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#285: I Can Only Suspend My Disbelief So Far

September 29, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Ah, words.

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 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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Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Thank you very much for the outpouring of kind words since last Friday. It meant a lot to me, and I’m happy to say that I have great news: things may not be quite so bleak as I thought last week.

For some background, since I haven’t shared much of this publicly, my cat Punk very nearly died in September from a urinary tract infection. A slew of medicines turned things around after a rough couple of weeks, and he had two great weeks but then relapsed. As it turned out, the strain of infection he had was resistant to the antibiotics he was on, so he had to go on some new meds.

Because he wasn’t back at 100% (as close to 100% as an 18 year old cat with three chronic diseases gets, anyway), the recovery this time was very, very hard on him. Punk had to be taken to the emergency room last Wednesday evening, then he wasn’t handling the pain medication they prescribed very well — or eating, except when I would spoon feed him baby food — so I was… in a very bad headspace last week.

With non-stop attention and some tweaks to his medication dosages, he began improving steadily on Friday evening, started to eat on his own and seek out my company on Saturday, and he even meowed for the first time in two weeks on Sunday.

If this keeps up, this will be the third time he’s cheated death (last month, and a bout with pancreatitis a couple of years ago), but I’m still nervous about him relapsing yet again. There’s also the very real possibility that there is something else going on behind all his recent troubles…

But… he’s a tough little guy, and he’s had a great couple of days,which is very encouraging. He has even managed to get back to work on the strip with me (pictured above!), and we’ll hopefully be able to keep at it.

The Multiplex update schedule may be a little erratic for the next couple of months. If that happens, hopefully it will be because I need more time to finish my MFA thesis, not another downturn in Punk’s health. Either way, thank you for reading, and thank you for all your support — financial, emotional, and… egotistical?

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