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One minor correction: It’s Ayn Rand, not Ann Rand. (Ayn rhymes with fine.) Otherwise, terrific. There are two Joss Whedons in my head. The guy who put this up today and made a little Shakespeare film that I haven’t bothered to see. (Sorry.) And the guy who directed The Avengers and produced and co-wrote Cabin In The Woods.

  • Great Scott

    Couldnn’t even concentrate on what he was saying because of the size of that forehead. Christ, you could screen an IMAX movie on that thing.

  • Anony-mouse

    He’s also the creator of several beloved and highly influential TV series, but TV, feh, amirite?

    I’m confused by the discrepancy you see between the two Whedons, Jeff. I don’t recall anyone in Cabin in the Woods stumping for the Republican Party, or any of the Avengers stopping to take shower for more than five minutes, so why such an ax to grind against Joss? CitW and Avengers might not be in genres that excite you, but even you admitted both are very well crafted and cleverly plotted movies. Why would you have a hard time reconciling the maker of above average genre fare and the guy that made this pretty cute Obama endorsement?

    I’m being totally sincere, I really want to know why you’re so antagonistic and dismissive to this guy. The Spielberg thing I get, the aspect ratio crusades make a certain sense, but why such baseless hostility to one of my favorite storytellers?

  • Ira Parks

    DEVIN FARACI SAYS…

    Yeah, actually I am qualified to talk about this, and I will. The election is close and I have something to say that encompasses Whedon and Romney, so this will be on topic. FirstlyAAWWWRRRGGMMFF

    Wells to Ira Parks: The orgasm next door thread is now several days old. I won’t have the discussion devolve into an Andy Sidaris flick. Think very seriously about phasing out Tanto/Tonto as wAWWRGGFFM

    WELLS’ LOTHARIO NEIGHBOR SAYS…

    Some people are tryin’ to sleep over here! Keep it down!

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    THE CONE OF SILENCE SAYS…

    Long time HE reader, first time commenter. Wells, you can fix your site in a few easy steps:

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    2. Give Lex a column that’s separate from the main site. Everyone wins. I wouldn’t read that filth, but others could still “enjoy” it.

    3. Do a photo shoot with Glenn. Put him in different outfits. A day at the beach, ski slope, horseback riding, etc. This is just for me.

    4. Allow Prager to post, but limit his output.

    5. AAAWWWWRRRGGGGHHHFFFFFF

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  • Los Bostonian

    I think its time to end the war on Whedon. He did excellent work as a creator showrunner on Buffy/Angel, fanboys love Firefly, Avengers was the third highest grossing movie of all-time and while it plays hollow on the second watch, dude was dealing with the Marvel conglomerate. He made and funded a no budget Shakes production in his Avengers downtime, used to hold Shakes readings at his house with the Buffy cast and co-wrote the severely underrated Cabin in the Woods which is the single best deconstruction of the horror genre to date.

    His visuals are improving every movie and the tracking shot in the Avengers was outstanding as was a lot of dialogue.

  • cricket

    Whedon has his virtues and his flaws, but if you think his political intelligence and writing/directing skills aren’t cut from from the same cloth you really just haven’t watched enough of his stuff. Still, I’m charmed to see Jeff rationalizing his (grudging) respect for him.

  • GeorgePrager

    I always thought that Joss Whedon was J.J. Abrams and vice versa. They’re really the same person, aren’t they?

  • Funny this, I bought and rewatched ALIEN RESURRECTION last night [half of a two for 3,000yen deal on blurays].

    YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY.

    As for the ad: yes Jeff, beardo middle aged white guy — a fucking ginger nut, no less — being smugly funny AS HE TIDIES THE KITCHEN.
    You have to hand it to the Dems—they know how to wind their opponents up. All’s fair… I suppose.

    P/S Just on how economies tend to work in actual real life though:

    I live in Japan, where we have “zombie banks.” Maybe look into how these zombie banks came about — the policy involved — consider what the general Democratic tack is in the same area. Then tell us whose economic ideology brings us zombies and whose doesn’t.

    Maybe petition Lena Dunham to do a YouTube explaining it to us?

  • moviesquad

    Didn’t Romney play the big baddie on Buffy one season?

  • Rashad

    Influential? What TV show did he influence? He’s insufferable.

  • nakedman

    Rashad,

    Nobody gives a shit what you think. Whedon is great. This video is funny, and true.

  • Anony-mouse

    Like them or not, Supernatural, Veronica Mars, Charmed, Revenge, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Alias, even Twilight are all direct descendants of Joss’ TV work. Not to mention that writers Joss discovered went on to work on Lost, Game of Thrones, Justified, and a million other projects.

    in other words, kindly fuck of Rashad.

  • Rashad

    In other words, Whedon is only influential on shit shows that appeal only to sassy gays, teenage girls, and the most annoying of geeks. Cool.

    And it was a shame Goddard did Cabin. What a horrible movie. Goddard has written some great stuff on LOST, but that was unforgivable.

  • Anony-mouse

    Really, numb nuts? Cabin in the Woods is “unforgivable?” 9/11 was unforgivable. Killing Cyclops off-screen in X-Men 3 was unforgivable. The Knicks letting Jeremy Lin go to Houston was unforgivable. At worst CitW is a clever but tame twist on horror tropes. Reign it in, champ.

    Rashad is DZ without the charm.

    Shit, I’m drunk.

  • Ira Parks

    GLENN KENNY SAYS…

    Looks as if a certain blogger has some house cleaning to attend to. Pity.

    Posted by Glenn Kenny on Oct 28, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    GAYDOS SAYS…

    Looks as if a certain blogger has some house cleaning to attend to. Shame.

    Posted by Gaydos on Oct 28, 2012 9:07 p.m.

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  • Ira Parks

    JOE BOMOWSKI SAYS…

    LOVE a nobody like Cone of Silence – way to reveal your age through your handle btw, Dale Dye – BRINGIN’ THE REAL and giving us the Baldwin speech from GLENNGARRY.

    NONE OF THIS IS GETTING ME CLOSER TO[Moveable Type Program 544a activated. Comment redacted based on pre-programmed verboten words and phrases given to our administrators. Thank you for using Moveable Type. Have a great and prosperous day!]

    Wells to all: The above is the state of the art. Just installed it. Poland told me about it. Don’t eff with me.

    MOVEABLE TYPE SAYS…

    END OF LINE……AAWWWWWRRRGGHHHH

    You ran the joke (an infantile one at that) into the ground inside of a few hours. Congrats, Groucho.

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    @GeorgePrager: How many memorable lines of dialogue has JJ Abrams given us? Care to list a few?

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    Someone get Mal and fire Serenity up. The man who championed integrity and freedom all these years has obviously been compromised by Alliance operatives. Can’t stop the signal, even if its creator is now trying…

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    “Can’t stop the signal, even if its creator is now trying…”

    You’ve gotten positively drunk off the Kool Aid if you think Mal would back Romney, my man.

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    Hawks went from HIS GIRL FRIDAY to SERGEANT YORK. Blake Edwards went from DAYS OF WINES AND ROSES to THE PINK PANTHER. Ken Russell went from THE BOY FRIEND to THE DEVILS. Mel Brooks produced THE ELEPHANT MAN and FRANCES.

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    I liked the skit, but it still doesn’t make up for the slog that was The Avengers.

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