That's good, someone should. But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace soubriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
blah blah blah, vengeance for your paddled privates...
My lady and I went to see Titanic over the weekend. I find it's definitely one of those movies I enjoy a lot more as an adult (if you'll allow me to use that term). It was while talking about that that I came to a discovery:
The group that kept Titanic going so strong in 1997 (tween and teen girls) is the same demographic that keeps Twilight going now. I think this is further proof that '90s kids, while plenty stupid in their own ways, are still superior to present day kids. I can't imagine I'll watch Twilight again in 14-15 years and respect it more as a film.
On the one hand, I respect the actors for being able to stick with it for 5 movies in such a shitty franchise. That's professionalism. On the other hand, I can't possibly respect them for making five movies in such a shitty franchise. It's a Catch-22. Being single kept me from having to see Breaking Dawn in a theater though, so I'll just focus on that.
As we reported the other day, both Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo claimed they were shooting a new scene this past weekend. Odds are they were just messing with everyone, what with the movie already having premiered and all, but the rumor is it's a post-credits scene that deals with the fallout from Agent Coulson's death — and his rebirth as a familiar Marvel character, specifically the android Vision. This sounds like fairly transparent bullshit, but feel free to judge for yourself. [Comic Book Movie]
Besides, there are rumors of a totally different post-credits scene, in any case. The most commonly reported version is that Thanos shows up to reflect on Loki's failed invasion of Earth, and he tells another alien that he will succeed where the Asgardian failed, with the help of the Infinity Gauntlet. So, pure setup for Avengers 2 — if true — and I'd say more likely than these Coulson Vision rumors.
It's a cheap trick is what it is... I like Whedon but I don't think he's as clever as everyone thinks he is if he has to constantly reuse the whole "kill off a character to evoke emotion" shtick...
People die in real life all the time, I'm told even like every day or something like that.
Characters should die. They should win, lose, love, hate, create, destroy, and die. It's not a cheap trick anymore than having two characters like each other.
"They only like each other so the audience feels like they're buddies."
And despite his many deaths I've never thought he's done a cheap death. People point at Tara but that was like the lynchpin in that entire season's plot. In fact it kickstarted the entire season after it'd been languishing a bit. And usually his deaths are fantastic and emotional: Wash, Buffy's mom, and Fred all easily come to mind.
Also I'm 360+ pages into Clash of Kings and I've seen the first three episodes of Game of Thrones Season 2.
I'm done with Season 2 of Game of Thrones. The books are so much better that I feel like I'm actually losing something by watching the show. Also the small budget of the show's pissing me off. There's great armies and locations that are just not even remotely visually represented in the show. Dragonstone, for example, seems to be a room, a hallway, and an abandoned beach instead of an actual island fortress city.
I don't think his character deaths have been unnecessary, he always has a reason for them, but I'm concerned he's getting into the M. Night territory where everything M. Night had to be IT'S A TWIST and now everything Joss does has to be AND THEN SOMEONE DIES.