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On fictional user interface design for film and TV:

http://www.idnworld.com/imprints/FUI-DesignFilmGames

On Brexit's campaign against anti-corruption efforts (and yes, I wrote that as intended):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/opinion/brexit-britain-corruption.html
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I rewatched Atomic Blonde on Friday night. It made a bit more sense on the second viewing, which was good. It's not only a whodunnit, but a how- and why- as well as being a period spy/action drama. Not sure that we need a sequel to it, but that's an argument we can have in the comments.
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I took a vacation day today. Mental health reasons, shopping reasons, family reasons, exercise reasons. Not going into the details of them, just making note that the reasons exist.

I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming last night. I had fun watching that for a lot of reasons. Sure, it's mildly annoying that this is the third version of the character to hit the movie theatres in the last decade. But since it firmly locks this version into the MCU, and for a lot of other reasons, I can be good with it.

In fact, I am very good with it. Some of those reasons for that mood?

Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag.

(Feeling sad that Dwayne McDuffie didn't live to see that.)

Seeing Midtown High reworked as a specialty high school dealing in science and tech.

(I still felt uncomfortable with some of the high school stuff being no different from my day in the real world. *sigh* )

Spider-Man being part of the fabric of the Borough of Queens.

The first big twist midway through the show.

The surprise ending. Was NOT expecting that.

(Not the Avengers angle. The thing after that. Come back after you've seen it yourself and we'll talk about that.)

This is not a complete list of the good stuff.
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Some of you may have already seen other installments of the "Rare Earth" series of videos, but this one is of particular interest to me. It starts in one sense with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in another with a fishing vessel that met its doom in 1954 despite returning to port intact...

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I saw that movie tonight. I laughed, I cried, I swore (in both official languages)...and it was worth it.

Music video (that's actually related)!

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1. This is from September 2016, but I note this for curiosity's sake. I didn't know our Mint did coins for other countries, nor did I know they were in the transit token game, and that where Toronto's moving away from them, Winnipeg's moving towards them.

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/winnipegs-transit-system-revived-old-timey-token/

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.

https://www.wired.com/2017/03/surprising-history-canadas-iconic-designs/
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Planning to watch Hidden Figures at the cinema tonight. Not for nostalgia, but to learn something I didn't know before about who helped build what we now have in the worlds we (hope to) live on.
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...and Doctor Strange was as good as I'd hoped it would be. Yes, a tad formulaic, but at times like these days, there's a not-so-strange comfort in that aspect of it. Some good visual nods to Ditko's original design work in the 1960's comics work there. If anyone here has an opinion on the 3D-formatted edition, I'd be glad to read that, good or ill.

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...
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About the first: I'm not making any of those. Because I don't know if I'll end breaking them, whether by accident or necessity, before next year is out.

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.
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It's done. I saw it tonight.

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.

It didn't.

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.
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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."

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  • Concussion

  • Captain America: Civil War

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  • Star Trek: Beyond

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

  • Deepwater Horizon

  • Arrival

  • Miss Sloane

Two docudramas, three sci-fi dramas, two superhero movies, and a "plucky/ruthless lobbyist does good" movie. It's like I've been slowly abandoning TV for the movie theatres.

Films I've yet to see before end-of-year:

  • Rogue One

  • Doctor Strange

And in an odd note, this officially puts me over the 4,000 mark in terms of posts I've uploaded to my own Livejournal and to assorted LJ communities since signing onto LJ as a member/user in October 2005.
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I'm giving serious thought to seeing Miss Sloane next. Probably Rogue One after that. Then, Doctor Strange.

You?
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Yeah, I saw it. I think this is going to be another good one. Leaving it at that for now, but if you want to get into specifics in the comments, go for it.
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Went to see Arrival. Science-mystery, geo-political thriller, and tragic romance, all rolled into one movie. One that worked. And as I left the theatre, I felt angry, afraid and robbed by reality once more.

Go see it anyway.
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Everyone in the USA should've seen this before their election. Might not have changed many minds on the matter...but, still.
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I get out of the movie theatre after seeing Deepwater Horizon, and I find out that Leonard Cohen is dead?

Sure, we knew it was coming with Cohen, but the timing still stinks like sulphur.
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Someone in Ottawa-Gatineau's got to be doing the same for our local productions sooner or later, right?

https://theringer.com/how-hollywood-gets-its-old-school-tech-853f05d9ecd4#.1gaaa0lde
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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.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/noel-neill-lois-lane-on-adventures-of-superman-dead-at-95

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Yes, I saw the movie on Friday night. Much to my pleased surprise, as I suspect that the 2D-formatted edition would be playing to an already packed house for the 520 PM showing I wanted to attend. Apparently, in this day and age of advance ticket sales over the web, being the first one at the box office to show up and buy a ticket personally can still count for something.

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".

Solved.

More and hopefully deeper thoughts later in the week. And I intend to go back for at least a second viewing.

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