March 28th, 2008



...a large vocabulary never guarantees that the thoughts expressed with that vocabulary are going to be all that thoughtful.

Which is now my reaction to Dennis Miller, who strikes me more and more like someone not really all that smart or thoughtful, but who can fake the smarts with the words he knows.
Good Omens

The fullness of time yields a defense of the movie Howard the Duck

Don't worry, this guy admits to many of the horrible, stupid, ridiculous-in-a-bad-way aspects of the flop 1986 movie adaptation of Howard the Duck, but he also praises the score by John Barry (yes, that John Barry) and, especially, the special effects work by ILM and the great Phil Tippett.

(Plus this dude likes Hudson Hawk, so I automatically cut him some slack.)

I found this while Googling for images of the Dark Overlord that appears in the film's climax. Back in the summer of '86 (at age 12) I actually bought the large-format Marvel Comics adaptation of the flick -- already I wanted to support comic shops (go me!) -- and I found out later when I finally saw the film on cable that the Dark Overlord's appearance was changed in the comic to, essentially, a giant duck, instead of the disturbing scorpion-on-steroids that Tippett animated.
Good Omens

Monster mash! (The Cloverfield creature)

Thanks to the glorious linkspam of the amazing cleolinda, I've now seen more images of the monster and the mayhem from Cloverfield, as featured in a Cinefex magazine article about the film's special effects.

Cleverness revealed in this quote from the piece: "To preserve the mysterious nature of the unnamed and largely unexplained creature, Tippett Studio revealed it only sparingly and in poses designed to disguise its anatomy as it navigated the skyscraper canyons of Manhattan." NOW I get it! The creature (which Cleo nicknamed "Darwin" because it eliminated some stupid people from the gene pool) first seemed to me to have that H.P. Lovecraft not-quite-symmetry to it, but actually it is symmetric -- just very, very ungainly.

(This is the second time today I've brought up the work of special effects 'mazing man Phil Tippett. Check out his studio's site and his Wikipedia page.)