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#625: The Original Uncut Version

September 15, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #624: Plot Is Overrated

Bronson — which clocks in at 92 minutes (but obviously  that's not what Jason was talking about) — is indeed on Netflix Streaming (at least in the US), and it's a flawed film on the whole, I think — a bit too much narration and a bit too theatrical in spots, for my taste, anyway — but Tom Hardy's performance is pretty amazing in it. Those of you who are interested in seeing how he'll turn out as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises should check both it and Warrior out.

We'll see what Kurt and Jason want to talk with Franklin about on Monday (it's not a surprise: it's about the zombie movie they're making).

What are you planning on seeing this weekend? Me, I've been dying to see Drive (which is from Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn) and Attack the Block, which has been out for a while (in limited release), but I haven't had time to check it out yet.


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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:

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