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#567: Do the Right Thing, Part Two

March 3, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #565: What Price Victory?; #566: Do the Right Thing, Part One

I have a feeling a lot of you aren't going to get the Talk to Her reference. Talk to Her is a 2002 film by the Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar, and it's a sublime film. Kiiinda disturbing in spots, but absolutely gorgeous. (Since we're still technically on Academy Awards night, I suppose it's relevant to mention the film earned Almodóvar a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, as well as a Best Director nomination.)

Hiccup is specifically referring to something in a black and white silent film within the film that you get a few glimpses of in the trailer. Even if you haven't seen the film, you might be able to figure it out from the trailer… heh

SEATTLEITES! I will be in your city this weekend for the 2011 Emerald City Comicon — as it says right over there in the left sidebar at the site under "Upcoming Events." Handy, huh? I'll be at table G-14 in Artist's Alley, as it says, so stop by and see me! I'll have books and a verrrry small handful of Michael Bay T-shirts, but I'll also be doing sketches and shaking hands and all the usual convention things.

Due to the con and some runnin' late, I'm afraid there will be an awesome guest strip up on Monday — I hope — but I'll be putting up my regular two updates on Wednesday and Friday instead.

SHIRTS ON SALE! I have a clearance sale on all of the T-shirts in my store at the moment. Copyright shirts have sold out (thank you!!), but the Workplace Romance, Popcorn and Breakfast Club are all $4.99 and even the über-popular Michael Bay is the Devil shirt is only $12.99.

There's a new T-shirt design up in the story — the Ozu's the Boss? T-shirt worn by Jason in Multiplex #555 is now available for PRE-ORDER at the bargain price of $14.99.

This is a much simpler design than the Michael Bay shirt, so we only need 12 orders by Thursday, March 10th, before I print them up (probably a 1–2 week turnaround) and ship 'em out. If you want 'em, order 'em — especially if you want a Ladies size or Men's 2XL or 3XL (and if you need a size not listed, just shoot me an e-mail and I can set that up for you), because I will not print many extras to keep on-hand. If we don't get the minimum 12 orders, all orders will be canceled and all payments refunded, 'cause the shirts won't get printed!


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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!)

EDIT: By the way, I wasn’t familiar with Parts: The Clonus Horror when I did this strip. (I don’t watch MST3K; I can’t bring myself to watch movies that shitty, even if there are incredibly funny motherfuckers talking over them.) But several people have told me about it since. These kinds of things are usually largely coincidental (or unintentional) — different people independently arrive at similar ideas all the time. $130 million movies generally don’t need to rip off obscure B-movie (or book, or comic book) plots when there are thousands of equally good ideas that they can legitimately use for less money than a settlement.

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