Had a busy weekend. Let’s see…
Saturday we had a sort-of arthouse flick festival at Josh’s place. Saw Oliver Stone’s most normal movie, Talk Radio, which managed to be just as intense and disturbing as his usual fare without the insert shots of decaying goat heads and back projection screens of praying mantises eating their young. Go figure.
We also watched Star Trek 2, which was quite well done if a bit strange visually. I swear, the Enterprise just doesn’t LOOK like the Enterprise in the early movies… set design and costume design take these radical depatures which make it hard to connect to the film as a fan of the series. But, actual plot and action were just dandy and Kahn is always groovy.
Played a tape I had made of Samurai Jack: The Trilogy. It would be a cardinal sin for Cartoon Network not to release this on DVD.
Finally saw Utena in a group context and it went over quite well. I’m still trying to figure out a few of the images, and even if the director insists they’re open to interpretation, finding ANY meaning (clearly there is one, though) can be tricky. Is there some sort of ‘Analyzing Anime’ website out there that delves into the shot composition and themes of various animes? Seems like the sort of thing that’s just itching to be done, but I have enough projects as is, myself.
Apocalypse Now Redux… I was expecting it to be funnier. Really! From the basic description of the new scenes, it seemed to have more comedy relief. Fortunately the comedy came across as awkward and bizarre and unsettling, which means the whole film feels just as screwed up as always, which is good.
But enough about movies… I’m back at the job (and back to work.. lots of assignments, eek). Back to the weekly routine, and hopefully able to wake up early enough to get to the job at a decent minute. Hopefully back to the writing groove. Things are progressing. Stay tuned.
And now, a word from 2f’s Real Life.
My Boss: “Okay, we have this bunch of pages here and we need you to jazz them up. Something sharp and clean and exciting.”
Twoflower: “Do you have any preference about the design or colors or anything? Just something sharp and jazzy?”
My Boss: “No, no preferences.”
(Three Hours of Hard Work Later)
My Boss: “No, no, no, I don’t like anything about this, no. I wanted something like this grimy newspaper clipping of a screenshot of someone else’s web page. Do it over again.”
And the moral of the story is: Either tell your web designer exactly what you want ahead of time, or accept what you get if you say nothing. Or pay me more money.