thedissolve:


“In Godzilla, almost all human action is futile and/or fatal, and the small victories belong almost exclusively to supporting characters (a young boy reuniting with his parents, a scientist finally getting a good look at the majesty of the monster she’s studied all her life). Godzilla is both humanity’s reckoning and its salvation, a response to our unchecked parasitic relationship with the planet and a reminder of our ultimately supporting role as stewards rather than beneficiaries. Steven Spielberg exerts an undeniable influence on the way the film moves, but Hayao Miyazaki’s work best anticipates where it goes. If Jurassic Park is about the perils of playing God, Godzilla responds that just being ourselves is bad enough.”

Some critics have dinged Godzilla for losing track of its human characters, but David Ehrlich posits that that’s simply a function of the film’s status as a “post-human blockbuster.” [Read more…]

thedissolve:

“In Godzilla, almost all human action is futile and/or fatal, and the small victories belong almost exclusively to supporting characters (a young boy reuniting with his parents, a scientist finally getting a good look at the majesty of the monster she’s studied all her life). Godzilla is both humanity’s reckoning and its salvation, a response to our unchecked parasitic relationship with the planet and a reminder of our ultimately supporting role as stewards rather than beneficiaries. Steven Spielberg exerts an undeniable influence on the way the film moves, but Hayao Miyazaki’s work best anticipates where it goes. If Jurassic Park is about the perils of playing God, Godzilla responds that just being ourselves is bad enough.”

Some critics have dinged Godzilla for losing track of its human characters, but David Ehrlich posits that that’s simply a function of the film’s status as a “post-human blockbuster.” [Read more…]


*CONTROVERSY WARNING*
This photo demonstrates why (despite some plot failings) the new Spider-Man movies get Spider-Man in a way the Raimi movies never did.

*CONTROVERSY WARNING*

This photo demonstrates why (despite some plot failings) the new Spider-Man movies get Spider-Man in a way the Raimi movies never did.


Some numbers on the audience for music

barthel:

The NCAA basketball finals, held last night, were watched by over 18 million people at their peak. That’s 6% of the U.S. population. In contrast, Pharrell’s “Happy,” currently the #1 single in the country, has sold about 3 million copies, or 1% of the U.S. population. (If single sales seem like a poor metric of listenership, the official video has 168 million views.) That’s months after its release, and a clear outlier. The #10 song on the chart this week, “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon (which has been on the chart longer than “Happy”) has sold a million copies (0.33% of the U.S. population), while the #10 movie at the box office, Liam Neeson’s “Non-Stop,” has been seen by 10 and a half million people, or 3.5% of the population[1].

More broadly, two-thirds of the adults in the U.S. and Canada go to the movies at least once per year. Only half buy music in any form. When people do buy music, one-half to two-thirds of their purchases are catalog (old) music.[2] Taken together, it seems fair to say that the audience for new music in America is somewhere between 16 and 25 percent of the population, versus 67% for new movies and around 95% for TV.

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Two delightful things from last night’s viewing of Captain America: 
1)The little girl with the Captain American mask that was SO excited to be there
2)The two little boys that sat behind me and were also SO excited to the point that during the *SPOILERS* climactic fight between Cap and Bucky the one little boy kept saying, ‘Don’t do it Bucky, Cap is your friend!’

Two delightful things from last night’s viewing of Captain America: 

1)The little girl with the Captain American mask that was SO excited to be there

2)The two little boys that sat behind me and were also SO excited to the point that during the *SPOILERS* climactic fight between Cap and Bucky the one little boy kept saying, ‘Don’t do it Bucky, Cap is your friend!’


Dear Spotify,
I’m starting to feel like we’ve grown apart.

Dear Spotify,

I’m starting to feel like we’ve grown apart.