Wednesday, March 24, 2004

New page of Doll Merchant.

Watched High Sierra last night. Sorta got teary eyed halfway through when it occured to me that the production code forbade a happy ending for Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart). Some film noir, I think, must have arisen from screenwriter ranckling at the code and being thusly filled with a desire to show those Catholic jerks that sometimes a situation where the criminal doesn't get away is more a victory for the devil. I almost think there was a definite point in the story--when Roy held up the convenience store--where the screenwriters (one of whom was John Huston) said, "Okay, fine, we'll play it your way but its only gonna barely make sense." If Roy hadn't've held up that convenience store, he may well have gotten his money and he and Marie (Ida Lupino) woulda been Scott-free. Well, then again, maybe not.

Finally caved in and watched an episode of Witchhunter Robin because someone wants me to do fan-art of Robin Sena. The character design definitely looks to be the strongest point of the series. Otherwise it seems like it vaguely wants to be Lain/Evangelion/Cowboy Bebop and the animation isn't as good as any of those series. Here's a series that really made me appreciate the attention animators in Cowboy Bebop gave to the way people actually moved, and even when the budget didn't permit full-fledged movement, a single, subtle gesture could convey so much about a character's attitude or mood. Not so with Witchhunter Robin.

Was up until 6am editing my novel. Good or bad, its definitely depressing. I also think it's funny, though.

Damnit, Roy and Marie deserved to be happy together.

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