Notes from the Manager
For the record, I did think the plot of Eagle Eye was too proposterous and too derivative to really enjoy the movie (and I'm not the only one), but my issue with the film is entirely with the script. If you don't mind for your action movies to make absolutely no sense at all, it is well-acted and well-directed; you might dig it.
I'll leave it at that — spoiler-free — for here, but if you tune into The Triple Feature episode #92 tonight — or download the podcast later this week — I'm sure we'll get into spoiler territory. (You can also subscribe via iTunes and never miss an episode.) As always, Theater Hopper's Tom Brazelton, Joe Loves Crappy Movies's Joe Dunn and myself will be discussing a few of the week's new releases: this week being Eagle Eye, Choke, and possibly something else.
We'll also be answering some questions, if you have any. E-mail us at email@example.com with your questions about movies, our comics, or whatever, and we'll pick the most interesting ones.
Jason's description of the chase scene in question is as accurate as I could manage from my notes. Although I don't seriously think that geographic accuracy is a very strong reason to criticize a pulpy action movie, I did get more than a few laughs out of the complete lack of any attempt to keep things true to the real-life Chicago. The Wilson L station and one of the intersections named in the chase — Sheridan and Granville — are a short ride down the Red Line from where Jason grew up (in Rogers Park), so it makes sense that he would immediately notice the disparities. You can see a bit of this chase scene over at Trailer Addict.
You can also see the trailer for the documentary Man on Wire — the poster behind Kurt in the last few panels — here:
Putting the poster back there was really more of an in-joke with myself than anything else, but familiarity with the movie — which is about a man who walked between the two World Trade Center towers on August 7, 1974 — may add a very tiny extra dimension to the title.
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Friday, May 15, 2015
Longtime readers of the strip know I don’t just stop updating. Three years of grad school, and I’ve missed maybe one update. But as some of you may know (from Twitter or the Multiplex Facebook page), a friend of mine died in a car crash on Wednesday.
Ryan Love and I went to school together from 3rd grade until graduating high school, and he was probably the one person most responsible for me getting interested in comics. When we were kids, I read all his He-Man mini-comics, because my parents never bought me any of those toys. After I got into comics, he read my DC stuff, and I read his Marvel comics. He bought my comics for me on the sly when my mother banned me from reading them for getting “bad grades.” We co-created a ton of really dumb superheroes together, plus a couple of cool ones.
We drifted a bit after high school — different colleges and just part of growing up and being interested in different things. We kept in touch (not as much as we should have), and when we got together, we mostly talked about comics, he would badger me to join our high school friends’ Fantasy Football League (never going to happen), and we’d argue about something or another. He was great at arguing.
Since I was back in my hometown (Peoria, Illinois) for the Artist and Comic Expo, we had lunch on Monday, two days before he died. I hadn’t seen him in about three years, since the last time I had visited Peoria. This time we talked about comics, Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, and how we’ve both recently become engaged. He badgered me to join our friends for their annual get-together to watch “the draft.” I think that has something to do with football.
I also gave him a copy of Multiplex: There and Back Again. I inscribed it, “This book is all your fault.”
Even though we didn’t talk nearly as often as we did when we were little, time doesn’t change how much friends meant before, or how much of them was and continues to be a part of you.
Multiplex needs to take a short break while I head back to Peoria to go to his memorial service, and then immediately turn around and head over to Denver Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on the strip somewhere in there, but in any event, I’ll start posting new strips in two weeks.
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