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http://ew.com/movies/2017/05/22/justice-league-zack-snyder-daughter-joss-whedon/

TLDR: Joss Whedon, obviously the person whose resume most matches the position, will be taking over from Zack Snyder as director of Justice League. Snyder feels the need to spend more time with family in the wake of the suicide of his 20-year-old daughter. DC Entertainment seems a bit nervous in its declaration that the remaining directing is "minimal," but it's probably true that the finished result will feel much more like Snyder than Whedon. (Snyder's wife Deborah, a producer on the project, is likewise taking time off.)

If Snyder were departing for other reasons, I'd be cracking cheap jokes at him and a filmmaking approach that I think could charitably be described as "controversial." As it is, I find my heart going out to him. His vision of what makes a good movie will never be mine, but I have no doubt whatsoever that he deeply loves making movies, and I respect the hell out of him for walking away from his magnum opus for the few things in life that are more important.

This Week in Fandom, Volume 51

May. 23rd, 2017 04:05 pm
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Days, Vols. 1-2

May. 23rd, 2017 06:09 pm
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Posted by Michelle Smith

By Tsuyoshi Yasuda | Published digitally by Kodansha Comics

Fifteen-year-old Tsukushi Tsukamoto doesn’t have any friends. He’s always rushed home after school to be there for his disabled mother, who is raising him on her own after his father passed away. After an eccentric fellow named Jin Kazama saves Tsukushi from bullies, Tsukushi is more than willing to grant Kazama the favor of playing a game of futsal with him. In fact, he runs six miles through the rain in order to fulfill his promise, and though he’s spectacularly awful at the game, he’s also a gutsy idiot and something about his enthusiasm rubs off on his teammates.

As it happens, Tsukushi and Kazama are attending the same high school, Seiseki, which is renowned for its soccer club. They both join, but whereas Kazama is the best of the incoming first years, Tsukushi is the worst, frequently causing the rest of his yearmates to run extra laps due to his ineptitude. The other guys get frustrated, but Tsukushi just works harder than ever. This is the first time he’s ever been part of a group moving in the same direction toward a shared dream, and he’s never had so much fun. The stoic, pro-bound captain, Mizuki, admires this dedication and predicts, “Two years down the road, he’s going to be our captain.” We eventually learn that Mizuki himself started off just as awful.

Little by little, Tsukushi manages to not completely suck, albeit only for brief moments at a time. Because of his ability to rekindle the joy of soccer in others, he is surprisingly chosen for the Interhigh team. Though he makes an error that costs them a penalty kick, he also makes a valiant save that rallies everyone’s spirits. I’m a sucker for those moments when the underdog first hears the crowd cheering for them so, predictably, this moment made me verklempt.

I did, however, have a few doubts about Days in the beginning. There are some gags with the bullies that are extremely unfunny, and a recurring bit where Kazama keeps handing Tsukushi panties with which to dry his tears. Too, there was one instance of girls’ boobs appearing (with requisite “boing” sound effect) a panel before we see their faces. I realize that this is a shounen sports manga, but most are, and they’re usually not as juvenile as Days is in its opening chapter. Thankfully, it gets better. I especially appreciate Yasuda-sensei’s skill with the poignant two-page spread and the organic way the supporting characters are beginning to be fleshed out. Days definitely won me over in the end.

Days is ongoing in Japan, where volume 22 has just been released.

Review copies provided by the publisher.

FE Echoes

May. 23rd, 2017 09:05 am
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I'm actually playing a game at release! Weird.

I'm...about 20 hours into Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia now; I got to the opening narrative of Act 4 on the morning commute (and then backtracked to visit the blacksmith before I take on the first story battle of the act).

Mechanically, most things are good! It's a little weird to be playing FE with no weapon triangle; I'm guessing it wasn't part of the mechanics in the original Gaiden release and they didn't change things to add it in the remake. (OTOH it's nice to be playing FE and have most of the enemy archers unable to do bonus damage to my magic ponies.) I wish it were easier to get my hands on good weapons; Celica's party is mostly well equipped but I would be super grateful for another good lance or two and another bow for Alm's. I am infinitely, infinitely grateful for casual mode, without which I probably would have given up in despair very early on. (I will beat my head against SMT difficulty endlessly, but the caution FE's permadeath requires is beyond me.)

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The deeply dysfunctional Wilson family, who have many times betrayed and/or actually killed one another, struggle through the universal challenge of trying to love someone you can't stand. -- Christopher J. Priest

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May. 23rd, 2017 11:48 am
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This speech by New Orleans Mitch Landrieu, on the removal of Confederate statues from the city, is 100% worth all the buzz about it. It's worth the 20 minutes to listen, or there's a transcript of his remarks. (Remarks start at 2:52; you can't embed a timestamp in an embed.




It is a beautiful speech on loving the South's history without revering Lost Causism or ignoring darkness past and present.