And then Film Theory delves into how the fictional nation of Wakanda is economically doooooooomed due to the combination of having a dictatorship (not to mention they pick their leaders via trial by combat… really, is the guy best able to beat the other guy to death *really* likely to be the best guy to efficiently run a nation?), a command economy, and an economy based on a single resource:
“Black Panther” seems like it makes some people a little passionate.
Oddly, even though I’m not exactly a Marvel comics fanboy, I’ve caught every Marvel comics movie since “Iron Man” on opening day. Until “Black Panther.” Somehow I seem to have missed that one so far. I think perhaps the excessively matronizing Admiral Holdo in “The Last Jedi” stepped on my very last nerve and has made me annoyed enough with SJW messaging to flip my movie enthusiasm switch to “meh.”
If you just so happen to look like a world-famous national leader, go ahead and make of it what you will. If you can parlay it into a source of income… lucky you. If you happen to look like a dictator, though, you might give the idea a bit more thought before you go out of your way to look even more like your doppleganger. And more thought still before going to the Olympics and getting in front of said dictators cheerleaders.
It had been my hope – that I knew wasn’t going to come true because, you know, come on – that President Trump would do what the Constitution calls for from the President for the State of the Union: turn in a report to Congress. Instead, he did what is now culturally expected: stand in front of Congress and the cameras and give a long laundry list of talking points and promises. Same old, same old.
Still, it made for interesting watching. Specifically, it made for interesting watching of the Democrats: would they applaud anything? As it turns out, no. The Congressional Black Caucus, when told that African American unemployment is at a historic low? They looked damned glum. But the high point had to be this guy:
When exactly did he walk out? When a bunch of Republicans started chanting “USA! USA! USA!” that so triggered Gutierrez that he had to retreat to a safe space. Because if there’s anything that a Congressman should be offended by, it’s people chanting the name of the country that Congressman is in.
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It’s a gag
It’s not actually a flame thrower, any more than the leaf burning torch in my garage is a flame thrower.
But still… it’s awesome to see a company have a damn sense of humor.
This music video dates from 2017 and was made to promote “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.” It is by definition a product of the 21st century. And yet… and yet, they managed to accurately capture the screaming horror that was 1970’s disco. I was honestly torn between laughing my keister off and doing my best George C. Scott “turn it off, turn it off” impression and throwing the computer across the room. If you are too young to remember the 70’s and always wondered what it was like… behold, ye younguns, and despair.