More Miscellany from the Internet

More Miscellany from the Internet

First, Brian Neimeier discusses that "works of art last" - the second half of an old saying many of us, including me until recently, only knew as "life is short." The equivalent Greek word is techne. That's a big clue that everybody before the Modern era would have put Michelangelo and Steve Jobs in the same general category. Both made stuff according to a standard. That's really what writing is. A carpenter makes a birdhouse by putting wood, nails, and glue together in the right configuration. An author makes a book by doing the same thing…

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Agents, and Other Scum

Agents, and Other Scum

Before I post this, I do have to note that I personally know some smaller - scale (not CAA, or similar) agents and agencies that take their duty to the people they represent seriously. Also, unlike music and movies, some industries still are enmeshed in this ages old system such that, without a representative, the opportunities are effectively nil. Even in such circumstances, be aware that the temptation to double deal when the money gets significant can be overwhelming for even better people, and that the closer you get to the bigger influencers in Hollywood, the less you can trust…

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Grrrrl Power Movies - Alita and "Marvel"

Grrrrl Power Movies - Alita and "Marvel"

For what it's worth, Cataline's review pf Alita is pretty much spot on. That said, while the scene where she tries to rouse the hunters to fight together as soldiers as a groaner - I do not think it was misplaced. I am not sure if it was a deliberate piece of subversion, but it was deliberately awkward. Instead, I found the repeated line about being tossed aside as just a nothing girl, further in light of another line about someone making the mistake of underestimating her, that made clear the feminist chops of the movie. Also, yes. there is…

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Oscars, FWIW

Oscars, FWIW

I figure Bohemian Rhapsody is getting best film, though Black Panther would be my second guess due to "oscars so white" concerns being so obvious in having both it and "Black KKKlansman" being nominated.Why BR? Gay issues, aids, persecution of immigrants. Boomer music. Live Aid. The last lets the older Oscar crowd feel self-congratulatory.…

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Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane

In our sadly simplified age we tend to either have overtly, almost desperately, happy or overtly grimdark (and these are sold as "intelligent", and "real"), and I know far too many who see a dark tale of virtue and hope and cannot see the light at the end, as if it's been trained out. I ended up watching the movie version of Solomon Kane due to the recommendation of Razorfist (and if you dig up the youtube video, the recommended book of collected stories is well worth every penny), and it was outstanding. First, the downside.…

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Cult of the Child

Cult of the Child

So discussing the ugliness, the propaganda and "sophisticated" writing faults, and the ugliness disguised as beauty as I have been, I thought one more item needed to be looked at.I'm not sure where I most recently heard it, but was reminded of the expression "cult of the child" in regards to several tendencies, mostly parents catering to children, and mothers treating children as shields. What it brought to mind was something else I most painfully noticed a long time ago - especially in Spielberg movies in the 80's - the worship of childlike innocence as a cure to ills.…

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No Spoilers?

No Spoilers?

Bradford Walker discusses using spoilers as a method to avoid wasting time on crap. In many cases, the summaries are sufficiently thorough that I can discuss the work in question with people who’ve consumed it and not miss a beat. (This is a reliable tell regarding the work in question, and often of its fandom.) Letting others talk has done far more to tell me that I was right to go with the spoiler and skip it than to convince me otherwise. Using spoilers as a screen allows me to avoid most of the crap. At first I was…

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John Wick Chapter 2. Again

John Wick Chapter 2. Again

I know, I know, he can be slow to get around to a movie, but the Didact finally saw John Wick 2 and despite having his mind blown, enough of it survived to write about it. There isn’t a single wasted moment in it. There is not one scene that does not bristle with energy and is not stylishly shot. There is not one action sequence that is anything less than jaw-dropping. About the only flaw that I can find in the movie is that maybe the characters are not particularly well developed or interesting- but that is because,…

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