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We get a lot of repeat questions here at LEOG. So here is the FAQ for me with the answers to some of our more asked questions. The FAQ is an evolving thing and will be subject to change and will grow as I add more answers to repeatedly asked questions. You might also check the FAQ on my profile for yet more questions/answers so you don't have to wait for my response just pointing you towards it.
1- What are your favorite comics/graphic novels/etc?
I read a lot and for any given running comic there are periods I love and periods I don't. Here's a list of my typical answer to this:
Hellblazer (mainly the Garth Ennis run),
Sin City: The Hard Goodbye,
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,
V for Vendetta,
The Dark Knight Returns,
The Killing Joke,
The Walking Dead,
The Ultimates (volumes 1 and 2),
Daredevil (Bendis, Brubaker, and Miller runs),
Miracleman (good luck finding it),
Fray (a Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the future spin-off by Joss Whedon),
Batman: Year One,
Doom Patrol (Grant Morrison run),
The X-Men (Chris Claremont's original run),
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.
Green Lantern: Secret Origin,
Captain America Omnibus Vol. 1 (The Ed Brubaker Death of Captain Am...,
Locke And Key,
Pride of Baghdad,
Blackest Night (a DC cross-over event with lots of Green Lanterns and zombies)
Y-The Last Man
Welcome to Hoxford
Swamp Thing (the magnificent Alan Moore run)
Peter David's run on The Incredible Hulk
Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love
Reid Fleming: World's Toughest Milkman
Milk and Cheese
Justice Society of America (Geoff Johns run)
The Flash (Geoff Johns run)
The Irredeemable Ant-Man
The Astounding Wolf-Man
The Immortal Iron Fist
House of Mystery
Green Arrow (Judd Winick run)
Animal Man (Grant Morrison run)
2-Why do you hate George Lucas/Tim Burton?
George is a guy who much like Anakin Skywalker, lost his way to the dark side, in his case, toy sales. He honestly believes the only people who should give a crap about the Star Wars movies are little kids and screw everybody else. He's stated his position clearly on the matter, and now so have I. Frak him.
Tim has made some movies I really liked a lot (Beetlejuice, Ed Wood) some that were tolerable (Mars Attacks, Big Fish) but plenty I despised (The Corpse Bride, Planet of the Apes). I wish he didn't fall back so much on his 'style' which is no replacement for a good story alone, but is a crime when you've made it your primary focus and all you ever express is the SAME style. I'm just so BORED with him quite frankly. The worst offense is his pooh-poohing of comic fans and his "Look: I read ONE Batman comic, now let me make the movie" attitude towards his versions of the Bat-story. No, they are not terrible films. Yes, they are terrible adaptations of Batman.
3-Can I be on a LEOG?
Maybe, possibly. We are NOT going to do a call in conversation the way Korey has done with ACOCO so just give up that dream. Part of why this works is it's a bunch of guys all drinking and having fun in the same place. Trying to do the chemistry with a phone call just won't cut it and our answer is final. As far as YOU being one of the people to come join us...give us a chance to get to know you first. Come by the Nomad Bar sometime in Austin...we're often found there. Give us a chance to hang out with you over a few beers. Maybe we'll see that you'd fit right in. Hey, it happened to Nakato.
4-Who do you think should be the villain in Batman 3 or any speculative sequel or superhero movie question?
Just enjoy the gorram two Batman movies that are out already. I'll worry about the next film when it happens. Chris Nolan is a frakking genius and I'd rather he and his team of badasses make a decision based entirely on their own logic and creativity rather than what the studios hear the internet is favoring. Which is EXACTLY what happened with Spider-Man III and it's version of Venom which Sam Raimi never wanted to do in the first place but the studios forced him into because of you whiny biatches. People, just let the people do their work and I'll worry about it after I've seen it.
5-Who's your favorite superhero? Who's your favorite villain?
I've said it again and again and I'll say it again: Spider-Man. Maybe because he's not full of himself, maybe because he's a nerd and has normal human problems (even as an adult and married to a supermodel...like he was and should be again.) Maybe just because he uses humor as a shield and is always fighting assmuppets who are totally full of themselves and are incapable of taking a joke. But mainly because his powers and costume are the best out of any character out there. That being said, thanks to Joe Quesada's massive screwup of the character from "One More Day" run on, I don't read it anymore. Somebody let me know when the guy steps down and somebody else actually fixes the damn thing.
WHO YA GOT?
My supervillain...harder to answer. It's hard NOT to go with The Joker. He's been so scrutinized and detailed that he's endlessly fascinating, even with as little as we ACTUALLY know about him. If I don't go with that boring, "everybody's answer" I'd have to break it down to a short list:
Bullseye: What a kick-ass Daredevil villain. The snarky smack-talking psychotic killer to Daredevil's ultra-serious do-gooder. It's like Spider-man and his foes in reverse.
Magneto: I know he changes allegiance every six months it seems like but he's so relentlessly awesome regardless. Good guy...bad guy...whatever. I just love how powerful and "moral" in his own way he is. Unflappable. Cool.
The Saint of all Killers: From the "Preacher" book. I know there was some vacillation between whether or not he was a villain, and I'm not sure how there is a question, really. He's Clint Eastwood from the Sergio Leone films if he was 10,000 times as pissed off, immortal and undead. So very cool.
6. What Television Shows do you watch?
I know this is 'uncool' or whatever, but I love TV just as much as movies. I'll go so far as to say that at this point in time, with Television having evolved to the point it has now, I PREFER TV. Some TV anyways. Here are the shows that Cyrus has loved the most, past and present:
M.A.S.H., All in the Family, The Muppet Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Star Trek (TNG, TOS), Babylon 5, The X-FIles, LOST, The Venture Brothers, Arrested Development, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Rescue Me, Moonlighting, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Farscape. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Entourage, Law and Order, The Riches, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Family Guy, The Simpsons, South Park, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dexter, Extras, The Office, 30 Rock, Spectacular Spider-Man, 24, Seinfeld, Futurama, Bullshit!, The Daily Show, Coupling, Twin Peaks, Veronica Mars, The West Wing, Freaks and Geeks, Batman The Animated Series, Chuck, Drawn Together, The Drew Carey Show, Caprica, Sons of Anarchy, Warehouse 13, Fringe, Community, Modern Family, Louie, Archer, Stargate Universe, Sanctuary, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Prisoner, Dexter, Extras, Justice League, The Larry Sanders Show, Merlin, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Newsradio, Reaper, Spaced, Sons of Anarchy, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, Supernatural, Survivors, Treme, Luther, Breaking Bad, Afterlife, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, Jekyll, Justified, Misfits, No Heroics, The Job, Walking Dead, Young Justice, and more I'm sure I'm forgetting.
7- Where's all the standard favorite stuff that is supposed to be on your profile page?
I ran out of room on it. Here ya go (keeping in mind that it gets out of date quickly):
All Time Favorite Movies:
The Dark Knight, The Big Sleep, Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, Aliens, The Empire Strikes Back, Raising Arizona, Amelie, A Chinese Ghost Story II, Police Story III aka Supercop, Spiderman I & II, X-Men 2, Beverly Hills Cop, Unforgiven, Wings of Desire, The Usual Suspects, The Big Lebowski, Terminator II, This is Spinal Tap, The 40 Year Old Virgin, High Fidelity, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Big Trouble in Little China, Raiders of the Lost Ark, American Beauty, Apocalypse Now, Arthur, As Good as it Gets, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, Batman Begins, Beetlejuice, Better off Dead, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Blade Runner, Borat, Braveheart, Brazil, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Casablanca, Catch Me if you Can, Children of Men, Pan's Labyinth, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Conspiracy Theory, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Crow, Dark City, Das Boot, Dawn of the Dead (original and remake), Dazed and Confused, Donnie Darko, Dr Strangelove, Dragons Forever, Drunken Master II, The Exorcist, The Eye, Fallen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Fifth Element, Fight Club, Finding Nemo, A Fish Called Wanda, A Fistful of Dollars, Galaxy Quest, Get Shorty, Ghostbusters, Go, The Godfather I & II, Goodfellas, The Grifters, Grosse Point Blank, Hardboiled, Heat, Heavenly Creatures, Dead Alive, Hero, High Plains Drifter, The Hitcher, The Incredibles, Infernal Affairs I & II, Jacob's Ladder, Jurassic Park, Kelly's Heroes, The Dirty Dozen, Kill Bil Vol 1, The Killer, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Kung Fu Hustle, LA Confidential, LA Story, When Harry Met Sally, Lethal Weapon, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Road Warrior, The Manchurian Candidate, The Matrix (Just the first one), Memento, Men in Black, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python and the Meaning of Life, Moulin Rouge, Mulholland Drive, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, National Lampoon's Animal House, National Lampoon's Vacation, Natural Born Killers, Network, Ninja Scroll, Akira, Vertigo, Notorious, Ocean's Eleven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, Payback, The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, Pitch Black, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Princess Mononoke, Pulp Fiction, The Ref, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, The Return of the Living Dead, Rikki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, The Ring, The Rock, Rollerball (original), Logan's Run, Ronin, Run Lola Run, Serenity, Se7en, Shaolin Soccer, Shaun of the Dead, The Shining, Singing in the Rain, Smoke, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: First Contact, Suspiria, Swimming with Sharks, Thank You For Smoking, Titanic, Touch of Evil, Toy Story Trilogy, Unbreakable, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Woman Chaser, The Iron Giant, Fargo, Limitless, Rango, Midnight in Paris, Hanna, Atonement, Attack the Block, The Guard, Black Swan, Hot Tub Time Machine, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Agora, Winter's Bone, In a Better World, Rec 1 and 2, Inception, Lebanon, Stone,
All Time Worst Movies:
Ballistic: Ecks Vs Sever, Speed 2, Batman and Robin, Star Trek: Insurrection, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Catwoman, Elektra, Slackers, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Dumb and Dumberer, The Animal, Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, Inland Empire, Doom, Dukes of Hazzard, Norbit, Bringing Down the House, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star, and many more that my brain has blacked out for my own sanity.
Favorite Actors or Actresses:
John Cusack, Humphrey Bogart, Patrick Stewart, Nathan Fillion, Allison Hannigan, Jodie Foster, Bruce Campbell, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Samuel L Jackson, James Coburn, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Christopher Walken, Jackie Chan, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeough, Harrison Ford, Rip Torn, Sidney Poitier, Sir Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Ed Norton
David Fincher, Steven Spielberg, Alejandro Jodorosky, David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Woody Allen, Joss Whedon, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Clint Eastwood, Michel Gondry, Terry Gilliam, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Stanley Kubrick, George Romero, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, Baz Luhrmann, Blake Edwards, Quentin Tarantino, John Frankenheimer, Stephen Chow, Edgar Wright, Jim Jarmusch, Dario Argento, The Cohen Brothers, Sam Raimi
I still think my interpretation was the one the author intended.
Why don't film companies want press/critics to review the film early? Obviously there are some exceptions, but most of the times, critics are pretty tight lipped when ask if they think a certain movie coming out is good or not. I mean, don't the film companies want the word of mouth (if the movie is good, that is) surrounding a film to help its sales?
Always thought that was a very confused understanding of the situation by the film companies myself.
Why is Christopher Nolan, not one of your favorite directors?
Because I haven't edited my page list of directors in a long time.
and here I was thinking it was because of the "incident' in Calcutta... Live and learn I guess.... live and learn.
Hello. Have you ever read any trades of the Jack Knight run of starman from the 90's?
Also what are your thoughts of recently obscure comics like Grandville and Northgaurd: across thin Ice?
Hope these questions aren't too weird, since i know most of spill has a big dislike of Anthro/furry comics and most people don't know about Starman anymore.
I read the first hardback volume of it. It was okay but didn't blow me away. My roomnate is a big fan though.
I can't say I've heard of those other two comics you mention. Too obscure to have crossed my path, apparently.
That SO depends on where you're leaving from. If you're going from the south side, probably no more than 30 minutes or so. If from my house, much longer. I doubt there are buses, but I could be wrong. Maybe we could organize a trip. When are you talking about going?