Yesterday, the New York Times profiled Zack Snyder and Man of Steel, his forthcoming Superman film. The whole thing is worth reading; I want to hone in on one point Snyder makes:
Mr. Snyder recognized that “Man of Steel” did not fit neatly into his oeuvre of stylized B-movies like his “Dawn of the Dead” remake and “300,” a retelling of the battle of Thermopylae, but he said he saw overarching connections.
“I feel like my movies have always been very subversive, even when people haven’t perceived how subversive they really are,” he said confidently. “For me, what’s subversive about Superman is that it’s not subversive.”
I find this comment interesting, if only because I’ve recently been thinking about how perfectly the idea of Superman fits into the worldview of Snyder’s oeuvre. He is, in his own weird way, a filmmaker who is relentlessly optimistic about the human condition.Read More
The latest issue of GQ features a gripping profile on the long-time sushi chef to Kim Jong-il’s entourage.
Kenji Fujimoto (alias obvs) was the Johnny Drama (he cooked) and the Turtle (he bought the Dead Leader all of his drugs, in this case, French cognac and Big Macs) to Jong-il’s Vinny Chase. Their relationship was largely like Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy’s in Driving Miss Daisy with Fujimoto sharing old VHS tapes of reruns of “Iron Chef” and reassuring Jong-il of his loyalty while Jong-il kept Fujimoto out of re-education gulags. Meanwhile, Jong-il had a Voldemort-like obsession with immortality, often quizzing Fujimoto on whether shark-fin soup could ward off cancer. I could use another pop culture reference, but I try to keep it to three references per post.Read More
British officials meet following meat clever terrorist attack.
Jon Huntsman creates new Super-Pac.
Obama expected to address new drone policy, Guantanamo Bay, and the war on terror in a speech later today.
I don’t get it: cookie dipping spoons.
Wait, there are sinkholes in Washington?
Riots light up Sweden following a fatal police shooting.
The Internet (and by the Internet, I mean “Twitter”) erupted into a cacophonous fit of righteous fury last night when the creator of the “GIF” file format strenuously denounced the OED for suggesting that GIF could be pronounced with either a soft or a hard g.
[Steve Wilhite] is proud of the GIF, but remains annoyed that there is still any debate over the pronunciation of the format.
“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”
Of course, when someone says “end of story” it is never actually the end of the story. If it was the end of the story, you wouldn’t have to announce it; the story would be over, the fight settled, the victor declared, etc. The fight is not over. Wilhite and his ilk are losing. And they should. Because GIF is pronounced with a hard g.Read More
Stan Veuger’s running gag of “21 Greatest Conservative Rap Songs of All Time” is one of the few things The Free Beacon and The New Republic can mutual agree on: it’s contrived dreck that’s co-opting hip-hop to fit into AEI policy. Perhaps it’s the only thing we agree upon. It’s like cats befriending dogs.Read More
Garcetti wins L.A. mayoral race.
Germany switches, supports adding Hezbollah to the EU’s terrorist list.
Golfer Sergio Garcia apologizes to Tiger Woods for ‘fried chicken’ comment.
Anthony Weiner announces New York City mayoral campaign.
Immigration bill moves to Senate after passing 13-5 in the judiciary committee.
Notre Dame cathedral cleared after man shoots himself at the altar.
The United States court system is built upon the Sixth Amendment, which entitles Americans to a fair and speedy trial with an impartial jury. And now, thanks to the increasing use of Urban Dictionary in our courts, Americans also enjoy the right to a trial in the slang of their choosing. How else could county court handle a dispute between two “ratchets?”
The Newspaper of Record breaks it down:Read More
The two groups Americans of all stripes condemn are members of Congress and hipsters. And the latest evidence that hipsters are bound to plummet further into the reputation depths is this: the rising price of beer.
A cheap glass of beer is fast becoming an endangered species in New York City – and you can blame Pabst Blue Ribbon-swilling hipsters for that.Read More