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I have already wiped the first one from my mind. THIS is the first Suicide Squad film.

Keeping Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn, and Captain Boomerang. Enough B-List villains that we can be sure of a few kills. Nathan Fillian as The Detachable Kid (probably killed off in under 5 minutes, I'm calling it now). Polka-Dot Man? Peter Capaldi as Thinker! Fuck yes! King Fucking Shark!
 
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Justice League, Snyder Cut Trailer (with Watchmen soundtrack):

The Snyder Cut is like QAnon for DC fans who refused to accept that this movie just wasn't good.

Some people on social media have observed that it just looks like mostly alternate-angles of cuts that already exist (because of course it is) and allegedly Snyder has been tantruming over it.
 

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While I am not a Snyder fan and I think the Snyder Cut is being overhyped, I do think it will be a better movie than the release version.

Warner never let the directors shape their movies the way Marvel has, and it shows. If you hire Snyder, go full Snyder. They tweaked and reshaped and second guessed his map for the overall arch of the series, and then the individual movies. And then they fired him with a face saving excuse and dump a mostly finished movie on Weadon, which by all reports he did not handle well on set.

If they are will to invest enough to finish the effects, at least we will see a movie made by a director, not by a studio committee.
 

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No sparkles from the suit at least.

 

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It's like Batman Gotham Fashion Week.
 

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Here’s a sentence we weren’t sure we’d ever get to actually type: The New Mutants is definitely coming to theaters this weekend.

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The A.V. Club won’t be reviewing it, however. At least not this week, and probably not for many afterwards.
I'm for this. If reviewers can't get advanced or digital screenings, no reason for them to risk their lives going to a movie theater just to give us an idea of what the film is like.
 

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I was curious about Peacock's new streaming service, so I tried watching their Brave New World series. It's terrible. I'm a huge fan of the book, so if you haven't read it you might like it, I guess? I don't want to sound snobby, but if you haven't read it, you probably need to stop living under a rock or something.

So to start with, the show has no Fordism. At all. They don't replace it with anything. There's just no underlying philosophy that's anything like Fordism. People just conform because they are conditioned to conform. Also, the world state doesn't really have socialism, and the savage lands doesn't really have capitalism. They don't really depict exchange of goods in a very clear way. The world state has a brutalist aesthetic, more like how I picture like 1984, with some Minority Report AR tech. John has never read Shakespere, as far as I can tell (which seems like a really big deal, since Huxley named the book after that). Bernard is not argumentative, at all. Helmholtz Watson was written out. Mustafa Mond shows up early, and investigates a every little thing personally. Slow day at the office, I guess? Or maybe she's not a dictator, but a detective, in a society without police? It makes no sense. Everybody treats the castes below them as sub-human, which is not the way it was in the book at all. On top of that, the orgies are the most boring sex I've ever seen in a show. I mean, I didn't expect Caligula, but at the same time, I didn't expect it to be that boring. Then there's a violent revolt in the savage lands, because TV producers seem to think you can't have sci fi without something that passes for action every 5 minutes. The revolt is the most tactically nonsensical thing I've seen since Walking Dead (edit: I just looked up the show's creator, it's David Wiener, he made Fear The Walking Dead, so the stupidity shouldn't have surprised me). John's mother dies on the plane ride home from a mystery wound. People in the world state don't seem to be conditioned to deal with death like they were in the books.

That's the first 3 episodes. I couldn't take any more. I turned it off and checked out some reviews with spoilers. Apparently, the episilons have a violent uprising at the end of S1, and the world state is run by an algorithm, instead of Mond. God, I hate this show. The show runners are clearly too stupid to tell this story. This has to be the dumbest thing TV has ever done with fine literature. Watching this is like watching an 8 year old trying to explain the finer points of Wittgenstein.

Peacock is going to have to do better than this if they want to compete in the streaming wars.
 
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I'd long been vaguely aware of Wagner's influence on Hollywood, but to see it laid out like this is really quite fasciating -- I had no idea quite how greatly he influenced film music, nor of the extent to which so many popular movies quote him, and neither had I realised how Hollywood has adapted him to a US context.

 
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Netflix bought Cobra Kai from YouTube, so YouTube has it for free now, and Netflix has it, too. I just finished watching it. It's really good.

I think it was inspired by this viral music video back in 2007, when YouTube was new.

 

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After a long day of social isolation and responding to whatever idiocy the mentally ill president has spewed on Twitter or via the twits on Fox (You know you've almost reached the bottom of enablement when Fox hosts are trying to save 45 from comparing shooting a human being to choking on a putt, and pushing back on the looniest conspiracy of "Dark Shadows" babble.), I have to light my legal weed and spend decompression time while floating in the pool.

On those occasional rainy evenings, I have found the perfect video equivalent on Amazon Prime. (Yeah, I hate Bezos too, but Walmart is 130 miles away and I consider it supporting the USPS at this point. I cut the cable; so we gotta stream something.)

Actually, we have found three British shows, "Travels by Narrowboat" (Kevin and his classic narrowboat, Anslan); Britain By Narrowboat (Kevin and Shaun outfit a new high-tech narrowboat; most drama of the three) and "Cruising the Cut" (David is the latest offering).



For those of us not in the know, the UK had a frenzy of canal and lock building in the 18th and 19th centuries, amounting to several thousand miles of "water highways" before the railroads put them out of business, and the Canal and River Trust has restored about two thousand miles on these interconnected canals and river systems. This is done, in these programs, in the aforementioned "narrowboats". These amount to a very slender floating RV with a steel hull, diesel power (new boats have bow-thrusters), solar panels, from 30 to 70 feet in length, cruising at the thundering speed of roughly 3 or 4 mph. Determined walkers can outpace them.

Canals were built for use hauling commercial cargo, where a horse walking the tow-paths towed 40 times what it could in a wagon, and the tow ropes slip through gaps left in bridges for that purpose. Now, it's a recreational network, maintained by the Trust.







These are programs about floating - mostly disconnected from the world - in very extended linear pools for miles and miles, connected to ascending or descending pools of water levels in the locks. The locks are the exciting bits, but I will resist any spoilers. Just floating along looking at ducks, geese, cows, and urban graffiti with not one stupid American thing happening is oddly relaxing.

After a day at the Apocalypse, floating about English canals is very calming.
 
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Started watching the Netflix space drama Away with Hilary Swank.

I couldn't finish the second episode. A lot of the show is OK for what it is, but what that is has little to do about a mission to Mars - except in the margins. Forget the inconsistent nods to what it would be like to travel in space. Forget the LONG HAIR allowed on Swank and Vivian Wu (which doesn't float around or anything). Forget that this crew isn't even close to being one that NASA or even the Kerbal Space Program would ever assign for a long term mission. Half of Swank's team loses confidence in her before they even launch towards Mars???

Oy.

This show suffers from what weighted down Defying Gravity, another space drama I would have liked to like, except for the "Grey's Anatomy in space" aspects of it always butting in. Away doesn't suffer as much from that level of soapiness, and some of it does work for me, like the relationship between Swank's character and her husband and daughter (Josh Charles and Talitha Bateman). But not enough of it rises above the soap scum, and I'm left with a repetitive motion disorder from the amount of eye rolling I'm doing.
 

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I'd long been vaguely aware of Wagner's influence on Hollywood, but to see it laid out like this is really quite fasciating -- I had no idea quite how greatly he influenced film music, nor of the extent to which so many popular movies quote him, and neither had I realised how Hollywood has adapted him to a US context.

There might be a "founder effect" going on. Wikipedia:
In population genetics, the founder effect is the loss of genetic variation that occurs when a new population is established by a very small number of individuals from a larger population.
I watched an interview of Danny Elfman who remarked that the best movie scores are the ones people don't really notice. It follows that familiar-sounding, uninventive music scores are favored. The earliest movie scores logically would mimic music that was well known at the time. Movies afterwards would logically imitate the previous movies. And so on.

Interesting quote from the New Yorker article:
Du Bois might have pointed out that Dixon and Griffith’s racism had no need for a German antecedent. If anything, the influence moved in the opposite direction: the Nazis admired and emulated American laws that curtailed the rights of African-Americans and other minorities. The insertion of “The Ride of the Valkyries” into “The Birth of a Nation” tells us more about the cultural arrogance of American white supremacy than it does about Wagner’s nefarious impact.
 
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Always was hokey but I liked how it did angels and the supporting characters. Castiel was my favorite character. Would have been canceled long ago without the likes of Bobby Singer, the LARPer what's-her-name, Crowley, his mom, and Castiel. And others.

I came to the show late on Hulu and lost track of it when it went to Netflix. Finally broke down, got Netflix and have been binging. Got to the point where they broke production for the pandemic and went back to the first year. That was rough. Couldn't stand it. Skipped forward to find out how they introduced Castiel. Seen most of it now.

Liked the family and inner demon themes, too.