Monkey movies, Amber, and a freaky letter from an Invader
Zim fan. Why, it must be more letters to Subspace! I’m
Joe Crowe. Read along with me, won’t you?
Subject: Simian Sci-Fi
Rick Klaw wrote a killer analysis of the finest
in simian cinema! I was sure he’d forget the little-remembered
(and practically unobtainable) “Son of Kong,”
but he covered that as well. Thanks, too, for having the courage
to consider re-makes (“Mighty Joe Young,” for
instance) as well as animated films, such as the recent “cartoon”
version of Tarzan.
Now that Jackson’s new “Kong” is released,
would it make the top ten of jungle giants? (Blackie Blackwell)
Rick says: "Yes. I would slot it in at number 7 and
moving everything else down one, bumping Son of Kong
into the almost-made-the-cut list."
Thanks for the kind words. This is what happens when your
mother introduces you to King Kong at a very young age.
I think of myself as a purist but also a pragmatist who has
read the 10 Amber novels many times. However I don’t
pretend that Amber is high art or real literature. It’s
genre stuff, good for what it is. The new novels are fun to
read. They build on the series and are entertaining as the
prequels to the Herbert Dune novels, if not as finely drawn
or as carefully written.
Read, enjoy and save your deep reading for Phillip Roth’s
Everyman or what ever new novel McMurtry will treat us to.
I love the Amber world and did do a bit of lit crit work,
but found that there are people who treat these works as iconic
and as subjects of deep post modern analysis. Hey don’t
get too serious these works are not even up to the works of
someone like Greene, works that the Brits would call “entertainments”
A big-time Amber fan would want them to be “deep
reading.” But I do like to call things “entertainments.”
This anime is the best to watch with friends, it’s
extremely funny with fitting music. Only sad part is the end,
it almost made me cry... Almost. (ackack)
Excellent way to cowboy up, my friend. Don’t let
the anime get you down.
And while you’re thinking on that, let’s go
Check out Who
Are Your Top Ten Recommended SF Authors?
Here’s a plug for Van
Plexico’s Marvel Jeopardy traveling salvation show.
And here’s a link to “the
most badass animated video I’ve seen in a million years.”
Aaaaaand we’re back.
Just bring it back, to bring back my smile, my joy, don’t
let it end this, I love the show too much, thanks for reading
a fan’s plea.
OK, we’ll bring it back.
Oh, wait a minute. For the 7,000th time: We don’t
make the show.
This, no kidding, is one of many letters — like,
well into the double digits — we’ve received from
people who think that we, who posted a review of the Megas
show on our site, also make the thing. Does this happen to
Your review of Ghost Whisperer was mostly dead-on. LOL However,
your assertion about the need for a Jason Priestley to arrive
was exactly dead-off. Tru Calling was pretty good until he
arrived. Similarly with Joan of Arcadia. In the instances
of GW and T-C in particular, it’s about the people she
meets up with. In other words, Twilight Zone. You put in these
other characters from week to week and you get Dark Shadows—a
soap opera with a cute twist but not in the same league with
Good point. I redact my plea for Priestley.
And now it’s time for a one-missive edition of .
Zim of course
Humm.. How to say this in a shorter way.... Invader zim changed
the life of millions. It can be in a good way or bad. Depends
on how you think of it.
Plushis,DVDs, shirts, toys, and all the other enterament
stuff that was made for Invader Zim is HUGE! Now, essag kids
today say “Invadr what?” Lets heal there sin and
bring it back to nickaloden. Not JUST nicktoons for all the
poor ppl who only have cabel. And its will be 2x as popular.
Now that the teens love it and some - s, the smaller kids
will like it to! Brining more money to this besiness of yours.
Thats what you want right? If the segual if fukl or something
cancel some of that new crap that they have on there. Anyway,
this is most likly the wrong business to tlak to. Well you
have money and essageence. (hopfully) Send this essage to
its right owner. Its not nice to steal. (inuyashaloverkiya)
Our forums moderator Dave says: "You know, I enjoyed
Invader Zim, so I don’t want to diss the Zim fans,
but . . . does Invader Zim cause brain damage?"
Anime editor Kevin says: "I don’t think we can
blame this one entirely on Zim. She’s an Inu-Yasha
Back to Joe: Fukl?
How can you write anything about Marvel Fanfare without mentioning
the excellent work Mike Golden did in the first two issues
and the later Spider-Man/Hulk story? Golden’s work alone
justifies the existence of Marvel Fanfare. Golden is one of
the best artists to come out of the 70s and his influence
is still seen today in the work of many current artists. (???)
I’m pro-Golden, never fear. I just don’t have
those issues in my attic.
Break out the chicken wings, 'cause it's . . .
Stop not working and reading these letters so that you
can continue to not work and watch and listen to these:
The Last Man reviewed on NPR: A reviewer on
this very site said this comic is “The reason God
made comic books.” And in doing so we got a blurb on the
cover of the Y: The Last Man graphic novel. But read
the book anyway.
Girl fan film: Here’s a funny, very well-done
fan film that’s the only non-comic book appearance ever
of DC Comics’ Power Girl.
HALFTIME OVER! Now get back to not working!
Thanks for providing another thoughtful and detailed movie
review from Gary Mitchel. You can tell he is a real movie
fan, just like me! (lostheartless)
Gary responds: "Yay! I have a fan! Now to only get
10,000 more, and have them all send me a buck."
The Last Stand
Yeah, it rocked!! However, I would like to point out that
for once the novelization (written by Chris Claremont, no
less!!!!) had some more ultracool scenes, and even a cameo
appearance by Lockheed. And it had a couple of nice inside
jokes, such as Jean Grey seeing an alternate reality where
she is called "Marvel Girl" and wears a green mini-dress.
So just this once, I'll recommend the book-after-the-movie.
Recommending a novelization! Somebody call the Guiness
Book. I think that’s got to be a record. Meanwhile, I’d
like to shamelessly plug a novelization that I was involved
with, that of Lord
of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
I shouldn't be the one who writes in saying that the DaVinci
review lists Hanks' lovely co-star as Sophie Neveu. It's really,
as you know, Audrey Tautou. I shouldn't be the one pointing
this out because a few months ago I posted an entry in the
80's Sci-Fi Song Titles and implied that I Wear My Sunglasses
at Night was done by Bryan Adams. So I won't send this e-mail.
But if I were to send this e-mail, it would be only because
That error has now been covered up. Reviewer Gary is already
writing clues to it in his own blood.
No one noticed my X-Men review error when I said
that Brett Ratner directed Hannibal, not what he actually
directed, Red Dragon. So I officially deny it, and I
shall not hire a monk to bust people upside the head over it.
And now for your reading pleasure, here is our one —
ONE — “The DaVinci Code people suck”
letter. The Internet already has cracked in half from the strain
of this stuff, so we’re only doing the one.
Subject: Da Vinci Code
The problem most people have with DVC isn't just about Jesus
marriage; But the additional messages that Catholic church
oppressed women, killed 5 million of them (5 million!) and
Knight's Templar "knew" Jesus marriage thing, bla,
bla and bla. Brown might be many things, but a careful researcher,
he is not. He couldn't be Tom Clancy's toenail in that regard.
I am sorry of I offend people when I say this.
Other problems most knowledgeable people have with the book
also is the glaring, blatant errors on technical issues which
once summed up calls every other fact in the book into question.
The cryptex uses "public key cryptography"? A researcher
I know in this field really had a laugh on that one. Da Vinci's
math could not come close to this technique; It is so obvious
Brown has no idea what he is talking about. Other things:
Many addresses in France are wrong, the Louvre pyramid does
not have 666 glasses, some dude they said was a king actually
was _not_. It goes on and on...
What is interesting to me is that people in America like
this movie even though they don't know why they like it. I
tell you why: Because it slams the Catholic church. In a mostly
Protestant country, OF COURSE this goes down well... Brown
is really smart to realize this. I am not a religious person
BTW, and do not like strict Catholicism, do not like strict
anything (except rule of law). And the fact that someone makes
boatloads of money by appealing people's ignorance just bothers
Contributing editor Jayme Blaschke responds:
Yadda yadda yadda. Catholicism is the single largest religious
denomination in the U.S. BY FAR. I know many Catholics who've
gone to see the film or read the book. Yer gonna have to look
harder to find that magic bullet.
On a different note, am I the only one who, upon hearing
Sir Leigh Teabing announce for the umpteenth time "Her
training is incomplete!" finish his thought by saying
"The Force is strong in you, Sophie, but you are not
a Jedi yet!"
Back to Joe: Finally, on to a more serious subject:
Subject: Lost in Space Mom & Crystal Pepsi in
I don't think so, buddy. Let me google that up real quick.
I was right. Here's
the wiki link.
Maybe you were thinking about Cherry 7-Up. (Note to Joe:
Dammit. I looked up Cherry 7-Up, and it wasn't introduced
until early '87. I can't think of any soft drink that was
unique to '86, though. Did they still have New Coke, then?)
The years 1986 to 1993 were junior and senior years of
high school and four years of college for me. It was all one
hormone and stress-soaked blur.
They did indeed have New Coke in 1986, and I liked it,
because it tasted like Pepsi. Oh, lame beverage! P.S. Find Cherry