December 27th, 2009

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The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (no real spoilers)

Went to see the new Terry Gilliam film, and also Heath Ledger's last film, this evening. It was an absolute delight.

I have to admit to knowing nothing about the film going in -- only that Ledger's role was "finished" by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell -- and figured it was a 19th-century story about a scientist.

Boy, was I wrong. But there's a lot of 19th-century stuff in there. It's a magnificent piece, the use of other actors playing Ledger's role works beautifully, and it's the usual Terry Gilliam amazingness, with lots of torn rags hanging off things like he always has.

Christopher Plummer, Ledger, and Ledger's stand-ins are all very good. Lily Cole is radiant as Valentina. But the show is stolen by Verne Troyer as Percy and Tom Waits as Mr. Nick (the devil, truly).

The movie is an absolute delight, a visual feast, and pretty much the usual story as to what happens when you make a deal with the devil. It's not Gilliam's best, and you can tell he's trying to hit notes he's hit more successfully in other films (as an example, there's a lot of Baron Munchausen in Plummer's Parnassus, but John Neville made it work a bit better than Plummer).

Right now, it's only playing in NYC and LA, probably in the hopes of some Oscar nods. Waits and Troyer deserve them, but won't get them, in all likelihood.....
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HG World

HG World Season 0 Episode 6 Part 2: "It's a World of Dread and Fear"

As Season 0 of the audio drama HG World barrels to a conclusion, 3015 North Studios is presenting the final three parts of the season in the final three weeks of the year, starting a fortnight ago with the fifth episode, "All the Greenery is Comin' Down, Boy." The sixth episode, "And Shadows Still Remain," went live a week ago, with the season finale, "It's a World of Dread and Fear," hitting today. (Then, of course, Season 1 starts in 2010......)


Seasons change as we look in on the people of HG World, the First Church of Wishwell and the United Nations Necroambulate Disposal Detail. A stand off between the UN and Happy Valley Militia is interrupted by the arrival of a common enemy. Tensions between the constables of HG World come to a head. Ronni finally learns the fate of her family. Members of the church begin to break down as Pastor Dawkins tries to keep them calm and organized in preparation for a long, cold winter.

Frank Bedene as DAD
Mark Zaricor as DAWKINS
Jules Ismail as DIRK and KIRK
Lee Sands as DOGBERRY
Tracy Hall as DOREEN
Steve Cox as FISHER
Michael L. Stokes as GRANT
Audio Élan as Mrs. GREEN
Ryan Smith as HICKS
Glenn Bartram as HUGH
D.T. Kelly as JEB
Lance Shonberg as KRANTZ
Shane Harris as MAYOR
Ayoub Khote as McINNES
Dedrick Jensen-Woodard as OHLSON
Becca Rinas as RONNI
Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard as JO
Kimberly Gianopoulos as SGT. WAKE
Ron Runeborg as YING
Eric Avedissian as THOMAS
Keith R.A. DeCandido as TODD RAGE

The episode was written and directed by Jay Smith. Edited and engineered by Michael L. Stokes. HG World is produced by Jay Smith & Michael L. Stokes with production assistance by Martha Linbo-Terhaar and Carole Stokes. Production logo and additional art by Adrianna Linbo-Terhaar.

This show was edited with Reaper Audio Editor with some Sound Effects from Freesound. For a full list of Freesound contributors, please visit us at

Jonathan Coulton appears courtesy of the Creative Commons License. Visit for music downloads and concert information.

Music Credits:
"One of Them" - Kevin MacLeod
"Cowboy Whiskey" by
"Long Note One" - Kevin MacLeod
"Trio for Piano, Cello, and Clarinet" - Kevin MacLeod
"Stages of Grief" - Kevin MacLeod

The episode is also available for download on iTunes.
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Sherlock Holmes (with spoilers)

Went with the family to see Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed the heck out of it. For starters, it was incredibly faithful to Conan Doyle -- far more so than anyone this side of the Jeremy Brett adaptations. Downey is also the second-best Holmes I've seen (after Brett).

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Anyhow, fun movie. Go see it!
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