I will be donating a unique piece of writing at the New York Comic Con to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund who will be auctioning it off with other art to help raise money for pending court cases involving First Amendment rights issues. As many of you who may know me can attest to I am strongly against any children from seeing, or hearing things that may harm their growth (because I too will be a concerned parent one day), but I also strongly feel that parents should be parenting their kids and deeming what is appropriate, not the overly uptight television, or government. Are you telling me a breast bared for a second on television could ruin our youth? I think nudity is portrayed as unnatural in this country and this is simply wrong. Europe and the rest of the world allow a little more skin and not nearly as much bloody violence and dissection of dead bodies (which we in the U.S. show at all times of day on our televisions). The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund of all things is putting up a fight for our neglected First Amendment rights. They wrote me this:
History was made today. We truly live in a great country where equality has allowed for Barack Obama to be voted in as the President of the United States of America. I have a new work up in the Poetry section to commemorate this historic day. Minds are opening and this country can potentially grow immensely, and must. The world is a better place today. Hopefully it will continue to improve tomorrow and every day thereafter.
Well I give up. Remakes of movies now outnumber the new original ones coming out and nothing, I repeat nothing is taboo. If you ever wondered if Hollywood held anything as sacred, then... well here's Hollywood's response: they are remaking The Karate Kid. I am not kidding (at this point). I would not dare to joke about this classic movie of my childhood, in which the Long Island born Ralph Macchio plays the crane kicking protagonist Daniel-son, being remade. Will Smith's son (Jaden) is set to star in it learning from Mr. Miyagi who will be played by Jackie Chan. Should we wax on, or WAX OFF!
Today I witnessed the grand opening to a literary genius's first solo mark as it impacted on the movie screen. Frank Miller's first full fledged directing effort brought forth the 1940's comic strip created by Will Eisner. The flick is a modern adaptation to the adult comic The Spirit, though it has the look and feel of an old time detective film noir. Despite my assumptions going in the movie is drastically different than Miller's Sin City film (and comics) and though the green screen was used for nearly all of the frames, the look and feel of this movie are truly a unique work of art. The smart comic tale that is spun follows a man who cannot quite die, who hunts down criminals in the city as the Spirit (played by Gabriel Macht). The acting here is top notch and achieves Miller's vision which is witty humor, action, Tarantino-like words and story innovations, and scintillating women. The beautiful femme fatales played by the stunning Scarlett Johansson and uncompromisingly curved and sexy Eva Mendes grace the screen with ferocity that ends the film leaving a desire for more. Jaime King yearns as death and Samuel L. (Mother Fu*@ing) Jackson fits the role of the ultimate villain, the Octopus, to perfection as he continually spouts the ravings of a megalomaniac seeking godhood. The look and twist of story here project something new and never before seen, and it is to be hoped that with The Spirit, Frank Miller is just scratching the surface of his filmmaking prowess.
I have turned the tide and started on my journey. Words and Worlds hang in the balance and I am writing it all down before the RJ Tower! Read about my newest novel on CyberwarSeries.com