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This link recently saved by clintjcl on July 02, 2014
I love Daria, so I loved reading this article about the inception of Daria as a cartoon. Didn't realize Mike Judge didn't originally draw her, because he didn't know how to draw girls! Many other neat facts within, like the names of other MTV pilots I've never heard of.
(This article has spawned people in the bittorrent animation collecting community to start searching for these missing pilots!)
I consider myself a mix of Daria Morgendorffer, Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Karl Pilkington (of Ricky Gervais fame). I wouldn't call her an influence, as she mostly just mirrored how I already felt. Daria is more like a fictitious soulmate to me.
Can someone please let me know if Part 2 of this story ever comes out?
This link recently saved by clintjcl on April 25, 2014
Clint: 3/5 stars, 7/10.
Carolyn: 3/5 stars, 7/10.
Native ratings: 2.8/5 stars Netflix, 5.9/10 IMDB.
This was an interesting movie about a couple with a bad sex life overall boring life. They go to a strip club to liven things up, and the mother (Kathryn Hahn, apparently a better actor than I'd thought) ends up having the stripper (Juno Temple, a personal favorite) live in their house. The stripper is a sex positive individual (duh), getting them into uncomfortable situations that are only uncomfortable because most people ear prudes.
Ultimately, because the stripper fucks people, and because people react so negatively to sex that isn't in their defined societal parameters -- Her character gets fucked over, and blamed for everything she caused. But it was in fact everyone's attitudes that created these problems in the first place.
And that's my summary of the whole movie: "So she fucked some people. So what?!"
To quote the IMDB thread at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2312890/board/nest/226117425:
"What started off as a film saying something interesting about people from different walks of life and demographics forming true friendships... turned into, 'Don't let slutty girls in your house'. Blech."
And that's the flaw. Juno Temple got the shit end of the stick, and it was not good. But the movie was interesting, regardless.
This link recently saved by clintjcl on August 07, 2013
City Paper had a featured article on BronyCon. It kinda sheds light and explains things and is generally a well-written, well thought out article.
This link recently saved by clintjcl on August 01, 2013
A very interesting premise: Being able to scientifically observe *other* peoples' memories, thanks to corporations perverting technology originally meant for people to examine their *own* memories as a way of dealing with trauma. Now what happens if you get stuck in someone? This comes off like The Host meets The Cell (but with no romance).
However: Such a slow, slow, slow build-up. 40-50 minutes. But then it got interesting. And stayed interesting. Hell, it got so interesting it actually felt a bit rushed at the end.
I think this movie could have benefited from some better editing. It could have been a 4/5-star, 8/10 movie easily. Maybe even better. But it missed its mark a bit.
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Clint: 4.6/5 stars, 8.6/10.
Carolyn: 5/5 stars, 9/10.
Native ratings: 3.7/5 stars Netflix, 5.6/10 IMDB.
This movie was a bit more fun than The Change-Up. It had less romance and more adventure. It might not have been as funNY, but it had more FUN. It's hard to rate the two, actually. We either had a stroke of luck in our selections, or we were in extremely good moods while watching these movies.
This is a caper about a guy who self-bounty-hunts his identity thief, in order to keep from losing his job. She is an irritating sociopath, and together they have to take a road trip. It is perhaps a coming-of-age story for the sociopath, as they inevitably form a love-hate relationship (but mostly hate). The things she does...
Amazing how many negative things people have to say, simply because Melissa McCarthy is fat. It's not that big of a deal! Jesus. And then the other negative things about the movie not being funny. I guess when you have a sociopathic, irritating character on screen, people lose their ability to feel humor. I am glad Carolyn
This link recently saved by clintjcl on May 24, 2013
Clint: 4.6/5 stars, 8.4/10.
Carolyn: 4.6/5 stars, 8/10.
Jesse watched this with us.
Native ratings: 3.3/5 stars Netflix, 6.3/10 IMDB.
This was actually a really awesome movie... Hilariously fun and bizarre. Plus, it's about photography, and the way people tend to overreact to someone other than the government taking their picture. This movie out-quirks 99% of movies out there... And goddamn is the soundtrack very strange at times. It's definitely appropros and adds to the film. Basically, it is obvious when watching this movie that it is the product of a brilliant director.
And of course, like all John Waters movies, you get outrageous dialogue, and great, memorable lines. "This is a gay club and I need to see some gay I.D." "Pubic hair causes crime." "My meat curtain stands alone."
It got kinda sad during the middle, but then magically everybody loved him again. How did that transformation occur? Well, I think I actually glossed over the piont of it all, and then Carolyn explained it to me... Once he "screwed" over the New Yorkers the same way he did the Baltimorians, they all realized, "Oh, but it's art!", and began to see photography from a more objective viewpoint. It was a little convenient, but what would you expect from John Waters? They all have a surreal, skew quality to them. Like a live-action cartoon that no child should ever see. [Hmmm... Imagine John Waters doing an AdultSwim cartoon. That'd be awesome.]
This link recently saved by clintjcl on May 16, 2013
This is NOT a band or music I listen to.
This is a video that stands on its own awesomeness -- Basically, all of the popular aspects of the internet represented as 1990s toy commercials.
This is great. Some assembly required.
Thanks Alan M!
This link recently saved by clintjcl on April 21, 2013
Clint: 4.4/5 stars, 8/10.
Carolyn: 3.4/5 stars, 7.4/10.
Native ratings: 3.5/5 stars Netflix, 5.5/10 IMDB.
"You are who you pretend to be."
Sadly, Carolyn didn't like this one as much as me, despite also being a gamer herself. This movie certainly doesn't REQUIRE any knowledge of Dungeons
This link recently saved by clintjcl on April 12, 2013
Clint: 4/5 stars, 8/10.
Carolyn: 3.6/5 stars, 7.6/10.
Native ratings: 2.6/5 stars Netflix, 5.9/10 IMDB.
This rating is disproportionately low. Is it because the main character is a fat bald dude who never wears pants the entire movie? C'mon, people. This is that special genre I like to call "FUCKED UP". Except it's also a comedy, so it's not really as fucked up as some other movies (like Gummo, Irreversible). So it's not really THAT fucked up. At least, the movie makes this fucked up story comical. So I don't know why people would rate it so low. Fucked up is a boon, funny is a boon. This movie was solid. On par with any major hit you'd see.
It's just a bit creepier, that's all.
Based on a book about a creepy guy who seems a little off, finds himself living alone in a small apartment with a cranky old man and a deadbeat stoner for neighbors. He misses his brother, who is in a looney bin, but sends him cassettes every day. Then his landlord is accidentally killed, and the fun of watching things unfold begins: People with poor coping skills trying to cope with a situation stranger than most situations most of us will ever have in our lives. That's entertainment.
We thought this was an interesting movie, full of interesting quirks.