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I want Nesuko!

So...er...yeah. The new Boshen and Nesuko (Chapter 19: "Making a Pop Sensation") is now online. Hightail it over there. Personally, I'm still reeling from a reminder that Nesuko doesn't do nixars. Frell. Of course, Mitsumi Nevijen is the one I genuinely have the hots for. Those wings. Those seeping implants. Er...anyway...

Has anyone else heard of Final Cut with Robin Williams and Mira Sorvino? Well, somehow I'd missed it entirely, which is odd, because I hear about almost everything, but there it was on the shelf at the DVD place, an unknown to me. And turns out it's really a pretty good film, the sort of sf film that would seem more at home in 1975 than 2005 (Gataca was another of those). A very timely comment on privacy in the age of omnipresent video surveilance and people willingly abandoning ideas of privacy to the lure of Blogger and LJ. Check it out. Williams does a good job.

Also, we picked up Doom 3, because my black mood had grown to the point where it was threatening to become a sort of emotional singularity and I really, really, really needed to kill things, even if they were only pretend things. I've never understood the lure of Doom, and, since it's always been PC (hasn't it?), I never checked it out. I played for two or three very tense hours last night. It could have used a better story (think made-for-SCi-Fi tv-movie), and the voice acting is actually so atrocious that it's occasionally funny. And you have to play some musclebound lunkhead Marine-type. I mean, the designers could have at least given me the choice of playing a musclebound female lunkhead Marine-type. Are there no women on Mars? Anyway, those are the downsides, and they truly don't matter, because this game is really just about killing mutant zombie things and demon alien spawn and confused soldiers who shoot at you. It's about wondering lost and freaked out in the half-dark among Gigeresque machineries waiting for the next monstrosity to jump out at you. Basically, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay was Doom 3 with a brain, but that's okay, because it was hitting all the buttons that I needed hit upon last night. Hell, I don't even know if my avatar has a name; as a person, he's that irrelevant to gameplay.

I finally got a copy of the trade paperback second edition of Shadows Over Baker Street yesterday, the Sherlock Holmes meets Lovecraftian weirdness antho which includes my story, "The Drowned Geologist." I am pleased to be able to say that it appears that the original text of my story was restored, after the mauling it took at the hands of some Del Rey copyeditor for the hardcover edition. Moron. Anyway, you should have a look at the anthology. "The Drowned Geologist" will not be included in To Charles Fort, With Love. Speaking of which, please feel free to plaster this ad banner anywhere and everywhere. I would appreciate it mightily. Thank you.

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trueseven
May. 7th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
The Final Cut was released only in theatres with digital projection. There were no 35mm prints sent for exhibition. Too bad that it didn't get a wider release.

greygirlbeast
May. 7th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
The Final Cut was released only in theatres with digital projection. There were no 35mm prints sent for exhibition. Too bad that it didn't get a wider release.

Indeed.
tjcrowley
May. 7th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
I saw The Final Cut a while back. I liked it, but there were a few points I didn't like about it. One of the points I *did* like about it was that it broke a major Hollywood rule about major characters. I'd say more but i don't want to spoil it for anyone else.

Robin Williams is stalking me. A few weeks ago I saw him at the local comic book store and he asked me if the comic I was reading was worth buying. Then last weekend he walked in and sat two rows away from me at The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy showing I saw at the AMC 1000 Van Ness. I used to see him occaisionally but it seems like he's everywhere I go now. I hope he doesn't think I'm stalking *him*.
greygirlbeast
May. 7th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
One of the points I *did* like about it was that it broke a major Hollywood rule about major characters. I'd say more but i don't want to spoil it for anyone else.

If it's what I think you mean, it's one of those things Hollywood was more willing to do in the '70s. This wasn't Hollywood though, exactly. It was a Canadian film.
z0mb1e
May. 7th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm certain you've mentioned Shadows Over Baker Street before, but I just noticed it now, and I have to say it sounds awesome. I will follow the yellow brick...er link, to amazon.com ASAP. I love Sherlock Holmes and I love Lovecraft. Is it pretty well put together?
greygirlbeast
May. 7th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Is it pretty well put together?

Yep. I think so. Check it out.
tagplazen
May. 7th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
John Carmack is a god for good reason, throw out everything that doesn't lead to edge of the seat, mouse mauling carnage, and the man is such a hermetic little bastard it's amazing. I think Carmack is to gamers what Bresson is to movie buffs, he just gets it.

On the seventies bent, did you catch the article in Vanity Fair about the making of Midnight Cowboy (mar '05)? There was a great bit:
"You couldn't make Midnight Cowboy now," Schleisinger, who died in 2003, said in 1994. "I was recently at dinner with a top studio executive, and I said, 'If I brought you a story about this dishwasher from Texas who goes to New York dressed as a cowboy to fulfill his fantasy of living off rich women, doesn't, is desperate, meets a crippled consumptive who later pisses his pants and dies on a bus, would you-' and he said, 'I'd show you the door.'"


Joe is another of those great 70's flicks that would never ever make funding today, even in the independent scene, but to watch Peter Boyle just spew venom laced lines is genius. (That and Susan Sarandon in her first role running around naked and tripping doesn't hurt the mix either ;-)
greygirlbeast
May. 7th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
On the seventies bent, did you catch the article in Vanity Fair about the making of Midnight Cowboy (mar '05)?

Nope. But I love that film.

"You couldn't make Midnight Cowboy now," Schleisinger, who died in 2003, said in 1994. "I was recently at dinner with a top studio executive, and I said, 'If I brought you a story about this dishwasher from Texas who goes to New York dressed as a cowboy to fulfill his fantasy of living off rich women, doesn't, is desperate, meets a crippled consumptive who later pisses his pants and dies on a bus, would you-' and he said, 'I'd show you the door.'"

*sigh*
tagplazen
May. 7th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
Shit, it isn't online either. It's a great beefy article, there's some hysterical stuff that I never knew, like the college student that offers to pay John Voight to go down on him was actually the nephew of Paramount's CEO, and he's calling up his parents telling them how excited he is to be in the film and they start grilling him, "How many lines?" "Umm, not many." "Is it a walk on?" "Well, kind of?" ;-)
setsuled
May. 7th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'm still reeling from a reminder that Nesuko doesn't do nixars. Frell.

Heh. When I wrote that bit, I was sort of reminded of reading an interview with George Lucas where he said he hesitated a little to make Darth Vader Luke's father in Empire Strikes Back. That he felt people might be too put off, but, in the end, he'd been planning it all along so he went with it.

Of course, Mitsumi Nevijen is the one I genuinely have the hots for. Those wings. Those seeping implants.

Somewhere in my brain, she thanks you. She seems to be getting a lot of love lately--someone just e-mailed me yesterday requesting that I make a desktop wallpaper of her.

Has anyone else heard of Final Cut with Robin Williams and Mira Sorvino?

I had heard about it, but it was gone from theatres too quickly for me to catch it. I was intrigued by Roger Ebert's review. You know, I sort of think Robin Williams is a lot more effective in these roles that require more restraint from him. His natural fervour kind of seeps around the edges in just the right way. It worked well in Insomnia and One Hour Photo.

I played for two or three very tense hours last night. It could have used a better story (think made-for-SCi-Fi tv-movie), and the voice acting is actually so atrocious that it's occasionally funny.

That's true, the voice acting was pretty terrible. And the beginning actually owed quite a bit to System Shock 2, in my opinion, only System Shock 2 was a bit less dopey.

And you have to play some musclebound lunkhead Marine-type.

Yeah--pretty much Default Action Guy. But as you say, it doesn't much matter. In the Doom games he might just as well be a giant cursor. In the previous game, you had a little portrait on the bottom of the screen that changed facial expressions depending on what you were doing (my friend and I modded it so a picture of Nesuko appeared down there), but it never felt like a character. I'd been playing a year or so before I realised my character was wearing a green jump suit and a grey helmet. And, to this day, I still don't know his name.

"The Drowned Geologist." I am pleased to be able to say that it appears that the original text of my story was restored,

That's good to hear.
greygirlbeast
May. 7th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
She seems to be getting a lot of love lately--someone just e-mailed me yesterday requesting that I make a desktop wallpaper of her.

I want a sculpture or action figure..

And a scene between here and...um...er...Nare'th.

You know, I sort of think Robin Williams is a lot more effective in these roles that require more restraint from him.

Agee'd.

(my friend and I modded it so a picture of Nesuko appeared down there),

Drad.
setsuled
May. 8th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
I want a sculpture or action figure..


If I were good at making that sort of thing I'd probably go as far as making a chess set . . .

And a scene between here and...um...er...Nare'th.


Heh. I don't think Mitsumi is ready to handle her.
greygirlbeast
May. 8th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
Heh. I don't think Mitsumi is ready to handle her.

*sigh* Spoot.
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