French Fries, Crossovers, and Supporting the Art of Nasty People
Issue #43: I forgot a subtitle
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Earlier this week, we tried out a new place to eat. Well, new to us that is. It was here in Norman and it was called Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Initially, I was hesitant to try this out when my wife recommended it because we went to another burger bar place a few weeks ago and neither one of us like it. At all. It was not good. So my wife talked me into trying this place and I am glad we did. This place was amazing! I will absolutely go back to this place again. I got a build your own burger with pastrami and a fried egg and it was glorious! The fries were actually good too. I saw it that way because, generally speaking, I don’t like french fries. I can only think of a handful of places where I will get the fries. And this is weird because I really like potatoes in general. The only exception being french fries (with exceptions of course) and hash browns. I am not a fan of hash browns. But mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, home fries...good stuff. Off the top of my head right now though, the only places I can think of where I really like the fries a lot are Red Robin’s steak fries and the fries at Five Guys. I mean, to be fair, the fries at McDonald’s are good but I don’t make it a habit to go to McDonald’s just for the french fries. Come to think of it, I don’t make it a habit to go to McDonald’s in general. The only thing of theirs that I will “regularly” is their breakfast sandwiches. But yeah, I don’t make special trips just for their french fries. But as far as other fast food franchies, not really. Burger King. Nope. Wendys. Nope. Whataburger. Nope. In-N-Out. Nope (although I don’t like In-N-Out in general anyway). Culvers. Nope (although their onion rings are the bomb). Carls Jr. Nope. Sonic. Nope. So, as you can see, I’m not a big fan of french fries. Uhm...where was I going with this? Oh yeah, the fries at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar were actually good. Would I make a special trip there just for their fries? Not at all. But the burger was enough for me to go back.
On another note, I really need to ask, why do the major comic book companies put out so many damn crossover events? Are they really necessary? They used to be a fun, interesting thing but once they got to the point where they were doing at every year at the very LEAST, it’s just not special anymore. And both DC and Marvel are guilty of it. The first major crossover even that I can remember from DC was Crisis on Infinite Earths. That was special. People are still talking about it (and trying unsuccessfully to recreate it) to this day. With Marvel, the first one I can remember was Secret Wars. Those events were special. They were both well written and mind blowing. But these days, the crossover events have gotten terribly more frequent and not nearly as interesting. Take the most recent DC crossover event, Dark Crisis. This was the event that was supposed to herald in DC’s new Dawn of DC initiative. Unfortunately, even though they had a pretty damn good writer at the helm with Joshua Williamson, the series overall was pretty damn mediocre. And in the last 5 years at DC we’ve had a ton of crossover events. Heroes in Crisis, Year of the Villain, Dark Knights: Death Metal, Future State, Infinite Frontier, War for Earth-3, Shadow War, Lazarus Planet, etc. It’s ridiculous. Marvel is not excused. I don’t even know where to start with their crossover events because they have so many that are specific to certain comic book lines. X-Men crossover events, Spider-Man crossover events, Avengers crossover events. Where does it end? As far as company wide crossover events, they actually haven’t had as many as DC has in the past 5 years. Off the top of my head I can remember Empyre, King in Black, Devil’s Reign, and Judgment Day. Of these, the only one I’ve actually read was Empyre and it was pretty mediocre like Dark Crisis was.
It just doesn’t seem to be worth it anymore. There are too many crossover events and I’m not buying into it anymore. Well, maybe I am. Who am I kidding?
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Creed II - I watched this one with the wife on HBO Max. I think the first one was better. This one seemed, in some ways, like a rehash of Rocky IV. The movie wasn’t bad per se, just kind of mediocre.
Creed III - I enjoyed this one more than 2. Funny story regarding me watching this movie. I went to the theater on Sunday to watch it and got almost all of the way through it and the projector broke. Right before the start of the final fight! So the theater gave everybody in the audience either passes or a refund. I had liked what I had seen up until that point in the movie so I was certain that I wanted to see how it turned out. So I went back on Tuesday with my son-in-law and finally got to see the rest of it. The fight did not disappoint. Also, I really have to say that Jonathan Majors is a really good actor IMHO. Other than Ant-Man, Loki, and Creed 3, the only other thing I had seen him in previously was the movie Devotion and I thought he gave a really good performance in that one as well. I also started watching the show Lovecraft Country because he is the main character. I haven’t made it all the way through that series yet. So far, I like Major’s character in it and I feel like he is going the character justice but the show itself is not grabbing me overall.
Speaking of Lovecraft Country, there was a quote from one of the episodes that Major’s character (his name is Atticus Freeman) that I really liked for some reason. Anyway, here it is:
"Stories are like people. Loving them don't make them perfect. You just try and cherish them. Overlook their flaws."
The same sort of thing can be said about actors or musical artists who are crappy people but I think you can still enjoy their art. Maybe. I dunno. I’m still divided in my mind about this. Take for example the upcoming Flash movie. I don’t like Ezra Miller as a person, or as an actor for that matter, but that movies looks really good and I’m going to go see it. That movie, in my humble opinion, is bigger than Ezra Miller. Another example could be music. I think you can like the songs that a particular band or artist puts out even though you don’t necessarily like the people or person. Then again, if the artist is a giant racist or a flaming homophobe or a child molester. I don’t know if that gives the music a pass. I dunno. Like I said, I’m divided. What do you think? That quote from Lovecraft Country just got me thinking about it. People, generally speaking, aren’t perfect anyway so where do you draw the line as far as what constitutes whether or not you are going to support the art itself?
I should have done this in last week’s issue but I forgot. Here is a list of some of the movies coming out in March that I want to see.
Scream VI (March 10)
65 (March 10)
Shazam! Fury of the Gods (March 17)
John Wick: Chapter 4 (March 24)
Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (March 31)
Last Friday (March 3) I made a trip to Speeding Bullet. The trip that should have been made on Wednesday. I picked up some new stuff and some old stuff as well. This past Sunday, I spent some time catching up on the stack of “current” stuff I had sitting here in my office. After I get done getting caught up, I am probably going to jump back into my X-Men re-reads. I’m either going to go back and finish re-reading the Age of Apocalypse series or I might try re-reading some of the Grant Morrison run of X-Men. Or, I might try re-reading the Onslaught series. Then again, I also have some other stuff that I need to read for future episodes of Comic Cuts so I should probably focus on those. Oh well, I’ll figure it out.
This week’s new comics for me included:
Star Wars #32
For this week’s track, I went to Last.fm to find out what song I’ve been listening to most frequently this week and this is the one that came up. Very interesting, as has been my overall listening habits over the past couple of months. Anyway, here it is. Enjoy!
And that’s all I have for this week. Enjoy your weekend and remember to BE MORE KIND!
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