Archive for July, 2010

The answer to this question depends primarily on what kind of hat you wear.

OK: if you HAVEN’T seen Inception, Chris Nolan’s seventh consecutive Very Good Movie, just stop reading right now and go out and pay the eleven bucks because it’s actually really really worth that money and more.

And then come back here and read Braak’s thoughts at the above link.

(“But I’m at work!” you say. No no no! Any company that wouldn’t be okay with you catching a movie in the middle of the day is not a company worth working for, and you TELL THEM I SAID THAT when they call you up for disciplinary action. Because trust me, it’ll be funny.)

Aaaaanyway spoilers Spoilers SPOILERS but actually not really all that bad, assuming you’ve seen the trailer and know basically what the movie is about.

I just want to talk about this scene, shown at the top, really, and how it’s not that hard to grasp. (more…)

Posted at my super-duper cool SOE Theater blog.  This counts as a TQP post, too, because you know if I didn’t have an SOE blog, I’d just be writing stuff like this here.

I was a hair’s-breadth from using all of my (completely imaginary, entirely assumed) authority from flat-out issuing a moratorium on staged readings.  They are a pain in the ass, mostly, a lot of times they just feel like a scam, and, in my own, personal experience, they rarely provide any kind of useful feedback.

But, in defiance of the life lessons I learned from Niccolo Machiavelli, rather than simply declaring an enemy and waging war on it, I think an investigation into the subject is in order.

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San Diego Comic-Con, 2011

Posted: July 27, 2010 in Braak

Holland!  You and I should go to this, and we should cosplay as Warren Ellis and Grant Morrison.

Producer: Hey, Zach, what do you want to make a movie about?

Zach Snyder: Umm. Dragons.

Producer: I dunno about that, see people don’t really flock to dragon-movies as much as you might think, even if a bald, wild-eyed Matthew McCaunahey takes one out with an axe in mid-air.

Zach Snyder: You didn’t let me finish.  (more…)

I am not going to review this movie; I am not a movie reviewer anyway, who cares about my opinion?  Maybe Inception is the next Citizen Kane (that seems actually like a bit of a stretch, to me), but I don’t think we’ll know for sure for a little while — the lash, the backlash, the back-backlash, it all needs to die down before anyone can assess it honestly.

The one thing that I will say is that it’s good, and that it deserves to be successful.  It’s absolutely worth your eleven bucks, it’s absolutely worth seeing in the theater, and it’s one of the most intellectually interesting movies I’ve seen in…well, a while.  If you want movies (especially genre movies) to not always be dumb, you have a moral responsibility to see this film.

In the meantime, what I want to do is talk about it.


OK, let’s be clear here – I approach movie announcements cautiously. ESPECIALLY movies based on comic books, because there is a hell of a leap from “There’s gonna be a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie!” announcement, and, well, what actually ends up happening.

That said:  (more…)

As I’ve said before, I’m frankly exhausted by Comicon. It feels less an event than a three-day living press-release, and any sense that comic books are the main thrust feels long lost. It’s hard to get a lot of people excited about 10 new Captain America and Thor comics when OOOH LOOKY IT’S ANGELINA JOLIE AND SHE’S PUTTING UP WITH US EVERYONE RUN OVER HERE NOW!

That said, I care about 10 new Captain America comics, so yes,  I still pay attention to the announcements. And yes, sometimes something pretty goddamn cool happens.

Like this counterprotest to the Westboro Baptist Church’s ill-advised “God Hates Comics Fans (Or Whoever It Is You People Are)” protest. Well done, guys. All Glory to Hypno-Toad, indeed.

Let’s see, what else…?

- Mark Waid’s writing a new Captain America mini-series

- 100% Official Now, Joss Whedon’s doing the Avengers movie

- Everyone seems to continue loving Scott Pilgrim in all its forms

- Oh yeah here’s Thor’s Helmet:

(I gotta admit I’m getting pretty jazzed about the Thor movie. It’s starting to look like the Queen Flash Gordon and Highlander soundtracks smashed into someone’s awesome van-art.)

More tomorrow.

Quick one today, since I’ve got a deadline (wherein I masterfully stretch “Seriously, don’t do drugs at work!” into 14 pages), and I have THIS NEW DOG!

Her name is Neko (well, it will be once we train “Bjork” out of her – and yes, Braak has informed me neko means cat in Japanese but IT IS TOO LATE NOW), they say she’s a spitz but I think she’s a mashup of an American Eskimo and a coyote, and so far she’s just the best.

Anyway, let’s get to the nitty-gritty, and the bane of Braak’s existence: TINY KUNG-FU WOMEN!  (more…)

Taking down cabinets.  Jeanine and I have a house together, you know, and in one of the rooms there is a lot of mold (we call it “The Mold Room,” on account of all the mold.  The mold is also poisonous).  It has these big square cabinets all along the top of one of the walls.