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#907: Circle Jerk

April 25, 2014

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #904: The Manager Who Laughs

Ask your parents what a circle jerk is, if you don’t know. :)

It has nothing to do with anything in this strip, but the poster (for the current “Modern Classics Film Series” movie) is for Animal Kingdom, a 2010 Australian crime film by David Michôd that earned a Best Actress nomination for Jacki Weaver’s utterly chilling performance. This is one of Jason’s choices, though I’m sure Kurt would think it’s great, too. (Or maybe it’s a little slow for his taste.)

Anyway, Jason would have picked it, because Michôd’s new film, The Rover, is out next month, and it looks spectacular — a point he’d no doubt make when introducing the movie. Check out the trailer if you haven’t. It’s one of my top five most anticipated movies of the summer.


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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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