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18 05 2015

Brief Thoughts on Pop Culture 05/18/15

 

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Speaking of….

9 05 2015

Speaking of…

 

Brief Thoughts on Pop Culture

05/07/15

 

Everyone and their mother is in Captain America: Civil War….


  

 

So Martin Freeman (possibly playing S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Everett Ross, liaison to Wakanda) and Emily Van Camp (blink and you’ll miss her as Sharon Carter in Winter Soldier) have joined the cast list of Captain America: Civil War, which at this point may as well be called Avengers 3.  The cast list now looks something like this:

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Cap), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow/Natasha), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Daniel Bruhl (Baron Zemo), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), William Hurt (General Ross, not seen since The Incredible Hulk with Ed Norton), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Frank Grillo (Crossbones), Sebastian Stan (Bucky/Winter Soldier), Emily Van Camp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13 and Peggy Carter’s niece), Martin Freeman (Everett Ross) and whoever they cast as Spider-Man.  I’m exhausted just typing that list out, and it worries me.  Maybe Civil War should have been a mini-series or Netflix series, because Ultron was overstuffed as it is, and Cap 3, if I’m remembering correctly, has to deal with Registration/the Index, introducing Spider-man and Black Panther, dealing with the fallout of Age of Ultron, AND finishing up the Winter Soldier story to bring Bucky back into the fold, PLUS establishing a new team of Avengers.  Getting all of these characters and stories together sounds cool, but really doing service to a story seems to be taking a back seat to crossovers and set-ups.  I just hope Marvel hasn’t lost their way

 

Speaking of Marvel…


  

 

By now you’ve heard everyone talking about how Daredevil on Netflix is amazing.  What you aren’t hearing is that everyone is absolutely right.  It’s “dark” and “gritty” in the sense that it’s somewhat realistic, violent, and shadow-heavy. It’s also funny, as all Marvel stuff is lately, and the characters feel more real than anything else Marvel has put out.  Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock is a guy I can totally see not only beating up thugs after confession, but dude has enough charm to pull off Daredevil’s real superpower – getting more ass than a public toilet.  Granted, most of Matt’s girlfriends end up crazy (Typhoid Mary)or fridged (all of the others), but still, it’s nice they kept in the fact that Daredevil is a giant whore.  Even after having seen just a few episodes, I enjoyed those more than Age of Ultron.  I’ll even add to the clamor of hyperbole and say that Daredevil is to superhero shows what Breaking Bad was to dramas.  It’s just that damn well done.  More small, well-crafted, and sharply scripted projects about street-level heroes please, Marvel.

 

Maybe one about Moon Knight….


  

 

Speaking of Street Level “Heroes”….


  

 

AMC’s Preacher has cast the lead trio, with Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare, and Joseph Gilgun as Proinsias Cassidy.  Don’t know much about Gilgun, since I missed Ripper Street and Misfits, but I’m sure I’ll get around to them eventually.  Cooper has been fantastic on Agent Carter as Tony Stark’s suave playboy dad Howard, and even more so in the so-trashy-and-lurid-it’s-amazing Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond.  I’d cast Cooper as the next Bond in a second, but he seems too refined, too classy for the educated, though thoroughly backwoods Jesse Custer.  And while Negga is great as Raina/Sonic the Hedgehog on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I don’t know that I see her as Tulip, especially after reading the sad character description: 

 Tulip is described by Deadline as “a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.” 

That only sounds vaguely like Tulip O’Hare, but I like Goldberg and Rogen so I’m willing to give it a shot.

 

Speaking of Shots….

 

  

That last shot on Gotham’s finale really pissed me off, especially after being on the “Next Time” previews for the LAST TWO EPISODES.  DEAR MOVIE AND TV MARKETERS PLEASE STOP DOING STUPID SHIT LIKE THIS.  Gotham’s inaugural season was pretty hit or miss, though it was strong enough that I’m planning on sticking with it.  Penguin is the whole show, but I’m really curious how they show Riddler’s rise and possibly start delving into the weird shit that seems to be Gotham’s strong suit:  bleak camp.  Oh, and more Jim Gordon yelling at people please, Ben Mackenzie’s great at playing righteously pissed off.  But the secret behind the fireplace was complete bullshit.  I guess next year will be the mystery of how Thomas Wayne was the original Batman?

 

Speaking of MYSTeries…. 

  

Reportedly a Myst TV series is coming to Hulu.  I will assume it won’t be all shot in first-person.  It’s from Matt Tolmach, who produced The Amazing Spider-Man movies (that I have no desire to see, despite Emma Stone being adorable).  I can’t imagine this leading to anything worthwhile.  Just go to GoG.com and buy the original point and click adventure game.  It’ll be more rewarding.

 

Finally, Speaking of FTW….


 

  

A few days ago I mentioned Jason Voorhees showing up in the new Mortal Kombat.  Well, he’s available now, and he’s pretty damned awesome.  His fatalities feel a bit more toned-down than the over-the-top, torture porn level of violence and sadism displayed by the other characters, but he feels brutal and unstoppable, as he should be.  Now if they’d just make a Friday the 13th movie that can live up to Jason X (I’m totally serious about that, it’s the best, purest Jason movie of all of them).