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#410: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 2, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #100: Another Fine Mess…

I'd really like to push for the $10,000 level over these next couple of weeks, so that more of the print run is covered by the Kickstarter funds.

Towards that end, for every $250 we raise above $8500 I'll be giving away a free copy of the Multiplex/Memento parody mini-poster and a set of five buttons to one lucky backer. If we reach $10,000 by the time the strip goes up on November 12th, though, I'll give away ten copies. [NOTE: if you've already pledged, you are already eligible — but if you want to increase your chances of winning, you can always increase your pledge!]

That's ten days to raise $1,255 — that's actually less than we've averaged to date, so I'm sure we can do it.

Oh yeah: this week's strips are all set on Halloween night. (I'm always a little behind my holidays.) I'm not 100% sure if it'll be a three-parter or not just yet, though. Check back Thursday either way, then, and if it is a three-parter, then you'll have a bonus on Friday. (You could also subscribe to the RSS feed or follow my Twitter account, y'know.)

UPDATE (11/3): Here's a bonus strip for you today, though — but only if you're a Kickstarter backer. The second part of the "Hostile Makeover" story explaining Becky's redesign is up as the latest Kickstarter update. As with the previous one, it's set after #42 in the archives and will appear in the the second eBook, as well as the Multiplex: Book 1 collection, of course. The third strip in this series will be back at the Multiplex 10 and hopefully come a lot quicker. (You see why I need time off of work to finish the print book, now, don't you? Because with a day job and the regular update schedule, it would take me years to get the bonus material finished.)

UPDATE (11/4): Looks like there will only be one more regular update this week (but it's a long one). It'll post Thursday, possibly Friday.

UPDATE (11/5): Ran out of time (and energy), so #411 will post on Friday (or late Thursday night). Sorry! There is that bonus strip over at the Kickstarter update page, though. Pledge $1 and read it, then come back tomorrow. :) [Don't forget that if you pledge, you get access to all the bonus content/updates, including the first two eBooks for free — even if you just pledge $1. The second one isn't out yet, mind you. Soon!]

I would also like to point out that this is the first update I've totally missed in about two years. So nyeah.


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Multiplex Movie Review: The Island (2005)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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This is  not as accessible to people who haven’t seen the movie as I like these reviews to be, but if you’re not familiar with The Island or Never Let Me Go at all, the premises are that clones are raised and educated as “spare parts” — which is just plain absurd. (The idea that such a thing would be allowed by any reasonable society made the premise impossible for me to swallow, except as a very far-fetched Twilight Zone-style scenario. At least in The Island, it was secret and illegal.)

An absurd premise isn’t a deal-breaker, though, really. But The Island never lets you go past its implausible premise, because it is constantly trying to explain how it all works in equally stupid ways, further compounded by Bay’s typical disregard for logic and continuity:

  • Once Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) learns the truth about their lives, he goes to the apartment of Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johannson) so they can escape. She greets him at the door by saying, “How sweet! You came to see me off” (I’m paraphrasing some of that)… yet their next scene, moments later, she is surprised and exclaims that he isn’t allowed in the female tower (as it’s called). This might be able to be explained away by some contrived explanation, but… the two moments feel completely incongruous.
  • The massive underground facility the clones are kept in is maintained by presumably hundreds of normal human employees (including Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean, and Yvette Nicole Brown’s characters) — complete with a showroom for ultra-rich potential clients. Yet Lincoln and Jordan emerge from it into desert with nothing around. No helicopter landing pad, no parking lot… nothing. We even see a helicopter landing pad later in the film, yet it is again nowhere to be seen at the very end of the movie.
  • Pursued by mercenaries, Lincoln and Jordan end up in a train station. The mercenaries open fire, killing Steve Buscemi, and a panic ensues inside the station… yet Lincoln and Jordan run onto the train with oblivious workers and passengers milling around calmly — and it then proceeds to leave the station as if no one has just gotten murdered… and arrives some time later in Los Angeles, without incident.

Minor or not, the sheer number of them just keep piling up. sigh

Anyway.

This is the last of the Multiplex Movie Reviews I’ll be sharing here in the Deleted Scenes blog for the near future. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

Patreon patrons and Kickstarter backers will see more of these in their respective feeds come January — as well as the Multiplex: The Revenge bonus comics, of course. (There may even be a few movie review comics during the semester as time permits, but I can’t really promise anything. I’ve got A LOT of work to do for my thesis!)

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