March 31, 2017
Justice League trailer? Yeah, I'll pass. Looks like more of the same.
I loathe the whole Snyderverse aesthetic. There's no sunshine or color. Everything has that fascist state feel: enormous and symmetric with sharp edges. The people all look depressed. The heroes all look jacked, cut, and/or mean.
And while it's supposed to be a joke, there's no more appropriate response to "what are your super powers again" from the Snyderverse Batman than "I'm rich." This is the world of the Ayn Rand dude-bro hero after all.
Space Jesus is dead.
March 30, 2017
March 28, 2017
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is currently available to stream on Hulu. I haven't watched it in years, so I gave it a viewing over the weekend...only to promptly remember why it had been years since I've seen it.
I know this film has a cult following and I know a lot of geeks love it but I just don't get it. I really do not understand it at all. In fact, not only do I not get it, but I think it might be one of the few movies that I actively dislike. The film has a great cast and promises to be the adventures of this 80's-version of Doc Savage where the Man of Bronze and his Fabulous Five fight aliens when they're not rocking out in a band. Instead, the film delivers something dull, boring, frustrating, and all-together unfunny.
Honestly, it's probably also one of the few movies I wish they would actually remake. Or that they'd just hand the property over entirely to someone else.
March 25, 2017
If you like spy fiction and don't mind subtitles, Deutschland 83 is very good. It's about about a young border patrol guard pulled from his post by the Stasi and set to the West Germany to discover intel about new nuclear missile deployments by NATO. And it has a great 80s soundtrack.
March 24, 2017
March 23, 2017
Been reading Gramsci (thanks to SPACED!). While I’m still parsing everything in his Prison Notebooks, what I understand about his theories of the hegemony and the intellectual (traditional and organic) make a ridiculous amount of sense to me. Can you call yourself a Gramscist? A Gramscian?
March 22, 2017
March 2, 2017
Look at the headline: “Trump Inspires The Dow to 21,000”.
This is what’s wrong in America. We treat anything to do with the free market like it’s a person or a force of nature to be appeased with blood sacrifice and rain dances or, hell, like it’s fucking magic that’s going to fix everything (“Dear Free Market, bless Mommy and Daddy and…)
But it’s not. It’s simply a construct. And you can’t “inspire” a construct. I mean, think about it. Seriously, now. And since it’s a construct, it functions however it’s set up to function and that’s in a way that’s not mutually beneficial or even fair to everyone.
Notice too when the free market functions well, it’s always framed in those kinds of terms: inspired, encouraged, invigorated, fueled by hope. Like the Dow was just really sad and disheartened and all it needed was a little encouragement to do what we always knew it could do it, to work at it’s potential. But when the free market goes badly it’s back to being talked about in more inanimate terms. And that’s absolutely purposeful.