The Man of Tarnish

While waiting to interview a newly-appointed bank official for the newspaper yesterday, I flipped through a recent issue of Newsweek and found this story about “Superman Returns,” which is being filmed by Bryan Singer (“X-Men,” “The Usual Suspects”) for release next summer.
Singer is a great director, but I was sorely disappointed at the premise for this movie:

… [T]he Man of Steel has vanished for five years, then returns to Earth to find that the world is a different place and that his love Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has a 4-year-old son and a fiance (James Marsden). It’s unclear which man is the boy’s father, and Lois doesn’t exactly give Superman a hero’s welcome. She writes a story in the Daily Planet that includes the line “The world doesn’t need a savior. And neither do I.”

Bleah. There are a lot of great comic book characters who have feet of clay and are suitable for exploring darker themes. But I really have no interest in seeing Superman in a paternity triangle. He’s Superman, for Krypton’s sake!

Even so, I may have to see the movie just because Kevin Spacey is a perfect choice for Lex Luthor.

A case for Guy Noir

I’m a fan of Garrison Keillor, but he’s in the wrong in trying to squelch a slightly-risque parody T-shirt. As the blogger who tried to sell the shirt points out, no one could possibly confuse it with any of the legitimate APHC souvenirs. There’s a difference between parody and trademark infringement, and this is clearly the former. Keillor, a humorist himself, is only going to come out of this looking like a wet blanket, much as Bill O’Reilly did when he (allegedly) prodded Fox into suing Al Franken.

Departure photos

Whatever your feelings are about the war, this should touch you.

I was holding down the fort in the newsroom while most of this was happening; my co-workers did a magnificent job.

A guitar beats a woman every time

A Face in the CrowdI don’t read James Lileks‘ blog as often as I should, but my California brother pointed me to it today — as well he should, since Lileks is waxing poetic about one of my all-time favorite movies, “A Face In The Crowd.”

In fact, I was startled to see an Amazon link to the DVD on Lileks’ page; I’d been waiting impatiently for the movie to come out on DVD, and I thought I was on one of those Amazon watch lists which was supposed to notify me of its release.

And, just as my brother predicted, Lileks had some facts about the movie I didn’t realize — including an appearance in it by a man who later became a game show celebrity of sorts.

See It Now (or whenever it comes out)

I watched a trailer online today for Good Night, and Good Luck, and now I can’t wait to see the movie. David Strathairn, a fine actor, looks and sounds eerily like Edward R. Murrow in this movie about Murrow’s battles with Joseph McCarthy. George Clooney, who directed, plays Fred Friendly, and the cast includes a number of other fine actors, including Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Frank Langella.


While we were cooking men’s club breakfast at church this morning, one of my fellow church members made an observation — he meant no disrespect, although I guess some people might consider it flippant.

Depending on how long the evacuees are away from home, and where exactly they end up staying, some of their hosts and neighbors may be enjoying some of the best Cajun food they’ve had in quite a while.

I thought about this just now while eating some jambalaya (Zatarain’s mix, made in this case with frozen shrimp).

Duke’s mixture

One of the interesting things about last night’s concert was the spectrum of people in attendance. This was the first concert of the Nashville Symphony’s new season, and there had been a black tie gala earlier in the evening. So there were some people wearing black tie, others dressed in suits and ties, and then a third group who were casually dressed. Some of that third group fit the popular stereotype for science fiction fans, and it was easy to speculate (rightly or wrongly) that many in this third group were only in attendance to see Leonard Nimoy. Please note that I’m not accusing all science fiction or “Star Trek” fans of falling into that stereotype.

At least no one showed up in Starfleet uniform or Klingon battle dress.