Tom and Jerry is an old school cartoon about the never ending rivalry between the cat and the mouse. Tom and Jerry was created in 1940, yet the show seems to still be extremely popular with children and adults to this day. I understand that many people have a favorable opinion of this cartoon, but as a child I never really liked this show. I didn’t find the cartoon boring, or even generally entertaining, I wasn’t upset with the style of drawing, or even the sometimes offensive portrayals of minorities, what upset me about this cartoon was the fact that the mouse always won. I know it is a cartoon, and that the use of slapstick comedy trumps the truth of the cat eating the mouse, but the mouse is a pest, and even as a child I felt it was unfair for the cat to always lose. There are hundreds of cartoons around, but Tom and Jerry is the only one where the burglar is celebrated and even rewarded for his actions. There are still Tom and Jerry episodes being made to this day, and while I have seen them all, I honestly hope there is at least one in which Tom, the cat, actually wins. I am not trying to ruin a classic cartoon, and I understand that looking at it realistically is quite foolish, but a pest, or a burglar should not be celebrated in a cartoon. I know my views on this cartoon are somewhat odd, but it was just one of the many pet peeves I had with the cartoons of my childhood.
I have never understood why some people are so enamored with conspiracy theories. I understand that some of these theories are quite interesting, but I have never seen the value of believing or even following these notions. My basic stance on conspiracy theories is that they are useless to anybody that is not directly effected by the event to which they pertain. Conspiracy theorists general bury themselves in the issues they feel are being covered up, and they ignore any other opinions on an event or idea. I know that these individuals fully believe they are correct on a situation, but it is unhealthy to continue to push an issue that most people just don’t care about. Most conspiracy theories are ignored by many because they solve nothing, if a conspiracy is proved to be true, it leads to many questions but never a solution. Conspiracies have been around almost as long as civilization, and while some have been proven true, the number of proven conspiracies pales in comparison to those that are still up in the air. I have never fully jumped on the bandwagon of any conspiracy, and while I have heard of some that seem plausible, I understand that a conspiracy will never lead to any type of positive change or solution. I will continue to respect those who believe these ideas, but as for me, I will stick to getting my news from the hilariously unreliable news media.
Fantastic Four is the most recent superhero movie released, and due to reviews from my friends, I stayed far away from watching this movie. My curiosity and desire to watch any recent superhero film finally got the best of me, and I decided to watch the “terrible movie” that my friends warned me about. I have stated before in this blog that I generally like to watch movies without reading a review, since I don’t want to watch with a tainted impression. I decided to watch this movie months after its release and unfortunately I have heard nothing but bad things about it, so my expectations were very low. My honest impression of Fantastic Four, is that it is a good movie, not great, but definitely better than what I expected. When I say this movie is good, I mean it does what an action movie should, it has great effects and a couple of decent fight scenes, nothing that is award worthy. The issue with this movie is its pace, it is an extremely short movie that tries to do too much in a short time, and ends up leaving far too many unanswered questions. The characters are not correctly developed, and the major villain is not even introduced as such until there is 20 minutes left in the film. I have read that the director wanted a much longer film, and that he was upset about the cuts the producers made. Now that I have seen the film, I fully understand the director’s displeasure with the finished product. This movie had a lot of potential, and based on what I saw, it really just needed more time to explain itself in order to be a great movie. I am not sure if this movie was a product of low expectations, but I believe this movie could have been much better than it was if they took the directors advice and made it a bit longer and more developed. For what the movie was, I think it was fine, it is a very short action movie that quickly pushes viewers through a hallway without answering questions. I am the type of viewer who likes to understand the story behind a movie in order to enjoy it, but I was still satisfied enough with this film due to my understanding that the director did not mean for it to be so rushed. Fantastic Four is not the greatest superhero movie but it is not the worst, if you are looking for a quick, mindless, action film to watch, it is definitely worth at least a rental.
Nothing says excess like a new mall, throughout the world giant malls and shopping centers are being built up in order for developers and architects to show the mastery of their craft, but I think the malls of today are generally overkill. I love the idea of going to one location in order to purchase everything I need, but I don’t think I need to walk by seven jewelry stores in order to pick up a new pair of jeans. Malls are popping up everywhere and they are by in large all made from the same template, developers place large department stores on each end, throw in every major jeweler available, and sprinkle in a couple of gourmet pretzel stands to entice hungry shoppers to forgo their diets. I guess the best thing about a mall is the fact that there is always familiarity no matter how far from home you get, but I feel as though the sheer amount of malls in one city can have a negative effect on the business owners in the city. I get that malls are convenient, and that they bring plenty of money into their host cities, but there have been at least three newly opened malls within my borough over the last two years, that is an outrageous stat considering the general state of the economy. These newly opened malls have created several low wage jobs, but money must be spent within a mall for it to survive. The proximity of these malls is a threat to the malls, and to the people who work within them. It seems as though the efforts that are currently being made to drive economic growth have a clear expiration date, and it is becoming apparent that malls, while convenient, may just be a bandage on an ever growing wound that needs immediate urgent care.