Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This is a very Southern California "indie" film and nicely done, a fairly mellow film that leads to a really good moment (if not a classic 'climax'). It doesn't have anywhere near the sheer quantity of action or emotion that define contemporary American movies, but it does have an interesting story, decent acting, zero special effects, and a handful of ideas. It did leave me with the feeling that things don't have to be 'great' all the time. It seems that in this superlative-infested era if something is not deemed 'great' it's therefore shit. One thing I liked about this movie is that it was just good and that's okay.
You can't really talk much about the details of the movie without wandering into spoiler territory. Spoilers follow here.
The main guy's transition from investigator to believer was not really believable and I'm not sure it was necessary, but the writers felt it was. The ambivalent ending is rare in that you think you can have it both ways - yes, she's a criminal gang leader and yes, she's from the future. Yes, they're training a cadre of true believers to use in some big score and yes, they're preparing them for the coming civil war. Of course, as the movie says early on, "no one's from the future". They have some sophisticated spying capabilities which explains everything, except why Klaus is not wanted by the Feds but Maggie is.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Thought two. It seems that child sexual abuse is the sewer towards which all modern American drama flows.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said: 'one CAN'T believe impossible things.'
'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why,
sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Through the looking glass
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Friday, May 04, 2012
I decided to publish Humanoid Central on KDP Select, meaning it won't be available through Smashwords or Feedbooks for free until August 4th. This is just an experiment, for the heck of it. It's not like the world is clamoring for any more of my little books for free anyway. Heck, it's only 99 cents if you can't wait - but it's free this weekend on Kindle (KDP Select Promotion Days)
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Welcome to The Humanoid Central Team Building Scientific Experiment. Whether you are human, android or hologram, and whether in fact you know what exactly you are, your help is needed. The fate of a fictional future is at stake!
Assumed: You have read the story 'Humanoid Central' and are prepared to participate in determining how it should end. Please answer the two poll questions below
Is Merry's intuition about the ear correct or incorrect?
What happens next?
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Online I've found some rather extensive and friendly reviews on helium.com, here and here.