Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2016.
In principle, I should have been excited about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
At 5 p.m. my editor asked me if I had anything to say about Robin Williams’s death. Yeah, I said. I really do.
Our dog is freaking adorable, and my wife is a genius. Just look at
this video she made. It started as a little ditty about Daleks that I was singing to myself spontaneously while doing dishes, but she finished it, recorded it, and made this pretty amazing video that manages to celebrate both Doctor Who and dog rescue organizations. Read more
Yeah yeah, this year was the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Well done there, longest-running science fiction TV series of all time. But what’s much more important is that December 21 is the 50th anniversary of the Daleks, the Doctor’s first and greatest enemies. My appreciation of the superior lifeform of all time and space is on KQED Arts.
Like anything else it can be done well or it can be done poorly, but one thing I love is when a song created for and inextricably associated with one movie is used in another movie in a completely different context. It’s cute when it’s done for the in-joke alone, like when the Star Trek fight theme pops up in The Cable Guy, but I’m thinking of a more complete repurposing, like the use of the Goldfinger theme in Little Voice (starts around 4:25). The use of “Singin’ in the Rain” in A Clockwork Orange might be another example, but the less said about that the better.
3:30 Live-tweeting the Oscars, because clearly you need to know what a cultural commentator such as myself is thinking every second of the day.
3:35 Oh lord, Cameron & wife showed wearing Na’vi blue. Of course they did.
3:38 Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tina Fey look freaking fabulous. No surprise there either.
3:39 Yes, E! guy: “No-brainer” totally is obscure industry lingo.
3:43 I do enjoy Elizabeth Banks — I find the gray a little, well, gray, but it’s working for her.
3:47 Sigourney Weaver — love the red and you look amazing, but watch out for that BeDazzled alien on your neck. (“BeDazzled alien” description courtesy of the wife.)