OK! I'm going to re-watch Superman 1978 for the first time in IDK, 20 years? #SUPES78
Observation: These opening credits are sooo influenced by Star Wars. Also Trevor Howard is in this--and he is directly referenced in the 70s WW comics when resurrected Steve Trevor re-names himself Trevor Howard. Hmmm! #SUPES78 #WW84
Opening close-up on icy-looking city giving way to Jor-El announcing "undeniable fact" against criminals. Which are also kinda sexist. Why is only the lady accused of "perversions"? Anyway, bad people trying to overthrow Krypton. #SUPES78
A lot to be said for the minimalist visualist of "the dock" on Krypton. Yeah, it's a digital hula-hoop, but it looks cool without needing a million extras. #SUPES78
Lara--Susannah York--has the most extraordinary eyes. The two parents--Lara and Jor-EL-- calmly discussing intentionally orphaning their child. While we know it works out, I feel 2020 twitter might just cancel the movie at this point. #SUPES78
Jor-El's benediction to Baby Superman has the tones of an Anglican clergyman, or maybe I am imagining things. Sort of an old-fashioned blessing moment from a 40s movie before all hell breaks loose. #SUPES78
Kal-El develops in the space ship with the knowledge programming. This is one of those moments when you remember that 1978 was only 30 years away from 1938; ideas about child development and all. #SUPES78
And the adoption scene. So touching, but also, in our world, I think people would be confused about how uncomplicated this is. In the 30s, orphans were somewhat disposable. That was within living memory in '78. #SUPES78
Aaaaaand here is Supers in high school, in the vaguely 1950s, being bullied. In front of Lana. If you have enjoyed any of Smallville, etc, you should check out this scene. #SUPES78
#SUPES78 his dad explains to young Clark that he's here for a reason. So much Boomer stuff and feels here, I suspect. So much Gen X indoctrination.
uuuugh mid-century understanding of heart health was pretty bad. RIP Jonathan Kent #SUPES78
Beautiful, sweeping scene with young Super declaring that he needs to leave to Ma Kent. This feels like a fusion of modern superhero movies w/ 1930s flicks. #SUPES78
Young Supes is climbing over Arctic obstacles to make his Fortress his own! Slight pause in commentary as I make dinner. #SUPES78
OK, some unexpected tech stuff. WILL RESUME TOMORROW #SUPES78

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30 Dec
I had such a good time talking about Wonder Woman history with @SER1897 and @doctor_eon I scanned some panels from comics that I'm pretty sure are inspiration for the look and feel of @PattyJenks WW84. So here's a thread! Image
The above and subsequent panels from WW 223 are from 1976. Writer Martin Pasko, artist Jose Delbo. A great example of WW using powers that DO NOT INVOLVE AN EFFING SWORD, ahem. :) Image
From the same comic. It was ordinary forWW to swing in using her lasso. Image
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28 Dec
While we're talking about white men committing terroristic violence, how about the "random act" in Illinois? google.com/amp/s/www.cbsn…
When I walk into a room and forget why I'm there and decide to read the newspaper instead, THAT is a "random" act. You don't randomly get a gun and kill people. Unless you're a white man, apparently.
It's one thing to say the motive is unclear at this time. But it's not okay to pretend that white men are just prone to occasional random malfunction that leaves people dead, like a tornado or something.
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27 Dec
I'm going to tweet a quick thread about the unseen villain in WW1984, who really drives the story despite never appearing onscreen. Light spoilers only. Meet the Duke of Deception, one of the first villains in Wonder Woman. Image
He was introduced in 1942. The WW II setting was important; WW's creator Marston was a psychologist using mythology and comics to get at the problems of his then-current world. So the god of War, Mars, did his work with the aid of Conquest, Greed, and Deception, each personified.
I appreciate that Jenkins picked up on this history; it's a neat follow-up to the first movie, where the spirit of War, as Ares/Mars, was the main villain. Here he is w/ the 3 henchmen in 1942 (notice Lord Conquest gloating over controlling Hitler). Deception is on the end. Image
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The NYT story about Dr. Jill Biden and Mr. Whoeverthe Fuckeheis manages to give the impression that academics appropriated the title "doctor" from physicians, when in fact it's the other way around, historically.
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Wow, @learnfreckle sure has some racist trash material in its social studies. "How much of the world was explored by 1482?" You mean, by non-white people? MOST OF IT.
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