Sunday, November 13, 2011

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8 comments:

  1. I'm still in shock on Miller's, um, interpretation of the Occupy movement. Has he gone that far off the rails?

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  2. My bet would be that he's bought into a lot of the more lurid rightwing media reports about OWS. (There have been claims of unreported rapes at Zuccotti Park and so forth. Given the reporting about police in New York, Miller could've been describing the cops, though.)

    So, depending on your view of people who buy into lurid rightwing media reporting... yes, yes, he has gone that far off the rails.

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  3. James, I fear so. He was talking crazy immediately after 9/11, but I think his crazy goes back a lot further. He appears to have taken Dark Knight more seriously than a sane person would expect.

    serial, yeah. For some folks, any rumor is fodder.

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  4. And here I thought Batman was none too fond of the exploitive 1%. I wonder where I got that idea...

    Have a little irony; it's good for your blood.

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  5. It's not entirely rumors. Some of it is the officials using (probably unrelated) events as an excuse to shut the protests down and the media then focusing on those events. So, for instance, "Man gets murdered near Occupy Oakland Encampment" gets turned into "All those Occupy Oakland people are a bunch of murderers!" or, if people are being slightly more generous, "Occupy Oakland is distracting the police and this allows people to get away with murder". It's actually a relatively clever (and very predictable) way of turning people against the movement.

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  6. Miller has been off the rails for years. His recent work is so dark and hate-filled that is tarnishes his previous classics. Once you see the hatred for humanity in general and women in particular, you can't unsee it.

    Miller consistantly portrays a world with no room for goodness or hope in it, so should we be surpised he views Islam and the Occupy movement through the same lens?

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  7. It really makes Miller being the one to bring The Spirit to the screen to be a truly awful idea since Frank Miller only has one story to tell about the city and that's a crime infested hellhole where the only women are ninja hookers or femme fatales while Will Eisner could tell so many different stories about urban life that he really captured what it's like to live in the actual city. The only thing Frank Miller represents is the scared suburbanite never going within 10 miles of city limits out of fear and a belief that the NWA songs are documentary.

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  8. I was a comics fan when Miller's first Daredevil work appeared. He borrowed a lot from Eisner--a lot that Eisner had developed in the '40s--and during Miller's early work, the notion of him continuing Eisner's work made sense. But sometime around The Dark Knight Returns, the only creator Miller was qualified to develop was the ham-fisted, commie-fearing Mickey Spillane. (Who, I gather, was an influence on Sin City, which I never read or saw.)

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