Weekend Recap

Friday night saw my first front page Digg for a comic (the previous one was for the Guitar Hero III video). Special thanks to EvanStapler for submitting the story, and to everyone that Dugg it. As can be expected the traffic crashed my server and asploded my site. I was on the phone for 3 hours with my host trying to get it back up. I finally had to move to a more robust box (more robust = more $$$). Digg comments are a hard thing to read when they are concerning your own work. They range from innocuous to outright hateful. This was the best one:


I don’t have words for that. It’s poetry.

We were (this) close to seeing Cloverfield but got to the theater and saw this:


So we saw Sweeney Todd instead. My wife gets seasick easily and I have an inner ear/vertigo condition so I figured it best to see C-Field at home where I can sit in front of a puke bucket. Sweeney Todd was fantastic. Beautifully shot and excellently performed. The score was formidable to say the least. I enjoyed the movie even more when, in the first 15 minutes, two different sets of teenagers got up and left. “What’s all this gay singing and shit? Let’s get out of here and go have unprotected sex.”

Tom Cruise’s particular brand of crazy has been all over the net this week. In light of his galactic revelations I wanted to share this happy little accident I saw in Barnes and Noble a few weeks back:


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  1. Cloverfield is filmed completely like a home movie, by someone not used to making home movies. With that in mind, I disconnected my kinesthetic sense and watched it like a home movie.

    Let me explain a bit better. Most movies are made in such a way that you ARE the omnipresent camera. Your brain will kick in the simulation of motion, because the simulations of sight and sound are so realistic.

    Cloverfield is different. If you try to do this, your brain will think you’re, oh, I dunno, a mouse duct-taped to the top of a video camera being swung in all directions.

    So, for anyone sitting in the REAR HALF OF THE THEATER (hint, hint), your brain will instead see what the movie actually simulates: watching someone else make a movie, badly. You aren’t live; you’re watching a recording. In this mode, you remain aware of the seat in which you sit, aware of the audience and the theater around you, and aware that you are watching an event which has already occurred.

    So for you and your wife, sit at the very rear of the theater. You do need to see it in the theater; it’s just that good of a film.

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