Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fall Blog Cleaning

I've had a bunch of items clogging my inbox for the past month or two, so it's high time I cleaned it out and finally posted 'em

Back in August I posted a story about Sony ending its deal to share Spider-Man with Disney/Marvel Studios. Under the terms of their contract, Marvel agreed to produce a series of Spider-Man films, while Sony would receive the bulk of the profits from them. 

When Disney asked for a bigger slice of the pie, Sony took their character and went home, and Spider-Man was no longer allowed in the MCU.

Ah, but not so fast there! Since that initial post, Sony & Disney have kissed and made up, and the deal's back on. Spidey will now make at least two more contractually obligated appearances in the MCU. 

That's good news for Marvel Studios and these new Spider-Man films, as it means we'll get a proper trilogy after all. Even better, the big cliffhanger at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home will be resolved.

I'm glad for fans of the character, but... eh. I find myself not really caring much. I've been a HUGE fan of the MCU since the first Iron Man movie, but... I think I'm over it now. Endgame really did feel like the end of an era to me, and I'm just kind of done with the whole thing. Nothing I've seen in Marvel's proposed Phase 4 excites me, and I just don't see any way they'll ever top the amazing achievement of Phases 1 through 3. 

I know Disney will never let the MCU end, but I honestly wish they would.

R.I.P. to actor Sid Haig, who died at age 80 back on September 21st, 2019. Haig was a horror movie staple, no doubt due to his rather alarming and intimidating appearance. He starred in over 147 movies and TV shows over the years— playing villains, natch— and was beloved by horror fans the world over.

I don't have anything profound to say about him here, other than that I enjoyed his work and he'll be missed. I saw him at a horror convention a few years back, but sadly didn't have any interaction with him. I can confirm that he actually did exist though!

In the end credits of Frozen, there's a line stating, "The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in this film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers."

I chuckled at that line at first, but the more I think about it, I'm not 100% sure it was a joke. In the current SJW PC hellscape in which we live, I could easily see some group of outraged soy boys trying to sue Disney for daring to make an assumption about all men and their booger consumption.

This is the world we now live in, folks.

Earlier this month Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg was subpoenaed to testify before the House for something or other— I wasn't really paying attention. Anyway, take a look at him in this news photo. I realize I've got no room talking about someone else's looks, but Jesus Christ! Are we sure that's really Zuckerberg there, and not some sort of dead-eyed, emotionless android his R&D guys whipped up to take his place?

Also, Mark Zuckerberg is currently worth $69 BILLION dollars. Apparently he's decided to save some of that money on barbers by taking a pair of dull scissors and cutting his bangs straight across at the very top of his head. Just like five year olds do when they attempt to cut their own hair for the first time.

R.I.P. to actor Robert Forster, who died at age 78 on October 11, 2019. Forster was a reliable character actor whose career began in 1967. He racked up over 180 movie and TV credits over the years, but his most famous role was probably that of Max Cherry in Quentin Tarrantino's Jackie Brown.

Again, nothing compelling to say here, other than that I enjoyed his work. My favorite Forster film is 1980s Alligator, one of the many "Animals Bite Back" movies that clogged the cineplex after Jaws. Alligator's a B-movie masterpiece, and is criminally underrated in my opinion. You should check it out.

Separated at birth?

R.I.P. to actor Aron Eisenberg, who died on September 21, 2019 at the much-too young age of 50. Eisenberg played Ferengi character Nog on all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Nog was one of the best characters on DS9, and had one of the more compelling story arcs. He started out as an annoying and shifty teen, but eventually became the first Ferengi to join Starfleet. He fought in the Dominion War and was promoted to Lieutenant in the show's final season.

Eisenberg was born with only one partially-functioning kidney, and suffered from health problems his entire life. He and his long-time girlfriend Malissa Longo eloped late last year, in December 2018. Sad.

Lastly, the War On Halloween is in full swing. In the past month I've read numerous articles denouncing the holiday, as schools all over the country have eliminated it because it's not "inclusive." Then there was the "daddy blogger" (which is apparently a thing) who claims that Star Wars Stormtrooper costumes should be forbidden, due to their connection to Nazi Germany (???). And then there was the dim bulb who said Halloween candy should be banned, because the millions of individually-wrapped fun size candy bars handed out every October create an "environmental disaster." And of course there are the perennial complaints from easily-offended busybodies over their neighbors' "gruesome" Halloween yard displays.

Sigh... It's obvious that the nation's jittery Soccer Moms and constantly-triggered SJWs want to outlaw the holiday altogether. There's no doubt in my mind that they'll eventually get their wish. I give Halloween another five years, tops, and then it'll be nothing more than another pleasant memory ruined by the assholes of the world.

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