Episode 8! I wasn’t feeling it that much this week, so the show is shorter and without a feature segment. Consequently, I didn’t have an obvious episode title so I just mashed all the movies I talked about into one title!Music Notes
- Herbert Windt – Excerpt from Marathon
- Music from the 1940s German Newsreel series Die Deutsche Wochenschau
- James Brown – I Refuse to Lose
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Man, I’m with you on the election. I was going to comment on your previous podcast, but then the election happened and whatever I was planning on saying got blasted from my brain, probably forever. After that, all my usual pastimes seemed hollow and unfulfilling. In the wake of all the confusion, depression, futility, and lack of faith in humanity that I was feeling, I wanted to do something that felt constructive and optimistic with a sense of accomplishment. So in the end I started playing Dwarf Fortress, a game that encompasses all of those emotions into one bizarre ASCII-based package. It might have worked, but it might have also driven me more insane, so it’s probably a bit of a trade-off.
Moving on, I have read Frankenstein, and it’s definitely worth reading. It’s not that long either, so I certainly recommend checking it out whenever you get the chance. I don’t remember there being any major assistant character at all, so I think that was an addition to the story. Maybe that should come with the warning that it’s been about fifteen years since I read the thing, so I could be misremembering a hell of a lot about it.
But from what I am aware, there really hasn’t ever been a Frankenstein film that has made a real attempt at straight up retelling the book. The original story actually takes place in the arctic, where the monster ran off to because no one else could survive there. Most of the story is told as a flashback of how everyone got there, and I’ve never heard of a film doing that part of the story, though I’m not at all familiar with its various film adaptations.
I think you’ve sold me on Lucy. You know I’m always down for some weird shit, and Morgan Freeman is always fun to watch and/or listen to, so I’ll check that out when I can and let you know what I think.
Well, I got on that right away since Netflix had me covered, and damn that was one hell of a fun movie. I don’t really think of it as an action film. I mean, sure there were some fights and stuff, which were pretty cool, but it never seemed to be the primary concern of the film and they were usually finished without a lot going on as Lucy just ends things pretty simply. It was much more a philosophical sci-fi film, and I had a blast with it. There was a voice in my head that kept telling me the movie was going too far and you just can’t do that kind of stuff, but fuck that guy. That guy’s an asshole. What’s the point of fiction if not to go too far? Honestly, I felt that it went precisely far enough, and anything else would have been less entertaining.