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I Want Black Panther to Win the Oscar for Best Picture

Black Panther was one of eight movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar this morning, and some people out there across the internet don’t think it deserves the nomination. I’m here to ask them and you: so what? Can’t we all just rally around a superhero movie to win Best Picture, regardless of quality? The Oscars are largely a joke anyway. Why can’t we come together to get this superhero movie win?

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I loved Black Panther when it came out, though I will admit that my praise has probably waned since. But it’s still a solid, enjoyable movie that had a major cultural impact.

And it’s the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture. Can’t that be enough? We all love superhero movie. We all love Marvel Studios movies. And none of us really super care about the Oscars. Can we not all just come together and root for the superhero movie to get the win?

Cast aside your demands that the Oscar for Best Picture truly go to the best movie from 2018. Are any of the eight nominees really the best movie? Are any of the front runners really so worthy of the award that they have to win? Surely Black Panther is better than at least some of them. It’s better than Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, surely.

And it’s not like the Oscars aren’t rigged or anything. It’s not like they’re some great noble event where only the purest and most worthy films are awarded. It’s all just a bunch of Academy idiots who don’t see all the movies voting on them anyway. The Oscars aren’t real.

So as comic book fans and superhero movie fans, let us set aside our lofty expectations for the purity of the Oscars and root for Black Panther to win big!

Though if I’m being honest, I’d probably go with BlacKkKlansmen to win Best Picture, and I haven’t seen Roma, A Star is Born or The Favourite yet. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Best Animated Feature for sure, but when it doesn’t win, then I’ll be vindicated in my claim that the Oscars aren’t real.

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Let’s See That Great Into the Spider-Verse Scene in LEGO!

Remember that scene in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse where Miles Morales truly embraces his new Spider-Man persona? Set to that awesome “What’s Up Danger?” song by Blackway & Black Caviar? Of course you do!

Well the fine folks at Huxley Burg Studios have recreated it in LEGO form!

And if you don’t remember that scene at all, it’s conveniently available on YouTube! How’s that for nifty?

That’ll have to tide us over until Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes out on DVD one of these days.

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gen:Lock Comes Out on Saturday!

Are you henchies big fans of Rooster Teeth? I used to watch Red vs. Blue back in the day, but lost track in the later, wilder seasons. And I’ve been devouring Achievement Hunter stuff over the past year. That’s my jam and helped me to understand the draw power of Let’s Play video game videos.

So I really wanna check out their hotly anticipated new anime, gen:Lock!

It’s a bunch of big name actors voicing a giant robot fighting cartoon! From the geniuses at Rooster Teeth! Sounds like a winning formula and I hope to check out a couple episodes. Just gotta consider signing up for their premium service.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/19/19

Hoo boy, I don’t have many review columns like this one. I’m not paid by anyone to do this blog, nor do I get kick backs or free comics from any of the major publishers I review. It’s just me, some dude, buying and reading comics, and then writing up my thoughts on a hobby blog. And as such, I really only buy and read comics I enjoy.

But sometimes there comics I want to try that just turn out bad. And this week saw a slew of bad or problematic comics, from Ironheart to Wonder Woman to the final issue of the big Uncanny X-Men storyline. I apologize in advance for being mean to these issues. Fortunately, the latest issue of Fantastic Four was still enjoyable, so it gets Comic Book of the Week!

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I love when Doctor Doom uses the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!

Meanwhile, I think I’m going to drop Catwoman. The opening story arc was fine, but I’m not all that interested in Catwoman as a character right now, and the series just didn’t grab me. Joelle Jones is a fantastic creator, though. I love her art.

Comic Reviews: Fantastic Four #6, Ironheart #2, Uncanny X-Men #10 and Wonder Woman #62. 

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Mortal Kombat 11 is Coming – No Sign of Smoke, Yet

I’m an OK Mortal Kombat fan. I’ve been playing it all these years and there’s little doubt that I’ll eventually dive into Mortal Kombat 11 when it comes out in a couple months. But I’ll admit that my interest in the game revolves almost solely around whether or not my favorite character Smoke appears in the game.

I’ve written about this before on the blog: Smoke is my all-time favorite video game character. The perfect storm of unlocking his fight in MK2 and being generally interested in all of the palette-swapped ninjas (my future band name) turned me onto the gray one, and then I really dig the story that he was Sub-Zero’s best friend, who was betrayed by their clan and turned into a robot assassin, only to still have a good soul trapped inside. There have been a lot of ups and downs with Smoke over the years, but he’s still my boy.

I’m also a big fan of Mortal Kombat lore. I once bought the guidebook to Mortal Kombat Trilogy just to have an encyclopedia of characters at the ready. I didn’t own a video game console at the time, let along an actual copy of Mortal Kombat Trilogy. It was just fun like that.

Here’s hoping Mortal Kombat 11 is good! And that it eventually includes Smoke in some capacity.

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