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Ask Movie Slate - Episode 196

Commission for :iconssjcharon: featuring the awesome Special "Speedee" Delivery created by the even more awesome :iconask-wiggles:

I can't go any further in the description without talking about Special "Speedee" Delivery, to whom I'll refer to as Speedee from now on. It's been a while since I've become enamored with a character so quickly, but Speedee right here is perhaps one of the best OCs I've seen in the MLP Fandom. She's like the Leslie Knope of pony OCs. She's happy, cheerful, hardworking, passionate, and seems to see the good things even when everything is going wrong, but she doesn't seem to live in her own little world. She seems aware of everything around her, yet that doesn't diminish her enthusiasm. I love her, she's great, and I can't wait to see more of her in the future.

"The Postman" is one of those movies that I've heard a lot about, for years, and therefor one might imagine my opinion about it has been biased. That's never the case with me, honestly. I've seen movies the whole world has hated years after the fact, and loved them. The same way I've seen movies the whole world has loved years after the fact, and despised them. So I went into this one the way one should do things, with a clean sight and hope in my chest, determined to sit in front of this movie and damn well try to like it. Three months later, around the time the movie decided to stop, I have to admit that sometimes even the majority can be overwhelmingly right. This movie just goes on, and on, and on, and it tells nothing. It's meant to be a post-apocalyptic movie about how the United States went to shit due to a war that left the whole country cut off from the rest of the world, and how a group of couriers are the ones that pull the country back together. This is the type of movie that suffers from overabundance and an excessive ego. It thinks it's telling this epic story about redemption and discovery, when we are just following a cast of characters that's so unlikeable and impossible to relate to we might as well be staring at the rocks on the side of the road for three hours. "Gerry" is a much more entertaining movie than this, at least "Gerry" is only an hour and a half long, and it has Matt Damon in it. This movie gives you nothing and it takes away everything. By the time it was over I swear I felt like I got stuck in that planet from "Interstellar" where one hour equals to seven years on Earth. Avoid it. Don't watch it. It's not even "so bad it's good" levels, it's "so bad it's boring and obnoxious and pretentious and why the fuck isn't this movie over already?" levels.

This one was kind of a self-discovery piece right here. I wasn't sure of how to represent Rainbow Falls, since it's one of my favorite locations in all of Equestria, and I wasn't sure if I had the skill to make them justice. I still think the picture could've used a bit more sprucing here or there, but you can only work on something for so long while the rest of your work piles up unfinished, so I decided to stop there and move onto the next piece. I have to say, I feel quite happy with those rainbow waterfalls, and the houses look quite alright. You might have noticed that this doesn't feel very post-apocalyptic, and that's because the movie is pretty much like that. They threw a few wooden planks, some forts, and a few charred vehicles, and then called it an apocalypse. If they aren't going to make their apocalypse gritty then I'm making Rainbow Falls pretty with a touch of grit.

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Daiskida Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
I will say, it's thanks to this movie I discovered the awesomeness that was Six String Samurai.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I have to watch that movie!

That's one movie I've been hearing about for quite a few years already, so I'm really looking forward to getting a copy and actually watching it.
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:icondaiskida:
Daiskida Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016
Oh trust me, that movie is so frickin' glorious and fun. It's almost like a strange live action version of Fallout because of how crazy it is.
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MorcegoCinzento Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never watched the postman.....why are you guys looking at me and loading up your 12 gauges?
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, no reason.
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MorcegoCinzento Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh good *casually moves aways whistling*
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:iconssjcharon:
ssjcharon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
Because we envy your blissful ignorance.
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:iconmorcegocinzento:
MorcegoCinzento Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well i guess i wont watch it then hehehehehe.
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bugsydor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know the worst part of the movie? It's that I loved the book so much. D :

David Brin's The Postman deserved so much better than this.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I need to get this book, I swear. Everyone's telling me how much better than the movie it is.
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:iconbugsydor:
bugsydor Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Get it, pick it up at a library, pick up an ebook copy... Whatever it takes. : 3

Part of the reason I love it so much is because David Brin takes his Kitchen Sink approach to world-building. It wasn't just one thing that caused the apocalypse. There are multiple kinds of people going about life after the End in unique ways. There is more than one scheme going on to maybe help some people rise from the ashes. At the heart of it all is the story of a man who, taking advantage of some lucky nostalgia after getting robbed and finding a lost mail truck, set out to scam people into feeding him and granting him safe passage, only to accidentally become a beacon of hope along the way. Also, there may be supercomputers, cyborgs, and laser sats here and there.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'll definitely get a copy of the book as soon as I can.
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
Love the art.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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LordBurn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
The apocalypse was apparently a bunch of teens with rocks.

The only thing I remember from that movie was I was sad for the mule.  Other than that?  Nada.

The rainbow water did come out great though.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It sure was like that in the actual movie too. Sometimes the apocalypse looked better than how our world looks nowadays. It's such a backwards made movie.

Thank you so much. That water took for fucking ever to make look at least decent.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
Hehehe. More like Speedee's Delivery Service....
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I should give Speedee a cameo for Kiki's Delivery Service, now that you mention it 8O
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016
*Achievement Unlocked*
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
All I can think about when I see that name is Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. And I don't know whether to feel nostalgic, sad, or both.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Ah just think of this guy flying around on a broom delivering mail while makin it easy to knock him off with a precisely launched marshmallow..... wait, you talkin bout my name or Speedee?
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Un lugar muy colorido XD
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Es Rainbow Falls, por supuesto que es colorido.
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KeeCoyote Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
The book  is way better of course.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I have to find the book and read it. I bet it's shorter than the movie!
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
I remember this movie. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure. I can see where they could do better, and expand upon that in my own mind.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I think it could've worked so much better as a mini series.

Split it into three episodes, make each episode one hour and ten minutes, and there you go. Expecting people to sit in the theater for three solid hours of this froth is just unforgiving.
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FireHeartDraws Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you do during these awful movies ?  do you have anything to distract you ? or do you have to suffer through he whole thing ?
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Funny enough, I was working on this piece while watching this movie.

And I shit you not, I managed to do everything except the shading while the movie was going. It was like being in a trance.
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
I saw this movie once. I think. At least a part of it. The only thing I remember of it is this: "it sucks!" That's about as much hard drive space I've spared this movie in my brain. Of the Kevin Costner vanity projects, this one certainly is the most infamous, even in face of "Waterworld." The latter is at least mostly quite entertaining despite its many silly moments, but "The Postman" isn't worth even donating the effort of remembering in any capacity. And at almost three hours(!) would be too much to ask from such pretentiously forgettable hollowness anyway. I wonder if there is any other movie out there to best this one's attempts to kill you with boredom and lack of actual intellectual substance?
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
"Waterworld" wasn't even that much of a vanity project, he didn't even direct it. "Dances with Wolves" is a vanity project, and not as good as everyone says it is. Watch "Open Range", though. He directed it and it's way much better than anything else he's done. It's one of the best westerns I've ever seen. Seriously, check it out.
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