'Fury' Review - A Lesson in War Movie Cliches [Spoilers]

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."
Wardaddy [to Norman] in 'Fury.'

Set in the waning months of World War II, 'Fury' starts with serene moment: A lone soldier is riding on a white horse through the fog. It's only after the fog dissipates that you notice that the soldier is riding through a battlefield strewn with damaged and abandoned American Sherman tanks. The soldier doesn't get far before another soldier ambushes and kills him. The killer is Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), who soon joins his compadres in their dilapidated (but still functioning) tank, nicknamed "Fury"--frantically being worked on by mechanic and missile loader, Grady (Jon Bernthal).

Pitt of course plays the anchor role of the steely eyed weathered veteran who has fought on two continents. Rounding out his crew are Bible Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), and a recently deceased unnamed soldier. Wardaddy takes his crew back to base and tells a disappointed young Lieutenant (Xavier Samuel) that none of the other tank crews survived. As the Lieutenant gives orders, some of the other Sergeants gruffly joke that the Lieutenant isn't even old enough to shave. This is a common cliche in war movies. A young, inexperienced, lieutenant is sent into the field to command a weary battle hardened, strong-willed Sergeant. The Sergeant always knows best and the young lieutenant never lives long. This proves to be the case in 'Fury,' but Wardaddy is more complicated than he appears to be.

Were it not for the prevalence of so many war movie stereotypes, 'Fury' could have been a great film. Director David Ayer ('End of Watch' and 'Harsh Times') did an admirable job depicting the horrors of war and 'Fury' did something that most war movies do not, it showed the heroes of the film doing some "not" so heroic things, such as killing a surrendering enemy combatant begging for his life or holding a few pretty German women hostage after capturing a small German town. One of the best scenes in the movie is when the brash and ruckus tank crew interrupts Wardaddy's makeshift love nest with coarse joking and savage war stories. Had 'Fury' continued down this path, this would have been a unique film. But alas, shoulda, coulda, woulda.

The most prevalent war movie stereotype in 'Fury' is the "new guy" cliche. In 'Fury,' the "new guy" is Percy Jackson himself, Logan Lerman (Norman). Countless other war movies have had their own "new guys," In 'Saving Private Ryan,' the new guy was Upham (Jeremy Davies). The "new guy" is typically used as a gateway for the audience and gives the viewers someone to relate to, as the audience is in essence the "new guy."

The "new guy" cliche typically has built-in conflict with the resident "old guys" and the lead veteran. Almost as soon as Norman arrives, Wardaddy isn't happy about it. Wardaddy's name alone should indicate why. Young Norman is from the the typing pool, has no combat experience, and has never been in a tank.
Norman's trial by fire starts almost immediately. Norman's first task is to clean up the remains of the soldier he is replacing--not a pretty sight. Things go downhill from there, as Norman gets brutally schooled by Wardaddy. The tension between Wardaddy and Norman is one of the most compelling aspect of the film. It's also another well-known war movie stereotype. The "new guy" always attempts to retain his humanity during the first half of the film, only to transform into a killing machine during the second half of the film. It's a little unrealistic. It's kind of like the guy who takes one sword lesson and automatically becomes an expert.

Similar to the "new guy," every war movie needs "the preacher." Admittedly, I find the conflict of war and religion to be thought provoking, but I wish war movies would mix it up a bit. Thankfully, 'Fury' makes "the preacher" character (Bible Swan played by Shia LaBeouf) semi-interesting. No one finds this sentence more shocking than I do, as I am "the opposite" of a Shia LaBeouf fan, but this was perhaps LaBeouf's best role in years. Amazingly, 'Fury' will remind people that LaBeouf can actually act. It's easy to forget whilst watching crappy 'Transformer' movies and weird sadistic films like 'Nymphomaniac.' LaBeouf's bizarre public behavior hasn't done him any favors either.

All that aside, LaBeouf shines in this film, albeit in a cliched character. Bible Swan is the tank's gunner and probably kills more people than any member of the tank crew. If this sounds familiar then you will recall that Barry Pepper (Private Jackson) was the quintessential "preacher"/sniper character in 'Saving Private Ryan,' but LaBeouf's character takes it a step further. Bible Swan may brutally kill men on the battlefield, but as soon as the fighting stops, he prays with and offers comfort to dying enemy soldiers. It's a good reminder, that even enemies can treat each other like human beings. Again, had 'Fury' focused on some of these contradictions, rather than lazily relying on stereotypes, 'Fury' could have been one of the best films of the year.

As someone who is herself "ethnic," I am not criticizing diversity in films, quite the contrary. However, I'm getting a little tired of the stereotypical "ethnic friend." Why can't Hollywood write non-stereotypical characters who just happen to be non-white? Ultimately people are people. So writers--please write the character like you would any other person. One good example is Adam Beach (Ira Hayes) in 'Flags of Our Fathers.' Unlike Gordo (Michael Pena), Beach's character is fully developed  with a distinct personality and presence. Whereas Gordo is the epitome of a stereotype: a one-dimensional feisty Latin tank driver with an attitude and little dialogue, who irritates Wardaddy by occasionally speaking Spanish in the tank.

Perhaps the worst war movie stereotype is the creepy "rapey" soldier, played here by Jon Bernthal (Grady Coon-Ass). Grady is openly misogynistic and cringe worthy at times. It's never more evident than when he threatens to rape one of the young women in Wardaddy's custody. It's good for the ladies that Wardaddy is gentlemanly enough to threaten to kick Grady in the teeth. Grady reminds me of the Telly Savalas' character (A.J. Maggott) in 'The Dirty Dozen.' However, I have to give Ayer (who also wrote 'Fury) a little credit for giving Grady at least one tender moment, in which he admits that he's not a good man, but would like to be. I understand that soldiers can be rough around the edges. My father is a Vietnam combat veteran and is still a little rough around the edges, but this war movie stereotype needs some freshening up.

It's not long after this awkward scene that Wardaddy and crew are sent into harms way again. Which brings me to both the weakest and the strongest point of the film. The film essentially becomes "Saving Private Ryan...with tanks" and descends into blatant 'Saving Private Ryan' mimicry. Similar to 'Saving Private Ryan,' Wardaddy decides to "hold this ground" against an onslaught of 300 German soldiers, despite their tank being knocked off its tracks by a landmine. It ends as you would expect...exactly as 'Saving Private Ryan' ended.
In addition to the 'Saving Private Ryan' ripoff,' there were a few scenes that made absolutely no sense. Not once but twice, two members of the tank crew poke their head out in the midst of enemy fire and the obvious happens. Seriously? Couldn't they have died in a more noble manner? Are you telling me that these men who have survived four years of tank fighting, don't have the wherewithal "not" to poke their head out when being fired upon?  This is one of the first thing my father always told me--when the bullets start flying "HIT THE DECK." At least one of the character's gets taken out by a sniper--that I could understand. Were it not for the final scene between Wardaddy and Norman, the ending wouldn't have been redeemed.

Overall, it's a decent war movie, but not for the squeamish. Lastly in closing, I haven't really thought much of Pitt since I was a hormonal teenager in 1994 with a 'Legends of the Fall' poster on my wall, but I have to admit that Pitt was kinda hot in this film. He has a nice shirtless scene. Sorry, this may or may not be a reason to see this movie, but it certainly made the time pass. Ultimately, 'Fury' may not be for everyone, but it's a film that I could watch with my dad. We see two types of films together, westerns and war movies. So anytime I can spend time with him I'm going to take it.

Directed by David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Logan Lerman.
*** 3 stars out of 5

Wonder Woman The Movie--Finally! + More

I can't believe this day has actually come. Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen on June 23, 2017. It's happening, it's finally happening. I just can't believe it. Yes, 2017 is a while away, but I'm just glad that it's on the books. DC Comics, you have restored my faith in comic books. I would say thank you, but the only thing I can say is "it's about time." I'm a DC fan, but I've admired how dynamic Marvel has been in recent years. For the past 40 years, DC's focus has primarily been Batman and Superman--and that's it. I'm glad DC has finally taken a page out of Marvel's playbook and cracked open their woefully underused catalog. Now Marvel can finally take a page from DC, stop making excuses, and make a 'Black Widow' film. Rant over. Now, if only DC can hire a director that is "not" Zack Synder. That is all. The full DC film schedule is listed below:

'Batman versus Superman' - March 25, 2016
'Suicide Squad' - August 5, 2016
'Wonder Woman' - June 23, 2017
'Justice League' - November 17, 2017
'Flash' - March 23, 2018
'Aquaman' - June 27, 2018
'Shazam' - April 5, 2019
'Justice League 2' - June 14, 2019
'Cyborg' - April 3, 2020
'Green Lantern' - June 19, 2020

Since I'm on a DC love fest (not to worry it won't last long), I have to give kudos to the new DC series, 'Gotham.' Perhaps my 'Wonder Woman' bitterness had spilled over into all things DC, but I had very low expectations for 'Gotham.' The previews of baby Catwoman, Bruce Wayne, and Poison Ivy, did it no favors. I essentially wrote off 'Gotham' as another cheesy comic book show. Nothing could be further from the truth. 'Gotham' is actually quite entertaining with a wonderful cast. I love having low expectations for something, only to be pleasantly surprised. The old adage is true, "never judge a show by its crappy trailer."

One of the best things about the show is Robin Lord Taylor's portrayal as Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin). 'Gotham's strength is treating the characters with realism, and removing all of the theatricality. Gothams' Penguin is a whiny, ruthless, cold blooded killer, sans the umbrella and top hat; the Riddler is a creepy forensic pathologist; baby Catwoman is a street kid and a pick pocket; and baby Poison Ivy comes from an abusive home. Another bright spot has been Jada Pinkett Smith's portrayal of a non-canon character, Fish Mooney. Mooney is a brutal crime boss, with Cobblepot in her crosshairs. Ben McKenzie formerly of the ('OC' and most recently 'Southland') is solid as a youthful Jim Gordon and character actor Donal Logue is perfectly cast as Gordon's jaded mentor, Harvey Bullock (not to be confused with Harvey Dent). 'Gotham' now has a semi-permanent place on my DVR.

'American Horror Story' (AHS) returns with a new anthology titled "Freakshow." Admittedly, AHS runs hot and cold for me. The first season was great, the second season (Asylum) was dreary and cold, the third season (Coven) was luke-warm, but the fourth season is burning white hot. Set in 1953, rural Florida, the incredible Jessica Lange is Elsa Mars, owner of a traveling freakshow. Business ain't what it used to be and freakshow carnies are a dying breed. Imagine Elsa's luck when she comes across Siamese twins, Bette and Dot (played by the wonderful Sarah Paulson).

Along with Lange and Paulson, all of the familiar faces are back (Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates), along with a few new ones (Michael Chiklis as the most notable new face). And did someone say Patti LaBelle? Yes, my jaw dropped when I saw Patti sashay across the screen. Patti will be in four episodes this season.

This is perhaps my favorite thing about AHS. A new theme with new characters every year prevents the show from becoming stale. I'm not a Ryan Murphy fan, but this was a brilliant idea. I can't believe no one else has thought of it. Seeing these wonderful actors play different characters every season is a real treat. I'm sure it's also a treat for them to not get stuck in one role for too long.

So far this year's 'Carnivale' theme has been outlandishly good and has already struck a nerve. The Clowns Association of America aren't happy with the portrayal of clowns on AHS: Freakshow. I think the Clowns Association of America needs to lighten up. It's a horror show anthology with all types of creepy things. Clowns are scary--oh--yes--they are.

'Supernatural' Season 10 returns. I have loved this show for years, primarily for Jensen Ackles (Dean), who really anchors the show. After 10 years on the air, the show has had a few iffy seasons, but for the most part the show has been incredibly entertaining, and an unlikely offspring of the 'X-Files.' (For those who don't know, 'Supernatural' and 'X-Files' have shared producers, cast, and even similar storylines. There are a multitude of articles on the subject.)

The first two episodes of Season 10 have been refreshing. Dean is on a rampage with the King of Hell played by Mark Sheppard. They're drinking their way through the navel of America and hitting all of the best karaoke bars. Sheppard continues to be a bright spot on the show. After five years of guest roles, he's finally been bumped up to a regular this year. I had the pleasure of seeing him at a convention a few years ago. He is really just as delightful and cheeky onscreen as he is off screen.

That said, it's time for this show to end. After 10 years, there's only so many times Sam and Dean Winchester can be possessed; fight angels and demons, deal with freaks of the week; die terrible deaths; go to heaven, hell, or purgatory. Ten years is a long time. I almost can't believe I've been watching this show this long. Most shows are lucky to get two or three seasons, let alone ten. It's been a beautiful ride, so I hope they go out with a bang and not a whimper.

Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead' has brought me back into the fold "temporarily." I have been hate watching that show for a while, but even I have to admit that the Season 5 premiere was bloody fantastic. If you haven't seen it, I don't want to spoil it for you, but it was probably one of the best episodes I've seen in a long time. This fact makes me sad, because no doubt it will only be downhill from here. That's what typically happens, the powers that be give us one really fantastic episode to keep us hooked, and then feed us crap for the rest of the season. I'm hoping that the Season 5 premiere is a taste of things to come. Click the link for a behind the scenes view of Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead.'

This is the film I have been waiting to see all year. I'm remain hopeful that 'Interstellar' will be the next big scifi movie of the era. Early reviews indicate that 'Interstellar' is the next '2001: A Space Odyssey.' Christopher Nolan and his brother and writing partner, Jonathan Nolan, really challenged themselves with this film. It took four years to write the script. While writing it, Jonathan studied at the California Institute of Technology to get a grasp of the physics. Seriously, four years and attending college...for a movie? Amazing. The idea for 'Interstellar' came from producer Lynda Probst and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Entertainment Weekly has already seen the film and remains impressed. Read more about 'Interstellar' in this week's EW. Imagine that, a hollywood film that is not a remake, a sequel, or based on a comic book. Wow.

AMC is introducing a new show called 'Humans,' based on the Swedish drama of the same name. 'Humans' is a scifi show about "synths" or high-tech robotic servants. William Hurt has been cast in a major role, as a man with a "synth" son. If I remember correctly, Hurt had a similar role in Speilberg's 'AI: Artificial Intelligence.'

If you are a parent with a young child, this micro horror film will seriously creep you out. It's very well done.

New York's Comic Con had some great cosplay. My favorite being Rocket the Raccoon from 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

And lest I forget, Dorkly has an honest guide to cosplay. If you've ever done cospaly, you know that Dorkly nailed this one.

Over 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years. So similar to Bob Barker asking people to spay and neuter their animals, I'm going to leave you with a note asking people to help save Africa's elephants by donating to the WCS and the IAPF. Thank you.

Sleepy Hollow Returns, Marvel Still Dissing Black Widow, Ethan Hawke is Back in SciFi + More

The Season 2 premiere of 'Sleepy Hollow' was entertaining, but cliched. If you haven't seen 'Sleepy Hollow' yet, watch the cast try to explain the show in 30 seconds. Last September I predicted that either 'Almost Human' or 'Sleepy Hollow' would like bite the dust. I'm quite surprised that 'Sleepy Hollow' with all of its wackiness is still on the air, whereas 'Almost Human' was cancelled. Neither Karl UrbanJ.J. Abrams, nor it's savvy writing could save it.

Ethan Hawke hasn't been in a hard scifi film since 1998's 'Gattaca,' so it's refreshing to see him in the new a timey wimey film like 'Predestination.' I'm not an Ethan Hawke fan, but if the trailer is any indication I am looking forward to seeing this film. Check it out.

Marvel had the opportunity to do a 'Black Widow' film before 'Iron Man,' but decided to pass on it because "a number of female vigilante movies came out [in 2004]," namely box office bombs like 'BloodRayne' and 'Aeon Flux.' The article also mentions 'Tomb Raider,' 'Ultraviolet,' and 'Kill Bill,' which were incredibly successful. Evidently five female-lead action films = "marketplace saturation," go figure?

Lucy Lawless talks about her 'Agents of Shield' role as a deep cover agent. The addition of Lawless can only help this show. Supposedly they are shaking up the cast a bit. I hope this means they're getting rid of some dead weight. 'Agents of Shield' would vastly improve with the removal of a few irritating characters.

Now this is a hoodie I would wear. Love this Wonder Woman hoodie.

Lovin' this Jabba the hut/Slave Leia cosplay or setup??? Not sure what to call it. Either way it's cool. It looks like this guy set this up in his garage. Very cool.

Over 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years. So similar to Bob Barker asking people to spay and neuter their animals, I'm going to leave you with a note asking people to help save Africa's elephants by donating to the WCS and the IAPF. Thank you.

Nicki Minaj as Spiderwoman, American Horror Story Returns, Terminator Sequels or Reboots + More

Spiderwoman variant cover in comparison to Spiderman via Bleeding Cool
Whew, this has been a whirlwind month. I've had a family emergency, a series of illnesses, and started graduate school all in the same month, so blogging hasn't been at the forefront of my mind. Seriously, I need to apologize to Ryan over at the Matinee. I haven't done a Blind Spot in months. But alas, I've kept a mental tally of everything that piqued my interest over the last few weeks. 


The new variant spider woman cover (seen above) has made the internet lose its collective mind. Legendary artist Milo Manara is the artist behind the controversial variant cover. I say "variant," because anyone who knows comic books knows that this is a collector's edition. The official cover can be seen below. It seems that everyone hates the variant cover (i09The GuardianSlateElle Magazine, etc.). Even Time Magazine said that a "male hero would never be placed in the same physical position."

Admittedly, when I first saw the cover, I thought "eek, it's awful," but I try to listen to all sides of an argument before making up my mind. Maddox over at the "The Best Show in the Universe" makes a few fair points. He points out that there have been Spiderman covers depicting Spiderman in very similar ways. Spandex and superheroes has always gone hand and hand, so highlighting every muscle and curve on a superhero's body is nothing new. He also notes that some of the same women decrying the variant cover as "sexist," are gaga over '50 Shades of Grey.' Maddox had me up until that point. When he starts generalizing about women loving '50 Shades of Grey,' he lost me. I for one (and many Amazon.com readers) hated '50 Shades of Grey.' Whether or not the variant cover is simply provocative or sexist, it's definitely done in poor taste.

'American Horror Story' is back October 8th. This year's theme is "Freak Show." AHS alum, Sarah Paulson has two heads this year! Jessica LangeAngela Bassett, and Kathy Bates are back too! The combination of those three ladies made season 3 one of my favorites. It was so much more fun to watch than the dreary season 2. In the meantime enjoy this full length trailer. AHS always seems to have wonderful trailers. Season 4 is set in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Click on the picture for the video.

The 'Terminator' "sequels" or "reboots" look worse everyday. 'Terminator: Genisys' just wrapped production and will premiere July 1, 2015. Likewise, 'Terminator 6' will be released May 19, 2017 and 'Terminator 7' will be released June 29, 2018. Somehow Arnie Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as an old man Terminator. Emilia Clarke ('Game of Thrones') will be Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke ('Dawn of the Planet of the Apes') is John Connor, and Jai Courtney ('Die Hard 5) will be Kyle Reese. Matt Smith ('Doctor Who') is also set to star. I'm not sure what role he will be playing. Perhaps a terminator? And I'm sorry to say, but Jai Courtney is no hot/young Michael Biehn. I'm so disappointed with this casting. Also, the title is awful, "Terminator: Genisys?"


The new trailer for the 'The Walking Dead' Season 5 looks gruesome. I've been hate watching this show for a while now. I may have to give up this show altogether. The show seems to be focusing exclusively on the depravity of human nature and it's just to much for me right now. I need to watch some lighthearted fun shows, like 'Doctor Who.' I may have to give up on this show.

So EW Online came up with a list of summer highlights and lowlights. Somehow 'X-Men Days of Future Past' was a highlight. I don't know about this one. I am one of the few people who didn't really like the last 'X-Men' film. I thought it was just "meh." Hugh Jackman was wonderful as always and Evan Peters as Quicksilver stole the show, but that's about it.
However, EW Online did get a few things right, 'Edge of Tomorrow,' 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Snowpiercer,' 'Lucy,' were wonderful summer flicks.  They're also spot on about 'Godzilla.' I liked the 'Godzilla' remake, but the talents of Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen were completely wasted in this film. It made no sense.

Geeze, the 'Buffy the Vampire' cast are getting old and they're taking me with them. Sarah Michelle Gellar and I are exact same age. I think we were born the same week. Boo. Then again, Michael Fassbender and I are the exact same age too (again, within the same week of each other) and he looks like he's 20 years older than me. So perhaps I'm not looking too bad. Seriously Fassy, moisturize and no more drinking.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES just celebrated it's 48th anniversary. I've always been a trekkie, so this makes me happy.

WONDER WOMAN TO THE RESCUE - This one came from David of Blah Blah Blah Yackity Smackity.

 - A lot of stuff is said about Disney Princesses, but what about Disney Princes! This is why I love this video, if "Disney Princes were real." It's really darling.

I just read that over 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years. So similar to Bob Barker asking people to spay and neuter their animals, I'm going to leave you with a note asking people to help save Africa's elephants by donating to the WCS and the IAPF. Thank you. 

Dueling Jungle Book Movies, Huh to Exodus Casting?, News, Cosplay + More

Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the voice of Shere Khan in the 'Jungle Book: Origins' film. I have to say...nice vocal casting. I can't think of anyone better cast, except perhaps the sexiest man alive aka Idris Elba, who has been cast as Shere Khan in a dueling 'Jungle Book' film. I would describe both of their voices as 'growly' sensual butter, so I'm not sure which one I will prefer. I suppose it's just a wait and see type thing. Disney is doing the Elba version and master physical actor Andy Serkis is directing the Cumberbatch film. That said, it's Cumberbatch's second time round playing a Khan, so things are looking up for him. But then again, Idris Elba is just so Idris Elba. I just can't. I can't choose. I'll take one of each please.

via io9
Adriane Palicki has been cast as Mockingbird on 'Agents of Shield.' No, not the same Mockingbird from 'The Hunger Games' movies. Thank goodness. Click here to learn more about Marvel superhero Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird. I'm hopeful for Palicki will do well. After all, she briefly played 'Wonder Woman' in the failed NBC pilot.

London's Wildseed Studios' just got it's own Youtube Channel. I'm sure there will be plenty of scifi shorts to enjoy. They're having a film festival starting at 10 a.m. GMT (or 11 a.m. BST/6 a.m. EST) on Thursday, August 21. Check them out!

via Entertainment Weekly
What's up with the casting of Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' film? The casting choices in this film are just so bizarre. These people are portraying ancient Egyptians. Couldn't they at least cast people with a tan? The Pharoh is a blue-eyed Australian (Joe Edgerton) and Aaron Paul ('Breaking Bad') is playing Joshua? Christian Bale is Moses and Sigourney Weaver plays his mother. I don't know. I could expect this from Hollywood in 1963 when Elizabeth Taylor was cast as Cleopatra, but in 2014? For some reason, I didn't have an issue with Russell Crowe as Noah earlier this year, because biblically speaking, Noah is ethnically ambiguous, but ancient Egyptians are not.

As a director Ridley Scott baffles me at times. When he's good, he's really good ('Alien,' 'Blackhawk Down,' 'Legend,' 'Blade Runner'), but when he's bad, he's really bad (i.e. 'The Counselor,' 'Body of Lies,' 'Hannibal,' 'Robin Hood,' 'Black Rain'). Yes, yes I know it's not a documentary. I said the same thing when people where complaining about the sciency bits in my favorite film of 2013, 'Gravity,' but good casting is very important to me. So next time I see a thread about how Laurence Fishburne shouldn't play Perry White in 'Superman' or Michael B. Jordan should play the Human Torch from 'The Fantastic Four'...

Note: To the history buffs-- this era in Egyptian history is before the age of the Ptolemys (or before Alexander the Great invaded Egypt).

I've commented on it in the past. Lady Sati commented on it a few weeks ago. I'm now convinced of it. Movie posters are terrible these days. Seriously, who is designing this stuff? No creativity, 0, nada, zip.

You too can eat fish fingers and custard if you ever find yourself in Beacon, New York. I'm not sure how this 'Doctor Who' themed restaurant is skirting copyright infringement, but just go with it. It's awesome!

Speaking of 'Doctor Who,' check out this cool infographic of all of Doctor Who's hats over the years.
Via Fashionably Geek

Make your own lil Groot. This is one of those things that cool for the first 10 minutes and then it's annoying, but still for the first 10 minutes...it's cool.

'Frozen' hipster cosplay
Very cool female Quick Silver
Awesome new Batgirl cosplay

I just read that over 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years. So similar to Bob Barker asking people to spay and neuter their animals, I'm going to leave you with a note asking people to help save Africa's elephants by donating to the WCS and the IAPF. Thank you.