Thanks to Swancon Alicia Smith and I saw "The Wolverine" in 3D last night.
And were disappointed.
Now don't get me wrong, Hugh Jackman was great, Fukushima Rila and Okamoto Tao were great, Svetlana Khodchenkova was wonderfully psychotic, and Sanada Hiroyuki was wonderfully flawed.
The movie was only OK. The plot dragged too long in the wrong places, the fight scenes were blurry and confused (unlike the fight scenes in Pacific Rim), and it lacked any really memorable lines (again unlike Pacific Rim, which was swimming in them).
On the up side, there is plenty of eye-candy for everyone (male, female, mecha...), but it is not enough to save the movie as a whole.
If you have to choose, see Pacific Rim instead.
3/5 and a flat Fanta spider with a pretty paper umbrella stuck in it when you were expecting dry ginger ale and fresh lime on the Sid and Nancy scale.
Boat-borne refugees are not illegal immigrants, are not the major source of refugee arrivals, do not receive government payments or benefits on arrival or after being accepted as refugees, do not deserve to be used as political bargaining chips, and in any event this whole proposal is both inhumane and an abandonment of our international treaty obligations.
This looks great fun - Alicia Smith and I are both backing it. The only problem is that I want one of the DIY ones as well :) They don't have far to go, but only have 4 days before the Kickstarter expires, so think about helping out if you are interested in drone tech, as the DIY kit is awesome. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ziphius/ziphius-the-aquatic-drone
Del Torro on the female lead of Pacific Rim, which I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing last night.
First things first - it is a daikaiju movie, with all that goes with that, but toss aside your memories of Sandy Frank's mutilated imports. This is a quality movie, with decent acting, a sensible plot, and great effects. Largely off-screen politicians aside, no-one is especially stupid (except for one character - but that gets explained), and the pacing is good. Even the 3d is not annoying. And the dedications at the end of the credits are touching.
A very thought-provoking study from The Lancet. The graph alone is enlightening, but digging deeper reveals so much more.
In particular, the closing paragraph of the abstract reads: "*Interpretation* These findings lend support to previous work assessing drug harms, and show how the improved scoring and weighting approach of MCDA increases the differentiation between the most and least harmful drugs. However, the findings correlate poorly with present UK drug classification, which is not based simply on considerations of harm." Which is a particularly provocative statement in such a conservative journal.