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My Life in Film pt 1

Recently a movie meme was hitting the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve seen it as both My Life in Film or #ThisIsMyFilm. The basics is that you choose your favorite movie from each year starting with the year you were born. Some years are harder than others, and doing the list myself it made me realize how few movies I had seen that were released in certain years in the early 80’s. And since I haven’t been posting much here recently, I thought I would expand my list and also include my favorite superhero or comic book movie from each year, aside from those few years where my favorite was a superhero movie. And FYI, the release dates are according to Letterboxd as that’s what I’m using to browse what films I’ve listed as having seen in each year. Thanks to Le0pard13 for the inspiration to turn this into a blog post. And despite not being as old as him, I’ve still decided to split this up into two blog posts. This one starts off with the year I was born and goes through the year I graduated high school.
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FTMN Book Club – March

FTMN Book Club – 30 Days of Night

Typically, I’ve tried to make March into a Graphic Horror month where I take a look at horror movies based on comics. But except for one last one that I had missed, possibly more, I’ve covered them all already. So instead, I thought it would be a good idea to make the book of the month be a horror comic. 30 Days of Night was suggested and I thought that would be a perfect way to start things off after February’s odd novel/comic hybrid. And as a bonus, if you are signed up for Hoopla Digital, the comics are free to lend.
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FTMN Book Club – Diary of a Teenage Girl

For the first edition of this book club, I’m taking a look at a book that I had already started reading before deciding to start this series. And even then, I only barely finished the book before the end of the month. The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a little of what you might expect and a lot of what you wouldn’t. It’s formatted to resemble a teenager’s diary and in fact it actually does contain excerpts of the author’s actual teenage diary combined with additional entries to fill out the entire story, though there is no distinction on which ones are real and which ones are new. It also combines those diary entries with pictures and comics that enhance and in several cases further the story. But what makes this book unique is the frank descriptions of teenage sex and drugs from a very teenage point of view.
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FTMN Book Club – February

I’m going to start off by saying that I’m not entirely sure how this is going to work, but since I’ve decided to start taking a look at some actual graphic novels in addition to just the movies that are based on them, I thought I would try and make this more of a communal thing. Since this is the inaugural edition, I am admittedly being lazy by choosing the book that I’m already in the process of reading. The Diary of a Teenage Girl, an Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner.
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When Sport and Superheroes Mix

When Sport and Superheroes Mix

There was a time when superheroes were just that – super, their powers pitched beyond our human reach. Superman discharging laser beams from his eyes? Check. Spider-man’s targeted glandular secretions? Check. The Amazonian physique and commensurate athleticism of Wonder Woman? Double check, and extra points for her invisible sky car.
These archetypal superheroes from the Golden Age of RKO radio serials and early 20th century comic-strips bagged all the best powers for themselves. But the public appetite for superheroes was voracious, and demand soon began to outstrip supply. Increasingly desperate writers were charged with dreaming up new heroes and hero powers, and some turned to the world of sport for inspiration – that sound you can hear is the bottom of creative barrels being scraped.

Here’s a quick look at some of the less-than super superheroes they came up with, and the obscurity to which they were (rightfully) consigned.

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FTMN July Update

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve written a more or less general blog post just to give an update on the state of the site. Things are moving along more or less smoothly where I have been shifting towards more themed months to help guide my superhero and comic book movie watching. Last month has just finished up with my June-ing the Cult where I checked out quite a few obscure and cult films, several suggested by my cult movie blogging friends and others chosen by myself. Now let me tell you a little bit about what I have planned for the next month and possibly beyond.
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What’s Wrong With This Picture? It’s All About ConteXt-Men

There’s been a mini-controversy rolling around the past couple of weeks. Technically, since it’s the internet age it was a controversy for a couple days and then most people moved onto the next thing, but it’s kept popping up into my view and certain things about how it was presented to me irritated me so much that I wanted to say something about it on the only real platform I have. Now, to start things off, I’m as much of a feminist as a middle-aged white male can be. And what really brought me to action here was when I did the one thing that you should never do: I read the comments.
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Filmwhys Casting Call for Fans of Obscure & Unloved Superhero Movies

Hello fellow superhero movie fans! I’m beginning a new series of Filmwhys Extra podcast episodes and I am looking for guests. Each episode of this series will take a look at a single superhero movie through the eyes of the fans that love it. Now, this would be an easy thing to do for films like Iron Man, Spider-Man, or the Dark Knight. No, what I am aiming for are the more obscure and cult films like Griff the Invisible, Tank Girl, or Sky High. That as well as the films that aren’t typically well regarded by movie fans like the Fantastic Four, Ang Lee’s Hulk, Supergirl, or Daredevil. I’m currently building a guest list and hope to record and post the first episode by the end of April. What I’m looking for are people, preferably with some podcasting experience or at least a microphone that’s not embedded into a laptop who want to talk about one of these films. Once I get around to one of those movies, I will start contacting guests to set up recording times, generally no longer than 15-20 minutes. I would especially like to include as many female voices as I can since it often feels like podcasting is dominated by male voices. If you are interested, leave a comment below mentioning what film or films you would be interested in discussing, or you can e-mail me at Bubbawheat@msn.com, and please share this post with anyone you know who might be interested in joining as well.

C2E2 2016 Recap

Another year has gone by and once again I was able to check out one of the comic book conventions that took place quite near me. This year’s C2E2 felt very similar in a lot of ways to last year, but my experience was quite a bit different for more than one reason. This year I saw fewer panels, but actually talked to a couple celebrities. I also managed to bring my nine year old daughter along for Sunday which was also kid’s day. It did feel a little bit smaller than last year, but at the same time it also felt busier.
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Editorial: Top 10 Characters The MCU Needs

Some would argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already become a little bit over-extended, and they’d certainly have a point. This whole massive project is getting somewhat stretched out, and if a report from Screenrant is true that as many as 67 characters may be featured in Avengers: Infinity War, they’re not roping in the expansion any time soon! No matter how you feel about the scope of the MCU, however, the characters themselves are always fun to see, particularly for comic book fans curious about further cinematic adaptation.

More importantly, it’s pretty clear that nothing is going to stop Marvel unless the films suddenly stop making money. So because we pretty much know this will go on for a while, here are 10 prominent characters who should be brought into the MCU.
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