Batman Versus Superman Versus Your Patience and Your Sanity

As I mentioned, multiple times before, I really love super hero movies. I don’t know why. Maybe it is the story line of good versus evil. Maybe it is the suspension of belief… No matter, I still love super hero movies.

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Superman–the Man of Steel was a middle of the road, okay movie. Henry Cavil really looks like Superman. Anyway, the movie suffered from way too many special effects. How many times can you see somebody being thrown through a building and watch the building collapse before you get bored?

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Fast forward to today. Batman versus Superman. The whole premise of the movie is somewhat difficult to fathom. Batman is going to decide to take on Superman. Really??? So, the writers decide to convince us that this is plausible. They take over an hour showing us Batman’s building rage. What the heck? An hour? During this time, Superman is getting roasted in the media for a desert rescue of Lois Lane, during which tons of terrorist bad guys get shot. Somehow, this is Superman’s fault. Well, we find out that this was all masterminded (is that a word?) by Lex Luther. Somehow, though we never really know how, Lex Luther has figured it all out. He knows that Superman’s main squeeze is Lois Lane. He also figures out that Martha Kent is Superman’s Earth mom. Batman figures out that Kryptonite it’s Superman’s weakness. By the way, why did Wonder Woman steal Batman’s super computer hacking device and then give it back to Batman? The holes in the plot are big enough to drive the Batmobile through! With most super hero movies, this isn’t a problem, because the movie really moves fast. This movie doesn’t move fast. It is v-e-r-y s-l-o-w…

Super hero movies are about good versus evil and about action. Stupid, crazy action. About 2 hours into the movie, we finally see Batman take on a group of goons. The scene is clumsy at best. Come on, guys! Batman is fighting a room full of bad guys. This should be easy. It isn’t.

The climax of this 2 1/2 hour epic is when Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman take on this creature that Lux Luther created out of the dead body of General Zod. Yep, stupid concept, but let’s go with it. If DC Comics learned anything from the Man of Steel movie it should have been to tone down the special effects and punch up the script. They seem to have learned that we need to destroy more buildings in order for a movie to be entertaining. They learned the wrong lesson.

Look, Ben Affleck doesn’t suck as Batman. Henry Cavill is still great as Superman/Clark Kent. Amy Adams is GREAT as Lois Lane. Without a script, though, they are all lost. This story line is simply awful. It doesn’t flow on a number of levels. The take-home lesson from Batman versus Superman is that you can’t cover up a bad script with special effects.

News Roundup – Tay, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Brussels, Apple verses the DOJ

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So, Microsoft releases its artificial intelligence bot, named Tay, on social media yesterday. What could possibly go wrong? From WSJ – One tweet from Tay, whose persona was intended to mimic the voice of an American woman aged 18 to 24, read, “Hitler was right I hate the Jews.” Another, in response to a question about the Holocaust, said “it was made up,” followed by a hand-clapping emoji. Microsoft silenced Tay on Thursday morning and erased virtually all of its tweets. The latest tweet suggested that Tay will be offline for a bit.

I’m sorry. I think that the Democratic Party needs to return to its roots, representing the average American. This means not sucking up to big corporate donors. This also means doing right by average Americans. So, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, someone I really liked 10 years ago, and Rahm Emmanuel need to be put out to pasture. They don’t promote Democratic values.

The bombings in Brussels are simply sad.  Today, as I was walking around the hospital, I heard a couple nurses saying that it was okay to travel, but that they wouldn’t travel outside the US. That’s just silly. I’m not going to let ISIS tell me where I should and should not travel. (I’m not going to Syria or Yemen or Iraq.) Who are these guys? Jahadi Cool?

The ongoing battle between the Justice Department and Apple really shows us that Congress ain’t working. Congress should have taken up this issue months ago. They should have, by now, hammered out a solution. (The solution in my mind would be to have on a case-by-case basis all of these issues go before the FISA court.) Instead, as far as I know, Congress hasn’t done squat. Apple is fighting to get the government off their backs and off of the backs of all of the technology companies. They don’t want to hand over data or anything else with the government stating that bad guys will get away if you don’t hand over the goods. (BTW, I suspect that Apple has already broken the code and could open that phone right now.) The FBI is trying to break into the phone now. This whole process would be easier if we had a Congress that worked.

Oh, so, I’m liking the ridiculous discussion between Trump and Cruz about whose wife is hotter.

Wage inequality is still a big problem.

The NFL has known about the concussion risk for years. Is anyone surprised?

Garry Shandling is dead at age 66. He made millions laugh. RIP.

News Roundup – Cuba, Katie, New Jersey Water

President Obama is in Cuba. Yep, Cuba. I think that this is a good thing. Not talking with Cuba really has done nothing to destabilize its government in over 50 years. Let’s try to bring them into the 21st century.

Kate Couric bought a $12 million condo in New York. Look, I’m happy for her, but $12 million for 4000 sq ft? Couldn’t she have spent a million dollars and gotten something really nice in Virginia? Maybe fly back and forth? I’m just askin’.

What has happened in Flint, Michigan is a tragedy. This type of travesty should never happen in the United States. Ever. It looks as if other folks have water issues, like New Jersey. 80 carcinogens were found in New Jersey’s water supply. That’s not good.

A terror suspect has been found. Salah Abdeslam was captured in Belgium. He was wanted in the Paris attacks.

Clinton folks are going to paint Trump as unfit for the presidency. I think that this strategy is too weak. Trump needs to be painted as dangerous, undisciplined and crazy.

Another violent outburst at a Trump rally.

NCAA – Sweet 16!!!

Congratulations to Jason Day for winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Days sinks a putt on the 72nd hole for the win. It was a gutsy performance.