July 16th, 2013

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Last Days of Ancient Sunlight

In the near future, a visionary leader brings Ireland to the forefront of green technology while in Alaska, communities displaced by the rising seas struggle to rebuild without losing their sense of self. Disparate worlds collide when fracked-out gas fields in middle America collapse, finally destabilizing the last of the old-world power regime in The Last Days of Ancient Sunlight.

Here begins a few weeks of probably-daily vote hounding, because I’ve applied for a grant which has a first step of reality-show-style popularity contest to it. Arthur Guinness Projects is offering grants of up to €50K for a variety of arenas: arts, music, sport and food.

I’ve applied for an arts grant to work on my climate change trilogy, which I’d dearly love to do. The catch in the voting process is you have to sign up for their site, which I wish wasn’t the case, but if you don’t mind doing so, you can vote for my project once a day. And it’d be really nice if you would. :)

You can vote here. Daily!

Behind the cut is the (extremely rough, but uncut) version of the excerpt that is also posted on the AGP website.

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(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Picoreview: Pacific Rim

Picoreview: Pacific Rim: does what it says on the tin.

Okay, no, it doesn’t, because the tin says “Pacific Rim”, not “giant monsters fight giant robots!”, but close enough.

I liked it. I didn’t love it, which I wanted to, but I liked it, and it certainly delivered what I wanted it to. The effects were (literally) tremendous, and there were a couple of moments where I squeeed happily at the way something monstered out. There was one scene in particular where I kind of just sat back and thought, “The makers of the original Godzilla movies* would be proud.”

I thought the hero looked like Guillermo del Toro had wanted Channing Tatum and hadn’t been able to get him, so sent them out to find that type. Except this guy had a spark of native intelligence to his gaze, which I’ve never found to be true with Tatum. Or whatever his name is. So he was an improvement on the type, IMHO, and … y’know, everybody keeps saying “There was no character development!” but I thought everybody developed pretty well, actually, including Raleigh.

I *loved* Mako Mori, the female lead. I loved her backstory, her persona, her story arc, and her hair. Go read this review for details on why. In fact, her only problem for me was that she was goddamned near the only female in the entire movie, and that’s not her fault.

Idris Elba is just OMG. The only thing I could have wished for was to see him and Ron Perlman in the same scene together.

Actually, as my friend Chrysoula said, what I really could have wished for was for this to be a 6 or 8 hour miniseries with time to delve into the entire world and how they got there more deeply. But I enjoyed it for what it was. :)

*Original movies. Not that thing with Matthew Broderick, which was the worst movie I have ever sat all the way through.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)