thoughts. As I stated earlier, Snyder drops the character ball with all these questions and some of them don’t get satisfactory answers. This certainly lessens Batman v Superman’s impact in my opinion. I mean, if you want spectacle, you’ve already seen Ultron pick up a damn country, New York trashed, Chicago destroyed. Spectacles are a dime a dozen now, but no less entertaining.

But hey, that’s what more movies are for, right? To continue these characters and answer these questions. But honestly, I like the fact that they’re at least asking the questions, trying to make these superheroes answer for what they do. Hell, even the Transformers movies had the foresight to be like, “You destroyed Chicago, so fuck you, giant robots.”

In that vein, it looks like Captain America: Civil War might be a turn for the MCU, since it’s all about registration. Incidentally, this mutant registration is something the X-Men universe deals with constantly and is quite the motivator for Magneto. I’ve always preferred the X-Men movies to the greater MCU, too. No wonder, I’m sure.

Oh, and as a side note here, Ben Affleck is the best Batman. Hands down, he beats them all. He’s perfect as a bitter Bruce Wayne, and he’s not a small guy, so you can imagine him as Batman, too. They address the Batman “voice” (thank the fucking maker, cuz just the preview for it had me pissed off) and I can’t wait to see what they do with him going forward. The Dark Knight is, by far, the best part of the movie. But that was to be expected. I mean, Superman isn’t even human.

Personally, I’m looking forward to more DCU movies, starting with Suicide Squad in August. Wonder Woman follows next year, along with the first part of Justice League.

And for the curious among you, Wonder Woman was fantastic throughout, despite only being in it for maybe fifteen minutes. I can’t wait to see what the stand-alone movie brings to the table for her, and I’ll just leave it at that. If you’re a WW fan, the $8.00 for a ticket is worth it, because at the very least you get the aforementioned spectacle. I also didn’t think Eisenberg’s performance of Lex Luthor was as horrible as people say. Was it different? Yeah, you bet, but Eisenberg is a handy little actor and if you go with it, with the character’s younger age, and the way the world is, I think you can see the merit in his portrayal. You have to get the older Lex out of your head; this ain’t that character.

Sound off, Brownies, if you’ve seen Batman v Superman. What did you think?