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April 12th 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space

On this day in 1961, the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space. Gagarin, a fighter pilot, was the successful candidate for the mission, being selected by Russian space programme director Sergei Korolev. Russia already had a lead in the Space Race, having launched Sputnik 1 in 1957, which was the first satellite in space. On April 12th 1961, Gagarin left Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft, famously declaring ‘Poyekhali!’ (which means ‘Let’s go!’ in Russian). He spent 108 minutes completing an orbit of the planet. Upon re-entering the atmosphere, Gagarin executed a successful ejection and landed by parachute in rural Russia, to the consternation of locals. Yuri Gagarin became famous worldwide and a Russian hero, being awarded the nation’s highest honour - Hero of the Soviet Union. Gagarin died in 1968 when the training plane he was piloting crashed; his ashes were buried in the walls of the Kremlin.

“Don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet citizen like you, who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!”
- Gagarin to some stunned farmers when he landed

LOST - FAQ

Evey time I talk about LOST there is someone who ask some of these questions so I decided to make a frequently asked questions post:

- How did a polar bear arrive to a tropical island? The Dharma Initiative brought the polar bears among other animals for their experiments. After the Dharma Initiative was destroyed all the animals started to live free in the jungle. The Dharma Initiative got this kind of bears genetically modifying regular polar bears, that’s why they can survive in a tropical climate.

- Why is there a bird that says “Hurley”? The bird has an unusual appearance and is bigger than regular birds because is one of Dharma’s genetically modified animals. The bird does not say “Hurley”, the fact that its caw sound similar to Hugo’s nickname is just a coincidence. Note also that the other characters in that scene don’t think the bird’s caw sounds like Hugo’s nickname, only him.

- Why do pregnant women die in the island? This is a consequence of The Incident. After a huge amount of electromagnetic energy was released from inside The Island a residual energy was left in the surface which over the years caused the immune system illness that kills these women. This is also a paradox (both time and literary) because Juliet was the one who detonated the bomb that caused the energy leak (the leak caused by the Dharma perforation was small). Juliet’s reason to be in The Island was to fix a problem that would have never existed if she never went to The Island in the first place.

- Why have they to push the button every 108 minutes? After The Incident an electromagnetic charge is continuously accumulating at The Swan. The Dharma Initative designed a system in which pushing that button discharges the electric buildup before it becomes dangerous. It has to be done every 108 minutes because that’s the time it takes for the buildup to reach dangerous levels. If the button is not pushed the energy is released which in big amounts would not only affect The Island but the entire world. The Dharma Initiative also installed a false-safe mechanism to use as an emergency in case pushing the button failed. This is the mechanism that Desmond activates at the end of season 2. The false-safe mechanism was meant to seal the leak of energy coming from inside of The Island but its creators were unsure which could be the consequences or if it would safely work out.

- Why was Walt special? He was born with psychic powers, he can summon animals and have premonitions. He probably has more powers that weren’t shown considering that Walt himslef seems to not be aware of his own powers. These powers are why The Others were so interested in making him one of them but Walt didn’t want to join and was hostile towards them. The Others became scared that Walt could hurt them and decided to let him go with his dad (after using Michael to get Jack, Kate and Sawyer).

- What do The Numbers mean? Jacob assigned one number from 1 to 360 to each candidate to Protector Of The Island. The Numbers (4 8 15 16 23 42) represent each one of the last 6 remaining candidates. The Numbers are just Jacob’s method to organise his candidate system and have no special meaning.

- Why did The Numbers bring Hurley bad luck? They didn’t. Many characters tried to explain to him The Numbers weren’t cursed and weren’t related to his bad luck strike. The Numbers only had power over Hurley because he belived they had, is psychological. Hurley was destined to be in The Island and he would have end up there no matter what. If he had ignored The Numbers that wouldn’t have changed anything.

- Why were The Numbers being broadcasted from The Island’s radio station? The Numbers are the core numerical value of the Valenzetti Equation which the Dharma Initiative was studying. They were broadcasting them to the other members of the Initiative that were off The Island. Note: The Valenzetti Equation was made up for the show and is not part of any real scientific theory

- Why are The Numbers in the door of The Swan and why are The Numbers the code you have to enter in the computer? The Numbers were engraved in the hatch simply because that is the serial number. Then when they needed a code for the computer they decided to use the number that is in the door because is easier to remember since is already there. Is like when in the computer of your work or your school they use as a password the floor number or similar. 

- If The Numbers don’t have a especial power, why do they appear all the time? They have different meanings (for Jacob, Dharma, Hurley) despite being the same numbers to reinforce the constant theme on the show that everything is connected in one way or another. They also represent the necessity we humans have to search for patterns where there aren’t, to try to find an explanation for chaos and feel better. The Numbers appear very often in the background of the show too as easter eggs for fans who enjoy little details.

- Were they dead the whole time? No, they were not dead. They are dead only in the flash sideways universe which is a non-physical place to help them prepare for what comes after death. Which is this place exactly (purgatory/ limbo/ etc.) or what comes next (heaven/ reincarnation/ etc.) is vague on purpose as the show writers wanted each viewer to interpret this according to their personal beliefs.

- Does this mean all the characters are dead at the end of the show? No, the fact that all the main characters are in the flash sideways doesn’t mean they all died at the end of the show. Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Hurley, Desmond, Penny, Rose, Bernard and Ben are all alive when the show ends but they appear in the flash sideways with all the characters whose deaths we have seen on the show. This is because in this place time doesn’t exists. Every time a character has died in the show they (their souls/ minds/ etc. according to your beliefs) went to this place and Sawyer, Kate, Claire and co. will keep living their lives (after what we have seen in the final season) and when they are old and unavoidabily die they will go to this place too but the people who were already there don’t feel like they have been waiting despite in the physical world many years have passed.

- If Sawyer, Kate, Claire and etc. all live many years after what we have seen in the finale why their “ghosts” look young? They all look like the age they had in The Island because those were the most important times of their lifes. Their appearance has nothing to do with the age they have when they die. They could die at 90 years old and they would still appear in the flash sideways with the age they had in The Island.

Hardworking Diligent af Garrison Student Keith: The Fanfic That Got Too Long

Keith waits for the rest of the class to clear out before approaching the teacher, “Commander Iverson?”

Iverson turns around, “Yes? What is it, Cadet?”

Keith straightens his posture, “Sir, if at all possible, could I have a physical copy of the lessons’ subjects? I know paper isn’t the way it’s done most days, but I find it’s easier to work with when I’m studying.”

Iverson hums, “You think it’ll help you study?”

Keith nods, “Yes, sir.”

Iverson shrugs, “Well, it’s not like anyone else has started asking for assistance on the tests,” His eyes twitches in irritation, “even though there are a good portion of the class failing.”

Keith takes a hesitant step forward, “So I may have a physical copy of the lessons’ subjects?”

Iverson nods, “I’ll get it printed for you and have you stay behind to collect it in your next class.”

Keith nods and gives a short bow, “Thank you, Commander.” He heads for the door, “I’m going to find the other instructors to ask the same question. Any idea where I might find them?”

Iverson blinks, “Uhh, faculty office is your best bet.”

Keith nods and leaves the room. Iverson allows a small smile and goes back to work on his grading.

Keith sits on his bed, a note pad in his lap and one of the physical copies of his lessons laid in front of him. Off to the side he has a 20 minute hour-glass timer trickling away as he reads and rereads the physical copies, then summaries and shortens them in his note pad.

Who cares what people say about the pen and the paper? Who cares that it’s pretty out-dated now? It can’t be hacked, unlike a computer and it’s a limited resource, which makes you more careful of what you write on it.

Or at least, that’s how Keith sees it.

A knock on the door.

Keith blinks and puts the hour-glass on it’s side, turning to the door, “Come in?”

In walks Shiro, one of the older Garrison students. Keith flushes a little as he gives him a smile.

“Hey Keith,” Shiro greets, chuckling as he observes the bed, “I see you’ve been working hard.”

Keith shakes his head, “I’ve got a lot to do, I can’t stop or slow down. I need these notes ready and memorized long before the exams.”

Shiro blinks, “But you’ve still got two months before the exams start.”

Keith nods and goes back to his notes, “I know, but that’s typically the best time to start studying for me. Besides, with all the exams I’m facing, I’ll need all the time I can get.”

Shiro smiles and puts a hand on Keith’s shoulder that was holding the notepad; Keith shivers and almost misses Shiro talking, “Just don’t push too hard, okay? You won’t be able to do anything if you’re sick.”

Keith nods, “Don’t worry, I got this.”

Keith says into his phone’s microphone, “The first person in space was Yuri Ga-gar-in. The date was 1961, April the 12th. He made a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vos-tok 1 spacecraft.”

He ends the recording as it’s the last of that section in the book and sighs, taking a deep breath.

“Keith.” His roommate grumbles.

Keith turns and blinks at him, “Yeah?”

“It’s 12 fucking 30 in the night. Go to sleep.” The roommate growls.

Keith blinks, “Seriously? That late already?”

His roommate sits up, “What do you mean, already? You’ve been working on those bloody recordings since school hours ended! You didn’t even stop for dinner!”

Keith’s stomach growls right on time, “I guess that would explain the hunger. You think there’ll be anything left in the cafeteria?”

His roommate gives him a death glare, “No because they don’t have the wannabe Hermione Granger for a roommate. Now go the fuck to sleep.”

Keith tilts his head, “No idea who that is, but okay. I’ll start getting ready for bed.”

Keith starts taking off his school uniform, folding it neatly.

His roommate scoffs, “Golden boys.”

Keith walks into the classroom with his headphones on. He starts setting up his desk as the teacher walks up to him and scowls.

“Mr Kogane.”

Keith twiddles on his phone and takes one of the headphones out, “What is it?”

The teacher narrows his eyes, “Can you tell me why you’re wearing headphones in my lesson?”

Keith blinks, “I was studying, sir.”

The teacher scoffs, “Oh really? Then you wouldn’t mind if I take this-” he grabs Keith’s phone, making the headphones snap out and leaving Keith in shock, “to play for the whole class to hear? Ya know, to help out your fellow pupils.”

Keith flushes with anger, “Sir, I told you what it was, there’s no need to yank my headphones out.”

The teacher fakes a gasp, “Such back talk! I wonder if you talk like that when you’re ‘studying’ Kogane.” He plugs Keith’s phone into the classroom speakers, “Let’s found out.”

The teacher presses play.

“-calculating a ship’s flight capabilities is easily done! It only requires-”

Everyone begins laughing.

“You sound like a nerd!” Someone in the class barks.

Keith flushes with embarrassment.

“Or a robot.” Someone howls.

Keith narrows his eyes and turns to the teacher, “There, you’ve proven I was simply studying, may I have my phone back now?”

The teacher gives him a death glare, “Cadet Kogane, you know any technology that isn’t Garrison made isn’t to be used in class. Therefore, I’ll be confiscating it for the day.”

Keith squawks, “What?! That’s my main method of studying, I need to use it between lessons!”

“Kogane, detention!” The teacher barks.

Keith growls and sits in his seat.

Shiro knocks on the dorm room door, “Keith, it’s me, Shiro! I’m here to-”

“DON’T COME IN!”

Shiro blinks, startled, “Excuse me?”

“Dude, do not make him keep studying, he is driving me mental as it is, do not encourage him do it more! I can’t take it!”

Shiro raises an eyebrow, “Uhh, who are you?”

“I’m the roommate he keeps up all night because he’s too busy studying to notice time passing! He doesn’t eat dinner half the time because he didn’t notice his hunger! Don’t you fucking dare make him study more or I’ll kill him before the stress does! He’s so goddamn annoying, talking to himself and tap-tap-tapping his stupid pens on his stupid paper! I’ve had it!”

Shiro takes a step back, “Okay, but I’ve got a question; where is Keith now? He told me to meet him here at this time.”

“Told him you had to cancel because you had a hot date! He got pissed and ran out!”

Shiro gapes and resists groaning, “Thanks. I’ll leave you alone then.”

The guy on the other side of the door huffs.

Shiro turns around and gasps, “Keith!”

Keith stands there, actual books in his arms, a note-pad, a pencil case, headphones around his neck and his phone in his pocket. He’s got dark rings under his eyes and now that Shiro is paying attention, he notices Keith looks like he’s lost a little weight. His hair is looking a little greasy too.

It’s not a good look.

“Oh Shiro.” Keith greets, a flush on his face, “I thought you had a date?”

Shiro looks at Keith and sees how tired he is. How his face seems to be turning pink with a fever. How he’s holding the stuff in his arms like it’s a lifeline. He feels his heart bleed.

“Not a chance, but you don’t look like you can study anymore.” Shiro takes a hesitant step forwards, “I know you’re working really hard for these exams Keith, but you don’t have to endanger yourself like this.”

Keith frowns, “What are you talking about? I’m perfectly fine.”

Shiro looks at his face, “You look like you’re gonna drop. Keith, I think it’s really awesome that you’re willing to work this hard for your exams. I think you’re gonna do just fine on them. But you need to look after yourself, too. You can’t win a marathon if you don’t take the breaks for water.” He takes a step forward and slowly grabs for Keith’s books; he doesn’t fight him, “Please Keith? Take a break with me? I don’t get to relax often either and I find it a lot easier when someone I care about is with me.”

Keith stares at Shiro, as if about to argue a point.

Then he looks to the ground, sighs and raises his head, “Okay. But only because you need to have fun sometimes.”

Shiro smiles, “Thanks, but to tell you the truth,” He blushes a little as he watches Keith puts his studying material in the room, “I always have fun when I’m with you.”

Keith turns around, blushing but smiling and he already looks a lot better, “Yeah, me too. I mean, you’re fun to hang out with and stuff.”

Shiro flushes a little more and offers Keith his hand, “Ready to chill out a little, then?”

Keith smiles and takes his hand, “Only if you are, oh Most Golden of the Golden Boys.”

Shiro laughs and starts walking, “Let’s go then.”

THIS WAS SO GOOD??? I CRIED LET MY GOLDEN BOYS REST

On this day in 1968, Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, died never having gotten to see man touch the surface of another world.

In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space. Vostok 1 was the first manned spaceflight of the early space race, and Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth before landing safely 108 minutes later.

While flying weightless above Earth’s surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home — forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is — a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. Unfortunately, Yuri died seven years later during a jet crash in 1968, never having gotten to see man touch the surface of another world.

We at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight to date.

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The age of human spaceflight began 56 years ago when Yuri Gagarin launched into space aboard Vostok 1. The 27-year-old Gagarin’s flight lasted 108 minutes during which he completed one revolution of the Earth. Upon his return to Earth, Gagarin toured the world as a beloved Hero of the Soviet Union and praised the world over for his historic accomplishment.

Roughly every six weeks or so the ground track of the International Space Station matches up with that of Vostok 1′s at the same time of day that the historic mission flew. This allows astronauts on board the ISS to see the world almost exactly as Gagarin saw it. 

In 2011, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli filmed the Earth during one of these orbits as part of a film called First Orbit, created by filmmaker Christopher Riley. Audio of Gagarin’s flight and his conversations with ground control are included in real time to simulate the cosmonaut’s historic journey.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

(my initial reactions were somewhat incoherent and basically ‘that was lovely’ and ‘I need to vid this later’)

The timeline was definitely condensed at points (which makes sense considering it’s an 108 minute film, not a miniseries) and some things may have been rearranged – which didn’t bother me because it’s a biopic not a documentary, and I think the portrayals  of the leads ring true. I loved Elizabeth and Olive, and I think Marston comes across as more likable in this than in Lepore’s book. I loved how the story (and emotional weight) was centered on Elizabeth and Olive. There was a lot of focus on Olive’s agency as well.

I really liked their romance (with all its ups and downs). I think the sex scenes were really well done (while they were really hot (as well as being kinky), they didn’t come across as being meant to titillate the audience). Like all three were into it and obviously having fun. (I think it’s a bit telling that those two reviewers who called the movie ‘tame’ and ‘vanilla’ are men).

I think there was as much internal conflict as external conflict – external being society vs our heroes, and internal being trying to negotiate between being realistic but not cynical and being optimistic but not naïve. They’re (particularly Olive and especially Elizabeth) dealing with (and eventually overcoming) ‘I want this but society says I shouldn’t/can’t.

I made a list of all the character deaths during the Chimera Ant Arc
  • #77. 17 minutes 26 seconds: Kurt
  • #77. 17 minutes 36 seconds: Reina
  • #80. 14 minutes 30 seconds: Pekuba
  • #80. 16 minutes 09 seconds: Balda
  • #80. 18 minutes 18 seconds: Ponzu
  • #82. 11 minutes 36 seconds: Mosquito
  • #82. 16 minutes 24 seconds: Yunju dies
  • #82. 17 minutes 47 seconds: Centipede
  • #83. 15 minutes 14 seconds: Baro
  • #83. 18 minutes 43 seconds: Rhino
  • #83. 20 minutes 36 seconds: Frog
  • #84. 21 minutes 39 seconds: Pokkle
  • #85. 21 minutes 53 seconds: Kite
  • #88. 11 minutes 25 seconds: Baital, Goran, Kabutsu, Pokoro, Zemu
  • #91. 4 minutes 10 seconds: Peggy
  • #91. 5 minutes 16 seconds: Turtle
  • #91. 12 minutes 47 seconds: Mother, Father
  • #91. 13 minutes 32 seconds: Daughter
  • #92. 11 minutes 8 seconds: Chimera Ant Queen
  • #93. 5 minutes 2 seconds: Masador Diego
  • #94. 12 minutes 10 seconds: Rammot
  • #96. 14 minutes 16 seconds: Gorilla
  • #96. 16 minutes 09 seconds: Pell
  • #96. 16 minutes 13 seconds: Boki
  • #96. 21 minutes 35 seconds: Zazan Division Officer
  • #97. 2 minutes 58 seconds: Zazan Division Officer
  • #97. 8 minutes 34 seconds: Pike
  • #97. 17 minutes 40 seconds: Zazan
  • #101. 15 minutes 57 seconds: Ortho siblings
  • #102. 17 minutes 41 seconds: Shogi champion
  • #103. 9 minutes 28 seconds: Go champion
  • #106. 6 minutes 21 seconds: Taragette
  • #107. 11 minutes 31 seconds: Leol
  • #107. 14 minutes 22 seconds: Palm
  • #108. 20 minutes 42 seconds: Eagle
  • #110. 21 minutes 48 seconds: Flutter
  • #113. 11 minutes 31 seconds: Inzagi, Maenore
  • #126. 21 minutes 1 seconds: Isaac Netero
  • #131. 21 minutes 53 seconds: Neferpitou
  • #133. 14 minutes 53 seconds: Menthuthuyoupi
  • #135. 6 minutes 57 seconds: Shaiapouf
  • #135. 23 minutes 11 seconds: Meruem
  • #135. 23 minutes 25 seconds: Komugi
  • #78. - #135.: Unnamed
#805: ‘The Killing of a Chinese Bookie’, dir. John Cassavetes, 1976.

Any discussion of John Cassavetes’s The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is immediately complicated by the existence of at least two different cuts of the film: the original 134-minute cut of the film, and the abbreviated 108-minute recut, made after the first version flopped at the box office. To make matters even more complicated, I don’t think I saw either of these versions. The film I watched on the mass-release DVD has the same structure as the original version (at least according to Bright Lights Film), but is only 128 minutes long. So already, I’m at a bit of a loss to explain even the simplest aspects of the film. Is there a third version? Is the literature on the film’s runtime wrong or is there a discrepancy in the transfer to DVD? Who knows? What is easier to express is my overall reaction to The Killing of a Chinese Bookie: I was bored rigid.

After losing $23,000 in a poker game with local mobsters, Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara) has the opportunity of repaying his debt by killing a ‘Chinese bookkeeper’. Cosmo does so, only to have it revealed that the mobsters have double-crossed him, expecting both him and the bookkeeper would die, and that Cosmo’s victim is not some low-level pest but rather the head of the Chinese Mafia. However, it seems that Cassavetes isn’t too concerned with the development of this plot. The gambling scene begins a full thirty minutes into the version of the film I saw - rather than being an inciting incident, the film drags its way through Cosmo’s life before getting to the plot. Likewise, the killing of the title is only at the film’s midway point. Here, most of the action is complete: Cosmo has morphed into a cool if reluctant killer, and has been wounded in the process (although it’s unclear in the killing scene exactly when this occurs).
If Cassavetes restricts the film’s formal plot to this forty-minute period of the film, what does he want from the audience for the remaining hour and a half? There are a lot of suggestions in the Criterion essay and in interviews that Cassavetes means this to be a character piece about Cosmo Vitelli, and I can see this to a certain degree. But if this version of the film is truly a separate being from the two versions usually under discussion, it suffers from too much time spent in Vitelli’s club, the Crazy Horse West, and not enough time actually seeing the character clearly.

The biggest expression of Cosmo as a character comes when he returns to the Crazy Horse West in the last quarter hour, and gives his performers a mix of a pep talk and a wrap party. His girlfriend Rachel, one of the performers, has left the revue, out of fear for Cosmo (who has now been walking around normally with a well-concealed bullet wound to the gut for over two hours now). The closest thing we get to a clear sense of Cosmo’s character is that he has to be in perfect control of everything in order to maintain his life the way he wants it to be. His resignation when he loses the money balances his acceptance of the circumstances he is in. According to both Bright Lights Film and the Criterion essay, the original cut of Cassavetes’s film emphasises the ways in which others undermine Cosmo’s control, and the recut validates Cosmo instead. Sure, I can buy that, but the film I saw attempts to do both, and it doesn’t work.

Perhaps the most significant way in which it doesn’t work is in the film’s haphazard approach to clarity of style. Cassavetes (I’m assuming it’s Cassavetes himself who is responsible for this, as the film lists no director of photography) consistently films with such a shallow focus and in such a tight frame that events are literally hazy or partial. Sometimes these weird tendencies are justified later in a shot, such as when Cosmo watches a new girl audition for his club. The girl dances on the stage, shot from the neck down, but descends the stairs and finally fully enters the frame. Most of the time, though, these stylistic tics are puzzling and distracting. We’re also exposed to tediously long sequences of the club’s performances, which can run for up to ten minutes with no direct narrative clout. Jason Mark Scotte describes this film as having a surface with a “shimmering beauty”, but it’s hard to see, honestly. The Crazy Horse West is drab, monotonous, and intensely unsexy on celluloid.

I don’t know what to make of this film. I described it while watching as like being held hostage, because I can’t figure it out. It’s obsessive about its main character, but it doesn’t function fully as a crime film, a showbiz piece, a character study or anything else. It’s a half-formed film that I genuinely hope is better in its shortened and lengthened versions. Otherwise, I just don’t know what Cassavetes wants.

I will not apologize for my unrelenting love of Fright Night, 1985, dir. Tom Holland, Thriller/Teen Film, Rated R, Run Time: 108 minutes, starring Chris Sarandon, Roddy MacDowall, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, and Amanda Bearse, I simply refuse.

PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN (2017)

Starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton, Oliver Platt, Monica Giordano, JJ Feild, Chris Conroy, Alexia Havins, Maggie Castle, Alexa Havins, Sharon Kubo, Allie Gallerani, Chris Gombos, Forry Buckingham, Stacy Fischer, Gabrielle Nail, Frank Ridley, Ken Cheeseman and Tom Kemp.

Screenplay by Angela Robinson.

Directed by Angela Robinson.

Distributed by Annapurna Pictures. 108 minutes. Rated R.

With the popularity this summer of Wonder Woman – surely the best and most popular film adaptation of a DC Comic since The Dark Knight Rises – this would seem to be the ideal time for this origin story about the creation of the comic strip to come out.

However, if you have a young daughter who was inspired by Gal Gadot’s super-heroine and wants to learn more about the character, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women may not be the ideal choice. That is, unless you don’t mind that there is a little bisexuality and light BDSM in the mix.

Now, before you get upset – if you are the type who may do so – keep in mind that while sex is a very essential component of Professor Marston’s storyline, the movie itself is not particularly explicit. You are looking at Bettie Page-level bondage here, lots of old-fashioned lingerie and tying people up, but certainly nothing particularly hardcore.

Still, though it is based on the creation of the comic book character, Professor Marston is very definitely an adult film. Politically as well as sexually. It looks back at the 1950s comic book scare, in which the federal government held trials to censor comics of perceived sexual or devious content.

When we meet Professor William Marston (Luke Evans, who just played Gaston in the live-action version of Beauty & the Beast), he is a Harvard Psychiatry professor in the 1920s. (Fun fact: he also invented the lie detector test.)

His wife was Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), a brilliant, progressive, sexual woman in a time when women were not supposed to be any of those things. From a line of famous feminists – her mother was birth control advocate Edith Byrne and her aunt was famous feminist Margaret Sanger – Elizabeth sees herself as an equal to her husband, and he agrees.

Professor Marston felt that eventually women would take over, and he thought that it would be a good thing. He had a very cutting-edge theory of human relationships and behavior, which he called DISC: Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance.

Into this brilliant couple’s life enters a gorgeous student named Olive (Bella Heathcote). She becomes the Professor’s teaching assistant, and eventually becomes the couple’s lover. It becomes a perfect, idealized love triangle, all three members love and are devoted to both of the others. They even start sharing a family with both women having children.

However, when their unconventional – especially for that time – relationship comes to light, the Professor’s career is ruined. When he can’t get any jobs in academia or psychiatry, and his books are no longer selling well, Marston decides to take on a pen-name and create a pulp comic book series, one which will covertly expose the masses to his beliefs about the superiority of women – as well as his interest in voyeurism and bondage.

The comic book series, the first one with a female superhero (they are still extremely rare) becomes a smash success. Everything looks good for the threesome until religious activists point out all the tying up, spanking, highly-charged imagery in the series.

At the screening I saw, a very loud and very insistent apparent comic book fan told those around him that the story line of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women was based on unproven facts and full of suppositions. I don’t know who that person was or what knowledge he may or may not have had on the subject, but I will acknowledge that some of the connections seem unlikely or don’t exactly make sense.

However, it was an intriguing story, and it appears to at least have had a basis in reality.

If you are looking for a fun comic book movie, full of superhero action, you are in the wrong place. Wonder Woman is very much in the background here, and while you see the genesis of some of her attributes – the golden lasso and the arm bands, for example – you do not learn much about the character, and you only see her in some early comic book art.

Still, if you’re looking for a funny and slightly scandalous bio about a love triangle with a pop culture twist, you can do a lot worse.

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright ©2017 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: October 13, 2017.

HOWLIN’ FOR YOU // AN ERICA REYES FANMIX

                                                         ↳ “I have beautiful everything.”

PART I. 

graceless - the national // antichrist television blues - arcade fire // oh comely - neutral milk hotel // waitin’ for superman - the flaming lips // she - green day // devil’s flesh and bones - eliza rickman // leave my body - florence and the machine

PART II.

the phoenix - fall out boy // pain - jimmy eat world // howlin’ for you - the black keys // cherry bomb - the runaways // power and control - marina and the diamonds // teenage demon baby - foxy shazam // problem - natalia kills // she’s only 18 - red hot chili peppers // i love it - icona pop // fluorescent adolescent - arctic monkeys // run this town - jay z // let’s kill tonight - panic! at the disco // monster - the automatic automatic 

PART III.

the good times are killing me - modest mouse // we are beautiful, we are doomed - los camposinos! // gods and monsters - lana del ray // we must be killers - mikky ekko // the taming of the hands that came back to life - sunset rubdown // ghost - neutral milk hotel // woman king - iron & wine // in the direction of the moon - wolf parade

28 songs / 108 minutes / 8tracks

  • Me: *is pissed off by something*
  • Me: What would John Locke do?
  • John Locke: Did you try boar hunting?
  • John Locke: Did you try #sweatlodge?
  • John Locke: Can I interest you in a game of backgammon?
  • John Locke: Can I get back to you in 108 minutes?
  • John Locke: I don't have an answer right now but let me forward your question to the island.

In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space. Vostok 1 was the first manned spaceflight of the early space race, and Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth before landing safely 108 minutes later.

While flying weightless above Earth’s surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home – forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is – a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. He unfortunately died seven years later during a jet crash in 1968, and today is the anniversary of Gagarin’s accident. With that said, we at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight adventure to date.

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On this day In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space. Vostok 1 was the first manned spaceflight of the early space race, and Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth before landing safely 108 minutes later.

While flying weightless above Earth’s surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home – forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is – a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. We at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight adventure to date.