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Gabe / on Wed, Dec 11 2002 at 10:48 am

I liked it when he shot that guy.

If you don’t like Equilibrium I’d say you are just too fancy for your own good. That’s understandable though, I mean every one is fancy about something. Tycho won’t read a book if the author’s name is bigger than the title. I think Thomas Kinkade is a fucking hack. If all the moms between the ages of forty and sixty were to disappear tomorrow the man would never sell another print. I am sure that everyone feels like they are an expert on something and that only the best of that thing will suffice. The problem is that most people who review things are the very people who seem to have the most hang ups about that thing. This makes their reviews worthless to the rest of us who simply enjoy watching movies or reading books. So Mr. Moviereviewerman, you think Equilibrium had a “derivative, punch-the-keyboard plot.” You think it was “crude, but occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, merely for its sheer ridiculousness.” You think that a movie like Equilibrium is just too far below your standards. Well I bet you twenty bucks you have a painting in your house that you bought because it matched your couch, how fucking pedestrian.

Well Samus won the contest this week by a landslide. She ended up with over twelve thousand votes. Yuna was the closest with about eleven thousand. Kara has played the wife card and asked that I make a Yuna picture as well. I figure her vote counts for about a thousand so lets call it a tie and I’ll do both.

-Gabe out

Tycho / on Wed, Dec 11 2002 at 8:51 am

Industry Items

Two new pieces from people who makes games today, the first from Morgan Jaffit (who has been with us before) and the second from Chris Stewart, on the recently completed Treasure Planet: Battle At Procyon.  Take a look.

(CW)TB

Tycho / on Wed, Dec 11 2002 at 7:57 am

It is safe to say that we were both pleasantly surprised by the movie Equilibrium.  Perhaps him more than me, but I’m still just learning to enjoy movies that don’t have French titles.

Now, this is not to say that absolutely every human being when presented with Equilibrium will fall to their knees and begin to worship it, or burst into extemporaneous song.  Indeed, I was cautioned just before I went by (the powerful) Mach5, who linked me to the review he’d done on the film with a desperate urgency.  You are welcome to read what he as written, as well as gauge the freshness of the movie at Rotten Tomatoes, as they will stand in contrast to anything I write here.  Trying to argue about a movie is, as I told Mr. 5, like trying to argue whether or not chocolate tastes good. 

I am not, myself, terribly fond of chocolate.  I think the color unseemly, and this suspicion underpins everything I believe about it.  That conversation is over already, you can tell me that you had some chocolate syrup on some ice cream, and that was quite tasty, or you bought an exotic truffle from a Chocolatier and you thought it would kill you it was so good.  I don’t care.  How you can eat something that color is beyond me.

It is the same thing with Equilibrium.  I firmly believe that objectivity is mythological in this context, people just like some things or don’t like them, and then they craft elaborate mechanisms after the fact to explain why or why not.  Many reviewers, for instance, get really caught up on some of the material the film uses for inspiration - classic dystopian works like F451 or Brave New World - and believe it isn’t treated the way it should be.  I don’t know if somebody told them it wasn’t an action movie, or what, but this narrative quality compares favorably with most, if not all, movies of the genre.  I don’t know if you’ve seen Commando.  It’s not Proust.  Nor is Equilibrium Orwell.  It takes what it needs to and hurtles forward.

The cries of “Matrix Ripoff” were predictable, but sort of sad.  To paint The Matrix as some kind of solitary, unaided fundamental of modern sci-fi action without recognizing the liberal plunder of Gibson, Stephenson, and Woo is laughable.  I don’t want to hear it.  You don’t have to hate Equilibrium to like The Matrix, or vice-versa.  They aren’t sporting teams, they’re fucking action movies.  And if you think that Gun-Kata, the fighting style of the Grammaton Clericks is somehow derivative of The Matrix, then you are an alien being from another planet.  Who knows how, or why, but they pulled off two of the most inventive action scenes I’ve ever witnessed.  I actually covered my mouth with my hand and stopped breathing.

I guess it depends why you’re going to it.  I expected sci-fi lite with inventive action scenes, and pow, direct hit.  If you’re expecting 1984: The Movie it is not for you, and if you’re expecting a big-budget special effects spectacular this is not for you.   

(CW)TB out.

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Gabe / on Mon, Dec 9 2002 at 11:27 am

The Contest is over

Okay it’s about 6:00 pm and I am going to reset the voting, keeping the top three contenders. Some people wanted pictures of the characters so I have added little thumbnails of each. Oh, and if Samus wins it will be a pic of her without her helmet;)

Voting has ended, here are the results.

Ivy - 8,863 votes

Yuna - 11,007 votes

Samus - 12,423 votes

-Gabe out

Gabe / on Mon, Dec 9 2002 at 11:17 am

Vote on who gets drawn next!

December is going to be a crazy month for me as I am sure it will be for many of you. It just seems like there is so much shit I have to get done in December. Our good friend Stephen is coming to visit this month. He is flying all the way from London to spend a few days here. I always enjoy hanging out with Stephen because I learn new words like Bollocks and Quid. We also treat him like he is from a third world country whenever he is here. We turn on the faucet and explain how in the US we have luxuries like running water. Then he makes a face like he is thinking about killing us. Its a little game we play.

After he takes off, Tycho and I will both be making trip back to Spokane in order to spend Christmas with our respective families. What this means for you all is that I really won’t have time to do an Over Easy page this month. I hope to make up for it with two pages in January though. This month won’t be without a gift entirely though. In fact this actually gives me the opportunity to do something I had thought about before OE started. You see I always get mail asking why I haven’t drawn any new video game characters in so long. What I am going to do right now is give you guys the opportunity to decide the next character I draw. Then I will give that image away in the form of a wallpaper to members of Club PA in December.

So here is the list of characters to pick from. Just click on the one you would like me to draw this month. I will keep track of the stats and post them here in this space throughout the day. I ask that the fancier ones among you please not construct some kind of automated link clicking machine. Just give a click on the one you want and call it good. 

VOTE!

 

Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2

Samus Aran from Metroid Prime

Dante from Devil May Cry 2

Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell

Bastila Shan from Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

Hotsuma from Shinobi

Ivy from Soul Calibur 2

 

Scroll down to vote on the three finalists!

-Gabe out




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