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Puffy Treat
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Did anyone catch the teaser before Indiana Jones 4?

Doesn't it look nifty?

(I'd post a link to it, but so far the only presence it has online is a bootleg Spanish language version and a placeholder web page.)

It's based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's fantasy story about a man born old, who grows progressively younger.

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That was such a bizarre trailer. I remember being stunned by the lack of "announcer voice" and most of the trailer is missing any kind of exposition, just flashes of scenes accompanied by music.

Mostly I was entranced by the gorgeous New Orleans setting and architecture that I love so much.

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It looks really interesting, but I'll have to know more about the film before I pass judgment. But it could be good.
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I liked the trailer. We resolved to Netflix it.

And I thought it must be a short story or something. *goes off to google*

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It is! By F. Scott Fitzgerald!
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quote:
Originally posted by Puffy Treat:
It's based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's fantasy story about a man born old, who grows progressively younger.

I know. [Big Grin]
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It seems eerily similar to The Confessions of Max Tivoli...I'm pretty sure Fitzy's version is older, and I've never read it, but it sounds EXACTLY like Max Tivoli...weird.
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Someone born old who grows younger is a classic trope, going back at least as far as some of the Merlin legends.
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quote:
Originally posted by Puffy Treat:
quote:
Originally posted by Puffy Treat:
It's based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's fantasy story about a man born old, who grows progressively younger.

I know. [Big Grin]
How did I miss that? [Confused]
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Recent baby brain-cell donation. [Wink]
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
Someone born old who grows younger is a classic trope, going back at least as far as some of the Merlin legends.

Yeah. I'm blanking on the exact one, but I remember from school that at least one culture had a story about an entire land where the inhabitants were born old, then grew younger.
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Oh, interesting!
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quote:
Originally posted by Puffy Treat:
quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
Someone born old who grows younger is a classic trope, going back at least as far as some of the Merlin legends.

Yeah. I'm blanking on the exact one, but I remember from school that at least one culture had a story about an entire land where the inhabitants were born old, then grew younger.
Yeah... Ork.
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[Razz]
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I liked the trailer. It looked interesting. Besides, I'm a big fan of Cate Blanchett, so I'll probably see.
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They're both post-F. Scott Fitzgerald stories, but the Star Trek animated series had a reverse-aging universe, and a Damon Knight short story did it as well. (Can still remember images from the Knight short story -- funerals held in reverse, babies returning to their wombs, books being sucked back into printing presses to have the ink removed from their pages...)
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This reminded me of the universe in Red Dwarf where time moves backwards. They send Lister there after he's marooned for forty-odd years.

On the subject of Red Dwarf, I've heard there was a third book (after Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers and Better than Life). Anyone know what its called or how to get a hold of it?

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Cate Blanchett is wonderful. She has such good taste in movies.
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quote:
Originally posted by Juxtapose:
This reminded me of the universe in Red Dwarf where time moves backwards. They send Lister there after he's marooned for forty-odd years.

On the subject of Red Dwarf, I've heard there was a third book (after Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers and Better than Life). Anyone know what its called or how to get a hold of it?

3rd book = The Last Human. I got it through ILL, but you can probably find a used copy online. I loved the first 2 books, but didn't like the 3rd much -- only one guy (Doug Naylor) wrote the 3rd book, where the first two books were written by both guys (as "Grant Naylor"). Seemed like the 3rd book lacked the elegance of the first two books.

(Looking at Amazon, they show a 4th book, Backwards, having been written by the other guy, Rob Grant. Interesting, I'll have to give that one a try...)

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The trailer is now online.

Looks pretty good.

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This trailer had me thinking it was for The Time Traveler's Wife because of all the red hair and shots of him old with her young and vice versa. I was weirded out when it turned out to be for something else.
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It looks really good. [Smile]
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quote:
This reminded me of the universe in Red Dwarf where time moves backwards. They send Lister there after he's marooned for forty-odd years.
Kryten, reading a newspaper printed backwards: Three brought to life in bank raid. A masked man with a sawn-off shotgun sucked bullets out of two cashiers and a security guard in a South London bank tomorrow. The armed raider then forced terrified staff to accept ten thousand pounds, which he demanded they place in the bank's vaults. The man, Michael Ellis, completed a 15-year prison sentence for the crime two years ago.

Rimmer: I'm telling you, things are better this way. It's our universe that's the wrong way round.
Kryten: Take war. War is a wonderful thing here. In 50 years time the second World War will start. Backwards.
Cat: And that's a good thing?
Kryten: Millions of people will come to life. Hitler will retreat across Europe, liberate France and Poland, disband the Third Reich and bog off back to Austria.

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