MGK Hockey 1234 had an interesting point on the twitters:

“I’m so tired of superhero movies”

listen: in 1950 Hollywood literally released 158 Westerns, that’s more than thirteen a month

20 of those Westerns were specifically of the “singing cowboy” subgenre

stop acting like you’re uniquely affronted by superhero movies’ existence

Twitter responded to this point, as twitter does, with various levels of amusement and offense but my favorite point in response was some variant of “So where are the singing superhero movies?”

I can remember only two superhero stage musicals. The first one being It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman was one that I saw waaaay back in the 80’s in a little community-level play (they had identical twins who could act and sing… why, it’d be a crime if they *DIDN’T* do a play that relied on one of them in one costume and the other in another). This play was cute. I guess. I don’t remember much from it beyond the “You’ve Got Possibilities” song and that’s mostly because of the commercial:

Pillsbury Grands Commercial

The other superhero stage musical is, of course, the much more recent Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. This is a play that I have *NOT* seen, but notice that none of the songs seem to have leaked out into the wild… not yet anyway. When watching the trailer for the play, I’m struck by what a spectacle it must have been and completely unsurprised to hear that there were numerous injuries as the play went on.

Trailer Spider-Man – Turn Off The Dark (Broadway)

And I’m expecting to see some of those songs show up in commercials in a decade or so.

And hoping that, perhaps, 40 years hence, we’ll finally get “The Infinity Gauntlet: The Musical”.

(If you want to discuss spoilers for The Infinity Gauntlet in comments, please consider using Rot13, a simple back-and-forth encryption protocol. It turns “The butler did it” into “Gur ohgyre qvq vg” and vice-versa.)

So… what are you reading and/or watching?

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22 thoughts on “Sunday!

  1. I finally read Shattered Won’t say anymore here because politics. (But I also don’t have much to add from the conversation a year ago, maybe just one more observation about money that didn’t seem to be commented on then)

    Also just finished John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. A podcast recomended (I think) by Don Zeko about A Song of Ice and Fire (i.e. book series game of thrones). One thing the podcasters comment on is how good Martin is at introducing world building elements without just blocks of chunky exposition, a usual weakness found in these sort of works.

    Well, now that those guys got my radar up for that sort of thing in genre fiction, I got to say Scalzi is definitely Mister Captain Exposition in this, his freshman book.

    I liked it, and it was a quick read, but there’s certainly stuff that an experienced writer (or a team like James S A Corey) would have probably held back on. Dropping hints, certainly, but cutting the bulk of some explanations and leaving them for another book.

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  2. How many of the 158 Westerns were the most expensive, high-profile films made that year, and how many were the B parts of double features? Asking for a friend.

    Anyway, I highly recommend The Death of Stalin. (No politics). Steve Buscemi (Khrushchev) , Jeffrey Tambor (Malenkov), and Jason Isaacs* (Zhukov) were all amazing.

    * Best known as Lucius Malfoy.

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  3. I am reading a history of daily life in Ancient Rome and novels by Ceasare Pavese.

    I saw the Avengers: Infinity War. If you know anything about Marvel’s release schedule and/or corporate plans, you know the “shock” ending will be reversed. Also if you know anything about the comics from 1991.

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  4. My two book items today were old paths for my reading habits: background material for my beloved Aubrey/Maturin series with Patrick O’brain: Making of a Novelist bt Nikolai Tolstoy and Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels by Dean King.

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  5. I finally finished a quite charming book I’ve been grazing on since late February, All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours, by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins. It satisfied a niche that I’d hoped her previous book would. I was disappointed by the first one, as it turned out, so it was extra-pleasing how much I enjoyed this one. A fun and elegantly-designed miscellany.

    Watched a couple episodes of Jessica Jones, I haven’t had the intestinal fortitude to binge watch it as yet.

    Mostly I’ve been checking out new podcasts, and listening to old ones. NYPL’s The Librarian is In is still my most favorite. A lot of the new ones I’ve been listening to are coming from one or another of the Upright Citizen’s Brigades’ members… of those, I hate about half and adore about half. Which puzzles me although it probably shouldn’t.

    Stephen Fry has a new podcast! Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Forward. I have yet to listen to it but suspect I will enjoy it very much. Also not listened to yet, but much looking forward to, is The Habitat – multi-episode documentary about volunteers living on fake-Mars in Hawaii so NASA can better speculate about how to make it possible for future astronauts to live on real Mars on day….

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