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    I've still only seen clips from Austin Powers and neither of the actual full films. I didn't know they had good soundtracks. I should fix that one day since it seems clever and funny for the most part. Same with Spaceballs.

    To be honest, I think the Death Note creators hinted in Bakuman that Death Note got extended by editor interference. The last manga the main characters create is obviously based on Death Note and their conflict when writing that was convincing Shonen Jump to let them end the story before its anime started airing because it had come to a satisfying conclusion and they didn't want to drag it out. They even consider how they can extend it by introducing a new antagonist or power-up and things like that, which reminds me of both Dragon Ball and Death Note's second half.
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    I agree about how you shouldn't prioritize improv over actual scriptwriting. I think this especially becomes a problem when a movie gets a big name actor and they only bank on the actor's name and improving. Although Robert Downey Jr. has gone on-record to say that he will improv or refuse to say lines he thinks are dumb because he was raised by a family of writers and has a knowledge on what works or not. Which I understand and respect to a degree, but he actually didn't want to say "And I am... Iron Man" at the end of Endgame", an editor pushed for that. Which goes to show how actor improv can be appreciated but you shouldn't rely on it as a crutch or else you inhibit the movie's potential.
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    I can get into heist movies when they don't do that thing where you get a montage of the protagonist hiring a bunch of people he already has a relationship with off-screen and then the rest of the movie is watching characters you have no attachment to at all spouting lame one-liners and forced humor while kicking nameless people's asses. And I especially appreciate when they don't have a bland greedy rich antagonist.
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    I tend to not be into war movies, but then again I have never given them much of a chance. So I might consider seeing 1917. I have always been interested in that one veteran PTSD movie with Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal. I think it's called Stepbrothers? Maguire has some good acting chops in the clips I saw.

    But I will never like spy movies though. They're way too trope-y, generic, macho, and have forgettable characters/romances. Kingsman is the exception but that was more of a spy comedy with drama elements commenting here and there on the genre.

    Yet I really like Sly Cooper games and the Kids Next Door cartoon, which combines spy/heist movie tropes with superhero aesthetic and have fun fleshed out characters.
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    I would say that is probably a coincidence, but L having a butler too is a big coincidence.

    Are we sure there wasn't any editor interference at all? Bakuman was made by the same creators and while I think it ignored a few recurring characters in its last third or so, it still mostly wrapped everything up in a satisfying way.
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    I only read the Doomsday Clock synopsis. That sounds better than the usual "yeah, I'm so cool and wise because I spared the guy who murdered my parents snd erased old friends from existence."

    The only thing that made me tempted to try Episode 9 is Palpatine, but I heard he's boring. Which is unfathomable to me with the spoilers sounding stupid but funny. How can you make Palpatine boring?

    Yeah, the 90s time travelling Square Enix RPG in Toriyama's art-style. It's cool. And goofier than I expected.

    The Spider-Man DLC is okay. I liked the Wraith build-up but Hammerhead is forgettable and I don't like Black Cat. She only plays with Peter's emotions for her own gain snd gets forgiven because she does a nice thing once in a while. I don't like femme fatales in superhero stories unless they're about anti-heroes, because the make heroes forget justice because they can't keep it in their pants.
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    That's what I assumed from the Doomsday Clock synopses I read. That's good, I like how it explores Manhattan altering Clark's life to deconstruct the New 52 history of Superman why he matters as a character. Although I think Superman saving Manhattan instead of killing is... okay, but predictable. I've been getting sick of stories portraying the hero saving awful malicious people who deserve to die in a positive inspiring light. It's easy and I feel like emphasizing it is a platitude that's lost its weight over the years (not that I want Supes and Bats to kill though).

    I considered watching Rise of Skywalker, but decided not too because of the spoilers. And I am about to play Chrono Trigger for the first time. Nothing much else.
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    Read My Hero Vigilantes, desa. And, free up your Inbox.
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    I liked the Kevin Smith run's fantastical and legacy aspects, along with Longbow Hunters' occasional small character interaction moments, the gorgeous historical painting art-style, and subtle humor.

    But I feel comfortable saying I prefer the Rebirth run the most despite its flaws for its antagonist ideas, overarching plot, social commentary, vibrant art-style, and having the best Green Arrow design ever.

    Once I finish Green Arrow Rebirth, I will get to reading various Batman and Superman stories before finally reading Super Sons. And after that I'll either read Mark Waid's Wallly West Flash run or Green Lanterns starring Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz.
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    Right now I'm midway through the Rebirth series. The series so far is decent. It has a neat idea here and there like mutant underground slave traffickers, supervillain bank financiers, and the political/economic social commentary. It's also good to see Oliver hook up with Dinah again. But the series pulls a few betrayal twists out of nowhere, doesn't seem interested in giving the antagonists any depth, and keeps focusing on a Queen conspiracy that I could care less about. And while Oliver's definitely flawed, Dinah occasionally acts like a jerk by putting down Oliver's good will and only valuing his Green Arrow side, but I feel like the story keeps expecting me to side with Dinah even though her logic is often just as flawed as Oliver's.
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