Gene Wilder, Dead at 83. You Will Be, and Were, Missed

Gene Wilder passed away yesterday, at the age of 83. Probably best known for his turn as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he also appeared in my favorite Mel Brooks movie, Blazing Saddles.

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Cleavon Little as Bart offering whiskey bottle for Gene Wilder as Jim, both seated in sheriff’s office.

He hadn’t done anything of note, theatrically, in recent years, not since an Emmy-winning turn on Will and Grace 13 years ago. Still, his performances were immortal, well remembered and well loved.

Sing us out, Gene.

You were, and will be, missed.

7 Hard Decisions That Made No Difference (Like The Mass Effect 3 Ending)

Games nowadays like to tout their deep, painful, and utterly meaningful moral choice systems that drive immersive gameplay and make truly noticeable differences in the game world.

And some of them are LYING. (You know, like Bioware did.)

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I hope the picture didn’t give away who some of them might have been. It did? Oh well, let’s watch the video anyway!

Heh, heh, heh. Awesome.

Unbreakable: Imperfect, but Amazing!

Love me some Unbreakable. One of Shyamalan’s best. The Sixth Sense was, admittedly, a better movie strictly speaking, but Unbreakable holds a special place in my heart for being a unique and utterly bizarre twist on the tropes of comic book lore.

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I’ve always wanted to play / run a roleplaying game set in a world inspired by Unbreakable, but I’ve never been able to come up with a mythos that matched its mood and background. It remains, thus far, an excellent mood piece, immune to the kind of genericization and tropification that great RPG’s are born of.

Super Soviet Super Hero Squad: Guardians!

So, the Russians have made a home grown Avengers-style movie, entitled Guardians, and here’s the English-language trailer!

If it weren’t for all the blatant nostalgia for a mass-murdering dictatorship as evil and murderous as the Nazis, I might even be excited.

I’ll still see it, but the propaganda angle will make it a lot more annoying than it otherwise would have had to be. Then again, most American movies are thinly veiled propaganda for commie politics as well, so maybe I wouldn’t notice anything anyway!

It’s 1960’s Batman Time ALL OVER AGAIN!

Did you miss the 1960’s Dynamic Duo? Because THEY’RE BACK BABY!

Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar!

Wait… “Who’s Julie Newmar?” OH YOU DID NOT JUST SAY THAT!

THIS is Julie Newmar, peasants:

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Merely one of the best Catwoman actresses ever, ever, ever! A scintillating and captivating part of what was, let’s all just admit it, a pretty silly TV show that lots of people—myself included—enjoyed quite a bit.

And now, thanks to Warner Brothers Animation, we can enjoy a reunion of sorts. Looking forward to it!