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#785: Doubling Down on a Losing Bet

March 4, 2013

Notes from the Manager

If at first you don’t succeed… try, try, try, try, try again?

Sometimes I have to wonder how some people keep getting work. Superman Returns broke even at best and cost $270 million. Valkyrie broke even at best, with “only” a $75 million production budget. Unless the overseas box office is ridiculously good, the $200 million Jack the Giant Slayer is going to be a massive bomb. Bryan Singer has made some pretty good movies, but at what point does Hollywood say, “Hey, maybe this isn’t the guy we should be giving the reins to a $200-million-plus movie…?” (Personally, I think his strength is with character, not action, and he should step back and make some low-budget stuff again. As much as I love X-Men 2, the action scenes aren’t exactly great.) 

I asked this question on Facebook last night and it generated a fun conversation:

What are the unforgivably shittiest, terrible movies ever made by undeniably great directors? Key words: “by great directors,” so no saying anything by Robert Rodriguez or Clint Eastwood (even though he’s made a few great movies, I don’t think he brings much to the movies as a director, as much as he occasionally produces films that are great because of their scripts and actors).

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Thank you very much for the outpouring of kind words since last Friday. It meant a lot to me, and I’m happy to say that I have great news: things may not be quite so bleak as I thought last week.

For some background, since I haven’t shared much of this publicly, my cat Punk very nearly died in September from a urinary tract infection. A slew of medicines turned things around after a rough couple of weeks, and he had two great weeks but then relapsed. As it turned out, the strain of infection he had was resistant to the antibiotics he was on, so he had to go on some new meds.

Because he wasn’t back at 100% (as close to 100% as an 18 year old cat with three chronic diseases gets, anyway), the recovery this time was very, very hard on him. Punk had to be taken to the emergency room last Wednesday evening, then he wasn’t handling the pain medication they prescribed very well — or eating, except when I would spoon feed him baby food — so I was… in a very bad headspace last week.

With non-stop attention and some tweaks to his medication dosages, he began improving steadily on Friday evening, started to eat on his own and seek out my company on Saturday, and he even meowed for the first time in two weeks on Sunday.

If this keeps up, this will be the third time he’s cheated death (last month, and a bout with pancreatitis a couple of years ago), but I’m still nervous about him relapsing yet again. There’s also the very real possibility that there is something else going on behind all his recent troubles…

But… he’s a tough little guy, and he’s had a great couple of days,which is very encouraging. He has even managed to get back to work on the strip with me (pictured above!), and we’ll hopefully be able to keep at it.

The Multiplex update schedule may be a little erratic for the next couple of months. If that happens, hopefully it will be because I need more time to finish my MFA thesis, not another downturn in Punk’s health. Either way, thank you for reading, and thank you for all your support — financial, emotional, and… egotistical?

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