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WARNING: Vague and minor spoilers for Insidious are discussed.

#576: Insidiolicious, Part One

April 4, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #575: A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose

A note about Angie's line: this strip continues from last week's Thursday comic, when they saw Insidious after close — so the events of this strip take place technically on Friday, April 1st.

EDIT: Since someone asked, Angie's boyfriend's Duncan first appeared in #418.

I managed to get both Insidious and Source Code in this weekend, as I'd hoped. I'll try to put up a view of each over at Deleted Scenes (T/Th), and I'm aiming for three updates this week (M/W/F), so check back soon and check back often!

Short version is, I liked both of them quite a bit:

Insidious was a particularly pleasant surprise, because I felt it lived up to its early reviews: it's a very good (if not spectacular) horror film that doesn't really break the mold, but manages to entertain throughout. There's a turn in the third act that will lose a lot of people (judging from other reviews and my friend Shanin's reaction), but I wasn't one of them.

Source Code was pretty much everything you'd expect it to be from the trailer, but one twist at the end seemed a little silly and extraneous to me. I'm still kind of turning it over in my head, but ultimately, I don't really care that much about it. The meat of the movie was smart, engaging, and a whole lot of fun.

What'd you see, and what'd you think?


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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

Leonard_Nimoy

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