Best PERSON for the Job

Ok. Real quick rant here. I’m seeing a lot of hate being directed at Joss Whedon, especially on twitter, over information coming out that he is being tapped to write and direct a Batgirl movie. The fanboys/Buffy/angel crowd LOVE it. Then there’s the group of people, a vast many of them that all they’re saying is “why not a woman director” etc. How Hollywood is sexist etc etc.

Here’s my issue. Isn’t equality about being the best person for the job. Not man. Not woman. Person. Why would you offer a property worth millions to the owners and studio to a woman director just because they’re a woman.  What if they aren’t as good as, say the guy who created Dollhouse, Buffy, Angel and wrote/directed the Avengers. That’s equality. If a female wants the job, be as good as any of their male counterparts.

Having a job handed to you based solely on your sex is not equality. Just. Do. Better.


Dareman? BatDevil? Bad Idea?

So this week I’ve decided to try to write in this thing more.  It’s been the better part of a year since my last post so naturally I’m a huge slacker.  Ok…maybe slacker is the wrong word…being the father of  2 small kids, working full time and with a side business of my own leaves little time to sit in front of a computer and write.  Well I’m going to try harder to post more often. 
The other problem that I was faced with after deciding to write again was topic.  Sure, there was lots of stuff I could write about from this past summer, new Iron Man, new Superman, convention musings, etc.  But I wanted something fresh and current, so I was at a loss.  Then yesterday it hit me, in the form of a headline I saw while CP24 played in the background…”Ben Affleck to play Batman in Man of Steel Sequel” 
Pardon?  Can this be true?  The man who help destroy Daredevil (because let’s face it, between Affleck, Garner, and Farrell that movie was an abortion) is really going to be taking over for Christian Bale as the Dark Knight.  Ok…so he’s an Academy Award winner (But not for acting) and he’s a good looking fella.  And, according to Joss Wheadon he’s got the “chin”
I was just talking about this very thing with my wife not 2 days before the announcement was made.  At the time we were watching True Blood and in particular a scene involving Sookie and Alcide Herveaux played by Joe Manganiello.  We discussed how we thought he’d be a great Batman.  He’s got the voice, physique, and yes…chin that would work for both Bruce Wayne and batman.  I mean the man was runner up to Henry Cavill in Man of Steel so to me he seems like an obvious choice.  For a new Batman I think you have to walk the line between super well known actor and unknown actor so Joe just works.  That’s why I think the last couple of choices that worked (Michael Keaton, Christian Bale) worked and the couple that, in my opinion, didn’t work (George Clooney, Val Kilmer)
Another actor I heard as a possible contender to fill the shoes was Josh Brolin.  Again…famous enough but not too famous.  He has enough of a dark, brooding personality, the good looks, voice, and, yes even the chin.  Also, if this movie is supposed to take place many years after The Dark Knight Rises, then a slightly older/middle aged Batman would be in order.  For this Brolin would have been awesome in the role I think.  But Ben Affleck, Ben Affleck?? Ugh…I just don’t know.
However, In the end, when all is said and done…

Indy News and a New Idea

Good morning friends and readers. I just finished working a 12 hr night shift so this one is going to be short and suh-weet, with a capital SUH. I read something that made me smile and wiggle in my chair a bit, as some of you may have guessed I’m a bit of an Indiana Jones fan…I loved all the movies..yes even the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, widely panned in the media but I still got all giggly when Indy put that hat on in the first couple of minutes. So I read HERE that Skull star Shia LaBeouf says he’s in talks to reprise his role as the son of Indiana Jones in a fifth movie of whip cracking, action packing awesomeness. Britain’s Daily Express reports that LaBeouf has confirmed earlier reports suggesting another Jones adventure may be in the works. Indy himself, the very awesome and incomparable Harrison Ford, had previously hinted that Doctor Jones may have enough gas left in the tank for one more go. Me likey. If this movie goes I’ll be in line first day to go see it. Sure Indy may be getting up there but he still kicks ass.
I’m also throwing around ideas about a regular weekly posting on Stigmas that Geeky people face in the media etc. So if you read this, please enter comments below and give me your ideas for a title for this weekly feature, haven’t decided on a day yet so go nuts. If I use your idea you get bragging rites and a mention of your own blog or site of your choice in the first posting of that blog


Things I Learned From My First Video Blog

Well…it has been around 24hrs since my first “Video” Blog and I’ve been doing the typical mulling over what the hell I just did.  Reflecting on the whole process, how it came across etc.  Although remarks at my Facebook page have been extremely positive and supportive, being my own worst critic I saw lots of stuff I want to change.  So….on this…..the “Day After” I thought I would share my reflections on the whole thing.  So with that I present
The Things I Learnd From My First Video Blog

1.        I will never get used to seeing or hearing myself on camera.  Even though I enjoyed the end result and felt it wasn’t terrible for a first time, it’s still a frickin weird feeling to be editing a video that has my moon-sized face staring back at me.

2.       It’s very intimidating to be sitting in front of a camera, even alone in my own basement with nobody else around, I found myself feeling very self conscious and very self aware.  Thoughts like ”is this stupid?” “is this funny?” “will people think I’m a narcissistic douche for even trying it” were running through my head the entire time.  I’ve always been more of a “behind the scenes” sort of person and have, frequently, been behind the camera but rarely have I ventured in front.  Kind of gives me a new respect for the men and women who do on camera and modelling work as their careers.  It’s hard.
3.       Adlibbing even a few sentences and trying to sound intelligible is way harder than I thought it would be.  I’m not a public speaker by any stretch of the imagination, but I consider myself a fairly outgoing and easy going person and figured it would be a piece of cake.  Not so much.  I stumbled on words, ummed and aaaahed my way through my spiel  and, as an added bonus, with all the stuff going through my head in point #2 made really hard to not sound like a blabbering fat-head.  Next Video blog (if there is one…who am I kidding..there probably will be) will either be scripted fully or at very least have point-form notes for me to refer to.  Hopefully it will make editing easier and make the Video Blogs better and funnier as that is my main goal…to Entertain.
4.   I have a big head…perhaps a collection of various hats can be used to combat the problem?

Well that’s what I’ve learned so far…I suppose eventually I will get better and/or find more things to criticize about myself…for now this will do. 
Stay Tuned for further updates…both written and visual 🙂
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