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Words of comfort for those lamenting you’re not at Comic-Con

All the cool news, people, and other exclusives you’re salivating over? If you were actually here, you wouldn’t be aware of 95% of it. I for one am not looking forward to a week or more of finding out about cool stuff I missed and whining, “But I was even there!”

Iron Man 3 is the best old-school James Bond movie ever.

(Oh look it’s my one-sentence Iron Man 3 review from my general/pop-culture Tumblr)

When the size of the budget is held constant, films with female protagonists or prominent females in an ensemble cast earn similar box office grosses (domestic, international, opening weekend) and DVD sales as films with male protagonists. Because films featuring male protagonists have larger budgets, they earn larger box office grosses. However, the differences in box office grosses are not caused by the sex of the protagonist but by the size of the budget. Films with larger budgets generate larger grosses, regardless of the sex of the protagonist.

Report compiled by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, San Diego State University

It’s almost like not having faith in the protagonist and underfunding a film leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy that something about that protagonist isn’t bankable!

Marjane Satrapi’s film adaptation of her own GN Chicken with Plums has a US release date! Coming August 17th!

On Minorities, Comics, and Film

sonofbaldwin:

Speaking of pre-colonial Africa, it pisses me off to no end that in the discussion about Marvel making a Black Panther movie, people (mostly white) keep talking about how “unrealistic” it would be for there to be a remote advanced African civilization. Aside from how insulting it is to imply that the Norse gods are actual beings from another dimension is more realistic, it completely ignores the numerous prosperous African empires and kingdoms of the past

But these same people have no problem with the idea that, in the DC universe, the most advanced civilization in Africa is a nation of simians.

I said this before and it remains true: The more race, semiotic, feminist, and queer theory I read and digest, the less I enjoy mainstream comic books and the conventions/institutions behind them.

Here’s a thing that me and Son of Baldwin talked about.

I’m no grand expert on pre-colonial (sub-Saharan) African empires or anything, they were just mentioned in my high school world history class, and I suppose it was foolish of me to assume that they got mentioned in other people’s history classes too.

I ask you, what is the point of Wikipedia, or indeed the entire Internet, if people aren’t going to check their bold, sweeping statements against basic historical fact? If you Google “History of Africa”, the very first result is a Wikipedia article with that same title.  Via the page’s Table of Contents, you can easily click down to 500-1800 CE, and get a nice overview of all sorts of thriving civilizations from that era.

Would it really require an impossible mental leap to present just one remote African civilization that had fended off foreign interlopers and continue to advance on their own?  Moreso than asking the audience to believe that Norse gods are actually just aliens at the other end of a wormhole, and that some kind of super-steroids can keep a man from freezing to death for 70 years?

And of course, there is no logic to the idea that Black Panther isn’t “iconic” enough or a “core” part of the Marvel Universe.  He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  He debuted in Fantastic Four.  He was an Avenger way back in 1968.  And are we forgetting where the vibranium of Cap’s shield comes from?  Black Panther and Wakanda are an intrinsic part of the Marvel Universe.  It’s a shame they’ve forgotten that.

The Final Word on Why Marvel Movies > DC Movies

  • DC: Joss Whedon, we cannot make your Wonder Woman movie because there’s too much ancient mythology, you set it in World War II, and you are just some TV guy. Also, you know, she's a chick.
  • ~~~
  • Marvel: HEY EVERYBODY, WE’RE GOING TO MAKE A THOR MOVIE! AND THERE’S GOING TO BE FROST GIANTS AND SWORDS AND MAGIC AND A RAINBOW BRIDGE AND EVERYTHING!
  • Marvel: AND WE’RE GOING TO MAKE A CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE! AND THERE’S GOING TO BE NAZIS AND NEWSREELS AND A WORLD’S FAIR AND OLD TIMEY CARS AND EVERYTHING!
  • Marvel: AND WE’RE GOING TO MAKE AN AVENGERS MOVIE! HEY DO YOU WANT TO DIRECT THE AVENGERS, JOSS WHEDON??
  • Joss Whedon: Can I make Black Widow the most badass of the team and also add Maria Hill played by the actress I wanted to play Wonder Woman?
  • Marvel: TOTES!
  • The Avengers: *makes $1.5 billion*
  • ~~~
  • DC: … So we’ll make Superman gritty like Batman. The kids like Batman, right?
If I could go to this, I absolutely would.  The trailer blew me away the first time I saw it about six months ago, and I’m really excited to see how Marjane Satrapi (along with her Persepolis film partner Vincent Paronnaud) shifts to live-action directing.  If you can, I urge you to take advantage of the of the opportunity!
blowncovers:

Screening at the MOMA tomorrow.

If I could go to this, I absolutely would.  The trailer blew me away the first time I saw it about six months ago, and I’m really excited to see how Marjane Satrapi (along with her Persepolis film partner Vincent Paronnaud) shifts to live-action directing.  If you can, I urge you to take advantage of the of the opportunity!

blowncovers:

Screening at the MOMA tomorrow.

Amelie by Stephanie Pena
Amélie is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I have such a crush on Audrey Tautou— this drawing is perfect.

Amelie by Stephanie Pena

Amélie is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I have such a crush on Audrey Tautou— this drawing is perfect.

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