The other day, someone asked me how deeply I’d delved into the Star Wars expanded universe.
By way of response, I simply asked, “How much do you want to know about what Wedge Antilles has been up since the Battle of Endor?”
Understandably, the person had no follow-up.
Meet Glyph, a headset that beams video into your eyes.
Interestingly, at the top of my list of Things I Don’t Want To Do, you’ll find “beam things directly into my eyes.” And following not too far behind, you’ll find “cover half my face with a giant visor.”
So, from the headline and the image alove, my sense is this new product is probably not for me.
The Spanish-language title for I, Frankenstein is both accurate and awesome.
Except insofar as “Frankenstein” is the name of the scientist who creates him; “I, Monster” or “Yo, Monstruo” would be accurate.
There are very few things that get my elitist hackles up more than when people refer to the Monster as Frankenstein.
(Source: thedissolve, via wilwheaton)
There is no film that couldn’t be improved by the addition of Chow Yun-fat.
Here’s my quick review of the second installation of The Hobbit:
As a prequel to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, this film was nicely structured; it did a nice job of bringing back characters we loved, like Legolas, and characters we loved to hate, like Sauron. Like with any sort of fan fiction, it’s fun to imagine what these guys were up to before The Fellowship of the Ring.
As a sequel to the first Hobbit film, this movie was almost completely unnecessary. The parts that were keepers involved the dragon … so about a half hour of a two hour and forty minute extravaganza of non-Tolkien nonsense that included a luke-warm love affair between an elf and a tallish dwarf.
But who could have imagined, when it was first announced that one book would become three crazily-long movies, that they’d end up filling up time with a bunch of stuff that wasn’t in the book and bore no real connection to the main plotline? Oh, right, everyone.
For those who missed my review of the first Hobbit film, it’s here.
roguepriest asked: Have you seen the incredibly excellent movie The Butler? Why haven't you written about it?
- I haven’t seen it, no.
- See #1.
In fact, I think I’ve only seen one or two movies in a movie theatre in the past few months. In the middle of a semester, and with two small children, it can be a real challenge to get out to the movies.
And, truth be told, when we do go, we tend to see the big blockbuster movies that won’t look quite as impressive on our television at home (where we tend to watch the vast majority of our movies using some streaming service or other, most often Netflix).
But I’ve added this one to our queue; thanks for the recommendation!
Have others seen this movie? Do you agree with Drew’s assessment that it’s “incredibly excellent”?
The Youth of America, Ladies and Gentlemen
I ended my lecture this morning — on Richard Rorty and the power of literature to help us imagine new identities for ourselves, especially when it comes to moral decision-making — by asking students about “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Specifically, I asked them whether they identified with one of the main characters over the others. By “main character,” I had in mind Luke, Leia, and Han. I suppose a case could be made, also, that Darth Vader is a main character … but I wasn’t thinking that anyone would consider him as an exemplar of moral decision-making.
One student said he always identified with Luke Skywalker. Another chose Obi-Wan Kenobi (somewhat unusually, I think, since he appears for only a few minutes and we learn almost nothing about him).
The other twenty-two students stared at me as though I’d just asked them to pick their favorite character from “My Dinner With Andre.”
What are we teaching our children?
Nom Nom Nom
Disclosure 1: My wife and I went to see “Hunger Games 2: Electric Boogaloo” this afternoon.
Disclosure 2: This film made me reevaluate all of my previous claims about the Hunger Games trilogy of novels.
Whereas I previously claimed that the books were all action and no character development, that the stakes were impossibly low because the people had no inner lives, I now see the error of my ways. In this film, after all, we learn that — SPOILER ALERT!!! — Katniss has a favorite color and that color is green.
Disclosure 3: Disclosure 2 is a lie.