Friday, August 29, 2008

PUMA Party

With John McCain's bizarre choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his veep, he totally undercuts his attacks on Obama's so-called lack of experience (itself a misnomer), by picking someone who's been in public life for even less time! Is there any doubt that the Palin pick is a pretty naked ploy to appeal to the crazed Hillary-folks who are still out there clinging to her candidacy despite Hillary's own full-throated endorsement of Obama? Let him have 'em, I say. Good riddance to bad rubbish. And I think he'll be surprised at just how few of these nutbars -- so desperate for a female candidate that they'll support one who's aligned against their own best interests -- there really are.

A Dream Defined

Last night, accepting the Democratic nomination for president, Barack Obama gave what is perhaps the greatest speech in his long history of great speeches:



There's not much I can add that hasn't been said already, suffice it to say that the game is now, at long last, afoot.

We've talked at length during this primary season about how Barack Obama's entire unlikely journey was like something out of The West Wing, and several commentators last night made note of how Obama's acceptance speech had echoes of Aaron Sorkin's The American President. They weren't kidding, either. Check this out:



Whoa.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Momentous Occasion

I'm sitting here at Chicago's Midway Airport, patiently waiting for my flight that will shortly spirit me home to the Bay Area. What makes this otherwise ordinary event so auspicious is that, thanks to my MacBook and the magic spirits you and I know as "airport wi-fi," I'm able to sit here and update my blog. An age of wonders, this! Unfortunately, I don't really have anything important to post, so...yeah.

Hollywood Kryptonite


Well, looks like that Superman Returns sequel we first talked about here and here and here, and which is has been interminably worming its way through Warners' GI tract for the past few years will never happen. The higher-ups at the WB have announced that in lieu of a SR sequel, they're going to attempt a quickie reboot a la The Incredible Hulk from earlier this year. The money quote from Warner prexy Jeff Robinov, via The Wall Street Journal:
'Superman' didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to," says Mr. Robinov. "It didn't position the character the way he needed to be positioned." "Had 'Superman' worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009," he adds. "But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all."
Fair enough. It's pretty hard to argue for a sequel to a mega-budget movie that didn't make its money back domestically, and two years out the many flaws in Returns become much more apparent, classifying it as more of a noble failure than a home run. So, even though I wouldn't have minded a continuation, I can see why they'd be advocating a fresh start that presumably tosses director Bryan Singer and leaves star Brandon Routh as the George Lazenby of the red-and-blue tights set. Then, a little further down in the piece comes this gem:
Mr. Robinov wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as "The Dark Knight." Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.' DC properties. "We're going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it," he says. That goes for the company's Superman franchise as well.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't one of the problems with Returns that it was too dark and brooding? Oy, here we go again...

Recommended Reading

Come every election cycle, it seems we get one of those news stories regarding Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, and their place in both critiquing and defining the current cultural discourse. Here's another one.

And Obama's Veep Is...

Joe Biden.

Good choice.