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Four days and a dead brain. [Apr. 28th, 2008|01:27 am]
dalekboy
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Well, today I got out of bed at six-thirty today, then had dinner. I wrote a bit, too. That was my day.

The last few days I've been working fairly constantly on a bunch of things. Between rearranging the garage, and finding I had to rebuild my bloody PC, I pretty much burnt myself out. I had other things I wanted to get done, but when I wasn't outside, I was working on the computer. So today it all caught up with me.

PC's been giving me more and more trouble, but I haven't been able to find a good time to actually solve the issues. But this week I was trying to research lamps, and build models, and it was getting nigh impossible. So a couple of days ago I set it up in the loungeroom, and watched all three Terminator films while working on it and waiting for installs to fail. The irony of mankind trying to avoid being destroyed by the machines, while I was wiping myself out working on the PC, wasn't lost on me.

Part of this is still the Perth trip. I didn't have the settle down and rest I had planned to have when I got back, then it was head down to Melbourne, then head back, and now this. I'm going to have to take things a bit slower for a week or two, until I'm a bit more rested. The ongoing tiredness is what's stopping me from posting/reading LJ - no concentration. Some of my big posts take three or four hours to write, and I've a huge backlog of things I've wanted to write about for months. It's rather annoying.

Did take a little time earlier in the week to rearrange my DVDs. Took a leaf out of a mate's book, and my DVD's now have three main sections - Movies, TV Shows, and Unwatched. It's a good way to curb one's desire to buy more DVDs, having an Unwatched section. It also got me to watch the Terminator flicks, something I'd had an urge to do since seeing the TV series, which I was surprised to find I enjoyed. Though whether I still will after a recent viewing of the original two and the abomination that was the third, I have no idea.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2008-04-27 04:07 pm (UTC)
That's a really good idea with the DVDs. Is the 'unwatched' section just a general unwatched section or is it divided up into 'stuff Danny hasn't watched' and 'stuff Sharon hasn't watched'?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-04-27 04:24 pm (UTC)
Given I'm the main buyer and watcher of DVDs, it's just stuff I haven't watched. For some things there are box sets where I've seen some but not all the films in a collection, they won't get moved until all the films have been watched. And if I wasn't sure if I'd seen something, it automatically went into the Unwatched section.

It's a good system and gives you an immediate visual cue to how many unwatched DVDs you have. When I saw it at my mate's place, i rang Sharon and told her about it in case I forgot. She loved it :)
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2008-04-27 04:40 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to move into Pagham Palace to implement this with out DVDs then. :)
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2008-04-27 10:50 pm (UTC)
I do that with books, there's a whole section I haven't read yet :)

I don't have many DVDs, so the unwatched ones just stay next to the TV.
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[User Picture]From: stephen_dedman
2008-04-28 01:38 am (UTC)
I do it with books as well, less so with DVDs (I rarely buy DVDs of movies or series I haven't already seen, so I don't consider those 'unwatched'. That said, I do have a several still in their shrinkwrap).
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2008-04-28 01:45 am (UTC)
I will often buy a TV series or film on DVD that I've never seen before if it's (a) cheap or (b) the right person has told me I will like it a lot.
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[User Picture]From: stephen_dedman
2008-04-28 02:12 am (UTC)
I still tend to hire or borrow DVDs first if I haven't seen the film/series, though now that overnight hire for a new release is often nearly as expensive and usually much less convenient, I do occasionally weaken.
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[User Picture]From: rachelholkner
2008-04-27 11:50 pm (UTC)
I meant to tell you, if you do a google image search for "candle lantern" that's the kind of thing that was in my head.

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[User Picture]From: angriest
2008-04-28 01:09 am (UTC)
Why does everybody pick on Terminator 3 so much? It's honestly not that bad?
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[User Picture]From: stephen_dedman
2008-04-28 01:40 am (UTC)
For once, I'll agree with you that a movie "is not that bad" - at least, I don't think it's an abomination. Mind you, I think T1 is definitely superior to T2, and I haven't seen the TV series.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2008-04-28 01:44 am (UTC)
I actually don't rate The Terminator half as highly as everybody else - all up I find it a rather clumsy film. I can understand its appeal though. Terminator 2 is a superior film to it in almost every respect IMO.

Terminator 3 is just a big Hollywood sequel - and as far as sequels go it isn't so bad.
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[User Picture]From: stephen_dedman
2008-04-28 02:21 am (UTC)
I admit I may be prejudiced by a couple of factors when it comes to T1 vs T2. One is knowing the relative costs of the two films; the other is that I think Arnie makes a much better villain than hero.

I also prefer Sarah Connor's evolution as a character in T1. I think the climax of T1 is much scarier, its one-liners are more quotable, and that T2 suffers from big sequelitis about as much as T3 (which parodies such remake-ish elements as Arnie acquiring a costume).

That said, the nuking scene in T2 is superb, and I do have a soft spot for the ending.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2008-04-28 03:23 am (UTC)
Much as Arnie makes a good Terminator in the first film, Robert Patrick makes a *brilliant* Terminator in the second.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-04-28 03:30 am (UTC)
Yep, gets back more to the idea of the Terminators being able to blend in, be anonymous.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2008-04-28 03:31 am (UTC)
I kept hoping they'd bring T1000s into the television series, but not yet. : (
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2008-04-28 01:41 pm (UTC)
I saw T2 and learnt about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki(in graphic detail) only hours apart from each other.

As a result, I had horrible, horrible nightmares that night and spent part of the night gibbering in a corner of the toilet (it was the only place I could think of that I could hide with the light on without attracting the attention of my parents). I guess it was like "Can't sleep, nuclear holocaust will eat me..."
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-04-28 02:24 am (UTC)
No, but compared to what came before, it ain't good.

Terminator 1 is a low budget action film, but one with interesting concepts, a good character arc for Sarah Connor and Reese, and a great villain. There are hit movies being made today without the same level of intelligence and internal consistency.

T2 is a remake of the original, right down to certain set-pieces being near identical, but with a budget. It continues Sarah Connor's arc believably, and uses story elements cut from the original that feature Connor taking control of her destiny. John Connor shows traits that make it believable that he may one day be a good leader.

1 & 2 compliment each other, 3 breaks a lot of the rules set by the previous two, and doesn't do it well. Actually its main crimes are that it's boring, John Connor is badly characterised, and they over-amp-up the humour where Arnie is concerned.

The TV series breaks a lot of the rules and continuity, but does it in an entertaining way, and carefully avoids being a 'Terminator of the week' show. Mind you, having just watched the films again, I may judge the series differently.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2008-04-28 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying the series a lot, and am very happy Fox gave it a second season (quite uncharacteristic of them, as fans of Alien Nation, Firefly, Brisco County, etc, will know). Hopefully they'll iron out the kinks from season 1 and become a really decent SF series.

Terminator 3 I found OK once I got over the elephant in the room, which was that it was about as necessary a sequel as Highlander 2 or The Crow: City of Angels - the movie preceding it closed the story off so perfectly that the only way to make a follow-up is to rip a hole in it so it can fit. Kind of like putting a nicely made sweater onto a cow - you've ruined the sweater and the cow looks faintly ridiculous.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-04-28 03:29 am (UTC)
Well, the Terminator series is meant to primarily be an action show, which doesn't mean it can't be SF too, but you need good writers to pull it off. But as an action series, I rather like it. It makes good use of grey areas.

Interestingly, when Cameron made the T2 3D stunt show, he saw it as an informal linking story between T2 and what he envisioned for T3.

One thing I'm dreading is the new trilogy of Terminator movies to be set during the future war. No good can come of this, I'm sure.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2008-04-28 03:31 am (UTC)
I think if they separate themselves from the time travel, and just make a set of movies in a post-apocalyptic future with killer robots, there's *some* potential.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-04-28 03:35 am (UTC)
Given that I'm liking the series, and the production team working on the films has been fairly active in trying to stop the series, I think they're already off to a bad start.

On one hand I can see that they don't want to be hamstrung by the series, on the other, if they were doing something truly awesome, then it's the TV series that should worry.

Personally I'd just get together with them and see what we can do to compliment each other. But I'm stupid like that.
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