The natural expectation was that it would be Marvel vs. DC for control of the comic book movie universe; but with DC shitting the bed so spectacularly in the matter of setting up any non-Bat franchises, it’s actually gonna be Marvel vs. Fox - fought entirely with Marvel characters. Suits me fine; competition makes for a healthy marketplace. Here’s hoping Marvel never folds the Fox properties back under their umbrella.
GREEN LANTERN #20 was generally amazing - bit of a surprise given the dip the series has taken since Blackest Night. Geoff Johns’ 9 years on the book are done and it was (for the most part) exceptional., which issue 20 drove home repeatedly by having nearly every major thread of his run pop up in the tapestry at some point. Mythmaking of this order is a rare feat - I don’t envy anyone picking up the reigns on Green Lantern for the next decade or so…
And yeah, Nekron. Versus Volthoom. With a scythe.
Ted had the same effect on me as the Simpsons movie – above all other things, it made me affectionate for the characters of Family Guy and the people who create them, most of whom (did Seth Greene piss someone off?) were in Ted. Knowing full well that he’s had a Jaguar in the garage for ten years in the person of Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane finally played his megababe card, and if the results are a movie where you can’t quite believe that anyone as together (and brilliantly attractive) as Kunis’ character would have anything to do with Marky Mark’s character, John, I cannot likewise deny that Kunis and Wahlberg have great chemistry together, and that all such chemistry is sorta secondary anyway to the magnificent chemistry between Wahlberg and his ratty old teddy bear, Ted. I was unduly charmed by the bald patches on (adult) Ted’s torso and arms; that is one well-designed CGI bear. If the movie did not fulfill my fondest wish – when a coked-up Ted squares off against an enraged duck at a party gone wrong, I would very much have liked to see bear and bird detour into a five-minute riff on Peter vs. the Giant Chicken – it later satisfactorily provided the greatest human vs. teddy bear fistfight that has ever, and shall ever, exist.Read more
Being the annual recap of the best toys I bought in the past year.
I was all fixed to post my blah-blah about my new favourite thing ever, when I realized that I’d omitted the customary year-end toy survey, for which the internet is certainly not crying out, but which allows a sense of order to me. And so here they are - the best of my collection, 2011:
#1: Thor - Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series, #146
Surprising no one, the big monkey hits the top of the list. Actually I think it was actually on December 31, 2010 that pictures of this started trickling down from Hong Kong, and I was fairly well certain it would be my year-end fave - I even started a piggy bank for it. Yeah: for general toyly awesomeness and turning me into an 8-year-old with a piggy bank again, Thor wins.Read more
Here’s the Green Lantern! And it’s likely to become a season-defining miss for the folks at Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment. Plus: we have a split decision on the merits of the film, one Matt yes, one Matt no. Which was which? And what did our waiter have to say? It’s Mamo verité, straight from the front lines.
The story, for those unfamiliar, finds Hal Jordan blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Green Lantern.
I am gonna be such a whore for this movie, it’s not even funny. (Taken with instagram)