Thursday, May 10, 2012

GURPS again

My brain scares me. For whatever reason, I find myself reading and studying GURPS, again. I don't know why my obsessions jump from one game system to another. It amuses my wife. Thankfully I jump from one game system that I already own to another that I already own- usually. Sometimes I will finally dismiss a game and find I won't return to it. Its like I discovered what it was all about and satisfying the curiosity was all I needed. GURPS is one that I return to often and thoroughly enjoy while I'm 'in' it.

I've been trying to keep track of these weird obsession jumps for the last 3 or so years. They are partially responsible for the creation of this blog.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty

Arrietty was a wonderful film as expected. The beauty of it was the focus and attention to scale. The story was told from two perspectives and the audience shifted between the two with ease- we were 'full scale' with Shawn and the other supporting characters when the story needed to, but when we were small, wow. This is where you wanted to stay. One really gets the feeling of how small Arrietty and her parents are and how big everything else is. Of course you get this mainly visually, but I think sounds played a subtle and powerful role in tricking your mind. In a scene the full sized human boy walks over to place a note or something. The theater thunders as he approaches and the sounds of his passage through grass and what-not was very prominent. The film portrayed an ordinary living room as an immense cavernous spans so effectively it was amazing. Everyday mundane things were quite dangerous for the borrowers and doing something like going to get some paper was an all night adventure. How the borrowers used office supplies and other things in their daily life was fun and very clever.

True to many Ghibli films, I was immediately in love with the heroine, Arrietty. Ghibli protagonists show extreme integrity and she is no exception.

The only complaint I'd have (which is minor) was- I missed Joe Hisaihi's music. Cécile Corbel composed Arrietty's music which was fine, especially the themes with a bit of Celtic flavor, but Hisaihi's sweeping emotional scores were missed.

It's a Ghibli film. Go see it. It's wonderful.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Agent 13 film

Agent 13, the Top Secret/S.I. setting,  to be made into a film!

Two days ago, we reported on an intense bidding war between all the major studios for Agent 13, a sci-fi project from writer T.S. Nowlin that has both director Rupert Wyatt and Charlize Theron attached. Well, it looks like the mysterious movie has found its home; Variety reports that Universal has won the bidding war and will be making a deal with WME to formally acquire the project. In addition to starring, Theron will also be producing Agent 13.
Considering it’s in early development, plot details are scarce — but if we go by what Variety is saying, it is, indeed, based on a comic book/novel series from writers Flint Dille and David Marconi that lasted from 1986-1988, one which mixes science fiction with the setting of the 1930′s, giving it a pulpy dime novel feel. (In addition to two graphic novels, Agent 13 also spawned three “regular” novels.) With the title character being male, it’s a good bet that Theron won’t be playing the lead — unless they’ve changed up the story — but will factor into the movie in a prominent role in some other way. Maybe a villain?
Theron‘s resurgence, which began last year with Young Adult, continues in 2012 with two very high profile tentpole releases in June: the revisionist fairy tale Snow White and The Huntsman, and Ridley Scott‘s much anticipated return to science fiction, Prometheus; the two movies will be released back-to-back, so I hope you are ready for some Theron overload. As for Nowlin: He’s currently writing Wild Guns (a Western featuring the iconic Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday) for Warner Brothers. Wyatt, meanwhile, is laying low since resurrecting the Planet of the Apes franchise last August with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, though Londongrad and a sequel to the aforementioned reboot lie somewhere in the future. With Agent 13, something of a wrench may have just been thrown into the plans of either.
We’ll keep you updated on Agent 13 as more information becomes available.
Have you read the Agent 13 source material? Will it make for a worthwhile movie? 
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