§ MSNBC names the Top eight film adaptations of graphic novels:
• “V For Vendetta”
• “The Road to Perdition”
• “Sin City”
• “X-Men 2: X-Men United”
• “From Hell”
• “Batman Begins”
• “A History of Violence”
Personally, we prefer MYSTERY MEN to FROM HELL….or do we?
§ Wired reports on a phenomenon we’re all too familiar with: Digital packrats:
Infohoarders are doing more than just amassing files. Like their physical counterparts whose lives eventually become unbearably cluttered — such as New York’s Collyer brothers, who died under piles of collected rubbish in 1947 — they’re sliding down a dangerously slippery slope. Reinardy admitted that most of her hoarders “are very high-functioning people (who) just got caught in this behavior.”
“It starts with good intentions. ‘I’m going to get all of these movies while I can.’ But then what happens? It becomes such a huge selection that if you want a particular movie, you have to look through thousands and thousands of others to find it,” Reinardy said.
In practical terms, the collection becomes useless.
§ Magazine The Wave interview Matt Groening, creator of the SIMPSONS:
TW: Fans talk of the golden age, seasons three through eight or nine. Now that you’re into season 18, haven’t there been other phases, maybe a new renaissance?
MG: I don’t feel like I want to defend the show to people who don’t like it, but I would say that the animation is better, that we’re doing shows that I defy anybody to say that we’ve already done. We’re coming up with, I think, ideas that are certainly surprising to us. And the show still makes me laugh. That’s all I care about. I hope that it makes other people laugh, too. And sadly, many of our fans have died; they’ve gotten so old. But luckily, new ones are being born every day.
TW: At this point, do you have to keep track of jokes you’ve already done so you don’t repeat?
MG: We have writers now who are so young that they grew up watching the show, and they remind some of us who have been around longer that we’ve already done a joke that somebody is pitching. And [voice actors] Dan [Castellaneta] and Yeardley [Smith] also keep us honest because they remember the lines that they’ve said.
§ Headline of the day that makes us squirm: JEPH LOEB ON FALLEN SON – REVEALED.