Monday, April 26th, 2010
"Clash of the Titans"
When I turned fourteen back in 1981 my Mother took a bunch of us to see Clash of Titans
for my birthday. Kevin was there, and the movie turned out to be a classic that we both
still watch today. So when the new version came out we just had to see it. I heard this
reviewer pan it so I didnít have very high hopes for the movie, but except for the main
actor - I just hate that generic cardboard cutout look - I really enjoyed the movie. It
had a lot of the same elements that first one had, but the story was reworked quite a
bit, bringing in a whole new character: Hades. I also like how they worked Io
into this story, touching on an idea that has always struck home, though for me in an
ethereal sense more than a physical one.
I also had a chance to see Avatar earlier this month, and that turned out to be another
movie moving in its own way. Overall itís been a great month for movies and Iím glad that
they still make a good one every now then. Lately things have just been feeling stale.
Currently Playing: Fallen Earth
Friday, April 2nd, 2010
"IF at Pax East"
IF put itself on the map at Pax East this year: with a number of panels talking about the genre,
some author readings of IF over at MIT, and a preview of the
documentary for anybody that attended the conference. And in this modern age there are videos
documenting all of this. Like the phenomenal panel that was hosted by Jason Scott after previewing
the Get Lamp documentary with David Lebling, Don Woods, Brian Moriarty, Andrew Plotkin, Nick Montfort,
and the always entertaining, Steve Meretzky sitting in. Wow, I mean, my three favorite IF authors
from Infocom, OMFG! Too bad I didnít have a chance to make it, but Jason is awesome for releasing his
of the panel on Vimeo. And thereís more. Jason McIntosh released some
cell phone footage
that he took, and even though the clips are cut a little short at the end, itís a real blast to be able
to watch some of the stuff that was going on. I really wish I could have been there, and Iím extremely
thankful for the people that shared all their stuff.
Itís an exciting time for IF, and Iím glad that I can get a taste of that. It's like when spring creeps
up after a cold winter, new shoots of life can be seen everywhere - D