Saturday, February 17, 2018

Always bet on black...Black Panther that is


   I'm going to give away one, just one spoiler because in some ways this was the coolest part of the film for me. The Black Panther opens up in Oakland California which is right here in The East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Oh I can just imagine how audiences in theaters in Oakland must have reacted to that. And on a related side note the director of Black Panther (Ryan Coogler) was born in Oakland.
   So now that I got that out of the way how was the film? It wasn't great like Civil War but overall it was pretty good. We're treated to a lot of that Marvel cinematic universe humor we've become accustomed to along with the continued development of Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther which Civil War did such a great job of getting started. Also, a lot of good supporting characters that you actually get into fairly early on in the film. I liked how Black Panther featured so many strong black female characters with out it ever feeling like they were some kind of mandatory tokenism.


   Now all that being said it was kinda hard to see Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger) as a bad guy. I've had my eye on that actor for years now and he was superb in movies like Chronicle, Creed and Fruitvale Station. I'm so used to him playing a hero or some sort of sympathetic character as opposed to being a real dick of a villain but he certainly demonstrated his acting range here. Now make sure you keep your butt in your seat for the end credit scene even though it's a bit of a slog having to wait through the entire credits scroll. The end scene has the most significant Avengers tie-in moment and quite frankly the movie would have been incomplete with out it.
  Pretty sure trump isn't going to be in any rush to see this movie. Too many black folks in it, not to mention all those empowered female characters. But if he did manage to see it in between his FOX News binge watching schedule he would probably end up tweeting that Wakanda was just another shit hole country.


As I've said before, the vast majority of new ROM related fan art that turns up every month is amateurish looking crap as far as I'm concerned (especially when it comes to twitter) but once in a while something worth posting here comes along. Found this at some obscure site I'm not familiar with and unfortunately I couldn't find the artist so that I could accredit it accordingly. The biggest strengths of this piece are the way the dire wraiths are drawn and the over all colors they really pop. He or she did a fair job on ROM himself but making the neutrilizer bigger would have helped.

The Defenders 62 left click to enlarge
Here's a little random something from the tail end of the 70s which was basically the lead into the awesome 80s. This panel I believe is the only real moment of action with The Torpedo during the some what silly Defender For A Day story line.

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When I saw this I just had to post this here also this is pure political satire genius. Hopefully, you're someone who's watched The Rocky & Bullwinkle show and know the always conspiring russian characters Boris and Natashia. The Rocky & Bullwinkle show wasn't a Saturday morning cartoon like Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends or one of the ones that came on in the afternoon like The Transformers, G.I.Joe, Thundercats, Voltron, Robotech for example. I remember it being on early in the morning before school. If only the writers of The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show could see what was going on today with the russians.


And finally here we are with more of my photoshop trickery. I did this years ago but just posted it here for the Hell of it.

Just a couple of days I was at one of those dollar stores looking for some cheap snacks when I saw this little E.T. Lego set. The E.T. figurine in particular just gave me this on the spot rush of nostalgia. I loved this movie like so many other kids back then. And ya know what? I caught part of the movie on some channel a few months ago and I gotta say it doesn't hold up too bad even these days. I had a number of E.T. memorabilia items back in the day including a garbage can this is the only photo I have of it. Ofcourse you also see my old X-Wing ship and on the wall a mini Star Wars poster featuring The Millennium Falcon and some tie-fighters I wish I could remember where I got that from.


15 comments:

  1. I mave have to check out. Already watched a video on Youtube from Looper.com, explaining the ending. They definitely have storyline fodder for a sequel, and GODDAMN I can't wait until Infinity War. Shit's gonna' be EPIC.

    Nice photoshop job man. Looks legit.

    As for ET, man I have such good childhood memories of going to Universal studios and riding the ET quite a few times. Everything, from the how they replicated the sounds and atmosphere of the forrest you looked at while waiting in line, to the actual ride itself. Shit, my dad, wouldn't cope to it, but he actually turned into a little kid and absolutely loved the ride....so much, that we kept on getting on a few times more than we probably would've.

    That Boris and Natasha cartoon is so dead on it's not even funny, even though it is. Did you hear about the 13 indictments Mueller based down this week? Fuck I hope this leads to Trump being impeached. Except then we'd have to deal with his ass puppet Mike Pence then:(

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    1. thanks for sharing your particular fond E.T. memory Dale. i hate to say it but i'm something of a news junky so ofcourse i know about the indictments. we've got russians comeing out of the wood work when it comes to trump and his entire filthy inner circle and with the 2017 presidential campaign. the whole thing is just so fucken sicking and his tweet after the indictments were made public yesterday is just more proof that trump is so woefully unfit for the presidency. seems he's more interested in protecting russia, his fragile ego and his base then he is The Constitution of The United States of America.

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    2. Exactly. That's why the US is viewed as so much of a joke at this point. If he wasn't so rich and well-protected......

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  2. A very juicy post! I admit after civil war I did not had the motivation to go see any other super hero film in theaters,guess I'm a little fed up with them..hope the Panther does great in box office though,and for the reasons you hint in your post..
    The more I see that Rom drawing the more I like it,it reminds me of the good old days in comics with these lines and colours despite the proportions being a little off.
    Great memorabilia from your childhood days,just gotta love (and feel a little envy) of that x-wing!
    Cool photoshop also and I don't really get what happening with Trump watching as an outsider I feel the leftist media has an agenta against him they cannot swallow that he beat Hillary in the election.

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    1. i really feel people outside of the U.S. don't fully understand the situation with trump. I'm the last person to side with the left wing media but when it comes to trump he's created plenty for them to talk about. not a week goes by where he doesn't say or tweet something that isn't such an obvious I've never seen anything like this in my life time from an American president he lies about some of the most petty and silliest things at times he litteraly says things on social media like any every day idiot who's just talking out of his ass. in some ways the facts that keeping turning up when it comes to the russians is especially disturbing since for over a year now he's been claiming it's all made up.

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    2. But how about his governing,he may be a clown but if he has the right policies does it really matter what he tweets?

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    3. ok amigo i'll give you a good example of what i'm talking about. keep in mind that right now only about 30% of the country supports trump, the other 70% either hate him or don't give a shit about politics any more. during his campaign he used to promise how he was going to build a wall along the Mexican boarder and that Mexico was gonna pay for it. his supporters loved that because that sounded great to them even though he never explained how he was gonna get Mexico to pay for it. even before he won the election Mexico was quite clear that they were not going to pay for that wall which is estimated to cost more then 25 BILLION dollars. now fast forward to today he's been fighting with the democrats in congress for a year now to come up with the money. all that "Mexico was gonna pay for it" shit was nothing but a campaign slogan because the reality is he had no idea if he was ever gonna be able to get Mexico to pay for it leaving it up to the American tax payer to come up with that money rather you support the wall or not and keep in mind only about 30% of Americans are pro-trump. we recently had another bad high school shooting in Florida that 17 kids got killed in. but this isn't the first mass shooting we've had during the trump administration and people have been getting pissed off that trump and the republicans have failed to do anything about it yet again because the National Rifle Association has given the republican party millions upon millions of dollars for years now in order to keep the laws as they are. in the last 2 days they've been showing the mothers of dead children screaming into reporter's cameras on the news at the president to act instead of just give speeches that were prepared for him.that's how donald trump governs.
      he tells that 30% what they want to hear and talks shit on twitter about the other 70% of Americans and in the mean time doesn't get much of anything done. mean while he's done everything he can to cover up the fact that russia helped him in the election and even till this day won't admit their interference despite the mountain of proof that putin did all kinds of shit to push the election in trump's favor. trump has even gone as far as to disrespect America's intelligence agencies while practically sucking putin's cock. all this drama has done a lot of damage to this country's unity it was getting bad even before trump but he's just driving us further apart instead of bringing the country together. trump is a horrible president he doesn't care about the American Constitution any more then he does about being the American president for anyone who doesn't blindly follow him. all he cares about is his ego, his 30% and russia. that's the real donald trump that unfortunately much of the world doesn't know rather it be in Greece or Israel.

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    4. Never understood why such an advanced society like the US allows every nut case such easy access to guns,a black spot in the image the country.

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    5. Bread and Circuses boys. Bread and Circuses. Trump is a distraction. He is always stealing with the left hand and lying with the right while pointing your attention in another direction. FUck him.

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  3. Nice finds. I really like seeing some REAL Rom art after the IDW fiasco. 14 isssues of garbage.

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  4. "14 isssues of garbage", well said Brian. i aspire to bring a little bit of the one and only original ROM to you guys every month. it helps a lot to hear from you all once in a while about what you think about what i post so thank you.

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  5. I appreciate your efforts. We may be diametrically opposed politically but that does not mean I don't appreciate what you do.

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    1. i appreciate your civility and although i can't stand trump, just for the record let it be known i'm no fan of the radical left either. i've spent years confronting them and documenting their own particular brand of hypocrisy, contridictions and reality largely devoid of facts or critical thinking. this is some shit that went down in Oakland at the tail end of just last month i was at
      http://proisraelctu.blogspot.com/2018/01/back-to-oakland-bakery-of-terror.html

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  6. I have seen ET and I will never see ET. I can't believe all the attention this crap got from the beginning and I vowed never to watch it. NEVER. I used to say that about TITANIC but I got tricked into watching it once.

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  7. Wakanda and Oakland forever! :)

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