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In Topic: Episode 184 - Johnny Mnemonic: LIVE!

16 March 2018 - 04:16 PM

I'm no script doctor, but I think the movie would benefit from showing us one of Johnny's data smuggling gigs going smoothly, at least once. It's hard to root for a guy when all an audience knows of his life and motivation is what they're told through exposition. The movie opens with Johnny waking up after a night of hookers and champagne, apparently blowing through all that money he so desperately needs. Instead, it could have opened on Johnny completing a delivery like he's supposed to. Having that context would answer a few questions, like, does Johnny always get nosebleeds he has to tai chi away? How are three screencaps from the TV supposed to act as a password, and what happens if there is no TV in the room? And most importantly, does he have any other getaway disguises besides a driver cap trimmed with fake hair?

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(Incidentally, did anyone else notice that when he puts on the get-up, he's running down a stairwell, but then it cuts to him getting off the elevator?)

In Topic: Episode 184 - Johnny Mnemonic: LIVE!

16 March 2018 - 01:10 PM

View Posttaylor anne photo, on 16 March 2018 - 09:22 AM, said:

Jessica's full on scream at the end was the funniest reaction to a big reveal since Reindeer Games. I had to full on cover my mouth and my boss asked if I was okay because I was L O S I N G IT!

View PostGeans, on 16 March 2018 - 10:25 AM, said:

I've only listened to half this episode, but I'm so happy that Jessica St. Clair got to watch this one with what I think is the most trashcan barrel fires I've ever seen in a movie. I was hoping it would be one of hers.

I love St. Clair's appearances. Her commentary is the best parts of both Jason and June wrapped up into one adorable package.

In Topic: Episode 184 - Johnny Mnemonic: LIVE!

16 March 2018 - 01:01 PM

View PostFister Roboto, on 16 March 2018 - 12:25 PM, said:

3. Let's talk disk space. I know 320 GB doesn't seem like much nowadays, but let's keep a few things in mind. The short story this was based on was released in 1981. The first GB hard drive was released one year earlier. It cost $81,000, weighed 450 lbs, and was the size of a refrigerator. At the time, home computers' hard drives were roughly ~5MB (roughly 0.5% of 1 GB).

This movie was made in 1995. The average size of a hard disk drive (HDD) was around 400-500 MB the year before, but higher-end computers were starting to have ~1 GB HDDs. Those HDDs were SUPER expensive, too. For comparison, today you can get a 1 TB HDD for about $50. For comparison's sake, in 1995, a 500 MB HDD would have run you about $380.

Enter the Zip Disk. Originally released in 1994, Zip Disks were removable media that held a whopping 500 MB. The drive would run you about $200. But the disks were relatively inexpensive I couldn't find a cost at the time of release, but by the late 90s, you could get a pack of 6 original 100 MB disks for under $15 or a pack of 250 MB disks for under $20.

When I entered college in 1999, I bought a new computer. It was pretty decent for the time, and it had a 750 MB HDD. The following year, Dell and Gateway started putting 1 GB HDDs in most of their new computers.

Now, that might all seem like a lot of needless information, but I hope it puts into perspective how much 320 GB would have seemed in 1995. It's am almost unfathomable number for the time period. It's like if someone today said they were going to carry around about a petabyte (1000 TBs) in their head.

Yes, let's talk disc space.

First, let's agree that "synaptic seepage" is the grossest term ever.

Second, one of the audience members talked about how the human brain is estimated to hold 100 terrabytes of info. That's great, but the whole idea of seepage clearly indicates that the data isn't really being stored in the brain, because data getting into the brain is bad (see also: anal seepage being the thing killing Johnny), so that means that the mnemonic memory device is just a hard drive installed into the cranium, presumably after having removed some portion of the brain in which long-term memory is stored. And for as long as I can remember, hard drive space is finite, meaning that you can't even try to put 320 gigs of data on a 180 gig drive because the machine will see that the file is too big as say "Hey bro, I can't do that shit."

So, what exactly is "seepage" anyway? Why would there ever be data getting into the brain if the brain, itself, isn't the storage device, in which case data getting into the brain wouldn't harmful since that is the fucking point? Also, Johnny thinks he's getting those childhood memories back, but if parts of his brain were removed to accommodate the hard drive, good luck with that.

In Topic: Musical Mondays Week 34 Alice in WonderlandThrough the Looking Glass (1985)

12 March 2018 - 11:07 AM

View PostCam Bert, on 12 March 2018 - 04:34 AM, said:

Also you put a Beatle in your movie and you don't make him the walrus? That's straight up goo goo g'joob!

It occurs to me that they also missed the chance to have Merv Griffin play the Gryphon.

But they had Imogene Coca as the "Cook" so that's ... that's pretty close?

In Topic: Musical Mondays Week 34 Alice in WonderlandThrough the Looking Glass (1985)

12 March 2018 - 10:57 AM

View PostPollyDarton, on 12 March 2018 - 10:10 AM, said:

This is obviously the correct assumption - why else would the Cheshire cat be FUCKING bald.

I was kinda thinking that maybe it was a teleportation accident ... like, maybe when he materialized in front of Alice, he left his hair behind by accident, or maybe he accidentally materialized just as the Queen of Hearts was bringing the blade down on someone and he got skinned.

"Meow, baby" is probably my second favorite line, right after King of Hearts saying, "These days, heads just don't roll like they used to. Now they just clump onto the ground and stay there."