Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Life is short 

“Life is short,
and art long,
opportunity fleeting,
experimentations perilous,
and judgment difficult.”
– Hippocrates
It sounds a little cooler in Latin, “Ars longa, vita brevis”, the entire quote is considered to mean, “skillfulness takes time and life is short.” It can take a lifetime to acquire a skill or master a craft but a lifetime is too short of a time to put it to use fully. Two practitioners of such skill who are favourites of mine have died recently, Bruce McCall and John Romita Sr.
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Thursday, June 08, 2023

Seen in May 

The pig and one of her piglets who "star" in the documentary, Gunda

It's been a funny old spring. At times freezing, at times hot, long periods of rain and now none at all. The world hasn't gotten much friendlier but at least there was something to watch.

John Mulaney: Baby J
John Mulaney went through some stuff. A star-studded intervention led to a stay in rehab. He'd like to discuss that some more.

Mandalorian S03
Grogu is still the cutest thing and the Dark Sabre is perhaps the most intriguing. This series picks up with The Mandalorian looking for redemption. I'm enjoying this show, and this season had a lot more to it than previous ones, but still I feel it is straining to fill its story with plot rather than character.

The Matrix Resurrections
It’s been said the third film in a trilogy is often the weakest, but maybe with The Matrix it’s really the fourth film in the trilogy (apparently a work consisting of four works is a tetralogy). The funny thing is, I really liked the first part of this movie where “Neo” is back in the Matrix as the designer of a successful interactive game called The Matrix but is struggling in therapy with this near perfect reality. I wouldn’t mind a whole movie of Keanu Reeves confused by what is real and what isn’t, maybe even leaving the audience to ask for themselves, were the first three films real or a game invented for the mass market? But this isn’t that kind of movie, that movie is called Solaris. Too bad. Solaris could’ve used some Kung Fu.

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