Sunday, December 31, 2006

Recommended Reading

Saddam Hussein is dead. Robert Fisk offers some perspective.

See you next year, everybody!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hyphen-sense, tingling!

Turns out, one of Spidey's hidden powers is the ability to "see" punctuation.

Can't argue with that.

The Batman has a gift for understatement.

(Props to Steve Horton for unearthing this one.)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Shiny.

For those of you wondering about my thoughts on Rocky Balboa, my in-depth comments will have to wait for my year-end wrap-up, but suffice it to say, if you haven't seen it yet, go.

That out of the way, here's a nice hi-res shot of the Silver Surfer, as seen in next summer's Fantastic Four sequel. And to see him in action, check out the new teaser trailer. I didn't love the first FF flick (didn't hate it, either), but just based on what we see here, this one doesn't look bad. We'll see.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Rolling Out

You don't see much in the new teaser for the live-action Transformers, but what you do see... hoo-boy. Color me impressed.

(And while we're on the subject of trailers, I don't know how I missed posting the first look at Live Free or Die Hard -- yep, Die Hard 4 -- due the same weekend as Transformers next summer. Who says this isn't the new age of franchise reinvention?)

Nostalgia Theater: Rocky Edition

As you can tell, the last few weeks have been a little light on the blogging. This is mainly due to the pinch of trying to wrap up my fall classes and put the bow on my thesis. I will, however, definitely be watching Rocky Balboa (a.k.a. Rocky VI) later today. There's certain things you just make time for. Anyway, thesis duty probably means I won't have a review up until the weekend, but I thought I'd prime the pump for any fellow Rock-heads out there with this little beauty, one of the series' trademark "montages cut to '80s arena rock."

Friday, December 08, 2006

Recommended Reading

Jimmy Carter discusses the lack of discussion here in the States of the Israel-Palestine conflict:
The many controversial issues concerning Palestine and the path to peace for Israel are intensely debated among Israelis and throughout other nations — but not in the United States. For the last 30 years, I have witnessed and experienced the severe restraints on any free and balanced discussion of the facts. This reluctance to criticize any policies of the Israeli government is because of the extraordinary lobbying efforts of the American-Israel Political Action Committee and the absence of any significant contrary voices.

It would be almost politically suicidal for members of Congress to espouse a balanced position between Israel and Palestine, to suggest that Israel comply with international law or to speak in defense of justice or human rights for Palestinians. Very few would ever deign to visit the Palestinian cities of Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Gaza City or even Bethlehem and talk to the beleaguered residents. What is even more difficult to comprehend is why the editorial pages of the major newspapers and magazines in the United States exercise similar self-restraint, quite contrary to private assessments expressed quite forcefully by their correspondents in the Holy Land.
Buy Carter's book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid here.