Notes from the Manager
So the Brandon Routh story here is four years old, but it's one of the things that first drove me nuts about movie news sites and inspired me to make Movie Make-out a (short-lived) reality. The gist: Latino Review “broke” the story that Brandon Routh was out as Superman from whatever the next Superman movie was going to be.
Obviously, that came to pass, but it was bullshit at the time, and circumstances changing after the fact do not, in fact, turn bullshit into gold. The trouble is, the rumor-mongers who cast out about a thousand unsourced (or anonymously sourced) “scoops” without confirming them rely on the perception that if they’re the first one to say something and it actually happens, that makes it retroactively appear to be true. It gives them credibility. It gets them readers. Which gets them ad revenue.
What this same sad, rumor-mongering excuse for a movie news site is saying about Harrison Ford and Episode VII today is that “the deal is done” for him to be in Episode VII. USA Today is parroting it. All the news sites are parroting it. Because it’s linkbait gold. But I’m calling bullshit. Maybe Ford is in talks; I’d be surprised if he wasn’t, if Solo is in Michael Arndt’s already-written outline for the film. But is the deal “done”? I’m not buying it. Not from that website.
UPDATE (2/20): Confirmed false by Mark Hamill: “I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts.”
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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
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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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