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1  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: January 17, 2018, 09:23 pm
cabin in a woods

I was spoiled on basically this whole thing going in but thought it was a lot of fun and appreciated/was surprised by how front loaded the "twist" elements of the plot were, it let the movie play in the space a lot more freely and crank things up even more crazily by the final act

it's a fun time, basically
2  Forum / General Discussion / Re: hey guys remember uptomyknees on: December 24, 2017, 09:47 pm
oh shit I had also assumed that was just about his latest shitpile film but also there's this https://www.themarysue.com/sexual-assault-allegations-landis-twitter/
3  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 22, 2017, 12:27 pm
seriously though, when all is said and done this might end up being my favorite star war of the whole bunch

I don't much care about mechanical plot holes or whatever, what's great about this movie to me is how thematically coherent and explicitly political it is, and how so much of that politics is an interrogation or rejection of the shittier implications of the lucas/abrams conceptions of the franchise. it's a movie about acknowledging and learning from failure, found families vs. privileged bloodlines, trying to break free of the wheels of history and war, humbling oneself to one's own failings and to the very insignificance of the self, really, in the face of the greater good, the whole of creation, and every living thing

every single set up and payoff is about this -- constant subversion of the monomyth, the importance of survival over battle, of what heroism is and what heroic sacrifice looks like (plenty of examples but just contrast Holdo and Luke's sacrifices to Finn's attempted suicide run, or even just Finn's attempt to Rose's, in terms of who they're for and what purpose they serve; Finn wasn't going to do shit to that cannon but would get to cathartically explode with his need for vengeance, just trying to hurt the enemy, while Rose wants, as she says and as echoed by Holdo and Luke, to instead "save what she loves")

"who gives a shit about snoke/rey's parents" is both brilliant from a tears-of-the-fanboys sense but also thematically stripping away some of the shitty hegemonic fundamentals of star wars and making it a film franchise about and for everyone

but also goddamn the filmmaking is stunning throughout. the silent lightspeed ramming, the red salt, the twin sunsets in Luke's final scene, the "I want to see my parents" scene with Rey. in particular I'm still having my breath taken away just thinking about the beginning of the throne room battle, the camera slowly panning back to watch the excellent sword-dueling choreography as snoke's charred corpse lies in pieces behind a backdrop of brilliant red
4  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 21, 2017, 07:12 pm
this movie was as close to "fuck the system" as star wars could ever possibly be and I fucking loved it

overlong and some silly plotting, whatever, but old school puppet Yoda cracking himself up by blowing up a tree immediately became a top 5 moment of the entire franchise for me. fuck yes puppet asshole yoda
5  Forum / AV Club / Re: The New Releases (Film) on: December 09, 2017, 11:14 am
in other CGI monstrosity news, oh god someone please kill it

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj8mN_7Apcw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj8mN_7Apcw</a>
6  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 08, 2017, 08:08 pm
yeah holiday parties with open bars are a pretty solid reason to be employed
7  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 08, 2017, 11:27 am
I'm a digital project manager at a small-to-mid-sized communications contractor in the Washington, DC, area, which means nearly all of our clients are government. specifically, various NIH institutes and agencies/offices within health and human services

my role is basically to make our web developers' lives easier. communicating with design/editorial teams to make sure content and assets are delivered properly and consistently, tracking tasks and making sure quality control's done on various projects, working more broadly on improving communication channels between development and other departments and making their workflow more transparent and structured so we can help prevent bottlenecks and people getting totally overloaded, plus I have to go to client meetings a lot which is fucking awful

actually my work's increasingly trended toward content management -- i.e. taking the content and putting it into our content management system (Wordpress, Drupal, etc). so taking that burden off our developers, creating standardized processes of content entry and review so stuff is polished when it goes live, things like that. I enjoy that stuff way more than the more project manager-y bits of my job, which generally range from tedious to exhausting

I've also been slowly training up on web development in general, since it's fucking awesome and fascinating and I've always had some knack for it despite no real focused education. our development team is awesome and friendly so I've been able to tap them to help out some on that front, and also to take some easier stuff off their plate to give me more actual webdev experience.

but generally speaking, though I'm genuinely proud of some of our projects (I don't want to name them here though 'cause I don't want this idiot wasteland associated with our clients), my job is a suckhole, mostly because clients are dumb and middle management is dumb and it's even worse when you're not actually anyone's boss, which means instead you just get continuously frustrated/disappointed in other people that you can't reprimand or really call out in any way that isn't inappropriate. I stay here because I get to walk to work, the pay is good, and I have six-digit student loans

edit: probably worth noting to my credit and despite my complaining that as much as my job sounds like it's any other middle management position anywhere, it actually did not exist at all before I was promoted into it, and neither did my entire department before I was promoted/transferred from proofreading into it. also my boss is very nice and supportive which is why I'm able to pursue some of the webdev stuff I talked about
8  Forum / AV Club / Re: shit that is on netflix streaming that you should be watching on: December 05, 2017, 03:28 pm
I just went back and watched daredevil season 2

you should not do that. it is awful
9  Forum / AV Club / Re: The Best Albums, 2017 on: November 28, 2017, 03:06 pm
the new album didn't really click for me until I saw them perform a lot of it live, which probably isn't entirely fair, but whatever
10  Forum / AV Club / The Best Albums, 2017 on: November 28, 2017, 10:13 am
it's that time of year again where we compare subjective experiences of music to see how differently we rank the year's best records

just kidding it's not subjective, the winner is St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9TlaYxoOO8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9TlaYxoOO8</a>

last night I saw her play this entire album front to back and it just confirmed how wall-to-wall brilliant it is, how perfectly it's put together as a cohesive whole while still containing standout individual songs and moments, and also how much she rocks

runners up, mostly in the category of "oh jeez I guess I did not listen to that many new albums this year":

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I appear to have missed new albums by, just in the category of bands I already know and love: the xx, courtney barnett and kurt vile, lcd soundsystem, lorde, the national, tracy bonham, the new pornographers, the dap kings, and probably a shit-ton else

so I guess my runners up list is open to some personal debate/expansion.

the winner, however, is not

your turn
11  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: October 28, 2017, 08:29 am
it follows

spooooooky

(no actually it's very good and interesting with some good creepy bits and also the soundtrack fucking rules)
12  Forum / Linkies / Re: Long Reads- Journalism, Essays, Fiction on: October 14, 2017, 03:42 pm
a really good short story: https://granta.com/The-Husband-Stitch/

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I donít need to tell you the moral of this story. I think you already know what it is.

and a really good essay about that short story: https://electricliterature.com/what-i-dont-tell-my-students-about-the-husband-stitch-690899157394

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Then, No, I thought, Iím not a fucking witch. Believe anyone who smells gas. If someone smells gas, believe them.
13  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: October 08, 2017, 07:21 am
Blade Runner 2049

Roger Deakins should cinema all of the tographies

this movie definitely had some issues but it's gorgeous and moving and probably better than every non Rutger Hauer portion of the original
14  Forum / AV Club / Re: Winter is coming (HBO's Game of Thrones) on: August 28, 2017, 08:25 am
this show is dumb
15  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: I want to start a podcast on: August 09, 2017, 01:22 pm
i will be inside your podcast

(what is a podcast)

(is it like a spaceship)
16  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: john mccain is a feral ghoul on: July 28, 2017, 07:23 am
but so does this http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/bah-gawd-its-the-rattlesnake-1797324485
17  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: john mccain is a feral ghoul on: July 28, 2017, 07:23 am
this still applies: http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/john-mccain-is-a-man-of-a-principle-1797303097
18  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: July 07, 2017, 11:34 am
Wonder Woman was awesome.

It's far from flawless, but like Donnerís Superman, it absolutely nails the main character, the love story, most of the set-pieces, and, above all, the heart, and so gets away with all manner of flaws that could have taken down most movies. (the first act, in particular, is pretty rough, but it pretty much all comes together as soon as Steve Trevor shows up) Gal Gadot is just perfect -- her physicality perfectly conveys the power of this demigoddess, but she also conveys her complexity, her naivette, her femininity, her passion and her compassion. And Chris Pine is absolutely wonderful as Steve.

The romance between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor is honestly the best love story in a superhero film outside of Donnerís Superman. Not that those are usually the strong point, but they did a phenomenal job with it.
 
The fight scenes are largely done in Zach Snyderís style, but Patty Jenkins does it so much better than he does. The slow-motion bits are used to show off the grace and precision of Diana or the other amazons (something Snyder does), but itís not overdone. Nor do the fights go on forever; theyíre carefully tied into story, emotion, and stakes. Jenkins really figures out how to make that style of action scene properly kick ass.

If Warners is smart, theyíll give her basically the deal they gave Nolan: run off and do your own thing (The Prestige, Inception), then come back and do the sequels, and do whatever you want. And pay her mightily for Wonder Woman 2.

I agree with all of this, esp. how much better and smarter jenkins is than the man himself about appropriating snyer's signature style.

re: gadot and naivete -- I thought that both the script and performance do a great job of doing the funny fish out of water stuff without ever making her seem silly or stupid. it's all just great reflections of how her personality and attitude clash with the world around her: carrying her sword and shield with the dress because why would you ever not be carrying your sword and shield? and treating the revolving door as some kind of warrior's feat of agility. it all serves to make her alien but also to emphasize how powerful and assertive and self-assured she is.

tilting that tone slightly in the wrong way could easily have made that whole sequence (and others) feel really condescending, but instead it's largely awesome
19  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: who's into magic: the gathering on: July 07, 2017, 10:34 am
i'm not into it... sorry.

fuck you :(

like I mentioned I'm going to the latest set prerelease tonight at midnight tonight. m:tg until 4 am in a room of smelly nerds yaaaay

also I think the format I'm leaning toward is actually casual-level commander, because it seems like the best format now for more social-friendly games and also encourages very stupid and funny gameplay mechanics. like this dumb thing where you try to win by throwing all your mountains and forests at your opponent's faces
20  Forum / Food / Re: Earlier this evening on: July 02, 2017, 06:43 pm
technically I didn't make it, but someone decided to buy us a fancy-ass stand mixer from our wedding registry nearly 2 years after we got married. so anyway my wife used it and made a homemade triple-layer chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream icing



good moist cake, excellent slightly fluffy buttercream frosting. shit was tasty A+ would eat again also will eat again because there's a shitload of it left over
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