You will never be this cool.

Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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33 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Did he actually have that t-shirt made after the famous photoshopping of his original Get Over It! t-shirt, or is that just another photoshop?Report

  2. Patrick Cahalan says:

    I don’t see how we can really go anywhere with this as an open thread. What are we all going to say? “Ian *isn’t* all that cool!”?Report

    • E.D. Kain in reply to Patrick Cahalan says:

      No! It’s just an open thread…meaning, open, like talk about anything you want. But no matter what you talk about you will *still never be this cool*.

      For instance: has anyone seen the new X-Men movie? I really want to see it but I haven’t had time yet.Report

      • E.C. Gach in reply to E.D. Kain says:

        It has its problems: weird gestures by Prof. X to show he’s using his invisble mind powers, What’s-her-face from Mad Men is a terrible actress, lots of B-list mutants, and as TNC noted in a NY Times piece earlier this summer, the movie hides in the racism of Nazis rather than the adressing the civil rights movememt with which it is concurrent.

        However, still a lot of fun and by far the best comic book movie of the summer. Especially the first half, Magneto and the actor who plays him are absolutely brilliant.Report

      • Alan Scott in reply to E.D. Kain says:

        Seen it. If you liked the first movie, you’ll probably like this one. Like the first movie, it manages to deal with the themes of mutant oppression in an engaging way, but doesn’t have enough time to fully develop the big ensemble cast and a few parts come off a bit corny. The main characters are very-well acted (Kevin Bacon is a particular treat), the plot is engaging, and you come away from the movie not sure whether your on Xavier’s side, or Magneto’s.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to E.D. Kain says:

        One of the sub-blogs wrote an essay about it.Report

      • Katherine in reply to E.D. Kain says:

        It was the first of the X-Men movies that I watched, so I didn’t have the issues with continuity that bothered some fans. I would say it was the best of them in terms of portraying both points of view sympathetically, and Michael Fassbender is an amazing actor. (When people are discussing you as the next Bond based on two scenes…)

        They did far too much objectifying of the women (all of the four main female characters have scenes where they are wearing little or no clothing, and are in miniskirts a lot of the rest of the time), but other than that it’s good.Report

        • E.D. Kain in reply to Katherine says:

          Wait – they objectified women in a comic book movie???

          (I’ve been vaguely following the kerfuffle around the new DC comics like the redesign of Starfire and they’re taking objectifying women to the next level.)Report

  3. Mike Schilling says:

    If I had any knack for photshopping, I’d give Michael Gambon “Yes, I’m a poor substitute for Richard Harris — Get Over It”.Report

  4. Kyle Cupp says:

    I’m not this cool now, but what if I became an actor, grew that beard, and played Magneto, Gandalf, and Sir Ian in a film biography?Report

  5. Ian McKellen looks so high in that picture.Report