In “The Marvel-Industrial Complex” James Rocchi has some thoughts about Disney’s Marvel movies–and some things to say in response to the responses to his essay. “In the ’80s, Spiderman told me that with great power comes great responsibility; Marvel Studios, via Disney, has money and power both, and we’ve given it to them; as consumers and critics, longtime fans and new arrivals, it’s now our responsibility to look at what that truly means and says about the Marvel movies, and why we watch them.” (Thanks, Less Lee!)
Posted July 7, 2014
Writer, director, actor and producer Paul Mazursky has died. Mazursky directed Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice (1969), Harry And Tonto (1974), An Unmarried Woman (1978), Moscow On The Hudson (1984), Down And Out In Beverly Hills (1986), Enemies, A Love Story (1989). Mazursky was Emmanuel Stoker in The Blackboard Jungle (1955), a tv interviewer in the pilot of The Monkees, which he co-wrote, Norm in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sunshine in The Sopranos. Mazursky wrote most of his films. He also wrote the screenplay for, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968). The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Variety have obituaries. Here Mazursky talks about Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice. Here’s a tribute to Mazursky from the 2010 Ventura Film Festival. And here Mazusky interviews Leonard Nimoy and Mel Brooks and Richard Donner on his internet show, It’s All Crap.