Scott's Thoughts

“Nikon D5 high ISO noise performance”

“The Netflix Backlash: Why Hollywood Fears a Content Monopoly”

“Orders for comic books have hit a twenty year high”

“Important news about Keeble & Shuchat”

“Grammar Snob stickers for iMessage are ready to ruin your friendships”

“iPhone 7 Review: Many additions and one subtraction”

“Because Scott Walker Asked”

“Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon”

“Why does blockbuster movie music all sound boring and the same?”

“Villains and Vigilantes™ 3.0: The Mighty Protectors™ RPG by Jeff Dee”

“About the ‘Basket of Deplorables’”

“TiVo’s new interface will cut down on channel surfing”

iPhone 7 Woes

I spaced out last night, and didn’t get my order in, so I’ve got more time to ponder which color to get. I’ve historically been a white iPhone person, and when I’ve dabbled with black, I’ve always been tired of it quickly and ready to go back as soon as the new model came out. But the new black options look great and–let’s face it–a white iPhone 7 is going to look almost identical to the white iPhones 6 I’ve had for awhile.

First world problems, I know. I can’t believe I missed the window to order one, though!

The Iron Giant

Apropos of my recommendation for Kubo, let me recommend taking the time to enjoy the new release of Iron Giant: The Signature Edition. The Iron Giant is one of my all-time favorite animated movies, and is a fantastic movie for the family. Scratch that: It’s one of my favorite movies, period. Watch it now.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Ainsley and I went to see Kubo and the Two Strings and loved it. She’s almost 8, and I’d say that’s about the youngest age who can start to appreciate the melancholy nature of much of the film and the relatively complicated relationships Kubo has with his family. That said, the stop-motion animation is beautiful, and the characters and designs are fabulous, and something that will attract younger kids.

Highly recommended.

“The Late Majel Barrett May Voice STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s Computer”

“Apple’s CarPlay now a $300 option for most BMWs”

“Henry Cavill Teases Black Superman Costume for Justice League”

“Bill to end daylight saving time passes California committee”

“Apple Planning 10.5” iPad Pro in 2017, ‘Revolutionary’ OLED iPad as Soon as 2018"

“Kenny Baker, actor behind R2-D2, dies”

Suicide Squad

Bottom line: I actually enjoyed it.

Maybe it’s because, as Mike accuses me of, my standards are too low. Maybe it’s because early reviews of these movies are lowering my expectations to the point that any redeeming qualities make the movie seem good. Then again, I didn’t have high expectations in the first place, but I digress.

The plot is pretty much what you’d expect. The main antagonist has a little–but just a little–more motivation than Doomsday did in BvS, or even than Apocalypse did in the latest X-Men movie. Note that I have to word that oddly: this movie is all about “bad guys”, from the threat that motivates the plot, through the team that’s assembled to confront her, to–perhaps most ominously–the person who creates the plan in the first place. Yes, Amanda Waller is in this movie, and she’s way more of a bad guy than in many of her incarnations in the DC universe, where she’s frequently just someone barely going over the line to bad guy.

Still, this movie is more about the journey than the end goal, and it takes plenty of time to introduce the main characters, especially the obvious headliners of Harley Quinn and Deadshot. It spends more time than most recent superhero movies on some of the characters’ backstories as well as their motivations and personalities.

I’d like to spend a quick moment to wish out loud that it didn’t focus so much on the T&A aspects of Harley, which I find unnecessary. But hot pants and wet T-shirt are the order of the day…whatever.

I found Jared Leto as the Joker to be completely one-note and not very interesting at all. Then again, he isn’t really the star here, so maybe that’s OK.

Overall, I’d give this one a B. It’s better than most action movies I’ve seen this summer, including Batman Vs. Superman and X-Men: Apocalypse. I don’t think it’s as good as Captain America: Civil War.

“‘Jason Bourne’ is embarrassingly dumb about tech”

“Suicide Squad Kinda Sucks. But Hey, So Does 2016”

“Facebook Moves to Push ‘Clickbait’ Lower in the News Feed”

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