2. Hoping the documentary this discusses - made by the same people who did Helvetica - gets into the main cinema chains, not just the repertory movie houses.
I've read on Facebook from several sources that William Christopher AKA Father Francis Mulcahy from M*A*S*H has died. He won't have been the last to die this year, but that hurts a lot of people across the planet anyway, because he and his colleagues on that series helped keep a lot of people from hurting worse than we already were for a couple of decades. Even after the series ended on CBS, because re-runs and later on, tapes and DVDs (and I assume iTunes and the like are keeping the effect going too now).
Thank you, Mr. Christopher.
There might be more later in the evening...
About the second: I'm going to close out this year by finally seeing Doctor Strange tonight. It's the last movie I've yet to see by design this year, having taken care of Rogue One the other week.
So those are some of my plans for the foreseeable future.
I'd been meaning to watch it for a while now, even before starting to hear of the dislike in certain white-supremacist/neo-Nazi quarters for the casting and plot of the film. Hearing of that dislike from such people made it a duty of sorts, if only a form of virtue-signalling.
And then there was the news today about Carrie Fisher's death.
That finally did it. I had to go.
It's strange: I was expecting to have my heart broken, probably several times over in the course of the movie. Those of you who've already seen it can probably guess which points in the story where it should have happened.
But what I got instead was satisfaction. I'm not sure if it's the grim kind, not yet. Given some of the things going on in the real worlds - and yes, I do still know the difference, having trained in some of the skills needed to blur that line for others at animation and marketing classes - one might expect that.
Not sure yet, though.
My ego would have me think it's put a certain amount of steel in my spine, so to speak. Maybe. My ego being what it is, that could make me prone to trouble I couldn't get myself or anyone else out of. So it's a bit much to ask of any movie.
That said, I thank everyone involved in the making of this. Whether you're still able to read this or not. Whether you ever find this posting or not. Thank you.
If you didn't earn from this work what you were led to expect by your employers, I apologize for that. I don't run any of the companies involved, yet I remember the green-square protests of recent years in support of VFX workers' rights to fair pay for the work they've done on movies and TV shows I've enjoyed, having kept an eye on several trade-related websites and other sources. You are artists, you make art for so many of us, and it has a positive value.
Again, my thanks. Take care.
Good night, and good luck.
Some of you still here may remember that I saw Good Night, and Good Luck at the Bytowne back in 2005.
( Some thoughts after the cut )
And let's go forth with some of Murrow's commentary from that time, male-centric as it was in its time, yet still valid even now despite that flaw:
"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular."
- Captain America: Civil War
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Star Trek: Beyond
- Independence Day: Resurgence
- Deepwater Horizon
- Miss Sloane
Films I've yet to see before end-of-year:
- Rogue One
- Doctor Strange
I've yet to see her work beyond cameos in more recent shows for TV and film, but this lady was the first to bring the character to live action.
I've no doubt she'll be missed.
I think I want to wait a couple of days before posting the bulk of my thoughts on the film.
I will say this: they remedied one of my concerns raised by one of the trailers. Ross' video presentation to the Avengers? The one with the "Casualties" figures? With "23" cited for Washington, the Battle of the Triskelion in The Winter Soldier? In the finished version I saw in the cinema house, it was "Civilian Casualties".
More and hopefully deeper thoughts later in the week. And I intend to go back for at least a second viewing.
Looking at this for a few minutes...
It gets me thinking about the logistics for location VFX work that would be needed for some of the projects I hope to see on the big - or small - screen before I die. Classic version of Northguard, as originally created by Mark Shainblum and Gabriel Morrissette, with the story set in Montréal, maybe. Or, going back to Marvel for a moment, a story featuring the classic Canadian-made Alpha Flight set in Ottawa or Toronto or Vancouver (or, hopefully, some combination of the three cities). Or any version of Captain Canuck...
The filming restrictions in play in NYC for Avengers' purposes, or in Washington for use in The Winter Soldier, would be applicable to some extent here. Ottawa being a national capital, with all the issues that go with that, you couldn't not expect some of the same hurdles ILM and their partner/competitors had to deal with on those productions.
I may revisit this train of thought. Not sure where to take it yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I'm pleased to note, has no trailers to waste a viewer's time. Once you insert the disc, it gets straight to the options for viewing the movie.
Never thought I'd see the day.
No idea about the Blu-Ray edition, and I won't concern myself with finding out. I got my money's worth.