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God, I miss the ’90s!!!

>> Speaking of the ’90s, does anyone think that Cal Ripken would not be a good manager?

>> Something cool (Orphan Black cool) is happening on Parks and Recreation (of course).

>> Crazy stuff happening on American roads lately, maybe because everyone is trying to take videos from their phone while driving!!

>> Duh.

>> Allen Iverson finally decided to retire. He has become somewhat of a sad story since he stopped playing in 2010. Now, even when he comes to his senses, it seems sad.

>> Netflix seems to always be adapting to change, but they have now gotten even greater at discerning your personal movie preferences.

>> Elmore Leonard died 2 days ago, but that has not stopped the various tributes to his writing and his addition to pop culture.

>> Finally, in some local flavor, Roy Hibbert is turning into a brick shithouse!

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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.

Mel Brooks special on American Experience!

I love listening to podcasts and in particular enjoy The Nerdist and What the Fuck (WTF) with Marc Maron shows.  Over the last 6 months, they have both carried fascinating conversations with Mel Brooks. Both have tread on some familiar territory like Blazing Saddles, Young Frankstein, and the Producers. However, we have also gotten some very interesting insight into his creative process. Brooks has a link back to the beginnings of television and is part of the Greatest Generation. His insight gives great education to the comedians and entertainers of the next generation. Listen and watch and enjoy!