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October 29th, 2014
11:35 pm

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Happy Halloween!

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October 22nd, 2014
12:13 am

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Small update this week.

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October 21st, 2014
12:21 am

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the saw is family
Tonight's movie: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - the original, which I believe I've never seen before. Yes, honestly. Only seems familiar because of the amount of clips and reuse and homage and allusions and outright knockoffs I've seen over the years. Really liked the soundtrack: very grinding and atonal and industrial in many spots. Should listen to the music again.

Note for future: movie is set August 18, 1973.

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October 15th, 2014
11:55 pm

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Light update. Lots of spooky this October.

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October 13th, 2014
04:58 pm

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Three jackets at tailor's
I'm hard on clothes. I'm particularly hard on jackets because I carry things in the pockets. I don't need a tailor, I need an armorer. Anyone have Q's [1] contact information? [2]
[1] James Bond's Q, not the Squire of Gothos.
[2] Never mind: Q's probably like kibo. If they're real and have time they'll find me.

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October 8th, 2014
06:13 pm

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Light update this week.
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October 1st, 2014
03:45 pm

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Haven't posted here in almost precisely a month. I blame myself. I'd blame Bungie for Destiny, but I chose to play Destiny. Also, not certain anyone still benefits from this list. Regardless, onward.
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September 5th, 2014
01:33 pm

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Burke and Hare and A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Burke and Hare is a black comedy wherein Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as two people who a) stumble into supplying human corpses to medical doctors, then to manufacturing corpses when the doctors need more than the pair can gather. Serkis's Hare and Mrs. Hare are arguably at least as horrible people as the tavern-owning foster parents in Les Miserables, Pegg's Burke is forced by circumstance and other motives for his money. A really impressive cast including Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry as scientists who are mad, but mostly at each other and as professional and personal rivals.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything is Simon Pegg in the modern day as a children's book writer who has spent months researching Victorian murderers for a true crime book for an adult audience, and begins to see his real world populated with ominous portents and evil omens. It was surprisingly flat, a bit dull, and slow - we would have liked it better if it had been a funnier comedy, or a scarier horror movie. Allusions to so many horror and also 1980s films throughout: Psycho, The Terminator, Manhunter (2 references that I noticed), Misery [1].

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September 3rd, 2014
05:30 pm

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August 29th, 2014
06:04 pm

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[film] The November Man
I read the entire November Man espionage novel sequence while they were coming out and was pleased to see a film adaptation of There Are No Spies, the seventh, was happening. I am less pleased at the resulting film.

It's both mediocre and almost unrecognizable as the characters from the novels. For example, I don't remember Hanley as being a tough military type who served with Devereaux in some unspecified combat. I remember the character as being a quintessential government bureaucrat. Perhaps my memory is wrong. Bill Smitrovich plays Hanley the way Ernest Borgnine would have if Borgnine had been handed this script in the 1980s.

I simply do not buy the big reveal plot twist of the movie as being in character, even remotely, for the characters from the novels.

No mention of R Section (in the novels, the characters work for a "who will watch the watchers?"-motivated spy agency intended to monitor and factcheck CIA and the rest of the US intelligence community, much tension from inter-service rivalry), in the movie everyone is simply CIA.

Tradecraft as regards suspension of disbelief is terrible for me - the HELL is the CIA going to get away with flying drones in modern Moscow tracking a car to a meet. By drone I mean large Parrot AR drone 4' feet across flying through downtown Moscow tailing cars at only a few stories height.

Also, the backstory for the November Man name has no resemblance to the reason from the books - in the movie Hanley tells Devereaux "you know what we called you in the office? The November Man, because after you passed through, nothing lived. "

With the update to modern day (not in and of itself a problem), the unrecognizable characters, the missing significant characters, and so on, they might as well have made the identical mediocre movie without connecting it to the novel. It's not recognizable to me as being related.

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