Culture

Jeremy Irons Hasn't Really Figured Out This Whole Gay Marriage Thing Yet

Lately people's views on marriage equality have been evolving, but some are evolving a bit more slowly than others. For example, Jeremy Irons told the Huffington Post that, while he doesn't have strong feelings either way, for some reason he's concerned that fathers would wind up marrying their own sons for the tax benefits -- enough people, one is to imagine, that it would become a problem in our society. It's embarrassing to watch someone try to pick their way through this minefield during a recorded interview. I'm pretty sure if he goes home and thinks really hard about it, he just might develop a better grasp on the subject.

Michael Crichton's novel Sphere provoked a lot of interesting discussions about science and ethics in 1987, and the movie provoked a lot of really funny negative reviews in 1998. This week both are the subject of a feature on The Awl called "Classic Trash," which numbers the film's crimes and compares it especially unfavorably to "The Andromeda Strain," a far superior Crichton film.

One of Tennessee Williams' lesser-known and -performed scripts, The Two-Character Play, will have its moment to shine this summer when it plays off-Broadway -- starring Amanda Plummer no less, whose face you've seen in everything. Don't worry, you'll get a reminder when "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" comes out. I'm a huge fan of the play, which is described as "equal parts Southern Gothic thriller, black comedy and psychological drama." I promise to see it and report back.

What better tidbit to leave you with than a series of arty animated GIFS depicting various Batman villains, all creepily walking in the same direction? Line them up and you've got a veritable parade of potential disasters. Bonus points for providing different versions of the same characters from the various movies. Two Catwomen walking side by side! I'd better stop with this line of thought before I upset Jeremy Irons.

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