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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-08-05 05:49
Subject: [writing|movies] The Hugos and Captain America
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Tags:awards, books, conventions, movies, sunspin, writing
Yesterday, [info]kenscholes, [info]mlerules and I went to see Captain America. Ken and I then came home and did a read through and review of the Hugo script.

Read through went fine. I know what else I need to do to the script, and he has some work as well. It'll be fun and funny. And it was nice to be cooking through it. I plan to spend today's writing time, after work, making the revisions we discussed, then I'll maybe hit the WorldCon critique some more. That puts my start date on finishing Sunspin to tomorrow, but I'm okay with that.

As for Captain America, I was entertained, but it never engaged my suspension of disbelief. We saw it in 3D, because that was what was running at the time we wanted to see it. Unlike Avatar, which I saw in 3D IMAX, Captain America didn't really benefit from the 3D. It was like a children's pop-up book. So not worth the money.

Also, I kept wondering how Hydra could run an entire production economy and transportation/logistics system within Nazi Germany without the Nazi government noticing it or doing something about it. And why so many of their military vehicles were Vietnam-era. And what Agent Carter was doing participating in a frontal assault by an American military unit, something that I'm pretty sure would have been inconceivable for a woman to be doing during WWII. And so on and so on and so on.

On the other hand, the Red Skull's roadster was pretty damned cool. I'd like me one of those.

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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2011-08-05 14:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The heart and soul of Captain America was the guy who played Cap, who I thought did a grand job; in fact, most of the acting was at least solid (well, you hire Toby Jones and Hugo Weaving and Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci, you get at least solid). There were a bunch of anachronisms, and I could not write a scenario in my head about how Carter fit in to whatever was going on at the front. The usual comic-book logic/coincidence stuff. Entertaining.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-05 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, the acting was fun. And for that, my favorite bits were around the Captain America road show, and the various characters' reactions to it.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-08-06 00:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You obviously don't have the Gay Musical Gene (tm) because that road show theme ("Star Spangled Man") was soooo good, it would have been a hit song back in the era when radio played such stuff. You did stay through the credits so you could hear it again, didn't you?

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Jay Lake: sanguine-superb_fairy_wren
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-06 01:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sanguine-superb_fairy_wren
Yes, all the way to the end credits... :)
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