Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

District 9

Well I finally saw it. Not all that bad. I don't think I'll be going giving it a gold star or anything. While I am glad of a Science fiction that is not just an action film with accessories I need them to do more a film not following formulae.

Anyway as it as been said many a time it's essentially using aliens in Johannesburg as a metaphor for apartheid and I suppose refugee camps as well. As the film starts with a nearly identical premise to Alien Nation only they take it from the South African Perspective, which means put all of the alien refugees into a camp, that quickly turns into a slum.

They explain away why culture stays mostly unchanged is that one all of the technology that the aliens have only work with their DNA, and two all but two of the Aliens we encounter seem to be a marginally sentient drone caste. Based on this you wonder how the heck they got so much tech (that wasn't working) down off the ship.

Anyway it does the usual things about corporate greed and man's inhumanity. It occurs to me that a nice clean professional laboratory in the right context would be far more terrifying than the borderline abattoir they drag the protagonist too once he gets infected by the "prawn" dna.

So anyway for a dramatization to our first exposure to an alien species (technically two species as there are these scorpion creatures that the "Prawns" use in cock fights) It's pretty well done, and uses the documentary format very well.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Can I Haggle

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The shock jock rant that Kate is complaining about came from Tom Leykis. I heard it back when I had a ten hour delivery job and I was listening to a LOT of talk radio. In my defense this was before he decided brain dead ex fratboys were his only target audience.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Do you hear a Chewing Sound?

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A brief tip of the hat to the Kite eating tree. Charles Schulz we hardly knew ye.

Friday, September 11, 2009

You Don't Need My Flowers

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For a while I couldn't decide what Nancy and Paul would be singing when they were forced up to the stage. I ended up mangling Streisand.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Two Really Long Weeks

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I had the Department Of Minor Nuisances mess with the time stream in order to get as much bang for their buck in catching up with their paperwork, but I don't think I ever figured out how long they were gone in real time. For a while I had been saying a month... But two weeks is funnier.

Monday, September 7, 2009

So Why DIdn't You Call Me?

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Sometimes the problem of real time versus comic time sneak up to you. The way the story was going it almost caught me by surprise when I realized that, not counting the Halloween party, Paul and Nancy hadn't talked for a year after "the development in their relationship"

Friday, September 4, 2009

Dragon Banner

Just finished a paying gig. It's the banner for a Lawyer's blog on business relations with China. The title of the blog is China Branding Blog. The original concept was to have a red chinese dragon on one side and a green western dragon on the other. Unfortunatly, while I had a good execution of that one, it really didn't work. While the western dragon shows up in heraldry and everything, it's not the cultural icon that the chinese dragon is. Anyway we finally went with the Chinese dragon and replaced the other dragon with a panda. It came out pretty nice though the final version had to be radically reformatted for the final version. Anyway I'm still using this previous version for the Portfolio. Hope you all like it.

She's a Warmin' Up T'ye

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Bleach Look

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In just about anything outside of his area of expertise, Brian is quite clueless.