[OT] Darkest Hour


If you’re going to make a movie about Winston Churchill, and you want to fictionalize and trivialize the most important decision he made in his life, one of the pivotal decisions of the twentieth century… then just call the movie fiction, rename the character Wallace Birchill, and have at it.

(It’s safe to assume that the comments section will contain spoilers for the film, if that’s relevant in this case; I always err on the side of extreme caution)

[OT] The Super Bowl vs. Movie Theatres

I hope I don’t get into trouble with the NFL for identifying The Football Match That Dare Not Speak Its Name: this really has to be one of the more extreme applications of trademark law.

Does anybody know offhand whether MLB similarly clamps downtown on people’s use of “World Series”? Though I suppose the World Series isn’t the same sort of cultural event: only Thanksgiving and Christmas garner the same sort of supermarket displays as the S**** B***.

But I digress. So unlike me.

I was wondering what everybody’s sense was re whether movie theatres are likely to be less crowded today (because people are watching The Big Game), or more crowded (nothing else to watch on tv, or fewer people to hang out with because of The Game).

(I will be answering this question definitively today, basing my findings very scientically on a single multi-plex in western New Jersey)