Iron Man 2: A Cinematic Snafu

A Brief History
Last week, my friend and fellow blogger/twitterer/film geek Aubrey Hansen made it known that, having enjoyed the first Iron Man film, she was preparing to watch the second. That’s right: the deservedly infamous Iron Man 2.

I like to think that I’m a good friend; at least, I try to be. So in the interest of saving two hours of her life, I immediately fired a warning tweet across her bow. It went something like this: “Noooooooooooooooooooo!” 

Alas, she watched it anyway (apparently unimpressed with my Skywalker-style caution). Not only that, she actually gave it thumbs up. A minor debate erupted in our corner of the Twitterverse, with several other friends jumping in just for the heck of it. One thing led to another, and then Aubrey wrote a post about it (read here).

This is my response. Continue reading Iron Man 2: A Cinematic Snafu

Flotsam & Jetsam (6/18)

Some Thoughts on the Superman and Jesus Thing – If you enjoyed Man of Steel as much as I did, you’ll enjoy this short but thought-provoking piece by Derek Rishmawy.

Government Surveillance – So much win.

On Receipt of the 17th Arrow – Wilson: “We have a whole lot of apostasy going on. A lot of men — men who should know better — are clearly adrift in their inner tubes, spinning ever more rapidly as they get closer and closer to the falls. As they disappear around that last bend — we can even see the mist rising and cannot talk because of the roar — they give us one last missional wave.”

Summer Reading – Good stuff here. I’ve been eyeing Echoes of Eden for some time now; it’s probably time to (officially) throw it on the TBR pile.

Newest ‘Elysium’ Trailer – Neil Blomkamp made a stunning debut with District 9. Here’s hoping his sophomore effort is just as great. The man knows how to tell a story, and tell it in a big, smart, ambitious way; if he brings that talent to bear in Elysium, we could have another excellent sci-fi film on our hands.

Review: God With Us – This looks like a worthy read.

“It would be as easy to pluck a star out of the heavens as to pluck a saint out of the Father’s hand.” – Loraine Boettner

Saying the Same Thing

“Most Eugenists are Euphemists. I mean merely that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing. Say to them ‘The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generation does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females’; say this to them and they will sway slightly to and fro like babies sent to sleep in cradles. Say to them ‘Murder your mother,’ and they sit up quite suddenly. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same. Say to them ‘It is not improbable that a period of time may arrive when the narrow if once useful distinction between the anthropoid homo and the other animals, which has been modified on so many moral points, may be modified also even in regard to the important question of the extension of the human diet’; say this to them, and beauty born of murmuring sound will pass into their face. But say to them, in a simple, manly, hearty way ‘Let’s eat a man!’ and their surprise is quite surprising. Yet the sentences say just the same thing.”

– G.K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils (p. 12)

Man of Steel

I’ve never cared for Superman. Until now. Man of Steel is a massive, deeply enjoyable, thoroughly epic retooling of the Superman mythos. The cast is nigh perfect. The story has heart (and brains to match). The action is purely and simply insane. Sure, there are a few missteps here and there, but these are easily forgiven in light of the film’s (considerable) strengths. A hearty thank you to Mr. Snyder and Mr. Nolan: the traumatic memories I have of Donner’s 1978 film are quickly disappearing.

“You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

(I’ll post a more in-depth review
on my movie blog Reel Quick)