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March 31, 2011

Notes from the Manager

To be continued… after I actually see Insidious! The film has been getting very, very positive reviews, all saying the film is a genuinely scary supernatural horror movie that doesn't rely on gore or cheap jump scares, so I'm actually a little curious.

Source Code is also out this weekend, and while I must admit the trailers look like a cool premise that could easily veer off into really bad sci-fi-romance territory, I have faith that Duncan Jones (the writer-director of the superb Moon) wouldn't take a script that predictably, generically bad. And again, early reviews have been really strong.

So yeah! It looks like — potentially — a really great weekend for fans of indie genre flicks. I'm going to try to see both of these this weekend, but we'll see. Are you looking forward to seeing either of these this weekend, neither of them, both of them, or something else entirely?


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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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