July 14th, 2012


In Theaters: The Amazing Spider-Man

The family went to see The Amazing Spider-Man earlier this week. On the whole, the movie is a good summer flick. But like a lot of summer movies, the more you think about it, the less-good it is, which is a problem for superhero flicks. We love to overthink those. Having a reboot come out so soon after Raimi's trilogy also invites comparisons between the two, and the internet has certainly done its work in dissecting the differences. For me, this one doesn't hold up to the latest batch of really good comic book movies with which we've been blessed. The rest of this will be vaguely spoilery, so skip it if you want to check out the film for yourself. The final verdict for me is, if you like superhero movies, catch this one on Netflix.

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Republicans, cable monopolies, and corrupt capitalism

* Top read: "only government intervention can stop corrupt capitalism."
* Charts: Americans are bad for the environment, and don't feel bad about it.
* Good read: four months out, what still matters for the election?
* The Republicans will have a tough time taking the Senate with candidates like these.
* Texas wants to stop doctors from even mentioning abortion.
* "The biggest survey of Native American DNA has concluded that the New World was settled in three major waves."
* Identifying a new type of black hole.
* I've talked before about breaking the cable TV monopolies, and this is how it starts happening.