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#421: Back in Black

December 7, 2009

Notes from the Manager

The remake's trailer can be found at Yahoo! Movies. The original trailer is online over at Apple. You'll notice that they hit the same major story points in the same order, even — although there are a few minor differences.

I don't think there's anything wrong with making a "black people version" of Death at a Funeral; I just think it's sort of odd that Hollywood would spend however many tens of millions of dollars to remake a movie that they could have just marketed better and distributed wider in its original release. Especially if they apparently weren't going to change all that much. (The original only cost $9 million to make!) 

It's also really strange that Neil LaBute directed the remake.

But… All that said, it's still pretty funny, and it's a really strong cast. A lot of people dismiss remakes out of hand, which I think is a bit too absolute. Some remakes are better than the original (well, The Departed is), and plays are produced numerous of times; so why not films?

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Thank you very much for the outpouring of kind words since last Friday. It meant a lot to me, and I’m happy to say that I have great news: things may not be quite so bleak as I thought last week.

For some background, since I haven’t shared much of this publicly, my cat Punk very nearly died in September from a urinary tract infection. A slew of medicines turned things around after a rough couple of weeks, and he had two great weeks but then relapsed. As it turned out, the strain of infection he had was resistant to the antibiotics he was on, so he had to go on some new meds.

Because he wasn’t back at 100% (as close to 100% as an 18 year old cat with three chronic diseases gets, anyway), the recovery this time was very, very hard on him. Punk had to be taken to the emergency room last Wednesday evening, then he wasn’t handling the pain medication they prescribed very well — or eating, except when I would spoon feed him baby food — so I was… in a very bad headspace last week.

With non-stop attention and some tweaks to his medication dosages, he began improving steadily on Friday evening, started to eat on his own and seek out my company on Saturday, and he even meowed for the first time in two weeks on Sunday.

If this keeps up, this will be the third time he’s cheated death (last month, and a bout with pancreatitis a couple of years ago), but I’m still nervous about him relapsing yet again. There’s also the very real possibility that there is something else going on behind all his recent troubles…

But… he’s a tough little guy, and he’s had a great couple of days,which is very encouraging. He has even managed to get back to work on the strip with me (pictured above!), and we’ll hopefully be able to keep at it.

The Multiplex update schedule may be a little erratic for the next couple of months. If that happens, hopefully it will be because I need more time to finish my MFA thesis, not another downturn in Punk’s health. Either way, thank you for reading, and thank you for all your support — financial, emotional, and… egotistical?

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