April 21st, 2010

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The One You Might Have Saved....




An Arbogast-on-Film ongoing question/poll/post thingie is to contemplate the one you may have saved from a horror movie and to write a few words about it. Now, there is something you need to grasp before I get to my two choices (though I'm sure there are many, many that will be mentioned as I review those films, here I want to just put two choices - one from movies, one from television). This isn't about whether you feel the death had a storytelling point or was 'justified'. It isn't about whether the death so avoided would have destroyed the narrative (which is the fact when it comes to my TV choice).
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Poor Newt:

  Newt on the slab. (image borrowed from here)


And Poor Jenny:

   It was hard to run in that long skirt. (Image borrowed from here.)


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Writer's Block: Too scary!!

Was there something you were afraid of as a child that just seems silly to you now?


The silly Prophecy (1979) mutant bear freaked me out. So did the caveman/alien-memory sucker in Horror Express (1972).

The bear because of the (now kinda funny) exploding boy in the sleeping bag and the alien memory-sucker because of the bleeding from the eyes that turn white thing.
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NASA Love - on the sun




I have a new love. I'm sorry, Hubble - it's not you! It's me. I'm fickle. And, it's not that I don't still love you, truly, I just think that we need to see other telescopes. I don't want to not date you still... I just need some... variety.

I know, I know, you're variable - you give us not just other galaxies, but structures in our own galaxy from planetary nebula, to stellar nurseries, to quasars... God, you're right. You're right. I'm sorry.

But, SDO is dazzling me - it's all young and hip and new! And, its images... wow, do they make our sun look sleek and sexy. I just... I don't think I can resist its charms. Forgive me? I promise it's just some mid-life crisis thing and I'm sure after the seduction wears off, I'll regret my fling with this other space explorer. If you never want to share another image with me, I'll totally understand - but I'm really hoping you'll take the high road and forgive me after the initial shock and anger wears off.

I love you Hubble, I do! But right now... I just need a change.