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Movie Comments – Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 (Photo credit: jwelcher)

I don’t want to call this a review.  I mean, I liked Iron Man 3, but I did not really like it all that much.  I still feel that the first movie is the best.  And, Iron Man 3 is an improvement over Iron Man 2.  But, I was not completely thrilled by this movie.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Ever Notice…

English: Queen performing in New Haven, CT.

English: Queen performing in New Haven, CT. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever noticed that Queen‘s “We Are The Champions” is played for every winning sports team on television, movies, even in the stadiums?  It is used so much that it is becoming cliche to hear the song whenever anyone ever wins the big game.

Except, there really is not another song about winning that even comes close to working as well as this one.  So, it looks like we really have to accept the cliche.

Backpedaling

The one thing I like to do is call shenanigans on people I hear on the radio.  Just the other day, I was able to do so when I heard someone backpedaling about how the new Pope, who he had kept saying would be the last Pope according to some prophesy, is not necessarily the last Pope and that we may be quite some time away from the last Pope.

This was from a man who was so adamant weeks before that the new Pope would be the supposed prophesized last Pope.

So I say now, Shenanigans!

Weird Stuff and Non Prophesies

Regular readers of my blog probably have already figured out that I believe in some strange stuff, or, at least, I am very open-minded to the possibility that there are some strange things out there that we do not know about.  I believe there is the possibility of an as yet unknown creature living in the remote regions of the Himalayas.  I believe that it is possible for something of a person to be left behind after they die, be it their actual spirit or a “recording” thereof.  I also believe in the possibility of life on other planets, though I am not convinced that they are coming here.

English: I took this image and allow its free ...

English: I took this image and allow its free use. You can see the book physically by visiting here: http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/basics/speccoll.cfm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am less inclined to believe in prophecies.  At least, I do not believe that prophesies are the one sole vision of the future.  It was something I started to think about Monday as I braced myself to the idea that I still had a blizzard’s worth of snow to get out of my driveway.  That’s when I heard the story about the Pope stepping down.  This got me thinking about one of the prophecies that I heard about the Popes.  In particular, this prophesy stated that the next Pope would be the last Pope, as predicted by Saint Malachy.  Which, naturally, got me thinking about prophesies in general, and how inaccurate they have been in the past, and will be in the future.

The biggest problem I have with most prophesies is the vague nature of how they are written.  Take for an example most of the writings of Nostradamus.  He is considered to be one of the greats in prophesies.  However, many of his quatrains are written so vaguely that they could be interpreted in any way that the readers wants to interpret them.  Believers have worked to defend his “abilities” by claiming he wrote in anagrams and changed letters (the Hister/Hitler “wordplay” is the best example).  Even reading through his supposed hits, there are points that do not match the actual history.  More than likely Nostradamus is interpreted as a great visionary after the fact.

One of the other problems with a lot of prophecies is that are so many of them.  Between the psychics and the prophets and the, well, anyone who has predicted anything, there are so many prophesies out there.  All of them are different, and many of them happen at the same time.  Obviously they cannot all be right.  Which comes to the next problem: figuring out which is the correct prophecy.  Do we assume that the negative prophecies are the correct ones?  Personally, I hate to think that all that the future holds for us are nightmares, destruction, and death.  conversely, we cannot look blindly into the future believing that everything will be okay because someone saw a bright shiny future of peace, love, and good investments for everyone.

Does this mean that I don’t believe that someone could see the future?  Well, yes and no.  My personal belief is that there is indeed the possibility of seeing a future, but not exactly the future.  It is possible for these people to see into the future, but that future is not necessarily the one that is meant for us.  Just like how some television producers would dispense “false spoilers” to put die-hard fans from knowing that they had planned for their series, I think that it is possible that the multiple visions of what is to come act as false spoilers for our future.  In getting multiple visions, all telling something different, we are left to wander what is to come, as it should be.  At the very least, these visions act like the ones shown to Ebenezer Scrooge by the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, a future that can be altered, sometimes with just the very knowledge of a darker time.

Worst 5 of 2012 – Comics

With a number of high points and low points, comics have had quite a year.  Here are a few of the events that I felt were “the worst.”

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Worst 5 of 2012 – Movies

When I was trying to build my Best of list… and failed miserably to find 5 movies I would count as “best of 2012” I realized that there were far more movies that were, let’s face it, really not good.

Thus, I present my worst 5 of 2012 for movies.  Most of these I have seen on DVD, and most I have regretted doing so.

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The Problem with Best of 2012

Every year at this time, many web sites start to put out their Best of 2012 lists.  I had planned on being one of those web sites until I ran into a bit of a problem.

It turns out that even with DVD viewings, I have only seen four movies this year that I would put on a Best of list.  At least, only four movies that actually came out this past year.  Granted, I could put The Hobbit on that list, which would just make five, but I have not seen it yet (shockingly enough).  Thus, for me to complete the list I would have to put on a movie that was not quite up to snuff.

And, apparently, I have seen a ton of them.  In truth, I could probably put together a top 25 list of the crappy movies that I’ve seen.  Okay, maybe not a top 25, but I can easily fill a Worst five than I can a Best five.  I think that comes from my love of bad movies.  At least, those bad movies that are so bad they are good.

Take, for example, Iron Sky.  For those who don’t know this movie, it is an adventure that works off the premise that the Nazis fled Germany in 1945 and set up a base on the moon.  It is pure hokey nonsense, but it is fun pure hokey nonsense.  I have to admit that I did have fun watching it, but I would in no way consider it one of the best movies of 2012.  It could be one of the guilty pleasures of 2012, but not one of the best.

Which, naturally, shows the inherent problem of any best of list.  All lists are subjective.  If you thought that John Carter, Wrath of the Titans, Piranha 3DD were three of the best movies of the year, that’s your opinion (wrong as it is).  If you just follow what Michael Medved or Roger Ebert list as their best, then you run the risk of people called a poser.

As for me, I think I’m going to hold off on the best of list for films until I feel comfortable with the list I write up.  I will be working on Worst of 2012 lists for movies, along with a few television and comic lists.  Stay tuned for them.

Maybe It’s Just Me…

5 Recent Comic Concepts That I’m Tiring Of

I love comics, even at my age.  But there are just some things about them recently that have been bugging me.

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4 Things To Add To World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

Like the rest of the World of Warcraft community, I was up at 3 am (EDT) waiting for Mist of Pandaria.  I do have to admit, it was pandamonium (cue canned laughter for the bad spelling pun).  I was lagging with the newly created Panda monk, mostly because there were 17,000 Pandas running around all at 3am.  I was having more fun with the battle pets, though I think that most of that was because there was not the concentration of people all trying that.  I’m sure that the 90 gold cost to start may have been a hinderance, too.  But, playing the Pokemon style battle pets actually gave me greater incite as to why Ash had to catch them all.

But, in playing last night (especially during the lag moments in Pandaria), I got to thinking that there are some things that World of Warcraft should consider adding to their next big addition… whenever that may be.

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