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Links 20/04/14

REVISITING “GODZILLA”: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL

Great piece on why this, the original, is still the best of the bunch.

How Hollywood Killed Death

It copied superhero comics.

It’s Adventure Time

A nice, in depth, overview of this wondrous creation. Read Emily Nussbaum’s New Yorker piece on the show too.

Fully aboard the Rick & Morty train.

What starts off as a riff on Back To The Future soon evolves into something that can have an episode that splits itself into a strand involving improvisational wacky comedy adverts, and another dealing with fate, destiny and how we imagine how our lives might be better, before tying it up with an emotional punch.

It’s a show that can end an episode with a Mazzy Star song, after its young protagonist buries a version of himself from a parallel reality and contemplates his very existence, whilst another episode is set in a theme park that’s inside the body of a hobo.

It’s pretty fucking great.

Building a Better Action Hero →

Interesting article on the current status of male movie stars having to look ‘jacked’ as heck. Interesting take aways:

  • Those V things pointing to a man’s junk are called the “inguinal crease”

  • Doing lots of pushups before you take that selfie will make you look totally jacked, bro.

  • Manu Bennett used HGH and really doesn’t like Jean Claude Van Damme.

  • The gym where the 300 workout was invented has a framed quote of Tyler Durden on its walls that make me think they maybe missed the point of the entire movie.

  • Gerard Butler did not ‘lean down’ as much as the others on 300 because he likes cream puffs and beer.

  • For Oldboy, Josh Brolin gained 28 pounds in 10 days and then lost 22 pounds in three days, ably assisted by saline pills.

It is wholly and rightfully and crucially up to men in this society and especially in this subculture to speak out and watch out. To end the cycle of bullying, harassment and violence. To recognize the grotesque irony of degrading women over matters of heroic fictions whose lessons about fairness and decency we’ve supposedly been studying since we were just little boys, and to start putting those ideas into practice as grown-ass men.

Andy Khouri

Comics Alliance

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(Spider-Man, Ryōichi Ikegami, written with Kazumasa Hirai, c.1971)

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  • Alan’s War by Emmanuel Guibert is the subject of this weeks Opening Contract.

Check it

    Alan’s War by Emmanuel Guibert is the subject of this weeks Opening Contract.

    Check it

  • On Pharrell’s “Happy” » Cyborgology →

    Not sure I agree with all of this, but I dig the term “viral economy of upworthiness.”

    Yesterday’s drugs are tomorrow’s medicines – Benjamin Breen – Aeon →

    I read an October 2013 Hollywood Reporter story about Cage, in a press conference with Chinese state television, bemoaning Hollywood’s refusal to cast Asian male actors in things. Cage says he’d like to someday work with Tony Leung, star of seven Kar Wai Wong movies. Cage says, “One of my goals is to have a base near mainland China.” Noted: Cage’s oddly Cobra Commander–ish use of “base,” rather than a word like “home,” and his oddly specific use of “near,” as if a base on mainland China would be unsuitable for his purposes. Do they not have hollow-outable volcanoes there?

    ALEX PAPPADEMAS - Irrational Treasure - an analysis of Nicholas Cage’s career over the last ten years.

    Unsurprisingly, it’s gold. Solid gold.

    Link

    ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’ by Ruby Friedman OrchestraFirst notes of this + closing moments of Justified finale = Goosebumps and the promise of the coming storm of the final season.

    ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’ by Ruby Friedman Orchestra
    First notes of this + closing moments of Justified finale = Goosebumps and the promise of the coming storm of the final season.