I finished watching all of Netflix’ Iron Fist today. No surprise, but I thought it was awful. It’s displaced the first Thor film for me as the worst thing yet to come out of Marvel Studios.

Major Sin 1: It made no goddamn sense to me. Zip. Nada. Pick any aspect of the show, big or small, and I found it nonsensical. I get the impression that no one was thinking very hard about any part of this production.

Major Sin 2: It’s devoid of artistry. Stuff happens and they point a camera at it. There’s no deeper themes being explored, no interesting use of color, music, or metaphor to make a larger statement or reveal added depths. Characters state all of their feelings explicitly. Exposition is belabored and glacial.

Lesser Sin 1: The kung-fu sucks. Danny moves like he learned martial arts at the Kun-Lun YMCA. The fights are just jumbles of people punching and kicking, hardly anyone remembers to fire their guns, and assailants always wait their turn before they attack the main characters. Even the mundane physical moves are boring. Every time it looks like Danny’s about to do some wire-fu, it ends up just being a shot of Finn Jones climbing a fire escape or forcing open a door.

Lesser Sin 2: New York doesn’t seem to matter. In other Marvel Netflix shows — DD and LC in particular — their corner of NYC was a character unto itself. Danny’s story could have taken place in St. Louis and nothing would change.

Spoilers okay in the comments.

I finished watching all of Netflix’ Iron Fist today. No surprise, but I thought it was awful. It’s displaced the first Thor film for me as the worst thing yet to come out of Marvel Studios. Major Sin 1: It made no goddamn sense to me. Zip. Nada. Pick any aspect of the show, big or small, and I found it nonsensical. I get the impression that no one was thinking very hard about any part of this production. Major Sin 2: It’s devoid of artistry. Stuff happens and they point a camera at it. There’s no deeper themes being explored, no interesting use of color, music, or metaphor to make a larger statement or reveal added depths. Characters state all of their feelings explicitly. Exposition is belabored and glacial. Lesser Sin 1: The kung-fu sucks. Danny moves like he learned martial arts at the Kun-Lun YMCA. The fights are just jumbles of people punching and kicking, hardly anyone remembers to fire their guns, and assailants always wait their turn before they attack the main characters. Even the mundane physical moves are boring. Every time it looks like Danny’s about to do some wire-fu, it ends up just being a shot of Finn Jones climbing a fire escape or forcing open a door. Lesser Sin 2: New York doesn’t seem to matter. In other Marvel Netflix shows — DD and LC in particular — their corner of NYC was a character unto itself. Danny’s story could have taken place in St. Louis and nothing would change. Spoilers okay in the comments.]]>

Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans….People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.

h/t Jenn Martin

http://geekincognito.tumblr.com/post/158608323853/dustbeams-thelady-gofuckyourself

Something has changed, and it isn’t me. How do I know? Because I’ve just discovered the contemporary Canadian band Big Wreck, and they’re every bit as great as the best bands of my youth — and nothing like what sells records today. Big Wreck’s new album Grace Street, in particular, is a rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece the likes of which I haven’t encountered in many years.

100% spot on. It’s been decades since I’ve fallen in love with a band this hard.

http://theweek.com/articles/685978/thought-rock-music-dead-heard-big-wreck

Slowly but surely, we’re surrendering the ways and means of food production to private interests. We’re entrusting the most fundamental aspect of our survival to institutions with no accountability to the public, and who in many cases have repeatedly violated the public trust. This isn’t just risky, it’s reckless.

Don’t Fight Against Engineering. Fight for the Continued Existence of the Miracle

https://shift.newco.co/the-scary-thing-about-gmo-that-nobodys-talking-about-e067410aaf1b#.3lwk9d7yi

Earlier this week, the Justice Department released an indictment of seven Navy officers – including an admiral and four captains – and a Marine colonel for giving military contractor Leonard Glenn “Fat Leonard” Francis inside information, some of which was classified, in exchange for $25,000 watches, Cuban cigars, $2,000 bottles of liquor, stays in pricey hotels and champagne-fueled parties with hookers, according to The Washington Post.

Seriously, 45 wants to give these guys even more money, but wants to cancel things like feeding poor old people and school arts programs.

#resist #impeach

https://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2017/03/16/Navy-s-35-Million-Scandal-Hookers-Booze-and-Guy-Named-Fat-Leonard