Skeletroy’s Song of the Month (bonus song) – New Messiah

Song of the Month (bonus) – Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge – New Messiah

Thanks for checking out my Song of the Month remixes! I’ll be releasing my first video game cover album, “The Legend of the Musical Ninja”, in January, stay tuned for a lot more great music!

And as always, you can hear the previous songs in this playlist:

The Signal – Green Lantern: First Flight

Stay Tuned after the review for a special announcement and an important update.
Ink wraps up the first installment of THE SIGNAL with his review of the DC Animated feature, Green Lantern: First Flight

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Change, Anyone? – Change in Popular Culture

 

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Editor’s Panel (EP1)

The creator of NNTV talks the future of Ink’s show and the channel as a whole.

One thing I did not mention in the video is that the show will also be going through a slight format change when the new season comes around.  Nothing is being removed.  However, one or two things may be added. 🙂

CotD 13 – DC’s Recent Debacles

Skeletroy sits down with NNTV Chris to discuss the current state of the DC Universe.

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Comics On the Dot 7 – Artists

McFarlane, Liefeld, Larsen, Ditko, Kirby, Lee, Bagley, & Craig – what do we like?  What don’t we like?  More importantly, why?  Chris and Jimmy explore this and more on this episode.

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The Isometric Perspective #13 – E3-Stravanganza part 7 (Nintendo Wrap-Up)

Skeletroy and newcomer Mark Pineo give their final impressions on Nintendo’s E3 offerings.

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Marvel & DC Beware

Before I begin to venture into fan rage, I feel I should note the following:

“Dark & Gritty”, “Edgy”, “Did What No One Else Dared To Do”, “Modern”, “Realistic”…these are the traits that present-day media and entertainment seem hard-pressed to sell us and the traits that the general public are quite obviously obsessed with.  From that I feel I should warn you that if you are close-minded and one of those people, I suggest you leave this article…ASAP.  I am a Traditionalist and a Surrealist.  As for “Dark & Gritty”, “Edgy”, and “Doing What No One Else Dares To Do”, I don’t give a crap as long as what I am reading/watching is good.  With that said, you’ve been warned.

Let’s start with DC.  Why?  Because that section is bound to be shorter.  DC went and rebooted their entire mainstream universe…not that they have more than one universe anymore.  New 52 sells like hotcakes and many of the titles under it are well written, blah blah blah.  Am I angry at this reboot?  Frankly, yes but, at the same time, I’m more angry at the execution than the decision.  Rebooting everything so that superheroes are just turning up, wiping clean DECADES of RICH continuity…yes…yes I am quite miffed.

Okay…now Marvel.  Or should I say Marvel NOW.  Oh yes, I’m going there.  But before we talk about Marvel NOW let’s talk about Marvel’s Ultimate Universe.  I, for one, can honestly say that I don’t like the Ultimate Universe.  In fact, I absolutely LOATHE it.  Why?  It’s not because it tries to be more modern or more realistic…it’s because the writing in it has just come across as STUPID or LAZY more times than I can count.  Here I will provide two prime examples.  the first Example, the one I am LEAST angry at, is Ultimatum.  My god…this was terrible.  It’s almost as if the entire purpose of the event was to kill off a crap ton of characters.  Oh yeah.  IT WAS.  But not only that.  After it was released, guess what?  THEY COMPLETELY IGNORE IT.  All that’s ever brought up about it again (On the surface, anyway) is the city being flooded.  None of the deaths served any purpose other than killing the characters to make room for replacement later.  Most of the deaths didn’t even have a story purpose.  This, my friends, is STUPID writing.  Now let’s jump to LAZY writing.  Enter Ultimate Spider-Man.  Yeah.  I’m going there too.  Miles Morales.  The “New” Spider-Man of the Ultimate Uni- screw it, he’s a generic carbon copy of the first one.  There’s very little about him that’s innovative and he’s only getting a free pass because he’s black.  I will remind the black demographic of comic readers that anyone who says “There aren’t enough black characters in comics” is just being an idiot.  You want to see the mass majority of the heroes be black.  A bit of knowledge for you.  The majority of the North American Population happens to NOT be Black.  Further more: Luke Cage, Black Panther, Storm, Falcon, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Vixen, Firestorm, Cyborg, Bumblebee, Black Goliath, Static Shock, Black Lightning, Patriot, this is a list of Black Characters and comics and it only goes on from there.  So, in other words, zip it about “There aren’t any black characters in comics!”

So let’s head back to Marvel NOW.  Specifically the “Superior Spider-Man”.  Yep.  They most definitely had the balls.  Not only are they replacing Pete, but they also have the AUDACITY to call the new one “Superior”.  I CALL BULL CRAP.  When this one endures for 50+ years, THEN you get to make that claim.  Until then, he doesn’t even DESERVE an adjective.

So many of you may be saying “But Inkritic, it’s really time to move on.  Marvel wants to do something new.  Maybe you should just give it a chance.”  The only thing keeping me from flat out calling you an idiot is my belief that everyone is entitled to their opinion.  So just as you THINK it is time to move on, I THINK that “Moving On” is probably the dumbest thing in the world.  But there’s another reason beyond my love for the classic characters that I think this obsession with doing “New” things is idiotic.  THEY AREN’T DOING ANYTHING NEW.  Miles Morales, for all the phenomenal writing in the world, is the EXACT same character as Peter Parker.  He’s shy, intelligent, unsuccessfully witty, and has Peter’s Guilt Complex.  He’s more of a clone than Scarlet Spider was!

I’ll give you a little tip on replacing a character.  When you replace a character, you do it by replacing them with someone DIFFERENT who has had an actual HISTORY with said character.  Example?  How about that brief time that Dick Grayson took over as Batman?  Sure, the writing of the situation wasn’t the best.  Sure, he started acting like Bruce…BUT THAT MADE SENSE.  Miles Morales did not know Peter Parker in the least.  He DECIDED it was his fault that Peter died because “He could have done something”.  Allow me to remind you all that Captain America could have done something too.  Peter jumped in the path of the bullet that Cap could have saved him from.  They BOTH could have survived the incident.  But lazy writing triumphed and now all of the blame for Pete’s death in the world of the fans continues to fall on Cap instead of, I don’t know, THE LAZY WRITER.  I have friends who SPECIFICALLY say that they hate Cap JUST because in the stupid ultimate Universe, he failed to save Peter from a bullet that they could have BOTH been saved from.  Why is that stupid?  You can’t blame the CHARACTER for Lazy writing.  You blame the character when the writing makes sense and the INTENT is for them to catch the blame.

I do not know anything about the Superior Spider-Man and will remain as far away from that title as I can after I review the origin story issues.  I promise you, though, that I won’t care if the comic is written well or not.  Marvel’s already dead to me.

Here’s where it gets better.  They aren’t replacing characters for story purposes like they should be.  They’re doing it because they’re too lazy to TRY and think of anything new for him.  Replacing a character, without it being for story purposes, is a LAZY enterprise.  It’s completely and totally pointless.  Why?  BECAUSE YOU CAN USE THE TIME AND RESOURCES TO JUST MAKE A NEW ORIGINAL CHARACTER.  Allow me to ask you this, Marvel.  Why do you think replacing Peter Parker is the way to dispel your hate of him?  Better question.  WHY do you hate Peter Parker?  The Clone Saga, Sins Past, One More Day…you’ve been determined to tear down Peter Parker for years.  Why?  The crowning achievement was #692, where you made a comic that was supposed to be about Spider-Man…AND MADE IT ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE.  Points for making a new character…NEGATIVE points for using someone else’s comic to do it!  ESPECIALLY as a means to end Peter Parker.  AND, just to remind us how determined you are to erase Peter Parker for good, you ACTUALLY had the balls to throw in THE JACKAL.  That’s…that’s something else.

It’s funny.  Marvel and DC keep talking about how they’re trying to do something “New” and yet they aren’t.  They’re still busy cranking out the same old routine they have been for decades.  They’re not doing anything new.  They’re doing something quite old.  Promoting Shock titles in order to make money.  Marvel HATES Peter Parker.  But they know that Spider-Man is a money maker.  So what’s next, Marvel?  Killing off your entire mainstream Universe and replacing THEM with carbon copies that mean nothing?

And now my rage can turn to the fans who actively just happen to support all of this.  If you support it because you are genuinely interested in this direction, then that’s all well and good.  BUT, if you’re just supporting it because you’re a Marvel fan or a DC fan and you support anything they do, you’re an idiot.  A good fan is like a good parent.  We’re not Yes-Men.  We love our fandom like it’s our child.  But we HAVE to get on their case when they start doing questionable/undesirable things.  Otherwise idiocy will, in fact, continue.  I love Marvel and I love DC.  But I’m not going to let the lazy writing and dumb choices go on and make them force me to live with them.

Thus we come to the end of this article and a fair proposition.  I honestly do not believe anyone from Marvel or DC will see this…or care about it if they do happen to see it.  But here’s a thought.  You made a Universe to a appeal to a newer audience, Marvel.  DC, that’s what you’re CURRENTLY doing and have been TRYING to do for decades. These Universes made money like no tomorrow.  So why don’t you just make ANOTHER Universe for us traditionalists.  Classic Characters told with classic stories, all written by people who care more about the content they’re feeding people than they do their next pay check.  Writers and Artists and so-on that will actually treat these characters and properties like their children and write them like they care.  In fact, in a play on of words from your past, you can even call it the Marvel Age Universe.  DC, you can call yours The Golden Age Universe or something.  Yes, I know there are old comics we can buy.  Who says you can’t just tell stories in a classic way and just bring in new stories?  Why does it have to be the same old stories told to fit new times?  Personally, that idea doesn’t appeal to me.  If you happen to disagree with me, that’s all well and good, but at least understand where I’m coming from here.  The Ultimate Universe fans don’t have to quit with their precious Ultimate Universe and the 616 (It’s becoming inappropriate to call it the Mainstream continuity considering the Ultimate U’s popularity) fans can keep their theirs.  But Marvel and DC, this is my idea.  Make individual universes for us traditionalists.  Same characters.  Same properties.  New stories.  Not working about money or “Modern Day Marketability”.

(A Disclaimer: I love The Amazing Spider-Man movie and The Avengers not because of their accuracy to the stories and their environments.  I love them because of their accuracy to the CHARACTERS.)

Now that I’m calm, I have a few Ghost Rider comics to re-read.  Ta.

When That Ruled The World – 2 – Growing Up With Star Wars (11/05/2012)

Growing Up With Star Wars

Jimmy TR, Samantha Maybe, Thomas Fyrehart, and SkeleTroy Blockbuster discuss, compare, and contrast their memories of growing up with Star Wars, the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, LucasArts games, the future of Lucasfilm, and, yes… Ewan MacGregor’s naughty bits.

Theme song – “Happy Ever After” by The Senseless – used with kind permission.

Write-Up: The Amazing Spider-Man

I’ve given my full review of this summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and if you recall that review, then you know my personal rating.  I fully believe that for me it lived up to its name and is, by almost every stretch of the word, amazing.  It is not a cinematic masterpiece at all but, then again, that’s relative since there is no such thing (What, with clashing opinions and all).  So, without further ado, the full review of The Amazing Spider-Man review.

To start off, a lot of this review is going to simply expand on things I said within the Silver Screen Cinema episode.

Characters

If you read the comics (specifically the much older ones) and pay as close attention to them as I do, then you know whether or not these characters were written in well.  Were they?  For the most part, yes.

Peter Parker/Spider-Man did come across as the super smart, geeky, shy, and all around nobody that he is supposed to.  His character isn’t too heavy or anything for what is admittedly a much darker movie (at least in comparison to the original Raimi film).  After he becomes Spider-Man he has what the Raimi movies lacked.  While as a movie, itself, the original film had a lot of cute, quirky, and memorable moments, I felt that it lacked the real essence of Spider-Man and felt like Tobey acting.  He didn’t strike me as the infamous Web Head.  Here?  Spider-Man has that classic Spidey wit that everyone who loves the character loves about him.  Not only that, they actually use the Super Genius angle in this movie a lot more than the old one and the movie feels like it’s much more about the boy behind the mask than the mask itself.  The original movie had its moments but overall I felt like the mask dominated the movie.

Gwen Stacy is a character who, as I said, I was surprised by.  The reason is because I’ve read that they apparently took more inspirations for this movie from the Marvel Ultimate Universe.  I can’t tell you how much a loathe the Ultimate Universe.  One of the aspects of it I loathe is its ability to take any of my favorite characters and just WARP them.  Gwen Stacy was no exception.  HOWEVER, I was delighted to see that they used her Marvel 616 version more so than the Ultimate one.  She’s was geeky, she was clever, and she was sweet.  Would you like to know something else?  As much as I like Spider-Man 2, tolerate Spider-Man 1 and…ignore Spider-Man 3, I have to acknowledge that my least favorite part of all three movies is Mary Jane.  Why?  Because…she was utterly useless.  I like Mary Jane’s comic interpretations.  Why?  Because she’s TOUGH.  Mary Jane in the Raimi movies kept getting kidnapped and didn’t bother TRYING to fight back.  Gwen never particularly had as much of a spine in the comics as MJ though I admittedly like Gwen more because she’s a geek.  However, you’d better believe she doesn’t let that stop her.  She’s not charging head-first into battle throughout this movie but she TRIES.  She was a very lovable character just as much on screen as she was on the pages of the classic comics.

Captain Stacy is a character who I want to talk about as little as possible because he serves all of one purpose in this movie.  But that purpose is hugely important and also gives way to HEAVY spoilers.  So I’ll just skim over this one.  Captain Stacy is excellently played by Denis Leary as the tough, overprotective, but also caring father.  He’s also wise enough to straighten Pete up when he steps out of line and actually acts as something of a Father Figure for Peter at times.

Doctor Connors/The Lizard is where the characters are most lacking.  That isn’t too say he’s poorly done.  He isn’t.  But he doesn’t have an immense amount of depth.  I don’t think I’ll be spoiling anything by saying something ISN’T in the movie so I’ll say that the most pivotal aspect of the character, Dr. Connors’s family, is left out of the movie aside from a throwaway line.  That one little aspect would have given him so much more depth.  In the comics, his Obsession with this drug that transforms him is rivaled only by his love of his wife and son.  No wife and son here so the ultimate result of things turns out to be a rather sloppily thrown together execution in this departments.

Acting

The acting was fine if not great all around the board, honestly.  No one really missed a beat here.  Maybe a little cliche when it comes to The Lizard but that aside it was handled well.

Character Chemistry

The highlights of Character Chemistry in this movies go, not only to Peter/Gwen and Peter/Captain Stacy, but also to Peter/Uncle Ben.  If you go back and watch the original film, you’ll notice that the uncle been in that movie has all of about 10 minutes of screen time before he’s kill (Off screen, mind you).  Here?  He’s still around for about 40 minutes of the movie and you actually SEE it happen.  As Peter and his Uncle interact, you feel the relationship much more.  I’m not even sure Peter shared more than three lines with Uncle Ben in the original film.  Because you spend more time getting to know Uncle Ben and getting to understand how close Uncle Ben is to Peter, you actually FEEL for Peter when his uncle gets shot and you feel the gravity of the situation a lot more heavily.  It allows you to better understand the guilt complex that is such a HUGE part of the Spider-Man character.

Effects & Action

The action scenes of this movie, are almost all perfectly handled.  The effects don’t make the fights look like CGI versus CGI until maybe the last stretch of the movie.  Some people complained that the fight scenes weren’t as huge and epic as they should have been but that’s the problem.  Spider-Man isn’t a huge and epic character on his own.  At the end f the day, Spider-Man is just a street level superhero who occasionally has super villains after him and even then, his Super Villains aren’t villains like Dr. Doom.  They’re just massively dangerous criminals like Shocker or Rhino.  The contained nature of the fights fit with a Spider-Man movie.  Even in the flawless fight scene atop the elevated Train in Spider-Man 2, the fight itself was very contained.  They weren’t juggling one another around the entire city and destroying virtually everything in sight.  None of these fight scenes are really as impressive as that one but they’re pretty good to me at least.

Writing

I’ll admit that the movie isn’t perfect and the writing COULD have used work in a few areas.  To name a few general spaces where the writing was a bit “meh” The Lizard’s general write-up was just okay at best and there were a few things dropped from the movie.  I know they’ll tackle some of these things in the sequel but some things really should have just been in this one.

In the same vein is the Story.  The story was great excluding the Lizard bits which were just okay and I feel that this is because, again, they didn’t make him a complex enough villain.

Adaptation

Here is where we finally begin to enter possible Spoiler Territory.  You can skip this section if you don’t want to know ANYTHING.

Overall, this movie did WONDERS as an Adaptation in comparison to the original film.  The characters were almost PERFECTLY in tact with their comic counterparts.  My only real complaints in that department are Gwen and Lizard.  While I did enjoy them both overall, there was one aspect of both that I had slight problems with.  For one thing, Gwen actually knows that Peter is Spider-Man.  Now this might be something more in line with the Ultimate Universe but in the main 616 continuity, Gwen NEVER learned it.  It’s not just like a Mary Jane deal where she did learn it, she just didn’t learn it at the right time in the movie, Gwen isn’t supposed to learn his secret at all.  Gwen is supposed to pretty exclusively be Peter’s girlfriend, not Spider-Man’s (If that makes sense).  The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon is a good example.  Gwen was Peter’s friend for a good while and even still, she never found out.  Too bad that show was cancelled, by the way.

As for Lizard, this one is less of an adaptation problem and more of a personal thing.  Lizard was, in essence, adapted perfectly well.  I just didn’t care as much for the VERSION of him that they chose to adapt.  I prefer the Lizard as a villain when he’s purely feral.  The combination of the Feral Lizard and him having his family in this movie would have made the Lizard a much more complex character.  Even if he couldn’t exactly think on a rational level.

Other

The movie was cut HEAVILY.  I mean by around 40+ minutes.  I feel like those cut bits contained some really good, interesting stuff.  But I know that the reason some of it was cut was because it revealed too much about Peter’s parents and they wanted to save some for the next movie.  No real problem with that.  My problem with it is that it makes the movie seem shorter.  I didn’t feel like I was watching a full movie.  It felt like only an hour or so had passed as if I was watching a TV movie or something of that nature.  I think that the movie could actually stand to be just a little bit longer but, hey, that’s just me.

Anyway, thanks for your time, people and I’ll be sure to bring you a new vid this Wednesday.  Unfortunately I’m sick so I may not be able to record right now.  No worries, though.  I have something special planned for you.  This may mean more to you, though, if you closely follow TGWTG.  So that’d be my own two cents on The Amazing Spider-Man.

Silver Screen Cinema: The Amazing Spider-Man

Silver tears into some of the less articulate arguments made against the summer blockbuster featuring everyone’s favorite Web Slinger.