Benjie found this online and I think this belongs here:
Tis the season.
I was really bored earlier.
It’s an old fad, but somehow something on the internet got me to click over to That Can Be My Next Tweet! and I put in a few usernames of people I follow and laughed at the results, and then, of course, I put in my own name.
But I kinda like this one.
Mad Men and Game Of Thrones return soon, so hopefully Counterforce won’t fully degenerate (or ascend) into being Batman fanboy blog. Hopefully not. It won’t become a bag of Batman boners!
Also, Community returns soon, as is apparent by this funny mash up trailer featuring Community mixed with The Dark Knight Rises:
ATTN: Counterforce has turned nerdy as shit.
Two thoughts about this new trailer for The Avengers…
Thought #1: I feel like if I wasn’t such a Joss Whedon fan, and also if this wasn’t the realization of so many of dorky dreams as a kid standing there in front of the spinner rack when I was so little, that I would hate what I see in this trailer and find it so cheesy. But I don’t. I find it, in a word, AWESOME. My whole being is HULK SMASHING/devolving its way into a full FAN BOY FRENZY.
Thought #1.5: It looks like so many scenes of this movie will involve the team working together to fight off alien baddies in the crumbling ruins of Cleveland standing in for NYC, and it reminds me a lot of Warren Ellis’ classic The Authority, which was a wonderful analogue for DC Comics’ big hitters, The Justice League Of America.
If there’s any out there, anyone in the world, who doesn’t get who the Justice League Of America are (who, I’d wager, are probably more popular in the everyman and woman than The Avengers, just because the JLA is made up o’ the Big Guns, and not just the Big Guns + characters like Hawkeye), then my simple analogy would be this: The JLA are DC Comics’ jerking it to the right while The Avengers are Marvel’s jerking it to the left.
Also, that’s just a penis and masturbation metaphor folks, not a political analogy. Or is it? Hmmm…
Anyway, long story short, this film looks like it’s finally the movies living up the early 00’s dip into WIDESCREEN COMICS, which were the dream of comics emulating the movies, and it looks GLORIOUS. ALL CAPS NERDERY.
Also, sorry, that’s the UK version of the poster, because in the UK the movie will be called Avengers Assemble. I don’t know this for sure, but I’d guess it has something to do with the TV show? ScarJo’s Black Widow looks kind of like Uma Thurman’s Miss Peel, right? Ugh. Right? (Or was it Mrs. Peel?)(I think it might’ve been Mrs. Peel) But neither Robert Downey Jr. nor Jeremy Renner is a Ralph Fiennes, nor a Patrick Macnee.
Thought #2: Ever since the moment it was rumored and then announced that Joss Whedon would be writing and directing The Avengers (and probably script doctoring the Captain America movie as well), Benjamin Light and I had had this running joke: Well, since Marvel likes to fuck things up, and fire people, there’s still p l e n t y of time to fire Joss Whedon…
And then when the Internet informed us that the first day of filming on The Avengers had commenced, we thought, “Well, there’s still plenty of time to fire him.”
And as new set reports came in, and rumors about various scenes, and mini trailers attached to the end of the Captain America movie, and the announcement of the end of principal photography, and then Super Bowl trailers being show during the Super Bowl, we kept saying, “There’s still plenty of time to fire him, and Marvel’s probably just waiting for the right moment.”
Anyway, May is so close! There’s still plenty of time for Marvel Films to scooch on in here and fuck this up by firing Joss Whedon. Hope not, but just saying. And I’m sure that however
too much screen time they’ve already signed over to Robert Downey Jr. they can probably squeeze in another half an hour or forty minutes for him.
I’ve always wanted to title a blog post something as eloquent as that. Wonderful.
Anyway, a recut of the trailers from the three films in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but with Michael Caine‘s voice over from The Prestige trailer laid over…
…And it’s fitting. And wonderful. And exciting. In preparation for this movie I’m attempting to strongly cultivate a healthy environment for my excitement and anticipation to grow, while not being ensnared by expectations.
Whatever! And this:
Ricky Gervais: Why I’m An Atheist.
Alf drops the n-word.
“Escape From Spiderhead” by George Saunders.
Quite frankly, Argentina has better dance reality shows.
Sarah Palin’s gloomy new poll numbers.
What has always been missing from your life and will now make it more complete: A mash-up between Fiddler On The Roof and You Got Served.
Eisenstein, Mickey Mouse, and the synthesis of ecstasy.
WikiLeaks and Nerd Supremacy.
15 things that Kurt Vonnegut said better than anyone.
The scientist who lit up the Dark Ages.
These screencaps, of course, are from Peter Hyam’s 1984 adaptation of 2010: The Year We Make Contact.
One of the absolute best comics of the year: Phonogram: The Singles Club.
One of the absolute worst comics of the year: When Kevin Smith took a big, smelly shit on Batman.
Does our universe show “bruises” from where it collided with other universes?
Angry people in local newspapers.
“Look at your God. Now look at me.” Cthulhu and Old Spice!