Pixel Scroll 11/14 The 7 Pixels of Highly Effective Scrolls

(1) Here is Hampus Eckerman, “A happy Filer on way to see The Martian.”

Eckerman on way to see Martian RT COMP

(2) But did he know that The Martian is a comedy? Nobody else knew it either until the people who run a set of Hollywood awards started playing games —

The Martian is one of my favorite films of 2015. It was intellectually stimulating, inspiring, thrilling, and even funny here and there, but was it a comedy? I don’t think so, but that’s the opinion of Hollywood Foreign Press: the organization behind the Golden Globes award. Apparently, the film is being shuffled over into comedy so it’ll have a chance to snatch a few awards–any awards–from the grasps of lighter fare: something that it won’t be able to do in the drama category, where there’s stiffer competition.

(3) In case anybody is really going to Mars, NASA wants to have spacesuits ready:

NASA is not wasting any time in developing new spacesuits to be used in a variety of locations for the Journey To Mars. Two new suits, PXS and Z2, were introduced in October and they have now reached the stage of working advanced prototypes.

The PXS, or prototype exploration spacesuit, was developed to improve performance on extra-vehicular activities (EVAs), spacewalks, in low-earth orbit or outer space. The suit aims to minimize the amount of equipment necessary for long duration EVAs. The PXS has a versatile approach to fittings. Many features are 3D printed, so the suit can be personalized for any crew member and for different types of EVAs.

(4) Remember Westworld, “Where nothing can possibly go wrong…”? If you’re going to the screening of Westworld at the Ace Hotel in LA on November 15, please note that the correct start time is 1:00 PM, not 2:00 PM as displayed in the original show banner.

Westworld screening COMP

(5) Neil deGrasse Tyson will start a 10-city speaking tour in January 2016.

Join Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, award winning- astrophysicist, author, and host of FOX’s Cosmos for an evening of engaging conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it.

(6) Fantasy Faction has an extensive and quite interesting report of the Gollancz Festival for Writers.

On Sunday, 18th of October, prolific SFF publisher Gollancz held the Gollancz Festival for Writers, as a sort of addendum to the already sold-out Gollancz Festival 2015. It had a smaller line-up of authors compared to the main festival itself, and focused solely on writing (obviously). I was gutted that the main festival sold out so it was a pleasant surprise when this was announced, and I snapped up tickets immediately.

The main line-up consisted of Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Joanne Harris and Joe Hill. Out of these four, I’d only read Abercrombie, and I’ve also seen him at events twice before (including Fantasy-Faction’s own Grim Gathering). Joe is one of my favourite writers and also a joy to see speak, so I was already thrilled to be going, but also seeing three other authors I’ve not seen before was a massive bonus.

(7) David K. M. Klaus sent a link to Daniel Castro’s op-ed at Computerworld, “’Ban the killer robots’ movement could backfire”.

Efforts to establish a global ban on offensive autonomous weapons — a.k.a. “killer robots” — have intensified in recent weeks. This uptick in lobbying comes on the heels of an open letter calling for such a ban from a group of artificial intelligence and robotics researchers, including well-known luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Noam Chomsky.

Unfortunately, these efforts have stigmatized much-needed research on autonomous robots that will be central to increasing economic productivity and quality of life over the next half century — but only if the technology is able to be developed. Rather than allowing those predicting a techno-dystopia to dominate the debate, policymakers should vocally champion the benefits of autonomous robots — including in the military — and embrace policies designed to accelerate their development and deployment.

Klaus responded:

“Ban the Killer Robots!” sounds like a demonstration-slogan shout in a scene on Futurama or something from an Ed Wood movie, but this article is about a real organization with real concerns.

From tele-operated drones to rudimentary A.I. in battlefield machines, they’re worried about the further mechanization of war against enemies of a lower technological level which would still be using human soldiers.

Nobody uses the word “cylon” but it sure as hell was the first thing that came to my mind.

And — I am not making this up — according to Twitter, one of the followers of “Campaign to Stop Killer Robots” tweets is Edward James Olmos.

I keep remembering this quotation by Allen Ginsberg, that “We live in science fiction.”  That’s always resonated with me as prophetic, and it becomes more and more true every year.

(8) The BBC would like to get Tom Hanks on Doctor Who.

‘Doctor Who’ has attracted some impressive guest stars over the years including Brian Blessed, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, and more recently Maisie Williams, but it seems like the Beeb has its sights set on an even higher stratosphere of names for the future.

Peter Capaldi, the actor currently in the lead role, says his BBC bosses asked him to tap up Tom Hanks to appear on the hit sci-fi show.

Not that he’d actually have to parallel any role he’s done in movies, but Hanks has experience with some of the show’s familiar tropes – he’s been through a time paradox in Radio Flyer, had his own Pompeii moment in Joe Versus the Volcano, and had an extended lifespan in The Green Mile.

(9) John King Tarpinian has been catching up on Scream Queens: [Spoiler Warning]

I watched the other night’s episode this afternoon, they had a big belly laugh scene. Jamie Leigh Curtis is taking a shower, the opening of which is shot-for-shot the same as her mother did for Hitchcock.  Except that Jamie beats down the bad guy saying, “I’ve seen the movie like fifty times.”

(10) WIRED’s article “We Flew a Lego X-Wing Into the Death Star Because Awesome” has a clever video of exactly what you’d expect from that title.

You can’t make an omelette, they say, without breaking a few eggs. Well, you also can’t blow up a Death Star without crashing a few X-wings. (That was the lesson of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, right?) But while that sucks if you’re Porkins or one of his pilot brethren, the collision of X-wings and Death Stars makes for some pretty awesome destruction.

(11) Today In History

  • November 14, 1964:  Santa Claus Versus The Martians is released – generally regarded as one of the worst films ever made…

(12) Today’s Birthday Girl

Man, this has been a shitty year in many ways, and one full of life lessons that apparently the universe felt were overdue. Some of those I’m still grappling with. I am so freaking behind on this book it’s not even funny, but thank god for both the wonderful time spent writing in California this summer and the kick in the ass that NaNoWriMo has administered. I’m feeling hopeful about that again and making steady progress.

At the same time among the bumps there’s been plenty of bright spots. Among them my first novel, my first appearance in a Year’s Best collection (edited by Joe Hill, no less), and my first acceptance to longtime goal Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (I have been submitting there for over a decade now). I’ve had nineteen original publications come out since my last birthday, and twelve are currently forthcoming, including a team-up with Mike Resnick. Rachel Swirsky and I are working on some projects together, which is terrific fun. I have a good half dozen stories already spoken for. My collaboration with Bud Sparhawk finally got accepted so he can stop nagging me about why it hasn’t sold yet.

(13) So H. P. Lovecraft was actually a good Democrat? Scott Edelman ran this quote in a 2010 blog post, “What H. P. Lovecraft Thought of Republicans”.

As for the Republicans—how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.

(14) You can buy Forrest J Ackerman Presents Music For Robots, created by Frank Coe, on iTunes for $9.99.

The album was released in 2005. It seems that some (all?) of it has already been uploaded to YouTube.

[Thanks to David K.M. Klaus, Hampus Eckerman, Michael J. Walsh, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Soon Lee.]

294 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 11/14 The 7 Pixels of Highly Effective Scrolls

  1. Night Watch is genuinely good*, by the way, as well as being weird and unusual and new-to-me in ideas. For the people who have mentioned not having seen it or heard of it: give it a go!

    *Foreign language with subtitles**, though, so if you’re not comfortable with that it probably isn’t the film for you. I know some people prefer to avoid that sort of thing.

    **Ones that I’m pretty sure inspired the makers of Sherlock.

  2. 1. Monty Python and The Holy Grail
    When I’m with my son and we see someone on horseback he says “Rode in?” yup, every time

    2. Shrek
    His wrestling team mates called my son Shrek

    3. Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
    When my 34 year old daughter asks for something I say “Yes, Veruca.”

    4. Conan The Barbarian

  3. Meredith: Foreign language with subtitles, though, so if you’re not comfortable with that it probably isn’t the film for you.

    I watch foreign films fairly often, and I enjoy them. But I am just so over vampire everything.

    But thank you for the recommendation. 🙂

  4. @JJ

    They aren’t really vampire films. There are vampires in them but only as one of many – they’re about magic. I guess it depends on how much vampire is too much?

  5. 1. SQUIRREL ARTHUR LOVED THE COCONUTS
    The Sword In The Stone (1963)
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    2. SPEAKING DONKEY TRUMPS TIGER
    Shrek (2001)
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    I truly cannot decide, so abstain.

    3. SONGS AND COLOURS
    Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
    Fantasia (1940)

    4. HEAR THE LAMENTATION OF THE CHILDREN
    Conan The Barbarian (1982)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    5. WITCHES WHO WATCHES
    Night Watch (2004)
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    Abstain

    6. THINGS THAT GROW BIG
    Big (1988)
    Brotherhood of the wolf (2001)

    7. DO YOU LOVE FATHER OR MUMMY MOST?
    Hogfather (2007)
    The Mummy (1999)

    Abstain

    8. HUNTERS WITH GUNS CHASING ANIMALS RUNNING AMOK
    Princess Mononoke (1997)
    Jumanji (1995)

    Abstain

  6. Meredith: I guess it depends on how much vampire is too much?

    For me, anything past the “v” is too much. 😉

  7. 1. SQUIRREL ARTHUR LOVED THE COCONUTS
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    2. SPEAKING DONKEY TRUMPS TIGER
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    3. SONGS AND COLOURS
    Fantasia (1940)
    My husband would almost certainly vote the other way. Too bad for him. Of course, it seems like so far the way to bet is against anything I pick that isn’t Monty Python.. 🙁

    4. HEAR THE LAMENTATION OF THE CHILDREN
    Conan The Barbarian (1982)
    My husband DETESTS The Nightmare before Christmas. I don’t, but I do think Corpse Bride is the much better film.
    Apparently one should avoid watching the Conan commentary tracks, even if one is obsessed with commentary. But the movie is cheesy fun.

    5. WITCHES WHO WATCHES
    Night Watch (2004)
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    ABSTAIN. Snow White has a bit of a multiple personality feel to it, and doesn’t mesh together as well as later Disney, but it is hugely influential, and the dark bits really WORK. And I’ve heard too much good about Night Watch.

    6. THINGS THAT GROW BIG
    Brotherhood of the wolf (2001)

    7. DO YOU LOVE FATHER OR MUMMY MOST?
    Hogfather (2007)

    8. HUNTERS WITH GUNS CHASING ANIMALS RUNNING AMOK
    Princess Mononoke (1997)

    BONUS BRACKET – FOURTH HEAT
    Seriously, I have read one of these, and it’s the short graphic novel. No votes.

  8. JJ: Ah, you’re right. The Mummy had Arnold Vosloo and Oded Fehr. Same diff.

    Sorry, I think you may have misspelled “difficult to decide between”, yes? (Hubba hubba.)

    Voting, for the ones where I feel able to vote:
    FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET – FOURTH HEAT

    2. SPEAKING DONKEY TRUMPS TIGER
    Shrek (2001)
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Wirework over CGI any and every day.

    3. SONGS AND COLOURS
    Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
    Fantasia (1940)
    I have a deep fondness for Dahl and a deep, DEEP distaste for Disney.

    6. THINGS THAT GROW BIG
    Big (1988)
    Brotherhood of the wolf (2001)
    Big was sweet but seems (in memory) a bit lightweight. I enjoyed Brotherhood a lot (plus, Mark Dacascos!)

    7. DO YOU LOVE FATHER OR MUMMY MOST?
    Hogfather (2007)
    The Mummy (1999)
    This was tough. I like The Mummy a lot. But I love Hogfather and thought it was a remarkably well done adaptation.

    2. PUNK ROCK OR HEAVY METAL?
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman
    Gossamer Axe, Gael Baudino
    Kinda cheating; I haven’t read the Gaiman. But I usually like his work, and I remember pretty much hating Gossamer Axe.

    Current reading: closing in on the end of The Martian. I think that even if Weir is still eligible for the Campbell, I won’t be nominating him. While the plot is interesting, there were enough clunky moments during the book that bumped me out of the experience that I don’t think he’s (so far) a skilled enough writer to warrant a Campbell nom.

    I almost never say this, but I’m glad I saw the movie first.

  9. My sister and I joke that Oded Fehr’s subtitled dialogue in The Mummy could all be replaced by “I am sexy and mysterious” and it wouldn’t change our experience of the film at all.

    Mm, Oded Fehr.

    @Lexica

    I felt that the film smoothed out some first-book-bumpiness from The Martian – a few too many disasters, that sort of thing. Good book, really fun book, not a great book. Whether he’s on my Campbell list depends on the competition by the deadline.

    I’m still convinced Mindy Park should have been played by a Korean-American actress, though.

  10. Meredith: I’m still convinced Mindy Park should have been played by a Korean-American actress, though.

    I’m still pissed off about that whitewashing. 😐

  11. 1. SQUIRREL ARTHUR LOVED THE COCONUTS
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    2. SPEAKING DONKEY TRUMPS TIGER
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    3. SONGS AND COLOURS
    Fantasia (1940)

    4. HEAR THE LAMENTATION OF THE CHILDREN
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    5. WITCHES WHO WATCHES
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    6. THINGS THAT GROW BIG
    Brotherhood of the wolf (2001)

    7. DO YOU LOVE FATHER OR MUMMY MOST?
    The Mummy (1999)

    8. HUNTERS WITH GUNS CHASING ANIMALS RUNNING AMOK
    Jumanji (1995)
    Ouch

    BONUS BRACKET – FOURTH HEAT

    1. SCARY ALBINOS
    Elric of Melnibone, Michael Moorcock

    2. PUNK ROCK OR HEAVY METAL?
    Gossamer Axe, Gael Baudino
    I don’t know this book and I loved the Gaiman but…I think Death would be disappointing as a movie

  12. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET – FOURTH HEAT

    1. SQUIRREL ARTHUR LOVED THE COCONUTS
    The Sword In The Stone (1963) – 5 votes
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) – 42 votes

    So Madame Mim was a witch. And she did turn Wart into a newt this time. And this newt had no chance against the most foul, cruel and bad-tempered rodent that was ever set eyes on. “It is just a scratch”, screams newt-Wart, but a final “Ni!” quiets him forever.

    WINNER: King Arthur. The other one. Oh well… Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

    2. SPEAKING DONKEY TRUMPS TIGER
    Shrek (2001) – 11 votes
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – 32 votes

    Speaking donkey might trump Tiger, but what about the hidden dragon? A love affair takes them out of the context and Shrek remains alone against a Matrix-like swordswoman who slices and dices everything in her way. As a family man with experience of female warriors, he knows when to retreat.

    WINNER: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    3. SONGS AND COLOURS
    Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) – 17 votes
    Fantasia (1940) – 26 votes

    Willy Wonka has chocolate, but Fantasia has got wine and drunken gods. Also the most awesome Chernabog ever. Wonka flees in his Wonkavator.

    WINNER: Fantasia

    4. HEAR THE LAMENTATION OF THE CHILDREN
    Conan The Barbarian (1982) – 18 votes
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – 29 votes

    Do you want to live forever? “No”, slurs Conan and promptly falls asleep with his head in his porridge. Jack Skellington is the winner for it is plain, as anyone can see, it was simply meant to be.

    WINNER: The Nightmare Before Christmas

    5. WITCHES WHO WATCHES
    Night Watch (2004) – 10 votes
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – 19 votes

    The russian blockbuster against the disney classic? The darkness is dispelled by cute animals and the best organ ever. And Disney still has the scariest witch.

    WINNER: Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs

    6. THINGS THAT GROW BIG
    Big (1988) – 22 votes
    Brotherhood of the wolf (2001) – 10 votes

    Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Tom Hanks when he has a whole toy store to play around in. The Beast of Gévaudan stands no chance against a foot-operated piano.

    WINNER: Big

    7. DO YOU LOVE FATHER OR MUMMY MOST?
    Hogfather (2007) – 11 votes
    The Mummy (1999) – 30 votes

    Death may speak in LARGE LETTERS, but The Mummy is the kind of fun that the filers enjoy. Complete with locust clouds, evil scarabs and the mandator ridiculous englishman. It’s teatime for Hogfather.

    WINNER: The Mummy

    8. HUNTERS WITH GUNS CHASING ANIMALS RUNNING AMOK
    Princess Mononoke (1997) – 29 votes
    Jumanji (1995) – 9 votes

    Princess Mononoke is a Myazaki and that is a hard thing to beat. Alan goes back into his board game and takes all animals with him.

    WINNER: Princess Mononoke

    BONUS BRACKET – FOURTH HEAT

    1. SCARY ALBINOS
    Elric of Melnibone, Michael Moorcock – 18 votes
    Zoo City, Lauren Beukes – 14 votes

    The first bonus bracket where there has actually been a contest! Elric always in the lead, but with Zoo City steadfasty remaining just a few steps behind. In the end a warlord with a penguin will have a hard time against a bloodthirsty sword.

    WINNER: Elric of Melnibone

    2. PUNK ROCK OR HEAVY METAL?
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman – 25 votes
    Gossamer Axe, Gael Baudino – 8 votes

    Neil Gaiman is hard to beat at his worst and The High Cost of Living is one of his more popular works. Gossamer Axe is out, but at least this bracket administrator got a new book to place in his TBR pile.

    WINNER: Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman

    3. LEARNING HISTORY
    Dragon Bones, Patricia Briggs – 8 votes
    The Deed of Paksenarrion, Elizabeth Moon – 18 votes

    The Deed of Paksenarrion was in the lead from first vote and stayed there the whole time. Paks continue to battle evil in whatever form, but for Ward the fight is over.

    WINNER: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Elizabeth Moon

    4. EXOTIC SETTINGS
    The Shattered World, Michael Reaves – 8 votes
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin – 17 votes

    There was once a beautiful world of green and gentle continent, then the world was shattered… The end. For an ending it is when the contest is against the MythAdventures. We want to see pet dragons and thats it.

    WINNER: The Myth Books, Robert Asprin

  13. As discussion is still going on in next days Pixel Scroll, we will continue with next phase of the movie bracket in this post.

  14. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)
    King Kong (1933)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    Jason and The Argonauts (1963)
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  15. 1. The Seventh Seal
    2. Labyrinth
    3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    4. Monty Python and The Holy Grail
    5. Lord of The Rings
    6. Excalibur
    7. The Princess Bride
    8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  16. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings ? Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  17. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

  18. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Frozen We are feuding, we are feuding forever.

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    Forehead cloth please. ehhhh ehhhh ehhhh. Oh fine. This is Halloween. This is Halloween. The soundtrack wins out.
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Frozen

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

  19. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold

  20. Heated bracketeering the second:

    1. Seventh Seal
    2. Labyrinth
    3. Nightmare Before Christmas
    4. Holy Grail
    5. LOTR
    6. Excalibur
    7. Princess Bride
    8. Malkovich, because I really didn’t like CTHD. I wanted to, I tried to, it bored me to death. (I got better!)

    Bonus:
    2. Good Omens and fiendish dice
    3. Myth Adventures

  21. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)
    King Kong (1933)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    Jason and The Argonauts (1963)
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

  22. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    The Seventh Seal (1957)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    King Kong (1933)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    (damn, that one was tough)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
    (C’mon. Novik is good. But Anderson is a King of AH and time travel.)

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin

    Another tough choice. But I really jazzed on early Aahz and Skeeve

    4. {MINNESOTAN RUMBLE} – There a title for you.
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  23. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Tie

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  24. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Pass

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    Pass

  25. 3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

    BONUS BRACKET

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman

    Nasty dices…

  26. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  27. @ Meredith
    “I’m still convinced Mindy Park should have been played by a Korean-American actress, though.”

    I saw an interview with Weir. He said that he intended that character to be of Asian extraction, but the studio/screenwriter never clarified the matter with him and he was a bit surprised and disappointed with their choice/interpretation.

  28. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Spirited Away (2001)
    Abstain.

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    Jason and The Argonauts (1963)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart
    Abstain.

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  29. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT
    1. Abstain. Never seen Spirited Away, but heard enough to persuade me against voting for The Seventh Seal anyway, no matter how much I like it.
    2. The Adventures of Baron Münchausen. Could easily have gone the other way; maybe the Baron just fits “wonderful costumes and design” a little better.
    3. The Nightmare Before Christmas. And another toughie; would have liked to see both these go further.
    4. King Kong. But I’d prefer The Dark Crystal to have survived.
    5. Lord of The Rings – Series
    6. Excalibur.
    7. Abstain
    8. Being John Malkovich. I don’t think this one will win, though, so I’m taking the chance to vote for it while I can. Another very difficult choice.
    BONUS BRACKET
    1. Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
    2. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    3. Easy, easy, easy: The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart. Sledgehammer/nut time. All the easy that got squeezed out of the earlier pairings ended up in this one.
    4. Abstain. War for the Oaks would have got my vote over a lot of books I haven’t read, but not this one.

  30. 2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold

  31. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    King Kong (1933)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  32. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    Abstain

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    OUCH! Not quite weeping and wailing, but painful. A childhood favorite and all-time classic vs. an adult fav and satirical classic. I’ll go with the snarky satire.
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)
    King Kong (1933)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings ? Series (2001 ? 2003)
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    Saccharine sweet Disney vs. Aragorn? No contest, really.

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    Jason and The Argonauts (1963)
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  33. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Spirited Away (2001)

    Abstain; never saw Seventh Seal

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)
    Labyrinth (1986)

    Labyrinth. Münchausen just didn’t work for me. In fact, I remember absolutely nothing about it. (Was there a balloon chase? There might have been a balloon chase….) so that tells me all I need to know.

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    Um. Hard choice. I have to go with Dark Crystal for its groundbreaking worldbuilding, but I won’t be sad if Nightmare wins.

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)
    King Kong (1933)

    King Kong stands no chance against the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    Lord of the Rings. No contest.

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)
    Excalibur (1981)

    Um. Um. Um. Damn it. Excalibur. (But oh, those tight, tight pants…)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    Jason and The Argonauts (1963)
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    To the pain!

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

    Still don’t like Tiger. It was pretty and pointless. Malkovich creeped me out, but it’s a better film.

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    Oh, lord. We’re making a film? Then Novik; I think she’s more cinematic.

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman

    How the hell do I choose? BOTH.

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    Honestly, I think a film about the Myth books (which I loved) would be kitschy, so I’m going with Hughart.

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

    We *hates* your dice, we does. Hates them, hates them, my precious. Chalion.

  34. 1. Abstain
    2. Labyrinth
    3. The Dark Crystal
    4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    5. The Lord of the Rings
    6-8. Abstain

    Bonus bracket:

    1-2. Abstain
    3. Master Li and Number Ten Ox
    4. Abstain

  35. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    King Kong (1933)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    Jason and The Argonauts (1963)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

  36. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings ? Series (2001 ? 2003)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold

  37. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    I seem to be biased toward quotable films…

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    Augh. TIE

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)

    This is a vote AGAINST Excalibur.

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    sorry Bob

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

    This one is really hard. I think War for the Oaks is actually more feasible. Not sure how some of the important stuff in Chalion could be filmed, so
    Wat for the Oaks

    nanowrimo: 37061 words and WAY more story left than can actually get written by the 30th, at any sane number of words per day.

  38. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)
    Unless there’s a King Kong joke in it I don’t get, it should be Inherent?

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)

    Voting for LotR, but I have to note, Snow White is TWO words.

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    abstain

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    This is the only one that hurt this time, because these two movies are Soooo different.

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull
    Both would be things I would squee and watch avidly if done right.

  39. @ Meredith
    “I’m still convinced Mindy Park should have been played by a Korean-American actress, though.”

    That one went past me I must admit, Park is a reasonably common surname in Scotland though especially in Ayrshire…

  40. emgrasso: As long as you make the 50k words, you don’t have to have a finished book. You can always keep on into December (And you can slow down then, if need be).

    My first NaNo, I “won” with days to spare, but actually finished the draft of the book February 10th the next year. (And rewrites, after an extended break to clear out the story and work on Something Else, in October)

    _____________

    I haven’t been updating because until yesterday I had several days of 300 words or so, which even for a demi-wri-mo is too few. I started needing 833 words per day to finish November 30th; at this point it’s 1123.

    But yesterday’s count was 1133, and the total so far is 10417 (I think. My LJ has the right number). So, still plugging on.

  41. Just a few votes. Abstain on all the rest.

    FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

  42. Meredith wrote: I’m still convinced Mindy Park should have been played by a Korean-American actress, though.

    IanP wrote: That one went past me I must admit, Park is a reasonably common surname in Scotland though especially in Ayrshire…

    It went past me, too; my first boyfriend was a white guy with the surname Park.

  43. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Spirited Away (2001)

    Abstain

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)
    Labyrinth (1986)

    Labyrinth

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    Dark Crystal

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)
    King Kong (1933)

    Monty Python

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    Snow White was groundbreaking (really, it was. I’ve listened to a lot of old time radio from 1937 and 1938 where people were amazed at it), but I have to go with Frodo.

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)
    Excalibur (1981)

    The Thief of Baghdad (which will definitely be on my Retro-Hugo nomination list)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    Jason and The Argonauts (1963)
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    Princess Bride.

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)

    Abstain

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    For cinematography reasons I’ve got to go with the Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman

    Ditto for Good Omens

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    Ouch. Umm, I think the Hughart.

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

    Again for cinematography, the Bull.

  44. 1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)
    Labyrinth (1986)
    tie – I can’t make up my mind about this one.

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

  45. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Spirited Away (2001)
    Oh that it just not okay.

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (1988)
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Dark Crystal (1982)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)
    King Kong (1933)
    wince

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    The Thief of Baghdad (1940)
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    Jason and The Argonauts (1963)
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)
    meh

    BONUS BRACKET

    1. ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES
    Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
    His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

    2. BOTH A WINNER AND A LOSER
    Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Death, The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman

    3. WHIMSICAL STORIES
    The Myth Books, Robert Asprin
    The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, Barry Hughart

    4. IT’s TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO THINK OF A TITLE
    The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
    War for the Oaks, Emma Bull

    Somebody needs to do something to those dice.

  46. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. GIANTS AMONG DIRECTORS
    Spirited Away (2001)

    2. WONDERFUL COSTUMES AND DESIGN
    Labyrinth (1986)

    3. LIVE ACTION PUPPETS VS STOP MOTION DOLLS
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    4. SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERITED IN THE SYSTEM
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

    5. DWARVES AS COMIC RELIEF
    Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    6. GRITTY OR KITSCHY
    Excalibur (1981)

    7. FUN AND EXCITEMENT
    The Princess Bride (1987)

    8. CROUCHING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

  47. FANTASY MOVIE BRACKET, SECOND ROUND – FIRST HEAT

    1. abstain
    2. Labyrinth (1986)
    3. The Dark Crystal (1982)
    4. King Kong (1933)
    5. Lord of The Rings – Series (2001 ? 2003)
    6. Excalibur (1981)
    7. The Princess Bride (1987)
    8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    BONUS BRACKET
    1. His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik
    2. abstain
    3.The Myth Books, Robert Asprin
    4. abstain

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