December 13th, 2016.
This was easily the worst (or most nonexistent) event of the year, and it was also my last (for the year). like Doctor Strange a few months ago, there was no clear idea of where (or WHETHER) the premiere (or 'fan event'?) would be… basically a pretty direct way of saying : 'keep the f**k away : we're promoting this movie without the public being in any way required'. But me being me, I guess I saw that as a challenge.
And that was probably a mistake. The non-event WAS mostly a non-event, and while I don't particularly want to dwell on it, because it's a poor craftsman who blames his tools…. but I’ve now concluded it's an even poorer craftsman who continues to use poor tools when better ones are available. After today, that will no longer be an issue.
Here's how it - whatever the hell "it" was - went down.
Anyway... that's all preamble, and there's not really any way I can put things off any longer. Time to see for once and for all just how fucking abysmal the former Pentax flagship K3 utterly f**ked up shooting through a window, something that its two-generations older sibling the K5 did a fine job at 'Doctor Strange'
At this point, making this journal any longer or featuring more stars would essentially amount to putting lipstick, wig, fake eyelashes and a gucci dress on a pig and hoping it'll pass muster when it's absolutely evident that it won't.
There's only so much I can do when an event declines to be photographed, and on top of which the equipment being used is a piece of shit so awful that for much of the past year I've only used it with fixed manual lenses because the autofocus was so bad.
So that was that.
Can't wait for next year.
Postscript : I learned the next day that there was also a secondary (earlier? later?) premiere / launch / thing for Rogue One at the Tate Modern . This pissed me off even more. F**k you Disney - your product of pure commercial impulse has no f**king right to be anywhere near a f**king ART GALLERY. And moreover, F**k you, Tate Modern for selling out to, of all companies, DISNEY.
Gah. I'm done with this shit.
Finally, Drink Pepsi. It's fucking delicious.
Finally2 : in case you wanted to know : I put the Pentax into a plastic bag, and put it into my luggage : my trek to Australia for Christmas took me via Tokyo, Japan, and I happen to know where the Pentax Forum (now also Ricoh Forum) in Shinjuku, Tokyo is. I enclosed the Pentax’s crushed frame, along with a brief note, in a plastic bag, and presented it to an engineer at their front desk, looking him in the eye and saying simply “NOT GOOD ENOUGH” and walking out.