Sadly, M. Testu-Brissy never actually got to fight any crime, since the first supervillain wasn't invented until 1831. Nevertheless: had any supervillainy actually occurred downwind of prevailing air currents on any of the occasions M. Tetsu-Brissy's mobile justice platform happened to be aloft, M. Tetsu-Brissy and… » 8/28/14 4:24pm Thursday 4:24pm

While I think police militarization is an enormous problem, the police response in this case made a great deal of sense as soon as I saw the location was Littleton, Colorado. That particular community and their near neighbors have had an uniquely tragic experience with armed shooters taking over a building. While… » 8/27/14 9:47pm Wednesday 9:47pm

Me too. The original cut of Donnie Darko is ambiguous, haunting, provocative. The director's cut is a hamfisted and tedious exercise is frosh-level Philosophy. It's Exhibit A in why "studio meddling" is sometimes a good thing. And Southland Tales caused me to actually become stupider while I watched it. » 8/26/14 9:43am 8/26/14 9:43am

And one hopes RDJ will choose wisely when to bow out: I don't think people who are opposed to recasting Iron Man have thought through what the franchise might be like if an actor stayed in too long, the way Roger Moore did in the Bond franchise. Sometime between Live and Let Die and A View To A Kill, Roger Moore went… » 8/20/14 2:01pm 8/20/14 2:01pm

"I mean, screw it. Just screw it. The eyeglasses weren't fooling anyone and I kept losing or breaking 'em, undressing in a phone booth is a pain in the ass, and the cape messes up the jacket lines. From now on, I'm just going out in a bathrobe, and if anyone at the Planet wants to be a smartass about it I'm… » 8/20/14 9:12am 8/20/14 9:12am

This. Exactly. Which means: ignore the way that Lestat quickly became a Gary Stu, and make him (and all the other vampires) composites of the way they're seen by different characters. That is, make them original characters who have recognizable facets of the way they imagine themselves and each other to be. » 8/19/14 10:48am 8/19/14 10:48am

I don't think he did, no: King's novel has a strong supernatural element, yes, but it's first and foremost a story about substance abuse and domestic violence; Kubrick's film, on the other hand, is... kind of a mess, actually. It has some visually stunning elements, but Kubrick's usual clinical detachment undermines… » 8/18/14 10:52am 8/18/14 10:52am

Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon has spent more weeks on the Billboard Top 200 than any other album: 862. 741 of those weeks were consecutive, with the album refusing to leave the charts for nearly 15 straight years, 1973-1988. Apocryphally, there was supposedly a West German record plant that manufactured… » 8/15/14 8:16am 8/15/14 8:16am

Personally, I think every Hollywood screenwriter who thinks "watching people fall in love is interesting, watching people in love is not" ought to be locked in a room with the Powell/Loy Thin Man franchise. It doesn't need to be a whole Ludovico Technique-ish thing with straps and eye prongs; I'm more than happy to… » 8/13/14 8:53am 8/13/14 8:53am

Exactly. Y'know what was made out of Colin Baker coming back as the Six after previously playing a Gallifreyan guard? The answer to a trivia question for hard-core Whovians, that's what. End of story. And I think that's all anyone would care about Capaldi's return: the revised question would be, "What two actors… » 8/13/14 7:30am 8/13/14 7:30am

Not to kick a dead horse, but in two of Mr. Abrams' other, more recent science fiction projects, we see (1) a character marooned on a planet in one star system watch a planet implode in another star system (the planet in the other star system appears in the sky several times larger than Earth's Moon appears in our… » 8/12/14 7:43am 8/12/14 7:43am

No, Shakespeare bought into the ridiculous propaganda of Henry Tudor. In fact, Richard III was a generous and loving King before his completely accidental and unavoidable decapitation at Bosworth Field which his nephew had absolutely nothing to do with. Henry Tudor, unfortunately, was trying to cover up his own lack… » 8/11/14 6:31pm 8/11/14 6:31pm