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  • Re: The Netflix Thread --- Whatcha watching?

    If you like documentaries about filmmaking, particularly ones that involved specific problematic film shoots, then I can't recommend enough Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau. My God! This was the film shoot from hell and it confirms one thing. Actor Val Kilmer is an ASS! Seriously, documentary was fascinating; like car wreck fascinating.

    Thanks for the heads up on that-- I am fascinated by Brando (we even named a cat after him), and first saw a feature about this doc in EW. I didn't realize it was now out, and on Netflix. Thanks!

    David, Brando's performance in On the Waterfront is my all time favorite male acting performance. With that said, he doesn't come off in this doc that much better than Vain Val. I'll say no more but when you see it, I would be most interested in your thoughts.

    Thanks for that, as that is fair warning. I think part of my fascination with him is the huge impact his early work had on stage and film acting in America, but then his later acting out and self-destruction, while nothing to admire, is also a compelling thing to see. It is sometimes hard to know how much he was in control of it all, how much his later career ended up being a grand act of satire on Hollywood movies. A sort of Andy Kaufman-esque piece of performance art, played across years. Or, maybe he was just out of control, past the time when he was exciting and relevant, and merely selfish and childish. That is possible, too. But I have been pretty fascinated by him for a long time. An excellent, warts-and-all but not bent on exploitation and tawdry details book about him is Somebody: The Reckless and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer. It is also a good audiobook, which is how I "read" it. What I liked is how well Kanfer captured just how exciting and influential he was early in his career. For those of us that saw more of his work when he was starting to become more of a joke or a parody of himself, it helped to cement who he was when he was the best actor of his generation, when he actually CHANGED acting.

    And Dr. Moreau is a pretty flagrant example of Brando in all his worst excesses. Looking forward to the documentary about it. But I know it will be filled with a lot of cringeworthy bad behavior.
  • Re: Episode 1569 Talkback - Comic Talk

    Welcome aboard, Dani!
  • Re: What comics did you read and like this week?

    I love Big Trouble in Little China. It is such a fun book.
    Btlc - 9-11
    Never forget.
  • Re: The Post-Convergence DC Universe: New #1s, Relaunches, Predictions, and Hopes

    Martian Manhunter 1


    Another strong start. I've always liked the character, and I have enjoyed work from Williams and Barrows in the past, so this was another one-- especially at $3-- that was easy to talk myself into trying.

    Like Constantine and Midnighter, I like how confidently and distinctly this book starts from the rest of the DCU. In general, I like solo books to feel like they can really stand on their own, even in cases where a character might be associated with other titles, or on other teams. Let it be its own thing, as if it is the only book in the world that has this character. From the first issue, this feels like that. J'onn has got his own stuff going on, and feels very alien to the DCU. I feel like, when this issue uses the well-worn set piece of saving a commercial airline flight-- sort of a strong, flying hero 101 scene-- the much weirder way he goes about doing it, and the reactions of some of the people he has saved, is a nice way of reminding us, despite his power set, he is NOT Superman, was a skillful way to do it. And there is some nice, creepy stuff with the various other kinds of invading Martians showing up.

    I feel like a number of creators- in comic and film- have tried to go heavy into the 'He's so alien! He's not like us! He is alienated from humanity!' angle with Superman stories. And that usually doesn't work for me, for that character. It DOES work for J'onn.

    Glad I tried this one. Will stick with it awhile.

    Well, I will give the current DC relaunch this: I was reading one ongoing (Batman). In the last month I have added three more.
  • Re: Random Bits Not Worthy of their Own Thread...

    My almost five year old daughter, who just yesterday was using her boys Superman t-shirt, a skirt, and a fabric tied into a cape, to assemble her own Supergirl outfit, will be ALL OVER THIS.

    And some reporting about this from CBR here.