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Super: This Ain’t Your Older Brother’s Comic Book Hero

29 Mar

Sometimes I feel like films don’t surprise me anymore. It’s like writers/producers/directors have to play demographic connect four to get financing, and that leads to the happy endings, Oscar winning formulas (cough The King’s Speech cough) and the “career” of Megan Fox.

It’s a business, I get it…how can a studio exec be expected to take on the risk of making a creatively driven movie when hes got to gas up his G4. I know what you are thinking, “woah, woah no political jokes demonizing corporate America.” But don’t worry, I’m a Republican.

Honestly though, nobody makes money off a 2 million dollar indie film. Except Juno, but that is besides the point. It’s tough to make an honest movie without playing the game a little bit and as an avid fan of Stratego, and all the Milton Bradley products, I don’t hate the players or the game.

“Kudos if you make it all the way through.” That was what director James Gunn had to say during a post screening Q&A in Cambridge (not Boston), MA of his new film – Super.

It’s a dark comedy that keeps you laughing up to the point where you are too shocked to laugh. Maybe it is the first time Frank/Crimson Bolt (Rainn Wilson) beats a guy senseless with a wrench for cutting in line. Note the phrase, “first time.”

Maybe it’s the sexualization of violence by Libby/Boltie, the kid side-kick played with a strangely identifiable mania by Ellen Page.  Or maybe it’s the gore filled climax that would make Quentin Tarantino proud. But at some point you’re going to stop laughing.

Don’t fight the feeling to stop laughing, if you have a sense of humor and/or are moderately well adjusted, you’ll still enjoy the rest of the movie and you may even start laughing again. But that unusual feeling  that you are experiencing is just the feeling of being surprised by a movie again.

Warning: You may think this film looks a lot like the movie Kick-Ass. That is because Mark Millar, author of the comic book Kick-Ass, and Super writer/director James Gunn are friends. Gunn began work on the Super script 9 years ago, while Millar was just beginning to write the Kick-Ass comic that inspired the film adaptation.

Basically, Super is it’s own film and should be treated that way.


Health Care Republican Strategy: All for One, and All for Obstruction

13 Aug

gop-hearing-problemThe President and the more liberal wing of the Democratic party’s push for a health care system overall has done the one thing that no Republican could do, unite the Republican party.

Of course the word unite perhaps is a little overzealous, perhaps jointly angered is a better way to say it.  Many conservatives, like Fox New Contributor Monica Crowley, have taken the opportunity to label Democrats as some version of out of touch, socialist or snobbish superiorists bent on forcing a radically leftist agenda on the country. Either way, apparently the crazy ranting game is back in full swing after a 200 day sojourn, course this time it’s the Republican’s turn.

The strange thing about this debate is that more than others the crazy rantings are based in a certain level of truth. Is the President a socialist? No, but he has said that if he could do it over again he would choose a single payer system, basically a socialized medical system, like Canada or Britain currently has.

You can have a Democracy and have socialized medicine, in fact almost any nation you can name with such a system is also a western democracy. That doesn’t make it right, it’s just an important distinction to draw.  But the term socialism is thrown around so much you’d think the Cold War hadn’t ended almost 20 years ago.

But every time that Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team brazenly sidestep protests, they lay credence to the perception that they are operating under some kind of parental like mandate; as if Americans don’t know what’s best for them and just need to take their medicine. No pun intended.

Such arrogance spurns those who have legitimate concerns about a liberal health care reform that seems to be more focused on expanding access, than ensuring quality, affordable care. There is a very real debate that needs to happen between conservatives and liberals on the issue of health care reform, and incendiary remarks on both sides distract from the overall goal.

My personal belief is that the best course of action is a mixture of industry reform and a government safety net plan with the focus on quality and preventative care, rather then purely on universal access. The list of problems is unreal, but easily the most significant is cost. The Wall Street Journal published an insightful editorial on the subject of cost, which should certainly should give pause to those sold on a public option(at least how the President has talked about it so far).

But beyond just the cost issue there is the problem of the national concerns with treatment over prevention. There is not enough education and promotion from insurers to get regular check-ups and tests, or enough incentives to promote healthy activity or gym memberships.There is the problem of course with these kinds of proactive health incentives is that you’d have to be paying for your health care plan, otherwise you’re just trying to pay people to be healthy rather then really reducing the risk carried by an insurance company.

This recent public uproar should be an opportunity for Republicans to offer an alternative health care reform plan. But that would make too much sense.