"All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds."
—Candide, Voltaire, 1759
Back in February, I expressed my enjoyment of NBC's Powerless and said that it probably wouldn't make it past May.
The show was officially canceled last week by NBC, which had pulled it off the air last month with two episodes still unaired. What a shame, too. The show was just starting to find its footing as it dug deeper into DC's toy box, introducing live action versions of the Olympian, Jack O'Lantern, and Green Fury, all members of the criminally underappreciated Global Guardians.
What other wonders did the show have up its sleeve? Would future episodes have brought us founding Global Guardian member Godiva, the woman with prehensile hair? Or Owlwoman, a Native American with the powers and abilities of an owl? Or the immortal African king Doctor Mist? The world will never know.
So long, Powerless. I'll see you in the funny pages.
Let's finally finish my reviews of movies watched in April, shall we?
55. (1114.) Peeping Tom (1960)
Peeping Tom is a British movie about a British serial killer. The Brits have the best serial killers. Jack the Ripper. Burke and Hare. Emperor Palpatine. Apparently, this was the first movie to portray a serial killer as a sympathetic protagonist, and I can attest that it can be very unsettling at times. Fans of Hitchcock-style suspense will enjoy this.
56. (1115.) Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
This sequel — a dumb send-up of heist films — is better than its predecessor. Charlie Day steals every scene he's in that Jamie Foxx doesn't steal first. Kudos also to Jennifer Aniston for playing against type. Enjoyable.
57. (1116.) Call Northside 777 (1948)
Do you remember when Americans considered reporters to be crusading heroes? (Hashtag Trump's America.) Here Jimmy Stewart plays his best, jaded Clark Kent who goes to bat against the state for the mother of a man imprisoned for murder. I liked it.
58. (1117.) In a World... (2013)
Not every movie has to be about life and death. This is a light comedy that is part coming-of-age film, part sex comedy, part Hollywood lampoon. Lake Bell pulls together a great cast of comic actors (many of them her Children's Hospital co-stars) and each scene ends with a subtle punchline. If Lake Bell wants to make another movie, I'll watch it.
More to come.
Mother's Day means more Renaissance Festival. We went last year and had a good time. The weather was nice, so we went again this year. It's a tradition now. I suspect Christmas started much the same way.
Not much has changed. Just the important things.
See what this sign looked like last year here.
You could still see the imprint of the word "Coke" underneath the new vinyl letters. Was the festival no longer serving Coca-Cola products? What did they drink now? Pepsi? That's not the Renaissance. That's hell!
I shouldn't have worried. They still sell Coke. It is the Georgia Renaissance Festival, after all. What else are they going to sell? Dasani?
Maybe we'll find out next year. We have a tradition to keep now.
Watch this. You'll understand.
Looking good, dog.
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