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John Hodgman on Kerry Conran, the man

John Hodgman on Kerry Conran, the man behind Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and self-described “amorphous blob of nothing”.

Reader comments

barlowMar 15, 2004 at 2:24PM

That article had some bad grammar in it, unless the rules are more flexible than I thought:

"None of these things actually exist, though."

Should be "exists". None = "not one" and the sentence, at its core, should be: "None exists". right?

Stefan JonesMar 15, 2004 at 3:25PM

We'll fix that post-production.

GeneMar 15, 2004 at 3:36PM

"Word of ''Sky Captain'' began to spread around the Internet only after Conran finished primary shooting in London last spring -- extraordinarily late for the Internet, which often seems invented specifically to track movies with giant robots in them."

That is so true.

jkottkeMar 15, 2004 at 3:57PM

"...the Internet, which often seems invented specifically to track movies with giant robots in them."

I love this as a definition of the Internet. Grammar aside, Hodgman can write him some good text.

barlowMar 15, 2004 at 5:17PM

true, that. The trailers for this movie (which I saw in the passion, oddly enough) were really enticing. The dialogue was a bit Star-Warsish, but the art direction and design was impressive.

jjgMar 15, 2004 at 11:20PM

Since Star Wars was inspired by the same '30s serials this movie attempts to emulate, that's hardly a surprise.

TomasMar 16, 2004 at 4:01AM

It's odd that there's not a mention of George Lucas in the whole article, since he, as jjg mentioned, takes inspiration from the same source and has been shooting actors in front of nothing but blue-screens for seven years now.

Jason HeiserMar 16, 2004 at 10:40AM

Ten, actually, if you count the dreadful Radioland Murders. As I recall, George had most of the sets for that film fabricated out of ones and zeroes.

Rodriguez, Lucas, Conran... No chewing the scenery in their movies, by penalty of electrocution.

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