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thecaptivephantom said: If I liked 13 Assassins and want to watch some other Ill Older Men movies, what could you recommend? Preferably something available on Netflix Watch Instant or Amazon Prime, but I'm willing to do a little work if I need to.
I’m no expert but The Last Stand, Unforgiven, and Man on Fire are all interesting entries in the genre, with Man on Fire probably being the best of them, though Unforgiven has the single best scene.
angelacarterofmars said: seeing your thoughts about 24 laid out so seriously makes me curious what you think about john mclane, the possibility of sam jackson returning for die hard 6, and the general phenomenon of grandpa age dudes being action heroes catching on in hollywood.
I first became aware of Ill Older Dudes as a genre after Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins, which was also my first Miike. I liked how having a bunch of older dudes made it even more interesting when you encountered the young dudes. You realize what the young men are living in the shadow of and just how the older cats got their rep. It’s all subtext, too, stuff for you to fill in as you watch. There’s also this cool feeling of, like, we’ve served and served and are nearing the end of our useful time, so better to go out and leave a better world than obey and conform ourselves straight toward atrocities. I eat that stuff up. I blame Wolverine comics and Ninja Scroll.
I’m not too into the American ones. My main problem is that the ones I’ve seen—A Good Day To Die Hard being the most egregious—are dumber than a sack of rocks. Instead of being a resurrection or exciting, they’re about how sad men are or their inability to keep up with today or how they’re just dicks. (I have very little patience for “old dude is so old he doesn’t get stuff”—I text my grandmom about 24. Get with the times.) Or they just star dudes like Stallone who are way past their prime and making movies that look like mid-life crises when you describe their plot aloud.
I liked Live Free or Die Hard. I came out of A Good Day to Die Hard like “that’s a movie that disrespects your intelligence.” It’s so bad and it whiffs the appeal of Die Hard so unbelievably hard. If Sam Jackson really is gonna be in 6, that’s textbook diminishing returns in my book, and good riddance. By and large, I give those movies a miss because they feel desperate.
I’m glad Denzel’s still getting action roles, though. I’m looking forward to The Equalizer. I guess it’s like anything where if it’s done well, I’m for it, but if not, I ignore it. If you don’t have a scene as good as “TOTAL MASSACRE” in your older dude action flick, you aren’t trying hard enough.
inkgraph said: David your inkstuds special episodes they were amazing ! Are you gonna do more?
Thanks for listening to them! I joke with Robin about whoever does the next Inkstuds Special Project should have to either fight or interview me before they get a chance to go on mic. The odds of me doing more, though, are not very high at all. It was half a favor to Robin and half me wanting to fill a hole in comics coverage and half just seeing if I could do it despite some real burnout on comics.
Here’s what I’m doing during the days:
On Thursday, July 24 from 2 - 3 p.m. in room 23ABC, join Image Comics for “IMAGE COMICS: I is for…INFINITY” and hear from bestselling creators Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS), Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN), Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS), Stuart Moore (EGOS), Ryan Burton (DARK ENGINE), and special surprise guests as we discuss the future of comics. Sci-fi westerns? Apocalyptic? Kid-friendly? Realistic or cartoony? Abstract? Painterly? The possibilities in comics are endless and there are an infinite number of stories to tell.
Friday, July 25 at 11 a.m., join us for an hour in room 23ABC for “IMAGE COMICS: I is for INCEPTION.” In comics, collaboration is the lifeblood of creativity. Bestselling creators Fiona Staples (SAGA), Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (SEX CRIMINALS), Kelly Sue DeConnick (PRETTY DEADLY), John Layman (CHEW), Steve Seagle (IMPERIAL), and additional special surprise guests, will gather together to share their experiences and inspirations when creating entire universes from scratch and the teamwork it takes to do so.
Don’t miss our SAGA panel on Saturday, July 26 from 1 - 2 p.m. in room 7AB. You know SAGA. You love SAGA. You can’t get enough SAGA! Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, writer and artist of SAGA, come together for this very special panel where they discuss the New York Times bestselling and Eisner-award winning series in-depth and hint at what’s to come… Whether you’re attending dressed as Marko, Alana, The Will, or you arrive in normal street clothes, you won’t want to miss attending this panel.
Budding comic writer? Or just looking to join the Image Comics family? Come see us on Saturday, July 26 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for an afternoon of “IMAGE COMICS: I is for… IDEAS” in room 6DE. What does it take for a writer to get into comics? What’s it like once you’re in? Where do you start with writing a script? Scott Snyder (WYTCHES), Josh Williamson (NAILBITER), Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L), Joe Kelly (I KILL GIANTS), Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA), and special surprise guests share their secrets about becoming a hit comics writer in the industry.
Are you an artist looking to break into the industry? Come to “IMAGE COMICS: I is for… INNOVATION” on Sunday, July 27 from 2 - 3 p.m. in room 7AB and hear Amy Reeder (ROCKET GIRL), Chris Burnham (NAMELESS), Tula Lotay (SUPREME: BLUE ROSE), and a few special surprise guests as they discuss work ethics, visual storytelling, finding collaborators, and creating some of the best comics in the business.
And during the evenings, you won’t see me, because I’m planning to spend time with friends
The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder returns with an all-new TV series to premiere on Adult Swim August 7th, Black Jesus.
All hell is sure to break loose.
essentiallydazzling said: Where do you want to be this time next year? How close does right now match up with your plans from this time last year?
Aw, man, James.
I started writing about games in 2002 or ‘03 and it started verging on a career in 2005 when I got into production/creative services. I worked with one company from 2006 through 2013, which involved quitting college and moving across the country and also kinda-sorta being so dumb I worked more than I did stuff. When I quit, I was blessed enough to have a safety net in the form of another job, but moving out of SF and getting rid of a regular and incredibly significant aspect of my life for ten years straight threw me into a bit of a tailspin that I’m still trying to figure out. I dunno what I want to be in comics yet, though I enjoy and hope I’m delivering in the lil position I do have. I’m not used to being new, to having to figure things out again.
So for your second question: it doesn’t, but I didn’t have any plans last year beyond “make sure you can pay rent and don’t die.” This time next year, I want to know what I want to do and feel confident that I can achieve it.
jordannwitt said: What's your favorite pair of shoes?
I have one pair of dress shoes, some penny loafers (but the kind without the penny) I got because…I don’t remember what it was, but I couldn’t cheat and do suits with sneakers. I definitely wore sneakers to a wedding where two people I like a whole lot got married, so I can’t imagine or remember why I bought those things. I own two pairs of Jordans: some old mid Chris Pauls (which I bought on a Saturday. by Tuesday I’d torn my MCL and meniscus and scuffed my brand new shoes in a bike accident, and you would be pretty appalled to know which of these I was upset about and tried to address first) and some AJ1 lows, which don’t have a story attached, but they’re nice. (My favorite pair of Jordans is 12, flu jordans, forever and ever.) I have one Nike Free for running. And then I have ten different pairs of Air Force 1s in a wide variety of flavors and textures, including an imitation of the type of shoe I imagine people who own yachts like to wear while on their yacht and another in Laker colors but with a middle school lip gloss prismatic sheen over the shiny parts.
Air Force 1 is my favorite shoe. It’s all I wear on any given day, barring special occasions or needing a certain shoe for color-coordinating reasons. I’m not like a sneakerhead about it, but I do keep up on the newest AF1 trends and release dates for ones I like. I’m pretty picky, so I’ve been buying them over a good long while, but they’re definitely the one I like the absolute best.
Alternately, if you meant specific favorite shoe that I own…it’d still be an AF1, but probably this one.
fourcolorfrenzy said: What do you think of Aceyalone? Not sure I've ever seen you talk about that corner of hip hops backpacker yehars.
I like him! I only have Magnificent City and a few random features in iTunes at the moment. I keep forgetting to revisit that era/zone of rap like I did with RJD2 and Atmosphere. I’ve had the same mp3 of Project Bliznaiznowed for years, at least since high school. But him, Freestyle Fellowship, Project Blowed, I’m into it.
This dude I like out of LA, Nocando, he came out of that family, too. I was surprised when I learned that, but in thinking about it, it makes sense. Aceyalone is good at doing this kind of crossover rap that doesn’t crossover. It’s not as abrasive as the underground stuff I messed with in high school, but it wasn’t preachy conscious rap either. He was just clever, lyrical, and could ride a smooth beat. Nocando is similar.
I feel like anybody could vibe to Aceyalone’s stuff. I’m listening to Magnficent City since you asked this question and I feel like a gang of songs on here are good hanging music. It’s mostly easy-going in terms of how it sounds, Ace One is good at rapping with a smile in his voice, and the beats have a lil bit of knock. I feel similarly about Camp Lo—they’re pleasing rap, real talented, but never really crossed over like a Jay or Drake. The odds of hearing some awful thing about women from him is pretty low, too, which I appreciate. He’s just a raw rapper. I like when he worked with RJD2, too.
I’ve missed a lot of his stuff that came out recently…I’m gonna have to binge on some youtubes. I think Chance the Rapper said that he got a lot out of Aceyalone, too, which is dope.
White Feminist Science Fiction as Cinéma Verité, or what else is fuckin’ new: vulnerable white girl aesthetically brutalized at the hands of stock character Asian crime mobsters (apparently in Taipei, but the boss seems to be played by Choi Min-sik, super-recognizable Korean actor from Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy, but ssshhh, all Asians and their crime syndicates are interchangeable, see also: who-the-fuck-cares-about-the-baddie). Suddenly-superhuman white heroine indiscriminately kills taxi drivers according to whether or not they speak English (it’s feminist revenge narrative, everybody, everyone benefits from more badass white women!).
Also, some general things white people say/do/expect when they’re traveling outside the West, i.e. these bits of the trailer were practically documentary realism:
1— “YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL NOW.”
2— Interrupting surgery (who cares who’s on the table when it’s not me) and ordering doctors to attend to her first.
3— Condescending to Morgan Freeman’s character because white woman who just got magical powers yesterday definitely outranks black specialist’s lifetime of scientific research, expertise, devotion.
4— “I can feel every living thing”—along with every other Eat, Pray, Love turista rhapsodizing about connectedness to the universe while the POC around get stomped on.
5— “Since when did you start writing Chinese?” Familiar hard, imperious stare of a white person who’s taken one class in an Ethnic Studies department: “Since an hour ago.”
Ends with Johansson’s character telepathically bodying everybody in a hallway and approaching Amr Waked’s character. Cut to black, but you know what’s going to happen. And even if there’s a twist in the film and he survives, you know what’s already happened, in this trailer, this moment, which is that viewers had to bear witness to the implication of absolute fatal doom for Waked’s character, as Lucy approaches with a businesslike determination that would make Sheryl Sandberg’s ilk proud.
"I’m not even sure mankind is ready for her," intones the voiceover from Morgan Freeman’s character. If by mankind Freeman’s character means POC humanity, and by her, he means the terror of asymmetrical Western warfare in the twenty-first century guise of white feminism, then, well, it’s not a question of being ready or not being ready. The very nature of this well-worn dynamic, this righteous weaponized indifference to certain survivals and humanities when it comes to aggrandizing their own, is about storming in and obliging people to be “ready.” White supremacy behaves as though its beneficiaries have supernatural powers that allow them unlimited access to and power over the lives of others? That particular science fiction story has another name: modernity. See also: coloniality, imperialism.
P.S. No, the ultimate superheroine Lucy will of course forever be the one from Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy. I think especially of the scene in which Lucy marvels at the way her white employer, Mariah—another classic white feminist character of 20th century literature—tries to talk about her own “Indian” blood, as if it’s a superpower (the ‘I’m 1/16th Cherokee’ thing white people do):Mariah says, “I have Indian blood in me,” and underneath everything I could swear she says it as if she were announcing her possession of a trophy. How do you get to be the sort of victor who can claim to be the vanquished also?