I’m currently reading Jonathan Taplin’s Move Fast and Break Things, which I feel should have the subtitle, Actually, Tech Companies Are Bad And Things Were Better When People Did LSD And There Were No Libertarians.* I was especially amused by Taplin’s faux-horror here:
I am fascinated by this paragraph from a Deadline writeup of Alien: Covenant‘s mediocre box office opening. Specifically, the bolded line:
Alien: Covenant is a film that’s asking the big questions, the life-altering musings that only the greatest masters of cinema would attempt to tackle. Questions that have reverberated throughout the ages. Questions like: Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Why did the people making Prometheus hire Guy Pearce—in his mid-forties when the film was released—to play the wizened, ancient, age-spot-covered Peter Weyland?
In the latest Substandard, Vic, JVL, and I lamented the passing of Powers Boothe (a longer remembrance here, if you’re interested) and discussed the latest film from Guy Ritchie, Chav King Arthur. In an effort to troll me, JVL claimed to like it, going so far as to say it’s the third-best Guy Ritchie film.
This is codswallop, as the kids* say. Codswallop! Chav King Arthur is trash and everyone knows it. Indeed, it is right near the bottom of any proper appreciation of Guy Ritchie’s films. Which, after the podcast, we shall rank.
I think we have a frontrunner for Free Beacon Man of the Year, folks:
In the latest episode of The Substandard, JVL, Vic, and I discuss the new Guardians of the Galaxy flick and rank pizzas, among other things. It’s a pretty amazing episode, you should probably subscribe and/or rate the show after listening. I don’t want to talk about any of that, though. What I want to talk about is the pleasure of, finally, selling the f—k out.
A rather silly piece about the state of “prestige TV”—whatever that term even means—made the rounds yesterday on the twitters. It’s one of these odd bits of criticism that poses as bold iconoclasm but actually restates a lot of what has already been said elsewhere. Just as a for-instance, this paragraph made me scratch my head: