Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #589: Dream Come True
Thanks again to TJ Tague for Wednesday's guest strip! I'll get it onto the Guest Strips page as soon as I can.
Fans of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies will probably recognize panel 10 as being a reference to a scene in Nightmare on Elm Street 3, but I don't think you really need to know that to follow what's going on. I mean, seriously, you've all figured out by now that if there isn't a panel border, it's not real, right? (If the girl in bed with Jason changing every panel wasn't enough of a hint there.)
I like to think that Jason and Kurt actually did act out the bit in panels 4 and 5 to scare the Blogger, though, and that it wasn't only Jason's dream (within a dream).
I'll be reminding you (many times, probably) in the near future, but Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show will be listed in Diamond Comics' June PREVIEWS catalog (for sale in August). Its order code is JUN110987. Especially for those of you who live overseas, where the cost to ship the book often exceeds the cost of the book itself, this will your best chance to get the book! Have your local comics shop (which almost undoubtedly has an account with Diamond) order the book for you along with their regular order!
Send them over to http://www.multiplexcomic.com/enjoyyourshow if they want to learn more about the book, or read some clips from the many positive reviews the book has gotten since it was first published! The better the book sells through Diamond, the more likely they will carry Book 2 — which will also have some impact on whether Book 2 arrives sooner, rather than later… or (gulp) not at all.
Back to the subject of the strip, though: Have we got any other Nightmare on Elm Street fans out there? I like 1, 3, 4, and 5, despite all of their flaws — and 3 is actually my favorite. 2 and 6 were garbage, though, and I never saw any of the others. What I loved about 3 and 4 is the idea that Freddy actually has opponents who could sort of… but never really seem to… actually challenge him in a meaningful way. Those films don't really explore that idea as much as I would have liked, but they're still fun films. (I'd love the chance to write a Nightmare on Elm Street comic, now that I think about it… Somebody make that happen.)
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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
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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