Thursday, February 14, 2008

Buckshot - 2/14/08

So we're adding something here at The Den of Mystery. Hooper and I are starting our own columns, The Hooplah and Buckshot. (It's pretty easy to tell who their respective authors are.) These will be a sort of catch-all for us. Interesting links, random thoughts...basically whatever happens to be on our minds when we sit down to post them. Now without further ado, the first installment of Buckshot.

Now, sometimes this column will have a singluar focus (like the write-up I plan to do after going to the AMC Best Picture Showcase next Saturday), sometimes not. This is one of the not times.

  • The teaser trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is finally online. May 22nd can't come soon enough.

  • I don't remember why I signed up for it, but I've been getting e-mail updates whenever Marvel Comics adds to their digital comics catalog. (They've been posting their substantial catalog of titles online.) This was in the most recent e-mail update:

"Long Run Focus: Amazing Spider-Man #1-100 When Peter Parker, the geeky teenager with the glasses and the scientific aspirations, transformed into Spider-Man—it stunned the pop culture world and anchored the advent of the Silver Age of comics. Plain and simple, these 100 comics are not only Marvel history, they're global history!"

Now, I won't deny the cultural impact Spider-Man has had on the world. 40+ years of publication, 3 grossly successful films, the list goes on. He's undoubtedly in the top five most globally recognized comic book characters. But a piece of global history? I think that's giving him a little too much credit. (Marvel is notorious for tooting their own horn.)

Let's try it...

"Indiana, we are simply passing through history. These Spider-Man comics...they are history.", I think it had more resonance when he was talking about the Ark of the Covenant. Sorry, Spidey.

  • Video: Alka-Seltzer in Microgravity. This is pretty slick.

  • As you know, the writers' strike is finally over. Many shows will resume production in the next few days. Some new shows like Chuck, Life, and Pushing Daisies, and a handful of established shows, such as Heroes will sit it out until the fall season. Sadly, 24 won't be back until January 2009. Here's some info on return dates for NBC and CBS. ABC, The CW and other networks haven't made their announcements yet. In the meantime, you can find all sorts of television news and reviews at TV Squad.

  • Variety has done a series of photos re-creating scenes from classic Hitchcock films with modern-day actors and actresses. I think the one with Seth Rogen doing the cropdusting scene from North by Northwest is my favorite.

  • Why do these bullet points show up as flowers?

Well, that will just about do it for the inaugural round of Buckshot. As always, comments are appreciated. Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!


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