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RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee died yesterday at the towering age of 95.

Before he became the most famous cameo in Marvel’s superhero films–as well as the ‘Big Bang Theory’–Stan Lee was regarded inside the comic book universe as the endless creator of spectacular superheroes and a builder of, well, universes for said superheroes. And like many pop culture icons, Mr. Lee had a surreal impact on countless people’s childhoods.

Along with the adulthoods that grew from those imaginative childhoods.

His blockbuster credits (full and partial) include Spider-Man, the X-Men (Wolverine, Magneto, Professor X, Cyclops, Mystique, Rogue, to name a few), the Avengers (the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Loki, to name a few), and Fantastic Four (Dr. Doom, Thing, Susan Storm, Mister Fantastic, Human Torch).

Interestingly, Mr. Lee had a naming quirk regarding his superheroes. Raj¬†pointed this out extensively in an episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

Raj has a point.

More to the point is a simple truth that Stan Lee positively changed lives with his art and boundless creativity fueled by childlike wonder. The following cameo in ‘Spider-Man 3’ sums his legacy up perfectly.

However, a more perfect summary to remember Stan Lee would simply be Excelsior.

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When Life Is Framed Correctly

Life is funny.

This is especially true when a comedian is involved.

However, there are the occasional wild moments in life that are completely unexpected that can forever change a particular experience of ours or the trajectory of a seemingly planned-out path.¬†It can happen when we’re least expecting it. And that “it” can be practically anything.

Like an audition for the ages.

I’m guessing that camera assistant pulled off some pretty cool angles and zooms.

The Last Furry Action Hero

The 1984 cult classic ‘Gremlins’ has stood the test of time–well, at least 34 years thus far–as a case study in the cinematic quality and effectiveness of practical effects. Specifically, puppeteering. While CGI (computer-generated imagery) has its place in films, that place should be limited and difficult to decipher or not distracting from reality.

Gizmo is proof of this.

Once again: That movie called ‘Gremlins’ achieved this impressive feat in the mid-’80s. Yes. It’s true.

And the rewards for dedication to practical effect artistry in the ever-innovative movie industry almost can’t be measured in tangible metrics. The expectation for good storytelling demands the best of everything while we escape into a fantasy setting, which includes two-dimensional ropes for audiences to hang onto.

This expectation even reaches (well, reached) into our own reality.

Warner Bros. understood that blurring the line–and even creating a direct link–between a movie and our daily life is the most valuable metric.

A metric that shouldn’t be tracked past midnight.

We Can Reset, but on My Terms

When can you and when can’t you?

Depends on the situation and the person.

If it’s a normal individual, then it is within the realm of possibility to hit the “reset button” in certain circumstances. If that individual is Larry David from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ then the answer is definitely no.

Hilariously no.

And, in actuality, today is the perfect day to hit the aforementioned and ever-famous reset button. Why? Because the question posed at the top is “When can you and when can’t you?”

When? On Wednesday.

You have got to admit that’s pretty good…pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.