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Where the Wild Things Are

October 16, 2009

Last night, I had the supreme pleasure of watching Where The Wild Things Are with a friend who works at a movie theater. (They have to watch the prints beforehand to make sure that there’s nothing wrong with them – hard life.  And as a side note, living has become a lot cheaper for me since I’ve been around friends who work at movie theatres and at bars.)  It made me so, so happy – the kind of happy where you’re crying sometimes and happy about it.

As with every film that has the indie/literati/intellectual bloodlines that Wild Things does (Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers, Karen O, The Arcade Fire), reviewers are falling into two camps: those who don’t mind the hype and those who do, which correspondingly colors their reviews.  The best description of the film, though, comes from the filmmakers themselves, who – I’m paraphrasing here – said they set out to make a movie not for children or about children but by a child. Read more…


Post-apocalyptic fiction: the definitive list.

October 16, 2009

It’s not like you had any other reading to do, right?

It’s a constant work in progress, but this is the most up-to-date version of my list of fiction about the end of the world. This post is going to get updated a lot – I’m going to try to link to the full text when I can, or links to their wiki.  On some links, I’ll have info or commentary in the rollover.  It’s currently clocking in at 423, mostly novels with some short stories and poems. I’ve read a very, very small fraction of these books, so I can’t attest to how apocalyptic they all are, so feel free to add, subtract, or change as you see fit.  UPDATE: Currently, every short story on the list which has the full text online somewhere is linked to, so you can start reading now!

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Vogue, Zwarte Piet, and the Americanisms of racism

October 16, 2009

The recent uproar over French Vogue’s highly mediocre and controversial Lara Stone blackface spread has really made me realize how localized the aversion to blackface is.  I like to pretend that I’m a thoughtful and openminded individual who doesn’t let American culture brainwash me, but on this one, I just assumed that blackface was one of those things that just Wasn’t Done, devoid of cultural context.  I mean, how can anyone look at this poster and say, “Yep, looks okay to me”?

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someone found my blog by searching “real amish porn”

October 2, 2009

*sigh.* That makes me so happy…

Chris Rock is my new hero, and I’m not quite sure how it happened

October 2, 2009


Dude vanishes completely off the radar (at least my radar) for years, and then he suddenly pops up on the talk show circuit, presumably promoting some movie or other, and starts saying all these incredibly insightful and funny things about some pretty serious issues. Like Roman Polanski. I’ll let Chris Rock get in his piece about this first: Read more…

While we’re on the subject of things that don’t make any damn sense…

September 30, 2009

Have you seen Flashforward yet?  If not, let me sum it up for you:

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Fucking FlashForward.  I am SO PISSED about this shit.  I’ve been looking forward to this show for months, and then I get…this?  Nonsensical, horribly written bullshit? Read more…

Human Centipede? Yawn.

September 29, 2009

This clip (not even a little SFW) has been making the rounds recently on some sci-fi and pop-culture blogs I read, and yeah, I don’t get it.

I mean, I get it, but I don’t.  Everyone else who’s covered the clip attaches some kind of superlative (like Slashfilm’s coverage, sporting the headline “Barf City: Clip from the Human Centipede (One of the Grossest Movies of All Time?)) but seriously, the premise doesn’t make any damn sense. Read more…