That was the day the movie got full release. 25 years ago.
So I finally got around the other day to watching the latest installment in the DC comics television universe, Black Lightning. It’s pretty good I have to say.
Instead of an origin story, the first episode is of a retired hero (or vigilante – depending on your point of view) getting back into the fight. Though there will be an origin story in there too, just not Black Lightning’s.
The show runner took a page out Tarantino’s playbook. The music in the show is incredible. Everything from Isaac Hayes to Nina Simone, to “Lazaretto” by Jack White (of White Stripes fame) which is used in a fight scene. (THE fight scene)
The biggest issue for me (and there are a few) is that since it comes out on CW I can’t binge-watch episodes. Only one per week. Oh well…
“Seize the present, put little hope in the future.” Horace
Horace, Latin in full Quintus Horatius Flaccus (born December 65 bc, Venusia, Italy—died Nov. 27, 8 bc, Rome)
A Day Late, but not short. That short phase in the post title has inspired poets, songs, and even a movie or two.
That is November 5th, 1605 to be precise.
In honor of Guy Fawkes night, and The Gunpowder Treason, I thought we would have a bit of V for Vendetta.
The first stanza, most people know…
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Released Nov 4, 1988. I haven’t seen this in so long. (It is NOT great cinema, but the longest fight-scene in movies is worth it. That and Roddy Piper.)
I confess, I am mesmerized by slow-motion train-wreck now taking place in Hollywood. ‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter Weighs In On Harvey Weinstein Scandal’
As for how the movie will play out…
Act 1: The quick mea culpa, surrounded by grieving family and a well-gifted
Act 2: The corporation protects its assets and publicly purges the shark, letting
folks know that their waters are once again, safe to swim.
Act 3: The predator slips away, licks his wounds, writes a redemption memoir,
and in a year, maybe two, maybe less, he rises like a reformed Phoenix, with a
new company, a new project, and a refined set of stealthier hunting tactics.
Not sure where the “time in rehab” fits in, probably at the start of Act 3, because that is where we are. The Weinstein Company has renamed itself – or is in the process of doing so. Act 2: Distance. Mr. Weinstein has checked himself into rehab.
But the real story is how many people in Hollywood knew what was going on and either did nothing or actively aided in the cover up.
The London Telegraph has a short video that captures a lot of the damning evidence, showing that Hollywood knew what was going on and looked the other way.
There are other questions to be answered. Who did what to kill this story in 2004. (Matt Damon is accused and he is denying), and why Ben Affleck thought he could grope a woman on video and face no consequences – of course he has faced no consequences aside from having to give the standard non-apology-apology. That apology came more than a decade late.
Do I expect anything to change in Hollywood? No. They gave an Oscar award to a convicted child-rapist who had to flee the country to avoid prison time. (The video of that award, it is interesting for A. who gives Roman Polanski a standing ovation, and B. Harrison Ford’s reaction. Not that I really like Mike Dice, you understand…)
UPDATE: Looks like Twitter deleted the reference to the video. So I fixed the link to point to the story at the Telegraph.