This was a lot more entertaining than I expected. Making it a little slice of life for regular people in a world with superheroes was a really great way to do this fight on a budget.
Okay, I’ll preface this by saying as a White Dude, I am not qualified to speak on the broader race controversy with the casting. I will say that Lewis Tan was definitely a lot better at kickpunching than Finn Jones, and for that reason alone would have been better.
Over on Vox there’s a great little article about how a guy created an AI to watch Blade Runner and Through a Scanner Darkly and re-encode it. The result is kind of fucking trippy but also really interesting in the sense of how the machine interprets various visual elements.
So one of my company’s clients does events for big corporate lawyers; we do the transcripts for those events. Sometimes they can be a bit of an eyeroll, but a lot of the time you realize these bigwigs are generally decent folks who are trying to do the right thing on sometimes a very large scale.
I live in Los Angeles, but this past weekend I made the trek up to Fresno because my friends of the Fresno Zombie Society were putting on Comic Crawl 2015 — basically a 12-stop bar-hopping party in Fresno’s Tower District. Dressed up in your comic/genre finest.
Yesterday I came across a rather vituperative rant on Wired about how awful Avengers: Age of Ultron was. You can go and read it yourself if you like. The author brings up a lot of interesting points, although they are in many ways diametrically opposed to what I took away from the movie.
Over on Boingboing, someone posted this video of a couple of badasses flying around on jet-powered wingsuits. As in, buzzing the Burj Khalifa at 125 mph.
Last month, I wrote about a cool movie on Netflix that turned out to be the pilot episode for a new “alternate realities” show. I really enjoyed it, but I wanted more — and so did a lot of other commenters. Well, I have some good news for you: More is coming.
So I just watched Parallels, which Wikipedia actually lists as a TV show — which I damn well hope happens! The show unfortunately shares its name with other recent stuff, as well as some kind of software, but it just got released on Netflix if that helps anyone find it. I definitely recommend you do.
I nominate Emily Rose for Captain Marvel (lead actress on Haven, which I am currently binging on). She's showing proper acting chops, has no problem being an Action Girl, and she's on Haven, which is reasonably nerdcore.
So, watching Black Mirror recently got me thinking. Technology is supposed to be helpful to us, and a lot of the time it is! But apart from actual abuse (i.e., drunk drivers, criminal undertakings, etc.), wartime application, and environmental issues, sometimes technology that's meant to help can be a double-edged…
I want it to be April 10th like RIGHT NOW.
I wish I knew who to be mad at about this. The Beeb? B&N?
I have the same problem with these as I have with the Daleks themselves: How are we supposed to be terrified of a robot that can be defeated by stairs?