There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full.
And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty.
The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What’s up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don’t think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!
Born to Kill (1947 US film noir, dir. Robert Wise | UK title: Lady of Deceit, Australian title: Deadlier Than the Male) | RKO Radio Pictures
At the time of release, this film was described by a New York Times critic as being ‘a smeary tabloid fable (…) an hour and a half of ostentatious vice (…) designed to pander to the lower levels of taste (…)’
That actually sounds like something I would really enjoy.
After spending almost all year travelling the world with Ford, Stan is happy to be back in the comfort of his home. Retired and looking forward to a week of blissful domestic relaxation before the twins return to stay for the summer, the last thing he expected to turn up on his doorstep was Rick Sanchez. No seriously, just who is this guy? Can he help Stan remember that large gap in his long-term memories that Ford and the kids couldn’t fill? Does Stan even want to remember?
‘Oh, my dear Vimes, history changes all the time. It is constantly being re-examined and re-evaluated, otherwise how would we be able to keep historians occupied? We can’t possibly allow people with their sort of minds to walk around with time on their hands.’
I find this little moment one of the most fascinating exchanges in the entire film. While it’s obviously an awesome Terry Gilliam cameo, it’s also rather sinister. Jupiter has just become queen but she is offered condolences—something that is typically only done in the event of a death.
I did ask people what the Seals and Signets Minister meant by offering his condolences a while back, and there were many different theories at the time. The theory I lean towards most strongly is that the Minister is aware of what happened to Seraphi Abrasax—he is offering his condolences for Seraphi’s death, and in doing so he is also, perhaps, offering his condolences for Jupiter’s.
As I explored in my post on eternal recurrence in Jupiter Ascending and Cloud Atlas, Jupiter is drawn into the dilemmas and relationships that Seraphi had. Most explicitly, Balem attempts to make Jupiter re-enact Seraphi’s death. As far as many of the characters—including the Minister, I think—are concerned, Jupiter is doomed to share the fate of her predecessor. In short, my theory is that the Minister offers Jupiter his condolences because he believes she is doomed to share Seraphi’s fate and be murdered, Perhaps most creepily, he appears to find the idea (and Jupiter’s ignorance of what’s to come) amusing.
What do you make of that take? Am I on the mark or do you have a different interpretation?
When creating a character, you’re likely to hit a few roadblocks on the way. One that comes up frequently is finding the right name. It’s what distinguishes them and it can be difficult to find one that fits, or one that you even like! The purpose of this masterlist is to provide suggestions and (hopefully) trigger inspiration.
I have chosen to only list names that can be used for all genders. Under the cut, you can find 150 unisex names. Obviously, there are plenty more, but this should be enough to get you started. These are listed alphabetically and by origin. I have also provided meanings for those that take them into consideration.
Please like/reblog if you find this useful, as I have spent quite some time writing it.
You can’t build a plot out of jokes. You need tragic relief. And you need to let people know that when a lot of frightened people are running around with edged weaponry, there are deaths. Stupid deaths, usually. I’m not writing ‘The A-Team’ - if there’s a fight going on, people will get hurt. Not letting this happen would be a betrayal.