Tuesday, April 30, 2013
It is one of the most visually spectacular movies I have seen. The first half is a very good movie in its own right. The second half is mostly narcissistic trash, only periodically compelling, in which Cruise also rewrites the story of his break-up with Nicole Kidman, in what seems to me an unseemly manner.
Most of all, it is a Straussian commentary on Scientology (and Kidman), you can start your research here. I am stunned but not surprised that very few reviews have picked on this angle at all (so far it seems that none have and even Quora fell down on the job). Without such knowledge, the movie makes no sense whatsoever. With such knowledge, the movie is entirely coherent but in some regards more objectionable.
Monday, April 29, 2013
1. Grantland's look at recent NBA players that have been shocking successes or failures. (How many of the unexpected careers can be explained as "he started/stopped using drugs/PEDs?")
2. I highly recommend Stacy Peralta's documentary Bones Brigade, which is available for free streaming at Netflix.
3. I might have posted this before, but it's really good advice about life.
4. If you like t-shirts and ultimate fighting, check out my buddy's indiegogo campaign.
UPDATE: Natalie and Ben Z won and should have received an email from me.
This Wednesday Jeffrey Brown (Vader's Little Princess) and Daniel Wallace (Book of Sith) will be answering fan questions live as part of a week long celebration of all things Star Wars. As part of the festivities, I'm giving away two copies of both books.
For a chance to win simply comment on this post and include your email so I can get in touch if you win. One comment per person, and USA residents only, please. I'll announce the winners Wednesday morning.
And of course, you can buy The Book of Sith, Vader's Little Princess, and Brown's Darth Vader and Son (nominated for an Eisner for best humor) at hefty discounts at Amazon.
(BTW, Tron Legacy's "Rinzler" owes his name to JW Rinzler.)
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Gregory Maguire's excellent series of Oz novels, including Wicked, are $2 each today at Amazon. (I've read the first three and am reading number 4 right now.)
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Lyra and her Golden Compass by Rory Phillips.
Kyle Starks made a cheat sheet for the lackluster Hemlock Grove.
AJ Hateley posted a bunch of Pokemon rewards for her kickstarter.
Art from Spoke Art's Scorsese tribute is now on sale.
Consumer Recreation Services - - Last Exit to Nowhere's latest tee is based on The Game.
*Buy Pokemon at eBay.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
New fiction from Byliner:
In her first new book in a decade, acclaimed author Joy Williams takes on one of mankind's most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being. Her series of 99 short, fictional vignettes is like the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass—a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments that is by turns comic and yearning and Kafkaesque.You can download a copy at Amazon and the usual estores.
Threatening, glitchy warning from Zod to Superman. Via this interview with David OReilley about his very good Adventure Time episode. (Count me in the group that thought the opening was too intense for young viewers):
A lot of people complained that scene was too extreme for kids' TV, but I think people don't give them credit for what they can tolerate. If they have the Internet they're pretty much exposed to the open mouth of hell at all times.
1. Incredible gif showing five Yu Darvish pitches at once. And here's one showing a single devastating curve to Mike Trout.
2. A look back at No Limit Sports Managament and its diamond-covered tank.
3. Kindergarten Cop references in Silent Hill.
1. LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes now available at iTunes with 80 characters.
2. Prometheus action figures sales are so poor that NECA's not going to release the Shaw and Fifeld figures. (Unfortunately, I believe that's true of the great looking Borderlands 2 figures, also.)
3. LA Times:
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca demoted three top supervisors this week in connection with an alleged cheating scam during a regional law enforcement relay race last year, officials said.
The allegations arose from the "Baker to Vegas" event — a foot race for charity that draws police agencies from several states. After that race, the event's organizers received word that one of the contest's faster participants was not a law enforcement employee.
It turned out that the team representing the sheriff's Transit Services Bureau allowed someone not listed on their roster to jump in and run a leg, officials said.4. Last Exit to Nowhere is giving away a glow in the dark Ghostbusters-inspired tee today.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
There’s new evidence that the strain of cholera raging through Haiti today is an especially toxic one that was delivered by United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal, sent to respond to Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010.Via.
Adam Paul Savader, the 21-year-old from Great Neck accused of internet extortion and cyberstalking 15 women by the FBI, also happens to have been Paul Ryan's "sole intern" during Mitt Romney's failed presidential bid.3. The switch from Google Reader to Feedly was painless and took seconds, even though I follow close to 2,000 feeds. Feedly preserves your folders and even transfers your saved items.
Thirteen female corrections officers essentially handed over control of a Baltimore jail to gang leaders, prosecutors said. The officers were charged Tuesday in a federal racketeering indictment.
The indictment described a jailhouse seemingly out of control. Four corrections officers became pregnant by one inmate. Two of them got tattoos of the inmate’s first name, Tavon — one on her neck, the other on a wrist.3. I'm sad to see this storyline on Penny Arcade come to an end. Also, the latest elimination episode of Strip Search was great.
The giant moray eel can grow to three metres in length and bites its prey with two sets of jaws—the obvious ones and a second set in its throat that can be launched forward like Hollywood’s Alien. It’s not a creature to be trifled with. But the coral grouper not only seeks out giant morays, but actively rouses them by vigorously shaking its body. The move is a call to arms that tells the moray to join the grouper in a hunt.5. The latest batch of custom toys at Tenacious Toys includes Statler and Waldorf.
*Buy Freemason rings at ebay.