atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4679: Watch out what you wish for.

England didn't want Scotland to be independent, and they got their way. Now members of parliament from Scotland aren't going to vote the way that the English want them to.

Apparently the scots aren't supposed to have their own opinions; they're supposed to be good little subjects and do what their betters in London tell them.

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Last night was an anime double feature: Mononoke Hime and something called Patema, Inverted.

The latter was a BluRay my wife got me for Valentine's Day, which we only just got around to watching. As stories go it was pretty fair dinkum, even though I saw the major plot twist coming a mile away--it was bleeding obvious--and had to spend some time explaining the ending of the movie to my wife.

In her defense, it's kind of confusing. People who have seen the movie will understand that the negative of a negative is a positive, but if you have no head for math repeated inversions can be tricky to evaluate.

The basic premise is that there was a big scientific experiment a long time ago that caused a major disruption to gravity, and a lot of people died. Now there are two groups of humans in the world, normals and "inverts". The inverts experience gravity opposite to that of normals, and the worst thing that can happen to an invert is to fall, because they fall right into the sky.

Patema, who has lived underground her entire life, finds herself doing exactly that, almost, only she's rescued by the male lead Eiji. (The subtitles spell his name "Age", but it sounds as if it was spelled "Eiji" in the japanese version, so that's what I'm going with.)

Eiji lives in a totalitarian society and the guy who runs the show is eager to get his hands on Patema, because inverts are dire sinners blah blah blah etcetera.

I can't say much more about it without spoilers. It was a pretty good movie, all told, though the pacing was glacial until about the last forty minutes. There are lots of scenes in the movie which made me squirm, acrophobic that I am, but it established its rules and stuck by them, and I enjoyed it.

Of particular interest to me was the clue at the very beginning of the movie, before Patema had her big adventure: the handrails on the catwalk she was standing on. I thought it was a mistake or something, but it was not, and that clue was half the reason I saw the big twist coming. That's all I'll say about it.

Now that I know what's going on, I'm going to have to watch the movie again.

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I don't know what it is, but for some reason having an ice-cold Pepsi with a Tombstone pizza just hits the damned spot every time.

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