The new Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Part One Section A Version Three) trailer dropped last week after some a-hole released a shaky-cam sub-HD version of the trailer on social media. It’s not as bad as stealing Game of Thrones episodes, but it’s still kind of a dick move. Check it out here:
The mother of the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq has written an open letter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff complaining about his recent comments dismissing the importance of Ramadi. In the letter Debbie Lee, who lost her son Marc to fighting in Ramadi in 2006, describes how General Martin Dempsey’s claim that the city is “not symbolic in any way” made her feel. Dempsey’s comments and Lee’s letter come as the Islamic State is on the verge of capturing the city.
Barry Strauss’ The Death of Caesar begins with the triumphant Julius returning to Rome, surrounded by allies and well-wishers—many of whom would eventually take part in the plot to kill him—and then takes the reader on a compelling tour of the events surrounding Caesar’s assassination and the subsequent struggle between competing parties and conceptions of Roman government.
Of the many Hillary Clinton gaffes this week, the one I found least compelling was her totally reasonable refusal to “tip” the employees at Chipotle. I don’t know when we started tipping fast food workers (it certainly didn’t start when I was manning the counter at McDonald’s), but the whole idea is idiotic for any number of reasons: We tip waiters because they are providing a wholly different, far more complex service and because they make the tipped wage (the federal minimum wage for tipped employees is just $2.13/hour) and rely on tips for their livelihood. This faux-controversy is dumb. LEAVE HILLARY ALONE (about this; feel free to pile on about everything else).
More complex is the situation around Britt McHenry. Now, you’ve probably never heard of Britt McHenry—but neither had most of the people calling for her to be fired after video of her freaking out on a tow truck company’s employee surfaced. It took almost the entire work day for the social media mob to find someone to sacrifice, but they did it! Good job, good effort guys. We needed our daily expiation!
“Basically, it’s an ideas movie,” Alex Garland said toward the end of our interview about his new picture, Ex Machina. “It’s to provoke conversations and the thing I really hoped about this film more than anything—and it was made at a budget that allowed this to happen, a sort of creative freedom, really—is that it could be thoughtful.”