Trump, the Simple Child, answers your Passover questions: Why is this night different from all other nights? Let me tell you. It's a very special night, you know. Very special. We may be eating flat bread, which I gotta tell you is a little bland, but I'll be able to do something about that. Where was I. Oh, right, you know there was no way that Pharaoh was going to let your people go. No way. But you know what he did. He let them go. We are going to do that sort of thing to, you know. We are going to let our people go and make America great again. So many people. Many of them happen to be Jews. Jews that voted for me, some of which are at this seder table right now. I think a lot of Jews want to see a change. And speaking of change, Melania sitting over there on the orthopedic cushion would like to replace this roasted egg with a more permanent faberge egg you can enjoy for Passovers to come. Okay? Thank you.
It has been an honor to share my life with, at least a hundred people through the years. And I have the incredible 21¢ from Google Analytics to prove it.
Of course, my real fifteen minutes of fame has come from a side-gig over at the incomparably cool Forces of Geek, where I've had the pleasure of sharing movie reviews, nostalgia trips and now a new podcast about sequels, remakes and reboots called Oh No They Didn't.
If there's one thing that my recent professional full-time job seeker gig has generated, it's a desire to be a lot more creative on a daily basis. I've probably started more side projects during the past few months than I can keep track of.
But now I'm being paid to write about the biz, and I'm enjoying the structure a lot.
You can now read my work over at ScreenRanthere. I'm on their News beat for starters, but hopefully I'll be able to get some interviews and reviews up in due time.
You'll continue to find Beware of the Blog a great place for my occasional personal rants, shares of ephemeral knowledge and incredibly well structured Haikus.
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Here in America, we used to value not only our electoral process, but the resumes of past Presidential elects.
So if you're just joining us, our new President had never been elected to a public office prior, nor has he served in and/or ranked in our military.
In other fun facts, his Cabinet will be the first without a Hispanic member since 1988.
There is also a smaller percentage of women and nonwhites than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush.
This marks the first President since Truman without a Pet in the White House (though his VP was ironically named Barkley).
Oh, and Donald Trump will be the first President of the United States in 25 years to not have a graduate degree of any kind.
His LinkedIn profile also sucks, so don't get me started. Very, very bad. No endorsements. Should be ashamed.
We're talking about the prequel to Episode IV, or the sequel to Episode III, depending on your generation's affinity for the STAR WARS saga. Also, we discuss the trailers for THE MUMMY reboot, the BLADE RUNNER sequel, and the latest casting updates for the MARY POPPINS thingy.
WESTWORLD (Dir. Michael Crichton, 1973)
NOSFERATU (Dir. F. W. Murnau, 1922)
GOAT (Dir. Andrew Neel, 2016)
BLAIR WITCH (Dir. Adam Wingard, 2016)
I, DANIEL BLAKE (Dir. Ken Loach, 2016)
MOONLIGHT (Dir. Barry Jenkins, 2016)
GIMMIE DANGER (Dir. Jim Jarmusch, 2016)
MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA (Dir. Dash Shaw, 2016)
HELL OR HIGH WATER (Dir. David Mackenzie, 2016)
THE BIRTH OF A NATION (Dir. Nate Parker, 2016)
It took me a while, but I finally sat through BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE last night.
My first attempt was cancelled after 15 minutes in. I couldn't get past the set up, which feels left over from MAN OF STEEL, which you may recall I despised big time.
But, once the story kicks in and the conflicts are built, it actually becomes pretty entertaining (albeit long, and long-winded).
Here are some thoughts...
Better plotting and pacing than MAN OF STEEL
Way better character design and loved the use of Martha-moms coincidence to connect Batman emotionally to Superman during the battle that becomes a team up.
The “can we trust” Superman backlash of the public being generated by media, scandal, and political bad doings added a relatable touch to the story.
A few genuinly beautiful sequences visually, and LOVED Superman catching Lois from falling - stunningly shot/set-up and emotionally pure Superman.
The Ultimate Edition improves the story (according to what I’ve read about the original cut), and the film is justly R rated as it should be.
Lex Luthor: Jesse Eisenberg overdoes his performance, and the character is so insane and annoying that it leaves no room for the things that make Lex a powerful villain in the Superman canon. His Lex Luthor bothers me more than how much Superman was changed in MAN OF STEEL.
So many plot holes and ultimately ridiculous situations, dialogue, and in some cases relationship of characters to geographic location (how does Lois just walk over to the dead Superman at the end, where are they even, where’s everyone else?).
EVERYTHING about Doomsday. Its look, its changed backstory, its motivation, AND I’m pretty sure that it turns into “Nuclear Man” at the climax, as a this-shouldn’t-ever-happen tribute to Superman IV.
The excessive use of cameos of real media personalities. Forced and tired.
The introduction of Aquaman and Cyborg (and technically Wonder Woman) on the Bat Computer was a lame device used in music videos for songs from movie soundtracks when the band can’t figure out how to get clips from the movie into their music video.
And this, most of all, this...
The world has been so caught up with what Superman can do that no one has asked what he should do.
- Senator Finch, Metropolis
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.
- Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park