Moll

I recently saw another play at the Gaiety Theatre. At some point they’ll have a special seat reserved for me, no doubt. This time it was “Moll”, a play (by John B. Keane) about the titular housekeeper who, by playing the canon against two curates, slowly takes over a presbytery in rural Co. Kerry. I enjoyed it quite a bit: I found the first half a little off-putting as I adjusted to the low stakes of the plot, but the second half was deadly hilarious.

Also, it is the most Irish thing I’ve seen so far, moreso than even “Stones in His Pockets last year. Well, arguably: it doesn’t have the underlying despair of the other play, but I can’t imagine any other country in the world producing a comedy about local parish Catholic hierarchy.

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Jupiter Ascending

Right! I just watched this film tonight. It wasn’t good, but I enjoyed it.

Thoughts:

  • CG action sequences are incredibly boring. As cool as tiny spacecraft dogfighting over Chicago is (and it is pretty cool), it gets old. It’s a space opera, not an action movie; nevertheless, I wish there was less action.
  • I loved the side details, like the random alien races that pop up, or the planet of bureaucracy. Or the strange system of protocol that everyone, no matter how nefarious, seems to follow.
  • I liked Jupiter. Even though almost every time she showed a bit of agency it was to make a bad decision. Even though everyone has to rescue her over and over again.
  • I loved the dragon aliens. So much CG, yes, but they were great.
  • The economics of the galactic civilization make less and less sense the more I think about it.
  • Lastly, the movie doesn’t go into it nearly enough, but I was intrigued by how the three Abraxas siblings interacted with Jupiter. She’s ostensibly the reincarnation of their mother, and should be their equal. I wish the movie had gotten deeper their relationships.

That pretty much sums it up. There were some interesting ideas in the movie, but it’s all lost to spectacle.

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Ex Machina

I went to see Ex Machina a few weeks ago with the meetup group. It’s about a dev for some Facebook/Google amalgamation called “Bluebook” who wins a trip to spend a week at the Alaskan hideaway of the corporation’s reclusive owner, only to discover he’s there to perform some sort of Turing test on an artificial intelligence.

I can’t say I enjoyed the movie, precisely. I admire its construction and the psychological underpinnings, but on a plot level I found it slow and overly claustrophobic. The plot twists, when they came, were generally pretty good. The ending was the best part, ambiguous in a way that serves the rest of the film, yet moving. In the weeks since I’ve thought of it repeatedly.

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Quick Update

Due to an increase in spam, I’m disabling comments on all posts older than two weeks. Accordingly, I’ll try to post more frequently so that people can comment on something

Um, hey! Happy 2015!

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