Archive for May 7th, 2011

I went to the theater today to catch the latest Marvel Comics movie:  THOR.  The movie is supposed to be the first of the summer’s blockbusters and it’s a fairly good rendition of the comic book character into the realm of film.  It is an action film.  It is a special effects film.  It is a good comic movie (much better than DareDevil or Hulk 1).  The problem is I think it tries to do a little too much.  I felt as if it should have been a heroic Norse god movie or a Earth super-hero movie.  Instead it tries to be both and from that attempt, both sides are just not quite right.  Don’t get me wrong.  It has funny moments, but they are almost predictable “alien on Earth” moments / lines.  Somehow, it’s entertaining, but not quite satisfying.  (And that’s before you start to think about holes in the plot…  Just remember it’s just a comic book movie…)
I recommend it and I will certainly buy it when it comes out on DVD, but it’s a chocolate sunday without the cherry on top.  It leaves you wanting a little bit more.
As a childhood comic book collector we are definitely in the golden age of comic book movies.  Multiple Superman and Batman versions; Spiderman (X3); X-men (X3) with another on the way; Hulk (X2);  Wolverine;  Fantastic Four (X2);  and a number of other minor comic characters.  I’m looking forward to the new X-men, Captain America, Green Lantern and the Avengers – all coming soon.
Orange Inside
Hil and I have spent the last two evenings watching two 9th inning Giants victories.  Last night’s was a come from behind win;  tonight’s was a get ahead, they draw even, we win it in the 9th.  The torture is back!!  Go Giants!!  The National League West leaders (Colorado Rockies) are in town with a four game lead (now cut to two).  The Giants have had pretty good pitching so far this season, but not great team defense or offense.  Now, we’re starting to come back to form.
Happy Mothers Day!
Tomorrow (Sunday) is Mother’s Day.  Everybody please remember to give your mom a call and / or drop by to see your mom.

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What influence in fact have ecclesiastical establishments had on Civil Society?  In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the Civil authority;  in many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny:  in no instance have they been seen the guardians of the liberties of the people.  Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty, may have found an established Clergy convenient auxiliaries.
    —     James Madison
From:  “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments

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