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Your Scarf it was Apricot

So, we saw Skyfall last night. Enjoyed it, as expected, even Cara Sposa's mother. CS's mother's take: "Good acting, but it was a bit noisy". Dame Judi being the highlight, of course, also as expected. Strangely, Bond has changed it's one plot from "Blow everything up in the nick of time and boink run off with the girl" to "Terminator/Alien".

But the computer stuff? I guess I know how cellular biologists must have felt back in the 80s, when SF was all about cloning. The only believable part was how Q introduced malware to the centre of MI6 by arrogantly hooking up Silva's device to the LAN. They got that right: a lot of Human Intelligence is about Human Stupidity, after all.

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asakiyume
Nov. 15th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
I love your subject line, and that it happens to go up the day after--or two days after--a total eclipse of the sun. Not in our viewing area, or even in Nova Scotia, but still.

I think these days I often feel like CS's mother re: action films, but I've been enjoying reading different people's takes on Skyfall.
barry_king
Nov. 15th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Odd song. Of course he thinks the song is about him. It is! I guess real vanity would be hearing it on the radio and thinking it IS about you even though you're not Jagger or Beatty.

I do appreciate these rebooted Bonds. The completely car chases I'm completely happy snoozing through, but instead I find myself noticing how much CG has made these films more produceable. There's always some telltale flicker or not-quite-gloss/too sharp details in the action sequences.

Still, the stories are better. It even got my adrenaline going during the card game in Casino Royale, which I never got from one of the Broccoli productions.

I guess my only real problem with Skyfall was how it had a message about human intelligence, but it garbled the message by making it all about signals intelligence. I'd rather it didn't have a message at all if it wasn't going to stick to the message. Make sense?
asakiyume
Nov. 15th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the movie, so I can't comment on the slide away from the initial message. What *is* signals intelligence?

But yes! I know the feeling of wishing a story or movie wouldn't introduce a message if it can't present it in a way that's worthwhile!
barry_king
Nov. 15th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
signals - listening, wiretapping, packet sniffing. Anything that a machine can do better than a human.
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