Watched Men In Black with M last night — it holds up pretty well actually. Still think the whole “galaxy in a marble” plot point probably should have been explained a bit — it’s such a pointless macguffin it does kind of derail the world-building of the movie for me.
I had forgotten a couple of things — one how much the movie milked the “celebrities are really aliens” joke. The supermarket rags as the source of the real news is cute. There was also a joke about replacing CDs with a much smaller CD — that one was completely lost on the X-girl.
But also why didn’t the series keep Linda Fiorentino around? The first movie actually ends with Tommy Lee Jones leaving the MiB service and Linda taking over as Will Smith’s partner. I guess Tommy Lee Jones was a big star but I would have much rather have watched sequels with Linda and Will.
I’ve been listening to Start Up a podcast about Alex Blumberg’s efforts to start-up a business to make podcasts (a business he names Gimlet Media for reason revealed in one of the episodes). Blumberg comes with a great NPR pedigree having worked for both This American Life and Planet Money. Start Up is very revealing, particularly because Blumberg knows so little about what he’s doing that he asks the questions others might skip right on by. I can’t recommend this enough — it’s great story.
It is also reminding me of issues comics and the web went through, are still going through and still haven’t completely nailed. Blumberg is getting investors in his company based on a valuation of 10 million. Is anything in webcomics content valued at 10 million? Should something be?