There was once a time when every actor would get a crack at playing Hamlet. And now, it's Peter Parker. (Arguably at one point, it might have been Bruce Wayne...but anyway...) The good news is that Sony and Marvel are starting with a clean slate and giving us an MCU Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland (pictured above). The bad news is that I'm going to miss Andrew Garfield, because I actually enjoyed the hell out of his first film. And at last, we had a Peter Parker who could banter. And the sideways news is that a bunch of people are pissed that we're getting Peter Parker again and not Miles Morales, the second Ultimate Spider-Man. And I get where they're coming from: as the man said, it's deja vu all over again. Plus: people love the shit out of Miles and want to see the character they enjoy brought to the big screen.
So before I begin, let me say: I have no dog in this fight. I haven't liked Earth-616 Peter Parker since Civil War, which ruined him for me. I enjoyed the hell out of the Ultimate Peter Parker, but I left Marvel as a regular reader before Miles arrived. And I'm not necessarily saying I think like any of the points I'm about to make, especially the ones seemingly in defense of the studio(s)--since they're from the studio's perspective. I say this because I don't want you to expend your nerd-rage unnecessarily. Here we go.
I've been meaning to post this for sometime, but things have just been conspiring to take away my time to type things. But it's important that I share what I've learned. In a vain attempt to distract myself from my increasing decrepitude for my birthday last year, I tried an experiment. I attempted to see how much free stuff I could get just because various businesses take pity on those who are advancing, albeit slowly, closer to the grave. Here is what I learned so you too can have a similar, though hopefully improved, experience.
DO: Sign up for various birthday clubs and whatnot early. I would advise a week out, minimum. This because some setups apparently still need time to process, which is weird and also one of the biggest First World Problems ever.
DO: Sign up for a variety of things. Even if you don't plan on using them. Because you never know. I am still a bit peeved I never made it to Sephora for my free gift there.
So I did finish watching the first season of 12 Monkeys. And it went from interesting to intriguing...then, as I've said elsewhere, for the last three episodes it put on its happy sombrero and did a crazy dance that made my eyelashes hurt. Albeit...in a good way. So, in the interests of sparing my actual therapist, I gathered two people whose minds were twisted enough to perhaps understand better what was what and to help me get over my "WTF did I just watch?" reaction.
They are ScottC, Minister of Naughty Bits, and Wolven, Emissary to our Posthuman Future.
Please note that pretty much every damn thing in Season 1 is spoiled, so if you haven't already watched, this thing is not for you.
Sir Christopher Lee, the last man standing of the Grand Horror Pantheon, has died at age 93. And it's sort of hard to put into words what we've lost. Not only was he an incredible actor but Lee had a voice that would chill you. I mean seriously. Go listen to him read stuff on Spotify. His laugh is scarier than even Rox's. And he worked his arse off. IMDB lists him with 281 credits to his name. And yet, he has more recognition from the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards than the Academy. In his honor, here's some of my favorite bits, some of which we've posted before during the Halloween season.
I know that he first got his huge break with Hammer's Curse of Frankenstein, but for me one of his first iconic roles wasn't even really a horror flick. It was Corridors of Blood, where he was supporting Boris Karloff. Karloff plays a doctor trying to come up with a method of painless surgery. Lee plays Resurrection Joe, your one stop shop for experimental corpses. Here's the trailer. Check out Lee. A stove pipe hat adds to his already formidable tallness. He's got that scarred face. And, well, the voice. He just looks like a guy who would club you with your back turned.
'Does it hurt when you drink decaf?' 'Every time.'
Hugh Jackman is one badass individual. Not only has his Wolverine been too awesome for any of the movies he has featured in, but he sings, he dances, he produces and seems to be an all-around nice guy. Did you know he was a coffee achiever? I didn't. And I know you might be thinking: Widge, everybody likes coffee. Even the people who say they don't, it's just because they haven't found their coffee yet. And yes, dear friend, I agree with you. But Jackman is taking it to another level.
Yes, have some.
It's Episode #183 for Mad Max: Fury Road 3D, in which our protagonist wonders at the amount of automotive splode, the mayhem that exists inside George Miller and also he somehow manages not to be influenced to drive home like a frickin' maniac.
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The man pictured there is George Cansdale. He is, in essence, the godfather of all of the fantastic BBC wildlife programs we get today from the likes of David Attenborough. On the very first nature programs on the BBC, Cansdale would bring zoo animals into the studio for the benefit of the television viewing audience…the live television viewing audience.
I was listening to one of Attenborough's audiobooks, where he discusses one of his own earliest television adventures, Zoo Quest for a Dragon from 1957. In explaining some of the live shenanigans that the zoo animals would sometimes get up to while in the studio with Cansdale, he shared this:
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