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Monday, July 10, 2017


As anyone acquainted with this blog site must know by now, I see a lot of movies, and I hate anything to do with comic books, vampires,  zombies, animation and most sequels.  Yet, one of the two films I saw this weekend was Spider Man #6.  I went to the first, saw Tobey Maguire get bitten by a spider, and thought, okay, not a bad premise.  Missed the next four on purpose.  Too fanciful.

Spider Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics, and the first film was a short one in 1969, followed by a CBS TV-version in 1977.  Then nothing until SM#1 in 2002.

SM#6 did everything possible to interweave common folks with superhumans.  Kind of reminds you of Clark Kent and Superman in Metropolis.  The effect was nonsensical, stupid, beyond belief, irrational, action-packed and profitable.  SM#6 again occupied #1 in box office revenues this weekend:

                                                   Rotten Tomatoes       My Rating
                                               Reviewers Audiences
  • #1  SM:  Homecoming      93            92                B-
  • #2  Despicable Me 3         62            64                ?
  • #3  Baby Driver                 97            90                A-
I might add that Jacob Batalon from Hawaii did very well as Spider Man's best high school friend, here with Tom Holland, the newest SM:

Will there be another Spider Man?  Of course, but will he be in the next Avengers?  One coming out in 2018, and another in 2019.  Have you wondered why all these super sapiens are white?  Not to worry, for next year will come Black Panther.  Also, another X-Men and Deadpool 2.  For those with short memories, Deadpool (right) looks like Spider Man, but is kind of meanish.

Oh, I also saw Baby Driver, which I thought was terrific.  The cast is packed, with Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.  Baby is played by Ansel Elgort, who clearly has a future in entertainment.  There are 30 songs in the soundtrack.  Baby Driver 2 could well happen, but almost everyone but Baby and his girlfriend died.

My next movie review?  Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Never heard of it?  One of my all-time favorites.  Celebs will cameo this time around:  Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Hamill.   The creator of this concept, Joel Hodgson, will appear in Episode 3.

Hurricane Eugene is up to 105 MPH, but, as mentioned the other day, will soon weaken:

One concern had to do with the Transpac yacht race, which began last week from Long Beach to Honolulu:

Those blue specks are the current ship locations relative to the approaching storm.  A multi-hull craft, the modern day Hokulea, is not part of the race itself, but will be the first to cross the finish line at Diamond Head.  Mighty Merloe, Phaedo 3 and Maserati will arrive this afternoon, and most probably one of them will break the record of five days, nine hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds, set 20 years ago by Explorer, an 86-foot French catamaran.


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