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Well… I usually don’t take requests and you are most definitely not the boss of me… but what the heck. You’re polite and reasonable so I will oblige.

The trailers coming out of San Diego Comic Con were stupendous. I will put on my old disgruntled nerd hat to say it’s a bit of a shame the conventions turned into less of a fan experience and more of a three-day-long commercial before taking off the hat and saying, “still like what the studios are selling.”

The winning trailer of the weekend to me looked to be Ready Player One. I did not read the book upon which the film is based but it looks stunning. The movie itself could be Batman Vs. Superman multiplied by Howard the Duck and I will still check it out in theaters. I am surprised there is not more buzz about this thing.

The second Thor trailer was also pretty good (don’t think another comparison column isn’t coming, considering Justice League also had a second trailer debut as well) but it’s hard to top the first for its use of humour, Jeff Goldblum, and Led Zepplin.

I’m curious if Stephen King adaptations are going to become a thing again. Remember in the 80s and early 90s when King’s work seemed to be all over the place? Sure there were recent efforts, like  The Dome  and a remake of  The Shining,  but with  IT  and  The Dark Tower  coming out, not to mention the potential sequels for both, I think there is a chance we might get a King-aissance… yeah, never mind. I was trying to combine King and renaissance together, like The McConaissance with Mathew McConaughey, but I failed and now I hate everything. It’s best we move on.

Anyway, I am wondering if The Stand will get a movie adaptation. It kind of worked as a mini-series in the mid-90s but I think it could work as a movie. I think IT is almost as long of a book and it got the green light, albeit with a chunk of the book left out, thus leaving room for a sequel.


Donald Trump’s comments regarding transgender soldiers were reprehensible. I’m getting really tired of trying to make sense of this man and his policies but all I get are divided votes, resignations, and a general sense of confusion coming out of Washington.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” stated Trump in a series of tweets last week.

Later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (fresh off her win at The Most Redneck Name in Washington contest) said transgender soldiers “erode military readiness and unit cohesion,” adding said the move was a “military decision” and is “not meant to be anything more than” that.

Right. You keep drinking that Kool-Aid, madam. I’ll be over here waiting for you to start retching.

Trump’s decision is nothing more than idiocy of the highest order. If people want to serve their country, they should be allowed, no matter what their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Considering the drunk the US has at the wheel, I’m surprised anyone is getting on that bus at all. Those who do decide to serve should be awarded with respect and dignity, not derision.

I keep looking to the Dark Knight quote about how Batman is the hero Gotham deserves. Well, Trump is the president America deserves but I can’t help but feel bad for those who don’t deserve him.

I’m done now.

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Antigonish native Matt Draper has been a photographer, reporter and columnist for The Reporter since 2003.