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Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar greginak says:

    The Revenge plot is a standard one in action and martial arts movies. Like a gazillion of them have a generic revenge plot. It really has never gone out of style and has been common since at least the 70’s before DW. Every other action/martial arts movie in the 80’s and 90’s was a revenge movie. I’m not referring to big budget movies but those are always the smaller percentage of movies produced.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to greginak says:

      It feels different, though. There’s an element of fantasy (and perhaps even fun?) to Bloodsport that isn’t there for, say, Death Wish.

      Best of the Best (perhaps the greatest revenge martial arts movie ever made) does not inspire a moral discussion the way that Death Wish does. Death Wish has a lot more fodder for asking something like “what if that happened to me? What would I do?” that those martial arts movies just don’t make you ask.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    I had been avoiding the Marvel stuff on Netflix because I wasn’t all that impressed with Agents of Shield and Agent Carter but being out of town last week and discovering I could use my Firestick in the hotel room…I tried Jessica Jones and loved it. Finished it up this morning and now I guess I need to watch Daredevil.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

      I find Daredevil somewhat morally appalling but really, really awesome for the whole “just turn your brain off” thing (though you might find yourself tempted to fast forward if Kingpin ain’t in the scene during season one and if Punisher ain’t in the scene during season two).

      Warning: they really, really, really, really like their body horror. Eat well outside of your Daredevil watching time.Report

  3. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    1. If you feel the need to watch a Mel Gibson revenge movie, I say the better bet is Payback. I love the heck out of that movie.

    2. I have just started watching The Night Manager. It is freaking awesome.

    3. I have had not time for reading lately, but hoping to change that this week. I have James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time cued up and ready to go.

    4. In the following week I hope to catch up on some guilty viewing pleasures, including more Night Manager, the new season of GOT, the last-ever episodes of Banshee, a John Oliver or two, the final season of Person of Interest, and tonight’s premiere of Preacher.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Tod Kelly says:

      Wait, what’s this about the final season of Person of Interest?!?!? (Googles)

      Holy crap. It’s out already. I thought it was going to be a summer replacement show.

      Maribou and I need to catch up on this.Report

      • Avatar Tod Kelly in reply to Jaybird says:

        Yes, you guys do! I was a little worried that the delay and the final season would mean a drop off in writing and direction, but so far it’s a really strong season.

        I am very grateful to the two of you for introducing that show to me.Report

  4. Avatar Maribou says:

    1) Eeeeeeeeeeeee new Person of Interest.

    2) it’s been such a week that i can’t even remember most of what i read and watched. I know I watched some of Chelsea Handler’s new talk show on Netflix. So far I am decidedly ambivalent. Oh, and I loved Bill Peet’s autobiography without ANY ambivalence – highly recommended if you have fond memories of his books OR you find illustrators interesting OR you find the early days of Disney interesting. (Or some combo of all three I suppose.) But just a minor heads up that even though it looks like a kid’s book and is as easy to read as a kid’s book, there’s some pretty grown-up stuff in there. Don’t give it to a kid without reading it first yourself.
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