November 05, 2013

47 Ronin

I just watched a trailer for a movie that's coming out for Christmas, "47 Ronin". It's serious vandalism that approaches sacrilege.

It stars Keanu Reeve, for one thing. According to this, he's playing a haafu. Obviously there wasn't any such person in the real event. (This happened during the Shogunate, when only samurai were permitted to have weapons. No half-breed would have been considered samurai, except for the descendants of William Adams. And no samurai would have knowingly accepted a non-samurai as a fighting companion.)

They also loaded it up with magic and mystical beasts like dragons. The special effects look really good, but. But.

The actual genuine legend on which the film is loosely based doesn't need all that junk. And it doesn't include any token gaijin. About 300 years ago, a daimyo assaulted a court official, and was ordered to commit seppuku. That left his retainers as ronin. 47 of them spent 2 years planning revenge, killed the court official, and then they all in turn committed seppuku in front of their master's grave.

The story is romantic because of the dedication of the 47 to their duty and to their master, and it's been adapted to all kinds of entertainment countless times. Plus the fact that this was a real event.

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October 20, 2013

Today's mysterious katakana

クリミナルガールズ プロモーションムービー

Kuriminarugāruzu puromōshonmūbī

By the way, I'm not sure I even want to know what this game is about.

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October 17, 2013

Words of wisdom

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October 03, 2013

Now we're cooking!

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September 11, 2013

Monty Python

This is truly awesome. Someone cut a modern-style trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail and made it seem like a straight Hollywood thriller with no comedy.

One thing I find amazing is that tools to do this kind of editing have become so cheap and widespread that someone with this kind of talent can do something like this, sitting at his home computer.

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August 16, 2013

TV Recappers

We made the WSJ!

...sort of...

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August 07, 2013

Ye Gods

Did you know that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is actually about the struggle of girls against the patriarchy?

Good Lord.

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August 06, 2013

Sand

I just figured something out about the "Sand" story they're currently telling in Penny Arcade.

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June 21, 2013

Pixar

Is Pixar bleeding talent?

I just read that their three most recent films don't have the old magic. Two of them were sequels (or prequels) and two of them flopped. When Disney bought the place, I wondered if it was the end of the miracle machine. And now it seems it is.

Lasseter seems to have his mind on other things. And based on his CV, it looks like Brad Bird no longer works there. (Which would be a huge loss; Bird was responsible for The Incredibles and Ratatouille.)

When you acquire a place like that, there are material assets (i.e. the software, the rendering farm, the library of releases) which have value, but looking forward the primary value is the talent. But that can easily be a wasting asset if you handle it wrong. It doesn't take too much to set off a stampede for the door, and then the talent is gone.

Did that happen, (partially or fully)?

UPDATE: Speaking of that, seems like the same thing happened when Disney acquired Henson. The magic is gone there, too.

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June 03, 2013

Game of Thrones

I don't own a TV. From that we can deduce that I don't watch TV. And therefore I don't watch Game of Thrones.

I'm not likely to, either. But I'm a bit curious. Apparently last night's episode had a shocking event in it. What happened?

All I know is that the phrase "red wedding" is involved, somehow. (It was the title on a YouTube which showed people's shocked reaction to watching the event.)

(Note: the answer to my question is bound to be a spoiler. Please use spoiler tags.)

Ace won't say what happened, but he says it was handled badly in the show, shortchanged. "It was better in the book."

Dork Tower was about it, today.

UPDATE: Oh, and before anyone asks: Anime isn't TV. Anime is life. Anime doesn't count.

UPDATE: Wildassed guess:

If that's it, Dallas already did that.

UPDATE: I found this on Wikipedia:

So I guess you had to be there, as they say. It would probably be more affecting if I knew the characters and was invested in the show.

UPDATE: Pixy, formatting problem: I used to have a "quote" inside the "spoiler" tag, and it displayed in clear. I rearranged it with the "spoiler" inside the "quote" and now it's hidden.

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