Friday, April 29, 2016

Netflix Says Yes to More Punisher

In what might be the least surprising news of the day, Netflix has reportedly ordered a Punisher Spin-Off series. I have yet to watch Daredevil Season 2 but from what I understand The Punisher plays a large roll in the first 4 or 5 episodes. A couple of the more mainstream media outlets like Entertainment Weekly didn't really think the Punisher stuff was that great but from the buzz on twitter a lot of net nerds really really liked it so I'm not surprised at all that Netflix would order a spin-off.

If I had to take a guess, I don't think this will be the last time Netflix will green light a spin off based off one of their Marvel properties. I'll bet this will become pretty standard practice. Marvel's original deal with Netflix was for 4 series. Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, with a small mini-series team up show with all those characters in it called The Defenders. Even with the short 10-13 episode seasons they use that's like 52 episodes, more when you start including the second seasons. That's a lot of time to sort of test the waters with new characters that Marvel doesn't have movie plans for. Hopefully, fingers crossed we can get a Runaways series out of this. If Ned Stark losing his head blew your mind, the finale of Runaways would like... double blow your mind.

Who do you love now? Hover bikes!

Evil Scientist and possible Cobra weapon designer Colin Furze built a fully functioning hoverbike. And by fully functioning I mean impossible to steer and holy crap that thing is going to kill someone. He wants to start selling them to the public next year, which doesn't sound like a problem at all. Nope, no lawsuits here.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pre Vis Action

Pre Vis Action is a short film created by Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman and Gareth Evans, 3 guys best knows for their work on The Raid. It went up on youtube a few months ago but up until recently I wasn't able to embed it. Here's the quick description:
In a time of civil war, a young warrior is given the task of delivering a treaty between two rival lords. During her journey through the woods however, she finds herself hunted by two assassins intent on intercepting her message of peace in a bid to maintain the fear, instability and violent rule of their leader.
I hope this is a precursor to something bigger. I'd love to see a genre movie like this from the guys that made The Raid. Really I'd just like to see anything from those guys. It was cool seeing them in The Force Awakens but they didn't really get to run on any walls and snap any necks in that.

Normal Links

This is Just a Normal Day in Russia. The third link here is super depressing so let's start things off with something fun. Man those Russians sure are crazy. I really want to know the story behind all those raw chickens and the row of computers. Is that some sort of Counterstrike level I've never seen?

Destin Sandlin Straps Himself Into a Falling Helicopter to Prove Neil deGrasse Tyson Wrong. Is it just me or are people starting to get tired of Neil deGrasse Tyson's shit? I don't really need an astrophysicist to tell me that the science behind some popular movie is kinda garbage. Just tell me what we need to bring back Pluto and cut it with all the cute "um actually..." nonsense.

'I Hope You Get Raped Again': Women Sportswriters Listen to Men Read Vile Tweets About Them. Sweet Fancy Moses, what on earth is wrong with people? Why would you say that to someone? Especially, over something as trivial as sports? It's insane. This whole world has gone insane.

I get it when bratty teenagers who don't know any better call people homo on Xbox Live, teenagers are stupid and do stupid stuff. I don't think I'll ever understand why an adult would enjoy lobbing horrible racist or sexist insults to people on social media. What do you gain from that? Does it really make you feel better about yourself to say you're going to kill or rape someone? People are the worst.

Investigating the Avril Lavigne Conspiracy. The Avril Lavigne doppelganger conspiracy is one of my favorite because of how ridiculous it is. Like some Avril fans just can't get over the fact that the girl who sang Sk8ter-Boi would grow up to marry the guy from Nickleback. If you ask me that's exactly the kind of thing the girl who sang Sk8ter-Boi would do.

On the other hand the Katy Perry grew up to be JonBenet Ramsey thing is totally true.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Get Those High Waisted Shorts The Hell Out Of Here.

I like pleated skirts and ponytails as much as the next guy but I don't think I will ever understand cheerleading. I get the appeal of cheerleading, I've seen all the Bring it On movies several times, but when I try and look at it through an objective lens, I can't shake the fact that it seems incredibly sexist. It was born in an era where women weren't allowed to participate but were expected to support the men and in the last 50 years it's been super sexualized to the point where no one even thinks twice that every NFL squad has a bikini calendar.

Yes, I know there's more to cheerleading than short skirts and Eliza Dushku bikini car washes but... I don't know, it doesn't seem like the more positive points of cheerleading culture offset all the weird sexist stuff. Anyway I bring this all up because the University of Washington put out a helpful infographic (seen above) to aspiring cheerleaders that just emphasized how weirdly sexist (and possibly racist) having cheerleaders is. Why do they all have to be tan with long wavy hair and no tattoos? Isn't it bad enough that you have this thing that's kinda sexist and almost exclusively caters to the male gaze but they also have to adhere to beauty standards of the 1950s?

That might be my real problem with cheerleading. Why do they all have to look like fembots? I think I'd be more forgiving if there were a few cool tomboy cheerleaders. Maybe just one or two girls with a mohawk on every squad.

The funny part about this is that the UW retracts this infographic saying it's inappropriate or some nonsense like that but they never say the tips were wrong. I guarantee you that if you want to be a UW Cheerleader you should still follow it's advice. Cheerleading is weird.

Product Placement in Transfers 4 Was Really Smooth

I never did see Transformers 4, I mean what's the point. The first film is good enough, I mean it's not a great movie but it's kind of enjoyable. Shia LaBeouf gets crapped on a ton but he acted his ass off in that hunk of garbage. The robots smash into each other and fight a bunch, I don't know. The Transformers cartoon is pretty terrible, what were people expecting?

On the other hand Transformers 2 and 3 are really just unenjoyable pieces of garbage. I forgot they even made a 4th one until I saw this edit on reddit. I'm guessing it made money, I think they're making a 5th one. Who cares, I'm here for the awkward product placement.

I'm actually a big fan of goofy product placement, at least I'm a big fan of it in terrible movies or goofy TV shows. Remember a couple years ago when every NBC show took place in a subway? That was fantastic. I just love the idea that the producers have such little faith in their movie being a hit they have to take an extra million from Goodyear to highlight some tires.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 Emerald City Comicon: Amazing Cosplay part 2

Hey kids, here's part two of BeatDownBoogie's Emerald City Cosplay video. It's just as good as part 1 but with like different people dressed up in different costumes. Sometimes it's the same people but they're still in different costumes.

Hey, you know what sucks? Trying to put together a new look for the blog. I thought I had this cool template all picked out but when I tried to actually get it working there were a couple problems that I couldn't look past. Now I know I'm going to send all my spare time this week looking at templates and not actually finding anything I like. If I don't find anything by friday I swear I'm just going to use one of the lame blogger templates. Webdesign from 2008 is still cool, right?

Monday, April 25, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse | Final Trailer

The Final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse hit the interwebs today. It looks good enough, I guess. I like that the movies have finally embraced the main attribute of X-Men comics books: incredibly confusing continuity.

Eventually the X-Men movie had to be rebooted. Kudos to Fox for doing in the most confusing way possible, by spreading out that reboot over 3 prequels, 2 of which involve time travel and alternate realities. To be fair though, Fox has yet to make an X-men movie I haven't liked. Even X-3, which is kind of a shit show and was obviously rushed into productions, had enough parts I liked (Maddrox FTW!) that I eventually bought it on DVD.

In completely unrelated website news I plan on rolling out an update to the template I'm using this week. I'm sure there will be at least one or two days where barely anything works while I get it all figured out. Pretty much business as usual.


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