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LJ Entry #3,881.

Every year I make a concerted effort not to dislike autumn so. It seems to have, long ago, won some seasonal popularity contest. Autumn depresses the hell out of me.

Here in Providence, the temperature is 73˚F, the humidity 42%. Winds WSW at 12 mph. So far there has been not a single hurricane in this hurricane season, and the silence from the Atlantic is becoming ominous.

Thursday, I had a doctor's appointment at one, which meant there was no way I'd have a productive day. So, afterwards Kathryn and I drove over to Brown, to the Cohen Gallery at 154 Angell Street to see more of the Ars Necronomica exhibit. It's a very small gallery in a rather hideous glass cube that someone, somewhere, thought was a good idea to erect in the middle of College Hill.

Yesterday, we saw David Twohy's Riddick. Big, stupid fun, and it's only disappointing if you go in expecting something as good as Pitch Black (2000). That said, Riddick is a great improvement over the second film (2004). The best part of Riddick is the first third or so, as the title character, stranded on a desolate planet by plot threads left dangling at the end of The Chronicles of Riddick, attempts to survive...and has a "legendary bad day." There's a nice Robinson Crusoe feel, which vanishes as soon as two ships filled with bounty hunters arrive and it becomes the old game of cat and mouse as Riddick psychs out and kills off the mercs. Oh, and we get to see Katee Sackoff topless which, on the one hand, is worth ticket price, and which, on the other hand, was so gratuitous it was damn near offensive. Yeah, I'm very torn on the topless Katee Sackoff scene. A great deal of Pitch Black is recycled, including lines of dialogue and the threat of predatory aliens that appear when certain environmental conditions are met (here, rain instead of an eclipse). We get to see Karl Urban for about three minutes, as the film frantically tries to tie up the loose threads from that whole Necromonger fiasco. Kathryn said, "It's a film of one liners." Rafer Guzman of Newday called it "gratifyingly preposterous." Yeah. I'd say wait for DVD, though the film's gorgeous cinematics will suffer on a small screen.

I should try and get some work done. Going outside an awful lot. Hardly getting any work done whatsoever.

Aunt Beast


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Sep. 7th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'll probably buy this when it hits DVD. My mom's a fan, oddly....
Sep. 7th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)

Or just rent it. But I never, ever buy a DVD if I've not already seen the movie.
Sep. 7th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Eh. My Mom shares your Vin Diesel fetish, so I suspect she'll like it.
Sep. 7th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'd say wait for DVD, though the film's gorgeous cinematics will suffer on a small screen.

Ah, well. I would totally have watched Vin Diesel Robinson Crusoe his way around an alien planet for two hours.

I had been thinking recently of rewatching Pitch Black, however, and I'll take this as an excuse.
Sep. 7th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)

Ah, well. I would totally have watched Vin Diesel Robinson Crusoe his way around an alien planet for two hours.

Same here.

My Vin Diesel fetish remains intact.

And yes, any excuse to watch Pitch Black again. It came as such an unexpected gem.
Sep. 7th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I very much agree with you in all points on Riddick. We went and saw it last night at the Movie Tavern and enjoyed it tremendously, having all, I think, walked in expecting less.

I'm also very torn on the topless Katee Sackoff scene, and indeed a great deal of her entire part in the film. Her character was under-developed and oversexualised. I was angry about the attempted rape, it was entirely unnecessary (by that time we had already established that dude was a complete loathesome shit and she was an industrial grade badass, it did nothing to develop any aspect of the story or any character) and to compound it, although we saw *that* with all its ugly subtext, we didn't see her kick his arse again. It just cuts away and leaves you wondering did she kick his arse, did Riddick save her somehow, did they actually bone violently and pretend otherwise afterwards, what the actual fuck.

That said, I liked it a whole lot for a lot of reasons, many of them entirely personal and rooted in my abiding and passionate love for Pitch Black and the character Riddick.
Sep. 7th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
I should try and get some work done. Going outside an awful lot. Hardly getting any work done whatsoever.

At least you're going outside. That provides and excuse for not getting work done. I like hearing about your visits to galleries and such.
Sep. 7th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't dislike Chronicles as much as everyone else; my only real beef with it that I recall was that the wife of the head Necromonger spent the movie visibly rolling her eyes at every belief the rest of her people took absolutely seriously, and I couldn't figure out why they hadn't roasted her for blasphemy yet.

Edited at 2013-09-08 12:16 am (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
Sackhoff's character was just such a fanboy neckbeard's idea of a lesbian. Tough talking! Kicks the shit out of men! And her name is Dahl, so you spend half the movie thinking everyone is calling her "doll." The sideboob shot was teeth-grindingly gratuitous.

I like Diesel, I like that he's such a geek that he's so committed to doing genre stuff, and I like the idea of Riddick in the abstract, but the movies (aside from Dark Fury, which was fun, and also short) just haven't done much for me. Chronicles was gibberish but at least it described some sort of arc for Riddick, whereas here it's like, "Okay, y'all didn't like Chronicles so now Riddick is back at square one."
Sep. 8th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
I went swimming at Nantasket Beach, south of Boston, today. The water was in the mid-60's and calm. The usually crowded beach was quiet. I maintain that it's still summer and will not put down my gin & tonic until the equinox! Try a trip to the ocean before you resign yourself to fall.
Sep. 9th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Any sporting event people waste their time watching is always something they need not do well, to enjoy. Even professional athletes gain more joy watching, when compared to the actual experience.
Sex is an entertainment that always more enjoyable doing as opposed to watching. And one need not be a professional to experience the thrill. Generally, with a little effort most of us can actually attain the the experience. Sex, even simple voyeurism, must be the saddest spectator sport in existence.

Edited at 2013-09-09 09:19 pm (UTC)
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