Friday, October 30, 2015

Links for the weekend

Robert Gundry's got a book out proposing that the Gospel of Matthew presents Peter as an apostate within its narrative

HT Jim West for linking to a short review over here.

The proposal is for just Matthew as a literary document, not a theory extended to the bishop of Rome, for those with anti-Papist agendas.

In a long but potentially useful Captain Obvious article, The Atlantic notes how little longitudinal studies have been done about friendship.

Maybe all the scientists were so worried about being scooted into the "friend zone" they never bothered to do any such research?  If so the scientists in academic settings should stop being so eager to transform academia in a place to score.

Besides ... at least according to Slate the World Health Organization is now saying most of the human race has herpes

Someone over at the Guardian is sure Blofeld is coming.  Why?
Why do I know? Well, in 2013 the Bond producers settled that epic, half-century-old, Jarndyce v Jarndyce-style lawsuit with Danjaq Productions over rights to the characters from Thunderball. Among other things, it grants them the right to revive the serial villain who appeared in three Bond novels and five of the Connery adaptations.

and ye shall spoil the plot of the movie (perhaps) by keeping tabs on lawsuits.

An older something on "Maleficient syndrome", our American obsession with stories of how villains became villains.  Give Maleficent a backstory and it makes her more relatable or, as the author muses, it gives us an illusion of understanding what causes people to turn evil which could, in turn, be a kind of illusion of control.  Appropos of villains on screen, Christopher Nolan and brother reached the conclusion that there was no point in giving the Joker an origin story (he famously went with a ... multiple choice paradigm). There is a point past which understanding (if that can even be done) the natural and efficient cause of the origin of the evil will doesn't really explain much.  And since over in City of God no less than Saint Augustine said he could not think of a natural or efficient cause to explain the origin of the evil will ... .

Remember Terence Trent D'Arby? I was blissfully unable to remember any of his songs for decades. Well, if you'd like to read a lot about him and what he's up to now, and his conspiracy theory that his career was torpedoed by Michael Jackson ...

As for another kind of imagined fight ...

This is not a call for fights to get hyper-graphic. And it’s not a call for fight scenes to get as detailed and expansive as they are in the action and superhero movies. (TV can’t compete with movies on scope. Trying to go big, when TV’s bigness will almost always be on a smaller budget, is what has led to so many bland sequences. And besides, most fight scenes from superhero movies are boring too—they just cost $20 million more and took up 30 more minutes of your life.) But it is a call for fight scenes to come with some consequences, a smidge of doubt.

TV’s best fight scenes, in shows that regularly stage them, have both. The one-take hallway fight in Netflix’s Daredevil was logistically ambitious for television, but it also took a physical toll on Daredevil, who by the end was bleeding and lurching around, barely able to stand. The Americans has had some rousing fight scenes because the show is not afraid to let Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings get wounded. Speaking to my colleague June Thomas, Americans co-showrunner Joel Fields explained “We’ve gone from having them be perfect martial artists to people who can get hit and who can be hurt.” If the heroes always win and never get hurt, a fight scene is just a bunch of sound effects.

Having finally gotten around to seeing Daredevil season 1, it was pretty fun.  Not for the younger ones, though. I was intrigued to read a critic say the series had learned "the right lessons from Christopher Nolan", which featured a Batman who could beat up a bunch of bad guys and then get taken down (literally) by a big angry dog.

While Batman comics fans have complained loudly and often about Bale-man's shortcomings as the world's greatest detective and martial arts what I've liked about Nolan's take on Batman is his Batman makes incredibly stupid mistakes and even lives long enough to see himself become a kind of villain by the end of the Dark Knight (for people who weren't quite paying attention to Nolan's catalog-spanning obsession with depicting men who delude themselves into doing terrible things in the mistaken assumption it's the one and only right thing to do).  Or to put it another way, as I've been intermittently happy and annoyed to read Scott Snyder's run, Nolan's Batman is not a reader-or-author surrogate as has begun to seem too much the case with the comics themselves.   I had an angry post with a working title of "NOBODY CARES ABOUT JARVIS PENNYWORTH!" incubating but the moment passed.  Maybe later.


1 comment:

chris e said...

On the Gundry vein, whilst it veers towards the conspiratorial at times the Bible Geek podcast is a good source of discussion on sideways looks at Biblical passages.