I’m just going to leave this here:
So, anyway, that not enough Star Wars Christmas cheer for you? There’s more, after the jump.
We’re still up to our elbows in wires and cables trying to replace the brokedown home theater PC – a new TiVo has been obtained, but upon approaching our cable TV company, we were told, “What is a… cable… card? Um… can you come back tomorrow when Cletus-Bob is here? He’s equally rude and dismissive, but he knows about ‘lectricity and… stuff,” – but there was something that really caught my attention.
Some big posters for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have started showing up in certain movie theaters. The posters are split into three panels, with Spider-Man posed in the foreground with his back to the viewer, with Jamie Foxx as Electro attacking on the right, and Paul Giamatti stampeding on the left… and someone unexpected attacking from the center.
Ah hell; you can check it out for yourself after the jump.
We are in the midst of a First World Catastrophe here at the Crisis On Infinite Midlives Home Office. The home theater PC that acts as the linchpin of entertainment for our Big Main Screen has a component that is rapidly disintegrating. Which is normally fine – we are totally able to repair computers here – except that this particular part is a hobbyist part that is not inexpensive, is somewhat difficult to obtain quickly, and the failure of which causes the entire machine to hard reboot. And this part has failed ten times so far today.
So we are busily attempting to either locate a replacement part or laboring over the decision to finally, after ten years, make the jump to an actual TiVo box (We are not cordcutters here. Neither my co-editor Amanda nor I were allowed HBO or other pay cable while growing up, and now that we are adults you will take it from our cold dead hands) and planning the dithering at the cable company that that decision would entail to allow us to watch television sometime in the next week. Either way, I am truly thankful that this massive unexpected expense occured three and a half weeks before Christmas, and therefore three weeks before I did any Christmas shopping.
None of which you care about. But it means our time is limited, so here is a 35-minute animated version of Blade Runner, put together by artist Anders Ramsell from more than 12,000 watercolor paintings.
It’s not much content from us today, but it simultaneously tickles the part of my brain that desperately wants to watch a recalcitrant machine be shot with a .44 Magnum, and it gives us something to watch if this damn machine won’t cooperate.
(via The Mary Sue)
We don’t pay a whole hell of a lot of attention to fan fiction here at Crisis On Infinite Midlives, because while there is some good stuff out there, in order to find it, you need to sift through a whole bunch of crap. And frankly, the only time I should be subjected to the image of Angel fucking Spike is three seconds before I wake up screaming.
With that said, sometimes the bigger, more well-produced projects do get our attention, and this is one of them. It’s a Star Trek fan film, set in the original, pre-Abrams reboot universe, called Renegades. And while you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Trek fan film with cardboard sets that make 70s Doctor Who episodes look like Pacific Rim, it is rare to find one serious enough to being in primary actors not only from Star Trek Voyager, but from the original series as well.
And it also features Sean Young and Edward Furlong! So you know the budget isn’t that big! Or else someone lost a bet!
Here’s what I mean: we all know full well how The Superior Spider-Man is going to end. No matter what writer Dan Slott says on Twitter and at conventions, we all know that Peter Parker will return as Spider-Man at some point before the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie opens on May 2nd next year. And even if you choose to believe that Marvel’s overlords at Disney will be willing to allow that corporate synergy and mindshare (Christ, I feel dirty just typing that) to pass since the movie’s owned by Sony and Columbia, the signs are all here that Peter Parker will return and Otto Octavius will suffer a fall. Otto’s showing hubris, he’s arrogant, and his sense of superiority is rubbing damn near everyone the wrong way.
All the signs point to Otto falling from grace and Peter returning, and the problem is that every reader knows this. Because we read comic books, and we know full well that dead only means dead in comics if the dead guy is Uncle Ben, Thomas Wayne or Martha Wayne. So we all know that the broad-stroke ending of Otto falls / Peter returns is coming (the same way we’ve known that Negan falls / Rick triumphs is the likely ending of the Walking Dead arc that’s been going on since 2012)… but it seems it has been going on forever.
And the events of The Superior Spider-Man #22 continues with the long, slow arc of Otto blindly heading toward a bad end, with yet another instance of Otto interacting badly with someone who would expect Peter to know and be friendly with him. And it’s certainly enjoyable enough, particularly in seeing J. Jonah Jameson’s reaction to some of the events of the issue… but it is also still more of the same interminable setup for a story for which I’m becoming damned impatient to see the punchline.
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