Considering how long and busy Kate’s day has been, along with the remains of her jet lag, it’s a miracle that Stefan isn’t carrying her into the hotel suite rather than her crashing the moment her head hit the pillow.
Today’s rhyme, Cock A Doodle Doo” gave me too options. The first was from the rooster’s point of view. The other was from the view of the Master and the Dame. I went with the latter because I already had three sketches that were portraits of birds.
I found today’s Rhyme, “Baby and I“, confusing. I couldn’t tell if it was about cannibalism or if the narrator was stiffing the baker. I think it’s yet another one where stuff was left out over the years. For the sake of the image I went with the cannibalism. In order to make some sense out of people fitting in pie dishes, I made the baker an ogre.
Today’s Rhyme was, “The Dove says, Coo, Coo, what shall I do”. I was a little worried that would be another one where all I had to do was draw a bird. However then I got to the bit about her being dissed by the wren. This gave it some entertaining depth. I like wrens, they’ve got pluck.
Today’s rhyme was “Rowley Powley, Pudding and Pie”, better known as Georgie Peorgie.” I wasn’t sure whether to go with a before or after picture, but with already having done a picture of some jerk not taking no for an answer, I went with Rowley running away. Of course in it’s original period the writer probably thought Rowley was a lovable scamp.
I’ve known today’s rhyme, “St. Dunstan, as the story goes”, for a while, mainly because I went to St. Dunstan’s Day School for High School. Anyway the best part of this one was drawing a monstrous devil in contrast to the silly opera devil I did yesterday.
I confess I went into pedant mode by asking, “St. Dustan was a monk”, right? So I ended up looking up to check and based his look on some stained glass I found.
For this week’s selection I decided to do seventies science fiction. Specifically seventies science fiction that as a lover of science fiction I knew all about, read reviews and analysis of in dozens of textbooks on the subject, but for whatever reason never actually got around to seeing.
The first one on my list was George Lucas’s first film, THX 1138. Robert Duvall stars as the titular character, who’s a drone in a future dystopia where all people are shaved drugged and individuality and emotion are illegal. THX 1138 is content because the meds tell him so… That is until his roommate messes with his prescription. They fall in love. He’s found out and arrested, put in a prison that consists of a featureless while room, which he eventually escapes. The rest of the film consists of an ongoing chase scene.
This is an interesting film. It’s a good example of show don’t tell. In fact for the first half hour or show it does nothing but show and expects you to keep up. The filming does a lot good things with it’s shoestring budget making the settings dystopia creepily convincing for the first half. What makes it work is just how casual everyone is about this police state especially when the comically polite robot police thugs take people away as if it was nothing.
My next film Silent Running, directed by Douglas Trumbull, is an environmental parable about a lone man trying to save the last of earth’s forests. It’s a distant future and what’s left of earth’s environment is stored in a fleet of ships orbiting Saturn. Then without any explanation the project is canceled and the crews of the ships are ordered to destroy the forests. (Oh, and when I say no explanation I don’t just mean sloppy writing, the orders that the crew gets literally says there is no explanation) Our hero, Freeman Lowell played by Bruce Dern mutinies killing the rest of the crew and tries to fly the ship away from the rest of the fleet.
I had mixed feelings about this thing. Not that I have any problem with the films message,but it was so heavy handed it was hard to swallow. The film does everything to put Lowell in the right even to the point of having the rest of the crew being unrepentant jerks who almost gleefully cary out their orders to destroy the trees (though this is subverted slightly in that the main reason the other ships are hunting Lowell is because they are trying to rescue him from what they believe was a disaster.)
Beyond that the film is pretty enjoyable with fairly good effects for it’s time (the three robot drones, Huey, Dewey and Louie, being played by double amputees) and Dern’s performance of a man slowly going mad from guilt and isolation are especially good. Along with that it has some enjoyable moments. My favorite being where he plays poker with the drones.