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#591: Blood Thirst

May 23, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #590: Freddy vs. Jason

want to do three updates this week, since I've got the rest of Book 5 mapped out, and it's pretty time-sensitive — but I'm not sure how things are going to go this week with my current freelance gig, and so I'm not sure if I'll have time… To be perfectly frank, I'm not sure I'll be able to get Thursday's strip on time, if I'm working as many hours as I've been over the last few days.

Keep your eyes peeled, I guess? Or, y'know, follow @multiplex10 (or @gmcalpin) on Twitter, "Like" Multiplex on Facebook, or subscribe to the Multiplex RSS feed, or one of the many, many ways to keep up to date with websites in the 21st century.

There is a new T-shirt design available for PRE-ORDER in the Multiplex Store: Rhyme Banditswhich is (obviously) a play on the Time Bandits logo. This was on the short Whitey wore in the last couple of strips, except that I never actually showed the logo. (Someone's head was in the way in #590, and his back was turned in #589.) It just kind of worked out that way.

Anyway, I liked the idea and posted it on Facebook, and a few people suggested I actually make it a shirt, so… if 15 of you pre-order the design, I will print these up on royal blue shirts. If not enough people order, I'll refund everybody's money and be sad. (As always, I highly recommend anyone who wants Ladies shirts, or Men's 2XL or 3XL shirts to pre-order, because I simply don't sell enough of those designs to merit keeping them on-hand. I am, sorry to say, not Topatoco.)

So, since Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides relates to this week's comics, I should ask — did any of you see it? (I was either sleeping, working on the strip, or stuck in an office all weekend, so… I didn't get to.) Was it a fun throwback to the original film, or a tedious, convoluted attempt to capture lightning in a bottle yet another time?


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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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