Gaijin Punch wrote:How the fuck did I not know Irvin Kershner died?
Because it was the same day Leslie Nielsen died. Empire is a science fiction classic, but Kershner won't really be remembered for the rest of his output. The next best film was Robocop 2, which... yeah.
I'm trying to think of anything that really stood out for me one way or another this year, but it was generally a pretty bland and forgettable stretch punctuated by various disappointments. Hey, Mario turned 25!
Don't Ask Don't Tell is a pretty major step, but I'll be surprised if the change isn't in name only for at least a few more years. This is, after all, the military, where it's been argued that openly gay servicemen/women would somehow reduce morale and the effectiveness of the fighting force. With their gay waves, or something.
Would have liked to see the marijuana bill pass in California and set a precedent, if for no other reason than to kill the obnoxious American sense of cleverness that kids get when they light up and feel like they're getting away with something, when the truth is that most people just don't give a damn anymore. Would be nice to see Oregon's sham medical program put out of business, too--it's a fucking joke that's so wink-wink-nudge-nudge I'm surprised the whole thing is still in operation.