Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of AMC’s lumbering, flesh-chomping, zombie-infested near future. More episode recaps in Boing Boing’s “The Walking Dead” archives.
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Slate's Joseph Lapin suggests a way of making the Simpsons "relevant" again: The Characters Should Start Getting Older
[Killing off a character is] just a temporary fix: It will not restore the show’s reputation as innovative or groundbreaking. To reclaim that type of territory, and reestablish its hold on the American zeitgeist, The Simpsons needs to think much bigger. So here is what I’m proposing: The Simpsons should break free from its static biological present. The characters need to age. Yes, a cartoon, a 2-D world where the laws of nature are constructed in a writers’ room, should suddenly be forced to carry, like Homer chained to the “Stone of Shame,” the same burden all humans are forced to carry: growing older.
No. It's already done. They should just end the show itself, before it really starts to stink.
I've spent too much time thinking about Morrissey's autobiography
, and I haven't even read it, either! Beyond the man, however, beyond what he does and says, beyond how unpleasant or worthwhile it may or may not be, there is a wonderful place. It is the place where, just to wind up the right kind of people, Penguin books released this book directly to Penguin Classics
. With that
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For Wes Anderson's latest movie
. Now, that man really knows how to put together an ensemble cast
. [via Kottke
In one of Jerry Seinfeld’s greatest bits from his Seinfeld-capping standup special I’m Telling You For The Last Time, he describes scuba diving as a “great activity where your main goal is to not die.” I couldn’t help thinking of that blissful state of passive survival—and his sing-song description of being underwater, “Don’t die, don’t die, don’t die. There’s a fish. There’s a rock. Who cares? Don’t die. I don’t want to die. Don’t let me die.”—as more and more confident positivity swept over the fourth season premiere of The Walking Dead. There are enough moments of a calm, happy, functioning society that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all a dream, since there’s no way life could possibly be this happy
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Archer takes on the video for "Danger Zone," with music by Giorgio Morodo, lyrics by Tom Whitlock, and vocals by Kenny Loggins.
Premiering on PBS next Tuesday, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle is a three-part series about the history of comic book heroes and their impact on culture. There's also a hardcover companion book, titled Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture, featuring full color art and interviews with Stan Lee, Michael Chabon, Grant Morrison, Adam West, and dozens of other icons and insiders. In the above clip from the PBS documentary, Stan Lee talks about the science of superheroes.
Every year, The Scarehouse, 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, puts on what many locals consider the best Halloween haunted house-type show in the region--with USA Today and Yahoo both ranking it among America's best. This year, I headed over to check it out, and received a highly-polished and extremely scary experience--and a backstage tour! Here, a makeup artist turns a performer's face into a gruesome work of art.
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Angela Watercutter, at Wired
: "If Alien taught us anything — besides that Sigourney Weaver is awesome — it’s that in space, no one can hear you scream. It’s true. There’s no air up there, so there’s nothing that sound can travel on. It’s just deadly silence. It’s also a bit problematic for any director looking to make a scientifically accurate movie about space
." — Rob
Critics are blown away by Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, an orbital thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Kenneth Turan, with the LA Times, writes that "words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates," while Richard Roeper describes it is among "the most stunning visual treats of the year and one of the most unforgettable thrill rides in recent memory. You'll have to remind yourself to breathe during some of the more harrowing sequences."
The NPR's Bob Mondello says that "Doctoral theses will be penned on the breath-catchingly realistic, gorgeously choreographed, entirely mesmerizing opening", and the NYT's A.O. Scott writes that Cuaron "succeeds by tethering almost unfathomably complex techniques—both digital and analog—to a simple narrative."
Jocelyn Noveck with the AP adds that what you can't know, until you're in the theater, "is just how much you'll feel like you're up there in space, feeling its vastness, perhaps even feeling cold."
(Some folks keep talking about astronomers exposing factual errors in the movie. Which is fair enough. The beautiful thing about science, though, is that gravity gets to expose factual errors in astronomy.)
Halina Watts, with the Daily Mirror:
"It was feared the BBC programmes from the 1960s – featuring the first two doctors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton – had vanished for all time after the Beeb flogged off a load of old footage. But after months of detective work the tapes have been unearthed at the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency." [via Jim Saul
The next 200+ exciting minutes hits theaters on December 13th, 2013! [Video Link via Laughing Squid]
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