Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

Had a day off from work, so I went to the movies on this sunny day. It was Dune 2 in Boronia. I had planned to re-watch the first film to refresh my memory, but didn’t get around to it. I think a lot of people did that. I know the copies we have of the dvd in my library have been pretty popular lately, and that’s probably why. It didn’t matter anyway, I got up to speed pretty quickly once the film started. It was a 2:45 session and there were just four people in the cinema, including me. This is something I like a lot. Plenty of places to sit, no annoying people in your way. Of course the film was great, but I had some small issues with the story and character development. Stilgar comes off as a bit of a religious nutter, instead of the kickass warrior he is in the book. Paul’s surprising birth connection to the Harkonnens is given short shrift. And some of the staging of the final battle, I dunno, could’ve been better. Paul’s mother, Lady Jessica, seems to remain pregnant for a long time. Surely the action takes place over a period longer than nine months? That’s a long pregnancy! But I love the fact that Jessica’s unborn baby, Alia, speaks to her from the womb because the ‘water of life’ her mother has taken has awakened her mind. I wrote a brief review of the film on my Letterboxd channel. It was just this: ‘Must be the only film that features a main character who is a baby in the womb’.

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I had a bit of time before the movie to check out a nearby op shop, and scored a couple of REM cd’s. They were special editions of Green and Monster (both of which of course I have) that included surround sound mixes on dvd. And they were four dollars all up. I have a surround sound setup at home, so I can’t wait to check them out. Normally I’d pass on yet more cheap cd’s, but these two I couldn’t resist. REM: second best US band.

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Saw a news item on the tv about Sam Kerr, captain of the Matildas soccer team. She had apparently got into trouble for insulting a policeman by allegedly calling him a stupid white bastard. Pretty funny. Can’t help but think of all them stupid white bastard news readers who enthused about her during the recent women’s World Cup. I wonder what they think of her now? Actually, racism’s never really funny, but I think us whiteys need a little reverse racism from time to time to put us in our place and remind us what it’s like for people of colour.

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Read another article from my prog rock book A New Day. This time it was Genesis. I’m not sure about their later stuff, but I love their work when Peter Gabriel was in the band. In fact, Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is presently my favourite album of all time. The article featured a very detailed breakdown of the long song Supper’s Ready from Foxtrot. I plan to keep it in mind next time I listen to the track, which I think will be soon.

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Dune 2 is really trending on social media at the moment. I read a couple of interesting threads on my X/Twitter, which I retweeted. One post, from Pulp Librarian, looked at the early struggles to bring Dune to the screen. Another, by Moschindorito, pointed out the reasons why Star Wars is just a worse version of Dune.

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So the other big pop culture item I consumed today was my Misamo concert bluray. It stands for Mina, Sana and Momo, the three Japanese members (the J-line) of Kpop group Twice. They released their mini album, Masterpiece, last year in between touring duties with Twice, and then did a series of five showcase gigs in Japan, the last of which was filmed. The ladies, of course, looked gorgeous, and they performed splendidly, and I wondered how they were going to stretch out an entire gig with just seven songs in their repertoire, but I won’t bore you with the details. Just accept that it was fantastic, and I loved it, and it was (a lot of) money well spent.

 

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