Legendary Writer Elmore Leonard Dead at 87


We lost a legend today and one of the few American authors I read with some consistency. Out of Sight is still one of my favorite stories told ever.


Side note: could the movie’s ending inspired all the Marvel movies of this decade by giving us a Sam Jackson cameo as Lazarus?!

Geek: Man of Steel (Continued Discussions)

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Comics writer and filmmaker, Mark Waid argues that the new Superman film is not representative of the character and dislikes what Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David Goyer have done for the character in Man of Steel.

I think Mark Waid is wrong about the new movie, bc, as Cheese Wagstaff said, “There ain’t no nostalgia to this shit”. I still feel as though that sentiment is that of the new millennium. We look back on 9/11, but what was the result of that tragedy? The Patriot Act, which bastardizes our constitution for the means of protection. There is not nostalgia in the Patriot Act. We are not trying to get back to where we were before 9/11, we instead set a new paradigm for our country. The Patriot Act and the Man of Steel has offended the sensibilities of traditionalists, but there is little or nothing to do to change our new reality.

Man of Steel is no Superman Returns (which was trying to be an Iron Giant in a new movie sense). Superman was no weapon in ‘Returns’. In Man of Steel he is a weapon with no master. There is a real threat and he does damage. As has The Patriot Act has been and done for our “liberty”.

Its a wild argument for a Tuesday, but I think that we must adjust to the new paradigm and see where it takes us. I have no idea whether the writer David Goyer considered this when creating the screenplay, but he has said that the wanton destruction from MOS will be addressed in the next film (which apparently is coming in less than a year!?!?). It can’t be lost on us that Superman destroys a drone that’s been following him at the end of the movie. Its just coincidence that the country is up in arms about the NSA tracking our internet and phone records. Superman is Metropolis’s 9/11. He shifts the paradigm. He may be what Jonathan Kent warned against, A New Reality from which we cannot go back.

Geek: Alex Winter Returns

Since I featured Mr. Reeves in an earlier post, I thought I would feature his most excellent cohort in this post. Alex Winter produced and direected a documentary that I can’t wait to see. This film follows the Napster kids from their infancy to the present day. Mr. Winter has known Mr. Parker and Mr. Fanning since the late ’90s and intended on making the story of the Music Industry versus Napster into a feature film (which probably could still happen). He discussed his personal relationship with the internet with the Nerdist guys in a recent podcast.

Here’s the trailer for his new documentary.

Geek: Scully


Gillian Anderson (!) did an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit today. I missed it, regrettably.

One highlight:

Question: You are amazing.

You will be filming Crisis in Chicago, were born in Chicago, and are a DePaul grad. Anything you really like about the city?

Was Scully always supposed to be a redhead or was she because you were at the time?

And again..you are amazing. Can’t say it enough!! I’m excited to watch The Fall on Netflix 🙂

[–]gilliananderson[S] 1670 points 3 hours ago


Gillian: I wasn’t a redhead at the time, I was mousy brown, and I am very glad that somebody had the idea to add a bit of color to my life. And I haven’t spent much time in Chicago since I graduated from college; I am so excited to investigate how the city has grown since then. My sister lives there with her illegal wife and my mom lives nearby and I am seeing this as a new adventure.

via I am Gillian Anderson – AMA! : IAmA.