Saturday, August 11, 2007


We just got back from seeing Stardust. It's a faithful adaptation of Neil Gaiman's / Charles Vess' book. A good, geeky, summer movie, with plenty of magic and action, great effects, and a first rate cast.

Go see it.

And take your wife.


At 11:43 PM, August 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really would like to see this. I love the book--it's like a fairy tale and has always struck me as a "gateway" book for non-fantasy fans to get into the kind of stuff Gaiman does.

I had heard it had gotten mixed reviews, but I think people like us are more of the intended audience than perhaps some of the movie critics that may have written those reviews. Good to hear from fellow fans that it was worth seeing.

I don't think my (ex)wife will go see it with me, though.

At 10:38 AM, August 12, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

Jacqui and I were going to see this Friday night, but our babysitting situation fell apart....

I've been on a Gaiman kick for a while, just reread the full Sandman, and American Gods. Just starting Anansi Boys (first time). Also read Coraline this week.

In my opinion, he's one of the greatest living authors. He takes on interesting themes, and writes with the voice of a poet.

Perhaps tonight.

At 11:34 AM, August 12, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I have to admit I got bogged down about half way through the Sandman graphic novels, and I have not returned to Gaiman. I probably need to give it another go.

Lately I've been going for the ultra-gritty Eniki Bilal stuff like the Nikopol Trilogy. If you're into the French school of science fiction graphic novels, e.g., Jodorowsky, Moebius, Bilal, etc., (i.e., one step beyond Frank Miller in ultra violence and grit), then I'd highly recommend you check these out. Just let me know if you would like to take a look.

At 12:11 PM, August 12, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

I had the chance to see this, but I opted for games instead.

Another geeky couple Meredith and I are friends with called us up. I've invited them to SABG stuff before, but it never worked out.

Anyway, the womenfolk went to see this while the yung'unz stayed at the ranch with the menfolk. While they dozed, we played two card games: Beowulf and Midway.

It's no secret that I enjoy Beowulf, but what might be less well known is that I'm never really sure how to play. Before I knew it, some poor decisions and bad luck led me to lose about 5 of the first 6 major episodes.

Strategy tip: this is bad.

I managed to battle back somewhat, but by then I was so far behind it was a lost cause. I lost by a score of 50 something to 13, IIRC.

I think 3-4 is the sweet spot with this game, but this 2 player game was better than I expected. I would play w/ 2 again.

In Midway I was Nimitz to Joel's Yamamoto as I tried to deal a haymaker to Japan's Pacific empire. The Japanese have better planes, but the US has better tactics in this game. Quickly, I was able to build a combo that took out one of his carrier groups, putting me out ahead.

Shortly after that, however, we both felt the heat from our respective supreme commanders to finish the battle quickly. Joel made an all-out attack on my fleet. I was able to parry his attack, and counter with my own. All his planes were caught in the middle of refueling, and I obliterated his forces.

That game gets an asterisk, however. It's hard to make sound military decisions when under intense pressure from your leaders.

Though would have liked to see this movie, I was happier playing games.

At 7:11 PM, August 12, 2007, Blogger Carlos said...

I'll suggest this film to my Mrs. We have a dinner and a movie date planned this month and this may be a good movie. With three young "Game Cadets", the two of us going out is a rare treat.

However I must not be as well read as some of you because I am not familiar with the works of Gaiman.

There was a time in my life when I always has a book I was working on. Reading for fun has become a thing of the past. Hopefully it will soon return.

Thanks for the suggestion. I had not even heard of this movie until this posting.

At 8:56 PM, August 12, 2007, Blogger Chad said...

you're into the French school of science fiction graphic novels, e.g., Jodorowsky, Moebius, Bilal, etc., (i.e., one step beyond Frank Miller in ultra violence and grit), then I'd highly recommend you check these out.

Didn't realize Jodorowsky did comics. I'm familiar with his movies (Holy Mountain is one of my all-time favorites), but comics? I'll have to check that out.

I plan on seeing Stardust. I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but this looks like it avoids enough of the fantasy cliches to keep me from thinking of THAC0 and 20-sided dice while watching it.

At 9:41 PM, August 12, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Chad: If you're into Jodorowsky's films, you'll love his graphic novels. The one's I have and can share with you are (in this order) the Metabarons, The Technopriests, and The Incal. Metabarons is my favorite. I haven't seen Holy Mountain yet, but it is coming to the top of my Netflix list.


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