TROUBLE CITY

LEAK LETTERS #58

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http://www.chud.com/graphics12/STEADY%20LEAK%20LOGO2.jpgKurt Writes:

I am a big fan of the site, and I have ust a small suggestion. Can you add a favicon to your site. That is just a little icon/logo that shows up to your URL in the menu bar.

A lot of users who place favorites in their Firefox menu bar find sites based on the icon. It makes my web browsing experience much easier.

Nick Replies: We had one. No idea why it doesn't work anymore. We'll certainly have one in the new design. I actually moved the one we have (here) all around but no dice in getting it to register.


Bill Writes:

Could not find the thread for "The Devin's Advocate" so here it is...

Saw Spiderman 3 at Imax Melbourne on Friday night and to be honest I have been perplexed ever since at what angle to take with it.

I loved the first two movies the same as everyone and I understand the backlash at the direction the third one took. But as with everything, including super heroes, there needs to be a balance. Spiderman 3 walks a very unusual tightrope between utterly brilliant and totally crap.

As I think about it I was totally astounded by the way in which this movie has shocked an imprint into my mind. Was it the intention of Sam Raimi to hit his audience for a six (Cricket, I'm Australian) by making Spiderman 3 so controversial. As I ponder this I have tried to look at the big picture and I totally agree with you in the sense that his portrayal of Peter Parker is a nerd gone bad. This is ultimately a bit close to home for his core audience and I hate to say it is sometimes a bit confronting to see a reflection of ourselves. Does this mean that after the shock of such a courageous concept has faded, we see the movie for what it is, a great reflection of fame and fandom that surrounds the Spiderman phenomenon.

Spiderman 3 is a crowd pleaser in so many ways on the surface, but it also takes some huge risks that don't seem to have paid off with the fan base. The best way to see this is the end of the film where Half of Harry's face is disfigured and scarred. This film is about the double life, duel personalities at war with each other and I believe that the genius of Sam Raimi has carried this concept beyond the screen and into the homes of Spidey fans by dividing us all. The safety of a perfect conclusion to the series has been blown out of the water with a daring, if not sometimes horrific approach to story telling. Its as if Sam Raimi has decided to mess with our minds in a way that challenges the conventions of Super hero films and a pat on the back to him for turning it up-side-down even if he has made a bit of a mess. Sam with "with great power comes great responsiblity" and you have not been very responsible here. Is that a bad thing? Well I do disagree with Nick about the Jazz dance scene. It does carry a certain cringe factor on first viewing, and I think that the "emo" look is definitely passe and unloved with popular society. This movie has crossed the line from being a fun popcorn flick to a dark commentary on the effects of a malfunctioning relationship. I understood why Peter turned into such a loser, because I have done things out of character when my relationships have faltered. I don;t know if you remember the ending of Wayne's World when they had the really bad ending when everything went wrong. Well I think Spiderman 3 feels a little like this. A strange alternate dimension where it all turns dark and wrong. I think you are right, that on repeat viewings it will get better and that can only work in this films favour. It is a little like Superman Returns in some ways as it is a little too dark for its own good. Even though it makes for a movie with a lot more substance and originality it doesn't necessarily gel well with the fans. I think Spiderman 3 is interesting and courageous film making. Isn't that what comic books are about?

Nick Replies: Good letter. I think the movie's a total blast, dumb as a hammer at times, but a really fun summer movie. You need to hop on our message boards and get into the fray!


Connie Writes:

Re: Review of "The Drew Carey Show" Season One DVD set.
One correction: The river by Cleveland that caught fire was the Cuyahoga, not the Ohio River. Cincinnati is on the banks of the Ohio River.
Otherwise, great review.

Nick Replies: You saw it on CHUD.com, a fan of this show actually appeared to correct an error. It's why we are the cream of the crop. Or is it crap?


Matt Writes:

I’ve sent in an email about this to Micah before, but it must have got lost in the loop! Can someone activate my MB account. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Somebody wants to know if Zardoz (from current CHUD man) is a good movie. IT IS MY DUTY TO TELL THEM THAT IT IS THE GREATEST SEAN CONNERY MOVIE OF ALL TIME! Boorman did some soooo much cocaine he made a work of unsurpassed genius!!! For god’s sake, the penis is evil! People need to be warned!!!

And if you need further proof: Sean wears a wedding dress and tells people to “Stay within my aura!”

I used to have an old MB account but that was in the day of no hotmail accounts, so I used my work email, left that job, forgot my password and disappeared from the boards.

Once again, thanks for a great site. Zardoz would approve.

PS; Zardoz should have made your 50 CHUD movies…. It’s the most hilarious piece of crap ever - read the review http://ruthlessreviews.com/reviews.cfm/id/202/page/zardoz.html

Also, dave is listed in the contacts…Dave’s not here, man. Dave’s not here.

Nick Replies: Dave's emails forward to Dan Vinton, so all is well. As for Zardoz, we've discussed it here quite a bit, it's been a CHUD Man, and there's no denying the value of a flying stone head. That said, it's not essential or disappointing. It just exists. Like anal fissures.


Daniel Writes:

Just wanted to bring to your attention that the numbers are off on the "50 Biggest Disappointments" list. According to the latest addition you are only on numbers 29 and 30..................when you are actually on numbers 21 and 22 if you count them out. Looks like the mix-up occurred back on the day that Celebrity and Alien Resurrection were added to the list. It confused the hell out of me when I looked at it yesterday, as I hadn't read any of them until then. Just trying to help out!

Nick Replies: I fixed it last week and you'll now notice how tidy the links and listings are at the bottom of each article.


Kewege Writes:

I really love the site. I come here, go to the forums just to chill. I dont really post im a lurker. Cant help it. everyone here is so funny. I was going to try for the leak of the week and though better of it. I cant imagine the funny crap you get to read on a daily basis. please share I need a good laugh. Thanks for all the great info.

Nick Replies: Most of the stuff I get that I want to share, I can't. Either it wasn't submitted as FEEDBACK or a CHUDREQUEST and therefore not for public consumption or a private email. I will say that it was a high point to get a note from Rod Lurie about my inclusion of The Last Castle in our latest list, and the subsequent discussion that unfolded. One day there'll be a CHUD.com book written by the staff. The publisher we were hooked up with says the movie book market is bone dry right now, but one day...