Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lack of Cleveland Culture

There is no Tilted Kilt or Hooters in Cleveland while in Columbus, they have one of each in the same parking lot :-( ....

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Captain America

This was a fun movie to sit through, even a little bit funner than Thor which I thought was decent itself.  Much like Thor though, once was enough.

One of the things the newer Batman movies have going for them is that they're scripted like a car going around a race track, once.  There's slow turns, fast dips, blind hills, speedy straight aways, etc.  With the Marvel movies they seemed to be scripted as an eventful drive to work: there's waking up, making breakfast, the drive along the highway where they're building something impressive along the road, and then an overturned tanker of bacon grease or something in the on coming traffic lanes.  After that it's off to the parking garage, work, and then an eventful drive home, hopefully (in the case of Iron Man 2, not so much luck).

In other words, there's too much that's uninteresting that's going on, too much talking (though Captain America is better scripted than most), too much returning to the same places and doing similar things, and poorly paced and/or insufficient action.

A slightly different issue here is that, unlike every other comic hero movie, I actually have some vague familiarity with the Captain America comics. The movie tries hard to capture the spirit, but in the end the issue is that a single movie sized container just doesn't seem big enough to cram Captain America into in the manner that they've attempted. Despite the slight dearth of action, the whole thing feels rushed as the story seems to get pulled in a dozen different unrelated directions ('Backstory', 'Diversity Team', 'Non-Nazi Nazis', 'Avenger Crap', etc!).

Given Marvel's track record, I have to wonder about the wisdom of cramming all these Avenger characters into one movie when they have such a hard time doing even one of them justice.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Debt Limit Lock

From here (in relation to Republican threats over the debt ceiling limit):
As former Senator Phil Gramm once told us, never take a hostage you're not prepared to shoot.
Would Republicans do such a thing? Kevin Williamson doubts it as he notes that the GOP is profoundly unserious about the whole situation (though not quite so much as the Democrats, for what that's worth):
Federal spending in 2012 is expected to hit 23.6 percent of GDP, but tax revenue is only going to hit 16.6 percent. That’s bad. (Real bad.)
He goes on to note that the Republicans do not want tax increases, but they've not submitted a budget where spending is anywhere near 16.6 percent of the GDP (the Democrats for their part would no doubt love to try and snag 23.6 of the GDP for revenue, but the Federal Government has never been able to collect nearly that much).

For my own part, despite what Republicans may think, I don't think that the work to prevent financial Armageddon will get any easier than it is now - they only need to not pass the debt ceiling increase.  Adding more Republicans to the Senate or one to the presidency isn't going to suddenly make the pain of equalizing income to spending any easier.  If anything, the lack of ability to deflect blame will make it harder.

Thus the Republicans should 'shoot the hostage' and put an end to this farce.