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2011.05.20

US Govt Admits Possible Zombie Apocalypse

This is something I never thought I would see. The CDC is trying to get people disaster prepared, and what could be worse than a zombie apocalypse? Not a whole lot. All I need to add to my disaster kit is something to stop my zombie assailants “by removing the head or destroying the brain“.

I guess the government isn’t so much admitting there are zombies in the world as they are preparing us for a just-in-case scenario. I want to see the page where they help us prepare for dinosaurs!

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2011.04.17

Adèle Blanc-Sec

Last night Rosa and I watched The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (warning: somewhat annoying Flash w/ audio), a film by Luc Besson based on the comic books by Jacques Tardi. I’ve been reading the English adaption of the comics from Fantagraphics to Rosa complete with bad French accents.

While not an “extraordinary” film, we enjoyed it greatly. Louise Bourgoin, as the titular character, is convincing, strong, independent and humorous. It was interesting to see how the comic was adapted; the pterodactyl story is mixed and modified with mummies and Adèle’s quest to save her sister from a fate worse than death. The motivation to save her sister is one welcome addition to the movie that the comics lack. In the comics we don’t see much motivation or reason for Adèle having her adventures in the first place, other than to write and illustrate a story. This could change the further along Rosa and I get with the stories, but so far the character of Adèle has been rather like her namesake: dry (“sec” in French).

I feel the movie adaption could have better chosen the plot elements it included (there is a LOT going on), and the editing could have been better (especially at the end, which was a bit long). My biggest criticism, though, was Adèle topless and having a bath. As a straight man of consenting age I didn’t have a problem with the scene myself. However, the movie lends itself to giving young teenage women a strong female role model but most American parents would probably freak out because of the nudity. I’m not asking Mr. Besson to compromise his art, but the scene didn’t really add anything to the movie itself that couldn’t have been shot differently.

Still the movie was fun, entertaining and worth watching. We watched in the original French with English subtitles; someday we’ll watch the English dub, but I’m not a huge fan of dubbing except in animation. Two thumbs up!

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2011.04.12

Periodic Table of Storytelling

Thank you DeviantArt user ComputerSherpa for creating the awesome Periodic Table of Storytelling based off of the sometimes hilarious TV Tropes site (which isn’t just TV). Now if I could just figure out how to use this alchemical mix to get published.

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2011.03.28

Paul

Paul Movie Poster
Paul, the Movie
(Sorry Zap, this one isn’t about you).

Rosa and I went to see Paul yesterday at the Four Star Theater out in the Richmond. I’ve been a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in their outings with Edgar Wright in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (and Spaced!) since they came out. Paul lacked Mr. Wright, but was written by Pegg and Frost and clearly shows their love of picking a genre (UFO mania and sci fi fans) and packing a movie with so many references it’s dizzying while still coming up with an original story. I have to admit it’s not the most original story in the world but it’s still fun and doesn’t feel contrived just to make plot points happen.

I’ve heard some people complain that if you don’t get all of the (sometimes really obscure, like Lorenzo Zoil) references in the film you won’t enjoy it. I disagree. You might not enjoy it quite as much but it’s still a crazy strange movie and the characters, while not bound to win any Oscars, are compelling enough to keep you laughing. If you want a distracting movie worth the price of admission, Paul could be the one for you. I know it was for us.

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2011.02.23

Old Man’s War Movie

Wow. It looks like they will make a movie of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. Pretty freaking cool. If you haven’t read it, I highly highly recommend it. It won’t be the same as the book, but Mr. Scalzi seems optimistic and so I’ll follow his lead.

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2011.02.07

Hollywood Income

Vanity Fair has published its list of top incomes in Hollywood for 2010. It’s always interesting to me to see these kinds of lists because I think to myself, “If I could go back in time I could probably outstrip these guys.” Of course that’s just ego talking, but seriously, some of these folks are still making millions from older projects that are still earning royalties or whatever? Millions!

Dear Readers, we’re in the wrong business. We need to get into the movies and take over. Seriously, some of these incomes aren’t even for made projects; they are for upcoming projects that may or may not even pan out.

What will it take? One film, cheaply made but well produced. It should have some gimmick that hasn’t been done to death yet. We’ll need time to take it around tons of film festivals and even if the movie sucks we can talk it up intellectually (with loads of BS) to get people to think we know what we’re doing. Then we sell it and get rich.

Easy as pie. Who wants to be a millionaire?

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2011.02.06

Galaxy Quest Documentary

I love the movie Galaxy Quest, an extremely well made parody of space TV shows like Star Trek (particularly the original). Apparently Triage Entertainment (warning: irritating Flash) made a mockumentary about the movie that (might have been) shown on E! that has the characters talking about the fictitious TV series. Brilliant. Here it is in three parts: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Does anyone know where to get a decent copy of the entire piece?

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2011.01.05

Completed Stargate SG-1

Rosa and I have just finished watching the complete Stargate SG-1 series, including the movies. I think she deserves her official status as a geek conferred in a ceremony of some sort. This is something I didn’t think I would ever do and it’s strangely satisfying to think that we’ve watched 10 season, back to back, over the span of a bit over a year.

Next up: Stargate Atlantis and, eventually, Stargate Universe. I think we’ll wait a little bit, though. Rosa wants to watch some “real” shows first, and by “real” she means not science fiction or fantasy. Just for a bit.

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2010.06.16

The Anachronism

I like small films, and I like some of the steampunk stuff out there (though too much is punk, and not enough steam, or visa versa). The Anachronism strikes a fine balance and is worth watching if just for the great acting of the kids. Usually child actors are annoying, but these two are quite good.

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2010.01.24

Wedding Invitations

Rosa and I thought long and hard about our wedding invitations. In the end we’re decided to work with Larissa at Papercake Designs. We were going to do a video, but then we saw someone else beat us to the punch line with that idea…

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