This week’s “Heroes” are a mixed bag of goodies, in keeping with the season. There’s some kitsching, some bitching and a goodbye to a Hollywood legend. All wrapped up in a cute little bow with time to spare before the big guy (Jeff Bezos) arrives.
5- Show Me The (Facebook) Money!- The world’s largest photo album is a guilty pleasure to the tune of more than two billion users worldwide. People love their Facebook, and people love to hate their Facebook. And some people are even willing to quit Facebook, if the price is right.
In a recent study, 1,278 participants said they’d be willing to quit Facebook for a year. But unlike the service they’ve been milking for almost fifteen years, they ain’t gonna do it for free. These straight cash homies optioned out in the hypothetical to the tune of a thousand bucks.
I mean . . really. If you got business on FB, you just chump changed your brand. And if you use the site for the infinite string and tin can symphony it affords family and friends alike, you’re okay with putting a price tag on a priceless commodity? Either way, it’s pretty lame.
4- No . . Not Yo-Yo Ma- City Council meetings have never been confused with cupcake parties. And yet, as contentious as they tend to get, most of ’em are drier than Mitt Romney’s New Years Eve. So thank God for Memphis Council Chairman Berlin Boyd, really. I don’t know his politics, because that’s not why I picked him. I chose Double B because he reminded me that as buttoned down as we want to be . . we all have our moments. Being the snarky fuck that I am, I have no problem with it.
3- If It’s Good Enough For Michael Stipe, I’m Listening- Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the first two time news maker on my “Heroes” list. You may remember he made the list originally after replying to nine year old Riley Morrison’s letter about girl’s sneaker sizes. It was sublime.
This latest Curry dig on the moon landing? Silliness.
Recently, Curry made an off the cuff statement about the moon landing being a hoax. The backlash was ridiculous and the all world point guard walked back his comments soon after. This one hits me in all the wrong places, because if Curry was jiving . . why not say so right then and there? And if he was serious about it, why take it back? He’s a got a brand to protect, I get it. But he also has everything he could ever want, and if he truly has questions about the moon landing . . there’s nothing wrong with saying so. I might be wrong, but this feels like a league decision. And for a league as progressive as the NBA, that would be a shame.
2- Who’s Saving Who?- Look at me, being a comic fan boy. I’m so proud of myself! Okay, this has more to do with comeuppance for my son and his pals, who have given me shit since forever about my favorite DC comics character. They say Batman, or Superman and sometimes both. Me? I’m all about Aquaman.
Here’s the thing. I swam as a kid, like, all the time. It’s one of the reasons that my on again/off again relationship with the smokes didn’t slow my athletic endeavors down as an adult. Thank you Aquaman! And here’s hoping the newest addition to the DC movie franchise can give the more heralded Batman and Superman a boost at the box office. Because those two dudes ain’t exactly scaring Marvel as of late. Hell, without Wonder Woman’s help, things would be downright bleak right about now. And while Aquaman’s 68 percent take on Rotten Tomatoes is a far cry from Spider Man’s 97, the flick has some serious upside.
1- The Angels Always Win- When somebody like Penny Marshall leaves us, we’re left with memories and a crater sized void that will never be filled. We become the heirs to all the great many things she accomplished in an extraordinary life. Because there was an equity to her gifts, and she bestowed it upon us with every turn in front of the camera and behind it. It wasn’t the awards or the acclaim we take with us. It was her innate ability to do what only the great ones can. Make us believe.
She was a Bronx born gal whose BFF was Carrie Fisher and I happen to love those two facts every bit as much as the movie whose title actually fits them to a tee- A League of Their Own. One of my favorite lines comes from Tom Hanks, who plays Manager Jimmy Dugan. His catcher Dottie Hinson has decided to quit and go back home to Oregon because, as she puts it, the game “just got too hard,”.
Good thing for us Marshall didn’t quit before her directorial career moved into a different stratosphere with the 1988 motion picture Big; a movie in which she became the first female director to top 100 million at the box office. She was a known commodity who went blockbuster with that one, and she would do it again four years later with League. And oh by the way, the film also happens to reside in the United States National Film Registry. Good thing for us Marshall never gave in to the idea that the Hollywood game just got too hard.
In that 1992 classic about an all female baseball league, Dugan tells Hinson that baseball is supposed to be hard or else everyone would do it.
It’s the hard that makes it great.