12.12.2012

On the Train ...

So I actually have a FEW minutes to write. It's been a trying month with illness that I've never quite been able to shake -- it reoccurred badly this weekend. But, lest I allow life to get boring, mow that I'm sufficiently recovered that I don't need to sleep when I'm not at work, we bought a new house conditional on the sale of our current residence. So the posts will continue to be few and far between fir a bit yet. A few thoughts that have coalesced recently ...


  • Sophia's Favourite reminded me of his serious dislike of Christopher Nolan's Batman films last week. I'm not a Batman geek, although I've read more than my share of comics, many of which included Batman, over the years. Maybe if I were a true purist I'd share his views but I continue to hold that all three are very good films. My only complaints are minor and unrelated to his complaints (although to address one of those, I should note that I checked The Dark Knight and the Joker doesn't laugh the same way twice in that film). One is the casting of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes in the second film. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but she is not attractive at all to me, and it just makes it unbelievable to me having Harvey Dent  and Bruce Wayne so madly in love with her. 
  • Speaking of Sophia's favourite, he has some good arguments against academic feminism in his latest post. Gives some good historical precedents on things I've harped on (like women engaging in combat with men and sex roles). 
  • Please no ... Having annihilated his legacy of the original Alien, I saw an article today suggesting that Ridley Scott is planning Blade Runner 2. Even worse, some interpret a little "Easter Egg" hidden in the Prometheus Blu-Ray to portent a tie-in between the two films (see here: http://screencrush.com/prometheus-blade-runner/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_32813). Please let the Mayan calendar be right ...

This post was written on my iPad which is not as easy as it looks, so I apologise for any typos.

1 comment:

Sophia's Favorite said...

It occurs to me just now that the having-girls-in-fights thing arises from narrative needs, as well as political ideas. Namely, "how do we give adequate screen-time to these characters, without reducing them to an occasional reaction-shot?". An example of the problem is what happened to Kuririn, after Goku grew up, in Dragon Ball. In the first part of the comic, Kuririn was Goku's training-partner; by the end of it, when he showed up at all, his job was basically to stand around trembling while Goku and his opponents got progressively more horrifyingly powerful.

Personally I think one can cover the same ground by having a few viewpoint characters—let the damsel-in-distress and the villain have a dialogue on ethics every other chapter, while the hero fights his way to them, if her being off-stage for so long is a problem (also, villain speeches: never a bad thing).

PS. The Mayan calendar is right, and they bothered about precision more than our calendar does (Europeans had more important things to do, several of which have to do with why they sailed to the New World and conquered the Maya and not the other way around). The heavenly bodies it predicts to be in particular spots on December 21, or whenever, will pretty much be in those spots. It's just, the only real predictions the Mayan calendar actually makes about that are the Neolithic equivalent of "order more calendar pages".

On the other hand, if Ridley Scott is serious not only about Blade Runner 2 but tying it into Alien...suddenly one can appreciate how the ancient Mesoamericans felt, when they resorted to human sacrifice.

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