Things of note for the week ending Friday March 25th, 2016.
1. THE ART OF THE FRIENDSHIP BREAKUP
This analysis on the art of friendship break up is actually quite lovely.
2. LOOK INTO THE LENS
Herein please find a photographic record of people who look into the screen and not the lens during selfies. It’s just upsetting. Featuring such greats as:
And yeah, this is probably my favourite thing of the week.
3. BATMAN V SUPERMAN (NO SPOILERS)
First thing first: this happened on Tuesday.
So that was nice.
And then I got to see Batman V Superman and, contrary to popular opinion, I thought it was really actually quite good. If you’re umming and ah-ing about whether or not you should see it this Easter weekend, then I’d absolutely recommend you do. Even if you fall into the naysayer party thereafter, I guarantee there will be moments that you can’t deny are excellent.
Ben Affleck is a great older, more grizzled, and world-weary Batman. In fact, I’d go further than that, I’d say he was nigh-on perfect. There are a few things you could pick at but the fact that Bat’s history is just there (e.g.: Wayne Manor isn’t what you expect it to be (and never explained why), you glimpse a defaced Robin outfit in the Batcave, and hell, if you really wanna stretch things out, you could explain away certain scenes as long-term side-effects from Scarecrow fear toxin) means the film is giving credit to its audience to just knowing about Bats and his background.
On a related note, Jeremy Irons as Alfred is (and always has been) inspired casting and he is no disappointment either, stealing almost every scene he appears in.
Henry Cavill continues to grow into his Superman pants. Wiser (but still learning, still naive) and more familiar with his own powers; he is Kal-el of Krypton. And it has to be said, the interplay between him and Batfleck is fantastic. The first time they both meet is excellent – and I pretty much grinned throughout the whole thing.
There are a number of cameos throughout, the most heavily trailered of which (and to be honest, the only trailered) was Gal Godot as Diana Prince, aka – Wonder Woman. It is honestly an extended cameo but the first time you see her rock out in full WW gear? The entire cinema cheered (both times I’ve seen the film – and I’ll come back to that). WW kicked ass, and I can’t wait for her own film next year.
So yeah, I enjoyed it.
I enjoyed it so much I saw it again Friday morning (this morning in fact) in full IMAX (which, given that around 30mins of the film was shot using IMAX cameras, makes a difference).
If you’re a fan, I think you’ll like it. There’s a ton of stuff in there that hasn’t been spoiled / trailed yet and genuinely there are some true stand out moments. So y’know, go see it. And, if you can, in IMAX.
Is it a 2.5hr trailer for Dawn of Justice? Nah, not really. Is it a perfect superhero film? Of course not. But look, I’ve seen it twice now and I still think the critics are mostly wrong. Batman v Superman is actually great entertainment and both a worthy follow up to Man of Steel and a healthy set up for the DC cinematic universe. Some of it sign-posted, other parts not (as in, to labour the point, you definitely haven’t seen it in the trailers).
And hey, if you REALLY don’t like it, Lego Batman is out soon, so go see that instead.
4. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT TAY?
You probably did. It was Microsoft’s ‘teen girl’ AI that turned into a Hitler-loving sex-robot within 24hrs. Really not kidding.
I reckon you’ve probably read about it already. What you probably haven’t read is Microsoft’s response ‘Learning from Tay’s introduction‘ that literally just went live.
Yeah, it went wrong. When they realised, they killed it.
And now they’re learning from it.
5. THE TICK IS BACK!
Y’all know THE TICK, right? This guy!
He had a TV show once too.
(watch an episode on YouTube, why not?)
What’s MORE is that The Tick also has a LIVE ACTION TV series.
All fairly zany etc but overall, a good laugh – in any form.
Why am I telling you this? Well, there’s GOOD NEWS. Thanks to the good folk at Amazon, this last iteration of our blue friend, is making a comeback. And what’s more, they just announced who would be donning the heroic mandibles and it’s none other than Mr Peter Serafinowicz.
If you’re familiar with either of these characters, you’ll love this announcement. If not, then GO LOOK INTO IT. LIKE NOW AND STUFF.
Bonuses this week are as follows:
- Tesco and its COMPLETELY made up farms – WTF?
- Finally, long-time readers will know how much I am a fan of Conan O’Brien. His short piece onthe late Garry Shandling is really worth a watch.
- Reasons why I love Fincher (#11772)
Now… go enjoy your weekend.