there are so many different ways to name this movie

I would bet that if Luke or even Han said “there’s still light in him” in reference to Kylo the audience would believe it with little doubt compared to the hellish debate it is now. but for some reason half this fandom is determined to erase Leia’s importance from story and the fact that she is a Skywalker by blood just as much as Luke is. Leia, being another force sensitive Skywalker I would defend to the death, is a women who hardly lets her emotions cloud her judgement and yet she is saying there is still light in her son. somehow there are still people trying to erase, cover it up, or just outright tell the narrative that it’s wrong despite it continuing to push that point home.

I mean, we have a whole sect of the fandom that is convinced Kylo is not the Skywalker of the series because he’s problematic and are willing to preform Olympic-winning acrobatics in order to find a way around him being that. But honestly when has a Skywalker ever been perfect? Luke is a pretty good boy but Anakin? no I think not. some of y'all act like this is a tradition spanning so many different characters and movies when in reality you only have anakin and Luke to look back on because everyone forgets about leia anyway. Kylo is so often written off as not a real skywalker because he’s taken the name Solo or Organa when the fact is he couldn’t be more of a real skywalker unless Luke and leia did get together like some weird George Lucas dream.

You know what’s the best show just finished on TV (like, ended a season last week or some such) at the moment? 

LEGION

(in my opinion it may be one of the best comic books shows not based on Vertigo Comics)

Why?

1- They ditched most of the really cheesy points of the X-Men Universe. Now, those cheesy parts have their charms, but in large quantities (like in the movies) they get annoying. Now, there were still cheesy parts to Legion, but not so many that I got annoyed

2- They included characters from a variety of backgrounds, and they were all really individual characters. They all had their own quirks, their own issues, their own personalities. None of this “oh, all of the characters are the same four people, just with different names” thing 

3- THE VILLAIN- man Aubrey Plaza was good as Lenny. Just, A+ creepering

4- The way David handles everything. Like, I’m a mutant? Okay, great. I’ve got powers? Cool. My girlfriend can’t touch me because otherwise we switch places and things go bad? Well that sucks. There’s a thing in my head? That makes sense. They ditched the whole superhero learning curve thing (I mean, it probably happened off screen, but they didn’t show it.)

5- The humour. It’s understated, but that makes it more funny. It’s dry comments made at the worst times, rather than forced humour. 

6- Dan Stevens looking particularly manic (especially in episode 5)

7- The visual style. It’s a mix of seventies/eighties and modern styles, and they manage to combine them in a way that feel like you’re in a slightly alternate dimension but you could believe it’s real.

8- The MUSIC CHOICES - You know the best music to have a mental battle to? Pink Floyd’s album about human nature. The best song to end a season on? Children of the Revolution. The best music to have playing over a mental institution? Radiohead. And the original score is just so perfect. 


So everyone should just go watch Legion. 

anonymous asked:

And....Luche is another wasted potential

Uhm, is that an indirect question to explain why Luche is wasted potential?

If not, all the other Glaives are wasted potential. It was a mistake to attempt to balance story/politics and entertainment/characters. When we’re introduced to a character’s name, we automatically assume we get at least a bit of backstory. (That’s how it is with most of the movies, games, etc.) Why else would they make the effort to give us names?
But not just the introduction is an indication of importance, also the way they look. If you ever took a proper look at all the Glaives we get to see, many have distinct features. For example:

Except for our eight named Glaives, we never got any names for the others. The producers already put so much effort into making them look like immigrants from outside of Insomnia, each one different from the other, it just feels unjust.
We are introduced to a military force which is the most dangerous and strongest one next to the old Crownsguard and we end up not getting enough to feel for their deaths.

So it’s no surprise Luche feels like wasted potential. On a scale from 1 to 10, I’d score him 8/8.5. (Mind you, Crowe scores 9 imo.) Luche is the last known traitor to survive and yet, we don’t get anything about him. Compared to the other traitors, he was much more important to the story, got more focus and was vital to Crowe’s death.

It’s like waving a huge chunk of raw meat in front of a hungry lion, with the lion being the fandom and the meat being the characters.

‘Split’ isn’t degrading to mental illnesses (SPOILERS)

Ever since the first appearance of the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, Split, people have been freaking out.  The movie, starring James McAvoy, depicts a man dealing with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).  His personalities turn violent, and he ends up kidnapping 3 girls and being violent towards them.  Most people’s reactions to the premise of the movie were afraid that it was portraying DID in a harsh light, and that it wasn’t a fair representation of those actually dealing with DID.  The problem with this is that most people criticising the movie haven’t actually watched it, and, if they had, I’m sure they would have different opinions.


The first half of the film does a fairly good job at depicting someone with DID.  It follows the DSM-5 criteria to a tee.  Bolded are the exact DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, and below, how the movie does a good job representing this.

A.  Disruption of identity characterised by two or more distinct personality states, which may be described in some cultures as an experience of possession.  The disruption in identity involves marked discontinuity in sense of self and sense of agency, accompanied by related alterations in affect, behaviour, consciousness, memory, perception, cognition, and/or sensory-motor functioning.  These signs and symptoms may be observed by others or reported by the individual.

While the DSM states that two or more distinct personality states must be present, the main character (who uses many different names, though his true name is Kevin, which I will be using throughout this piece) has an observed 23.  Each state has a very distinct personality throughout the movie, with a different persona, way of dressing, list of interests, etc.  These range from a violent, obsessive compulsive Dennis (the most prominent, who kidnaps the girls) to the state of a 9-year-old boy named Hedwig who loves Kanye West and dancing.  While the criteria is two or more states, there is no limit, so it is entirely reasonable for Kevin to have this many.


B. Recurrent gaps in the recall of everyday events, important personal information, and/or traumatic events that are inconsistent with ordinary forgetting.

This is so evident and heartbreaking in the movie when, near the end, Kevin reverts back to his true self.  Upon seeing a dead body on the floor, he asks another character (Casey) who had hurt her.  When he realises that it was him that had done it, he is devastated.  He had no memory of it and asks if it is still a certain date in 2014, as that is the last that Kevin remembers being conscious on. The guilt even causes him to ask Casey to murder him with his own gun.

C. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other import areas of functioning.

In identifying abnormal behaviour, distress is one of the things necessary to do so.  This distress isn’t always clear to the individual acting out this abnormal behaviour but instead is sometimes very clear to others.  Kevin’s many personalities treat these kidnapped girls in distressing ways and causes him to, at times, act socially impaired, but he does not realise it because of his disorder.  Anyone else stumbling on this situation, including his therapist, Dr. Fletcher, certainly finds it abnormal.

D. The disturbance is not a normal part of a broadly accepted cultural or religious practice. 

I think this is very clear, even with limited knowledge of the film.  The setting is in America, and kidnapping and violence is not accepted there.

E. The symptoms are not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance or another medical condition.

The only substance or other medical condition involved in this film is insulin, which one of Kevin’s personalities must take.


So, there we have it.  Kevin has every single diagnostic criterion for DID.  Even outside of the specific criteria, he displays many other commonly found features in those with DID.  For example, 90% have had some sort of abuse early on in life.  Kevin’s father left him (it is not clear why, and some have speculated that he didn’t leave, but actually died, though it is not confirmed) and his mother was abusive.  This onset of abuse is typically when a first personality emerges, as is true with Kevin, as the personality of Dennis emerged to prevent his mother’s abuse.  The personality is usually a way of protection against the self, and Dennis’ OCD and constant cleaning protected Kevin from many of the reasons for his mother’s abuse.


One of the movie’s biggest complaints is that it promotes the idea that those with mental illness are violent.  It has been proven that those with a mental illness (aside from Antisocial Personality Disorder) are no more violent than those without mental illness, so this is not an unreasonable opinion.  There is a 1.5% prevalence of DID among males, and among those with DID, more males are likely to become display criminal or violent behaviours (both of these statements are directly from the DSM-5).  Because of this, it is completely believable that someone with DID could become violent to the point of Kevin’s personalities in the film.  While it may not be a fair representation of anyone with a mental illness, it is still possible, and movies are constantly being made about unlikely events.


The second half of the movie does get a little silly.  As soon as the character display’s a 24th personality, and has somewhat superhuman abilities, the typical characteristic’s of an M.Night Shyamalan movie come out.  I will not argue that this is where the movie goes downhill.  It turns out that the entire movie was a spin-off of one of M. Night’s earlier films, ‘Unbreakable’.  Had this not have been the case, ‘Split would have been such a better film, at least in my opinion.  This ending does not ruin the movie in any way, though; it just forces you to question the limits to what are possible.


My only reservations about the treatment of mental health in this film are some of the therapist’s actions. Being worried about Kevin and his future actions, she takes a cab to his residence.  She goes into his home, unarmed, and without notifying anyone, even though she has reason to believe that he is about to become violent.  This is very unprofessional for a therapist and is the reason that her character dies.


While I understand that it can be difficult to watch a movie depicting mental illness, especially if you suffer from one yourself, I strongly believe that ‘Split’ does not deserve the hate it has been getting.  Before criticising it, please watch it before forming such a strong opinion.  It is important to realise that every mental disorder is different, and every person dealing with a mental disorder experiences it in a different way.

Tag Game

Thanks @lawrence-kansas-22-years-ago for tagging me! 

Rules: tell us 10 of your favourite characters from 10 fandoms

Not in any order, but: 

  1. Arya from Eragon (Inheritance Cycle) 
  2. Aragorn from LotR 
  3. The Seance from Umbrella Academy 
  4. Hermione from Harry Potter 
  5. Death from The Book Thief
  6. Arya Stark from Game of Thrones (but from the first half of the series that I read) 
  7. Lady Maria from Bloodborne
  8. Denna from The Name of the Wind
  9. I will count Gerard Way’s stage persona as a character from MCR (since it’s so different from his offstage personality)
  10. The narrator from Nevernight

A lot of these are sort of old, just because I haven’t gotten the time to actually read a book for a while. And I don’t really watch any tv shows. Or watch many movies. I’m an old-fashioned nerd (plus the love of video games).

I totally forgot to tag people. And then the draft feature failed me. So here we go again:

@keithkoge, @mychemicalchinchilla, and anyone who has the desire to, I guess.

Some Thoughts on Story

By Dean DeBlois

I was asked to write a short essay regarding storytelling [for the Artella audience], and while it’s flattering to think that anyone would want to hear what I have to say on the subject, it also comes with a disclaimer. These are ideas and techniques that resonate with me. They, by no means, represent laws of storytelling. 

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anonymous asked:

hey all the naruto characters are coded as east asian right?

i’d say they’re all specifically japanese given it’s a japanese anime and they all have japanese names but yeah, mostly

there r a handful of black characters, tho they ALSO have japanese names (mostly). also there’s a bunch of characters from another continent in one of the movies so they might b coded a different way but i haven’t watched that movie yet (there are… so many naruto movies) so idk on that

CAROL

Not to be hyperbolic, but Carol is the best thing that has ever happened in the history of cinema and possibly the world in general.  If you, like me, have spent a lot of time thinking, “I really like Brief Encounter, but what if it was about Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara trying to get each other pregnant with their eyes instead?”, your time has come.  Besides being that rarest of things – an Actually Good Gay Movie – it checks off so many other great boxes.  A couple with an age difference where the older woman is the object of desire?  Check.  Two lesbian friends in the 1950s bro-ing out over one of them trying to woo a Rita Hayworth type?  Check.  Flirting by way of Santa hats and cool train sets?  Check.  Carrie Brownstein cameo?  Check.  It has the tension of a thriller and the romance of a… well, romance… and it’s just so fantastic.  Also, Carol’s husband Harge has a sister named Marge.  This has nothing to do with all the gay stuff, but I feel like not enough people are appreciating that.

Rise and Fall (Angel/Demon AU)

Author: Ayla Pazza/aylapazzatheawesome
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians/How to Train Your Dragon and possible guest appearances from other franchises
Pairings: Hijack
Chapter: 1/? Next chapter
Rating: T for some language, violence, and innuendo.
Summary: Jack meets the really cute guy in the apartment under his, even if it is by pretty hilarious circumstances. But he doesn’t realize that Hayden’s hiding a big secret–and that Hayden knows his.
Warnings:  RELIGION. It’s angels and demons, yeah, that’s going to be a big warning. Also, uh, the usual that goes with this sort of thing.
Comment: Ohhhhh boy. Okay, so Rise and Fall is going to have several things pulled into it, and a large number of it is going to be from the Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony. It’s a series of 7 books, and starts with Death, Time, Fate, War, Nature, Satan, and ends with God. It’s seriously interesting, and especially the books with Satan and God have always made me think. So I’m going to be taking some elements of those books and adding them in this universe. I seriously recommend the books, they’re really good! With that in mind, enjoy!

Jack had a lot on his plate, as per usual. There was his babysitting job, his other job where he worked as an assistant at a daycare, paying the bills, and studying for his degree. Considering his tendency for dramatics, it had really been too perfect to be studying drama. There were so many different options for the degree too! He was starting to think that going into drama therapy or dance music psychotherapy for children wouldn’t be a bad idea either. He did love kids after all.

The silveret was currently focusing on memorizing a particular scene from Into the Woods. It was really a kooky movie, and the director seemed to like irony. He had been cast as Jack the Giant-Killer.

On the plus side, it meant that he didn’t have to get used to a new name.

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Why aren’t more books being turned into TV shows? Just look at how well Game of Thrones and True Blood and Sherlock Holmes adaptations are doing to see how successful that idea would be. Part of the problem with movies is that directors and producers want to put a different spin on the character, but there isn’t enough time so they put in their own lines and spin (DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME THE GOBLET rings a bell), but take out way too many of the character’s trait and end up ruining that character. This is also known as the Ginny Weasley effect.

Please give us the Harry Potter TV show where every character just wants an education but the Golden Trio keeps fucking shit up. Or, give us the next generation, the people who have to go back to Hogwarts after the Last Battle, the children who aren’t really children anymore, who’s scars are shown on their bodies and in their minds and now that they have their school back and struggle with normal everyday teenage issues like getting good grades and crushes and overbearing parents, but also recovering from an entire year fighting a guerrilla war against the Carrows and years of the terror of Voldemort looming over their head.

Give us the Pevensies ruling Narnia after 100 years of neglect and trying to turn the nation into something hospitable even though the oldest boy is only 14 years old and somehow they are expected to heal the damage the White Witch has wrought. Show them finding out Narnia is not alone, there are other nations out there and some are friendly. Some are not. Peter may be High King but the other 3 are still his Co-Rulers, and think of how much they argued in the books. That wouldn’t just magically disappear over time. It would probably increase if anything, the best way to govern, how to collect taxes, dealing with diplomatic and military affairs, and the list goes on and on. Just remember, Lucy wasn’t even ten when the series started. There’s also the matter of growing up and hormones and having crushes but still being rulers of an entire nation. I want to know how exactly the Golden Years of Narnia started.

Give us the Percy Jackson series and how campers have to deal with a new parent and new family and how their lives are upended and now they no longer know who is friend and foe but they still have to learn to trust someone. In the summer they might be around people who understand what they are going through but not in the school year, unless they are a year-rounder. Now that the two Big Prophecies are over, teenagers are going on more and more quests and some won’t make it home and they’re just kids, how do they deal with that? Show us half-bloods that may have the blood of Apollo running in their veins but they can’t sing for shit but they are really good at creating weapons or a child of Hermes who is one of the most genuine and honest beings at Camp Half-Blood because children don’t always end up like their parents. 

Give us Tamora Pierce and girls and boys in training to be mages or knights or Dogs all in one City in a medieval time period, or even a modern one. Or instead of Torall there’s Emelan, and show us stories of teenage ambient mages from Lightsbridge and Winding Circle basically going to a college for learning magic. Just think of all the TV shows focused on colleges and high schools and add magic. This certainly sounds fun to me. What about you? Or show us all of Alanna’s or Kel’s training. There was so much glossed over because there just wasn’t enough time to show everything. 4 years training as a page, another 4 as a squire for both. Alanna, who had to deal with all the pressures of knighthood and adolescence while disguised as another gender and the subsequent reveal. And then there’s Kel, who had to deal with years of hazing and prejudice for going after her dream just because she was a girl. If you think those issues wouldn’t strike a cord with some people then you are wrong.

Please start making them into TV shows, because I don’t just want my characters to have a few minutes of screen time. I want them to grow and develop and have a life of their own, but so often in movies they become unrecognizable in a matter of a few minutes and by the end of the process they are almost unrecognizable.

So give us TV shows instead, because I want to see how the other half lives, and so do millions of other people. And you can’t fully grasp that through movies.

Suck on that, inner hater.

All right, guys, here’s something interesting for you. I randomly tweeted Orlando Jones last night about how I wished he was still on Sleepy Hollow since the show’s being shot in Atlanta now. I could have met him. And then I thought gosh, I could see Tom Mison shooting around here if I wasn’t such a chicken. Orlando said he’s awesome and I’ll like him. (I talked about that part in a previous post.)

For a minute, I felt worse. I thought wow, I really could go see the show being shot, but then I thought why? Meeting new people is difficult for me. It’s the wheelchair, you know. Then Orlando chimed in again and said:

He got it right. There is a hater in my head. It’s been that way for many years to a lesser extent but stronger recently because I’ve been stuck at home a lot more. I’m always very insecure about being a burden on other people, so I have trouble asking for help, especially when I want to go out somewhere. Even so, I know he’s right in that logical part of my brain. The hater often stops the dreamer. I screencapped what he said and I saved it.

Much later, a Facebook friend who also lives in the Atlanta area sent me a message. She said there are so many movies and shows being shot here that extras and actors are in very high demand. It seems Sleepy Hollow has been casting left and right around here. She talked about how she’s been an extra in several different movies with some pretty big names because it’s like Atlanta has eclipsed Hollywood with opportunities lately. Several casting calls have specifically asked for people in wheelchairs and I should put myself in with local casting agents. I told her that I have trouble getting around (i.e., letting my inner hater have its way) and she actually said in so many words that it’s not a valid reason to not try it because she would help me get around herself. She will drive me places if I go after my dream.

I thought about it. I thought about all the times I said, “If I could audition for [Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, various shows] and put more disabilities in the media, I would.” Then I thought about what Orlando said about the hater vs the dreamer.

So I’ve submitted myself to a few different casting agents here in Atlanta–one of which has been casting parts for Sleepy Hollow for weeks. If I looked last week, I could have tried for the Halloween episode. They shot a scene for that on the 11th in Lawrenceville (my local paper showed Tom Mison there on set!) and they were looking for people with fun costumes. I could have been a qualified extra (I have boxes of costumes, being a seamstress) if I wasn’t himhawing around with my inner hater! The worst that can happen is I won’t get cast for anything but there’s so much being shot in Atlanta now, extras are in decent demand.

I’m 33 and I’m a quadriplegic in a wheelchair but I have normal cognitive and speech abilities. I’m a Civil War reenactor with period and reproduction wardrobe suitable for 1850-1870. I also have extensive knowledge of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I’m open to all sorts of experiences that will allow me to create more of a diverse presence in the media by being a bright, intelligent woman with a disability.

Why shouldn’t I try to get in on this filmmaking boom in Atlanta? Suck on that, inner hater. This face might one day be on TV, maybe even in Sleepy Hollow.

loony-b  asked:

Hey there; I have some massive concerns about the direction Moana is going in and the effect it's going to have and I guess it felt like here was a good place to send some thoughts? I'm a mixed-Maori girl from New Zealand (the pastiest Maori girl you'll ever see, apparently I got all my granddad's irish genes???) and I guess I'm worried that to people outside of polynesia, Moana LOOKS like it's doing good things - except, there are some glaring issues -cont-

2 - that I’ve not seen any blogs outside of ‘poly’ tumblr address. I don’t expect everyone who isn’t polynesian to be able to tell the difference between our cultures, but the design and naming of the characters has so blatantly ignored the strict distinctions between our cultures and islands and I guess I’m worried that people are going to use Moana as an actual reference to 'polynesian culture’ after the movie comes out. -cont-

3 - and also when it comes to cosplay I’ve seen many poly blogs warn people against cosplaying Maui or any other characters sporting tatau in the same way it’s best not to wear sugar skull make up even in cosplay, only for these bloggers to get shouted down for asking people to respect what we barely have any ownership over anymore. I really wanted this movie to be something that young Maori and children throughout polynesia could see and take an interest in cultures and languages -cont-

4 - that are on the verge of being endangered. I never had this when I was a kid, I was /horrified/ at being Maori when I was a kid because my heritage was only ever the butt of a joke when it was brought up. I’m so worried that it’s going to turn into a costume party for kids every else and nothing more for Polynesian children. Anyway, I was hoping you’d check out poly–nesian . tumblr - she’s an amazing young Maori girl -cont-

5 - who really knows her stuff and has been dedicated in pointing the issues with Moana as we learn more about it and discussing where polynesian media needs to go. I’m really proud of Auli'i for getting the role - she’s an amazing young girl and I hope she goes far after this, but there’s just so much glaringly wrong with this project that the rest of the world seem to be glossing over because Disney has done one or two good things.

Thanks for the insights and references! We’re always interested in learning from people whose perspectives and experiences are different than ours!!

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This… is likely a really bad idea, to respond to these sort of things.  But every so often there are large misunderstandings from people who weren’t there during the creation of “Farewell, FamiKamen Rider”, didn’t watch the movie, didn’t watch our commentaries, etc.  I’m seeing new discussion pop up this week in light of about 28,000 new people seeing Justin’s story and learning what the FamiKamen Rider is and what our movie made for him was after I just made a video thanking Toei for making Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, because it’s something Justin would have loved.

It seems that the first post in the pictures is from someone who perhaps didn’t see Justin’s original videos, or didn’t hear anything we said about the production of the project.  Most of these things I’m writing are things we’ve stated elsewhere, such as in our commentary track.  We had access to photos, music, concept art, and other early drafts and episode synopses of many of Justin’s proposed episodes for his mini-series.  It’s true that this movie is not 100% what he wanted, but that was literally impossible to accomplish when Justin was not alive to do these things.  Justin was going to have to be between three to four different characters at once, being JewWario, Yanki J, NegaDub, and possibly the re-animated version of his first version of the FamiKamen Rider suit which he was naming GAW (Game & Watch).  There was literally no way to bring back NegaDub without it actually being Justin.  So when the last thing you see of NegaDub in Justin’s original cannon is him being defeated, for our purposes, it was better to just leave it as is.

We attempted to utilize as many ideas otherwise as we possibly could have without having Justin here.  For example, Yanki J was always intended to become the SuFami Rider.  This was teased in videos that Justin already had online, and was confirmed in early scripts and episode synopses.  Our only difference was that we’d already made a suit for SuFami before someone had sent us pictures of what Justin originally intended him to look like.  Really, we weren’t that far off.  The similarities include a long coat/tails similar to Kamen Rider Wizard, and some sort of big stick to swing.  But while our version used Super Famicom color schemes, it turned out Justin’s original costume was to be all white and closely resembling Sadamitsu the Destroyer.  That was the largest difference, and really more of an accident since we didn’t have images to go on until the production of our movie was almost over.  For that reason, we included those very same production photos of Justin himself in his white costume during the creation of that costume in the ending credits of our movie.  We didn’t want that to go unseen.

In Justin’s original series, Mark and Samantha Fujita were intended to both play villain characters.  Samantha’s character was meant to be something of an evil lolita character (Samantha already has those kind of outfits).  But they were also meant to actually physically be in Colorado to film.  Justin ran out of money and couldn’t get anyone out to film (that included me, the week we were supposed to film my parts).  However, I managed to include the both of them still.  In Justin’s original WaRiOn series and the introduction of the FamiKamen Rider, Shigeru Miyamoto gives JewWario the equipment to be able to fight, eventually turning him into the FamiKamen Rider.  For that reason, we cast Mark as Shigeru Miyamoto.  Samantha’s part remained relatively similar.  While we, too, could not afford to fly anyone out to us, we had a local friend Caley Richardson play as the suit actress for Tsunemi, the lead female villain for the movie, and had Samantha voice act over her so that she could continue to fulfill a similarly intended role Justin had in mind for her.

There’s a large and important reason why the characters of MarzGurl and Chris go through a restaurant to talk to Shigeru Miyamoto.  Justin largely insisted that his character go into a restaurant and eat all the time (even against the suggestions of some people who were trying to help him write his scripts at the time, as some felt there was never a solidified reason why the character kept doing that).  The restaurant was supposed to be where he would meet my character, who would somehow manage to give overly wise advice to JewWario time and again.  For that reason, it was really important that we got a restaurant into the movie where we would go and find a secret, remote location to get advice from someone wiser than us.  Thus, we go through a restaurant to get to Shigeru Miyamoto who sent us on a much longer mission.

I’d received confirmation from others who were working with Justin on his original project that there had largely been talk of having the villains work for SEGA.  That seemed like the logical direction to take the project to begin with.  So, there you have it.  Justin at some point wanted SEGA involvement, and that’s what we gave it.

The original trick team that Justin was working with reached out to me and wanted to help.  But there was no way to fly them out to San Antonio and get the choreography down.  If I could have afforded them, I would have.  But that was impossible.

There are parts we wanted to use and tried to get, but couldn’t.  You can see photos of props and costume pieces during the closing credits of the movie as created by Featherweight.  I’d asked people close to the project if they were able to locate or acquire these pieces so that we could use them, but they never fell into our hands.  The best we could do without these creations and with no money is create cheap black-and-white knock-offs that kinda-sorta looked bug-like in nature.  And past that, the only thing we could do was show these photos and the concept art for the armor during the credits.

The song playing during the ending credits, Ready To Brave, was not a song we composed.  It was composed specifically for Justin’s original miniseries.  There was originally supposed to be another vocalist, but my understanding was that it would have been difficult, to say the least, to get her to want to return to do the vocals.  So I filled in with them, only because I was running out of options.  I’d considered composing a Miku Hatsune version of the lyrics, but ran out of time to do that, too.  It was just faster and easier for me to do the vocals, even with my own dissatisfaction with it.  But that composition was absolutely intended to be used for Justin’s original project (the opening theme, I believe).  

In regards to Doctor Holocaust, that clip at the beginning of the movie most certainly was not invented just for the movie.  That’s an actual clip of Justin inside that FamiKamen Rider suit.  It’s from a video that Conal MacBeth (Doctor Holocaust), Justin, and myself made in 2012 while we were in Guelph, Ontario, Canada as guests at Con-G.  Make no mistake, Conal and Justin were friends.  The naming scheme of Doctor Holocaust up against a guy who named himself JewWario was absolutely unfortunate, sure.  But perhaps you should have seen some of the videos we made leading up to our appearances at Con-G.  Conal had no idea who we were, but Justin reached out to me and asked me to make a fun video with him where the two of us called out Doctor Holocaust because he’d made a video promoting all the other guests of Con-G, except for us.  Justin was fake-mad, not because of a guy named Doctor Holocaust, but because we weren’t mentioned in his silly video promoting the convention, and Conal wasn’t even actually a representative of the con.  The whole thing was a joke.  Conal’s response was to make a Doctor Holocaust video responding to us and saying there’d be a battle, but he also said something to the effect of, “Look, I know what my namesake sounds like, but I wasn’t trying to fight a guy with the name JewWario.”  Again, the whole thing was a big joke. 

We filmed this fight video, as I said, in February 2012.  But the video didn’t come out for quite some time.  In fact, Conal didn’t end up releasing the fight video until after Justin passed away in early 2014.  This meant that the very last footage of the FamiKamen Rider to come out, that would have actually been cannon, was this fight footage against Doctor Holocaust.  In that video, a news reporter says that the bodies are never found.  This is what gave us our only possible opportunity to create something that would actually feasibly exist within Justin’s cannon.  After all, how else do we explain that Justin is not here to be the FamiKamen Rider?  From all of the meetings we had with as many people as humanly possible, there’s simply no way to recast the FamiKamen Rider, and we had no intention of passing the suit on to some other person.  That was NOT Justin’s wishes.  He was absolutely not here to designate someone to pass the torch on to.  FamiKamen Rider is JewWario.  JewWario is Justin.  We did what we had to do in having Matt Burkett do the suit acting for the FamiKamen Rider (and Yanki J inside of the SuFami suit, too), but we were absolutely not willing to give it to anybody else after that.  It’s why we wrote Chris as turning down an offer to be a new hero in the name of Nintendo.  This movie was not intended to glorify anybody else but Justin in the process.

If you want to get mad at Conal for having the name Doctor Holocaust to begin with, I guess you can.  You wouldn’t be the only one to do it.  For many years, he defended the name as being “A” holocaust, not “THE” holocaust.  However, about a week or so ago, he actually finally “killed” Doctor Holocaust off in the first of a two-part video, telling his audience that he has heard and understood the many complaints he’s had on the name for years.  My understanding is that the second part of this two-parter coming out next month or so will be the character coming back to life with a new name.  I don’t know that that changes anything.  All the same, be real, friends.  Again, Conal and Justin were friends.  You don’t have any room at all to be angry at the two of them fighting each other when this is something Justin actually wanted to do with Conal.  You didn’t see how happy he was, or how much fun he had making that fight video.  He was all smiles, and the set up to it was all jokes.  This entertained the living hell out of Justin.  If you’re going to be mad that the FamiKamen Rider’s body was missing, well, I guess you’d better be mad at Justin, too, for agreeing to the writing of the fight.

I suppose you can say he “died” if you want.  We were really careful to not say anybody died.  Certainly, his body was missing.  But in watching the movie, his essence absolutely is not dead.  It’s been inside the FamiKamen Rider cartridge for three years.  If you want to say, “STFU, that just means he’s dead,” fine, go ahead.  That wasn’t what we said, but okay.  Now, it was our every intention to keep what actually happened to Justin separate from the events of the movie, aside from deciding that we were saying goodbye to the character.  For that reason, we never used the name “Justin” out loud in the movie, in order to separate Justin the real person from “JewWario” the fictional character.  But because of that, one critique that Linkara gave us was that we should have used Justin’s name because Justin was JewWario, and JewWario was Justin.  And that’s fair criticism, because despite the fact that JewWario had funny scripted and absurd things happen to him, he still had other characters occasionally call him Justin (Yanki J often called JewWario “Justin”).  While fiction happened to JewWario, real life often seeped in, because Justin was just a real, down-to-earth sort of guy.  So, ultimately, this is a decision that was never going to please everybody.  Do you acknowledge what actually happened to the real life human being, or don’t you?  In our opinion, we believe that we did the least angering thing by saying goodbye to the character but not directly addressing the real world suicide.  But, again, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t, I suppose.

To suggest we “looted his corpse” is also something of a misnomer.  We haven’t made a dime off this movie.  We specifically did NOT want to earn any money either on the production or the distribution of the movie.  Some people donated a little money.  MAYBE $200.  The rest of the donations were in props and costume pieces. And past that, we dug ourselves into great debt trying to finish what we could, buying costume pieces and props, because we didn’t want to make people feel like they had to contribute more money to a project that so many people already gave $10,000 to.  I don’t know what happened to that money.  We did not have access to that IndieGoGo, nor did we have access to those funds when the decision was made to make the movie.  We did the whole thing by the seat of our pants, when several, several, several people came to me and asked me if I would do something with Justin’s work.  I don’t know why they asked me.  I don’t know what made me qualified.  I certainly didn’t feel qualified.  But I DID feel like people deserved to get something after they gave $10k and we all knew they weren’t going to get anything for it.  And furthermore, there was a strong desire on my part to allow something of Justin’s original ideas to make it out into the world, even if he wasn’t there to finish it.  No one else was going to do it.  We did.  And we did it on mostly our own cash, cash we really weren’t in a position to be able to afford to spend.  We turned off ad revenue on everything involving FamiKamen Rider, including vlogs about how people could help on the production, trailers, and the movie itself.  I’ll repeat, WE DON’T MAKE MONEY ON FAMIKAMEN RIDER.  It’s part of the reason why we haven’t sold DVDs of the movie yet, despite people asking for it, because we haven’t rightly figured out how to print them and come precisely to cost (or keep from going into debt in the process).  We do NOT want to earn money on DVD sales.  Our next decision has been that, if we were to ever print DVDs, any extra money we’d ever make on them would just go directly to charity, likely for suicide awareness.  But we’ve just never figured the whole thing out.

Now, not liking the movie, that’s something you’re absolutely allowed to do.  There are PLENTY of parts of our own movie that I don’t like.  I wish that it wasn’t made under the circumstances it was.  In fact, I wish we weren’t even put in a position where there was any thought that a movie needed to be made at all.  I wish Justin was here.  I wish he had made his original series.  I wish we’d had more money.  I wish we’d had more time.  We made the movie with no money and with all of our cameos done from a distance in under six months.  This was NOT a Channel Awesome movie.  This movie did NOT have large scale crowdfunding.  We were in a race against time to make a deadline for MAGFest 2015, like we’d been asked by members of MAGFest staff.  I wish I wasn’t acting in it.  You can complain about my acting, and you know what, you’re right to do so.  I’m not good at it.  I hardly even like it.  I simply did what I had to do, especially since “MarzGurl” was right there in that fight alongside the FamiKamen Rider against Doctor Holocaust.  We did what we felt we could with the cannon that already existed.  It wasn’t the way we wanted it.  But we did the best we could.  You don’t know how many hours we poured over his old material to make sure we didn’t contradict what Justin had already established, or how long we judged what we wrote against what Justin’s plan for his series was.

Will “Farewell, FamiKamen Rider” ever be Justin’s original miniseries?  No.  That will never exist.  And it breaks my heart that it won’t.  But to say we didn’t do absolutely everything we reasonably could within our human power to make sure we utilized everything of his we had until there was nothing left, then… well, you just weren’t there to know.

From Slipknot To Captain Boomering (And Back Again): Meet The Suicide Squad
All the characters from David Ayer’s villainous superteam explained

Suicide Squad, the second Warner Bros./DC Comics film targeting a 2016 release, represents the companies’ attempt to do something Marvel so far hasn’t: focus on a group of villains rather than heroes. As a concept created in 1959 by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, Suicide Squad is a revolving team of super-villains who carry out missions for the US government in exchange for commuted sentences. Formally titled Task Force X, they’re an unpredictable bunch, but then that was itself predictable, given their largely villainous nature. For those whose first introduction to the characters was the casting of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and the rest in the upcoming film adaptation, here is a handy guide to the group that will hit screens on August 5 next year…

Rick Flag Jr./Rick Flagg Jr.

Played in the movie by: Joel Kinnaman

Bio: As with so many comic book characters, there are different incarnations of Flag. The name Rick Flag has been used by three generations, all of them military men, and all linked in some way to a version of Task Force X. The main Flag is described as a former fighter pilot whose brush with death and tragedy – in his case, his entire unit being wiped out – pushed him towards an early attempt at the squad that fared little better. He agreed to lead the squad overseen by Waller and chafed at having to work alongside villains, balking at any idea that he and Deadshot (see below) might be similar. Expect similar conflict in the film, while the presence of Corina Calderon playing a character called Grace points to the potential inclusion of the love of Rick’s life, Karin Grace.

Deadshot

Played in the movie by: Will Smith

Bio: Floyd Lawton has a reputation as the world’s greatest marksman and works as a hired assassin. Thanks to an overpowering death wish, he was willing to kill anyone for the right price, but on the flipside was committed to protecting his estranged ex-wife and daughter. He pre-dates the squad’s birth as he was originally created by Bob Kane, David Vern Reed and Lew Sayre Schwartz in 1950 as a prime villain for Batman. He’s known for his trademark eyepiece and mask, which Smith will be wearing during the film.

The Joker

Played in the movie by: Jared Leto

Bio: He’s the one character in the film who doesn’t need and introduction as he’s been a pop cultural icon since Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane brought him to cackling life as Batman’s primary antagonist in 1940. He’s possibly the most famous comic book villain out there, appearing on TV and whenever Bats has hit the big screen. In the past, the likes of Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have played him, and Leto has a lot to live up to embodying the Clown Prince of Crime, the Jester of Genocide, the Harlequin of Hate, and the Ace of Knaves. He’s usually seen first as a criminal (in the comics, one named Red Hood) who falls into a vat of chemicals that bleaches his skin, colours his hair and renders him insane. It’s unlikely that will be explored here, as, like Ledger before him, Leto’s Joker appears to be fully formed when we meet him. The Joker isn’t a member of the squad itself but rather an inmate at Arkham Asylum that early drafts of the script had Harley Quinn trying to break out.

Harley Quinn

Played in the movie by: Margot Robbie

Bio: Harley is an unusual creation in the DC Universe in that she first appeared in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 and proved so popular that she was added to the comic books. Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, she’s a frequent accomplice and often lover for The Joker (not the healthiest relationship, as you might imagine), sharing his penchant for madness, violence and unpredictability. She is also usually portrayed as a talented psychiatrist with the alter ego Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzelc (subtle!) In the relaunched timeline of the comic books, she goes on a murderous frenzy of vengeance after a falling out with ol’ smiley face and is forcibly inducted into the squad. Robbie’s performance will be the second time she’s been seen in live-action form, after short-lived DC TV series Birds Of Prey.

Captain Boomerang

Played in the movie by: Jai Courtney

Bio: George “Digger” Harkness is an Australian thug who gets his name from the high-tech boomerangs he utilises to commit crimes. Created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino in 1960, he’s usually found causing trouble for The Flash, at one point nearly killing the hero by strapping him to a giant boomerang and shooting it into space. He likes boomerangs, is what we’re saying. A less-than-effective villain, he’s also known for his abrasive personality and frequent racist outbursts, though we wonder how much of that latter aspect will make it into the movie.

Enchantress

Played in the movie by: Cara Delevingne

Bio: Enchantress has had a couple of different variations through the years. First created by Bob Haney and Howard Purcell for National Comics (which became DC) in 1966, she appeared in Strange Adventures. Also known as freelance artist June Moore, she’s initially a heroic character empowered by a magical being called Dzamor (bless you) to battle evil creatures. But when she later returns to comics, she’s become misguided, and an enemy for Supergirl, among others. She’s recruited into Task Force X in an attempt to curb her villainous side but her very first mission unleashes it full force. She learns that the Enchantress side is a separate evil entity controlling her and takes measures to eliminate it. Her powers include healing, teleportation and the ability to affect any non-living object with her magic. She can also walk through walls, which seems a little redundant, given the whole teleportation thing.

Killer Croc

Played in the movie by: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Bio: An enemy of Batman dating back to 1983 and first crafted by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan, Killer Croc, is, as you could infer from his name, a super-strong villain with a crocodile-like appearance. It’s later revealed that it’s because he was born with a form of atavism that gave him reptilian traits. His was not an easy youth, hated by his drunken aunt and spurring him to a life of crime. He boasts superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, stamina, durability and senses. Plus, he can swim like no one else, and he’s also an expert marksman. He spends a lot of his time in Arkham Asylum, but will end up at Belle Reve for the film.

El Diablo

Played in the movie by: Jay Hernandez

Bio: There have been three characters of differing alignment using the pseudonym El Diablo in the DC Universe and it would appear Hernandez is playing Chato Santana. Originated by Jai Nitz and Phil Hester, he ended up in Belle Reve prison after burning down a building containing gang members who owed him a debt. Upon discovering that there were innocent women and children inside, he gave himself up to police. On death row, he was forcibly recruited into the Suicide Squad and implanted with a micro-bomb to ensure his obedience. Among his powers is the ability to control fire, which will be handy on squad camping trips.

Slipknot

Played in the movie by: Adam Beach

Bio: Nothing to do with the band, his alter ego is Christopher Weiss and he was created by Gerry Conway and Rafael Kayanan in 1984. Beginning his career as the humble employee of a chemical company, he develops a formula for durable, powerful ropes and is indoctrinated by a criminal organization known as the 2000 committee dedicated to taking over the world by, you guessed it, the year 2000 (bit late there, guys). Sent to help kill a hero named Firestorm, he fails and ends up in police custody while also attracting the attention of the Suicide Squad. Recruited, he’s sent on missions with the team until a fateful day when, encouraged by Captain Boomerang, he decides to test whether the bombs they’re all forced to carry to stop them going too far out of range are fake or not. Answer? Not. Result? One exploderised right arm. We have no idea if Ayer will put that concept into the film, but we would not put it past him.

Katana

Played in the movie by: Karen Fukuhara

Bio: AKA Tatsu Yamashiro. First appearing in the DCU in 1983 as a creation of Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo, she was content to live with her husband and family until her brother-in-law, who had competed for her affections, killed him in a duel with a mysterious, mystical sword known as the “Soultaker.” Fleeing after her family is also killed, she trained with a master called Tadashi and then travelled to the US in order to fight for justice using the Katana name. She’s often been found as a member of a team called The Outsiders, assembled by Batman during a disagreement with the Justice League. But she has also crossed paths with the Suicide Squad, and it appears she’s part of the team in the movie.

Amanda Waller

Played in the movie by: Viola Davis

Bio: First crashing into the DC Universe in 1986 as the product of John Ostrander, Len Wein and John Byrne, Amanda Blake Waller is renowned as one of the most ruthless characters in espionage and politics. Despite possessing no superpowers, she’s highly trained in logistics, strategic management, military tactics, game theory, espionage and martial arts. Escaping a Chicago housing project following the murder of most of her family, she went on to study political science and became a congressional aide. Her access to the upper echelons of government led to her learning of the early versions of the Suicide Squad and pitched a new variant, earning the chance to oversee its operations. She proved to be a controversial leader, often disagreeing with and outright defying her superiors in Washington to pursue her own agenda. She’s also widely disliked by the squad. The feeling, apparently, is mutual.

Also appearing…

There are several other actors whose characters have yet to be fully confirmed. Ike Barinholtz is reportedly playing Batman nemesis Hugo Strange, an evil genius and psychologist who has massive intelligence and combat skills, who crated Monster Men to do his bidding. Jim Parrack will be Johnny Frost, one of The Joker’s henchmen. Raymond Olubawale is listed on the IMDB as King Shark, known in the comics as a humanoid shark (the clue’s in the name, people), while Common and Alex Meraz’s characters have yet to be named, though the former could be Bronze Tiger. And we can expect cameos from Ben Affleck’s Batman and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, both of which are established in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

James White.

Rocket Man: Jared Leto on Mars, McCartney and Making Room for Oscar
The actor/musician/actor (again) discusses the year that was, and what’s next   It’s been a transformative year for Jared Leto.

In May 2013, his band Thirty Seconds to Mars released their fourth album, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS, and embarked on (yet another) world tour. A few months later, Dallas Buyers Club premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, earning him critical acclaim and kicking off a run that culminated with a Best Supporting Actor win at the Academy Awards in March.

After all that, you’d think Leto would be ready for a break. Instead, he’s guiding Mars through their first foray as independent artists, gearing up for a return to the road, and getting used to life as an Oscar winner. Rolling Stone spoke with him about the year that was, and what’s next … for both his band and his career on the big screen.

In April, Thirty Seconds to Mars parted ways with Virgin/EMI, ending an interesting relationship. Is it safe to assume you’re going to be free agents for a while?
If you watch Artifact, you understand the battle that we had with the record industry, the $30 million lawsuit, the fight for our creative lives, and how that kind of changed us and put us on this path that we’re on now. We have been signed to a label since 1998, so for the first time ever we are actually free, and it’s exciting. There are limitless options out there. Tech options, crowd-funding options, but record companies are still a really great option too, because you have a group of people who believe in music, who help artists bring their dreams to life.

So I don’t hate on record companies, I’m just anti-corruption, anti-greed. And I think record companies can make fair, clear deals with artists and still be really profitable. So, we’re looking at our options; we have several labels that want to work with us, and yes, they’ve seen Artifact. They know what we’ve been through.

So are you working on new music? 
Always. I was in the studio two nights ago working on new ideas. I was talking to Paul McCartney at one of these events during awards season – always great to drop Paul McCartney’s name. Don’t worry, I’ll do Bono next [laughs]. Anyway, I was kind of prodding him for some advice. And he just talked about something I’ve heard many creative people say before. He said ‘You know what? Just write. Show up every day and write something. And keep writing. Even when you think you don’t have something to say, just do it. And wonderful things will happen.’ So I’m taking that approach. There are no rules right now. If a song is ready, we could release it. There might be a collaboration or a new song coming. You never know.

In a lot of ways, it seems like you’re in a pretty enviable position.
Well, I would never take it for granted, but I do feel like I’ve earned the right [to do what I want], and I would encourage anybody to embrace this perspective. It’s up to us to define who we are and what our lives are, and to really do whatever the fuck you want to do, unless it’s hurting other people. Whether that’s not making a film for six years, and deciding to make a couple of albums and fight an entire industry while they sue you for everything you’ve got; whether that’s your path or it’s something else, you gotta do what you’re inspired to do, and I’ll continue to take that approach.

I’m not going to jump into some film unless I think it’s going to be an interesting and challenging experience. And the same with music. We’re out touring the world, going back out in August and September, playing amphitheaters in America with Linkin Park and AFI, because we’re excited to do it.

You’re definitely the first Oscar winner to tour with Linkin Park. Has your life changed since winning an Academy Award?
Oh yeah, in a lot of ways. There’s a lot of goodwill and joy and excitement that not only I get, but everybody around me gets. We’ve known each other for so long, there’s an investment as a co-conspirator and a friend, like 'Oh shit, my buddy Jared had something really wonderful happen.’ It’s not just about me, it’s about all of us; it becomes a community thing. And you get a chance to take the light that shines on you and turn it back on your mom, or your friends, or people that have believed in you.

But another nice thing that’s happened is there’s been some clarity and some understanding and some reclamation of public image, where people have gotten to know me a little more, rather than an idea they may have had of me. It’s a fringe benefit, but it’s also a really nice thing.

As an artist, which industry is more frustrating: movies or music?
They’re very different. There’s traditionally been a lot more stability in the movie business, because there are many more examples of long-term careers. A musician can be a teenager, can come out and have more success than you ever thought was possible. And that success can often times be short-lived, so there’s not a lot of time for people to stick around and use that influence and success to change the way the model works.

In recent years, there’s been a lot of instability in the music business … music companies become shells of their former selves, are a company in name only, and don’t have a staff or a team or a maverick or a leader at the helm. Those people still exist – John Janick at Interscope, Lucian Grainge at Universal, people who have a clear vision of how they want to do things and they go out and execute. There are people out there kicking ass and taking names.

I guess the answer is: there are parts of both that are frustrating, but I think anybody could say that about their job. You probably don’t like typing. Or maybe you do, I don’t know [laughs].

It seems like much is made about the “politics” of Hollywood. Did you experience any of that while promoting Dallas Buyers Club?
Honestly, I didn’t. I know some people have had a negative experience, but for me, people were really nice, they were really genuine. You get to meet your heroes, people who have influenced you: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep. You meet people and you go 'Wow, these people are pretty incredible.’ And on top of that, they’re really nice. I was driving back from Coachella, and I got a call from Robert Redford, and he was calling me to tell me he had watched a film that affected him deeply, and it was Artifact. So that was kind of cool. And he gave me some words of wisdom, too. It was very kind of him to take a few minutes of his day to call.

Now that you’ve won an Oscar, does it make you want a Grammy even more?
I’ve never held out for any award in my entire life. I’ve never thought I’d ever get one; it’s funny, the thing I was initially criticized for the most is the thing I’ve been awarded for the most. I’ve won more awards for music that anything. So when the movie came out and it was supported, it was a pretty impactful and different experience for me. But I don’t really pine for awards. They’ve never been part of any of the things that I think about.

Plus, they’re probably everywhere now.
They’re all kind of shoved into the corner of my kitchen, because when you walk into the house, that’s where you put stuff. So they ended up in the kitchen, and they’re there right now. I’m looking at the back of the head of the Oscar and the MTV one; they’re keeping each other company. But they’re not in a very glamorous spot. I don’t know what you do with these things.

TMNT rant!

I know so many people are up in arms about the new Ninja Turtles, but people need to understand these guys have been around for 30 years. Like every THING and every BODY in 30 years, things change. This brand has been rebooted, reincarnated, redone in so many different ways since 1984. All the different movies, comic books and TV shows have been *gasp!* DIFFERENT. That’s how a brand like TMNT has even been able to stay alive this long.

I understand some people don’t like the new designs, but the Turtles look badass in my opinion. Scary, realistic, threatening, and (as their name suggests) like MUTANTS. There’s psychological studies that explain how humans are utterly terrified by things that resemble us - things that look more human that aren’t supposed to. I don’t think anyone fears a bunch of ninja turtles because they’re “cute”. April damn well faints in the teaser! And remember when everyone bitched about them being aliens in this? Now that they’re not, people are still bitching. In the latest comic line, the Turtles were 4 human teenage boys and Splinter was their human dad before they were all killed and magically reincarnated into turtles and a rat. Talk about an origin change, and these comics have been very successful (and the artwork is amazing).

People need to be more open-minded about this stuff. I never understood how definitive people are in their negative judgments for a movie they’re going to end up watching anyway. That must be extremely exhausting. I’m not saying you HAVE to like this, or anything for that matter. But most of the time these things don’t end up being as bad as people are hoping. And if this movie ends up sucking, I’m going to guess the writing is the biggest culprit here, not “Omg Mickey has lipsssss!!1!!”.

No one loves the original TMNT movie as much as I do. No one. It was so dark and gritty for a children’s property. And the themes of family and brotherhood was such a beautiful hook. But people seem to forget that movie got TERRIBLE reviews when it came out. Nostalgia truly blinds people. You guys survived the Turtles dancing with Vanilla Ice - you will survive this, as well. Michael Bay hasn’t “raped” anyone’s childhood. You all work and pay taxes now. Your childhood died a long time ago. RIP 😄

James Daniel McVey? Oh yeah, I’ve heard of him. Isn’t he, like, only 16 years old? Doesn’t he post covers on Youtube? The last cover he posted was two days ago of Just A Solider? That was one of his singles right? And he his new EP is coming out pretty soon too. He has dirty blonde, shaggy hair. I think he’s from the UK, and he’s not very popular. I wonder if he’s going to get really popular. He might even be in some popular band. Apparently he’s already signed to a record label, Mercury, and has an eight minute documentary of himself. I’ve seen a couple of other videos of him on Youtube, like his cover of Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. That was a pretty cool cover. I found his Facebook page too. And MySpace. And Twitter. He doesn’t have very many subscribers of followers either. Only about two hundred. He tweeted about new covers recently. He was thinking about doing a cover of Jane Doe. I think that’d suit him. Maybe, he’ll come on tour to different continents, and have his very own movie. Do you think he’ll have cool merch? He better. He seems so young. Just a teen. He must still be in high school. He has a pretty long way to go. Oh well, I have to time to wait. James Daniel McVey, I guess I’m going to remember that name for a while.

James tweeted about starting a band today. Bradley Simpson. James found him off Youtube the other day. Apparently, James and he are going to start a band. James is still so young, only seventeen, almost eighteen. I checked out Bradley Simpson’s R U Mine cover.

James and Bradley made a new Facebook page and Youtube account called ‘The Vamps.’ They had decided that’d be their band name. They posted their first cover, and then second, and then third. I noticed that there was another, pretty young, boy in the second and third cover. Tristan Evans. He was the drummer, with light blonde hair and bright blue eyes. He was also the same age as James.

A few months later, The Vamps released another single of When I Was Your Man. There, again, was another new teenage boy. Connor Ball. He was the bassist. Not permanently though.

But, a couple weeks later, The Vamps posted a video of them asking Connor Ball to be in the band.

I sit at home, waiting for James McVey to upload another video on his original Youtube account. I’ve been waiting for 1 year now. My mouse hovers over the unsubscribe button, but I don’t have the will the click it.

I sit at home, waiting for James McVey to post on his Facebook and MySpace page. Messages pile up in his inbox, but the only reply I get is the low hum from my computer.

The Vamps uploaded a new single called Can We Dance. And the EP.

The Vamps uploaded their second single called Wildheart. And the EP.

The Vamps uploaded their third single Last Night. And the EP.

The Vamps came out with an album April 14th. Meet The Vamps.

But, I’m confused. I’ve already met The Vamps.

James McVey? Are you sure you’re turning 21? I thought you were a 16 year old boy posting covers on Youtube. What happened?

Don’t grow up.