Friday, May 28, 2010

A Mink, not The Thing, ending forward flashes

Among all of the King of the Road comics, this one still makes me laugh. The only reason it's based in England, if I can recall, is because the car wound up being too far over on the wrong side of the road while I was drawing it. The facial expression along with the caption make this comic for me. Again, spelling is left woefully uncorrected.

Montauk Monster just a mink

As I linked to earlier in the month, there was a frightening animal that washed up somewhere here in Ontario. It has been concluded that it was a mink with a decomposed and hairless face, and not a sea monster of any kind. You can find more information here.

John Carpenter's The Thing ...
... was one of his make-a-name-for-yourself films that helped catapult him to the frontier of horror films. What would be more exciting than to recycle an old script idea (which has been the fashionable thing to do for the past five years in Hollywood) and release a prequel to The Thing?

I've have a whole theory about the popularity of familiarity and I think it's evidenced most precisely with the longevity of The Simpsons. The basic premise is, we (as a society) don't want new and challenging things, but rather familiar and comfortable things. What caused this (see Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 911 for some of Michael Moore's theories on why society is intimidated by the unknown) is still up for debate, but there's a reason why new shows and programming struggle to stay on the air, and why movies made out of old familiar characters (whether they're from old movies, old tv shows, old comic books, or wherever) are the only things that achieve financial success in theatres*.

*Of course there are lots of films that make lots of money, but there are a huge amount of sequels, remakes and prequels these days. And many films based on popular comic book characters, too.

Flash Forward
This show is a good example of a program that failed to be picked up for another season, so it actually had its "series finale" in the same week as Lost, only after one season. A failure, if you ask most people (although an honest year's work if you ask the cast and crew). How was it received by the singular blogger who bothered to comment on it? Not well.

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