May 9th, 2005


Kingdom of Heaven

This is just a thought that occured when talking in the pub to paratti and vschanoes on Saturday. One of the things that irritated us most was the script and its sheer mind-numbing dullness and one of us said that what it needed was a Johnny Depp like figure wandering through the plot to shake things up.

And I said that actually the script writer knew enough of the history to stick one in who was actually there. Before Sibylla was married to Guy de Lusignan, she was married to Humphrey of Toron, one of the peace party, and known for his enthusiastically Oriental life style. Silks, henna, the whole nine yards - the marriage was annulled for political reasons, but they did not have to look far for a pretext. And Humphrey was certainly a part of what that film needed in order to stop taking itself so goddamn seriously.

Also, can someone stop Ridley Scott ever looking at an old master again? I got very tired of banners swirling in the bottom left hand corner of the screen and the whole smoky red on black on stodgy brown look that comes when there is too much people-dirt stuck to the varnish. Scott invented the whole 'It was the future, it was raining' cliche in 'Blade Runner' and his middle ages are similarly cloaked in gloom.

Given that he directed 'Thelma and Louise' which is one of the most beautifully brightly lit films I have seen, I can do without this from him.

SF writer test

When I saw that autopope came out of this as Heinlein, I decided that I had to take it and discovered to my amusement and not total dismay that...
I am:
James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice B. Sheldon)
In the 1970s she was perhaps the most memorable, and one of the most popular, short story writers. Her real life was as fantastic as her fiction.

Which science fiction writer are you?

It could be a lot worse and wouldn't be much better. Though I was half-hoping for Zelazny...

And there is something wrong with the coding, so I don't get the pretty picture, but hey...