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Watched Tron: Legacy.

I enjoyed it, but then the plot holes appeared like a bag of bricks that burst open above my head.

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I saw "Up" last week.  Good movie, certainly.  I saw it with my dad and my brother at the Michigan Theater, which is an old movie theater that used to be a theater for plays.  It's a nice place - they only ever have one movie playing at a time, but it's nice.  Really good popcorn.  The guy taking tickets had a mild harelip.  On the way there we passed through campus territory, and I saw a lot of graffiti-ed "Who?" things.

That Ellie sequence made my cry.  It's a good movie, but that part was sad.  On unfunnybusiness they noted "Pixar grants girl's dying wish, makes entire Internet cry".  This, too, is sad.  It's good of them not to make a statement about that.

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And again, I post twice in a day.  Huh.

I've got a few things to monologue about, so let's get started.  My Grandma took me to see "Bee Movie".  My reaction is something along the lines of "Huh?"  It was better in the beginning, I think.  The not-quite-relationship between the bee and the florist - yes, yes, I know, but it wasn't something I'd seen before.  And then, slowly, it slipped into ever-increasing levels of absurdity.

I know it's a movie.  I know about suspension of disbelief.  For whatever reason, I can accept highly anthropomophisized(Spelled wrong, I know) bees that are sentient and speak English.  But...  There is at least the allusion to all bees in a hive being born from one queen, yes, but for some reason they are "cousins".  I know a bit about bees.  

The queen lives the longest, a few years at least; she is a larvae fed on a special diet who, on maturity, kills her fellow queens.  She is the only bee able to sting without having vital organs ripped out, and thus can do it more than once.  After killing the competition - larvae, pupas, and adults alike - she goes out on her "maiden flight" and mates with a number of drones, which hatch from unfertilized eggs, are stingless, and live for only a few weeks.  Then the queen returns, starts laying eggs, and does not stop until her sisters/aunts/daughters kill her.  The workers live for about a month; they are all female and rotate through a number of "jobs" as they age, starting with assisting their sisters in emerging from their cells and ending in going out for pollen and nectar.  Nectar is eaten, vomited up, and concentrated over time to become honey.   There's a lot more where that came from, but it takes too long and is cumbersome, so we'll just assume that I linked to an apiary-related site that is not ilovebees.

At any rate, I can understand why the producers wouldn't have gone with a more faithfully beelike sort of bee.  They are, after all, insects, and very alien to us.  And there is no way in the nine Corellian hells that a kid's movie in this day and age would be able to get away with, say, the concept that all working bees are female, but some happen to take on male personas.  Fundies would go into apoplexy and, rather than dying, whip out the lawyers.  There is also no way that the story would have simply had all the bees be female, because the main character can't be female for some stupid, parochial nonreason.

It's just... why would there be a ban on interspecies communication?  Why wouldn't this have come up before?  What's the point with "swordfighting" with a thumbtack?  Why would beekeepers bother being so inanely contemptous?  Flowers needing pollen to stay up!

*shakes head*  A flower is a plant's sexual organs.  There are exceptions, but pollen from one plant fertilizing another... think red-and-yellow macaw with starling, or common field mouse with gazelle.  Or, hells, human with dog.  The parts may or may not match up(I don't want to know), but it doesn't work on the genetic level.  And fertilization takes at least a degree of effort.  Yes, we'd be worse off without bees, but butterflies and bats and other small flying insects work on that too.  Things wouldn't just start wilting like that.

A plane is just like a bee?  Hah.  I've read the quote about bumblebees, how they shouldn't be able to fly.  But they do, because gravity works differently on the small and because their wings move in very quick figures of eight.  Being stubborn doesn't overcome the whole laws of physics hurdle.

What really irked me was two things.  One was the bees-catching-the-plane-and-carrying-it-down.  Sheesh.  I was a Yu-Gi-Oh fan.  During one of the filler arcs, three sacred dragons came out of their mystic playing cards to catch a large plane and bring it to a more controlled crash.  Which is improbable enough that we can shrug and say "Magic" - and the dragons were cool, too.  There was that.  Bees?  Not so much.  Earlier in the film they gave the protag difficulty in matching the pace of a car in the city, and these bees were able to fly through a storm to catch a jumbo jet?  Yyyyyeah.  The other thing was smaller; apparently bees not only fly as fast as they need to fly, but they talk as loudly as they need to talk, too.  Internal contuinuity is one of those things I happen to like.

But yeah, it's over and done, and I've watched far better movies, but also a few worse.  Meh.

Today, I also read Terry Pratchet's "Monstrous Regiment".  I was pleasantly surprised.  I've heard him compared to Piers Anthony before.  I used to read Anthony, and used to like him, but after a while he started to chafe on me.  Not so much the puns as...  I'm not really sure.  I suppose the antifeminist elements, and I know how bad that sounds.  They weren't obvious, but they were there.

At any rate, I've read Pratchet's "Wee Free Men", and I was inclined to agree that there were similarities.  Didn't really like that book.  By nature Discworld is kind of absurd.  But "Monstrous Regiment" didn't focus on that, and I rather liked it.  Virtually everyone was a crossdressing woman, and yet I didn't sense any hint of the kind of slight derision Anthony would have put to it.  Or, for that matter, the random nudity.  It was good.  Surprisingly good.  Don't know if I'll be reading any of his other stuff, but I liked this one.

And third...  it is a major Christian holiday.  Don't think I'll go into it right now.  I want to sleep.  But the two most boring things in the world are listening to people talk about sports that I am not interested in, and listening to them go on and on in the ceremony for a religion that is not mine.

'Night.  Joy and companionship; be civil to one another, today and always.  Yeah, something like that.

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