N. A Graphic Novel
Christopher Hitchens Vanity Fair Memorial - April 20th, 2012
So yeah, basically Superman fights Ric Flair all around the Epcot Centre… I also like that there appear to be no actual Chinese people at the Great Wall of China. Like, I get that it’s a tourist spot, but you’d think there would be ONE.
I’m going to go ahead and let it slide because I think we’ve established how little thought went into this movie. So Nuclear Man suddenly decides he has a boner for Lacey Warfield, and also that he has telekinesis and fire blasts, because fuck it, why not. And just to show how little budget they have left, this entire fight scene involves Nuclear Man pointing at stuff, and then Superman standing around going “Stop it! THE PEOPLE!”
Beyond bad. It’s basically a fan-film at this point, except that a fan-film would probably try to show Superman flying.
On Superman IV: a graveyard to lost promise of competence.
Three whole hours of fookin Lemmings!
Lemmings is a puzzle-platformer computer game developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North) and published by Psygnosis in 1991. Originally developed for PC and Commodore Amiga, Lemmings was one of the most popular computer games of its time, and several gaming magazines gave it some of their highest review scores at the time. The popularity of the game led to development of its numerous ports to other systems, including most recently ports to the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 in 2006 and 2007, and the creation of several sequels.
The behavior of the creatures in Lemmings is based on the supposed behavior of real lemmings, who by urban legend are believed to go on migrations en masse that eventually lead to disaster. The basic objective of the game is to guide lemmings through a number of obstacles to a designated exit. In order to save the required number of lemmings to win, one must determine how to assign a limited number of eight different skills to specific lemmings that allow the selected lemming to alter the landscape, to affect the behavior of other lemmings, or to clear obstacles in order to create a safe passage for the rest of the lemmings.
When Lemmings was originally developed, all of the music was written by Brian Johnston. Johnston liberally sampled bits of copyrighted music. This had been common practice, but at that point there was a growing awareness of music copyright. Psygnosis asked Tim Wright to replace the offending tracks, who often used arrangements and reworkings of classical and traditional tunes to avoid copyright problems. Songs in the game included:
- “The Galop from Orpheus in the Underworld” (the music by Jacques Offenbach often used for the can-can)
- “Rondo alla Turca” (from Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11)
- “Dance of the Reed Flutes” (from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite)
- “Dance of the Little Swans” (from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake)
- “Twang” or “Ten Lemmings” (SNES track title)- A song that uses melodies from traditional song “Ten Green Bottles”, Chopin’s funeral march and Wagner’s “Here Comes the Bride”.
- “London Bridge is Falling Down”
- The English folk tune “Forest Green” which has been adapted into the hymn “All Beautiful the March of Days” and the carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, mixed with the melody from the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”
- “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?”
- Exclusive to the Sega Master System and Game Gear versions are adaptations of:
- “Miniature Overture” (first encountered in Fun 14)
- “Scotland the Brave” (first encountered in Fun 15)
- “My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)” (first encountered in Fun 17).
A total of 21 songs featured in the game, including one for each of the four “custom” levels based on other Psygnosis games, though these were removed in other ports, as their representation was believed to be against copyright laws.