Thoroughly Thursday - the "Marvel Movie Marathon" Edition


Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Marvel Movie Marathon Edition. This last week, since my oldest is vacationing in Hawaii with friends, my youngest decided an appropriate staycation idea would be to start a Marvel Movie Marathon. For those unfamiliar, the MMM is when you watch the (now) 23 movies that have been released since 2007's Iron Man, but to watch them in chronological order of the fictional universe. This last weekend, we started with Captain America (which takes place in the 1940's), then Captain Marvel (1990's), the first Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and will continue until we reach Spiderman: Far From Home. Granted, it's fun to watch superhero stories with my family, but jeepers, that's a lot of movies. At our current pace, I think we'll finish sometime after the Black Widow movie opens in 2020.

What I'm Watching - A Portrait of an Artist as an Animator
Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most famous and respected filmmakers in the world. His movies My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, and Spirited Away are considered some of the best-animated features ever created. Starting in 2006, a single reporter spent nearly a decade following Miyazaki around with a camera to capture his creative process. The resulting four-part documentary 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki was recently released and can be seen online here. The first two episodes focus on Miyazaki's development of the acclaimed film Ponyo (my personal favorite), showing him at various times ebullient, worried, frustrated by writer's block, laughing at a new spontaneous idea, or fearful of damaging his legacy.

The second two episodes focus on Miyazaki's fraught relationship with son Giro, who also works as an animation director. Much like the acclaimed Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki explores the difficulty of living up to our parent's expectations, especially when they are the undisputed masters of their craft.

What I've Been Reading - Earth's Apex Predator
Question: What predator has killed more humans since we've started walking upright?

Sharks? Bears? Hippos? Snake Clowns? Nope, it is this guy. As Timothy Winegard explains in a recent op-ed, a single mosquito is relatively harmless (if you can tolerate the itching), but as a vector for disease transmission, the species is responsible for the death of 700,000 people each year! As a reference, bears kill a measly three people a year, and sharks usually one person every two years (which obviously sucks for them). Researchers suggest that half of all of the humans that have ever lived died due to mosquito-borne malaria. The tiny insect helped bring about the fall of Rome, influenced the African slave trade, and decimated the South with disease during the Civil War. We are completely outmatched in this fight, but strangely, our flying, disease-transmitting, historical nemesis has yet to have a single, decent horror film made about it.

What I'm Thinking About - Lemonade, a Book, and a Comfy Chair
"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." - Sam Keen

All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)

Scott Moe

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