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Daily Reads: Just Show Us the Damn Trailer, ‘The Avengers’ vs. ‘Man of Steel,’ and More

Daily Reads: Just Show Us the Damn Trailer, 'The Avengers' vs. 'Man of Steel,' and More

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1. Just Show Us the Damn Trailer. Five seconds of the “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer played, and Mike Ryan of Uproxx was among the many irritated by the trailer teases.

Whether it’s signing up to see a trailer through Zack Snyder’s Twitter account or the endless “trailers for trailers.” It’s all advertising for advertising. Which, yes, is the point of advertising, but people are so burned out by the time the actual product arrives, that no one even cares anymore. As someone who kind of loves trailers, all of this is making me hate trailers. A trailer is supposed to be a piece of advertising that makes a person at least contemplate spending money on the final product. Like any commercial, it can be entertaining! And, like any commercial, it shouldn’t be this complicated. Read more.

2. “In Living Color” 25 Years Later. Before “Key & Peele,” “In Living Color” broke the sketch comedy race barrier. HitFix’s Kristopher Tapley writes about the show’s 25th anniversary:

Kelly Coffield, however, was fresh out of the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago with zero comedy experience when she auditioned. She went into it expecting nothing, thinking the series didn’t approach her own skill set. “I may have had a little bit of an easier time at the audition because I didn’t really think there was anything at stake,” she says. “I was too ignorant to realize what it really even was that I was auditioning for. So I had a really great time. I just thought it was a hoot.” Read more.

3. Jewish Tradition Done Wrong. Recent feel-good movies have included more Jewish traditions, but the Chicago Reader’s Ben Sachs writes that they’ve been gross oversimplifications. On “Woman in Gold”:

The movie plays like one long victory lap, showing Altmann overcoming one fear after another: confronting her past, returning to Vienna for the first time since fleeing, publicly defending her right to the Klimt paintings. The cultural legacies of Klimt and the Altmann family are pretty much incidental to the project of constant uplift — as is the music of Arnold Schoenberg, whose grandson comes to defend Altmann in court. The filmmakers feel obliged to acknowledge Schoenberg’s contribution to modern music with a couple lines of dialogue that feel cribbed from the first paragraph of the composer’s Wikipedia page. But like the brief discussions of Klimt, the invocations of Schoenberg come off as non sequiturs, since the idea of intellectually challenging art is clearly beyond the filmmakers’ reach. Read more.

4. “Justified” Stars on the End of the Show. “Justified” has ended, and Jeremy Egner of The New York Times talks to stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins about the show:

Q: After some time passes, what do you think you’re going to remember about working on this show?

GOGGINS: I’ll miss buttoning my shirt all the way to the top. [Laughs.] It’s rare that you get the kind of chemistry that I had with Tim, that Boyd has with Raylan, and that’s going be a big hole in my life. Speaking the way Boyd speaks, his life philosophy, as complicated and nuanced and as enigmatic as it is — it’s going to be a big loss. Read more.

5. “Daredevil” and Blindness. No one is going to call “Daredevil” the most realistic show about blindness ever made, but Jared Keller of Science of Us writes about how it does get some stuff (sort of) right:

Yes, humans can echolocate. While Murdock displays acrobatic prowess beyond conventional gymnasts or stuntmen, his uncanny ability to navigate with his “radar sense” isn’t necessarily out of the ordinary. While echolocation is more often associated with animals like bats and dolphins, humans often exercise a form of “passive echolocation by unconsciously relying on echoes to navigate tight spaces. Psychologist Lawrence Rosenbaum uses the example of rushing to leave for work in the morning. “Your eyes and conscious attention are being largely occupied by other matters, [but] some of your navigation is being directed by sounds,” he explained in his 2010 book “See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses.” “And because many of the obstacles you are avoiding make little if any sounds, it is likely that you are detecting these things from hearing them reflect sounds.” Read more.

6. “The Avengers” vs. “Man of Steel.” Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan talks to Joss Whedon about how “Avengers: Age of Ultron” handles mass destruction better than “Man of Steel.”

“Something that Kevin and I talked about from the start was that we’d seen a little bit of a trend in movies where the city gets destroyed and the heroes say, ‘We won!’ And I’m thinking, Define ‘win.'” With ‘Ultron,’ said Whedon, the filmmaker wanted to “get back to what’s important, which is that the people you’re trying to protect are people. We knew that we wanted to play with a lot of big, fun destruction, but at the same time, we wanted to say, ‘There’s a price for this.'” Read more.

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