Archive for the ‘Why Culture Sucks’ Category

Aha, it’s out

Where the Wild Things Are, on DVD. Between this and AI, I think I’m in for a weekend-​​​​long cryfest.

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Cameron’s Avatar: A big blue ‘meh’

This is an expan­sion on a com­ment I made on a post at BoingBoing about the movie Avatar. I fig­ured with some infla­tion it’d have the poten­tial to be a review. Yes, there are prob­a­bly spoil­ers here. Avatar is a lush, lus­cious movie set some­time in a more or less human future. We don’t know when, exactly, but a rough guess would be 100 […]

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What the Wild Things Are

To start with, this isn’t going to be a review of Where the Wild Things Are, per se; rather it’s intended as a dis­cus­sion of the film for those who’ve already seen it. As such it could con­tain spoil­ers, and in any case I’d cau­tion you against see­ing it with the bag­gage of pre­con­ceived notions. (Then again, […]

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How Thomas Dolby kept me sane

Well, okay, it wasn’t just him; Douglas Adams had more than a lit­tle to do with it too, but that’s another story. It was 1982, and I was a fresh­man in high school. It was typ­i­cally tough, as those years often are; but it was per­haps a lit­tle harder on me — not because I was a bur­geon­ing pubes­cent, but because […]

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Treasure hunting

I don’t recall when, exactly, I became aware that Wil Wheaton had an active blog pres­ence. It would have been a few years ago, prob­a­bly men­tioned in pass­ing in com­ments or a link-​​​​in some­where else, point­ing to a post he’d done. Likely it was on a nerdy sub­ject of some sort, since I often con­sume nerdy blogs, and odds are good […]

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Two movies, one review

Went to see Inkheart and Coraline this week­end with the GF, and thought it might be con­struc­tive to do a par­al­lel review of them, because to my mind they have at least a few things in com­mon. Also note that there may be spoil­ers, depend­ing on how you view things, below the fold here. For starters, I haven’t read […]

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What’s a Girl to Do?

Bat for Lashes, 2006. Three takes. The fun part is find­ing the breaks. Get the album here. I own it. You should too, to be teh kewl. This is what MTV used to do, back when it didn’t suck, kids. H/​​T Me. (Same vid, diff blog, and actu­ally not me; that’s some­one else’s nom de plume.)

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Worth Listening To

Byrne and Eno1 have a forth­com­ing release, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. Get a nice lit­tle taste of it right now… == 1. David and Brian, respectively.

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Martian Child: A Regretful Review

I really, really wanted to like this movie. See, I’ve read Gerrold’s book, and it’s very good: Sweet, hurt­ing, rem­i­nis­cent, cute. I knew, before see­ing the film, that a major com­po­nent had been com­pro­mised. I fig­ured, okay, well, how bad could it be? I for­got that major com­pro­mises and minor ones tend to inter­dig­i­tate. This movie just didn’t know what […]

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Boondocks Season 2: Oh Yes.

It just, just started tonight. I just, just saw it. Huey Vs. Uncle Ruckus, a bro­ken broom­stick against nun­chaku. All in the name of not steal­ing movies. Available, now, on BitTorrent. A bril­liant sea­son 2 opener. Mmm. Feel the inten­sity of that ille­gal down­load. Irony is so good for the blood.

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Welcome Madness, Say Hello

A few weeks back I blogged on the HPLHS ver­sion of Call of Cthulhu. It was sweet, in the way that only the insanely-​​​​tainted wine of dead aeons can be; but I neglected to men­tion that when I ordered CofC on DVD, I also ordered the HPLHS ren­der­ing, on CD and done as a radio drama, of At the Mountains […]

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I Saw Something Awful on Tuesday.

Well, I half-​​​​saw it; so maybe it was only half-​​​​awful. As an English major I was painfully aware, some­times, of how dread­ful some sto­ries could be. Directionless and point­less dri­vel which seemed of inter­est pri­mar­ily for his­tor­i­cal value, but cer­tainly not for lit­er­ary qual­ity, was reg­u­larly heaved across my palate. I was sub­jected to the con­trast of Nadine […]

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