Why I saw “Maleficent” 10 times at the movies

As an affirmed movie buff, it’s not unusual for me to see a movie I like several times. Until Maleficent came out, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King held the title for Most Number Of Times RVCBard Spent Way Too Much Money On Tickets And Popcorn and Candy To See This Shit. I saw that shit 5 times at the movies. That’s right. Five times my eyeballs were sore from 3 hours of staring at a big-ass screen. Five times I sat there with my bladder about to burst.

Maleficent broke Return of the King‘s record twice over.

That’s right. I saw Maleficent ten times. No, no, not ten times on my laptop. Ten times on the big screen.

Anybody who knows me knows how particular I am about the things most people don’t think about when they watch a movie. Things like media representation, subliminal messages, and other stuff that people pretend not to notice. If I’m watching something ten times, you best believe there’s some real interesting shit going on with that.

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White Rage

So noted homophobe and racist douchebag Chuck Dixon and some other loser not even worth mentioning are throwing a hissy fit and demanding we bring back white supremacy to comics.

I’m sure this is all objective and has nothing to do with the fact that Dixon’s career has tanked because enough of us have gotten fed up with his bigoted bullshit.

As if that wasn’t pathetic enough, fellow racist and homophobe John “Blonde Latinas/Hispanic Women Look Like Hookers” Byrne is throwing a hissy fit his damn self because that uppity colored boy is going to portray the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot. 

I find it interesting that I never hear about the whitewashing that takes place in comic book movies (Fox from Wanted, Talia and Bane from Dark Knight Rising for starters). But let some PoCs get some screentime and then it’s nerd rage with swastikas to boot.

And before they or their apologists start crying about free speech or first amendment, a message from our friends at xkcd.com

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And for the Dixons and Byrnes of the world, I only have one question to ask:

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The Top 5 Graphic Novels You Should Check Out

Hello everyone and welcome to a Top 5 list of Graphic Novels that you should check out that are NOT superheroes nor are from Marvel or DC Comics.

There is also a really good review of Kevin Keller’s mini series, which is part of the collected work that I reviewed, done by my good buddy Dennis Upkins that you can check out here and here.

In looking at the list, you’ll notice a few things about it:

1. No books on the list have a straight, white, cisgender, and able bodied male as the lead.

2. Women and women of colour are the leads in 4 of the 5 books.

3. There is LGBTQ representation in 3 of the 5 books.

Yes, I collect some Marvel and DC Comics, but those comics are few and far between, and more often than not they’re not the new comics coming out today. If the Big Two are not willing to change for the better and faster, then people WILL go elsewhere for comics, and they’ll find better alternatives that reflect who they are.

West of Sunset: The Official Release

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My name is Dennis R. Upkins and I’m excited to announce that my second title, West of Sunset, is out from Parker Publishing and I think you should check it out.

West of Sunset is a new kind of urban fantasy with a new kind of hero.

In two action-packed comedy adventures, the world is introduced to one Brecken Everett, an overachieving college student who moonlights as a wizard detective.

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Brain Food – Episode 34

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest episode of Brain Food, wherein I discuss the latest series from Marvel written by G Willow Wilson, Ms Marvel!

And wouldn’t you know it? It’s a top seller at Comixology, actually beating out one Batman title as of the time of the release of its 4th issue!

Not bad for a new legacy character.

I Believe In The Dark Knight

Originally posted on Dennis R. Upkins:

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A true storyteller can often have the best insight on human condition. After all, in order to tell our stories, bards must have an intimate understanding of the forces that drive us. Within most of us, there is a struggle, an arc, a journey that is ruled by an internal conflict.

Often the key to said conflict can stare back at us the entire time.

Which brings us to the Dark Knight, the second of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy which I had the opportunity to rewatch the other night.

As for the movie itself, I think everything that needed to be said has been said: Christian Bale was a solid lead; the late Heath Ledger actually surpassed all the hype in his performance and Aaron Eckhart didn’t get the credit he deserved for his role as Harvey Dent.

Throughout the film, Bruce Wayne was seeking a white knight for Gotham. Someone pure…

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