September 25th, 2004


Country-Style Extra Pulp

Neal's house was taken over for Cara's wedding shower this afternoon, so while Jerry was off at work, I went to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with him.

It was good! I liked it a lot. I've heard that some critics didn't like the plot much, but I thought it was great. I mean, it's nothing deep or terribly unexpected (though neither is it totally predictable), but it's a nice little adventure plot, and it's very true to its source material.

It is a very pulpy movie. We're talking country-style extra pulp with added calcium.

The visuals all worked really well; it wasn't anything earth-shattering, but I will bet that it ends up in a film textbook at some point for being the first all-bluescreen big movie. There were a lot of moments that looked a lot like a painting, except everything was in 3-D and moving. And the sepia-tone/blurry stuff fit in very well with the mood when they used it. Pretty pretty pretty.

Dex (Giovanni Ribisi's character) is my new hero.

I want a hover-truck and a ray gun.

Afterwards, we grabbed some pho and talked about web design stuff for Cognoscenti (a larp I play). In my copious free time, I'm going to see if I can help out adding some more features. He showed me how it works, and I sorta feel like I had a mini crash-cource in SQL and php, and that I could almost do website development things now (at least, if I had other people's code to crib from). SO we'll see.