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24 Feb 17:31

20210131

by Lar

08 Feb 16:55

Air puff

by David M Willis
Sean Murphy

The comments are funny, kids talking about the air puff test. I'm a baby about anything touching my eye, don't get me wrong, but the air puff test is a million times easier than the Glaucoma test that it replaced! Anyone else old enough to remember a little device with a prod sticking out, and how hard it got pushed back into the device when *pressed against your cornea* read the pressure in your eye...

29 Jan 05:00

TENET

by Howard Tayler
Sean Murphy

This couple sound like me. I can be tedious to watch anything with for much the same reason.

TENET is one of those films like THE SIXTH SENSE in which any review of the film must dance around the fact that it’s very, very difficult to say much about it—especially in any sort of critical examination—without spoiling something.

So let me just say this before saying anything else: I enjoyed it.

I really liked the pacing. It seemed like they took a very fast-paced action thriller, then cut all the interstitial bits where things are explained and/or set up, expecting the audience to fill in the gaps. Everything on the screen was there for LOTS of reasons—no footage was wasted on stuff like “this is how we get from Kiev to Mumbai.” There were scenes which were confusing, and they worked (at least for me) because I could tell that I was supposed to be confused. My confusion was there to help me identify with the protagonist¹.

For that alone, I think the movie is an exemplary piece for people who want to work on the pacing in the stories they tell. If you’ve got a big chunk of worldbuilding to do, but don’t want to infodump, have a gander at what TENET does.

The rest of this review will be mildly spoilery.

Sandra and I sat down to watch it, and I asked if she’d seen trailers. She had not. So I told her that it was an action movie, and that the title was probably picked not for its meaning, but because it was a one-word palindrome.

About a third of the way in, Sandra predicted the entire last act, and she and I agreed that the central conceit of the film was “what if we take this thing we’ve learned to do with cameras and SFX, and write a whole story around it?”

By the final scenes, we were a bit disappointed, not because Sandra was right, but because there were opportunities for Nolan et. al. to surprise us despite Sandra having been right, and if they swung at any of those, they missed.²

At one point during a big battle, Sandra said “I am glad someone was tracking all of these moving parts with a spreadsheet, because that was probably fun for them, and it means at least one person got to enjoy knowing what’s going on here.”

(If you’re the lucky person who managed that spreadsheet, we’re actually a little jealous.)

TENET is something I’m glad we saw at home, not least because we could have actual food, and pauses for toilet breaks, but because we can watch it again and see if—err… hang on. Sandra has informed me that it will not be “we” watching it again.

TENET is something I’m glad I saw at home because I can watch it again and see if I can reverse engineer that spreadsheet. If you’re the sort of person who watched THE SIXTH SENSE a second time, just to see if you could find all the cues you missed on the first go-round, you might enjoy TENET in the same way.

¹ John David Washington did a brilliant job in the role of the protagonist, but as IMDB is my witness, he deserved to play a character with an actual name, rather than a chunk of meta.

² It can be kind of tedious to watch movies with me and Sandra when we’re at home. At one point late last year, our soon-to-be son-in-law Tyler turned to us and asked “HOW DO YOU DO THAT?” My explanation (“we’re storytellers who have been around for a while, and we’re not actually that good at these predictions”) did not enhance his enjoyment of whatever predictable thing we were watching.

16 May 13:12

20190311

by Lar

16 May 13:12

Cyanide & Happiness (Explosm.net)

Comic
16 May 12:26

Not Likely

by Paul Taylor

15 May 11:41

Comic: 03/11/2019

by Pete Abrams
A new comic has been posted at Sluggy.com!
14 May 14:25

Schlock Mercenary: March 11, 2019

by Howard Tayler

14 May 14:25

The Costume

by LindsayXian
14 May 14:24

Comic for March 10, 2019

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14 May 14:17

Bawling

by David M Willis

Tomorrow, at midnight, the Book 8 Kickstarter goes live!  Yay!  Stay awake for it!

14 May 13:34

Hide in plain sight

Comic for Sunday March 10th, 2019 - "Hide in plain sight" [ view ]

On this day in 1997, a lone desk is seen far below. Slowly it comes closer as the view pans around in circles over and over... [ view ]

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14 May 13:33

20190310

by Lar

14 May 13:20

FORE!

by David Willis

2019-03-10

Where hilarious Looney Tunes slapstick meets “actually intending to literally kick a person’s head off.”  Not saying Penny doesn’t deserve it, but…

You know, back in the redrawn “Year Zero” storyline, Head Alien highlights Walky’s disowning of any responsibility by ensnaring him in a mock game of golf.  I suppose this is things coming full circle.

10 May 13:29

Feel

by David M Willis
10 May 13:29

20190303

by Lar

22 Dec 05:09

Hope Never Withers – Part Twelve

by Brian

Beatrice is done.
22 Dec 05:09

Cyanide & Happiness (Explosm.net)

Comic
22 Dec 05:08

Comic: 2018-12-04

New Comic: 2018-12-04
22 Dec 05:07

Duely the Chihuahua, Poodle Mix

by DogPerDay

My dog’s name is Duely. He’s a Chihuahua Poodle mix. Duely is very possessive of his toys, and as you can see he loves the holidays. Submitted by Steven S.

 

The post Duely the Chihuahua, Poodle Mix appeared first on DogPerDay ~ Cute puppy pictures, dog photos, cute videos, holistic pet care.

22 Dec 05:06

Sunday Schedules

22 Dec 05:05

strip for December / 4 / 2018 - The 3 Fillipods Gruff (1/9)

22 Dec 05:05

Comic for December 04, 2018

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22 Dec 05:04

DNA sample

Comic for Tuesday December 4th, 2018 - "DNA sample" [ view ]

On this day in 1996, computer instructor Lindesfarne was visited by a sales representative for a software firm trying to bribe her... [ view ]

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22 Dec 05:04

Solve

by David M Willis
22 Dec 05:03

no such thing as bad publicity

by David Willis

2018-12-04

well don’t get brainwashed and try to blow up every continent, i guess, let that be a lesson to ya

22 Dec 05:03

20181204

by Lar

22 Dec 05:03

Comic: 12/04/2018

by Pete Abrams
A new comic has been posted at Sluggy.com!
22 Dec 05:02

Introvertebrate

by Nicholas Gurewitch

The post Introvertebrate appeared first on The Perry Bible Fellowship.

22 Dec 05:01

Oh, It's Her

Oh hi