Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Likestrek's Wild World of Sports (and Other Stuff)

The whole Donald Sterling controversy is surely blazing inferno in our society and I must put my thoughts down for posterity. Conservatives pounced when the NBA cracked down on it.  "We're allowed to be assholes!" a friend commented on Facebook. Like fuck you are! In this particular case, as owner, Sterling was the face of a NBA franchise which, theoretically, should be a family friendly thing.   

"If you don't agree with his policies, just boycott." Yes, you could, still, for that matter, but the NBA still did the right thing for removing the reason for doing so. I have never been to LA so I couldn't tell you how far apart where the Clippers play from where the Lakers play but let's assume the NBA aren't just money grubbing whores and LA needs both teams for the greater good.

"But he's been a racist since he bought the team back in the '80's." We didn't have the internet so info didn't travel as quickly.  The Clippers are the NBA equivalent of the Mets and, until they started winning, have been overshadowed by the Lakers as far as anybody outside of Los Angeles knew. This may be the one time ignorance is an actual excuse.

Today, I learned that the woman who had recorded his comments, V. Stiviano, was not his mistress but, according to her, "his archivist."  I have friends who are archivists, and am technically the archivist of my church, so I find this hilarious. "What's she archiving? His sperm?" joked Aisha Tyler on The Talk.

Now, let's discuss me. Since I mentioned the library thing, some of you must be wondering about how I am feeling and if I'm ready to go back to "the old salt mines." I have say, and I noticed this on Saturday or so, I'm less inclined to be the recluse I was this past winter but still don't feel like writing and don't really have any interest in regular employment. I wouldn't say this as anything to do with my health but more to do with my continued, or more accurately, resumed grief over the loss of my seminary job. As an introvert especially I'm sure, I'm wary of jumping right back into another community just yet... 

The other thing I've noticed is my cat is driving me insane. For a cat, he's way too clingy.  I had to shut him in the bedroom this morning just to have time to myself. When I leave the apartment, or just the room for that matter, it frequently causes a hissy fit, and not the usual "another cat in the yard" kind... Is there a "grandma's house" equivalent I can look into?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Justice Is For The Young?

I recently finished binge-watching the first season of Young Justice on Netflix. What an awesome show! Fans of Greg Weisman's other stuff (Gargoyles, Spectacular Spider-man) know that he perhaps overcompensates for the lack of continuity found in many cartoons of my '80's childhood by have continuous threads throughout the show that you'd find in dramas like LOST or Once Upon a Time which is kinda awesome but I can see how that choice could play into why the shows don't last beyond 2 seasons.

I'd love to know what age group he was targeting.  The plots were very complex for a show where the main cast was teenagers. What was also fascinating about the season was it guest-starred heroes that figured prominently in Batman: The Brave and The Bold (which was the previous DC cartoon on the air) such as Green Arrow, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Red Tornado, Aquaman and of course Batman; not to mention villains such as The Brain and Monsieur Mallah. (Actually, those two were Teen Titan villains first...)

The fact the adult Captain Marvel is really 10 Year old Billy Batson has never been exploited as well as it was here. Another connection to Brave and the Bold but not Justice League was their treatment of the Lords of Order/Lords of Chaos with Dr. Fate and Klarion the Witchboy. (I'm not surprised Justice League had Mordred instead as, I'm sorry but, that name is almost as stupid as the dragon Fing Fang Foom...)

Before I close, I must comment on the voice casting. The voice cast features many of the usual suspects from both DC AND Marvel animated productions. The intresting thing was some were reprising characters...and some weren't! For instance, Bruce Greenwood reprises the voice of Batman from a direct to DVD Batman:Under the Red Hood, which I suppose makes him the 3rd most recognizable Batman voice after Kevin Conroy and Adam West, but on the flip of the coin, Oded Fehr isn't voicing Dr. Fate like he is in my head (and Justice League); here he's Ra's al-Ghul! Finally, how can none of the Star Trek actors (John DeLancie, Rene Auberjonois, Robert Beltran and Brent Spiner as Joker and Marina Sirtis as Queen Bee in particular) have any significant scenes together?    

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Reviews and Rant

I was looking forward to the new Captain America  sequel coming out this weekend.  I discover it wasn't listed on the website  of my local theater or their phone listing.  This has been happening more and more lately.  Neither Green Lantern nor The Wolverine were shown.  (Man of Steel  must have been and I wasn't in town for  Ironman 3 or Thor: The Dark World.) For years now, they've been the "art house" theater of the Portland area. (Which I think is stupid but whatever...)  Currently, they're showing the Grand Budapest Hotel on 2 screens (TWO screens!) and will be showing 2 parts of  Nymphomaniac.  Who the hell wants to watch a sex movie with Shia Lebouf?  What kills me is this theater is situated between 2 comicbook shops! (TWO!) Because I don't drive, and because the theater in Falmouth which was directly on the busline is no more, the best option is to take the bus to So. Portland, get off at the grocery store and then walk from there. Coordinating both movie times and the bus schedule (and keep in mind, I'd have to walk downtown to get the bus meaning more coordination...) makes my head hurt just to think about...

Anyway, I did end up watching to 2 movies this past weekend.  Saturday morning, I finally watched  The Wolverine on DVDI guess you could say I watched a movie with a HYDRA agent afterall... (Actually, I doubt Viper WAS part of that organization here since Fox wouldn't have the rights to the name...) Um....Anyway, this is movie was very well done and probably my second favorite X-Men  movie after First Class. (Oh, I saw a poster of the sequel to that at the theater. We'll see if they show it...) Logan dealing with being, basically, an immortal in a world of mortals was quite a deep subject for a comicbook movie.

My one quibble and no one should be surprised this bothers me.  This movie is set after the horrible X-Men: The Last Stand.  (My typing fingers wanted to call it "The Last Satan"...) storywise makes sense except, in the comic Logan's vist to Japan happens a long time ago.  In both versions, he mets a woman named Yuriko.  Thankfully, he doesn't necessarily spurn her advances as he does in the comic because her "future alter ego" of Lady Deathstrike was already introduced in X2: X-Men United...

Though there has been talk of The Wolverine 2, no one has mentioned my plot idea.  There can be a direct-ish sequel.  In this movie, Logan fights the Silver Samurai (and Viper). The second person to take up that mantle is Shinobi Shaw; the son of Sebastian Shaw who was played by Kevin Bacon in  First Class...

 That afternoon, I still wanted to see a movie at the theater so I walked down and saw Noah. It was great.  It has gotten complaints from some Christian groups that it isn't "biblically-literal" enough.  Yes, in this there are fallen angels called Watchers who were turned to rock creatures when they offered to help the exiled Adam and Eve and therefore pissed off The Creator but God was an ass in several places of the Hebrew scripture so this didn't bother me. 

What did bother me was the end.  I understand the drama of staggering the ages of Noah's three sons but how do you bring the human race back when the only women left are Noah's wife and Shem's wife and daughters? When I told him about it, my father referenced The Beans of Egypt Maine...

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Perception

I actually wrote this blog post in my head months, or maybe years ago, but decided not to share the thoughts with you all.  But, now with the seizure meds or whatever, the filters for what I think you want to read and what I want to talk about are gone so...

A review I read of the How I Met Your Mother finale mentioned in passing that his friends hung out in a bar like on this show and not in a coffee house like on Friends. I would say, given the choice, my friends are more likely to go to a coffeehouse. (Strictly speaking, it might be accurate to say a 70/30 split...)

This comment mad me think of other TV shows and why or why not I liked them. Judging by what's popular in specifically the sitcom genre these days, my family life was/is completely different than everyone else's.  My family is more like the Huxtables or the Keatons than the family on Raising Hope for instance.  (Yes, we all have at least one advanced degree and watch PBS...). 

As I know I've mentioned before, like on Big Bang Theory my friends and I probably would discuss whether anybody besides Thor is worthy enough to wield the power of Thor. (Hell, the Secret Defenders team-up of Thunderstrike and War Machine against forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film villainess Nebula was awesome!)

To go on a brief tangent into the realm of movies to close, I remember discussing with a library science classmate how I like most "chick flicks" but don't like "black chick flicks" like Waiting to Exhale.  She pointed out that it may just be one too many frames of reference to overcome. As good an explanation as any...
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