My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.
All I ask of a Superhero
A couple of people took me to task for my take on Iron Man 2. I like to think of myself as a simple man, but maybe that isn't true anymore.
Rethinking my expectations
I started reading comics as a kid. Batman, Green Lantern, The Hulk, and the X-men were some of my favorites. Growing up, superheroes were pure escapism. Granted some of the characters had family problems, personal problems, and even Batman lost a Robin, but the stories were all larger than life.
Superhero flicks are still larger than life, but they have more "realistic problems."
- Batman is a male Paris Hilton who fights crime.
- Peter Parker wouldn't know what to do with the girl if he got her.
- Tony Stark is rotting away from a self-inflicted disease + he is a male Paris Hilton who doesn't fight crime, he is bringing about world peace.
Holding out for a Hero!
Ok, everyone knows that I am a huge Bonnie Tyler fan, but every time I watch one of these movies, I hear her in the back of my head:
Where have all the good men gone And where are all the gods? Where's the street-wise Hercules To fight the rising odds? Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed? Late at night I toss and turn and dream of what I need
I need a hero I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night He's gotta be strong And he's gotta be fast And he's gotta be fresh from the fight I need a hero I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light He's gotta be sure And it's gotta be soon And he's gotta be larger than life
I want a superhero who is, well a hero. They don't have to be perfect, and well they can have basic human flaws, but at the end of the day, they need to be a hero!
Returning to Iron Man 2, I thought Whiplash made a good case against the Stark family, and Tony just acted like the spoiled brat Whiplash thought he was. I actually found myself wanting Whiplash to win. I can't stand whiny, self-important bitches, and that is all I saw in Tony. His womanizing turned me off, and his self-pity made me roll my eyes. He dug his own grave, and I was ready to see him lay in it.
Escapism and Realism
I think my biggest issue with the film is that I was really looking for some pure escapism from the movie. That is what I look for in a superhero movie.
I watch a superhero for action, mystery, and pure escapism. Watching a super hero struggle with illness was outside the realm of what I wanted to see, especially with people in my life actually struggling with various illnesses that do not have a magical deus ex machina serum. It felt like salt in the wound.
The illness reminded me of my real life, and the magic cure just upset me. I went to see a movie where a superhero and super-villain tangled with each other until the film climaxed in a super-mega-ultra battle.
The movie, like all (not so) superhero movies since Batman Begins, opened with scenes of stark realism... but it is a superhero movie!! Superheroes just aren't realistic, and films cannot serve two masters.
I am not sure exactly when escapism became a bad word, but my life is complicated enough. Sometimes I just want to walk into a dark cave and forget about my real life for a couple of hours. It might sound petty, but that is it.
I want a great, escapist spectacle from time to time, but more than anything, I want filmmakers to be honest with me and with their material. If the movie is not an action movie, don't tell me it is. If the movie is not a smart, well written think piece, be good with that. Just don't pretend one is the other, and stop telling yourself you can be both at the same time.
A half-assed story with half-assed action is just a half-assed movie. Two half-assed jobs never make a whole.
I know some of you liked the movie. Great! I wish I was one of you. Keep having fun, and sharing. It is good to hear contrary opinions. Just remember, we don't have to love the same things, we just need to help each other find more things we can all enjoy.
Alright, fine, Happy belated Birthday to Robotech Macross
War rages within me... anger and excitement, and I am one of those people for whom anger usually wins...
March 4th was the 25th anniversary for Robotech: Macross Saga. I was one of those kids whose life and tastes were forever changed by this groundbreaking series, but a dark cloud looms over the celebration: Harmony Gold.
February 17th, I read this on RobotechX:
UEG Productions Statement:
Sadly UEG productions has to inform the public that we are no longer able to continue producing the Genesis web series as planned.
The group received a Cease and Desist order from Harmony Gold USA (the rights holder to Robotech and all related materials), in-spite the well known non-commercial nature of Genesis. The situation at hand does not leave us with another alternative then to remove all Robotech and Macross related materials or derivations from the website. The genesis trailers and all related imagery, containing the materials in question will no longer be available.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the creation of Genesis project for the past 6 years. All the fans that supported us. And we are sorry we are not able to release it in this form.
We were already planning ahead to create our very own animation. So we are proud to announce the birth of the Artemis project. An complete original science fiction / Mecha animated feature film. Which will be unlike any other sci-fi, with its unique storyline and characters. More information on this new project will be available soon.
Thank you for your understanding. UEG MANAGEMENT 2010
When a company shows such disdain for their fans, it is really hard to care about them... I love Robotech, but I want to buy the rights from Harmony Gold just so I know the rights are owned by someone who will cherish the fans rather than the current owners that is now treating us like dirt.
Deep breath... in... out... ahh... that's better.
So I am going to bite the bullet and say Happy Birthday Macross, and Frak You Harmony Gold in the same breath. Macross is too good to be lost in the milieu of a spiteful company.
If you've never seen Macross, check it out:
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or check it out at Amazon Video or .
and don't forget to join our Robotech Group!
JMS on Forbidden Planet, World War Z, Lensmen and Last Words
J. Michael Straczynski has given us a bunch of updates:
I'm on draft two of Forbidden Planet, and the process is going well, very exciting stuff, and I hope I can talk about some of that in more detail soonish (JMSNews).
While I am not a big fan of remakes, if anyone could make this movie right, it's Joe. Rumors persist that the new Forbidden Planet will be a trilogy explaining what happened to the Krell. I cannot wait to learn more.
World War Z
About to make the final touches to World War Z, then with any luck we can get this thing into pre-productoin also soonish (JMSNews).
I am a little tired of Zombie movies. The book was good and the audiobook was better. I am curious how they are going to do the film.
Draft One of Lensman is in, now working on draft two (JMSNews).
The Lensmen is E. E. Smith's Space Opera masterpiece which defined an entire genre. The very notion of the creator of Babylon 5 working on what will hopefully be to first film in the series makes me as giddy as a kid on Christmas Eve. Note to Hollywood: Green light this film!
There have been a couple of previews for Ninja Assassin, and the audience scores have been just terrific. I have a suspicion that this is going to do very well (JMSNews) .
This is the next film from the Wachowski brothers who made The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Speed Racer. Need I say any more?
The pilot script for Last Words has gone in to Dreamworks, and they're very very pleased with the script. So we'll see where this goes (JMSNews).
Wait a minute... Joe + Dreanworks + pilot = awesome series I need to see.
Interestingly, due to all the writing work, I've lately begun to be offered directing gigs, most of it in the SF genre (natch). Nothing has grabbed me enough yet to want to tackle it, but we'll see what the future holds. A couple of studios have extended the offer for me to write and direct my own stuff, which is pretty cool.
My agent has forbidden me to take on any other screenplay assignments until March/April, but some projects have begun to circle Casa Straczynski of late, looking for an open place to land when an opening comes. Some very cool stuff on the horizon (JMSNews).
Anything I get from Joe, I am ready to go. Great news all around.
Boxee and the Digital Future
- Netflix, for the Mac version only.
- a new Hulu – looks more like hulu.com, enables you to login (so you can get your Hulu Queue), works faster, and playback should be greatly improved on Apple TV
- a new YouTube – new look, as well as higher quality video playback. some of these YouTube clips look pretty good on your 46” LCD
- a new CNN, Flickr, Picasa and Apple Movie Trailers – we’ve re-written all of these plug-ins to work faster and look better
- Boston Globe’s The Big Picture – it’s a great photo-blog, which we really like, and thought could be pretty cool in a 10-foot experience. if you’ll like it we could bring much more of these type of services (let us know!)
- integration with MTV Music – when you click on an album you’ll see a new option to let you watch music videos of the artist. check it out. MTV said they can give us higher quality videos, and we have a few more ideas for providing a great music video experience on boxee
- theWB – on our quest to bring more TV content to boxee theWB is the latest addition. it means shows like Buffy, Babylon5, Firefly, One Tree Hill and The O.C. are now available on boxee
Well, I have to give it mixed reviews. I love that Boxee is trying to bring together all of the online streaming options into one place. I installed it on my AppleTV, and I have to say, I am a fan. These are features that should exist natively on the AppleTV and they turned a something I loved into a device that I am now fanatical about.
There are a couple problems.
Netflix does not work on the AppleTV
I am not sure if this is because of the AppleTV’s processor or the fact that Netflix streaming service relies on Silver Light and a heavy dose of DRM.
This is not a deal breaker, and the folks at Boxee are committed to trying to make it work. If they can make it work, then the AppleTV will become the best media center I could imagine.
The new Hulu Interface.
While I like the look of the new Hulu interface, I don’t find it as intuitive as the old one. It could just be that not used to it, but I didn’t find it as easy to use as the old one. My biggest complaint, is that after I watched a show, I had to drill back down through the show menu to pick a new show. If there is a “back” botton, I didn’t see it.
All and All
I would have to say it is an improvement, and it shows what Boxee will eventually be able to do.
Man who ruined Batman turns sights on Blade TV
Blade is coming to television courtesy of Spike TV. The network and New Line announced today that the comic and film franchise will be adapted into a two-hour original drama -- the channel's first stab at scripted entertainment.
I really have mixed feelings about this. It will be written by David Goyer, the writer of some of the worse movies ever made: Death Warrant (1990), Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991), Demonic Toys (1992), The Puppet Masters (1994), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998), and Batman Begins (2005)... ugh... In fairness, he also wrote Dark City (1998) and the deteriorating Blade film series, which started strong and has galloped down hill. After the deplorable writing job on Batman Begins and Blade: Trinity (which he also directed) I would have thought they would have sought out fresh blood.
Spike TV itself has poor taste in movies, so I am afraid of what will become of this brilliant character.