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April 30, 2005

CSI Files breaks the case!!

CSI Files has a write-up on the season finale of CSI, directed and written by Quentin Tarantino. It is a plot summary, so don't be surprised if you know who-dunnit after reading it.

Thanks to Christian at CSIFiles for the heads-up.

Posted by sferrell at 12:15 PM | Comments (1)

April 25, 2005

Pocket Judge!

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At long last, someone on the Supreme Court who believes in what I believe in!! Pocket Judge(TM) is the only way to make sure my special interests get rammed down YOUR throats. I'm getting one... heck! I'll get two!!

Posted by sferrell at 4:21 PM

April 21, 2005

What an Author Intends

This is an interesting article about the reworking of James Agee's novel, "A Death in the Family." A University of Tennessee professor is re-editing the novel based upon the original notes and handwritten manuscript. The edition published in 1957(which won the Pulitzer in '58) was the editorial vision of an editor who was trying to help out Agee's widow and family. Would Agee's book resemble the one to come out in 2007, or the 1958 version? Probably neither, but we'll never know. It raises interesting questions about authorship, intention and editorial input.

CNN.com - The high school book that's wrong - Apr 21, 2005

Posted by sferrell at 1:33 PM

April 18, 2005

Marvel Comics: The Invincible Iron Man #1 - 3

iron 1-3.jpgIron Man's latest incarnation (volume 4 by my count) is a gorgeous piece of work. Warren Ellis (writer) and Adi Granov (artist) have created a seemingly "realistic" interpretation of Tony Stark and Co., it's almost like reading about the hero as if he doesn't also appear in other Marvel books (New Avengers, Young Avengers, etc...).

The story so far has been a great terrorist/libertarian post-Gulf War tale which has reintroduced us to both Tony Stark and the state of the current political climate. IIM is the most politically current book I've been reading lately. Tony Stark (now a victim of an accident in the first Gulf War) is dealing with guilt from his weapons designer days, a past when he was more interested in "can I do it" than "should I do it?". Now that he spends his days trying to hide the fact that he's still functioning as Iron Man he's also having to lie to friends and colleagues, and spin tales about why he needs his "favorite car" flown all over the US in a big crate. Faced with the so current "super-soldier" serum problem (steroids anyone?) he's facing off against an enemy who could be anyone, a disgruntled US citizen, hidden in plain sight (I guess concerns about undercover threats is never out of style, is it?).

On top of the sharp writing are some of the most nicely rendered images imaginable. Similar to the current Daredevil look, just not nearly as gritty, the attempt to make this book look "real" adds a lot of depth. It's so nice to look at, even when what you're looking at isn't all that nice (issue #3's battle on a highway had me actually thinking about "how many drivers got hurt!?"). Superb. And, the fact that Tony now looks a lot like Tom Cruise adds to a realistic, almost film-like quality.

Halfway through its first 6-parter, this book is off to a great start. I only hope that Ellis and Granov both stay on the team past this first six issue run.

(Highly recommended)

(review by Sean Ferrell)

Posted by sferrell at 8:49 PM

April 17, 2005

How me talk?

Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English
20% Yankee
15% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Posted by sferrell at 5:26 PM

review: "Detective Comics #805"

detective 805.jpgThis book has now taken a very dark, very interesting turn. Slow to build, this 12-part story is finally hitting it's stride. While I'm not too sure about how DC is using it's Batman villians right now (Mr. Freeze has played a role in practically every book right now, creating a bit of confusion in the "when" of the stories, and a bit of confusion about which books you're following), there's no question that the mystery of who we're facing now is the energy of this series. Now that Batman has had villians melt in his hands, where to go for the next clue (and does Robin realize that the sample Batman gave his was a person-yuck!).

Right now this and "Batman" are the only two Bat-titles I'd recommend. If you can only go with one, go with "Batman". If you can get two, get this as well.

(Recommended)

(review by Sean Ferrell)

Posted by sferrell at 11:13 AM

April 11, 2005

trailer: Night Watch

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Check out the Night Watch trailer.

From Numbmonkey's roving reporter M.F.:

Evidently it's based on a very popular set of Russian sci-fi novels by Sergei Lukyanenko. The movie adaptation was cowritten by Sergei and it's the highest grossing film in Russia ever (grossed more than Spiderman 2 which was big). But to put that in perspective, the first Night Watch film cost $4 million to make and grossed $15 million in Russia. Sounds small, but I guess that's HUGE in Russia. Anyway, Sony bought the distribution rights after seeing it at a film festival and has poured a lot of money into it. They've recut the film for international audiences, and hired an American screenwriter (the guy who wrote Alexander) to write the subtitles (not a direct translation). Sony has also boosted the budget for the next two films. From what I read online, the subtitles are pretty amazing the way they've actually made them part of the film experience. They must have made them very stylized.

All in all it sounds very interesting. When I was reading up on it I stumbled upon a few forums where Russian users were posting lots of "Russia cinema is real cinema, and american cinema is crap" kind of stuff. Pretty funny.

Posted by sferrell at 11:12 AM

April 6, 2005

Bay to direct "Transformers"

According to this article Michael Bay may direct the "Transformers."

Posted by sferrell at 1:32 PM