Steaming Pile of Nope

It's sad how quickly it's obvious that something is just going to be pretentious trash for IYI's. Director James Gray (The Lost City of Z) has said he wanted to make a film that depicted space travel as realistically as possible "and to basically say, 'Space is awfully hostile to us.' It’s kind of a Heart of Darkness story about traveling to the outer edge of our solar system." The official synopsis strikes just the right note of vague grandiosity: "Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing…

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Chernobyl

Chernobyl

The series on HBO has come to an end, and while in some ways it suffers from the usual dragging pace of binge-watch oriented series, and the previously mentioned "lets make a representative scientist character, who know more than all her coworkers, a woman" - significantly toned down after the introductory episode - is still a solid retelling of the Chernobyl disaster. The infogalactic article is a long one covering the accident in more depth as well as alternate hypothesis regarding the sequence of events and responsibility/issues. Long story short - a perfect storm design flaws, piss poor training,…

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Norwegian Cinema - Kon Tiki

Norwegian Cinema - Kon Tiki

First - apologize for the lack of a post yesterday. Second, as you can likely guess from the title, there will be more than one film discussed over several posts. Anyway... For one reason or another, I've managed to watch, and enjoy several movies out of Norway over the last few years, most recently the story of Thor Heyerdahl and the raft christened Kon-Tiki. Highly recommended. The movie certainly shows a degree of polish that I would call worthy of an Oscar nomination, but doesn't have the dreck usually associated with the Oscars in it - likely why it was…

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Falling Angels and Burning Bright

Falling Angels and Burning Bright

Saw John Wick the other day. Lots of action, interesting characters, with yet again a lot of John Wick's history and background exposed by how he is treated by the people he meets, including the surreal experience of a fanboy out to kill him. If you liked the first two, go see it. Men of the West has an interesting, spoiler filled take on it and the relationships between boomers, gen-X, and millenials, after their initial teaser setting up the premise. In short, go see it. So, instead, I'm here to talk about my ipression of a few trailers I…

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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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