Notes from the Manager
For the record, I did think the plot of Eagle Eye was too proposterous and too derivative to really enjoy the movie (and I'm not the only one), but my issue with the film is entirely with the script. If you don't mind for your action movies to make absolutely no sense at all, it is well-acted and well-directed; you might dig it.
I'll leave it at that — spoiler-free — for here, but if you tune into The Triple Feature episode #92 tonight — or download the podcast later this week — I'm sure we'll get into spoiler territory. (You can also subscribe via iTunes and never miss an episode.) As always, Theater Hopper's Tom Brazelton, Joe Loves Crappy Movies's Joe Dunn and myself will be discussing a few of the week's new releases: this week being Eagle Eye, Choke, and possibly something else.
We'll also be answering some questions, if you have any. E-mail us at email@example.com with your questions about movies, our comics, or whatever, and we'll pick the most interesting ones.
Jason's description of the chase scene in question is as accurate as I could manage from my notes. Although I don't seriously think that geographic accuracy is a very strong reason to criticize a pulpy action movie, I did get more than a few laughs out of the complete lack of any attempt to keep things true to the real-life Chicago. The Wilson L station and one of the intersections named in the chase — Sheridan and Granville — are a short ride down the Red Line from where Jason grew up (in Rogers Park), so it makes sense that he would immediately notice the disparities. You can see a bit of this chase scene over at Trailer Addict.
You can also see the trailer for the documentary Man on Wire — the poster behind Kurt in the last few panels — here:
Putting the poster back there was really more of an in-joke with myself than anything else, but familiarity with the movie — which is about a man who walked between the two World Trade Center towers on August 7, 1974 — may add a very tiny extra dimension to the title.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Ten years ago this month (on July 10th, 2005, to be specific), I posted two shitty looking comics to a corner of the Stripped Books website. At that point, I had no idea what I was in for: it was a gag strip that would quickly transform into a character-based comedy where people talk about movies — not just superficially about specific movies, but about how people watch and talk about movies of all kinds. The art got a little better, too.
The Multiplex characters took on a life of their own and ultimately turned this comic into an eleven- or twelve-year “epic” about the movie theater industry in one of the most interesting periods in its hundred-year history (and also this one jerk who kinda sorta becomes a slightly better person maybe if you squint your eyes and cock your head to the side a little).
Multiplex’s readership grew quickly in those first few years, thanks in very large part to a pair of guest strips on PvP and some well-placed Project Wonderful ad campaigns (thanks, Something Positive and Shortpacked!), and in the years since it has since retained a small but passionate readership that has supported me time and time again: the Patreon project of course, as well as two successful Kickstarter projects to fund two books I’m very proud of.*
Thank you for allowing me to tell this story.
Thank you for reading.
* Speaking of Kickstarter projects, there will be an announcement about Multiplex: Book Three… very soon.
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