Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Free Form Comments

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ALSO. You can use this space to re-ask me questions you asked me before that I failed to answer because I was too busy.

AND you can use this space to comment on posts that are old enough that no one is reading the comments threads anymore.

You do not have to have a blogger account or gmail account to post a comment -- you can write a comment, write your name at the bottom of your comment like an e mail, and then post using the "anonymous" option.

WRITING FOR THIS BLOG. If I see a big free form comment that deserves more attention, I will pull it and make it its own post, with a label on the post and on the sidebar that will always link to all the posts you write for this blog. I am always looking for reviews of games, tv, movies, music and books.

23 comments:

Mikey said...

I know we like smart writing on The Wire round here - I quite enjoyed this paper: “In Withdrawal from Modernity: the Western and the West Side in The Wire”.

scott91777 said...

I think Wolverine: Origins will be a terrible movie... but I also think it will be kind of awesome.

Also, I think there's an R2 Unit on the loose in my local Wal-Mart

scott91777 said...

Oh, a bit of sports news (not usually discussed here and I'm not a sports fan) but Radford University's(where I teach)Basketball team won the Big South title this weekend. We'll be going on to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years (when, of course, we ended up playing Duke in our first match). All in all, a pretty big accomplishment for our guys.

finsof72 said...

We will probably play North Carolina in the opening round. No #16 seed has ever beaten a #1 seed. If we beat them, I expect campus to be closed for a few days to clean up the mess in the wake of the parties. Not to mention there will probably be some burned couches, lots of accidental pregnancies, and many smashed in windows.

The burden of success.

finsof72 said...

Also, Wolverine: Origins looks terrible. Watching the trailer makes me feel like middle schoolers wrote the script. It's one of those things that gets me very upset with Sam Raimi for making Spider-Man and reigniting this new age of comic book movies every studio is capitalizing on.

*I THINK it was Spider-Man in 2002 that first started this trend. Before you knew it you had companies using up every big hero and digging at the bottom of the barrel for more obscure ones. But if I'm wrong here, what other movie before Spider-Man sparked it?

scott91777 said...

The first X-men movie came out about a year or two before Spider-Man

finsof72 said...

Ok, actually now that I think about it I do remember seeing X-Men before Spider-Man, I think. So thanks, a lot, X-Men. But maybe the good outweigh the bad..not in quantity but quality.

Jake said...

Hello, my name is Jake and I am without shame. Check out my blog.

http://challengersoftheunexpected.blogspot.com


It is a blog and I blog there but I haven't blogged there yet. My blogmates have blogged though. There is blog there.

Watchmen reviews to be specific. Will deal with comics and shit, standard nerd stuff. Me and two buddies of mine so there'll be frequent posts. It's in disarray right now, we don't have our header done, but show up and make love to it please.

finsof72 said...

I've got one, too. neoterism.blogspot.com. Primarily movie reviews. Haven't updated it in awhile, just getting back into it while trying to figure out my career path. Going to put up my reviews of The Mist, Watchmen, and Twilight later and a few more.

scott91777 said...

I've read all of Fins reviews mentioned above; all are worth reading... The defense of Twilight is actually pretty good... I'm still not interested in seeing it though.

finsof72 said...

It is emotionally painful to admit that Twilight was pretty good.

neilshyminsky said...

re: Twilight. I don't know about the movie, but I read parts of the book and find it totally indefensible. The relationship between Edward and Bella borders too often on abusive, for one, and Bella is an entirely pathetic character who spends half the book trying to find new ways to express how hot Edward is and the other half coming up with increasingly disturbing ways to tell us that she can't live without him. It is the literary and emotional equivalent of the petulant teenager who tells her parents that if she can't have the car to go see her boyfriend tonight, she'll kill herself.

I'm actually afraid for the girls who read this book and set these sorts of expectations for themselves. I'd imagine it will be something like the fallout from 'Beauty and the Beast', when pre-teen girls learned that it was okay if a boy got angry and hit you because you can still change him if you really love him. Sorry, but no.

finsof72 said...

Whoa...none of that's in the movie. But before I saw it, some of the things girls were saying about the book really disturbed me. Like at one point where the guy says "I like watching you sleep." If I said that to one of the girls at Radford...despite the promiscuous reputation they seem to have these days...I'd probably get slapped, not found more attractive.

But the movie doesn't really have any of that. And trust me, no one hated it more than I did before seeing it. I even proclaimed it as the epitome of why terrorists hate us. As far as the book goes, I haven't read it, have no intention of ever reading it, and if I ever have a daughter will not let her read it.

neilshyminsky said...

The book is narrated by Bella, which is probably why it's so overwhelmingly creepy. One can only read so many pages of her expressing how hot and awesome he is, how she would do anything to be with him, how his very presence makes her feel uncertain, weak and submissive, how sweet he is for being creepy, how she can understand his possessiveness and rationalize his emotional abuse, etc., etc. without getting physically ill.

finsof72 said...

hmm, sounds like one of those girls on the Maury Show

jennifer said...

ok. so what is with fox and the awful serials starring charismatic british leading men?!? motherfucker. if i have to watch one more episode of house or lie to me just cause i can't resist hugh laurie or tim roth, respectively.
i normally don't even go for guys with blue eyes...
:)

James said...

I have (so far) managed to avoid seeing Watchmen: can anyone explain to me how the revised ending works at all? It's hard to find complete details, but it's still a Dr. Manhattan frame-up, yes? And Dr. Manhattan is still a symbol of American power for most of his existence, yes? Why wouldn't Russia use his attack as a final excuse to let the nukes fly? Is Russia destroyed at the end? I read that there's a line about "Dr. Manhattan will be watching", is that the overriding idea? Everyone stays in line out of fear for the big blue CG cock'n'balls? I'm not whining about a squid, I just don't get how Veidt's plan is supposed to work without an extraterrestrial threat.

Geoff Klock said...

James -- Why Russia will not attack after an American Symbol attacked all the countries of the world is not at all explained. Though to be fair Veidts plan WITH the squid never seemed like a great one to me.

James said...

Geoff: It's not great, but there's a real simplicity to the logic that I find appealing. And it's supposed to be a faulty plan, right? "Nothing ever ends, Adrian" and all that - the problem with Snyder's faulty plan is that the flaw seems so immediately glaring.

Geoff Klock said...

James -- no, you are totally right. It is supposed to be a limited plan in the book -- but what always gets on my nerves about it is how happy Veidt is with it: the smartest man in the world should at least be able to see the limitations, though that may be intentionally ironic as well -- he just THINKS he is so smart. Snyder's revision is significantly more problematic.

scott91777 said...

Y'know... I wonder, did Veidt ever read Shelley's poem "0zymandias"? Did he not get the irony of the line "look upon my works ye mighty and despair"? For the smartest man in the world, he sure can be dense.

James *Spoilers Follow*

It's a Dr. Manahattan frame up but, now, instead of just New York or Russia being attacked its several other countries around the world with the implication that Manhattan has now gone 'Rogue' and this is how he is punishing us for contemplating nuclear war.

Geoff Klock said...

Fins, jake -- you have been added to the blog roll

Christian said...

Been thinking about replaying Psychonauts and the the inversion of genre that that game is based in (Run away FROM the circus, the suicidal cheerleader, the bully, scrawny, redheaded braceface, the GoGo Dancing Teacher with a dark past and so forth). Man, I love Tim (Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Sam & Max, Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle and the upcoming Brütal Legend) Schafer games.

Anyone else spent much of their life enjoying the games by one of the most creative people in computer games?