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The heat finally drove us out of the house yesterday. It reached 90˚F in the front room. We fled. We went to Warwick and and saw the new Star Trek film.

Toady, I'll begin work on a piece for Sirenia Digest #126, a vignette. Hopefully, I can tough out the swelter. If not, I'll grab the iBook and try to get some work done at the Hay, which is open until 10 p.m.

A few days ago I discovered an Icelandic band I probably ought to have already known about, Of Monsters and Men. Some really amazing, beautiful music, excepting occasional forays into poppier stuff. And even though Ragnar Þórhallsson's voice annoys me whenever he eclipses Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir.

Star Trek Beyond (the thirteenth Star Trek feature film since 1979, by the way) is really much, much better than it had any right to be, given the director is Justin Fast and Furious Lin.* I think Simon Pegg's work on the screenplay may have been a major saving grace. Visually, it's truly stunning. Starbase Yorktown, the attack on the Enterprise, and the resurrection of the Franklin are sequences that stand among the most amazing sights Star Trek has ever shown us. And the film does a nice job of paralleling the events of The Search for Spock (1984). I adore Jaylah** (played by Sofia Boutella). Unfortunately, the film subscribes to the recent "Everything in the Foreground/Big Head" School of Cinematography, a trend that threatens to drive me once and for all from theaters. But yeah, I enjoyed it a great deal, regardless.

Last night, I watched The Maltese Falcon (1941), and I was going to follow it with The Big Sleep (1946), but I got sleepy and crawled off the bed to sleep a few miserable hours. Oh, and Kathryn and I are reading Gregory Maguire's Out of Oz (2011).

There was a marvelous electrical storm night before last, that I'd meant to mention yesterday.

Aunt Beast

* To be fair, he did do some good work on Season Two of True Detective.
** Pegg has revealed that the name, and some part of the character, was inspired by Jennifer Lawrence, particularly her performance in Winter's Bone. "J. Law", "Jaylah." Get it?


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Jul. 24th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
Have heard good things about the new Star Trek film. Seems like Simon Pegg's involvement with the screenplay was a definite plus. Thanks for your thoughts on the film. Good luck with the new vignette. Oh, and that image sure is something, haven't rencountered many green HPLs before.
Eric Cantwell
Jul. 25th, 2016 07:04 am (UTC)
I attribute it to Pegg. The last Star Trek movie looked good, but the story wasn't anything really.
If you haven't seen "Spaced" that Pegg helped script, watch it on youtube (it has nothing to do with space btw). Excellent comedy.
Jul. 25th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
But yeah, I enjoyed it a great deal, regardless.

Good to know, as we may be venturing out mid-week to see it. I look forward to catching the parallels with The Search For Spock.
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