What do you call the technique Bucky uses to stare his target down?
The Winter Smolder.
don’t mistreat people who are sincerely kind
don’t use them for their generosity
and for fuck’s sake don’t take them for granted expecting them to always be there because they’re nice
good-natured people can be worn down so much that even they can become jaded
treat these people right
…and while I didn’t hate it, it’s basically the Spider-Man mythos in excelsis: not quite enough humor to balance out the pathos/melodrama & dodgy character motivation. (Basically, all
Doctor Manhattan Electro wanted was someone to notice him, and they play it as if he’s mentally ill, which I had problems with - even within the context of the story.) Andrew Garfield, though, is note-perfect as Peter/Spidey, but Emma Stone’s role as Gwen Stacy is largely thankless and lacking in her trademark ebullience. (And the less said about Jamie Foxx’s Max Dillon/Electro, the better.) Marc Webb frames the whole megilla quite well, but much like its predecessor, it feels rote and cranked-out.
It’s an okay film. But given how largely consistent and entertaining the Marvel Studios films have been, ‘okay’ doesn’t really cut it for Marvel’s flagship character.
Never been invited, but it’s certainly possible. Australia is hard, for obvious reasons, but I’ve made the trip before for something else, and dug the place.
Actually, Gillen’s name came up in conversation at Supanova last weekend as someone Aussie fans would like to see make the trip (back) Down Under, especially so given the number of JiM/Young Avengers fans I know. So hopefully one of the local cons will take note and make it happen sooner or later!