And there's this -- I adore my just-turned-15-year-old niece (gaah, how'd she get so big?!). But I would not want her and her friends (or for that matter, anyone) using my place as a party venue in my absence. I just wouldn't.
That's key, I feel.
Would you want someone to tell you if the same thing were going on in your apartment while you were gone?
If something bad were to happen, would the dad be held liable since it's his apartment, even if he wasn't there?
I don't have kids but if shit were going down at my place while I wasn't there, I'd want to know.
UK also seems to be getting worse about free speech. They've never really had it in the sense that the US does, but I wouldn't have thought that the more conservative coalition Parliament they current have would have let things associated to these topics go in the direction they seem to be.
I was tempted to create a thread on it but wasn't sure if movies/TV stuff was appropriate to post about.
I saw it a few days after opening weekend. I thought it was really good. Not as good as CA: Winter Soldier, as I still feel that's been Marvel's best so far, but it was still a good flick.
Having said that...it also has problems.
**Mild spoilers ahead**
It's incredibly predictable, from the totally obvious "you know the enemy he spared at the beginning will become his ally later" right down to the "saw coming a mile away" deus ex machina army in the final battle. The Black Panther CGI was horrendous and made him look like Gumby, and I was scratching my head at how such a big budget superhero flick in 2018 had CGI that was late 90s bad.
The plot is basically The Lion King, right down to the bad guy cousin (rather than uncle) taking over the kingdom and who's covered in...wait for it..."scars." Also, when Killmonger brings Klaus' body to Wakanda, he just happens - by the greatest coincidence in the universe - to walk right up to the one guy who both wanted Klaus dead and is guaranteed to turn on T'Challa because of it. How convenient.
A large chunk of it felt nearly plot-point-for-plot-point ripped off from the season 3 midseason finale of Arrow. For those who have seen BP, but don't watch Arrow, see if this sounds familiar:
Oliver Queen (Arrow) is challenged by Ra's al Ghul to a duel to the death for leadership of the League of Assassins. They meet on a cliff to have a final battle with swords/knives. Each make some cuts to the other, and it seems for a brief moment that Oliver will win. Until Ra's suddenly goes beast mode and beats him down, stabs him, and then throws him off the side of the cliff.
With Oliver seemingly dead, his family and friends are heartbroken as now there is no one to stand against Ra's evil. Later, we find out that Oliver somehow survived. How? Well, Oliver fell into the snow and it was very cold. The cold/snow kept him alive despite his injuries. A former enemy whose life he spared earlier ("debt-owing frenemy") found him, put him on a sled, and dragged him back to his home, where they used magic herbs to bring Oliver out of his coma and back to health.
Oliver then regains his strength, leads his people against Ra's, they have another epic duel/battle, and this time Oliver stabs him, kills him, and takes command of the League of Assassins (his kingdom).
Mark Bernardin (screenwriter and podcast partner of Kevin Smith) wrote a review for Nerdist that sums up some of my issues with it. It's a greatly entertaining movie but could've been so much better with one or two story corrections:
As for what it is? Black Panther is like the most delicious cake you’ve ever tasted in your entire life, but which isn’t quite cooked all the way through.
In fact, every character’s wants and needs are clearly defined, with one exception: T’Challa’s. When the film opens, he wants to be king. Ten minutes and one ceremonial duel with rival tribe-leader M’Baku (Winston Duke) later, he’s king. After that, he wants to maintain the status quo: Preserve the Wakandan way of life. But the status quo, by definition, is static, and stasis isn’t drama. His romance with Nakia never exceeds nascence; by the time the film ends, you might’ve forgotten they had ever been “a thing.” For too much of Black Panther, the Black Panther has everything he wants.
On top of this, he is also almost entirely devoid of flaws. He’s a deadly martial artist, a stalwart friend, well-educated, even-tempered, quick to smile, and, despite all that, he’s humble. Flaws are the grooves, the nocks that add depth. Perfection in fiction, unlike in life, can be boring. I mean, even Indiana Jones was afraid of snakes.
The movie leaps to its feet when T’Challa, Nakia, and Okoye find themselves in Busan, South Korea, hot on the heels of the criminal Klaue. For a hot 15 minutes, Black Panther becomes the best Bond movie you’ll ever see, partially because, here, the Panther wants something—to kill or capture Klaue. But this can also be thanked to the bone-crushing, wall-smashing action executed to perfection by director Ryan Coogler, who takes to it like an artist in love with the ways human bodies can cause destruction. Quickly, the sequence morphs into a car chase that feels as inspired by anime as it does by John Frankenheimer’s Ronin.
Then, Black Panther settles back into its groove, in which everything on the periphery is awesome (especially the Dora Milaje…my gods, the Dora Milaje), but the center does not hold. Though Boseman pivots from dignity to delight on a dime, the screenplay (by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole) has trouble finding ways to emotionally engage with the character, all the way through to an action climax whose humanity is outweighed by its CGI.
The film does deal head-on with issues of race, subjugation, and oppression in ways both heartbreaking and hilarious. The final coda is as direct an address to the xenophobia at home in our current administration as that which you’ll find in any film this year, let alone any giant Marvel movie. As a nerd and as a black man, I’ve been waiting for this movie for my entire life, whether I knew it or not. The fact that Black Panther gets so much right, but one crucial thing wrong, is both thrilling and maddening.
I agree with Bernardin here. It's really good but had a few missteps that prevented it from being so much better.
I also think it's such an incredibly important film, culturally, that really needed to come out, especially now. It addressed some broad issues of race, xenophobia, and the morality of not helping others in ways that were honest, fair, and refreshingly not at all heavy-handed.
Most important, though, is its impact on people who don't look like me and who, even though many of them probably think Batman and Superman are really cool, maybe don't feel they connect quite as strongly with them because they can't see themselves in those characters as much. I think of not only all the black kids (and adults) in the west, but also millions in Africa and across the world who now have a big screen superhero that many of them can feel an even stronger connection to. And not just some second-rate hero, either, but a true bad ass (although, I think Wesley Snipes "Blade" character is slightly more bad ass because those first two Blade movies are fire).
The cultural importance of this film, and the fact that it's just really entertaining, far overshadows its flaws. It's not just a really fun action movie, it's got some really funny spots too (mainly from Shuri):
1) "What are THOSE?! 2) "Don't scare me like that, colonizer!"
This is only tangentially related but, given the topic of the article, it's kind of an amusing coincidence.
So, I attended a talk today reviewing a research study in the area of moral psychology and in the study they used a "moral disgust" task that was originally invented by Jonathan Haidt. Basically, this type of research attempts to study how people reason about things they find morally disgusting and what factors are related to moral reasoning (it's related to something called "moral dumbfounding" which is when you judge something to be either morally good or bad (usually bad) but can't come up with a good, rational reason why).
This is one of the items from the task:
"A man goes to the supermarket once a week and buys a dead chicken. But before cooking the chicken, he has sexual intercourse with it. Then he thoroughly cooks it and eats it."
Police say they placed Shannen Martin in the back of a police cruiser where they say she intentionally defecated in her pants then hid a crack pipe, 2.3 grams of crack cocaine and a Valentine's Day card in her excrement.
The guy was writing in his capacity as governor, not as an individual, on his official stationary. The United States is not a theocracy. As an individual, he can do rain dances if he wants. I couldn't care less. But asking, as a governor, for people to pray for rain?
I think it's ridiculous and inappropriate. It would be equally ridiculous whatever his religion.
Agreed. Genuflecting to religious leaders isn't appropriate behavior for any elected official. Although, whenever republican elected officials do it, I'm especially cynical of their motives because it drips with insincerity. It seems to me that they most likely do shit like this just to keep in the good graces of religious leaders with the hopes that those leaders will "put in a good word" for that candidate with their "flocks" come election season. One of many reasons politicians should never been in bed with religious leaders/organizations (figuratively and literally).
As you said, if he'd done this just as a member of a church, then I wouldn't really have much of a problem with it. But he's using the power of his office and his position as an elected leader of the state to endorse superstition. He can believe whatever he wants on his own time. It needs to be separate from his role as an elected representative of the people.
As a separate thing, I always wonder when I see stuff like this how such people envision God. Does He not notice droughts or the suffering and need of people until enough people pray? Or does He notice, but just not act until they pray?
I think it might just be that there's a huge backlog of prayers and it takes God a while to get to them; sort of like a full email inbox.
Might be 2020 before he gets around to opening his Gmail ("G" for "God," of course) inbox and clicking on Utah's prayer.
In 2011, governor Rick Perry signed a proclamation asking Texans to pray for rain. Four years later, it finally came.
At the time, nearly 70 percent of Texas was in extreme drought, the second-most intense category. Six months later in October 2011, the dry spell peaked, and over 70 percent of the state was in the worst drought category of exceptional.
Though the drought has fluctuated in strength and location since then, on the whole the second-largest state in the nation, with an economy that leans heavily on its agriculture industry, has remained in persistent dryness.
But this month (May 2015), the skies parted and the rain poured down causing disastrous flooding from Nebraska to Texas.
The Trump administration's head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told a Oklahoma radio station in 2005 that there wasn't "sufficient evidence" for him to accept the theory of evolution as fact, Politico reported Friday.
Pruitt, then an Oklahoma state senator, told state radio station KFAQ-AM during a six-hour civics class-style conversation that the origins of mankind was less a "scientific" question than a "philosophic" one.
“There aren’t sufficient scientific facts to establish the theory of evolution, and it deals with the origins of man, which is more from a philosophical standpoint than a scientific standpoint,” Pruitt says in the tapes uncovered by Politico.
Pruitt oversees an agency responsible for scientific studies upon which the Trump administration will base environmental policy. In the past, the former lawmaker has also expressed skepticism for the scientific theory of climate change.
The theory of evolution states that modern man evolved over time rather than being created in its present form. Ninety-eight percent of scientists in the American Association for the Advancement of Science say they accept this theory, compared to just 62 percent of the adult U.S. population, according to the Pew Research Center.
I have a friend, a fellow writer, who's a former secret service agent. He wrote a little something about arming teachers in schools. I suppose it's just another opinion, but when deciding on an issue I prefer to listen to those whose experiences may be relevant.
Thumbs up for the article, but can I also just point out how fun it is to say "Mark Pryor, Esquire?" Just kind of rolls of the tongue in a cool rhyme-y kind of way. That should be the name of a TV show.