CCW Open Thread

Posted: May 5, 2010 in CCW Nation, CCW Open Thread

  1. SMARTASS8 says:


        • SMARTASS8 says:

          These are some of the best things you’ve posted since I’ve been coming here. I’ve enjoyed both of these women in their character acting roles but I’d never heard of Garfunkel & Oates before.

          • That’s some of the best stuff? Man, I guess I have to try harder on this blog. Maybe I should shut it down and retool it.


            • SMARTASS8 says:

              A lot of the kung fu stuff I’ve seen before, I’m not into anime & video games as much as you, and I don’t think Chelsea Peretti is that funny. I’m probably forgetting some other videos I’ve liked, but these 2 are pretty good from recent memory.

              • You don’t think Chelsea Peretti is funny? Huh…are you talking about the video on the last open thread?


                • cballsack says:

                  This is some funny stuff.

                • SMARTASS8 says:

                  I’ve never seen her standup but, based on that video you posted yesterday, not at all.

                  • I take it you’re more into the comedy stylings of say Dane Cook? 😛


                    • cballsack says:

                      Every time Dane Cook is mentioned, it makes me miss Sam Kinison, Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, and George Carlin that much more.

                    • SMARTASS8 says:

                      Just because I don’t find a grown up Mayim Bialik pretending she’s Barabra Walters while discussing philatio funny, doesn’t mean I’m a fan of the worst working comic who doesn’t appear under the umbrella of Blue Collar Comedy. 8)

                      I like Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Buddy Hackett, Albert Brooks, Jonathan Winters, Bill Cosby, Andy Kaufman, Steven Wright, Chris Rock,Dave Chappelle, Bill Maher, Mitch Hedberg, Lewis Black, George Wallace, Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari, and Harland Williams. I know there’s more, but it’s late. I may not like some of the above as much as I once did, but I’ve found all of them extremely funny at one point in their career.

                    • That’s a pretty good list.


                    • SMARTASS8 says:

                      I’m not completely devoid of good taste.

  2. cballsack says:

    So after a week of no internet, it’s nice to see this lovely site just chugging along. I’ve been hanging with my new best friends over at the Comic Book Club. Went to see their live show in NYC the past two weeks. They’re pretty entertaining, although they promised John Romita Jr. would be their special guest earlier this evening and he was a no-show. Don’t know whose fault that was, but I was mightily disappointed.

  3. SMARTASS8 says:

    So Millar is starting a new comic magazine called CLiNT? Oooooh, he’s edgy!

  4. cballsack says:

    Oh, and I finally got around to reading Kick-Ass. I fully expected this to be the worst comic book ever written, from the comments passed around on here. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel like going back and reviewing your criticisms. Was it too violent? So is a zombie flick. So is a Tarantino film. I don’t think the violence in the book was any worse than Kill Bill. In fact it reminded me quite a bit of Tarantino’s movies, what with the violence, swearing, and comic book references. The constant mentioning of comic books was a bit much at times, especially when it was revealed that Big Daddy goes around on his missions carrying a suitcase full of comics, but I gotta say it was an entertaining read. I cheered for Hit Girl when she got her revenge at the end of the last book. So why did y’all hate it so much?

    • tomstewdevine says:

      We hated it because we read it one comic at a time, it started and promised to be one thing but then as the year went on Millar changed his mind and it became something else. I like JRJR art in it, he brought it to a even more cartoony feel than normal. But if any other writer did this no one would ever hear about it.

      • cballsack says:

        I’m Romita’s #1 fan so that definitely helps. What was the book supposed to be? Something innocent?

        • tomstewdevine says:

          the pitch was ” what if a nobody tried to be a superhero ” well that ended as soon as little girls were killing massive amounts of people. It’s the same kind of shock writing that is just too easy for writer to use. It wasn’t clever, It was just ridiculous. To the outside viewer, Millar is supposed to be the best of the best for comic book writers, and I feel it is my duty to let people know that this isn’t something to rave about.

          • cballsack says:

            I wasn’t really shocked by the little girl hacking guys to pieces. Maybe I’m a sick bastard. But, hey, if I can accept the shit they do with little kids on South Park, then I can accept Hit Girl.

          • Luiz de Mello says:

            Gotta agree with you on that. It is not a plot twist, it is a genre/premise/ twist, almost like if out of nowhere someone pulled a machine gun in lord of the rings and started hailing orcs with limitless bullets. It is the same thing, just not as obvious. Hit girl brings a level of skill and strength (for a child) that is foreign to the story and incompatible with the original premise. Everything else tries to be more realistic or pseudo-realistic, while she is totally a ‘real’ superhero character in all aspects.

            That is bait and switch, starts as ‘look we have here this new innovative, different and bleeding cool new book here, come take a look!’ and then it goes to “hey, actually it is not exactly about all that you thought it would be, you were not supposed to take our propaganda so literally even if it sounded like it, but anyway since you have followed up to this point, and hey, this is not a bad regular comic, why don’t you keep following it?”

            • cballsack says:

              I completely agree with you: Hit Girl’s skills and agility ran contrary to the premise of the book and it was a bit jolting when I read it. But that same argument could be applied to The Dark Knight, which was supposed to be a realistic look at Batman, yet the very beginning of the movie (school bus crashes into the middle of a bank in broad daylight and drives off with other buses which happen to be conveniently driving by; no cops arrive; no crowd lingering outside the bank; manager whips out a shot gun and shouts worn-out, macho cliches, etc) completely crushed any notion of realism. Yet I can’t say The Dark Knight was a bad movie. Vastly overrated, but I didn’t despise it. And I don’t see the people on here ripping it to shreds.

              There are a lot of movies and books that have some elements in it I don’t like. Shaun Of The Dead was a brilliant zombie parody, yet its ending was sadly predictable. From Dusk To Dawn was another great movie, but its ending also could have been better. The demon makeup could have used some work, and it was completely idiotic to have Juliette Lewis’s character wanting to go with George Clooney after he kidnapped her family and brought them into that hellhole which got them all killed. Should I hate these movies because there were some elements in it I didn’t like?

              I’m definitely not saying Kick-Ass was the best book I’ve ever read, but it was an enjoyable romp. I could enjoy it for what it was. To say it didn’t have soul (as Jose suggested) is not completely fair. Kick-Ass’s character spent a lot of time bandaged up, thinking about his father, wanting to have a girlfriend. It wasn’t all slice and dice.

        • Venom829 says:

          You haven’t met me my friend. 😉

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      As a huge Tarantino fan, that comparison hurts.

      • Except that Tarantino films are not JUST about violence, swearing, and comic book references. They also have a strong script, story and a soul behind them. Kick Ass was just shallow, meaningless bullshit…and why the fuck am I talking about this fucking comic again? For fuck’s sake…


      • Mike F says:

        Aside stealing Asian films so much and doing whatever he could to plaster his name all over really good foreign films, yeah he’s a solid filmmaker.

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          His dialogue more than makes up for his homages to other movies(which he’s never tried to pretend weren’t there).

        • He he..that’s why I’m not really a fan of Reservoir Dogs at all. He just remade “City on Fire” in English. He has come into his own now and Kill Bill was definitely more of an homage than stealing.


          • djsweet says:

            He also shot the last scene almost identical to the last scene of The Sand Pebbles. Only replacing Steve McQueens “Why’s” with anguished wailing.

  5. Here’s something to cleanse this thread’s palette of the shitty taste of Millar.


  6. Mike F says:

    The fuck is everyone still talking about Kick_ass for???? My god, I thought we could of gone a few days into May without his bullshit name hitting in a thread.

    Can’t we talk of Buddhism? or Tony Jaa? or Alan Moore’s new Horror comic? or ANYTHING Other than Millar???

  7. cballsack says:

    I was pretty stoked to learn that The Dark Crystal sequel is officially being made. I just hope it won’t suck.

  8. cballsack says:

    Did you see who’s writing it? Baz Luhrmann’s screenwriter for Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, and Romeo & Juliet. Interesting choice.

    • Mike F says:

      Larry rules over all.

      Its really obvious that Ricky admires Larry’s comedy style But I still think Ricky Gervais is funny.

  9. phil says:

    Can o.m.i.t. suck any worse than One More Day?

    • Stamps says:

      I don’t know… let me think. OMIT can’t break my spirit and heart because One More Day left nothing to break so in the end I would say no.

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      Not if you don’t read it.

    • Rob F says:

      Seriously, I think the House of Ideas has finally run out and will now just run a series of teasers that lead to absolutely nothing yet gloat about how cool they are…

      • generaldark says:

        i like to think of them as the house of DC’s ideas, but thats just me lol

      • tomstewdevine says:

        Yes RobF that sums it up pretty good. After I saw JoeyQ attached to OMIT I was officially not on board. It is probably about Mary Jane and space vampires.

        • Luiz de Mello says:

          I bet that Mary Jane and Space Vampires would be actually interesting, maybe some odd sci-fi book. Browsing some sites seems like JQ claimed at C2E2:

          “basically answer all the remaining questions after “One More Day” that people have been picking at — I believe, I think we’ve answered every question” (from

          If you ask me this is JQ trying to ‘wash away’ the ‘It’s magic, we don’t need to explain’ phrase that has been associated with him and OMD for so long, that he claims that he didn’t say anything like that. But as we know reading OMD and the following books just pass that idea – it was magic and no decent explanation came after that. So this is a ‘cleaning-the-shit-I-did-and-thought-I-could-fool-everyone-into-thinking-it-was-gold’.

          That is one way to say it won’t be written to be a decent story, just for its practical business effects. That is a recipe for perfect suck.

      • Deemar says:

        House of cocktease?

  10. Venom829 says:

    I’ve been watching Teen Titans online, I actually do enjoy it.

    • I hated that cartoon, yet I watched it every week. They had one good episode when they brought in Kid Flash.

      I can’t wait for Young Justice.

      • Venom829 says:

        I loved how Robin acted when they had to battle Deathstroke. It was like Batman against the Joker, speaking of Batman, They were clearly making him look like Batman on that show.

  11. generaldark says:

  12. generaldark says:

    just read batman and robin 12, anyone else get a creepy vibe from the reveal of oberon sexton? i dont know if it was the way it was drawn or what but either way i was wrong bout who it was 😦 i should have paid more attention to the deaths of the people. on a side note war of the superman was a meh book. superman had weird eyes from time to time.

  13. SmokeyClocks says:


  14. Deemar says:

    Burn in hell ARIZONA!!!


  15. phil says:

    If this trailer is a mock up, I’m gonna be so mad! Other than that let me pre-order a ticket. Can Thanksgiving be far behind?

  16. IronMuskrat says:

    Another Grindhouse trailer that looks like it will see life as a full length movie.

  17. vegedge says:

    anybody else pick up izombie?

    good stuff so far.
    love the art. allred is great as always

    • I did. I liked it quite a bit. The art was great.


      • vegedge says:

        noticed one thing weird. some of the lettering on objects hung over the actual drawing. way to obvious to be an accident but still weird.
        on the paint ball shirts and resturant sign.

        good to see allred back. too bad he kinda rushed atomics comics in the end. are you two gonna review it for the site? would be cool to see you guys discussing it.

    • IronMuskrat says:

      making my trip tot he store tomorrow, I hope there are some copies lift.

  18. Mike F says:

    Damn, this thread just spoiled a few comics for me. And everywhere I look I see talk of Kick-Ass and Millar.

    IDK, this may be one thread I have to step aside from. I’ll be back for the weekend one.

  19. SMARTASS8 says:

    I’ve been watching the older CCW*TV videos from the very beginning and don’t feel they’re as bad as Jose & Elliott say they are(although the endings are about as abrupt as the endings to Universal Classic Monster movies). They give the viewer more of a voyeuristic feel in eavesdropping on a conversation rather than watching an actual show. I do take issue with the theory that Cubs fans are similar to Marvel Zombies while White Sox fans are more akin to DC readers. I don’t know if I’m more offended as a DC reader or as a Cubs fan. LOL!

  20. IronMuskrat says:

    I thought everyone agreed that Phillies fans are the worst.

  21. SMARTASS8 says:

    I laughed out loud at the nice back patting JoeyQ gave himself in the house ad for his Siege poster in today’s Marvel comics. Since I don’t buy any Marvel Comics, I can’t reference the ad right now, but it really painted him as a very important comic artist & talent. Besides the fact that I don’t like his art(I bought Ash years ago but I feel his art has plummeted in quality over the years), I find it pathetic that he has to stroke his own ego when he’s already filthy rich & in charge of the #1 US comics company(in sales not quality).

  22. Friedmiester says:

    I bought a one dollar teaser issue of Bendis’s Alias today and I actually really liked it. The only thing I thought that was weird was how Jessica Jones swears like its going out of style, as does Luke Cage who totally drops a few N bombs also.

    Add to a list a really awkward graphic one night stand between Cage and Jessica.

    I liked how it was more gritty and realistic and it left with a pretty good cliffhanger, but I find it hard to read Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in today’s Avengers books toned down like 100 notches, even though Bendis is still writing them.

    Any one else ever read Alias??

    • littlekingryan* says:

      I really do love this. The Original Trilogy is still one of the sweetest things ever produced.

  23. Friedmiester says:

    Is Alias supposed to take place in continuity?

  24. Friedmiester says:

    Just read Batman and Robin #12, and I must say that I was very satisfied with the reveal at the end.

    This last arc has actually got me really excited for the Return of Bruce Wayne

    • phil says:

      know about the reveal, gotta get that ish anyway, That and B & B w/batgirl WW and Zatanna

    • tomstewdevine says:

      I thought this issue was done well, but I wouldn’t say I am excited for the return of Bruce Wayne, I wish they would have let Dick had more time under the cowl.

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      God that sucked!!! Fuck that shit! I want to see a sequel to Street Fighter:The Legend Of Chun-Li. That first movie was near perfect.

    • littlekingryan* says:

      Wow, this turned out pretty good. Something about seeing Ken pushed back by the fireball is still a little unintentionally goofy, though. But I’m not hatin’, I liked it!

      • I agree. Here’s a different one that I thought was good too.


        • littlekingryan* says:

          Wow, what does it say about the ineptitude of Hollywood when five-minute fan films are superior to their big-budget cousins? I enjoyed this one, too. Funny that it’s basically the same “story”. The real achievement was how they kept Ken’s awful wig from falling off during all the jumping around.

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          I liked them both, but I have to give it to the first one. Ryu in the second one looked like a mixed race Eli Roth. LOL!

          • Locusmortis says:

            Star Wars Cops was one of the best fan films ever. It was WAY WAY better than the Star Wars prequels

        • kurumais says:

          that was really good

          i saw the teasers on iwatchstuff loved all the comments about eyebrow accuracy
          good wig comment LKR

  25. One of the most unnecessary remakes ever? Quite possibly. I also have a feeling that Millar and Bendis will go see this this flick together.


    • phil says:

      The original Spit was classic!!!

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      In terms of making me nauseous by attempting to titillate the audience with the continued rape of its heroine, I agree. There is no need for 1 version of “I Spit On Your Grave” let alone a remake. In terms of unnecessary due to the high quality mark the original movie still holds, I give you Gus Van Sant’s Psycho…

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      With some artificial butter as lube and a hole in their buckets of popcorn, I’m sure Bendis & Millar are going to get “lucky” when they go to see the new “I Spit On Your Grave”. Although I’m sure they still prefer to have their egos stroked.

    • IronMuskrat says:

      A remake really? I had a hard time making through the original, one of the most brutal rape scenes I have ever witnessed in a movie. Not only the violence of everything that was happening to that woman, but the shear length of the scene, it seemed to take up the first hour of the movie. Weird thing was, once you got past that part of the movie(if you could), it turns into a fairly workable slasher/revenge flick.

      Oh and for those people that think Roger Ebert is just old and grumpy now, here is his review of that movie from back in the day, perhaps he is more consistent than people give him credit for.

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        Except that he gave thumbs up to “Last House On The Left” while saying the torture scenes in the crappy Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake were excessive enough to deserve 0 stars. Don’t get me wrong, I love Roger Ebert. I just don’t think he’s ever been entirely consistent. Although, I don’t think any of us would look that way if you took every opinion we’ve ever given over 30 plus years.

    • Locusmortis says:

      Perfect for a romantic night out.

  26. Tonight’s episode of Community was fucking awesome.


    • Venom829 says:

      What is that show about, I have never heard of it before?

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      I was just about to post that. I really wish I hadn’t bailed so early on this show. It’s really come into its own and has gotten so good. I like the entire cast(especially Alison Brie). While I still feel Parks & Recreation is a weak link, NBC finally has a solid 2 hour Thursday night sitcom block. It seemed like they’d never recover after Seinfeld, Cheers, and Frasier ended.

      • I actually feel that Community is the best show on NBC Thursday nights. Speaking of Alison Brie have you seen this? It’s a web comedy she did.


        • SMARTASS8 says:

          I’ve never seen Hot Sluts. It looks like a cross between the opening of a Law & Order episode and one of those 1/2 hour softcore TV shows Cinemax airs. I love Phil Morris though. Supposedly, he’s a longtime comic fan.

      • Deemar says:

        Yeah Parks & Recreation is definately the weak link, which is mindboggling too me since I personaly find the two leads (Aziz and Amy) funny as shit.

        Something is just not clicking with that show and I can’t figure out what it is.

        • littlekingryan* says:

          I like Andy the Shoeshine Man. At the beginning of the first season, he annoyed me. After he got dumped and went to live in the Pit, he grew on me. Big time.

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          It’s too bad Louis C.K. left so quickly to do his own show on FX. He was good. Parks & Recreation is almost worth watching just for the theme song(I don’t know why, but it’s been stuck in my head ever since they played it non-stop on “Ron & Fez” during an interview with Aubrey Plaza) and the hot as hell Rashida Jones. I do agree that Aziz and Amy are funny. I also like Nick Offerman.

  27. Deemar says:


  28. cballsack says:

    So I just got back from watching the midnight showing of Iron Man 2. Overall, I liked it. But there were an awful lot of little things in the movie that nagged at me. Like Whiplash, for instance. All he has are whips, so when he gets hit hard, he should go down. But, no, he shakes it off like it’s nothing. There’s a specific scene I’m referring to in the beginning, but I don’t wanna spoil anything.

    I thought Terrance Howard was sorely missed in the film. Downey and Cheadle just didn’t have the same chemistry. And I normally love Cheadle, but he didn’t bring much to the movie. And while we’re discussing Rhodey, I really hated how he ends up getting the War Machine armor. How he acquired it made no sense to me.

    Scarlett Johansson also didn’t bring much. She wasn’t great and she wasn’t awful, just rather forgettable (aside from being ridiculously hot).

    Mickey Rourke mumbles throughout the whole movie. Sometimes I couldn’t make out what he was saying.

    Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer was okay, but at times was a bit too hammy (no pun intended). I don’t understand why they couldn’t go with an old guy the way Hammer is depicted in the comic books.

    So while there was an awful lot of little things that bugged me about Iron Man 2, all in all I still liked it. Why? The movie retained that snappy Favreau-style “Swingers” humor that punctuated the first film, and Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow were good enough to carry the story.

    But, wait! I have an addendum to this story! I went to see the film with my brother in NYC. Afterward we were riding the subway back to Jersey, and who was on the same car with us? Kevin Maguire. Yes, THAT Kevin Maguire. He’s a member of the gym that my brother used to manage, so he knew him and introduced me. Maguire had just seen Iron Man as well, so we all chatted about it on the car ride home. He had the exact same criticisms about it as I did, but whereas I thought the good in the movie outweighed the bad, he thought it was just so-so.

    • tomstewdevine says:

      I also went to the show last night, I agree with most of your views on the movie, but my views were a little different on somethings:

      Sam Rockwell was great as a Hammer, except for Robert Downey Jr, I felt that he was able to add more to this movie more than anyone else.

      Nick Fury though looked so campy that I almost burst our laughing when he showed up. He is wearing the stupidest looking jacket I have ever seen, and his Eye patch doesn’t seem to fit his head at all. The the cherry on top is when Fury says ” I have my EYE on you.” it is so out of character for Fury that every time I saw him later in the movie, that line was all I thought about.

      But I still truly enjoyed it, Anytime I get to see characters that I am invested in on the big screen I happy. When it is done well it makes it even better.

      • cballsack says:

        I totally agree with you on Nick Fury. The rubber eye patch looked completely retarded, as did the jacket. It’s like he was straight out of the 60’s Batman show.

        The more I think about this movie, the more the little things about Whiplash bug me. I have more to say but that would spoil it for you good people.

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