I talked about how it bothers me when people state that you can watch something “free on Netflix.” You cannot watch anything free on Netflix. Netflix charges a monthly fee. If you watch lots of stuff it can make the per viewing cost awfully low, but it ain’t free!
A Little More On Quantum Of Solace
Mainly, I discussed the substandard ‘Quantum of Solace’ by comparing it to the far superior ‘Skyfall’ (my movie recommendation for this week, see below). I compared the scaffolding fight from ‘Quantum’ to a fight on an empty floor in a swanky office building. The ‘Skyfall’ fight is staged and presented so much better than that scaffolding fight (see last week’s show notes for the link).
Never Found In The 80s: The Waterboys
My guest blogging for the Stuck in the 80s blog returned with a post on UK’s The Waterboys. You can read it here.
I did some more movie talk. I touched on ‘Monster’s Ball’ and the sex scene with Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry (ahem). But mostly I talked about another action film that is very good.
I talked about ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ which is the most recent of the X-Men movies. It’s really good. The action sequences, the story, and a nearly naked, blue Jennifer Lawerence were very entertaining.
However, the movie did pull a page from the conspiracy theorists’ bible. The Magic Bullet. Twice Prof. X referred to the bullet’s path curving. THE BULLET DIDN’T CURVE!
Conspiracy theorists (and the makers of this film) do not take into account the way Kennedy and Connally were actually seated in the the convertible. If they did they would know it was one bullet and it wasn’t magic. This should make it clear.
Speaking Of Conspiracy Theories
|Local boy comes to a sad end.
On Facebook the other day I saw the image above and thought, “Hmmm, I wonder what the actual story is.”
The story is of a filmmaker who was found dead in his home, along with his wife and daughter. They were victims of what has been ruled a murder/suicide. But the graphic seems to be hinted at a more sinister event.
Crowely was making a fictional film about an oppressive government being resisted by a citizen uprising. It seems as though Crowley may have been trying to warn us, but the shadow government (or whomever the conspiracy types would blame) rubbed him out.
A Facebook friend shared this image and voiced his suspicions. I countered by letting him know what was being reported and that the known facts were pointing toward murder/suicide. I also applied Occam’s Razor.
Maybe he got the idea.
Well, We Can Get A Picture Of This Rare Animal
A rare animal was captured on a trail camera. No, it wasn’t bigfoot or Champ or Nessie or the Moth Man. It was a Sierra Nevada Red Fox (big dummy!). I used this item to talk about special pleading. Specifically, as to why we don’t have a similar photo of bigfoot.
Bigfoot is super smart and can avoid cameras. Bigfoot is camera shy. Bigfoot is naturally blurry. That’s all special pleading.
But, a Facebook friend rightly pointed out the pictures like those of the Sierra Nevada Red Fox (big dummy!) will tend to bolster belief in cryptids. I think she has a valid point.
Movie Recommendation: Skyfall (2012)
As I mentioned earlier, the action sequence of this film were far superior to its predecessor. It is also a return to more of the familiar elements of the Bond films of old. Q, the gadget, “Bond. James Bond” are all back. Judy Dench is great as M and Daniel Craig makes a good rugged, but still cool James Bond. And, in Hi Def, the nighttime cityscapes are breathtaking.
Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram’ by The Yoleus
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle