This is either the coolest or possibly the gayest Bar Mitzvah ever. Sam Horowitz rocks out with his dance team for his 13th birthday. Man, some parents have ideas and dreams for the kids. That’s parental support for you!
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.
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!