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Sep 10 2014

“Smartwatches”… I Don’t Get It

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I just don’t get what’s happening in the world of technology right now. Social media went crazy today over the Apple Watch and I found myself wondering why. Why does everyone want their smartphone strapped to their wrist? Did I miss something? Don’t get me wrong, I love tech stuff, and I’ll even admit that I’m one of those guys that loves to run out and buy the next best thing as long as I can afford it. Yet, within the realm of tech gadgets, the smartwatch craze doesn’t seem like a step in the right direction.

I’m doing my best to stay completely unbiased towards manufacturers because I’m not trying to start a flame war here. Nor do I want this post to become a breeding ground for people to comment on Android being better than Apple and vice versa. No, I truly would like for the Unrealtors to comment and try and persuade me to want to go out and spend $250+ for what I feel is a complete waste of money.

 

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Jul 08 2014

The Baddest Bad – Picking Pop Culture’s Best of the Worst

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Everyone loves a bad guy.

Villains from all walks of popular culture have always held a special, strange little pocket of ours hearts hostage as we willingly and warmly watch them commit evil. In real life, we condemn our Bin Ladens and Pol Pot, but how many Jokers do you see every Halloween? The fictional fiends get away with being bastards, and we love them for it.

So the question becomes who’s the greatest? Since that’s one of the many unanswerable pop culture questions, instead let’s break it down into groups. Tropes and trends are common place across all entertainment, so I believe we’re justified in isolating particular groups to see who really is the biggest, baddest baddies of all. Continue Reading »

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Jun 12 2014

Debate of the Day: What Should Happen When Game of Thrones Runs Out of Rope?

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The Game of Thrones season four finale is this weekend, and considering they’ve already submitted it for Emmy consideration, it should be something of a barn burner.

And yet, a looming question remains. What happens when Game of Thrones runs out of road? It could be argued that this is starting to happen already, with plotlines like Brienne/Pod and Littlefinger/Sansa already getting dangerously close to their Feast for Crows/Dance with Dragons conclusion. The next two book are really like one super giant book split up by characters, not by chronology, and that can pose a problem.

Within a year or two, that means Game of Thrones will either have to stop completely, or start venturing outside of A Song of Ice and Fire. Yes, The Winds of Winter is being written, but it takes Martin an enormous amount of time to craft these books, as you can see:

  • A Game of Thrones (1996)
  • A Clash of Kings (1998)
  • A Storm of Swords (2000)
  • A Feast for Crows (2005)
  • A Dance with Dragons (2011)

So, what should happen when the show inevitably catches the books?

Here are the options as I see them:

A) Winds of Winter is released to forestall the inevitable for at least another year.

B) George RR Martin simply tells the showrunners what he’s going to do, and they move ahead while he writes to catch up.

C) They take a break until he’s ready with more content.

D) They try to do some interim spin-off type thing like Dunk and Egg.

E) They slow the show way, way down, adapting literally every single piece of the remaining books to fill time, including arguably boring subplots like the Iron Islands and Dorne.

It’s hard to see any of these as terribly good choices. You don’t really want Game of Thrones moving forward NOT based on something Martin has already written. Then again, you don’t want to take two or three years off and wait for him to get another book done. So what to do? And that, my friends, is the debate of the day.

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May 13 2014

Debate of the Day: Should Netflix Save Community?

Published by under Debate,Television

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Well, I’m eating my words and it finally happened, NBC cancelled Community. I previously predicted this would not come to pass, given NBC’s recent desire to retain any show with a fanbase now matter how low its ratings.

It appears there was a limit, and Community breached it. Unlike Parks and Rec, it will get no fixed final season to say goodbye, and we have to be content with Abed’s canonical asteroid strike that wiped out all life on Earth in the Greendale universe.

Now there are expected cries to other networks to save Community, directed toward Netflix in particular who has the clout, resources and past history that would indicate Community might be able to slide over there.

The question is, should it?

After five seasons and damn near a hundred episodes, has Community really been “killed too soon?” Perhaps, but not by much.

I think NBC should have at least let them come back for a shortened season to say goodbye. Just six or eight episodes even, where they could at least fashion some sort of organized finish. That would technically be a sixth season, and set a hard end date for the show they could plan around. I do not think Community should be the type of show to go for eight, nine, ten seasons, and run itself into the ground, but I think it deserved better than swift cancellation after five seasons as well.

I guess now places like Netflix are the only hope for more episodes of Community, whether it’s a farewell tour or a real season. What do you think should be the fate of the show? Fade away or try and return to go out with a bang?

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Apr 28 2014

Debate of the Day: How Much Do You Care About the Death of the Star Wars Expanded Universe?

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It was announced this weekend that in order to give the filmmakers “more freedom” when crafting the new endless series of Star Wars movies we’re about to see, starting with Episode VII, that now all comics, books and games relating to the Star Wars Expanded Universe are now officially declared null and void. As in, they’re no longer canon, and whatever the movies produce will be.

There’s naturally an uproar now that fans of all the beloved Expanded Universe Star Wars stories A) won’t see them adapted into films and B) have their beloved stories “not count” when it comes to the official universe. “It’s like they don’t even exist now!” they cry, and fail to realize the irony of that statement.

As much as I love Star Wars, I don’t quite see the drama here. Like, you would have to be a level 100 fanboy to literally have your enjoyment of a series of books stripped away because they’re no longer “canon.” Like, you still read the stories and loved them at the time. Why does it matter that this portion of a fictional universe is no longer what “really happens” in that fictional universe?

If you liked the stories, I get why you might be sad they’re not making them into films, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with fresh ideas. Sure, there are great Expanded Universe stories, but there are also terrible ones. And there are just so many total that crafting an endless film series while dancing in and around them would be nearly impossible.

That said, Abrams and Disney have a lot to live up to now, because if their new Star Wars is bad, these fans will be shouting from the rooftops about how the Expanded Universe got it right and Hollywood screwed it up.

What do you make of all this?

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Apr 11 2014

Debate of the Day: Colbert Hosting The Late Show

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By now you’ve heard the news that Stephen Colbert has been tapped to replace the retiring David Letterman as the host of The Late Show. Colbert has just signed a five year contract with CBS, and will leave both The Colbert Report and his ultra-conservative persona behind.

While it’s great to see someone like Colbert showered in riches and acclaim on primetime, I can’t help but wonder what he’ll be like as the Late Show host, or really, what CBS will let him do. CBS and Comedy Cental’s target audiences really do not overlap, and I worry about Colbert being forced to play it more “safe” than usual.

What do you think? Is this a good fit and I’m being paranoid? Or will Stephen Colbert prove to not be quite as funny as “Stephen Colbert”?

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Mar 31 2014

Debate of the Day: Do You WANT To Read a Full Chapter of ‘The Winds of Winter’?

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To prove that he’s actually still working on it, George RR Martin just posted a full chapter of the Winds of Winter on his blog here. I haven’t read it, and I’m not going to, because I don’t particularly like this sort of thing.

It’s kind of common now, most often seen when you can watch the first ten minutes of a movie before it airs. It’s like a long uber trailer, though usually just one impressive intro sequence that’s supposed to get you hooked on the rest of it.

TV does this too with HBO airing free pilots of its shows on YouTube where it hopes you’ll subscribe after watching. Video games have demos, but far and away not as much as they used to, as they’ve mostly been abandoned as marketing tactic.

I don’t like this idea with books. Every novel I read that has the next few chapters of the next book in the series at the end, I skip in favor of buying the whole thing. If the series is good, I know I’m going to read it, and if it’s not, I have no interest anyway and a few more pages probably isn’t going to change my mind. In Martin’s case, I know I’ll be buying The Winds of Winter day one, so why torture myself by reading snippets ahead of time? I believe he’s working. I don’t need empirical proof.

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Mar 12 2014

Debate of the Day: The CW’s Flash Revealed

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Jesus DC movie division, get your shit together. Here’s how your TV counterparts handled bringing The Flash to life in his own show in what, like six months?

DC Guy: “We should have The Flash guest star on Arrow. Or at least Barry Allen.”

CW Guy: “Great, here’s the kid from Glee.”

DC Guy: “Wow hey, this is a pretty good idea. Let’s give him a backdoor pilot.”

CW Guy: “Wow that went REALLY well actually, let’s give him a full pilot.”

And so The Flash was born. From guest star to his own series and a full costume in under six months. And he still can’t get a damn movie made about him.

The CW has just released the first few images of Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen in full costume. What do you think? There’s only really so much you can do with the Flash’s costume unless you wanted to completely redesign it from scratch which would undoubtedly piss off fans. I’m curious to see how this looks on screen (something that looks good in promo photos may look like crap in motion), but I’m also wondering how the speed effects will look. Man of Steel did the best “super-speed motion blur” I’ve seen, but if we’re stuck with Smallville-style low budget zipping around, that kind of sucks.

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Feb 27 2014

Debate of the Day: Adam Driver as Darth…Whoever?

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Star Wars Episode VII is getting dangerously close to its first bit of real casting news as Girls’ Adam Driver is apparently about to sign on to play a villain in the film. In a role that Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were being considered for, the younger actor (at 30) is almost ready to sign on the dotted line, provided he can work out scheduling conflicts with Girls. And since this is Star Wars, I assume he’ll manage to make it work.

It’s certainly an unexpected turn, even if the actor was rumored for a part for a while now. That he’d actually land it after being so untested? It seems odd on the surface, but I’m sort of excited to see what he can do. He’s a creepy weirdo on Girls, and if it’s an act, it’s a good one, and I’m curious to see what else he’s capable of. I heard he was in Inside Lleywn Davis, but I haven’t see that yet.

As for his appearance? He’s tall and rarely wears a shirt on Girls, but doesn’t exactly have what you’d call “leading man looks.” Since he’s playing a villain, and nearly all Star Wars villains wear helmets, face paint or prosthetics (or some mix of the three), I’d be amazed if his actual face makes it to the screen. Not to insult him, it’s just not how Star Wars has worked in the past.

I think it’s an interesting choice and honestly, a more exciting one that Hugo Weaving or Fassbender. Weaving is practically typecast in the villain role now, and though Fassbender is amazing and was great as a baddie in X-Men, I think it’s kind of cool to turn to someone unexpected for a role like this (and this isn’t to say there’s going to be only one villain in this movie, so who knows). I like casting relatively unknown or untested actors in roles like this, which is what happened in the original Star Wars. I don’t mind the idea that seemingly weird choices like Jesse Plemons and Zac Efron are testing to be Skywalker/Solo Jr. potentially. Casting like this could be crazy enough to work, given that the writing is good enough.

What do you think?

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Feb 20 2014

Debate of the Day: Seth Green Thinks Ben Affleck Will Be a Bad Batman

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I think we’re all waiting to decide on Ben Affleck as Batman until we see a trailer or at least a costume now, but uber fanboy Seth Green recently talked about the concept with Larry King. In short, he’s not sold on Affleck in the role, and here’s why:

“Modern mainstream is accepting of interpretations of these characters with more gravitas, you know. We’re past the time of Adam West’s kind of goofy interpretation of Batman. You gotta remember that at the core of that character, Batman’s a crazy person. Batman has no powers. Batman is a rich, screwed up kid whose parents were killed in front of him.  If this movie is meant to be the idealistic alien, humans before all else Superman, and this is supposed to be the grizzled weathered Batman who’s been living in Gotham, fighting crime himself for 10 years, you need a guy who’s older, you need a guy who’s got more weight, you need a guy that a Henry Cavill Superman is gonna be actually scared of.”

When pressed that “acting” should solve that problem, he continues.

“Yes, but, there is only so much that you can act a role before people are or are not going to believe you in that role. I’m never going to play, um, you know, an MMA fighter, because I’d step into the ring with an actual MMA fighter like Batista and I wouldn’t look correct.”

I don’t really think Affleck is as far from Batman as Green is from Batista, but I understand what he’s going for. I think Green is assuming that the movie is going to be a fully-fledged recreation of The Dark Knight Returns, where Batman is pushing sixty, and is super grizzled, old and terrifying. While I think they may take some ideas from that book, I don’t think this is going to be a one-to-one translation, so Affleck’s age might work.

What do you think?

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Feb 04 2014

Debate of the Day: Are You Optimistic or Pessimistic About Batman vs. Superman Now?

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It’s been a whirlwind of casting choices for Batman vs. Superman over the last few months, and it appears all the major players have been set, barring any unforeseen mystery villains that might crop up. To recap we have:

Henry Cavill: Clark Kent/Superman

Amy Adams: Lois Lane

Ben Affleck: Bruce Wayne/Batman

Gal Gadot: Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

and now Jessie Eisenberg: Lex Luthor

And I guess Jeremy Irons as Alfred, but I don’t think anyone’s complaining about that. It’s Affleck, Gadot and Eisenberg that have been the most controversial choices. As for me, I’m pro-Eisenberg, I think that could be really cool, anti-Gadot because I think it’s risky to give someone so unproven such an important role in this film and future ones, and neutral on Affleck because he’s a great actor, but it has never stopped feeling like an odd choice. And I remain ever-skeptical of Snyder directing the whole thing, as he’s incredibly hit or miss. I think he’s the riskiest pieces of the puzzle here.

So, what about you?

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