As some of you may know, Paramount commissioned (in)famous director M. Night Shyamalan to adapt the popular Nickelodian series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” into a movie trilogy. The TV series revolves a fantasical, Hayao Miyazaki-inspired universe that deals with individuals capable of controlling and manipulating (aka “bending”) one or several of the earth’s elements – Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire – and how the main protagonist, Aang, the Last Airbender, is destined to bring back balance when the Fire nation’s imperialistic and war-mongering desires get out of hand. The movie is slated for release July 1st this year, and its production has led to a lot of controversy specifically with regards to its casting.
Though I’m not a particular fan of the show (nor do I dislike it) and am simply neutral overall, I feel that it is necessary to state for several reasons why I will not support this movie for professional, philosophical and personal reasons.
You know, everyone deserves forgiveness, but not everyone deserves a second chance to be an adored celebrity. There are plenty of talented vocalists/performers who manage to never beat the shit out of their girlfriends. I’ll be over here, enjoying their stuff, and not yours.
I saw Toy Story 3 today, and I’ll certainly have a lot more to say about that later. In discussing it after the viewing, my girlfriend and I decided to watch Toy Story 2 on VHS. I had forgotten a lot of what takes place in Toy Story 2, including the scene where the toy repair…specialist…guy…fixes up Woody so that Newman can sell him.
Have you been to the cinema lately? Have you seen those ads where Hollywood tells you not to pirate movies because they work awfully hard to craft a perfect viewing experience for you? Has anyone noticed that the footage is directly out of Toy Story 2? There is no new footage. Even the music is taken from that very scene.
There’s a great irony in the film industry telling viewers to not illegally pirate their well crafted films by taking footage verbatim from a film that was done ten years ago. Perhaps this rehashing of ideas is where the real issue lies?
When Kurt Cobain died I was only four years old, yet I remember it so vividly, watching the footage on the TV while no one was around. I have such a terrible memory, yet I remember this. Why is that? I couldn’t have been listening to Nirvana. My brother was, though. He was 9, and he had (or would later have) all three of their albums along with Incesticide. I’ve been going through those CDs, because I can’t really recall ever listening to them in their entirety.
I feel like a weirdo, but Cobain’s life, music, and story have suddenly become really interesting to me. And incredibly heavy. If he hadn’t killed himself, could he stand to live in our world today, where we are all completely immersed in celebrity culture?
It’s hard to write about Lilith at this stage because the work is so mind-numbing. Right now I’m going through every take and making notes of what I liked, where good footage occurs on a timeline, and what needs to be done in terms of sound design. basically I’m drafting about a half page of…
Do they still make black and white disposable cameras?
If so, I want ALL OF THEM. Buy me 2 for every holiday and birthday. Doing a black and white effect on a digital camera is simply not the same and THE WORLD KNOWS THIS, INTERNET.
I’ve been going through old photos that belong to my girlfriend’s family (with her family and girlfriend in toe, of course). Black and white photos were sweet. Photos that aren’t digital are just simply awesome. Digital is too perfect. Pixelated errors are not human. The imperfections in film cameras are just…aw, damn, it’s amazing.
I’m a hipster, I guess. Or, perhaps I’m just becoming a fetishizer of dieing formats.
It’s difficult for me. I’ve always gotten ingrown toenails. It has always been my left big toe. Ever since the first time it has happened I’ve always brought a book to read, and I did today. But, for some reason, I decided to watch my doctor (great guy that hates oil spills, as any decent human would) numb my toe.
To numb one’s toe for the removal of the ingrown portion of a toenail, it requires a couple shots of medication. I’ve never watched my toe as it was filled with that stuff. The needle is long, and it almost goes straight through the toe—four times. To see a doctor nearly puncture your toe all the way through is quite intolerable…definitely more difficult than I imagined.
I then told my doctor of my discovery (that watching this really fucking sucked). I had the book beside me, I just didn’t get it. What surprised me was his response:
"Yeah, usually people find a way to tune it out." Although he does this every day (probably), even HE knew that this procedure is pretty damn gross.
However, I do believe that it could be an interesting short film (if it has not already been done). I told the nurses that worked there that I might come back and film there (hopefully I’ll never have to do this again, but every time, I’m proven wrong.). Then I discovered a new pun.
“People die in the film and there’s plenty of sex but when we did it, no one got hurt and it was all played for fun and family entertainment. These seem to be elements nobody is interested in anymore. It was too graphic for me. I’ve no doubt it will do big business at the box office but it’s nothing like the show we turned out every week.”—Mr. T re: “The A-Team” Movie | Pop Crunch (via popculturebrain) (via makingofmovies) (via emilysyrja)
I recently purchased Joanna Newsom’s excellent new record “Have One on Me” for $12 at one of my awesome local record stores, Record Time. It’s 18 tracks and two hours. While listening to it in the car, I briefly thought, “Hmph, it’s like I got six tracks for free!”
“When a little white girl goes missing, online news, supermarket tabloids and cable network stations bombard us with up-to-the-minute dispatches on the crime, the victim, her shattered family and anguished community. When a little black girl is murdered in cold blood by a big city police department it is up to the community and those who care about social justice to ensure that the case doesn’t fade into the national obscurity that is usually reserved for the lives of people of color. The recent execution of 7 year-old Aiyanna Jones by the Detroit Police Department during a raid while she was sleeping in her home is the kind of atrocity that makes many people of color view the police as an occupying army. According to news reports, the Detroit Police were conducting a raid that was being filmed for an A&E reality show. Neighbors informed the police that there were children in the home, but their pleas were ignored. Searching for a suspect who lived in another apartment unit, officers fired into the home from outside, then lobbed a grenade into the house, killing little Aiyanna. By exercising a so-called “no knock” policy in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, the Detroit Police’s criminal disregard for human life and the civil liberties of people of color have kept the community under siege. According to Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, the Detroit Police have been under a federal consent decree but continue to use military style raids that terrorize black citizens.”—The Media and the Murder of Aiyanna Jones (via dougstumblr) (via directactioniswitchcraft, azspot) (via gossipgrog) (via fuckyeahfeminists) (via emilysyrja)