A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- November 24
- Oh hey. Final season of Man in the High Castle is
out. Watched the first epsiode and once again I've more or less
forgotten what's going on.
- November 23
- That poor ending is still bugging me. It's a six-year-old movie,
so spoiler alert and all but lemme talk about what might have been
a more interesting outcome.
Anyway, this is
clearly the start of my highly successful script-doctoring career,
so I'm off to search the internet for an agent.
- Immediaely obvious one,
Emerson's "asset" is the bad guy. Arc of the story is to teach
Emerson a lesson about trust. Doesn't work for me, but it's an
approach. I've not given this enough thought to figure out how it
would pan out, as in how you'd reveal it, why she'd wait so long,
- Emerson's boss is the bad guy. See, for me, this idea
has legs. First, we already know he's a cold-hearted bastard who
probably wouldn't bat an eyelid at shooting Emerson (this is part
of why the ending as delivered grates: if he was true to his
character he'd have simply shot the two of them in the hospital
room and left). Second, he knows how the system works; he assigned
Emerson to it - you'd have to drop the bit with the fake operator
callsign since that wouldn't make sense. Third, he wants to be
kingpin, so he stages the breakin to take out 14 real hits and 1
fake (his own) which will leave him last man standing in the
agency upper ranks. So we've got means, motive, opportunity, as
they say. How does this pan out? Emerson figures it out somehow,
maybe when he makes the cellphone call to his boss. Lures the boss
to the base on some pretext; boss falls for pretext on the grounds
of wanting to clean everything up; mayhem ensues. Probably bonus
points for getting the asset critically involved, e.g. shooting
someone who's got the drop on Emerson. Sort of getting a bit into
Bourne territory here but that's ok. Then they plant evidence of
their deaths, destroy the location, and off we go to an island in
the Caribbean with Emerson's millions or
- Variation on this: it's a test for Emerson to
see if he'll shoot the asset, since that's the reason he was put
on this task in the first place. Again, I haven't thought this one
out because it doesn't really work for me, but it'd sort of
fit. This could be a subplot of the above scenario because
Emerson's boss wants to leave no trace.
- November 22
- The Numbers Station
was chugging along nicely, and I thought I could see a very nice
twist coming, and instead they went for Bad Guy Monologue and
Rogue with Heart of Gold and really I felt like throwing the
remote at the TV. Such a wasted opportunity.
- November 21
- Pretty sure I'd seen An Audience with Billy Connolly
before, but that's no reason not to watch it again. Half the fun
was in trying to identify the '80s celebrities in the crowd.
No good reason for the gap in the diary other than that I've been
a bit busy: hoping to move back into renovated house soon, busy at
work, a trip to London, various other things.
- November 8
- I think I preferred How To Talk To Girls At Parties
as a short story. As a almost two-hour film, it was a bit uneven
and sort of lacking in depth. Cute that they made the protagonist
pretty much Young Neil Gaiman at the end, though.
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