Tuesday, July 08, 2003
In what is sure to be the funniest story I'll hear all week (aside from Lyle's First Time stories), a Spanish-made Hulk doll won by a 6-year-old in the UK apparently comes with a penis that is 1/6th the entire height of the Hulk. Says the mother, "A hulk with a bulk like this just shouldn't be allowed."
Hmm… I wonder if they made a Betty Ross doll…
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I enjoyed 28 Days Later, though it was pretty much everything I expected. It didn't blow me away, but people had been telling me that it wasn't good, so I was glad that it wasn't bad after all. There were times, though, where I questioned the use of video. There are some standout scenes (the stairway chase, the tunnel, the finale) but there were also some scenes that I thought either went on too long or could have been improved. Still, I think that when I have some more free time I'll finally get around to reading Alex Garland's novels.
However, I loved About Schmidt. I thought that the subject matter might be too dull, but I shouldn't have worried. It's funny as hell, and I'd forgotten just how good a filmmaker Alexander Payne is. The editing, the shots, the score, the acting, I loved everything. It's one of those films that I'm sure everyone else but me will find slow-moving, but I don't care. If a film this good can be made from what I thought would be boring, then there's still so much to be done out there.
I also read Y: The Last Man - Unmanned over the weekend. Written by Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by Pia Guerra, it's a series with a great concept: what if, all of a sudden, every male in the world died (including animals)? It's not an original concept, mind you; Frank Herbert, as well as other science-fiction writers have tackled the concept of "Gendercide" before, and there's even an indie film in the US right now called The New Women that's about the same thing. However, the execution's the thing, and Y has got it down pat. I couldn't finish it fast enough. There's one last living man, though (hence the title), but the situations that Vaughan has come up with are all excellent: the reactions of government, religion, occupations, etc. The parties of Democratics and Republicans continue to vie for power. Because most of the higher-ups in government were male, the Secretary of Agriculture becomes President of the US. There's a radical extremist group of feminists calling themselves Amazons who undergo willful mastectomies just like the Amazons of old (it helped them use bows better). Women in the middle east are suddenly liberated and unsure what to do with such freedom. All very fascinating, this has the makings of one of the best series ever. Can't wait for the second volume.
It's been a weird week for links. As I was watching 28 Days Later, there was a book in my lap also about a virus wiping out most of humanity (the aforementioned Y). Last week, Lyndon and I showed up at Quark's wearing the exact same pants on two separate days. A few hours after seeing Jay Ilagan's daughter, I saw a Jay Ilagan film on TV. A single word in last week's script, which I had written without any serious thought (it was just something that came up in dialogue), proved to be absolutely essential in the final climax of the third act.
I'm taking my cue from Alan Moore and avoid going to conclusions. I'm just going to take note of them when I do notice them, and maybe smile to myself, and observe my reactions to such things.