Sunday, January 21, 2018
That Took Longer and Way More Failed Attempts Than I Figured, But The Red Trunks Are Back in Action 1000
I always thought the teeth-gnashing over Superman's red trunks was a sign of some deep and unwarranted insecurities at DC Comics. But it looks like DC has decided, at very long last, to restore Superman to trunks-status with Action Comics #1000.
Yeah, yeah... I know Superman's red trunks were inspired by pre-WWII-era America acrobats, who were more or less covering up their junk. (Look, if you've been to the ballet... you can most absolutely see what grapes those guys are smuggling under their danskins.)
I'll always argue that the red of the trunks balanced the outfit, allowing it to remain sleek, but keep the solid blue from a certain visual dullness between the cape and boots. From a design and visual appeal, and at least on the comics page, red trunks just work better to balance the complete outfit.
Friday, January 12, 2018
In 2017, at the height of my "oh, who cares?" moment, I made the decision to stop posting on every movie I'd watched. But I've found it's sort of weird to me, personally, that I can't go back and see a list of everything I watched in a year or refresh my memory from my notes when a movie comes on. Thus, in 2018, I'll be at least dropping the name of the movie and some info for my personal reference. That's what you can learn from the change in format that started at the beginning of the year.
When I was writing up every movie I'd seen, I said it allowed me to spend more time with a film, and that's still true. In 2017 I leaned into writing more of my personal experience, dropping some notes on how I engaged with the movie, and rarely got much into straight up attempts at criticism. There's enough of that out there, and you can Google any movie and find reasonable reviews and critiques.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Thursday, January 4, 2018
I think we're all pretty comfortable at this point just telling people "I've already got too many shows, I'm not looking for anything new." Anything and everything is discussed as if it's must-see water-cooler discussion material, but the fact is, the audience is so splintered, and there's so much supposedly quality content on, none of it qualifies as required viewing nor are characters and storylines part of the shared cultural lexicon.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
I was unable to confirm yesterday when I saw the news, but now The Hollywood Reporter has it that actor Peggy Cummins has passed.
Cummins is in at least two fantastic movies, Curse of the Demon (1957) and, of course, one of my hands-down favorite films, Gun Crazy (1950).
You can read the linked article to get a notion of Cummins' career, which was fairly brief despite her obvious talents. Not everyone stays in pictures, or even in Hollywood.
Monday, January 1, 2018
The theme with which I entered 2017 with The Signal Watch was: who cares?
The answer was a resounding: nobody. Get the @#$% over yourself.
This isn't something I'm upset about. It's been really nice, honestly.
Today marks the 200th Anniversary of the first publication of Frankenstein (or, The Modern Prometheus). It's a book many of us were assigned to read. As with any book, your mileage will vary. Absolutely, that seems to depend upon interpretations and baggage brought to the book.
It is true that I am a fan of the Frankenstein films from Universal that appeared in 1932 and onward, but I'd read Shelley's book twice before seeing the first movie circa 1997. My Freshman year of high school I *absolutely* grokked the "wretch's" perspective and Victor's craziness, and of course the romantic torment that befalls them all.