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@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 01:52 PM)

50/60's Twilight Zone, the 80's, millennium and recent ones also, all are in The Twilight Zone.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 October 2020 - 08:03 AM)

Twilight zone. Duh.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 October 2020 - 07:52 AM)

Um.... what did I log in on...

@  Paladin : (28 October 2020 - 06:17 AM)

have they actually gotten worse than the one where Homer gets paralyzed by a spider and has to learn to communicate through his farts?

@  unluckiness : (28 October 2020 - 05:53 AM)

It's only fitting that SImpsons have halloween specials since it's been a shambling corpse of its former self since its teens.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 04:12 AM)

No I caught one of the latest one with parodies of Stranger Things which admittedly is horror series but Heaven Can Wait and The Shape of Water are Fantasy films. Plus implications of the characters being sociopaths or twisted has become a norm these days.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

Which probably adds to the "reasons they should just stop making more of The Simpsons" pile.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

You make it sound like The Simpsons becoming less repetitive is a bad thing.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 02:48 AM)

Remember when Simpsons Halloween specials parodied horror movies and would have the characters make off out of character remarks like "we chucked donuts at a old man for kicks."? they don't and can't do that any more.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 08:00 PM)

Tired of the same old Halloween stuff? Check out Tubi. The depths of the schlock available is astounding.

@  Donocropolis : (27 October 2020 - 11:51 AM)

Not sure if it's news or not, but I'm at Ross right now and they have Masterpiece Movie Ironhide for $24.99

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 12:45 AM)

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Best Buy exclusive deluxe version is available for $10 as one of today’s daily deals

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 October 2020 - 08:50 PM)

We can play the "Is it a real headline or an Onion headline" game.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 October 2020 - 08:22 PM)

It's weird to see how much of Larry Hama's "satire" from the old GI Joe comic has no longer become satire in the past few years.

@  Maximus Ambus : (26 October 2020 - 11:29 AM)

Funny how 2020 gave me new appreciation for Dawn of the Dead 1978.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 07:43 PM)

@Fenix Twilight Sure. Just not a good one.

@  Fenix Twilight : (25 October 2020 - 04:02 PM)

@Sukoshiko Well his clothes left an impression on you didn't they?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2020 - 06:09 AM)

I just read "Tesla Cybertruck" like AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", now it won't get out of my head, so I inflict it on all of you as well.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Tesla Cybertruck: amazing or just silly looking? I can't decide.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:24 AM)

Weird question: I had to deal with a guy today... I'm not exactly up on modern fashions... or even archaic fashions... But this guy... Tuxedo Jacket and shirt, studs in all the button holes except the bottom one, blue jeans, and cowboy boots... Take a moment to imagine that get up. And this was to a business meeting, trying to impress someone. What look is that? Who on earth would dress that way? (I mean on purpose)

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:04 PM)

I think the few up here were lost to bad placement, poor weather, and the usual language trap.

@  TM2-Megatron : (24 October 2020 - 04:25 PM)

There are 5 spread around southwestern Ontario, all run by the same company. I've only been to the one in my area, but it seems to do good business even in non-pandemic times. On long weekends, when they do triple features, there's a normally a lineup to get in Friday and Saturday nights

@  Telly : (24 October 2020 - 01:51 PM)

there been one outside of my town for as long as ive been alive at least. its gone through its share of owners and periods of being closed down, but its been open for the past decade at least

@  Otaku : (24 October 2020 - 12:08 PM)

Bias from personal experience, but drive-in theaters are nearly extinct.  I grew up near one but it went out of business in the late 80s, and was torn down and replaced with some other business by the early 90s.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Out here, I mean. Couldn't comment on their popularity in place where they actually exist.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:44 AM)

I wouldn't know. They've only come back into vogue with the social distancing from the plague, and while some places have made an effort to shoestring the places together, it's all largely too distant to be accessible.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM)

I'd hate to see ours replaced by condos. They're a great way to spend an evening, whether with family or on a date. And they've never been as common in Canada as the US, so we cna't afford to lose as many

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:45 PM)

Largely they were either poorly placed or bought out and torn down to be replaced by something other than over priced short term parking. Mostly condos.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:14 PM)

I guess your winters are worse, so they have a shorter operating season. Drive-ins in the Toronto area can usually operate until early or mid-December; maybe even into early January if there's no real snowfall, and open up again sometime in March.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:13 PM)

THere's really only 1 left in the entire province?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Ha! It's probably faster for me to drive to your drive in than to make my way to the only one left in quebec.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Fortunately we still have a drive-in theatre that's exempt from the closures about a 10 minute drive away

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Theatres around here are closed again for at least another couple weeks (wouldn't be surprised if it's extended by another month or so, either), but that's what they've been doing here as well. Playing the old classics

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 October 2020 - 02:36 PM)

I got Earthrise Megatron, he's better then I thought he'd be though Netflix Megatron is still tops.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

The original Rocky movie is also showing. May go next weekend. That’s how you get people back in the theatres - show the old classics every adult loves.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 10:35 AM)

They did a limited run showing of it up here too, back when the theaters were open... red zones suck.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:13 AM)

The original Back To The Future is showing in the Odeon in the UK now. I think I will go see it tomorrow.

@  Donocropolis : (23 October 2020 - 05:51 AM)

It was either the Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. Can't remember the colors.

@  Kalidor : (22 October 2020 - 06:43 PM)

What did it look like?

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 01:34 PM)

I swear I remember getting the Happymeal G1 minibot as a child, but I live 2.5 hours from St. Louis, which is the only place they apparently came out. It's possible that I got it on a family vacation, though, as we went to Six Flags pretty often.

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 October 2020 - 01:07 PM)

Conversely, I had the Gobot helicopter from Wendy's and I was absolutely convinced it was an actual Transformer.

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 08:13 AM)

I used to rubber-band Hot-Wheels style construction vehicles together and pretend it was Devestator.

@  Bass X0 : (21 October 2020 - 05:26 PM)

When I was about four years old, my parents bought me Bugbite and tried to tell me it was Bumblebee. I was not yet a fan of Transformers, but I knew that wasn't Bumblebee. I didn't even have the real Bumblebee at that time.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:39 PM)

It would come with two soundtracks: the eighties classic and one featuring dubstep and the VAs are popular Youtubers.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 12:13 PM)

But yeah, reading it: I came off as a bit of an ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:52 AM)

I just couldn't think of worse music than disco...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 11:35 AM)

What were you trying to imply with the mocking sarcasm, though? Nobody suggested that '80s music was any more "of it's time" than '70s music.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:18 AM)

I said that disco wouldn't fare much better with the same context: media is property of it's time; biases, culture and limitations are all inherent in that. Some stuff can be brought forward because of an inherently timeless nature or the simplicity with which it was made but lots of media is a time capsule of the period of when it was made.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 08:46 AM)

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply, or what you even think I said.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 08:11 AM)

Yeah, cause disco would make the transition so much better...


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#21 unluckiness

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 09:26 AM

I liked Chaos War but dunno how well it fits


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 10:08 AM

Despite the fact it kicked off Nu52, Flashpoint was actually pretty good, ignoring the sillieness of a butterfly effect on steroids. 


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 11:44 AM

Hickman FF

Remender Uncanny X-Force

Johns JSA

Whedon Astonishing X-Men ( I wouldn't quite place it here, but I know a lot of people that would)

Simone Secret Six (original run only, of course)

Cooke's New Frontier

Loeb/Lee Hush

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 01:39 PM

Well, if we're just listing stories we like, rather than the "Nothing will ever be the same!" stuff.

Angela: Asgard's Assassin/Queen of Hel is a great arc that is as captivating to look at as it is to read. One of my favorite comics published recently, the objective is a proper rampage through Hel to rescue her girlfriend and procure muchas smooches.

Rocket Raccoon #5 from 2014 is worth a look alone because the story on the pages is being conveyed over a campfire entirely by Groot. You wouldn't expect a single comic issue to squeeze that much adventure out of the words "I am Groot" uttered together 64 times and it was prooobably a waste of money, but it was quite a ride. Incidentally, the issue after that has a force of awesome-looking robots fighting for their freedom to exist peacefully and open a bakery with Rocket's help. Skottie Young weaves whimsical things.

 

I was also going to offer up "Hush", but I wasn't sure if it was recent enough for this thread. It feels like one of those essential Batman stories, though. The same basic idea goes for Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, which is a book I suggest to people who are just getting into comics and don't know what to read.



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Posted 30 April 2017 - 03:13 PM

Probably not the type of classic you're expecting but...

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 08:54 PM

I don't read a lot of comics, but I expected to hate Superior Spider-man.

It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of a time.

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 06:49 AM

I was also going to offer up "Hush", but I wasn't sure if it was recent enough for this thread. It feels like one of those essential Batman stories, though. The same basic idea goes for Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, which is a book I suggest to people who are just getting into comics and don't know what to read.


I agree they probably aren't recent enough, but I think if you asked your average fan for classic modern stories they'd list these, so I figured I'd throw them in. Johns' JSA was just a lark on my part, seeing if anyone noticed, as the original run began in 1999, hardly recent! The 2006 renumbering had... issues, to say the least. It never reached the heights of its predecessor. :D

My dark horse entry (not the company) for a title that should be included here but isn't currently recognised by fandom at large is Age Of X, an alternate reality X-Men crossover from around 6 years ago. It's entirely self-contained, nicely told, with interesting redesigns suitable for the story. It's also done by rock-solid talent in the art and writing department so everything's a joy there. It just got lost in the glut of titles at the time (sigh... remember those days). If you see it cheap and enjoy alt-reality X-tales, this one might just tickle your fancy.

BTW, to justify the other titles I listed: Hickman's FF revitalised the Fantastic Four, although I admit it's the shakiest of those I listed. It lead to the Fantastic Four comfortably supporting 2 titles for a time, something they haven't really done in a long time. The buzz was huge, and it was earned, with the title finally breaking away from the Kirby/Lee trappings and adding a whole host of new mythologies and concepts, some that lasted till the title ended. Hickman weaved a complex story, yet never strayed from the core concept of family. This is Marvel at its finest.

Remender Uncanny X-Force: Popular book again, known for taking a small cast and exploring their psyches as they do dark work. This series was released in omnibus format, sold out insanely fast, and now sells for a stupid amount of money.

Secret Six: Never a top seller, this one is an evergreen; it's always selling, and was recently reissued in a new series of trade paperbacks to reflect that. An omnibus is inevitable. This book is considered the crown jewel of DC's pre-Flashpoint output, along with Johns' GL and Morrison's Batman.

New Frontier: The niche project that almost everyone's read. It was so big it became one of the first DC Animated movies. It's been reprinted every which way, from softcover to Absolute (which has had multiple printings iirc) to Deluxe Edition to probably printed on sandwiches! However you want to read it, it's guaranteed that New Frontier will be available for you. More than that, it influenced the very way DC looked at their characters. It was the watershed moment of the century, this century's DKR, but to a lesser extent. It simply must have a place on this list.

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:13 PM

Snyder and Capullo's run on New 52 Batman has been the only thing I can think of that for me has fitted 'classic' status over the last few years. The entire run was a joy for me.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:00 PM

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:12 PM

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.


A shit ton of Superman Adventures comics say otherwise.

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:54 AM

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.

I only own three Superman TPBs:

Red Son

All-Star Superman

 

and

 

Secret Identity

 

Secret Identity is just wonderful.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:09 AM

 

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.


A shit ton of Superman Adventures comics say otherwise.

 

I'm sure there's other good comics by him, it's just that I don' care enough about the man's work to really go looking into it.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:15 AM

It's kind of dishonest to say there's "probably" no other good material when you don't really believe that and just don't want to bother looking.

Edited by NotVeryKnightly, 12 May 2017 - 05:18 AM.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:01 PM

 

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.


A shit ton of Superman Adventures comics say otherwise.

 

 

Nah, man, there's difference between "A Mark Millar Comic" and just "a comic written by Mark Millar." XD



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:25 PM

I like Millar's work with Grant Morrison, although I suspect Morrison did most of the heavy lifting on those projects. (I'm biased towards Morrison in general, but you can see their respective batting averages after they split, and judge for yourself.)

"Old Man Logan" had a strong start, but ultimately flushed all that potential away. But it gets a pass for getting us to the Logan movie.

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:55 PM

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.

Superior Also would like a word.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:57 PM

Superior wouldn't like a word, it can't talk. Uh, I mean... Millar and Morison both have handed in some stunning, game-changing work. But I think they've both lost their mojo, or rather climbed too far up their own whatsits. It's been a while since I've read anything new by either of them, maybe they've come out the other side.

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:49 PM

I kind of agree with Morrison.  I think Morrison just REALLY wants a movie right now, so he's kind of toning down his work so it's marketable.  I kind of felt it ever since Batman Inc, that he wasn't getting as over-the-top with his concepts anymore.  Don't know if the New 52 was the straw that broke him or what.  Multiversity was fun, but I think that might've been written before his Batman Inc run.

 

Meanwhile, I kind of feel like Millar has improved.  Starlight was one of my favorite comics when it came out.  Chrononauts was a fun, light buddy adventure.  Empress might be going somewhere interesting.  And Reborn has a cool high concept.  I think he might have graduated from being the violence-for-violence's-sake guy.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 03:41 PM

I don't read a lot of comics, but I expected to hate Superior Spider-man.

It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of a time.

I enjoyed Superior Spider-Man so much that I was disappointed when they brought Peter back to reset the status quo. And I like Peter Parker!


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:44 PM

Marvel's done great work with their new Star Wars line. Gillen's Vader is a book that deserves special mention.

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