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Men In Black 3: SPOILER EDITION

Some general themes:

I recall the first one addressing themes of master-apprentice a’plenty, of passing the torch, and finding someone worthy of upholding the responsibility to serve the public good.

I forget the 2nd one. Maybe I didn’t see it!

The 3rd one goes for the emotional jugular: emotional matters of the past that shape who people are in the present; and in particular: romantic love, and father-son relationships.

I really liked the various ways in which they addressed these themes. The action was a nice icing, as a lot of them were fun but not very memorable or all that well choreographed (just a lot of explosions and projectiles and IMPACT, but not very memorable in terms of exchanging skillful toe-to-toe action-drama).

That’s about it.

Might as well go for favorite scenes/arcs.

SPOILERS

One moment I “enjoyed” was watching the villain’s past and present collide, and the first thing that comes out of the villain’s mouth is self-loathing, destructive criticism, shaming, blaming. And the past and future selves have no harmony, and are not “one,” and in many ways, are just seeking after their own gain, and viewing the “other” as merely a tool to use to better themselves for. It’s not a “my life is in fact your life,” but it is “if you help me, you will gain in this way, while I gain in that way, so it is win-win for us ‘both,’” as if the two selves from different time periods are separate and unrelated. There’s a clear lack of unity within the self. Was very “true” to the “villain” archetype, and it was comically done without being too spiteful or bitter about the bad-guy-being-bad. As in: the writers and storytellers didn’t seem to hammer it home that the bad guy needs to be seen as really really hateful, and that it could be observed in a funny and true way without casting too much judgment. Maybe I’m projecting.

I think I like this in films that pull off time-travel in a skillful way, which ultimately comes down to: who is information-superior and who is information-inferior, and watching the information-superior try to be as gentle and understanding towards the information-inferior’s situation, and to try not to “blow their cover” or try to game the outcome. If the information-superior knows too much, then the film just becomes a “follow everything I say” type game, and MiB 3 did a good job of making Agent J not know too much, so that the partnership could still be organic and have the characters just be, rather than following steps to ensure the restoration/improvement of their future.

The all-seeing demi-god type character was also really lovable. Really quirky, seemingly harmless, seemed really good natured, and vulnerable, in that despite being able to know all possible outcomes, this figure never really used it for self-gain, and in a lot of ways, was just an observer of the human condition, in all iterations. If we want to go off in a tangent, I feel like this is the type of religious deity figure that is actually appealing to many science-as-religion-folks. As in: the filmmakers did a great job of making this character non-offensive to modern audiences, while at the same time, not being able to exercise too much of a deux-ex, and speaking in clues that lead, rather than orders that the protags must follow like automatons.

Really well done!

It’s a nice way to tie the knot in the MiB franchise, as well, and to be honest, I have no idea how they took that storyline, and opened it up and rejiggered with the elements so that a story of master-apprentice and passing-on-the-torch became one of in-fact-this-isn’t-a-partnership-and-was-actually-a-father-son-relationship-all-along, to end on that emotional-core-level that is so very universal to the human experience.

And they used “sci-fi cartoon space adventure secret agent protectors of the earth tropes super skillfully,” at that.

Might not be the cinematic experience that transforms modern society as we know it, but it does an excellent job at using modern filmmaking tropes, archetypal themes, and sci-fi action adventure elements to tell a really tight, focused story that anyone can relate to, if you’re so inclined to embrace such themes.

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kalidraws:

Seniors & ‘The Internet of Everything’, for a special edition supplement for WIRED readers. With thanks to my art director, Ryan Vulk.

My illustration accompanied info about advances in connectivity and technology that could benefit seniors—one of which may be cool helpful robots! As you can see, some bits and pieces got changed from the original sketch, and I also had the sudden realization that a table with ONE chair is infinitely sadder than a table with TWO chairs.

When it came time to figure out the final, I had no clue how the lighting would actually work. I searched the internet without success until I realized that my stupid hands could actually make a rough lighting model—way more efficient! My final isn’t 100% accurate, but the general idea is there.

inspiring, and not in that swelling emotionally effusive kinda way where you think you need to change the world. but more like, “hey, i can probably mockup lighting scenarios in frickin cinema 4d, and just use free obj models that exist on all those sites. let’s do it!”

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Another Crono iteration, photoshop

Another Crono iteration, photoshop

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theanimationarchive:

David Vandervoort’s character design/model sheets were based off these original character design concepts by Robert Valley. On each drawing are notes from the shows creator Chris Prynoski.

Source: David Vandervoort

awesome resource

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - STRAIGHT against CURVESThis principle really helps to create shapes and characters with “points of interest”. The straights move the eye towards the areas of curves, bumps and details. I mostly focused on the silhouettes of the shapes/characters, but the same principles should also be applied to shapes and volumes inside the main shape/volume.Norm


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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - STRAIGHT against CURVES

This principle really helps to create shapes and characters with “points of interest”. The straights move the eye towards the areas of curves, bumps and details. I mostly focused on the silhouettes of the shapes/characters, but the same principles should also be applied to shapes and volumes inside the main shape/volume.

Norm

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hammpix:

Folks welcomed the hand reference I posted, so here’s some foot reference.

As an artist you’ll draw A LOT of feet, especially feet that REST ON THE GROUND. Don’t be one of those artists who hides feet behind grass or mist all the time. Print these out and draw ‘em.

I included the knees because you’ll need to know how feet connect with legs; draw ‘em up to the knee.

yo. these look mad gross and garish (due to lighting), but they will come in handy.

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paying tribute.
gotta clean it up and color it.

paying tribute.

gotta clean it up and color it.

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"When I was young, I admire clever people. Now that I am old, i admire kind people."

— Maricel Tolentino (via prayerpartner)

Its true.

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"If your goal is purity of heart, be prepared to be thought very odd."

— Elisabeth Elliot  (via godmoves)

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skunkbear:

This is a time lapse built from Hubble Telescope images taken of the star V838 Monocerotis between 2002 and 2006. But it doesn’t show a supernova. Good old V838 didn’t explode. No.
V838 suddenly brightened, and we’re watching that burst of light pass through a relatively stationary cloud of dust, illuminating the cloud as it goes.
The video was originally posted in 2006, and Slate’s Phil Plait has written all about it, but in the mysterious way of the internet, this stellar light eruption has just recently gone viral.
Click through this thumbnail to a beautiful rendering of the event, by Roberto Colombari:


4 yr interstellar intergalactic timelapse

skunkbear:

This is a time lapse built from Hubble Telescope images taken of the star V838 Monocerotis between 2002 and 2006. But it doesn’t show a supernova. Good old V838 didn’t explode. No.

V838 suddenly brightened, and we’re watching that burst of light pass through a relatively stationary cloud of dust, illuminating the cloud as it goes.

The video was originally posted in 2006, and Slate’s Phil Plait has written all about it, but in the mysterious way of the internet, this stellar light eruption has just recently gone viral.

Click through this thumbnail to a beautiful rendering of the event, by Roberto Colombari:

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4 yr interstellar intergalactic timelapse

(via sciencefriday)

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#vscocam; also: #skywash

#vscocam; also: #skywash

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an evening exercise of sorts

an evening exercise of sorts

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stress relief, v1

stress relief, v1

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WIP, but i just liked the meta-asset thang thangs.

WIP, but i just liked the meta-asset thang thangs.