Worse Than Joffrey

Carl Grimes is a character who first appeared in the comic book series “The Walking Dead”, the first issue of which got published in 2003. He is an important character, son of the protagonist (sheriff Rick Grimes) and was introduced in issue #2 of the series. So, naturally, when the comic book series was adapted as a horror drama TV series by the same name, the character of Carl was kept as an important piece.

The reason he is important (apart from being the protagonist’s son and all the decision altering consequences and emotional investment this implies) is that he is supposed to present the difficult road to maturity of a human child thrown into a world completely different than the one in which his ancestors grew up in. A world in which survival just became way more difficult and is the top priority, trumping other moral considerations that we take for granted in our current “civilized” society.

Could Carl Grimes be worse than Joffrey?

And on top of that, his elders can’t really guide his development, because it’s kind of difficult to give advice to a kid and know how he should grow up during a Zombie Apocalypse, with which no one has dealt with before. So, in this context, it’s pretty clear that the character of Carl doesn’t have an easy road ahead of him and should be given some understanding and tolerance for all the mistakes he will most probably make.

This is true of the TV series character as well, whom the writers appear to want to follow the comic book version pretty closely, as concerns his development. Which makes Chandler Riggs‘ job (the actor who plays Carl) a difficult one, that any actor would find challenging. But now take into consideration that when the series premiered in 2010, Chandler was, by the necessity of the role, a child himself, 10 years old!

Carl Grimes, possibly worse than Joffrey.

It should come as no surprise then that the character of Carl Grimes as portrayed by Chandler Riggs in “The Walking Dead” TV series is one of the most polarizing ones in history and possibly even more disliked than the character of Joffrey in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, because in the case of Joffrey, the general opinion of the audience was that they HATE the character, without many notable comments regarding the acting of actor Jack Gleeson.

Is Carl Grimes worse than Joffrey?

In other words, the general feel was that Jack Gleeson was just an actor doing his job (damn well, I’m sure you’ll agree), and his job happened to involve a clear-cut dislike-able, obnoxious, psychotic, cowardly, pampered and general Lord of Douchebaggery character.

As described above, the character of Carl Grimes is rather complex and not clear-cut at all.

So the big question is: why do so many people hate him with a passion and wish he would just decide to up and go become a juicy zombie burger with ample blood and guts sauce and a seasoning of pain and gruesome death? So much so that there’s even a dedicated Facebook page called “I hate Carl Grimes (The Walking Dead)”.

Sure, not absolutely everyone hates him. There do exist a relative few opinions ranging from puzzlement as to why people hate him to out-right defense along the line of “Carl’s a good kid. He’s just growin’ up in a messed up world.” or even the rare, isolated “I just LOVE Carl Grimes” (though one might suspect that the chances of those being posted by some trolls who are at it again are not null).

Hard to decide if Carl Grimes character played by Chandler Riggs is worse than Joffrey Baratheon.

But the majority of the opinions fall in the negative camp. And the reasons behind them can only revolve around one of the following scenarios: the people hate exclusively the character (like in Joffrey’s case), they hate both the character and Chandler’s acting or they just hate Chandler’s acting.

Either of the main components (character or acting) bear debate.

Because, as regards the character, the explanations given before stand: he is not your average spoiled kid in an average situation. So perhaps he should be given some lee-way. Of course, he could be more obedient, respectful and open to advice and it’s not hard to imagine another kid with another personality in his circumstances reacting more to the audience’s liking… So in this case, it’s a personal, subjective reaction to how the character was written, or what personality he was given, to be more precise. As opposed to how the audience thinks he could/should have been written. But hey, life is pretty weird with many types of individuals roaming about. So a character with Carl’s personality in a Zombie Apocalypse setting is by no means implausible. On the contrary, he might even be common. And the audience will just have to deal with the fact that he is a part of that fictional world and he has the personality he has, so just analyse things from this perspective.

Worse than Joffrey Baratheon? Possibly Carl Grimes as portrayed by Chandler Riggs.

Regarding the acting, again it seems to come to personal preference and a subjective decision, because Chandler Riggs’ credentials show him to be a talented actor, judging by the 3 awards and 2 nominations he won for specifically for the role of Carl!

Still, the statistics remain. If the general perception is that this character is just as hated as that of Joffrey or more, despite being clearly more redeemable and excusable than Joffrey, could it mean that Carl is … worse than Joffrey?! Is such a thing even possible?! Or Is Chandler Riggs doing something terribly wrong? Yours to decide.

Image source: 1, 23, 4, 5.

Interesting Info From Lex Luthor’s New Profile

The DC Extended Universe is the media franchise and shared fictional universe revolving around the superhero film series based on the original comic books (referred to just as “the DC Universe”). These films are produced by Warner Bros. that also owns DC Entertainment (the company that creates the comics) and DC Comics Inc. (the company that publishes them).

This film series began with “Man of Steel” in 2013 and has a host of movies planned until 2020. The second entry in it consists of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” which will be launched in 2016. In it, Lex Luthor is the main villain, and to create hype around the project, Warner Bros., quite classily, created a Fortune profile for him, despite the fact that he is a fictional character.

We get some interesting info from Lex Luthor’s new profile.

1. Kord Industries

Kord Industries is part of the interesting info from Lex Luthor's new profile.

One of the comic book heroes to which DC currently has the rights is The Blue Beetle. Of the three Blue Beetles that existed in the comic series’ history, Ted Kord is the second one. And he owns Kord Industries which in Luthor’s profile is mentioned as one of the top three charitable corporations in America, with his own LexCorp occupying 3rd place and Wayne Enterprises taking the 1st.

As it was reported that Blue Beetle will have his own movie, fans can only be happy at this mention in the profile, as it makes that possible movie even more plausible.

2. Superman’s bane

A hint in the interesting info from Lex Luthor's new profile revolves around Kryptonite.

As the interview for the profile progresses, it is noted by the writer that Lex Luthor has a collection of meteorite crystals. Yup. Meteorite crystals. Nothin’ worrisome about that for an average human, right? I mean geologists and astronomers aplenty have such collections. Still, considering that what Lex Luthor hates the most is Superman, one can’t help but wonder whether that collection also contains… oh, you know, KRYPTONITE! And whether he’s figured out what effects it has on Superman. Especially since in one of the trailers for the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, Lex is staring intently at a chunk of it!

3. Hailing, Not Heil!-ing From East Germany

The Third Reich's East Germany is included in the interesting info from Lex Luthor's new profile

Lex Luthor’s name is actually Alexander Joseph Luthor Jr. . His father, Alexander Luthor Sr. was born in East Germany and came to the USA as a destitute immigrant, who somehow managed to build LexCorp (“an empire of oil and machines”) starting from rock bottom, with nothing but his determination. Interesting to note is that, by Lex Luthor’s own words, Luthor Sr. “came from a country where the government, in the guise of protector, had absolute control over the citizens.”. Ironically, since he’s supposed to be the villain of the movie, he continues with: “That drove him. I get it. Heck, I’d hate to see that sort of thing happen over here.”

4. Major Change Of Direction

Interesting info from Lex Luthor's new profile? Luthor's achievements.

Lex Luthor is presented in the interview as just as formidable (if not more so) than his father, at one point earning Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year and being included on the magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. Because after his father’s death, Lex took the “aging petrochemical and heavy machinery dinosaur” of a company and turned it into a cutting edge tech company ranking in the Fortune 500 and 2nd in the world as an emerging technologies company after Wayne Industries. The profile mentions some interesting facilities the company has, to give us a sense of its feel: an R&D lab named the “crucible”, an “inspiration station” for its employees, complete with a rappel wall, and a “vegan food cart”.

5. Ominous Concern

The interesting Info From Lex Luthor's New Profile includes the promise of a new technology.


At the interview’s end, Lex Luthor says that: “The true gift of LexCorp is our products. We are on the cusp of unveiling a technology that will change the world forever. (…) It’s about safety. This is a product that will protect you, and everyone, from threats you don’t even know about yet.” Pretty cryptic, ominous and especially ironic (remember his declaration regarding the Germany of his father’s time?). As Lex Luthor’s major concern is aliens, like Superman, it’s safe to imagine that the technology he’s talking about bodes nothing well for the hero…

Image source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

5 Artists Who Took A Chill Pill

We’ve all had the urge to just go Poof! and disappear into thin air for whatever reason, be it physical or psychological fatigue from our work, an ardent need to change the routine or to get away from some negative factor in our life, or just a random desire to grow our hair excessively or a massive beard, braid it into an Origami and color it purple.

Well, here’s 5 artists who took a chill pill from their busy public personas as well, despite being well-known and influential in their domain.

1. Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo is one of the 5 artists who took a chill pill.


She reached international fame with barely her third movie “Flesh and the Devil” (a silent one!), and gained three Academy Award Nominations for Best Actress, not to mention being voted in fifth place as one of the greatest female stars of all time in 1999 by the American Film Institute.

After a downturn in her career of about 3 years she came back up as she switched to comedy.

So it came as a surprise that such a determined impressive go-getter like her would decide to retire after “Two-Faced Woman” in 1941, at the prime age of 35. She kept her decision until her death at 84, in 1990 and never returned to show-bizz.

2. Gene Wilder

The list of 5 artists who took a chill pill includes Gene Wilder.

Born Jerome Silberman, Gene Wilder is famous for his comedic roles with quirky turns of thought and especially for his particular “don’t take things so seriously” manner that he manages to instill through his portrayal of the mostly endearing characters he plays (“Blazing Saddles”, “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”, “Young Frankenstein”, “The Producers” etc.).

He was asked in a 2013 interview (92nd Street Y) by his host: “What’s the biggest misconception that people have about you?”. To which he replied “Well, umm. ‘What a comic! What a funny guy! What a…’ , all that stuff. And… I’m not…  I’m really not, except in a comedy, in films.”

Despite the seeming tongue-in-cheek tone of his response, it must be true. Because he certainly had to be more than just “a funny guy” to occupy his time after effectively retiring from Hollywood work after “Another You” (1991).

3. Terrence Malick

Terrence Malick si part of 5 artists who took a chill pill.


Now here’s an artist who is currently fairly prolific, as the filmmaker hailing from Texas appears to have several projects in the works at the same time most of the time and releases movies quite regularly.

But there’s a bit of a mystery surrounding a huge gap in his career, from 1978 to 1998 to be exact. It’s a period in which he just disappeared from the spotlight, with unconfirmed reports conflicting on why, or what he did during this time.

The man himself refuses to give a definitive answer or do interviews on the subject…

4. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill numbers among the 5 artists who took a chill pill.


A prominent hip-hop/reggae artist, possibly most known for the flagship songs “Ready or Not” or “Killing Me Softly” performed with The Fugees, Lauryn Hill took a big pause for most of the period between 2000 and 2010, with a few occasional appearances here and there.

The reasons she gave revolved around the need to stay true to herself and the music as opposed to “the machine” that she felt was making her “way too compromised”.

The good news? She made her comeback with a one-night only performance in New York in 2012.

5. Captain Beefheart

5 artists who took a chill pill? Captain Beefheart is one of them.


When you hear that stage name, you immediately know that you’re dealing with an original person, to say the least.

Don Van Vliet (by his not as arresting real name) was an American musician (1941 – 2010) who really didn’t care about conforming to musical trends or norms. Which is evident in the genres he mixed in his music: rock, blues, psychedelia, avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition.

He released 12 studio albums, 3 live and 7 compilation ones for about two decades, after which, in 1982 he just quit the music business.

The explanation? He was getting “too good” at the things he played, referring to the fact that apart from being a composer, he was a player of harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments.

Image source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Movies So Awful You Can’t Disengage

There’s a fine line between “artistic expression” and just plain drivel. A line whose first and only dependable guardian is Sir Self-Censorship.

But for some “artists” (usually of the self-proclaimed species), this trusty knight and retainer is mysteriously absent. Perhaps felled by the bloated, gorged and out of control Werewolves of Ego…

Cinematography is no stranger to such examples. It has plenty of movies that make us think it would have been better and more productive for everyone if the makers would have just went out for a beer and procrastinated instead on that particular evening of their conception. Movies so awful you can’t disengage, as paradoxically as that is.

How to describe them?

You know that feeling when it’s like you just stepped into a different dimension with your shoe-laces untied on mismatched shoes and a winter cap pulled over your eyes so you can barely see the bizarre discard-the-laws-of-physics things happening around?

Of course you don’t. But you might if you try to figure out the rationale behind these following gems hunted and discovered by Rotten Tomatoes’ regular contributor Michael Adam as research for his book “Showgirls, Teen Wolves and Astro Zombies”.

1. Showgirls – 1995

Showgirls, one of the movies so awful you can't disengage.

When you try to make a movie about the dramatic lives of Las Vegas strippers and casino workers, you’d better get your cohesion on. A little intensity and a dash of careful psychological study wouldn’t hurt either. Not to mention other elements like researching the local “culture” and behavior, pacing etc.

Which is what doesn’t happen in this attempt by writer Joe Eszterhas and director Paul Verhoeven of “Basic Instinct” fame. The dialogue tries to be “incisive” and “raw” but fails, the love scene between Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan fails to arouse. In short, the whole construction fails like a conglomeration of badly placed Tetris parts.

2. The Giant Spider Invasion – 1975

Among the movies so awful you can't disengage is The Giant Spider Invasion.

Mix up not-the-brightest-tool-in-the-shed rednecks, summarily dressed redneckettes, off-world genocidal spiders initially small and looking suspiciously like your average tarantulas until you get introduced to the giant hulking unstoppable monster version and what do you get? Well, “The Giant Spider Invasion”. Oh, and the giant spider is actually a VolksWagen car in a spider suit with the people inside twitching the “legs” to make it look realistic.

3. Howling II – Your Sister Is A Werewolf – 1985

Movies so awful you can't disengage, featuring Howling 2: Your Sister Is A Werewolf.

Supposedly a sequel of the 1981 original by Joe Dante, this masterpiece is what happens when an erotic horror attempt goes off its arguably tiny wheels to begin with and smashes into the dense forests of Ridiculous Land to turn into a blazing, eye-catching mess.

It stars Christoper Lee as an occult investigator matched against the werewolf Queen Stirba (Sybil Danning) and her servants. The acting (or lack of) by co-stars Annie McEnroe and Reb Brown is cringe-worthy, the make-up effects are so good they make you think of candy and there’s a theme song by Babel as enticing as a dripping water faucet. And more.

4. The Black Gestapo – 1975

Here's one of the movies so awful you can't disengage: The Black Gestapo (1975).

Wait… what? Safe to say certain producers need a historical dictionary or some-such, preferably applied with sufficient force to the side of the head. “Ge – sta – pooooh. Sink in yet? …. That’s right. … No, you can’t make the Gestapo officers black. It would be like making Malcom X a White Supremacist. Glad I could help. Run along and procrastinate now. It’s better for everybody”.

What other negative things can one say more about this movie that aren’t blatantly obvious by the title? Well, since you ask, the pacing and production ain’t quite peachy either. And it features the line “The new master race” in relation to the Black Gestapo. Aaaand a Hitleresque vibe when Kojah (the protagonist) holds a speech from a platform and says “The white community will feel our power!”.

5. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats – 1977

Movies so awful you can't disengage? Try Death Bed: The Bed That Eats

This one was so odd that even its release is out of the ordinary patterns. Although finished in 1977, it was released 3 decades later illegally, in the UK, because someone had managed to pirate a copy and make a video release DESPITE the fact that filmmaker George Barry hadn’t succeeded in acquiring any distribution. As these things tend to go, the movie naturally got a cult following, prompting an official release in 2003. A happy ending for the 6 years(!) of effort put in by the filmmaker (Barry started working on it in 1971). As for the theme of the movie, the title is eloquent: a bed digests various characters.

Image source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

8 Amazing Portraits From Wes Anderson Movies

Wes Anderson is a movie director who created some of the most interesting characters in movie history so far. He has a natural born talent and started writing plays since he was a child.

His doors were opened by Owen Wilson who became his friend and they started making short movies. One short movie called “Bottle Rocket” had very good reviews. It was loved so much by the public that Anderson received funding to turn it into a long movie. Although it did not make it big at the box office it became a cult classic and placed Anderson as one of the best movie directors of all times.

Here is a list of 8 Amazing Portraits From Wes Anderson Movies.

1. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

 The Royal Tenenbaums are portraited on 8 Amazing Portraits from Wes Anderson Movies

This movie is about one weird family and their quirks. Actors like Angelica Huston and Gwyneth Paltrow give an extraordinary performance as unique characters. The Tenenbaums are not a normal family, they are a family of geniuses. The story focuses on the reunion of all the family members and their disagreements.

2. Rushmore (1998)

Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore is one of the 8 Amazing Portraits from Wes Anderson Movies

Jason Schwartzman can be seen in many Wes Anderson movies. He is one of the few talented actors that speaks Anderson’s language. Rushmore is about one academic student and how his life unravels taking with him everybody. Bill Murray’ career was established after staring in this film and he worked almost for free and event helped with the budget.

 3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The lobby boy from The Grand Hotel Budapest is one of the 8 Amazing Portraits from Wes Anderson Movies

This movie won 4 Oscars. Needless to say it is a masterpiece. It’s what we all expected from Wes. This movie is about what happens beyond The Grand Budapest hotel. It tells the life of Gustave H, the hotel’s concierge and the lobby boy. I do not want to spoil the movie for you but be sure to see it. It involves theft, death and a changing world.  Bill Murray also stars in it, as well as many other high ranked movie stars.

4. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

 The three brothers from The Darjeeling Limited are one of the  8 Amazing Portraits from Wes Anderson Movies

This movie won the Venice Film Festival award. Here we get to see Jason Schwartzman again in a story about 3 brothers that travel to India after their father’s funeral. This movie is about family, reconnection and discovering who you really are in unforeseen circumstances. We also get to see Anderson’s long time friend Owen Wilson as well as Adam’s Brody amazing performance.

5. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

 Fantastic Mr. Fox  is on the 8 Amazing Portraits from Wes Anderson Movies

Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox is considered ground breaking. It tells the story of a cocky fox that helps the other animals survive the changing world around them. Do not think of this movie as a kid’s movie because it appeals to older audience as well. Bill Murray plays here the voice of the Badger and we also get to hear George Clooney’s voice as Mr. Fox.

6. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Steve Zissou is one of the 8 Amazing Portraits from Wes Anderson Movies

Here Bill Murray is an oceanographer called Steve Zissou, who goes on a journey to seek and destroy the shark that killed his partner. He embarks on a life changing adventure along with his estranged wife, a journalist and a man that might be his son. I’m not going to spoil the ending for you but it will be worth your time. Here we also get to see Owen Wilson.

7.  Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

 Moonrise Kindom has characthers that belong on 8 Amazing Portraits from Wes Anderson Movies

This movie focuses on the story of two misunderstood kids that run away together, leaving people searching for them impatiently. Here we also get to see another amazing performance from Bill Murray as the father of the girl that runs away. This time we are also introduced to Captain Sharp played by Bruce Willis who fits perfectly into this movie. Jason Schwartzman also makes an appearance as Uncle Ben.

8. Bottle Rocket (1996)

Bottle Rocket's characters are on 8 Amazing Portraits from Wes Anderson Movies

Bottle Rocket is the short play that eventually turned into a movie which launched Wes Anderson on the path of great movie directors. The story is simple. It portrays three friends that want to pull off a robbery and then run away together. Here we get to see both Wilson brothers act, Owen and Luke.

Image source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8