Fiction and Films

Capturing

Female hostage-taking and male would-be rescuing is pretty common in films, which leads me to one of my pet peeves in fiction – the scene where the hero or the hero’s friend or love interest is captured. In the hands of a halfway competent villain, this means the story is over.  Said captive(s) will be

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It’s in, and other news

Yesterday was the due date for my tenure file. Now that it’s in, I can concentrate on teaching and on other projects. I haven’t been writing here much lately, partially because I have starting keeping a private journal on my iPad where I can let loose about whatever, whereas here I am more circumspect. One

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Reading again

I ordered a bunch of scifi books to read last week, because the gaming front has been slow (mostly waiting for the new Thief in late February) and I felt like it. I haven’t exactly been plowing through bestsellers in the last ten years, so it is going to take me awhile to discover who

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more evidence

Well, they gave away the ending in the trailer. Now more evidence that Ender’s Game is going to suck – the Battle Room isn’t a black box. Wow. Just wow. I’m going to enjoy not seeing this. It’s going to be the new Battlefield Earth.

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shining

Pretty good essay on Salon about why the film The Shining isn’t that great, per King. It is a very cold, distant film. That worked for 2001, but not for Jack Torrance.

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Breaking Bad

So Breaking Bad ended last night. It was a very satisfying, all-loose-ends-tied-up experience. I have to wonder, though. Of the best adult episodic TV of the last ten years, the high water marks – let’s say The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, and Breaking Bad – are all about largely despicable characters that are

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Ugh

The Ender’s Game trailer looks awful. Just awful. Primarily because it nearly gives away the entire plot. But it’s hard to destroy Ender’s Game any harder than Card has already by writing it. Now a movie with these two would be far more entertaining.

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Lazy summer continues

Saw The Dark Knight Rises finally. Not as good as the last one, but very good all the same. Lots of nods to canon while feeling true to the last two movies. My favorite version of the Bat is still the one from Arkham Asylum and City, but the Bale version isn’t bad at all.

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John Carter, Ender

Watched John Carter the other day. Apparently it was a box office bomb, but I thought it was a pretty good movie, and respectful enough, based on what I know of Burroughs and the stories. I suppose I can understand why it wouldn’t be a hit now, because people are so de-sensitized and de-mythologized by

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Annoying capturing

I have been reading through the Cole & Pike novels by Robert Crais lately on my iPhone, and I have to say while they are generally enjoyable, I am tired of the capture scene. This is when our protagonist or protagonists are temporarily captured by the bad guys due to some momentary miscalculation. I hate

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