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May 19th, 2009


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12:15 am - Salvation, Salvation, Salvation Is Free
I saw a free screening of Terminator Salvation tonight, and it is PRETTY FRICKIN' SWEET. It's a pretty awesome depiction of the War Against the Machines; it really puts you in the shit. McG certainly has grown since Charlie's Angels. If the trailers make it look like a movie you want to see, a movie about the Resistance fighting for their lives against killer robots, then you'll like it. One important note, though: this is a story about Marcus Wright, not John Connor. This is a story about Kyle Reese, not John Connor. This is a story about humanity, not John Connor.

Another note: just like Common said, race and gender are irrelevant in the post-apocalyptic future! Men and women of all colors fight side-by-side like it ain't no thang. It's never pointed out or emphasized directly, but it's a nice little detail.

A final note: SKYNET IS BASED IN SAN FRANCISCO!!!

I'll have more to say later, he hints cryptically.

While waiting in line, I read Zombie Haiku, by Ryan Mecum. Originally, I was going to write a review in haiku, but I decided it really wasn't worth the effort. It is a book about one man's journey in the zombie apocalypse, told in haiku. It's basically the same joke over and over, and it remains amusing throughout. What's most impressive is the design of the book; the pages of the "journal" match the increasing bloodiness and devolving mental state of the narrator. It's a fun little book that delivers what it promises.
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From:the_narration
Date:May 19th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
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Cool. I was hoping it would turn out to be a good movie.

(I read the prequel novel a little while back, and it was not bad either.)
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:May 19th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
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what!!
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From:tiggz
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
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awww!!! your icon!!! man, i used to have such a crush on him.
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From:sneaker328
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
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Question: Let's say I haven't seen Terminator 3 or the SCC, partly because I loved T2 so much that I hate the idea of it basically being made irrelevant (because they didn't prevent the Apocalypse.) Will I be able to go see this movie and enjoy it as sort of a...prequel to the first movie? Will it make sense in that context?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Yes. It has no connection to SCC, but, well, the movie is post-apocalypse. So it kind of presupposes the failure to prevent the apocalypse. That's not to say you can't enjoy it as a story that will cease to exist once the events of T2 occur.
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From:tiggz
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
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JEALOUS!!!! i want to see it right now!!!
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From:catalyst2
Date:May 19th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad that T4 is good The previews all looked impressive to me - I always get a bit nervous about the story but it sounds like that was OK too.
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:May 19th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
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I have been watching the Rottentomatoes meter with dread, reading the bad reviews, and this is a relief because the trailers make this movie look really good. I think at least my expectations are tempered appropriately now.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I saw the RT rating before I left and was sad, but most of the negative reviews were just, "It's so BLEAK and DEPRESSING." To which I say, "...What did you expect?" Some criticize the plot, and the movie does have some issues in that department, but not in a Transformers way or anything. It's just that the plot is sort of secondary to the characters and the worldbuilding.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I've heard Wolverine isn't great, but it's probably still enjoyable as an action movie with mutants.
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From:punzerel
Date:May 19th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
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The most important question of all is, of course, how adorable on a scale of one to ten is Anton Yelchin? Because as Chekhov, he is totally adorable.

My sister Shirley and I are planning an Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator movie night. It is going to be the Best Thing Ever.

Edited at 2009-05-19 04:34 pm (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
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He is quite adorable! Not quite as adorable as he is as Chekov, but he's a wee little Reese!

The movie night does sound pretty awesome!
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From:cofax7
Date:May 19th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
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So, despite the trailers which make it look like it's all about two white guys saving the world and the one girlfriend, there are actually women and POC in it, who kick ass?

I am reassured.

Also, where did you see it?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
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there are actually women and POC in it, who kick ass?
Yep! There are female soldiers scattered about, including one played by Moon Bloodgood, who is half-Korean. She gets to do some cool stuff. Common is one of John's closest men, although he doesn't really do a whole lot. And there's a little black—checks IMDb—girl. (I could never tell whether she was a boy or a girl in the movie, but she was pretty great.) But there was never any sense that anyone was less of a soldier because of their race or gender, which was cool. And there's a scene with a bunch of world leaders together, which is what really struck me. Honestly, I think they could have done a better job showing women and POC kicking ass, but I could tell it was a concern (especially because McG highlighted it at WonderCon).

I am reassured.
You will probably still have issues, but fewer than you expected!

Also, where did you see it?
The Metreon. On IMAX. In the third row. Aaaah.

Edited at 2009-05-19 05:57 pm (UTC)
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From:queenrikki_hp
Date:May 19th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
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A final note: SKYNET IS BASED IN SAN FRANCISCO!!!

So, San Francisco is obviously the center of the science fiction universe?

*flashes from Star Trek Dance through my head*
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Obviously! It's quite a year for SF in SF!
From:dotificus
Date:May 19th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
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A free screening! A FREE screening! Ooooo.

And thanks for the tip about it not being about JC. Cuz them thair previews, they shore do make it look like it is.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I was a little disappointed in that aspect. But Marcus is a more fascinating character and the actor gives a more compelling performance, so he ends up stealing the movie (one review compared it to the Dark Knight situation where Ledger's performance overshadows Bale's).
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From:soundingsea
Date:May 20th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
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This is a story about humanity, not John Connor.

Considering my feelings about Christian Bale, this is a relief.
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From:the_partyman
Date:May 20th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
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I am most upset that for some bizarre reason (especially given we had Wolverine and Star Trek a day before the US), us UKers have to wait until early June for this. :(

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