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Remake, Reboot, Recycle (spoiler version)

April 19, 2013

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #58: Familiarity Breeds Contentment

UPDATE (4/21): As explained in a comment over on the spoiler-free side, I hadn’t seen Oblivion when I first wrote this strip. Jason’s opinion was synthesized from a handful of reviews that all pretty much agreed about the film. (Multiplex is fiction, not a review comic.)

I saw the film tonight, and while I enjoyed it for the most part, it’s prettier than it is smart. The story does feel like entirely too much of a mash-up of WALL•E, Moon, The Matrix (and The Matrix: Revolutions), and 2001: A Space Odyssey, plus some smaller elements from other movies — Planet of the Apes, Solaris, Independence Day… I could go on, but it added up to a kind of frustrating experience.

Some corny scripting and thin characterization didn’t help, either, though the actors did their best, and director Joe Kosinski kept things fun to look at.


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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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