Dr. Hunter S. Thompson left this world ten years ago. The world has changed a lot in ten years, a lot of changes that would have driven him mad, a lot of changes that he would have seen coming and accepted with a sort of loud resignation that only Hunter could manage.
More wars. More corrupted politics. More paranoia.
More Fear, and More Loathing.
His voice will live on forever, his writing a testament to a brilliantly broken mind, even as the last generation who could ever truly understand him slowly dies out, while the current population and the unknown masses of the future still have much to relate to in Hunter’s words.
If you’ve never read Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, I urge you to do so. If you’ve never read The Rum Diary, I urge you to do so. I urge you to seek out his essays and his sports commentary, most of which you can find online. In his own words, Hunter was “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die”, and he truly felt to me like the last of the reckless writers, the last of the dangerous ones. His death closed a book that I’ve always felt we still need open.
Watch Hunter and Ralph Steadman tackle the world.
If you are a Netflix subscriber, you should watch Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson. If you have some time to kill, search for Hunter S. Thompson’s many appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. There’s a sense of comfort he has when he’s talking to Dave, as it appears that Dave understood him on a level other talk show hosts and seasoned interviewers didn’t.
Everyone can celebrate the life of Hunter S. Thompson in their own way. Myself, I’m going to spend the day drinking beer, listening to music, and reading. Maybe a little writing. Maybe a little trip out into the cold.
Well, there’s Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I have to be completely honest: I don’t hate it. It’s probably the only thing to come out of this movie so far that I’m mostly behind. The Wonder Woman costume is fine, a little too Xena-esque, but I get why they need to do it that way. And honestly, I’d prefer that to something closer to the 1970s Linda Carter costume (not that I don’t also love that version of Wonder Woman), but it just feels… I don’t know. I’ll reserve judgment for when we see it in motion (read: battle).
I really don’t want to see this movie. I really really really don’t want to see this movie. After the letdown that was Man of Steel, and the clusterfuck this movie has become so far from casting to costumes, I’d just rather save my money. But this is the first time Wonder Woman has appeared in a feature film, and I feel I need to support that. Whether that support comes via a movie ticket or via an OnDemand rental remains to be seen.
All of that said, I don’t hate DC. I don’t hate DC at all. In fact, they are knocking almost all of their television projects out of the park so far. While Arrow remains laughable, it is a bit of a guilty pleasure. The Flash has been one of the single best comic book adaptations I’ve seen on TV so far. Constantine continues to impress and I sincerely hope there will be a second season. I’m no fan of Gotham, from concept through to finalized product. It’s not without it’s moments, but those moments don’t save it for me.
Speaking of DC on TV (well, Vertigo), it seems Fox has picked up the pilot for an adaptation of Lucifer.
The Good News:
Lucifer on TV!
The Bad News:
It’s on Fox. And apparently, according to sources, it’s been turned into a police procedural drama. That’s… Bad. That’s kind of missing the point of the comic series, also.
I’m cautiously optimistic, I guess.
Here’s Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston reading the final scene of the final episode of Breaking Bad. Spoilers, obviously. Also, it gets a bit emotional.
Tonight will consist of entirely too much Chinese food and hopefully just the right amount of beer. I’m more excited by both of these things than I should be.
Morena Baccarin is no stranger to geeky genre projects, being probably best known for the role of Inara Serra on Joss Whedon’s gone-too-soon fan favorite Firefly, she has also starred in such shows as Stargate SG-1, V, and most recently Gotham. Well, she’s about to add another geeky title to her resume as she has just officially signed on to play the female lead in the hotly anticipated Deadpool feature film, due out in 2016. There’s no solid lead on exactly who she’ll be playing, other than the words “Love Interest” being bandied about, but a popular fan theory (and one I’m personally hoping is true), points to her playing the probability manipulating mutant mercenary named Domino.
The reason I like this theory is it would mean Fox is using Deadpool as a way to introduce elements that we might later see in the previously announced X-Force film. Domino being a founding member of that team, Deadpool himself joining in later story arcs. Not to mention Colossus, the metal skinned Russian strongman who got his start in the X-Men before joining the X-Force lineup in recent years, who is also rumored to make an appearance in the Merc With A Mouth’s solo adventure.
If Baccarin does end up playing Domino, as the fan theory suggests, and if Fox is using this an an opportunity to segue into an X-Force film, it does raise questions as to exactly which version of the X-Force roster we’ll be seeing on the big screen.
This news comes on the heels of X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer announcing via Instagram that Kodi Smit-McPhee has been cast as a young Kurt “Nightcrawler” Wagner in the latest X-Installment set in the 1980s, making today a pretty big day for Marvel’s Merry Mutants.
Speaking of directors dropping bombs over Instagram, District 9 and Elysium filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has revealed that he is, indeed, directing a new installment in the Alien film franchise. Followers on Blomkamp’s Instagram were given a sneak peek of concept art for the new film two months ago with the caption “Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore.” followed by Blomkamp dropping a hint in an interview as early as a week ago that there was a “high possibility” he might still be involved in the making of the movie. All of this back and forth, will-he-won’t-he, anticipation finally culminated in another Instagram post made today:
As a fan of the Alien franchise (well, some of it), and as a fan of Blomkamp’s work (specifically District 9, though Elysium was a solid sci-fi film), this makes me happy. The online response from the Alien and Blomkamp fanbases alike has been pretty positive so far.
Neill Blomkamp’s latest film, Chappie, is in theaters March 6th.
Kamisama Hajimemashita, or Kamisama Kiss, won me over with its first season in 2012 and it always bummed me out that there weren’t more episodes made when the manga continued on well after the show’s completion. I only just learned a week or two ago that a second season was even happening, and only learned this morning that the first six episodes have already been aired!
Current Proof Of Life:
Current Auditory Stimulation:
Current Empty Promise:
I need to blog more. I need to write more. I’m far too tired on far too regular a basis, but I can not allow that to stop me. It hurts if I go too long without exorcising the demons. The cloud looms above, ever growing, ever darkening.
I have time off this week, a few days in a stretch of time away from the restless job of a midnight pizza slinger. I’ve already decided this time will be spent getting lost in background music and the piles upon piles of unread comics currently staring me in the face. I’m caught up on CAPTAIN MARVEL (god bless you, Kelly Sue DeConnick), but all other series have fallen to the wayside. This must be rectified.
Writing will fit into that. Somewhere.
Plans are also in place to vlog on a regular basis. The rumblings of a YouTube channel to be made with the wife and a good friend are being bandied about. Someday.
Another, longer blog post will follow as soon as I can. A statement that has been made since the beginning of this blog, a statement that I feel will someday be the last words ever published to this blog.
Proof of life. Well, something resembling life. I’ve just woken up from a nap. Have you taken a nap today? You should. It’s glorious.
Yoshiki Classical: Miracle
— Went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 last night. It was every bit as good as the first film, which was a relief to me, as I love the first one and was concerned the sequel may not give me the same sense of awe I felt while watching the first one. The animation is beautiful, the voicework is superb, the music is fantastic. All in all, well worth seeing on a big screen.
— I am eating a reheated frozen meatloaf dinner and wishing it was my mother’s meatloaf instead.
— The demo for Mario Golf: World Tour on the 3DS may have convinced me to purchase the full version once I have the money. This is surprising to me, as I rarely enjoy sports games.
— This weekend has not turned out the way I had originally planned for it to, but it’s still turned out rather well.
Current Self Promotion:
My unboxing video for the latest Loot Crate (theme: “TRANSFORM”). I am a big fan of this service and will spout my love of the Loot Crate people on a regular basis on social media.
If you care to join (next month’s theme is “VILLAINS” and will feature an exclusive shirt and an exclusive Loot Crate variant cover to a Marvel comic), I’d appreciate it if you’d use this link to do so, as it will end up saving me money in the long run. It really is a fantastic service, though I will say that it’s not for everyone. It’s definitely worth trying for at least a single month, to get a feel for it.
A late night pizza maker what is physically exhausted and drained of all mental focus.
Current Auditory Stimulation:
Out of the Black by Royal Blood
A donut and a bottle of YooHoo (chocolate flavored “drink”), as it is unclear to me what normal people eat for breakfast.
Sleep for as long as my body will allow, place a call to California in hopes of wishing my mother a Happy Mother’s Day, make every attempt possible to accomplish as much as I can before work tonight.
That this Current Status update must be cut so very short. Sleep calls me, I fear I must answer.
I sit here at my desk, drinking pre-bottled name-brand iced tea, looking out upon the lush green grass of my back yard. A thunderstorm has just passed through and the window-shaking calamity of it has given way to a deafening silence, as the raindrops hang from each blade of grass, the last remnants of the chaos that engulfed this tiny patch of land only moments ago. The clouds above have parted and the glow of the setting sun sets all around me ablaze in glorious light, though larger clouds loom in the distance. Darker clouds. More rain to follow.
The silence has now faded into a symphony of bird calls, echoing outside my window. The wind is quiet, yet the clouds are moving quickly across the sky. Trees and bushes are only now, in the middle of May, beginning to show signs of green. The grass itself is an alien sight after such a long winter, during which the entire world outside was covered in a blanket of shimmering white. I welcome the rain, I welcome the green. Maybe Spring is finally here.
A lot has happened since my last update, a phrase I find myself typing into this window once every few months or so, and I promise to give a proper update soon. A Current Status update will follow first.