Saturday November 25, 2017
Book 18: Mandatory Failure — Part I

Justice League

Justice League is a lot of fun. Also, it shows promise. Maybe, just maybe, DC Comics films will finally shake free of the desaturated joylessness that has been their hallmark for a decade. This summer’s Wonder Woman was brilliant and beautiful, and Justice League, though not quite up to that standard, is fun, and triumphant, and (eventually) colorful.

Yes, it begins with sepia-toned misery, but then? Well, okay, then things get worse, but the film doesn’t wallow in that for too long. Okay, yes, it does wallow in that for a while, but then it finishes wallowing and gets on with the heroic, colorful business of being a superhero movie that reminds us why we love comic book heroes.

Justice League clears my Threshold of Awesome, and it also clears my “must own the soundtrack” bar, because Elfman reprised not only his own 1989 Batman theme, but also John Williams’ 1977 Superman theme.


Thor: Ragnarok

I have a new favorite Marvel Movie.

Thor: Ragnarok was amazing fun. It cleared my Threshold of Awesome, it nabbed my top spot for 2017, and yeah, I saw it twice within 14 hours. I’m looking forward to picking up the Blu-Ray as soon as it’s available.

I could write about all the things I loved, but then I’d be spoiling the movie for you, and I don’t want to do that. The trailers didn’t want to do that either.

It’s kind of cool, really. Certain key-frame scenes don’t happen the way the trailer plays them out, preventing spoilers. In some cases the background is different. In others the costuming and incidental make-up is different. And in still others the scene doesn’t actually happen with those people in it.

I’ll give you a low-impact example:

In this still from the trailer the background  looks kind of urban—perhaps it’s an alley? In the actual film, however, this is not the setting for the action in question, so when the event happens in the film, we’re not expecting it. We’re not in that alley we remember seeing in the trailer.

I like this practice a lot. I want trailers to give me a sense of how the movie is going to make me feel, but I don’t want any of the big reveals.

Okay, yes, I suppose the bit about Cate Blanchett’s character catching Mjolnir is a big reveal, and if you haven’t actually seen any of the trailers I suppose I should apologize for posting this snippet, because now it’s out there, but hey, maybe it’s not the REAL Mjolnir, or maybe it’s a dream sequence. Am I off the hook now?


Munchkin Starfinder Closes on Thursday!

The Kickstarter for Munchkin Starfinder closes on Thursday. If you’re just hearing about it now, that’s okay. The project was on an accelerated schedule, and the Kickstarter is only ten days long. As of this writing we have two of those days left.

Along with the usual stretch goals, there are some social media goals associated with this project¹. If just 27 more people become Munchkin Starfinder fans² on, a Kickstarter-exclusive card will be added to the “I Want It All” box. With a few more Facebook shares³ there will be a digital Christmas card, suitable for at-home printing, shared in an upcoming backers-only update. This means that if you’ve already backed the project, Facebook and BoardGameGeek are places where you can increase your loot without spending more money.

If you haven’t backed the project yet, consider this your penultimate notice (at least from me.) I’ll post again Thursday morning, and I think there will be a nice essay from me about the technical aspects of creating a new art style for a Munchkin deck.

¹ I’d never seen social media stretch goals before, but I totally get why they’re there. It’s a cool concept.
² It took me forever to figure out that to become a “fan” on BoardGameGeek you click the little heart button between “log play” and “subscribe.”
³ Specifically, share this.