Last week I watched Turbo Kid. It was a bit slow, and the story makes sure to let you know well in advance what’s going to happen next. There’s a revelation about the girl about halfway through which retroactively plugs a whole bunch of plot holes, and the premise is neat: in a post-apocalyptic world, water is extracted from corpses, and the supply is controlled by a villain with his own little army. The whole thing seems small, in that only 20-30 people ever appear in the vast wasteland, and the wasteland is obviously an abandoned quarry. It’s hard to tell whether some things are just the result of a small budget, or whether they’re done deliberately in order to mimic a low-budget style. That’s the main thing to pay attention to though, the style. This is the opening sequence:
Run through that, what does it give the audience? BMX bike, quarry/wasteland, thumping 80s pop soundtrack (taken from a film about BMX racing, not a coincidence), twinkling neon title. It’s grounded in the icons of ’80s
America Canada, as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy, so what comes out in the film is comic books, robots, lasers, girls with faded pink hair, and comedy violence, see this during a fight scene:
It’s gory, but we all know that it’s a dummy, they don’t even try to hide it, they laugh at how absurd it is. His ‘Turbo Glove’ bears some resemblance to a Nintendo power glove, and the button to enter the Turbo Rider ship is a straight-up plasma globe, it’s remarkable how much stuff they get away with. Just look at these costumes:
Hockey gloves, American football pads, tyres? bits of rope?
These are the good guys in the final battle:
And these are the bad guys:
Not only does the villain wear an eyepatch and carry a cane (upside-down golf club) but his right-hand man wears a metal skull mask. An actual skull on his face. It’s goofy without being insincere, not easy to pull off.
This post is sort of proof that I can put videos here. It’s been a while since I last used the HTML5 video tag and in that time browser support has gotten a lot better.
Another ongoing concern is that rsync keeps file permissions when it copies files over to the server, which means that in some cases files aren’t readable for ‘everyone’ - ie. random internet users like you. There’s an ‘S’ flag which I can apply to a directory to indicate that all files in that directory will inherit their permissions from the directory… have I understood that correctly? In any case it hasn’t worked and I fixed it manually yesterday by just resetting all permissions to 774 in the www directory, but I don’t want to do that every time I upload a new post, so I’m going to have to find a permanent solution. This stuff makes me nervous because yesterday I accidentally deleted all the file permissions and user/group ownership and locked myself out of the www directory. It’s like playing with fire, so don’t worry if the site becomes periodically inaccessible over the next week or so.