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No Maps for These Territories (2000)
No Maps for These Territories (2000)


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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
September 22
I've been meaning to rip a bunch of DVDs onto a DNLA server for ages but basically hadn't gotten around to figuring out the options. This evening I successfully ripped a DVD to the server and then figured out which of the 27 options I needed to activate on my media setup to enable surround sound. It's overly complicated and I wish there were some sensible defaults but at least I know it works.

September 17
I've had No Maps for these Territories on DVD for ages but somehow never ever got around to removing the security seal; somewhere along the line I'd absorbed the incorrect notion that it was a visual counterpart to the article William Gibson had done for Wired or whoever on U2's rolling engineering works that makes their shows possible, but it's not that, it's Gibson in a limousine talking about ... everything. The funny thing about him is that he's got all this thought out, or at least seems to, but the delivery makes it come across as if he's just coming up with these really deep thoughts completely ad lib. The video is very much of its time: jerky camera and harsh cuts when we're not doing the Gibson-talks-to-the-camera stuff. Is it good? I don't really know.

September 15
Marlowe was frankly disappointing. Neil Jordan! Liam Neeson! Colm Meaney! Jessica Lange! Based on a book by John Banville! How could you go wrong? Well, by muddling up the editing so the whole thing doesn't really hang together, for starters: there were a few cuts early on where I took a minute or two to figure out what exactly had happened the timeline. Some scenes seem to just ... stop: Neeson says something half-way pithy (never even close to the level of classic Marlowe), and then cut to some scenery or something to allow the audience their moment to absorb it or laugh or, I dunno, roll their eyes vigourously. This could've been a contender, to coin a phrase, but alas no.

September 14
...and that's a wrap for Reacher season 1. Quite good: big, dumb, not trying to be cleverer than it needs to be, funny... I'd watch more of this.

September 09
I had watched Blood Diamond years ago, so long ago that the only dim recollection I had of it turned out to be incorrect. I'd definitely forgotten the fate of both Arnold Vosloo and Leonardo DiCaprio. It's a good movie, but grim, and there's probably a lot I'm missing in terms of how it might be seen by people from the parts of the world it's set in.

September 08
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: it's getting a little strained, but it's still a whole lot of fun.

September 05
Well, I thought that a few extra seasons of The Blacklist had come unlocked, but no. So we wound up watching the first episode of Reacher, and it's kinda big and dumb but also pretty much what we were looking for, so that'll do us for a week I guess.

September 02
We wrapped up The Tick: they stuck the landing, pretty much, which was nice given that they didn't get a third season. And then we watched the three Star Wars prequels over the course of a few nights. Clones is definitely the weakest of the three; I think all three suffer somewhat from not knowing what's going to happen next, so they actually improve marginally on a rewatch. There's an awful lot of handwaving in the stories if you think too hard about it, which I guess Lucas didn't. In any case, I think we'll probably watch Rogue One next to bridge into the original trilogy. Maybe.

The Mercedes Me developer website seems to have lost my little home automation project. This is annoying because I don't believe I had a copy of the setup anywhere, and now I need to go and recreate it (it's basically a bunch of onboarding stuff for OAuth to allow me access to the API). On the plus side this may reset my access count for the limited APIs.

Ah, they've cancelled the "Bring Your Own Car" tier of access. Which of course is the one I was using. Someone had reverse-engineered the app's API for a different home automation system to the one I use; maybe I can port that or something. Sigh.

August 25
Survivor wasn't terrible, but there was a certain amount of scoffing at the TV, particularly when a supposedly skilled US intelligence operative didn't swap her heels for a pair of flats while on the run. Really now. But we've watched worse.

August 18
Wrapped season one of The Tick, and it was excellent. Strongly recommend.

Ready Player One went from "meh" to "dear god" as it went on. and on. and on. I enjoyed the book; I understand, retrospectively, there maybe were some problems with it that I didn't recognise at the time because I was busy wallowing in the nostalgia of it. Regardless, the movie is a stinker and, well, NO. I think between this and the faux-biopic we're pretty much no longer interested in anything else Stephen Spielberg has to offer.

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