Planet Marylebone has been quiet of late. I’m calling it the lull between Valentine’s and Easter…if that’s a thing? I’m fairly sure there is some thing happening toward the end of this month but I am desperately trying not to remember what it is. Then again, there can be good reasons to become ever more ancient and kicking seven shades of hell out of Cancer for Cancer Research UK is a good one, as far as reasons go.
I saw the movie and it was good. I haven’t always gone in for Marvel movies but I’m glad I did for this. Brie Larson is a strong, well executed twist on their formula and that formula still absolutely holds true. No, it isn’t ground breaking in the way that ‘Black Panther’ or ‘Wonder Woman’ were but not every movie needs to be ground breaking. I think sometimes it’s an okay thing to sow in ground that has already been recently worked and stuff will grow. It’s a real possibility that it is a fresher take because vagina and while I get that haters be haters, I just don’t understand why they be so…you know? I thought ‘Wonder Woman’ was fine material and I think that ‘Captain Marvel’ might be up there too. The cat alone seals it for me. I did see one bright spark claiming that the emphasis was on “captain” being a masculine premise but I can’t really converse with that person, any more than I can hold court with a spud. The story isn’t even explicitly feminine. I mean, sure, she’s a woman but that’s not what the story is about, is it? I dunno, you do you. Wait, that’s it.
People from multiple outlets have been playing a new demo of ‘Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice’ and I am the child stood outside the candy store with my nose smushed piggy style against the glass. I binged all of Nootforks’ ‘Kingdom’ and, while I am well aware that medieval Korea is not feudal Japan, I feel like there are certain overlapping themes which made that experience a fun kind of primer. I was lucky enough to play the E3 demo and can assert the following: There are both zombie-types and nice swords and one utilises the nice swords to dispatch the zombie-types. In addition, From Software’s creation features gold coins that home to your guy as a result of accomplishing such feats. I feel like that’s going to be super rewarding for some reason. There is every chance I might make more than a passing survey of these lands, especially if they have made the kind of user-friendly improvements to their shebang that I think they have. I will take a heavy coin purse over a titanite shard any month of the year.
The Diane Arbus exhibition, ‘In The Beginning’ at the Hayward Gallery is impressive and a complete asset to our current portraiture binge. Arbus’ relationship with her subjects was always fascinating but the gallery floor layout here pulls that experience through and it is a little [much] like wandering through a crowded room in search of a great shot or - in the artist’s terminology - in search of a secret. Jeff L Rosenheim did a bang-up job, it’s well worth your time and it’s on until the beginning of May.
What else are you gonna do?
JD - TACOCAT
[Props to IMDB for the thumbnail image.]