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#375: It’s Like I Don’t Know You Anymore

July 13, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #269: Old School, Part Two

The two posters behind Jason are semi-relevant to this strip (one a little bit more than the other). The predominantly black and white poster immediately left of him (Jason's right) is for It Might Get Loud, a documentary featuring Jimmy Page, Edge, and Jack White, jamming and talking about their craft and stuff. It's been at a few festivals, but will have a limited release this August.

The purple poster is for Soul Power and features a mustachioed James Brown. The film is of and about a music festival from 1974 in Zaire (coinciding with the famous match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman known as the Rumble in the Jungle), with a mix of American and African musicians, including James Brown, B. B. King, Bill Withers, the Crusaders, the Spinners, Miriam Makeba, among many others. (James Brown, B.B. King and the Spinners all played at the Regal in Chicago at some point, earlier in their careers; the Regal was demolished in 1973.) Here is its trailer:

Soul Power is out now in New York and LA, but it should be expanding around the US shortly.

Two other things worth mentioning:

1) This strip marks the debut of a few things drawn by one of my new assistants, Jarrett Quan; namely, some of the largely not-visible cars in the parking lot outside of the theater. Thanks, Jarrett! They look very good up close, too. You can see an enlarged view of panel 1 at TopWebComics and sort of see them (and Devi and James) embiggened for yourself.

2) There is a brand new interview with myself about Multiplex up over at Xcentriz. Go read it!

UPDATE: I've gotten a couple of questions about the capitalization of the world "Black" in panel 6, so I thought I would link to this post in the forum where I explain the rationale behind that.

UPDATE (7/14): Oh, I forgot — Multiplex turned four years old on July 10, making #375 more or less the fourth anniversary strip. (That also means I did roughly 120 strips in the past year — not bad for a "twice weekly" comic!)


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Multiplex Movie Review: The Island (2005)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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This is  not as accessible to people who haven’t seen the movie as I like these reviews to be, but if you’re not familiar with The Island or Never Let Me Go at all, the premises are that clones are raised and educated as “spare parts” — which is just plain absurd. (The idea that such a thing would be allowed by any reasonable society made the premise impossible for me to swallow, except as a very far-fetched Twilight Zone-style scenario. At least in The Island, it was secret and illegal.)

An absurd premise isn’t a deal-breaker, though, really. But The Island never lets you go past its implausible premise, because it is constantly trying to explain how it all works in equally stupid ways, further compounded by Bay’s typical disregard for logic and continuity:

  • Once Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) learns the truth about their lives, he goes to the apartment of Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johannson) so they can escape. She greets him at the door by saying, “How sweet! You came to see me off” (I’m paraphrasing some of that)… yet their next scene, moments later, she is surprised and exclaims that he isn’t allowed in the female tower (as it’s called). This might be able to be explained away by some contrived explanation, but… the two moments feel completely incongruous.
  • The massive underground facility the clones are kept in is maintained by presumably hundreds of normal human employees (including Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean, and Yvette Nicole Brown’s characters) — complete with a showroom for ultra-rich potential clients. Yet Lincoln and Jordan emerge from it into desert with nothing around. No helicopter landing pad, no parking lot… nothing. We even see a helicopter landing pad later in the film, yet it is again nowhere to be seen at the very end of the movie.
  • Pursued by mercenaries, Lincoln and Jordan end up in a train station. The mercenaries open fire, killing Steve Buscemi, and a panic ensues inside the station… yet Lincoln and Jordan run onto the train with oblivious workers and passengers milling around calmly — and it then proceeds to leave the station as if no one has just gotten murdered… and arrives some time later in Los Angeles, without incident.

Minor or not, the sheer number of them just keep piling up. sigh

Anyway.

This is the last of the Multiplex Movie Reviews I’ll be sharing here in the Deleted Scenes blog for the near future. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

Patreon patrons and Kickstarter backers will see more of these in their respective feeds come January — as well as the Multiplex: The Revenge bonus comics, of course. (There may even be a few movie review comics during the semester as time permits, but I can’t really promise anything. I’ve got A LOT of work to do for my thesis!)

EDIT: By the way, I wasn’t familiar with Parts: The Clonus Horror when I did this strip. (I don’t watch MST3K; I can’t bring myself to watch movies that shitty, even if there are incredibly funny motherfuckers talking over them.) But several people have told me about it since. These kinds of things are usually largely coincidental (or unintentional) — different people independently arrive at similar ideas all the time. $130 million movies generally don’t need to rip off obscure B-movie (or book, or comic book) plots when there are thousands of equally good ideas that they can legitimately use for less money than a settlement.

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