Daily Archives: July 24, 2012
The concert film is a tricky proposition. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing – witness Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads film “Stop Making Sense” – you’re essentially watching a concert without the experience of being there, live. There’s got to be something very intentional about the experience to draw the viewer in. Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live, re-released on Blu-Ray today, is such an immersive experience. But in part it’s the concert’s lack of contrivance that makes the difference. Read more after the jump!
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This week’s Cartoon Cuts sees the announcement of Robot Chicken‘s 6th season, a great episode of Futurama, clever Aqua Teen animation and what’s that? Squidbillies is still kicking around.
First up, thanks to Futurama for returning to near-true form in last week’s ‘The Butterjunk Effect”. Yes, a ridiculous plot about roller derbies; but all great episodes are founded on a stupid premise. Plus Amy and Leela kiss Fry, which as good a premise as any. Besides half-nude cartoon action, this episode is packed with zingy one-liners and sweet animation like caterpillar-Fry.
This week also brought news of a SIXTH season of Robot Chicken… the show that made us all ask WHY. WHY didn’t I make a career out of playing with toys in stop motion?? It still blows my mind that this show has persevered (thank you Seth Green/MacFarlane) but lo and behold, creators Tom Root and Matt Seinreich discuss season 6 after the jump!
Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
The Uncanny X-Men #168
“Professor Xavier is a Jerk!”
Writer: Chris Claremont
Artists: Paul Smith/Bob Wiacek
It was 1983 and I was twelve years old and in love. In love with Kitty Pryde. Kitty was molded to be a love interest for their target audience of teenage boys. She was a geek’s dream: she was smart, loved sci-fi movies, excelled at video games, belonged to a superhero team, and kept a pet dragon. Kitty was never drawn as the typical comic book “babe”, instead, she was drawn as a perky teen-aged girl with fun and mischief in her eyes. For more on Kitty and Uncanny X-Men #168, read on after the jump!