Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Hallowe'en Special Edition

Happy Hallowe'en

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Band Candy

The low numbers of trick-or-treaters means that there is all of this candy I didn't have the chance to distribute to drippy-nosed kids left over. This means that I have to eat it. Look at all of that chocolate. The horror.

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Well, last night's dejectedness didn't last long. Happily, suitboyskin gave me a call with some really interesting ideas for the new project we're working on together. This is shaping up to be pretty interesting.

My brother reports that you could make an omlette out of his shirt.

...only less shiny and with a license plate...

Vehicular Action

My grandparents are going to Florida this week (they have already voted by absentee ballot), and they are leaving me the car. I am so happy. This will make my life sooooo much easier for the next few days.

1. Click on the hairpiece (that's actually the band thingee -JG) on Rowling's desk
2. The 'Do Not Disturb' sign is gone - Wait a few minutes (quite a few minutes - JG)
3. After a while, Peeves will appear (no, you don't get to see him -JG) and will knock over a flower vase and several keys will appear
4. Pick up each one of the keys and insert them into the keyhole on the door until one fits
5. The door will open and you will see Rowling's desk
6. Open the drawer in the table, take the magnifying glass, and with it, look at the folder on the left side of the table.

A riddle appears:

One by one we come to life
The side-by-side we wait
While our company swells in numbers
(Some come early, some come late)
And some of us may bore you
And some of us enthral
But you cannot choose between us
You must take us one and all
We'll be bound together tightly
For we're naught if we break free
If you'd like some clues about is
Simply answer: WHO ARE WE?"

The answer is CHAPTERS. You then will go to Jo's desk, open the drawer, lift the magnifying glass, scroll over the folder and lift the pages that are sticking out of the top. Your reward: Three chapters titles from book 6!

If you don't care to play this game for such a meager reward, then I'll just let you know that they are:


Chapter Two: Spinner's End
Chapter Six: Draco's Detour
Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis

Mix Madness

Having posted the track listings to several of my mixes to the filmscore community, I have gotten some very positive feedback and some requests. Naturally, this comes when my printer is busted...

Things You Don't Want to Hear during Surgery

Better save that. We'll need it for the autopsy.
Bo! Bo! Come back with that! Bad Dog!
Wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what's that?
Hand me that...uh...that uh.....thingie
Oh no! I just lost my Rolex.
Oops! Hey, has anyone ever survived 500ml of this stuff before?
There go the lights again...
Ya know, there's big money in kidneys.. and this guy's got two of 'em.
Everybody stand back! I lost my contact lens!
Could you stop that thing from beating; it's throwing my concentration off.
What's this doing here?
I hate it when they're missing stuff in here.
That's cool! Now can you make his leg twitch?!
Well folks, this will be an experiment for all of us.
Sterile, schmeril. The floor's clean, right?
What do you mean he wasn't in for a sex change...!
OK, now take a picture from this angle. This is truly a freak of nature.
This patient has already had some kids, am I correct?
Nurse, did this patient sign the organ donation card?
Don't worry. I think it is sharp enough.

I finally got around to watching the commentary track for Return of the Jedi last night (see how bored I was?). It was actually pretty engaging, and it showed some of the more odd aspects of Lucas' aesthetic. He wonders why it is that people find digital creatures more fake than practical puppets, apparently missing the fact that digital creatures look cartoonish, while puppets, which exist in the real world, do not. Of course, a digital creation is more mutable than a puppet, but I have yet to see a digital Jabba the Hutt that has the same impact and presence as the life-size puppet that is on the screen at that moment in the commentary.

"What the hell do you think you're doing with that salt?"

Seeing the film again pretty much cemented in my head something that I had discussed with suitboyskin not too long ago... Lucas commented that the first portion of the film was basically written at the last minute in order to get Han back, and I find that interesting because that's the best part of the movie. I have always found the end of Jedi to be rather flaccid, and a lot of it is because the final space battle is essentially recycled from Star Wars just with more ships (although I did find Admiral Ackbar interesting, and would have liked to have seen more of this character and the Mon Calmari in general) and the battle on Endor has the Imperial forces being overrun by teddy bears.

The only aspect of the end of Jedi that continues to be interesting as I get older is Luke's confrontation with Palpatine. Much of this is because it is the only one of the stories going on that is happening for its own sake. Luke's actions have no bearing on the final battle between the Rebellion and the Empire; Han, Leia and Chewie bring down the shields and Lando and Wedge destroy the Death Star completely without his help. Luke must confront Vader to satisfy his own inner demons, and that of the audience itself, who had been living for three years with Vader's revelation from Empire rattling around in their heads.

Of course, the reason why this is so interesting is not so much the lightsaber duel, which consists mostly of Luke trying to avoid fighting with Vader, but rather because of the mythic implications of confronting the father in the belly of the beast. Palpatine is positioning himself to be a surrogate parent figure for Luke, knowing that he will inevitably win the battle with Vader, and Luke is attempting to reach into Vader and bring out Anakin Skywalker. It is therefore interesting that Luke himself is unable to do this, but rather it is Palpatine's actions that bring the change about. This is the aspect of Jedi that retains its power because it is great storytelling in the classical sense of the term.

It is interesting to note that this is the section where John Williams' score is most interesting as well. While the music for the forest battle is pretty good, in a Prokofiev kind of way, the space battle consists mostly of music retracked from Star Wars. Luke's confrontation with Palpatine, however, has some excellent, brooding cues built around the Force theme and Palpatine's motif, culminating in the powerful flowing chorus as Luke calls upon the Dark Side of the Force to defeat Vader (the score so evocative here that even Ben Burtt mentions how effective it is on the commentary, and he has apparently decided that he doesn't like music anymore, judging from the sound mix on the new DVDs).

"I found this discipline technique
in Parenting for Evil Dummies."

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