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- Janne Kirjasniemi on Beyond Good Taste at 13:38 on 30-10-2014 - link Well, that maybe true, but the joke wouldn't work at all without repetition. Somehow the length and the badness makes it so stupid, that it begins to work again. Especially as the narrator seems so earnestly convinced that the proceedings described are very serious and horrifying and not stupid and easily averted at all.
- Arthur B on Beyond Good Taste at 12:47 on 30-10-2014 - link Yeah, Lovecraft definitely wrote Re-Animator as comedy - unfortunately, it just consists of the same joke over and over again.
- Janne Kirjasniemi on Beyond Good Taste at 09:51 on 30-10-2014 - link I've always thought that Re-Animator the story was just a very comical thing(haven't seen the film). I don't know how intentional this is, but it becomes just a very surreal story once West has done his thing the first two times for SCIENCE and then just keeps creating these murderous whatevers ad nauseam. And that no-one really says anything. Like the narrator doesn't just yell at the idiot to stop making these murderous cadavers, you idiot! Or at least restrain them first over a vat of acid! But instead he helps him at first and then remains weirldy uncaring for the rest of the story. And how no one paid attention to what he was doing in the field hospital in WWI? And there were hundreds of them! I mean, good old Frankenstein evaluated his efforts as a mistake after the first time, even if he was mistaken in that, and that guy in Pet Sematary at least had proper motivation.
Shimmin on Beyond Good Taste
at 02:38 on 30-10-2014 - link
These sound pretty dreadful. I really don't feel like most Lovecraft lends itself to cinema adaptation at all, not least because he barely wrote a word of dialogue in his life.
For what it's worth, I don't have my annotated Lovecraft to hand, but as I recall Re-Animator was deliberately written as a sensationalist pastiche of his own style, which is pretty much what it felt like to me. It has its moments partly for that very reason, but it's definitely no masterpiece.
- Janne Kirjasniemi on Please Don't Be Sad, Sam Neill at 20:33 on 28-10-2014 - link It would be sweet, if he could combine it with super long and quiets takes, which would descend into satanistic cannibalist shenanigans at a moments notice. Featuring Sam Neill hopefully?
- Daniel F on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 11 - The Merry Wives of Windsor at 05:16 on 28-10-2014 - link I thought 'bucolic' was from the Greek boukolos, also meaning shepherd? I would assume it's related to bochilley: it always blows my mind a bit that languages from the very opposite sides of Europe can be so closely linked!
Shimmin on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 11 - The Merry Wives of Windsor
at 14:06 on 27-10-2014 - link
So I'm listening to this - again, because I am in another country a long way from my friends, truly it is a sad thing - and it turns out I know things!
Bucolic is indeed prancing about in the countryside. I know this because it relates to bochilley, a Gaelic word for shepherd. So it's things relating to an idealised version of the countryside.
Also, I'm pretty sure the Host of the Garter is not (sadly) a fae power-broker or group of vampire-hunters with Tudor antecedents, but someone who owns a pub.
Arthur B on Please Don't Be Sad, Sam Neill
at 12:31 on 27-10-2014 - link
It's definitely doing the Solaris thing, though with more fire and blood and explosions.
I look forward to Paul W.S. Anderson doing some sort of riff on Stalker, in which the Zone turns out to be a portal to Hell and the room which grants wishes is a direct line to Satan himself.
Janne Kirjasniemi on Please Don't Be Sad, Sam Neill
at 12:14 on 27-10-2014 - link
Isn't Solaris an influence as well? At least in the way that copies of people significant to the crew start appearing and Neill's wife had committed suicide. As well as that whole research base/ship being under the influence by an alien, incomprehensible thing.
The relationship advice seems spot on, though.
Arthur B on Checks Off All Boxes
at 18:03 on 26-10-2014 - link
The thing I found most interesting about Jay was that, in spite of everything that happens and how far the situation spirals out of control, he never questions anything. He never has any moment of pause or self-reflection. In his mind, he's a good person, the targets are bad people, and that's that.
I think you can go further than that and say that part of what the conspiracy seems to be doing is encouraging just this lack of reflection on his part - keeping up the pressure so he doesn't think he has time to slow down, having that mysterious doctor give him that line about how the past is gone and the future isn't here yet so all you can do is live in the present. (Obviously that philosophy doesn't automatically translate to utter apathy, but it can do if you spin it as refusing to consider the context and consequences of what's going on and just reacting to whatever happens to be sat in front of you at any particular moment.)
Alasdair Czyrnyj on Checks Off All Boxes
at 17:21 on 26-10-2014 - link
Oooh yeah. This was a good one.
The thing I found most interesting about Jay was that, in spite of everything that happens and how far the situation spirals out of control, he never questions anything. He never has any moment of pause or self-reflection. In his mind, he's a good person, the targets are bad people, and that's that. It's the worldview that's slowly killing his marriage at the beginning of the filmand literally kills it at the end.
As for the cultists, it was a nice touch on Wheatley's part to have them not react to gunshots. It's a little thing, but it makes them seem totally inhuman.
I'm interested to see where Ben Wheatley's going next. Last I'd heard he was helming an adaptation of J. G. Ballard's High-Rise with Tom Hiddleston in the lead.
- Sister Magpie on Only Ye Cheesiest Awfulness at 03:56 on 26-10-2014 - link I've seen this movie more than once and could never make sense of it--I'm glad to know that this was not actually my fault.
Melanie on Michael Bay Is America
at 03:41 on 26-10-2014 - link
ALRIGHT and now, having just finished the entire run of Transformers Prime plus the movie and feeling really enthusiastic about it, I can say--without getting into specific, spoilery, details--it's absolutely excellent. I feel a little mixed about the second season: the individual episodes are largely good, but the "relic hunt" overplot gets a little repetitive and I didn't feel especially invested in where the various mcguffins ended up (could be partly due to knowing how it all ended, though, so ymmv) which made me impatient for them to be doing something else, anything else (probably the best episodes, imo, are the ones basically unrelated to the relic hunt). The payoff for the relic hunt, though, was amazing. (There were also a couple of clip show episodes... one of which, although fun if you like Starscream (who doesn't!), seemed sort of bizarrely unnecessary unless you make your own explanation for the actual purpose behind the whole thing.) The third season, on the other hand, felt pretty tightly plotted and had lots of delicious Decepticon bickering. We did get an obnoxious new character, but he eventually stops being such an insufferable prick, so I'm... reconciled... to that whole bit.
I'm including the movie, Predacons Rising, in this. It follows directly on the finale and is very much part of the story. You could stop at the end of season three, and it would be a satisfying end--in fact it was wonderfully dense--but I recommend against it, because I think the movie makes an even better ending and ties up a couple of things.
- Arthur B on There's a Place In Hell For Oskar and His Friends at 23:09 on 25-10-2014 - link Awesome - will make a point to check it out.
- Cammalot on There's a Place In Hell For Oskar and His Friends at 22:59 on 25-10-2014 - link I've seen it in Waterstones, finally in paperback, in a short story collection of the same name.
- Arthur B on There's a Place In Hell For Oskar and His Friends at 03:03 on 25-10-2014 - link Wasn't aware there was one; where would I find it?
Cammalot on There's a Place In Hell For Oskar and His Friends
at 02:52 on 25-10-2014 - link
Has anybody gotten to read the follow-up short, "Let The Old Dreams Die?"
- Arthur B on Fists of Rebellion at 00:07 on 21-10-2014 - link Holy shit, I actually missed that. Good catch.
- https://me.yahoo.com/a/pwQl65QjyO_qKzMVXCk4NkWmA93bTB40uqFXg0tjtoso59j2K3E-#74262 on Fists of Rebellion at 23:56 on 20-10-2014 - link Amazingly, you actually underrated the offensiveness of Saretha by omitting the fact that Counter refers to her "ebony skin."
Arthur B on Hurr, More Like Dork Heritage
at 21:32 on 19-10-2014 - link
To give poor Clint *some* credit, few of the protagonists in the original Cthulhu Mythos stories as are genre-savvy as Call of Cthulhu players...
The thing about Call of Cthulhu is that many of the times you aren't playing the original protagonists, you're playing people like Dr. Willett in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward who come along to work out what happened after the first round of protagonists fucked things up. :)
But I take your point, Clint is clearly not very competent at paranormal investigation and it's probably fair that he isn't. The bigger problem is that he doesn't seem to be enormously competent at journalism. either.
- http://brandiweed.livejournal.com/ on Hurr, More Like Dork Heritage at 20:21 on 19-10-2014 - link To give poor Clint *some* credit, few of the protagonists in the original Cthulhu Mythos stories as are genre-savvy as Call of Cthulhu players...
Arthur B on Hurr, More Like Dork Heritage
at 19:28 on 19-10-2014 - link
I'm assuming Howard was inspired by Lovecraft, and not the other way around.
Almost certainly so - The Lurking Fear came out in 1923, Howard's first published story came out in 1924.
http://ronanwills.wordpress.com/ on Hurr, More Like Dork Heritage
at 19:00 on 19-10-2014 - link
"In the original story, intrepid investigators discover that descendants of a thunderstorm-obsessed mountain family, having isolated themselves for centuries and partaken of truly staggering amounts of inbreeding, have degenerated into subterranean monsters who lurk in burrows "
I'm getting a distinct whiff of Robert Howard's Lovecraft-inspired stories, which I remember you wrote about some time ago. I'm assuming Howard was inspired by Lovecraft, and not the other way around.
Arthur B on The Man Whose Dicks Weren't All Exactly Alike
at 18:20 on 17-10-2014 - link
I think Dick's willingness to directly and indirectly utilise the Nazis tended to pave the way for the franker treatments that the New Wave guys would come out with in the 1960s.
I mean, for fairly obvious reasons that entire generation of SF writers had good reason to think a lot about totalitarianism and World War II and so on since a lot of them actually lived through that stuff, but I can't think of many SF writers looking hard at Hitler in the 1950s in the same way Dick did.
I suspect part of that was that a) utopianism was in fashion at the time, and b) even when people did want to get dystopian, the Soviet Union was looming larger in the cultural landscape as far as boogeymen go. The Nazis were a done deal, in the past; few wanted to think about them coming back, even less wanted to consider that maybe they'd actually won.