My Fiction – Adventures in Adventuring, Part 1: Awkward Introductions

I play video games. Sometimes I play a lot of video games. So I starting
thinking how the video game must look from the inside to the characters.
Inspired by that, and some of the worst writing from the Punisher comics,
I present “Alekto’s War Journal.”

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A Movie/Comic Book Entry – Another Inevitable Comparison

Sorry for missing last week. I was whisked out to the remnants of the Wild West and was too caught up to actually post.

Like my previous inevitable comparison, I’m sure this is overdone and unnecessary, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to share my thoughts. Unlike the Spider-man entry, in which a studio was battling with itself, this entry is about two studios battling against each other. And rather like when DC Comics and Marvel Comics used to have crossover events, the fans are the ones who are choosing the winner. So here we go, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (BvS) vs Captain America: Civil War (CA3), and why I regard one as a good movie and one as a storytelling failure.

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A Media Entry – The Inhumans are not the X-men

And that’s not a bad thing. But as the fourth season of Agents of SHIELD is about ready to debut and the previous three being heavily based on comic storylines introduced in 2008 (coincidentally the year of the launch of the MCU), I theorize that the executives at both Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios are doing their damnedest to make the general audience believe the Inhumans are the X-men. I theorize that I am witnessing a case of executive meddling on an unprecedented scale that crosses between three media – comic books, television, and movies. And I don’t like it. The Inhumans are not the X-men and they never are going to be.

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A Writing Entry – How to Write a Strong Female Character

Or maybe I should have titled this, “An example of how NOT to write a strong female character.”

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A Movie Entry – Riff-ability, Part 1

There are discussions amongst film critics and fans on the criteria to judge a movie as good, or bad, or “so bad it’s good.” I don’t agree with the “so bad it’s good” camp because I believe bad is bad, but I do believe a movie can be so bad it’s fun to mock. Mocking badly made media is its own form of entertainment, and the premise of MST3K. So with that in mind, the revival coming soon, I present my general categories of bad movies and their suitability for riffing. Please note some bad movies crossover categories.

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Storytelling Failures – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gritty Sepia and Other Choices

I’ll be glad to be done whinging about this thing so I can start whinge about other things. So, the final part of my series explaining how this movie failed to tell a good story – structure.

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Storytelling Failures – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a Tale of Two Cities

Oh, no, I’m not done with this thing yet. After 2.5 freakin’ hours of this mess, there’s a lot to untangle. So my third criterion in analyzing a storytelling failure is the setting. I will admit in some movies the setting is largely irrelevant. Clueless was an adaptation of Emma set in 1990’s Los Angeles and that was just fine. However, the comic book mythos the filmmakers were trying (and failing) to capture, the setting is very important.

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