This week, the League of Extraordinary Bloggers has a different sort of mission. Our assignment: Who cried when Old Yeller got shot? What movie, TV show, book, etc. turns you into a blubbering baby every time you see it?
I’ll admit; this was a tough assignment. You see, I’m a very manly sort of man, the kind of man who can’t be easily reduced to tears. I spend my time doing manly things. Manly men things like wrangling giant tusked spider bears, getting into manly street fights with my friends Billy and Jimmy, and giving birth to babies.
But as manly manful as I am, my eyes still have tear ducts, atrophied as they may be. Begrudgingly, I will admit there may have been times my eyes have manlily (mannishly?) wet themselves during moments of pop culture distress. Grab some tissues and take my hand. We’re about to revisit some tear-jerking moments from days gone by.
For this week’s movie, we have one of the best fan-made films on the web. This is probably the best-looking Batman costume I’ve ever seen, and the opening shots look like they could have been lifted from Alex Ross’ artwork.
Ladies and gentlemen, Batman: Dead End.
Marvel’s big summer event, Avengers vs. X-Men, is more than halfway over now, so I thought it about time I chimed in on the title. Having read it from the start, and having purchased several tie-in titles, and having followed most of the characters involved for 2 decades, I can stand by my decision to tell you DON’T READ THIS BOOK. AvX is one of the worst company crossovers I’ve ever had the chance to read, and I’ve read Atlantis Attacks and Reign of the Supermen.
Fact: I’ve seen every comic book movie.
Fact: Many of them have been very, very good.
Fact: I have not particularly cared for Spider-Man since I was a little kid running around in Spidey pajamas.
All of that being true (and it is – those are all facts), I can honestly say that The Amazing Spider-Man is the best comic book film ever made. Bold statement, I know, especially considering the high regard in which people hold movies like The Dark Knight and X2. I won’t argue that those aren’t great movies – they are. But Spider-Man gets everything right, and it does it without being a slave to the source material.
Ok, first of all, I apologize for having gone missing for so long. The job switch, scheduling conflicts, and holiday all got the best of me. That was totally my bad. I’ll be more careful from now on. So sorry.
Now that the apologies are out of the way, we can move on to the next order of business…Friday Flashbacks! As always, I present to you a few entertainment suggestions to help get you through your weekend. Follow my advice this week – it’s way too hot to be outside. Onward…