For today’s incentive sketch, I decided to make a point. A handle bar mustache and a neck tattoo don’t make you a bad ass. They make you look ridiculous. Vote for Theater Hopper at Top Web Comics to see what I’m talking about.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 comes out on Friday over a VERY slow weekend with very few other releases. It seems weird that there is a lull like this at the top of the blockbuster season.
I have a cursory interest in the film, but only for Tony Scott’s particular brand of action directing. Even though his last two film Deja Vu and Domino were muddled messes, Scott gets a good length of leash for Man on Fire.
I’m not particularly interested in either Denzel Washington or John Travolta – which is kind of sad considering their roles as A-list talent. I think Denzel looks like too much of a sad sack in this one. Certainly the man is allowed to branch out from his typical action hero template, but it’s not how I’m used to seeing him. Washington should be running roughshod over this production. Instead, he almost looks incidental.
Travolta as the hilariously code-named villain “Ryder,” (Get it? Subway rider? Ryder?! HAW!) looks ridiculous to me for all the reasons outlined in the comic. I’m wondering at what point everyone sat down and figured out what this character’s look was going to be. It is as if in the back of someone’s head they decided “mustache = evil” and someone up the decision-making change vetoed them on the Snidely Whiplash protruding number that Travolta could twist around his finger. “Sorry, guys. We’re going with the handle bar ‘stache.”
Travolta has played charming villains before. Most notably in Broken Arrow and Swordfish. He didn’t have to bring a visual shorthand to that performance, so why is he doing it now? I guess those guys were supposed to be smooth operators. Maybe Ryder is a little more blue collar? Even so, if this is Travolta’s idea of a working man villain, it’s laughably bad.
The reviews I’ve read so far have said that Travolta brings a strong intensity to the character, so maybe I’m way off base with my criticisms. All I’m saying is that first impressions matter and Travolta as Ryder does not make a good one.
Switching gears here, I’ve been getting feedback from a few people that they’re getting error messages when they try to log onto the site. Their browsers are warning them of malware? I’m not encountering any errors, so I’m trying to gather consensus. If you are having any problems with the site, please let me know in the comments below. Try to tell me what’s on the screen when the error comes up and specifically what the error message is.
Myself and my web administrator have combed through the site’s code and we can’t find any malicious links so we’re suspecting it’s one of the ads being served through the ad network that’s causing a problem. We want to try to isolate that ad and shut it off.
Then again, we could be on a wild goose chase. Any information from you guys would be helpful.
If you have nothing to add about the errors, why don’t you let us know what you think of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 instead? Are you going to see it this weekend? What do you think about Travolta’s look? Leave your thoughts below!
I’m thinking about pulling the top 300 x 250 ad that’s to the right of the comic and replacing it with a 300 x 250 spot from Project Wonderful.
I sell advertising on the site, but I get the impression that people aren’t interested in peer-to-peer- ad sales anymore and I should leave an option for those who prefer the Project Wonderful interface.
Considering the financial situation I’m in now that I’m currently unemployed, I’m trying to diversify my offerings a little bit. I think by making available a Project Wonderful spot, people can more directly manage how they choose to advertise with me. Plus, I can promote it easier in the blog and (hopefully) see a more direct result from that promotion. This, versus the peer-to-peer arrangement that requires a few e-mails back and forth.
I’m kind of talking out loud with this, but I was curious if there are any of you who would advertise with Theater Hopper if there was a Project Wonderful spot available at the top of the page?
Let me know in the comments, won’t you?