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#251: It’s Not Even Worth It

June 30, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #185: Considering the Source; #217: Live and Learn, Part One; #218: Live and Learn, Part Two; #223: Gaybait and Switch; #236: You Took the Word Out of My Mouth; #247: What Have I Done?

WALL•E was absolutely brilliant, and Wanted was really fun, too. It was a good weekend for nerd movies. Listen in as Joe, Tom and myself chat it up about the two big box office winners this weekend on The Triple Feature, tonight at 9:00pm Central!

UPDATE (7/1): I am now a pundit. Kwanzoo's Steve Anderson (also of The Anderson Files and Reel Advice) has just posted an article called (and about) "The Death of Cinema: I Am Not Alone Here," with sound bites from yours truly and fellow Triple Feature host Joe Dunn (of Joe Loves Crappy Movies, natch).

Joe missed the Triple Feature last night, but Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper) and I sounded off — spoiler-free — about WALL•E, Wanted, and Wizard World Chicago in a special, sorta-short episode. Check her out by clicking on the "Listen to the Triple Feature" button over in the sidebar!

Next week, we'll only have Hancock to talk about, so we'll probably get back into WALL•E and Wanted (with spoilers) again. WALL•E, of course, was absolutely fantastic.


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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

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