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Less Internet, Please Less Internet, Please

Remember when surfing the web was a treat? A delicacy almost. You’d fire up the whatever-kilobaud modem and start the pay-per-minute meter running and read about politics on Salon or whatever. A fun time. That’s no longer the case, and I’m honestly rotting from overexposure to the online.

A-Wings Suck A-Wings Suck

We all have incredibly petty hills to die on when it comes to the series we love. Paul McGann is the best Doctor. Deep Space Nine is better than The Next Generation. Superior Spider-Man was good. Here is my pettiest hill, though it’s one I’m still prepared to die on: Star Wars’ A-Wings are for losers, and I am…

Has Everyone Forgotten What Star Trek Is Supposed to Be? Has Everyone Forgotten What Star Trek Is Supposed to Be?

There’s a weird problem that keeps popping up with Star Trek: Discovery and I can’t tell whose fault it is. Is it journalists writing about the show who don’t know its background? Is it that the people involved in the show are bad ambassadors for it? Is it the way the show’s being promoted? Is it just the news cycle?…

Another Great App Went Subscription Only and Everything Is Terrible Another Great App Went Subscription Only and Everything Is Terrible

I blame Adobe for this. Ulysses, one of the best writing tools available right now, is going subscription only. If you previously purchased Ulysses for Mac or iOS (it works seamlessly across Macs, iPhones, and iPads) you are now going to have to pony up $5 a month or $40 a year in order to enjoy any new features the…

Someone Tell Supergirl We Don't Actually Care About Mon-El Someone Tell Supergirl We Don't Actually Care About Mon-El

Entertainment Weekly has some very interesting news about the next season of Supergirl. It’s not exactly good news, but it’s definitely relevant if you have even a passing affection for the show or its characters.

I Have Concerns About Tony Stark's Role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, in That I Hate It So Much I Have Concerns About Tony Stark's Role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, in That I Hate It So Much

I love Spider-Man. He’s forever been my favorite superhero, so the thought of a new movie being out in less than a month, under the creative influence of Marvel itself, should have my excitement levels through the roof. But they’re not, and that’s mainly because of the presence of a particular billionaire playboy…

Guys, We Need to Talk About That Insane Gotham Finale Guys, We Need to Talk About That Insane Gotham Finale

Seriously, guys. Gotham has gone beyond an extremely fast-and-loose look at the years before Batman made his debut to a wacky soap opera with supervillains to a super-violent and insane Batman ‘66 prequel. But after last night’s two-hour finale, I think there might be even more to it—guys, I think there may suddenly…

Bill Maher Stupidly Blames Superheroes for Trump Bill Maher Stupidly Blames Superheroes for Trump

Bill Maher, a.k.a that guy I keep begging my parents not to watch anymore, is back with another edition of smarmy elitist drivel. This time, he’s targeting superhero movies and shows for helping make Donald Trump president— presumably because he hasn’t bothered watching any of them.

The '90s X-Files Tie-In Novels Scarred Me Forever The '90s X-Files Tie-In Novels Scarred Me Forever

I feel like a lot of tie-in novels today aren’t nearly as balls-to-the-wall crazy as they used to be. Corporations have an unbreakably tight grip on all their properties and everything associated with a successful property is carefully planned out and has the edges filed down. For example, the latest Young Adult …

Why You Should Always Walk on Escalators Why You Should Always Walk on Escalators

On Tuesday, The New York Times decided to reignite the age old debate of walking versus standing on escalators. And do you know what the paper concluded? “You shouldn’t walk on escalators.” This is a patently incorrect and essentially un-American conclusion for at least four reasons.

Disney, Give Me a Gaston Prequel to Beauty and the Beast Disney, Give Me a Gaston Prequel to Beauty and the Beast

This week we’ve heard that Disney will be looking at “spinoff and prequel” ideas for the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie that has just come out. But they don’t need to look at other options, because there is one obvious and perfect choice: A movie about Gaston.

Finn Jones' Latest Dumb Defense of Iron Fist: It's Trump's Fault Finn Jones' Latest Dumb Defense of Iron Fist: It's Trump's Fault

Finn Jones, star of Marvel and Netflix’s Iron Fist, keeps blaming outside factors for the poor reviews of his show. He’s already trotted out the old and rotted “this is for the fans not critics” argument, but now he’s added an argument as baffling as it is new: Danny Rand is too much like Trump and that is why people…

Star Wars Is Poised to Re-Make One of the Expanded Universe's Biggest Mistakes Star Wars Is Poised to Re-Make One of the Expanded Universe's Biggest Mistakes

When Disney acquired Star Wars and Lucasfilm announced the all the stories of the Expanded Universe had been jettisoned, it seemed like a galaxy far, far away was getting a fresh start. But that hasn’t totally been true, as pieces of the EU keep making their way back to the new canon. Now it seems like Star Wars may—…

No One Is in the Running to Be Doctor Who's Next Doctor Right Now, Dammit  No One Is in the Running to Be Doctor Who's Next Doctor Right Now, Dammit 

Ben Whishaw is in the running for the next Doctor! No wait, Tilda Swinton is in the running for the next Doctor! Actors X, Y, and Z are in the running for the next—no. Stop. Stop with this nonsense. No one is in the running to replace Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who... yet. And no one will be for a long, long time.

When Will a Black Actor Get to Have Their Deadpool Moment?  When Will a Black Actor Get to Have Their Deadpool Moment? 

The internet may still be upset that Deadpool didn’t get Best Picture or Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nods, but in 2016, the stars aligned for Ryan Reynolds. Since debuting in the ‘90s, Ryan Rodney Reynolds has been a reliable, unremarkable blonde mainstay of B-level TV comedies like Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place…

Hey, Maybe the X-Men Movies Should Take a Break Hey, Maybe the X-Men Movies Should Take a Break

A recent interview with Sophie Turner seems to confirm rumors that the next X-Men movie is about to be filmed. Wow, that seems super-fast. I have a modest proposal: Maybe that shouldn’t happen?

Why Does Every Shared Universe Have an Awful Name? Why Does Every Shared Universe Have an Awful Name?

It’s been confirmed that Legendary’s Godzilla-King Kong movie universe is called the “MonsterVerse.” It’s a name absolutely guaranteed to get confused with Universal’s new universe based on its old horror monsters. But it’s not that much better than Arrowverse. Or the DCEU. Or whatever Star Wars is using these days.

I Have Problems With Rogue One I Have Problems With Rogue One

The reviews for Rogue One are in, and they’re near-universally positive—including our own. Less the broad caper of The Force Awakens and more a ground-level exploration of some known Star Wars landmarks, the film delivers a careful balance of freshness and nostalgia—but I don’t believe it’s flawless.

Protagonists Suck Protagonists Suck

You know what the worst part of most traditional stories is? The protagonist. Protagonists are never the best part of anything. This is why ensembles were invented. Protagonists are like... walls. They’re functional, and you can decorate them a little bit, but it’s the rare wall that really grabs your attention.

Wonder Woman Is No Longer a U.N. Ambassador Wonder Woman Is No Longer a U.N. Ambassador

After declaring DC superhero Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador, the United Nations has decided to revoke the fictional character’s title. Her selection in October had been met with some controversy, both inside and out of the U.N., but it’s hard to see this as anything other than a shame.

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