Killing Time – May 16, 2013

Killing Time

The last few days I’ve had an Upper Respiratory Infection.  I was extremely happy not being so acutely aware of my upper respiratory system as I have been this week and I haven’t been able to post as much as a result.  Honestly, between the infection itself and the medication to fight the infection, all I can really do is stare at a TV screen.  So I have broken bad.  I’ve sat through nearly all of the four seasons of Breaking Bad, which I don’t know is the cheeriest thing for someone trying to recover from an illness, but it is addicting (haha ah meth humor) in its own way.  I’m hoping to bounce back soon and get back to killing time with more enthusiasm.

Books:
Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
Marvel Comics by Sean Howe
Maps & Legends by Michael Chabon

Blu Ray:
Star Trek Original Cast Movies Box Set (cont.)

TV/HULU:
The Daily Show with John Stewart
The Colbert Report
Breaking Bad Seasons Two, Three and Four
Scandal Season Two

Song of the Week:  “Open Your Eyes” by Snow Patrol

Video Game:
The Witcher II: Assassin of Kings
* XBOX Live, gamertag: sleeplessdave; feel free to friend me!

Comics:
Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1: The Red Shadow by Rick Remender
American Vampire Vol. 5 by Scott Snyder

 

Movie Review: Jack Reacher (2012)

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Jack Reacher is a lot like the type of novel on which it is based. It’s a solid story. It moves along. Then a week later you don’t remember much about it. I don’t entirely mean that to be pejorative. There’s a whole slew of fiction that works very well off that model. “Airplane ride books” more or less. Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, an ex-Military Police Officer who now freelances as a sort of force of justice. When one of the servicemen he investigated turns up as the lead suspect in a sniping in Pittsburgh, the suspect just writes Reacher‘s name on a piece of paper and won’t say another thing. The rest of the film is a detective story and an entertaining one. This is not the 70’s French Connection “cop off a leash” flick that the trailers indicated, but more NCIS: Pittsburgh. I appreciated, by the way, seeing a film take place outside of NYC, LA, Chicago, Miami or DC. The five corners of the filmic geographic pentagram. Pittsburgh suits the feel of the film well and having spent a lot of time there myself, I could recognize where they were a lot of the time. Tom Cruise is crazy, but he’s a solid actor. You don’t see him turn in bad performances. He shows up in every film he’s in and usually elevates the material with his dedication. He does so here, turning a rote page turner into a very nice rental.
7.0/10.

 

New Man of Steel Photo Gallery

With less than a month to go until Big Blue returns to the theaters, magazines are starting to run their feature articles on the film and the following scans come from a variety of those.  Some we’ve seen before.  The coolest to me was Jor-El in the Kryptonian suit.  I haven’t heard any more positive or negative about the origin story rumors so if anyone hears anything about changes, please feel free to post.  Superman is back in Man of Steel, opening June 14th.

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Jeremy Renner Not Returning As Hawkeye?

I loved Renner as Hawekeye myself, but I could see his concerns and the pay gulf between Downey and the others is just ludicrous. Hawkeye should be recast though. He’s an important part of the Marvel Universe.

Confessions of a Nerf Herder

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CBM is reporting that Jeremy Renner may not be returning as Hawkeye in any future outings for the character. The issue? That would be the dollar dollar.

It’s already been rumoured that Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans are unhappy with their pay – rumoured to be around $500,000 – for The Avengers, and now this adds another problem to the Marvel cinematic universe. In comparison, Robert Downey Jr. is rumoured to have received $50 million for his role in the film. The disparity in pay between the stars of The Avengers is also apparently one of the stumbling blocks in Robert Downey Jr.’s ongoing contract talks with Marvel. The actor isn’t happy at his colleagues being low-balled, and is trying to haggle on their behalf.

It terms of Renner, this isn’t the first time he’s had an issue with Marvel. He’s previously gone on record to show…

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