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at 03:30 on 11-11-2017, Robinson L
Oh yeah, two other minor points I really liked, the first one a minor spoiler.

It turns out that Loki
stashed Odin in some sort of building that was subsequently torn down, and to me it looked like some sort of care facility. I've no idea if this was deliberate, but it reminded me of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, where Odin spends all his time in an elder care institution

The second thing I really liked was the little bits of subversive social commentary sprinkled here and there, such as Hela's remarks about Odin papering over the more unpleasant parts of Asgardian history (much of which he actively participated in), or her asking Thor, when they're in Odin's throne room, where he thinks all the gold came from.
at 00:36 on 10-11-2017, Robinson L
Saw Thor Ragnarok with some of my family earlier today (as my stepmother pointed out, there was no colon in the credits; maybe it's their family name). There are many aspects to it I really liked and appreciated, but I could also write an entire thesis about the many and oh so varied ways it stumbles and sometimes outright fails, both on its own terms and as a concluding sequel to the original film and The Dark World. And it's really interesting, because on most of these points, Ragnarok isn't flat out bad, it just fails to synthesize parts which are mostly well handled on their own, or it has a good build up and almost lands the payoff. It's like an entire masterclass in how a series of mostly good parts can yield a whole which is less than its sum.

Special shout-outs go to disrespecting most of the characters, new and old, at some point or other, especially Heimdall.

That said, I did really like the character Thor, and the way it handled his arc with Loki, and some other pieces of the film. It's a really odd feeling overall.
at 20:00 on 08-11-2017, Robinson L
So, just to be clear, Arthur, when you answered "Yes" to my post from a month ago, I take it you were responding to the question

Was whatever magic you worked last year to stave off the annual blackout ... more of a one-shot?

In other news, I recently saw a screencap where Theo "Vox Day" Beale tried to disavow Richard Spencer by claiming that he's a leftist and no alt-right at all.

... Yeah, that's right Mr. Beale, as soon as one of your fellow-travelers starts getting a little too controversial for you, just go ahead and try to foist him onto your political opposition. You don't see me going around trying to claim Stalin, Mao, and Castro were all actually conservatives, do you?
at 13:36 on 29-10-2017, Arthur B
I've not run into any of those - will have to keep an eye open.
at 18:13 on 28-10-2017, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Arthur, I suspect that it is far, far too late in the season, but a director has come to my attention I think you might be interested in. A few weeks ago, I was reading Kier-La Janisse's House of Psychotic Women, which I have since discussed on my blog, and one of the things she talked about was the work of British director Andrew Parkinson. From what I've gathered he's only made three movies: I, Zombie (1998), Dead Creatures (2001), and Venus Drowning (2006). Janisse spoke very highly of the last two films (and I have since watched Dead Creatures myself), so I was wondering if you've ever heard of Parkinson or sampled his work before.
at 22:11 on 02-10-2017, Arthur B
at 22:02 on 02-10-2017, Robinson L
Oh hey, it's October again already. And that being the case, I think it's important that we know:

Was whatever magic you worked last year to stave off the annual blackout a continuous effect spell or more of a one-shot?
at 09:58 on 12-09-2017, Arthur B
Were anyone to write one, I'd be glad to publish.