Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

That is November 5th, 1605 to be precise.

In honor of Guy Fawkes night, and The Gunpowder Treason, I thought we would have a bit of V for Vendetta.

The first stanza, most people know…

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

The rest can be found at this link.


“We’ve seen this bad fucking movie so many times —”

I confess, I am mesmerized by slow-motion train-wreck now taking place in Hollywood. ‘Sons Of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter Weighs In On Harvey Weinstein Scandal’

As for how the movie will play out…

Act 1: The quick mea culpa, surrounded by grieving family and a well-gifted
Act 2: The corporation protects its assets and publicly purges the shark, letting
folks know that their waters are once again, safe to swim.
Act 3: The predator slips away, licks his wounds, writes a redemption memoir,
and in a year, maybe two, maybe less, he rises like a reformed Phoenix, with a
new company, a new project, and a refined set of stealthier hunting tactics.

Not sure where the “time in rehab” fits in, probably at the start of Act 3, because that is where we are. The Weinstein Company has renamed itself – or is in the process of doing so. Act 2: Distance. Mr. Weinstein has checked himself into rehab.

But the real story is how many people in Hollywood knew what was going on and either did nothing or actively aided in the cover up.

The London Telegraph has a short video that captures a lot of the damning evidence, showing that Hollywood knew what was going on and looked the other way.

There are other questions to be answered. Who did what to kill this story in 2004. (Matt Damon is accused and he is denying), and why Ben Affleck thought he could grope a woman on video and face no consequences – of course he has faced no consequences aside from having to give the standard non-apology-apology. That apology came more than a decade late.

Do I expect anything to change in Hollywood? No. They gave an Oscar award to a convicted child-rapist who had to flee the country to avoid prison time. (The video of that award, it is interesting for A. who gives Roman Polanski a standing ovation, and B. Harrison Ford’s reaction. Not that I really like Mike Dice, you understand…)

UPDATE: Looks like Twitter deleted the reference to the video. So I fixed the link to point to the story at the Telegraph.

Ghost in the Shell – 2017 edition

So I finally so the New Ghost in the Shell movie. I liked it. (My thoughts on it after the trailer.)

Critics panned it, though I have a hard time believing that many of them saw and liked the original as much as they are saying. In 1995 Anime was not a subject taken seriously by the critics or by Hollywood. The new movie has gotten a generally positive review from the folks who’ve seen it. (At least as reflected in places like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.)

It managed to pull some of the best bits from the original movie, and some of the cool parts of the animated series, Stand Alone Complex, without being slavishly tied to either.

I wish there was more time devoted to some of the secondary characters, but by US standards of today, it is a relatively short movie. It runs 107 minutes, a bit more than an hour and a half. Superman Returns – from several years ago (chosen not quite at random) ran 154 minutes. An extra 47 minutes is not insubstantial, though I thought Superman Returns was way too long.)

They did show Togusa with his Mateba Model 6 Unica autorevolver. (Click the image to enlarge) It is an interesting weapon. And though you only see it in one scene, it is there if you know to look. As is Saito with his cyber-enhanced sniper’s eye. Batou is there in form including the eyes. And Arimaki comes across as someone not to mess with. (I imagine a lot of the critics were bothered by the fact that Arimaki only spoke in Japanese. Suitable subtitles provided. But Americans hate foreign languages.)

There were some interesting bits. I won’t give any spoilers, but from the trailer you can see that the world they inhabit looks more like that conjured up for Blade Runner by Ridley Scott than what was in the original anime. Though there are some bits lifted straight from the original, including they use the original theme song at the closing credits, which was a nice salute to what Mamoru Oshii did with the original manga by Masamune Shirow.

After the break – 7 things you didn’t know about (the original) Ghost in the Shell movie. Continue reading