The Hand That Makes – A Fiction

I have this nasty habit of writing simply dialogues and (in this particular case) monologues.  I think it’s because doing so skips on descriptions, and I hate, hate, hate descriptions.  Of course, they’re also easier to write and easier to finish.  Mustn’t discount natural laziness.

That confessed to, sometimes with the monologues I come up with rather neat little stories.  Not really something I could sell, but something I think worthy, or neat.

With this particular tale, the monologue format helps with the overall effect of the tale.  Properly told with descriptions, it might not work as well.

Then again, as I’m writing this note some ideas about how it could be done are coming to me.

In any case, here is the tale.  I hope it amuses.


Don’t whisper like that. It’s unbecoming.

Much better. Thought you could enunciate a little better.

That’s it. That’s the way.

The whole line now. Don’t miss a word. It’s important to get it all right and remember.

Yes. Progress. I think tomorrow we might try a different passage.

You can rest now.

#

I don’t care if it hurts. You have to do it.

Why? Don’t ask me why. You just do.

Okay, because if you don’t I’ll resend outside privileges.

Ah. Don’t like the thought of that, now do you?

And there you go. Flex and relax. Flex and relax. Each day a little stronger, each day a little less pain.

You can rest now.

#

Finished. No more stitches. When you’ve healed there won’t even be a scar. So much better than my last one. I might be learning a thing or two myself.

Don’t mutter like that. It’s worse than whispering.

I can understand your frustrations. It must seem like it’s taking forever for you. You must believe me, though, you’re advancing at quite a steady rate.

Everyone says exactly what you did. At least at first. It’s completely understandable.

Each day you become better and better. And one day it and the pain will all be over.

You can rest now.

#

Exciting news. From now on, instead of a full day of therapy, you’ll have only a half day.

I know! The rest of the day you will be outside. That’s right! Outside doing so much. And better still it will be for the benefit of all.

Oh, lifting and pulling. Building and cleaning. Whatever the schedule says for the day, that’s what you’ll do.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. One of the things you’ll build? It’ll be a new house for me. Now isn’t that a wonderful thing to be building?

Oh no. No, I won’t be helping. Don’t be silly. I have far too many important things to do myself.

You can rest now.

#

Well done! A full therapy, and not a word of complaint. If all could see your progress!

Better than who now?

It’s not fair to compare the two of you. Nor should you do any comparing. You’re on the same shift as he, and must work together in any case, for the benefit of all.

He can’t help smelling bad, any more than you can. Though perhaps if you bathed more, it wouldn’t be such a problem.

Yes, yes, I’ll make the same suggestion to him when he comes into therapy.

You can rest now.

#

Now that was ugly, now wasn’t it? So unbecoming. So less like you should be.

His fault? What do you mean, his fault? It doesn’t matter what you think he thinks or how he smells. You shouldn’t have done it. You should have left him alone.

No. No, you didn’t kill him. We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you did. Just delayed production, bad enough.

No, we won’t be doing therapy tomorrow. I’ll be attending your… playmate.

Oh, let me assure you, I’ll get that arm back on and functioning. He’ll be back to normal in no time. Until then you’ll just have to work a second shift as well as yours.

Get back to resting.

#

I hear you went a calling today. And let me tell you, no one is happier that you sought to apologize than me. Well done. Well done indeed.

Oh, I wouldn’t have made you do it. Don’t be silly. Forced apologies are pointless.

Don’t say that.

I told you not to say that.

Well you’ve certainly spoiled that gesture, now haven’t you? And such folly. Had you not opened your big yap, I might never have known.

I’m done with you today.

#

Did I tell you to rest?

DID I TELL YOU TO REST?

I don’t care how upset you are I want you working on my building now get up off your lazy ass and—

Oh, so that’s how it is, is it? That’s what you think?

You think that’s a threat? Go ahead, try and rip off my arms. Go ahead, big Man, you go right on and—

THERE! HOW’S THAT GOING FOR YOU? LIKE IT? LIKE IT?

#

Round and round we go. Sometimes for every step forward there is a step back. For me as well as for you.

For what it’s worth, I am sorry for what happened. I should never had let it go so far.

Oh, that’s all right. No need for you to apologize. Remember, you were hurt much worse than I.

Now, now. Everything will be fine. You will be fine. The bones will heal just fine, and you’ll be back on track to being what you always should have been. Just like how the Father Doctor always meant us to be.

After all, do we not now walk on two legs? Do we not drink from glass and eat from plates?

Are we not Men?

So How Did This Happen Again?

godzilla-2014-000I’m not going to say I’m the world’s biggest Godzilla fan, cause I’m not. Love the big guy to death, have a ton of his movies, have action figures, on and on. If his movie is playing in my theater, I’m there. I eagerly await the anime version.

Hell, I’ll watch the Hanna Barbara cartoon on occasion.

When I’m desperate.

So how did it happen that I didn’t move over mY Godzilla reviews over at the sister site?

I have, like, exactly two.  Out of a possible four movies that I reviewed for the site, I only have two reviews.  And only the dink minnow ones at that.

How did this happen?

I feel rather disgusted with myself.

So the movies I’m watching for the Sister Site are going to be Godzilla flicks.  I am going to try to review all the Godzillas (or at the very least all the Godzilla movies I have.)  I’m also going to see what needs doing to get the reviews I already have ready for reposting.

It’s a rough job, but some how… some how I’ll get through it…

I’m Probably Going to Go to My Grave Calling It Godzilla 1985, Aren’t I?

For the first time in, I dunno, maybe twenty years I watched Godzilla 1984/The Return of Godzilla.  Tomorrow I hope to get a Minnow up at the sister site on it (thus starting a hopeful trend of at least one review a month.)

Until that goes up, let me say that I liked it, despite it’s problems.  It’s not as good as some of the modern Godzillas (2014, say, or Shin Godzilla) but it’s not as bad as some of the others (1998 springs readily to mind).  It’s short of mediocre, really, which is too bad.  But I’m not sorry I watched it again and I’ll probably watch it again again.

Maybe twenty years from now…

Super Awesome Cool Doctor Who News!

In terms of entertainment, we live in an embarrassing rich age.  Or at least I do.  With a new Godzilla coming to these shores on October 11, a potential Godzilla anime movie coming next year, and even more Godzilla coming soon after that, I am one content fan.  My childhood hero is coming my way.  How could anything be better?

And then this happened:

Power of the Daleks is the very first Patrick Troughton story line, and one of the completely lost.  It is widely regarded as one of his best stories and one of the best Dalek stories.  To have a version come out… man oh man!  Can’t wait to see it.

Starting the New Year Right PROBABLY Should Involve Power Girl Pictures, But All I Got is New Godzilla

 

Over at Godzilla News, they have images of the new Godzilla from Godzilla Resurgence.  Which looks like this:

Godzilla Resurgance Prop 000

Judging from the pictures, I don’t like the red, raw look.  Whether this will move over to the actual film, I dunno.  An actual trailer might give a better idea on the matter.

According to the site, this is most likely a puppet rather than a proper suit.  Which might mean a greater realism than before.

We shall see what we shall see.

New Godzilla Resurgence Poster

Godzilla Resurgance Poster

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Seriously.  I’m gonna have nightmares.

In Fact, Despite the Dearth in Postings Here On Site, I Think I Might Be a Bigger Gamera Fan Than Power Girl Fan. Which Staggers the Mind, All Things Considered

I can’t believe I never mentioned this movie’s potential existence.

I can’t believe how rarely Gamera gets mentioned on this site.

The same thing goes for Rodan.  Surely I’ve talked about my love for Rodan more than that.

Anyways.

The trailer I posted the other day has been pulled at least once.  I’ve dug up a second video, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Bigger news is that what’s shown is but a smaller part of a larger video.  One that might pop up later next week.

If so, Mr. Waters will be gleefully watching it too.  And sharing it here, natch.

Until then, here’s a video to demonstrate a small portion of my glee, using completely inappropriate Kaiju to do so:

EDITED TO ADD: I’ve read in other places that this isn’t the actual trailer, that it’s sort of a proof of concept video.  Whether this is true or not, here’s to hoping for more Kaiju fun in the near future.

I Am, It Must Be Said, a MUCH Better Fan of Godzilla Than Power Girl

So over the past few months or so we’ve had news dribble out about the new Godzilla.  Not, it must be said, the sequel to the awesome 2014 version (which frankly is one of the best Godzilla since the Sixties) but for the new Toho version coming out next year.

Recently an article has come out giving a few more details.  Most of this deals with cast, something I can’t talk about as I’ve seen none of the actors in action.  However, it does give me an excuse to talk about what I have heard, which follows in bullet point fashion:

  • The two directors for the new Godzilla are Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno.  The limit I know about Higuchi is that he’s directing the Attack on Titan movies, which, I’m sorry, can’t possible approach the series they’re based on.  Anno, however, was the guiding force behind Neon Genesis Evangelion, an anime series I have a degree of respect for.  Worse comes to worse, this will be a very interesting movie.
  • The new Godzilla is being billed as being bigger than the Hollywood one.  Look guys, this one-ups manship has to stop.  If it keeps up, the King’s going to have his head in the stratosphere.
  • It’s also going to be called the scariest Godzilla yet.  Which is great, because I always watched Godzilla films for the unbridled terror and not monsters fighting monsters.  It also suggests that the King is going to be the villain.  Not unexpected, all things considered, but a wee bit disappointing for me
  • Some commentators on the new flick (sorry, no links handy) have suggested the Toho Godzilla might have derisive jokes about the 2014 version.  Now the vibe I’ve always gotten was that the 2014 movie was fairly well received.  For instance, the Hollywood Godzilla was offered as a perk for preordering the new Godzilla game.  There were comments about the King being fat, but beyond that, maybe, I just don’t see it happening.
  • Finally, the Toho Godzilla will be called Shin Gojira.  Shin has many different possible meanings, such as “New” and “True,” which admittedly points towards derisive.  This article, however, also points out it also means “God”.  Now doesn’t that suggest possibilities.

As with the next American Godzilla, I’m dying to see this film.  Of my childhood heroes, Godzilla has been doing the best lately as far as I’m concerned, and I hope that continues.

Rematch of the Kings: A Possible King Kong v. Godzilla Remake

The news comes from this source, and, frankly, it doesn’t surprise me.  People were mooting the possibility from the moment Legendary mentioned its Kong Movie, Kong: Skull Island.

The interesting part of the subject is this line, emphasis mine:

It’s said that things are happening “very quickly,” with the deal stretching all the way to Japan, and Godzilla rights-holder Toho.

This almost sounds like Toho might be doing their own film.  Which begs the question: will we finally get (after a fashion0 the legendary duo endings the original King Kong v. Godzilla allegedly had?  Or will we have two flicks with Kong getting his butt handed to him?

What would be funny, assuming this idle speculation of mine came true (and I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t; I’m no doubt reading too much into this), if the US film had Godzilla win while the Japanese version has Kong winning?  Just the reverse of the way it was supposed to have happened back in the day.

Whatever happens, fun times for a Godzilla fan.  Only way it could be better is if the King finally got his match with the alleged friend to children everywhere…