I went to the Animation Show at the Prince last night. Tami put me on the comp list, Sean gave me my ticket, and Meghann gave me a hug. (I really liked her hair). And the old man who ripped my ticket was sweet.
I really enjoyed the movie. It made me wistful for Liquid Television. There was a Plymptoon, and they even included the Office Space cartoon, the one with Milton and the stapler. Man, 1991, you ruled and I miss you! Ha ha, not really. But I discovered/realized that I don't really like gross, gory cartoons. Isn't that lame of me? I mean that's part of the appeal of cartoons, you can do some whacked out shit and it's okay, because it's a cartoon. But it just doesn't do it for me. The cartoon I walked in upon (I was late) was probably called Peanut (nevermind, I just looked it up, it's called "Strange Invaders") and it was this little kid doing all these horrible things and everyone in the theater was laughing, but all I did was wince. The same thing happened with Don Hertzfeld's Billy's Balloon. I mean I liked it, and it was cool, and I'm glad I saw it finally (on the largest movie screen in Philadelpha, even), but I didn't laugh at it. Oh, how lame and grown up am I! I can't stand the Happy Tree Friends either. Eh.
The other night, I was out in my living room, working on the computer. It was a rather enjoyable evening, actually. I worked a little late at work. Then I came home and read in bed. Then I took a shower. I was out by eight to catch ST:TNG, and it was a totally awesome episode I hadn't seen before, where Q has to become a human. (I love Q. He's like Tom Hanks, only obnoxious and interesting.) At nine that awful "game show" Oblivious comes on Spike TV, so I checked my listings and saw that Dune was about to come on SciFi. The David Lynch one. And according to Yahoo TV, it was the "long verson". That's what it said, "long version". Not director's cut, or extended cut, "long version." I dunno, I thought that was silly.
ANYWAY, I don't think I've ever seen the movie from start to finish. I've seen the whole thing, I think, from random TV viewings, but I've never sat down and watched it deliberately. And coincidentally enough, I had just read the first few chapters of House Atreides this past weekend. I know I said I would never read any of those apocrypha, if you will, but I was at my parents' and I had forgotten to bring my book with me. My mom owns it, and I figured, eh, what the hell. I haven't gotten far enough along to make an assessment.
SO ANYWAY, I turned to SciFi, and was dismayed within seconds. Now, I know that the movie is not completely faithful. But let's be honest, you can't make a 2-hour movie version of that book and remain faithful, you just can't. It's too dense. I try to be reasonable about book-to-movie adaptations, I try to be flexible. And I remembered that they gave the Fremen this weird schtick where Paul teaches them to fight using sound. That's stupid. But it sort of has some basis in *something*, because a) in the book, the Fremen rally around the sound of Muad'Dib's name or something (it's been a couple years, I don't remember exactly), and b) the Fremen are just sort of . . . amazing warriors, with not much more explanation than that, and I guess Lynch (or whoever did the adaptation) wanted something concrete for the audience to see, a real reason why they were winning all the time. That kind of defeats the idea that these were amazing warriors even before Muad'Dib came on the scene, but whatever. But in the watercolored introduction to the movie, Irulan says that the ATREIDES army was using sound, and that's why the Emperor was getting nervous. I hadn't realized that the movie said that the sound-fighting technique was an Atreides tactic. And then Paul uses the sound thingie when he's sparring with the training droid thing, and what the fuck!! Not to sound like misterscarecrow or anything, but what the fuck is the point of that?? Man that just frustrated me. I didn't want to be frustrated FIVE MINUTES into a three hour movie, for fuck's sake. I can forgive leaving out important details, but I just can't see the excuse for ADDING things to a dense story like that.
I had known I wouldn't be able to watch the whole thing, because Mitch was coming over, and he certainly wouldn't stand for that, Patrick Stewart or no Patrick Stewart. So I was going to add it to my Netflix queue. But then the sparring scene happened, and I got pissed off, and besides, Netflix doesn't have the long version, so forget that. I didn't care anymore. I'll just see it on TV like I always do. I thought about renting the other Dune, the SciFi mini-series, Netflix did have that, and that shit tried very very hard to be faithful. But man, I remember the sets being so cheap in some scenes they were distracting. So I passed on that as well.
Oh and also, in the Lynch Dune they describe the spice as being cinammon-colored and IT'S NOT IT'S FUCKING TURQUOISE. What the fuck.
So speaking of Netflix and what a huge dork I am, I have something like 32 discs in my queue. The first 27 are Star Trek: The Original Series volumes 13 thru 40 (that's the rest of the entire series, there are two episodes per disc). The remaining five are the I, Claudius miniseries (the chick who plays Helen Gaiam Moynihan Smith in Dune also plays Livia in I, Claudius, and it reminded me). Could I get any cooler? I mean seriously?
Speaking of Star Trek, I miss Deep Space Nine. But I just can't stand to watch it anymore. It's on some podunk public access station, which means the quality sucks it. I'm spoiled from watching the TOS DVD's, the quality of which is excellent. Also, there are DS9 episodes I haven't seen! How can I watch an episode from season three if there are episodes in seasons one and two I haven't watched? How can I watch an episode about Klingons from the House of Duras if I haven't seen the original TOS episode with Duras in it? Now that I've started from the beginning, the very beginning, watching anything from a later series feels like I'm skipping ahead in a book.
Believe it or not, but I'm actually not really talking about Star Trek. I have tons more to say, tons more that I muse about, but you're not interested. I'll just say that a) the original episodes are, in a lot of ways, a lot better than I thought they would be. There are a few embarrassing moments, but on the whole, they hold up well. And b) in this series, Spock is my favorite. I like the way he says "records" and "sensors". I HATE episodes where something affects him, and he feels emotion. They piss me off. I like my men stoic, I like my Vulcans Vulcan. Spock CRYING makes me embarrassed and disgusted. There's this episode where he meets up with this chick who had fallen in love with him four years previous, and now a weird drug on the planet makes him able to be emotional and affectionate, and she's so happy about this because now they can be a cutesy little couple and climb trees and wear tunics. That's bullshit! If she REALLY loved Spock, if she loved him as much as *I* do, then she wouldn't like the softie Spock, because that's not really him! That's not what she [purportedly] fell in love with! Man. I really hated that bitch.
Netflix keeps recommending the Dr. Who DVD's, and I keep being insulted by that. I figure that would be the last straw. If I decided to like Dr. Who, that's it, it would be all over for me. I still have some dignity.
Speaking of my birthday, you know, it is coming up at the end of the month. Just sayin'.