Halo

Got to admit that I’m loving Halo on Paramount+.

Mastery

“We are what they grow beyond.“

Gotta admit, Yoda’s got the best philosophy.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

My particular favorite.

Okay, I Watched; I Enjoyed

But once was enough. I mean, damn, it’s a long movie. Two complaints (length is not one of them); cyborg was the weakest character and not enough of Jared Leto’s Joker.

I get it about my second complaint – the Joker had no place in the story’s central part. Also, I sense that the Joker’s makeup will be less heavy should he be included in a movie made by Zack Snyder. I’m not going to give any spoilers, so you’ll have to watch the film yourself to understand better.

I found every scene with Superman/Clark Kent not only watchable but enjoyable. Also, the best of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman was on display. And this brings me to my first complaint: Ray Fisher didn’t have the chops to make Cyborg more convincing. And the writers hammed up the character’s story arc. I know there’s press that Wheadon is the cause of Ray Fisher’s lack of stardom, but that’s more hype than fact. What I saw in the HBO version did not justify any claims of Ray Fisher deserving megastar billing.

Ultimately, a much more cohesive film than the theatrical release. The cause of lack of cohesion – two directors of totally different voices. And Wheadon didn’t have his heart in directing his parts of the theatrical version. Too close after the “Avengers” movies? He admitted to feeling burned out and used up by Marvel after “Age of Ultron.” And I am not going to put the failure of the theatrical release solely at the feet of Josh. Wheadon has a lighter, breezier voice than Zack. However, I suspect producers forced Wheadon to ignore the darker tone initially crafted by Snyder. Producers have a lot to do with the look and feel of a movie, especially when they micromanage.

A Bit Early

I’m watching “Die Hard.” Yes, I know. It’s not Christmas yet. It’s still Halloween. But, what the hell. I’m feeling roguish. Besides, any holiday is a good holiday to watch Alan Rickman be the antagonist.

All My Books Are Lost!

Nook has crashed. They did an update yesterday, and now I cannot access any of my Nook Books. Thankfully, I’ve got quite a few already downloaded onto a couple of my devices. But I cannot download any that I had saved to the cloud. Nor can I see my list of books at Barnes & Noble’s website. There’s no contacting them on the weekend, which is rather strange – not the best of customer service. They don’t even have a forum where you can talk to other customers to see if they are also having the same problems. They shut them down in 2017. That’s crap.

I have over 100 books on the Nook. So, yeah, this is not cool. I use my Nook daily. I had just started re-reading the Harry Potter series.

Don’t get me wrong. I like my Nook. I like that I can carry my entire library in a simple, small device. It makes reading much more convenient. However, I’m beginning to wonder about the leadership of Barnes & Noble. It appears that online customer service is not even a consideration. This is the 21st Century, after all. An online presence is expected. And I don’t mean just sales; I also expect service for any problems. And that includes communicating any problems.

Infinity War

I’ve watched the Hulk/Thanos fight several times and it just seems there is something wrong with the Hulk. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just seems as if the Hulk is not his Hulking self. That he won’t come out later in the movie indicates there is something wrong. But I don’t think it has anything to do with being beaten by Thanos. It’s something going back a little farther.

Nor do I buy into the speculation that Loki is actually pretending to be Bruce Banner/Hulk. How, exactly, would that not be noticed by Dr. Strange – Master of the Mystic Arts? In “Thor – Ragnarok” Dr. Strange is able to sense Loki’s presence on Earth without even being in his presence. You think he’s not going to sense him from at less than 5 feet away? Exactly.

Anyway, I think the problem is that Bruce is no longer “always angry.” The Hulk will only come out when Bruce is angry. So my guess is that when Bruce finally gets angry again, Hulk comes out a hell of a lot more powerful than when he first took on Thanos.

Of course, like all the other posts on the internet about this subject, this is all just speculation. And I’m pretty sure I’m wrong. But, you know, what the hell. It’s just speculation. And it would be foolish not to speculate.

Excellent!

Music in the US of A is rather underwhelming for me at this time. Corporate control has reduced the spontaneity and creativity of music writing. Instead, I am forced to listen to formulic re-packaging of old themes and styles without anything new and fresh coming along to catch my interest.

So, imagine my surprise when an A Cappella group covers June Carter’s “Ring of Fire” and nails it in a refreshingly new manner.

Home Free has a novel approach to an old standard. They’re not attempting to mimic Johnny Cash, but instead pay tribute to him while still infusing their own character and joy into music they obviously love.