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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 17-23 February 2013

What do we have this week? Only you can discover that!

COMICS!

Jordie Bellaire talks coloring. Ms. Bellaire, you’ll recall, ranted about a certain convention that doesn’t consider colorists artists, so she’s been getting some press recently. Of course, over here at a certain fellow’s weekly reviews, she’s been getting press for being a damned fine colorist, so there!

Colin Smith is a fine thinker about comics, but he’s never quite as much fun as when he’s eviscerating comics, as he does with Batman #17. I haven’t read Batman #17, so I don’t know how spot-on his conclusions are, but Colin rips comics to shreds so elegantly that they’re fun to read even if you haven’t read the actual issue.

Over at Comics Alliance, Chris Sims checks out The Brave and the Bold #140. Chris Sims writing about Bob Haney comics is always a treat.

Eddie Campbell explains comics for you. Campbell is perhaps a bit old-fashioned in what a panel should show and how people read comics, but he makes some excellent points, using a fairly well-respected artist to make some points about comprehending a comic.

POP CULTURE!

Billy Corgan shows up in a local furniture commercial. What a weird dude.

A fun cliché in movies is the line “You had one job!” So, of course, the Internet made a meme out of it. Because that’s the Internet’s job!

Daniel Knauf talks about Carnivàle and how it would have played out had it not been cancelled. I liked Carnivàle, and I wish HBO had been able to keep it around (it was wildly expensive). It’s interesting to look back on certain shows and realize they were just ahead of their time. Arrested Development was one of those. Based on what’s on television today, it seems that Carnivàle was another one. Oh well.

FotB Third Man gives us his Oscar predictions. I guess the Academy Awards are on tonight? I haven’t cared about the Oscars for many years, ever since my kids were born and my watching-movies-in-theaters participation dropped to about 2 a year (last year I saw The Hunger Games, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Argo in the theater, and that was a busy year!), but Oscar predictions are always fun. Check out Daniel’s and see how he did!

I try to watch The Daily Show every morning (the day after it airs), and it’s been years since I missed more than 1 or 2 in a row (I watched it when Kilborn was the host, bitches!). On Tuesday’s episode, Stewart talked about the meteor in Russia, and it might have been the funniest bit I’ve ever seen on the show. Here’s the link to the video. Russians, apparently, really like dashboard cameras, and they capture so very much. As Stewart says, Russia is apparently like a live-action Grand Theft Auto. I could not stop laughing.

NUDITY NEWS!

Yes, it’s the battle of nipple exposure in North Carolina. Seeing female nipples rots the mind!!!!!

Here’s a story about taking pictures of nude women. So, yeah, it’s the tiniest bit Not Safe For Work (although kind of like the SI Swimsuit Issue or the ESPN Body Issue). The project is explained at this site, which is definitely Not Safe For Work. Just be warned!

MISCELLANEOUS!

Here’s a list of words that changed because people got them wrong. Yes, I know I’m a grammar and spelling Nazi, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize that things can change over time. But I don’t have to like it!!!!

Enjoy the links, everyone. I’ll remind you that there will be no links next week, as I’m hanging out for a good part of the week in Seattle and won’t be scouring the Internet. I’m sure everyone will survive!

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I think my favorite part of that Daily Show video is the horse using the crosswalk.

I heard on Marketplace that Russians have so many cameras, even in the middle of nowhere, because of corruption. Public officials are so crooked that dashboard cams are their only resource should someone try to trump up charges of one sort or another.

I don’t watch the Daily Show too regularly, but the episode from back in 2004 where they covered the premiere of The Passion of the Christ had me laughing harder than most anything else I can remember. They spotlighted a clip where Mel Gibson said that it’s untrue that the Jews are cursed for all time, and then it flipped back to Stewart who screamed at the camera “Do you hear that Jews?? Are you happy now???” Great stuff.

What did you think of Argo, Greg? I don’t recall you mentioning before whether you liked it.

For your listening pleasure, Gary Lactus of the MindlessOnes performs a tribute to Constantine, entitled “Goodbye Hellblazer:”

http://mindlessones.com/2012/12/24/silence-night-holy-shit/

I wanted to post this in What I Bought, when you were cursing DC to the high heavens over the cancellation, but it slipped my mind. Other good ones include Fantastic 4 and Booster Gold.

Michael: Yeah, that was pretty good, wasn’t it?

Da Fug: Stewart mentions that. It’s astonishing to think that it’s so corrupt that this is the solution.

Daniel: I really liked Argo, for all the usual reasons. The fact that Affleck didn’t get nominated for Director is a bit unbelievable, but it seems like one of those movies where the direction feels “invisible,” which of course means it’s probably better than something like Spielberg’s heavy-handedness (although I haven’t seen Lincoln, so maybe it’s not as bad in that). But the Academy seems to like directors where you can feel the directing, which might explain it.

Cass: I’ll have to listen to those. I read Mindless Ones only sporadically, so I missed it when it got posted.

I remember watching Carnivale and enjoying immensely as it reminded me of Twin Peaks (will they EVER do a reunion?).

I can also understand HBO dropping the series, as disappointing that was, the series was very slow moving story-wise. Not that there’s anything wrong with it (see AMC’s The Rubicon), but when ratings are important for the executives of HBO (or AMC) to decide whether to keep a series going or not …

Sometimes, it’s best to pick up the pace a little bit. It would be nice to see a season three for Carnivale, tho.

So I looked at our pal Third Man’s predictions and compared them to what won (based on the categories that my local paper mentioned).

Of the top 6 awards (pic, director, actor and actress and supporting actor and actress), he got 3 right, 2 wrong, and hedged his bet on director (but ultimately picked Spielberg wrongly over Ang Lee).

Of 4 others I know the results of, he got 2 right and 2 wrong (Score and Visual FX right, Cinematography and Original Screenplay wrong).

So he was right about half the time. I hope he gives back half the money he was paid for his article ;)

But he was right all along about Argo as Best Picture, so give him that much.

Hell, he did as well or better than the Grammy predictions in my paper. They were so enamoured of Frank Ocean, but every year they seem to forget that most of the Grammy voters are old people who have no idea what the kids are listening to. They thought Ocean was a lock for Best New Artist, when it seemed obvious to me that fun. would win. (Unless the Lumineers upset them, but I didn’t think that was too likely.)

I went 14-10, which is reasonably in line with a lot of major sets of predictions. Grantland did a little worse than me, Entertainment Weekly and In Contention did a little better. Hollywood Reporter did the best, going a surreal 21-3. There was one category that every single prediction got wrong: Best Animated Feature, which was a seriously fucked category. Brave is a perfectly fine movie, but it’s absolutely not up to par with Pixar’s other films (well, other than Cars 2). Most predictions had Wreck-It Ralph getting the award, simply because it was the best movie, and felt more like a classic Pixar offering. I suspect the problem was that a lot of voters didn’t see the nominees and just voted for the Pixar brand. But Wreck-It Ralph is the best animated film since Toy Story 3 in 2010.

That was honestly the only award that really surprised me, with everything else going a way that I certainly thought was possible even if less likely than what I predicted. I’m slightly surprised by Best Director. I’m not shocked that Spielberg lost (I would have bet the field if that were an option), but I am surprised he lost to Lee. They now both have two Oscars for Best Director, which doesn’t quite seem right. But Lee is a great director, and I probably underestimated how much people loved Life of Pi (which I also loved, even if I didn’t necessarily think it was an Academy-type movie).

It was interesting how evenly spread out the awards were among the top movies: Life of Pi led with 4 Oscars, then Argo and Les Mis with 3 each, Lincoln, Skyfall, and Django Unchained with 2 each, and Silver Linings Playbook & Amour with 1 each. Beasts of the Southern Wild didn’t win anything, which was expected, but it’s kind of surprising that Zero Dark Thirty was shut out, which many people believe to be the best film of the year.

My full recap will be up sometime tomorrow probably.

Oh, and the Grammys bear no resemblance to the Oscars and ought never to be uttered in the same breath. Look, the Oscars get it wrong sometimes, there’s no doubt. But generally speaking, an Oscar means something. A Grammy means nothing. They are worthless.

The issue is that in both organizations you have mostly older generations voting for mostly younger generations. While this trend does manifest in the Oscars from time to time, it mostly doesn’t alter things too much because the idea and perception of quality filmmaking hasn’t changed much over time, with the exception of the major generational shift that happened at the end of the 60′s and gave birth to the “New Hollywood.” But with music, what “great popular music” even IS typically changes radically every decade or so, and the new generation often forcibly supplants the previous. So when you put that previous generation in a position to award the new one, of course they balk, which is why the Grammy’s always feel perpetually out of touch. They are. And they will never be in touch, because that’s not the nature of popular music. It’s an organization whose very goal is hopelessly ill conceived.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame runs into similar problems, although to a much smaller degree and they handle them much better.

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