austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Low he strikes the villain's plan!

For today, we got together in a healthy-sized group including Portia, Skyler, and Findra, and after a sort of breakfast-lunch hybrid (some of us were on omelettes and some on sandwiches) went off to see Superman Returns. I've seen a fair bit of grumbling about it on my friends list, and think you all are nuts. It's a fun, exciting movie, touching on just enough of the 1970s movies and 1950s TV nostalgia points to be endearing while carrying on along its own direction. I'm sorry that Lois Lane's native spunk gave out after her fax -- the Fleischer Lois would have been kicking the door all the way down -- and that the new characters didn't keep the weird L-L thing going, since that was a lovely but mysterious bit of the lore.

It's got me wondering something in-universe too. In any natural disaster there are some tales of apparently impossible survival -- just people who happened to be at the one spot where the earthquake started the mudslide that put out the wildfire at their door, things like that. In Superman's absence there must have been a number of people saved by such wild luck, after all. So how many of them were credited as having been Possibly Saved by Superman? Heck, a fair number probably imagined they even met Superman, while he was away. A nice long look in front of dozens of cameras would be nice proof that Superman was back, but how many people would have supposed that he never actually did go away?

I noticed in the credits -- I watch the credits so far as I'm able -- that one of the video assistants was a fellow with the unfortunate name ``Nimrod Sztern-Adlide.'' It was a fine name, once upon a time, but since Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck ruined Nimrod as a name with, I think, just one or two references apiece what sort of sadistic parents inflict that on a child? I also noticed in the credits where there were multiple columns, the people with the `worse' names -- here I mean by the standard of what will get them mercilessly taunted in elementary school -- were all in the rightmost column. The left or middle columns had undistinguished names, but on the right were the folks who never had a happy kickball match. It means something, but I don't know what.

Trivia: Park Avenue in Manhattan received that name in 1888. Source: Gotham, Edwin G Burrows, Mike Wallace.

Currently Reading: Gateway, Frederick Pohl.


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