Superman IV

I watched Superman IV with my kids tonight.

My 10-year-old thought Superman was “lame”.

My 5-year-old thought Superman III was scary. (Remember the woman turning into a robot?)

But we all agreed that Superman IV was horrible.

I live-tweeted the whole movie. If you’re interested: Jim’s Live-Tweets of Superman IV. You know you can’t wait to see it.

Our whole family agreed that this was the best part of the movie. Dramatic acting.



Alphas and Ambiguity

Do you watch Alphas?

I started watching it (of course) because it was a different take on the superhero. Or at least people with powers.

I’m really enjoying the show – and some of the abilities are quite creative. Plus, it’s real character study with each person having their own demons and their own issues.

But one of the things that I really like about it is the ambiguity.

This is something you don’t often see in TV because we like everything wrapped up in a little bow. We like our right and wrong; our black and white. Don’t get me wrong, there are distinct groups of “good guys” and “bad guys” But when the “good guys” make a decision, they’re not always sure that it’s the right one. Even after the fact, when all the chips have fallen, sometimes you’re left wondering, “Was that the right decision?”

Because that’s what real life is like. Sometimes we don’t know if the things that we’ve had to do are right or wrong. Sometimes we don’t know until years later if we’ve made the right decisions. Sometimes we never know.

It’s a good show. Check it out.

Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation by Matt Myklusch (Book Review)

(Note: This book was published a year later under the name The Accidental Hero. I guess that’s why I was able to pick up the hardcover of Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation for $3.)

I think I would have enjoyed this book better had it been written for a slightly older audience. I guess the book is about a 12-year-old boy, and that seems to be the target audience (or slightly younger). But it’s a YA book, and it’s 500 pages!

That being said, it was a fairly quick read (especially for it’s length) and it was fun.

Young Jack Blank hates his life – he doesn’t know who he is or where he comes from; and he’s not fond of the orphanage he has to make his home. But he’ll soon learn of the Imagine Nation – home to superheroes and aliens, robots and ninjas.

Definitely not your run-of-the mill superhero book. I think younger readers would like it – and if you’re into superhero-related fiction like I am, it might be an entertaining read.