‘Avengers: Infinity War’: An Extraordinary Juggling Act – The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/04/avengers-infinity-war-marvel-review/558983/
Favorite excerpt from the review:
By far the Biggest of the Big Bads we have yet encountered, Thanos—a motion-capture performance from Josh Brolin—believes that if he can get all six stones and affix them to his “infinity gauntlet,” he will be able to destroy half of all life in the universe with a literal snap of his fingers. Why would he want to do this? Well, consider Thanos the most enthusiastic—and unfortunately, also the most super-powered——disciple of Thomas Robert Malthus, who argued that appetites would always outstrip resources, leaving humankind perpetually poor and famished. Malthus, as a cleric, offered this thesis as an argument for less “vice,” later marriages, and greater celibacy. Thanos, as an all-powerful giant purple space-maniac, arrives at an alternative argument for more intergalactic genocide. (It is, in its way, a classic supply/demand dispute.)
Thomas Robert Malthus – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Robert_Malthus
Too Busy Thinking About My Comics: On “Captain America: Reborn!” by Ed Brubaker & Bryan Hitch – Part 3 of 3!: http://toobusythinkingboutcomics.blogspot.com/2010/05/on-captain-america-reborn-by-ed.html?m=1
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.
Verdict: I loved it.
Caveat: I’m a superhero genre aficionado [or nerd, or whatever].
!!SPOILER ALERT!!SPOILER ALERT!!
Never thought much of Thanos in the comics. Liked his movie interpretation better. His pseudo-scientific/pseudo-religious drive to destroy half of all living beings in the galaxy to “rebalance” everything, as a way of somehow ensuring Life continues was better that the comics’ simplistic “Thanos worships Death”.
I was surprised at who died, and who didn’t. Wondering if any of Marvel’s “Conceptual-Embodiment Entities” had any influence in that, via the Infinity Stones (given that they are the remnants of previous existences of the Universe or Multiverse, and it gets hinted that they may or may not be sentient themselves).
Plus, Thanos’ desire to “cull” means Life’s cycle of “Death/Rebirth” that happens organically/dynamically on every planet that can support Life has been interrupted/delayed; not to mention that it may inhibit the spread of species that could already migrate across the vast distances of outer space, with or without technology.
I’m interested to see how Marvel/Disney develop the Marve Cinematic Universe from here.
From NPR News: The Military Doesn’t Advertise It, But U.S. Troops Are All Over Africa https://n.pr/2HsJDLb
The U.S. Has No Clear Strategy For Africa. Here’s Why It Really Needs One : Parallels : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/04/27/597005836/the-u-s-has-no-clear-strategy-for-africa-heres-why-it-really-needs-one
At the Cleveland International Film Festival with my fiance.
Saw “Act of Defiance”, a historical drama. Excellent movie.
Also saw and enjoyed so far: “The Happiness Machine”; “Suitable”; “The Brown List”.
Thor: Ragnarok is a Hilarious Blockbuster About the Evils of Imperialism | Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2017/11/07/thor-ragnarok-is-a-hilarious-blockbuster-about-the-evils-of-imperialism/
Being a Marvel Zombie, sci-fi/superhero fan, and in-general blue-collar guy who likes to continue educating himself on Civilization and the Venn-lime interactions of the spheres of STEM, HAL, & EMC that propel it, I really enjoyed geeking-out to that article. Jist stumbled across it this morning. Excellent, thought-provoking, fun stuff.
I’m not even that big a fan of Thor.
As with BLACK PANTHER, continues to make me ponder Humanity, Civil, Evolution and Nature, and how being Good can be a huge challenge, individually, and in a group. And trying to aspire to Be Good and Do Good after you or your “group” may have done a lot of Bad/Evil thing to get to the “Top”…?
“Tribes.” “Nations.” “Empires.” Generational, evolutionary advancement through cycles of war and subjagation? *shudder* “Fun” to reflect on, in a terrifying way.
EDIT: Wow, never heard of “TOR” but iy is definitely cool site —
“Who are you?”: Black Panther and the Politics of Belonging | Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2018/02/26/who-are-you-black-panther-and-the-politics-of-belonging/