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December 5, 2010

some times, its the world

and sometimes its you.

But seriously, what is wrong with people??? Now, I know that once you have a kid, your opinions change about things. Some people become more conservative, more religous, more paranoid, more... more....

but really, as far as I can tell, the american public still can't find its own ass with regard to movies. And if having a child has changed my opinion in this area at all, its only strengthened my belief in this regard. And I think I know what's wrong with people.

When I went to high school, I had great teachers for my English classes. I distinctly recall reading Frankenstein and learning about the concept of doppelgangers. I remember reading great southern literature like 'As I Lay Dying' and learning that great writing has more to do with conveying feeling and concepts instead of using big words. I read shakespeare (a lot) and euripedes (repeatedly).

My point is that I can recognize the difference between a classic story and boringly predictable one (and yes, I'm still talking about YOU, JAMES CAMERON, and your ridiculously overblown movie (avatar) and those idiots who loved it - and if I know you and you loved it... well, we can talk about it, but I am totally going to judge you because my buddha ain't big enough to deal with this, yo.)

anyway, back to the point. This is actually another movie review entry. really.. and maybe a bit of a rant (surprise). So here we go:

The Last Airbender
Apparently, everybody hated this movie. Maybe it had mega-hype and mega-fail. Maybe people were pissed off at M. Night Shayamalan because at the end of "The Village" we all learn that's its not a fantasy movie about young adventurers facing down monsters, but its really about a bunch of uptight rich people hiding in the woods. I can dig that.

But I liked this movie. It had beautiful scenery, special effects, and fantastic fight scenes. I really liked it. And I get it. The plot was compressed; the movie "butchered" the animated story. ok. fine. but I don't see how that justifies the god-awful reviews it got. "Worst movie of the year"? I hardly think so.

can't we all just get along?

ok, next movie:
The Girl Next Door
Check out the plot synopsis for this one: A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love. Doesn't it just sound awful? But let's not judge too quickly. You know who is in this movie? Emile Hirsch and Timothy Olyphant. They're good actors. and cherry on the cake is James Remar, who always gets stuck in these bit parts. but whatever.

I thought this was going to be some awful tale of teen raunch and comedic humiliation, much like all those other high school movies.

but it isn't. It is a thoughtful, surprising, and entertaining movie. good acting and good plot. I recommend.

December 6, 2010

tying up loose ends

I just can't let go of this whole airbender thing (what I wrote about yesterday) but I'm going to conclude with:

1 - I didn't hear much outrage when Jessica Alba played Sue Storm in the fantastic four movies. So why is it so horrible to have vaguely white looking kids playing cartoon characters that were only vaguely asian looking? That whole series is written by two white guys!!

2 - I remember watching the first Harry Potter movie and seeing some little kid being really upset because things didn't happen the same as in the book. But again, the general public seemed to eat up the whole damn franchise anyway. So why is this movie so different? Because there was nothing for the older kids?

3 - I really think that if we want to see a real american epic, we should just watch all the seasons of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". That is some real good stuff, and tragic to boot. I can't even watch some of the later seasons; they're just too sad.

So that's all I have to say... yeah..

December 7, 2010

take my baby, please!

so the mini-loml knows two jokes now. I know this because she tells me them, all the time. Here is the first one:

"wa-ar-war-wa-waaa......" and she starts chuckling maniacally
and since I can see it is a joke, I laugh too. "hahahahahahaha"

and here is the second one:
note* this one is a bit more subtle because the setup is implied, and it goes like this... what is the most annoying sound in the world?

What a great baby!

December 21, 2010

good will and mass consumerism

ok, glad you could all join me for a holiday rant. but first some small housekeeping items. actually, just one item. Remember when I had written a previous post about how skinny pants were the new tapered pant, and how people look bad in them? Well point of clarification: my friend Yijia looks good in skinny pants. She is petite and trim, and consequently one of a tiny percentage of people who are not model celebrities who can wear them.

now that that is out of the way, onto my holiday rant. But a warning first. This is probably my most offensive post ever. If you are five years old or younger, you probably don't want to read this.


but yes, a delightful personification of "good will towards all men (and women)" and "hey, let's have some prezzies, shall we?". I dig it.

but why on earth would you lie to your kids and tell them that Santa is real? Its like some sick sick mind game that people justify as being a "wonderful tradition that enrichened their childhood memories". Really? Really??

I've always thought that we are supposed to overcome the circumstances of our upbringing and realize our full potential as sentient beings, instead of mindlessly repeating the cycles of our past. Stop being proud of your ignorance! Quit doing shit just because that's how your parents did it! Grow up, make conscious decisions, acknowledge, exist, and participate in your reality! (this is the sound of me giving the worst pep talk for self-actualization that you've ever heard).

No child has ever suffered from a lack of belief in a omnipotent man who provides annual presents to "good" kids.

Telling your kids that Santa is a real person is actually an exercise in the questionable rewards of lying and the cost of maintaining the tangled web of deceit. From the fantastical beginnings to the supporting infrastructure of faked evidence, hastily worded explanation of why Santa is begging for money outside the grocery store, to the inevitable (and unbelievable) defense against when some kid at school tells your kid that Santa isn't real, leading up to some pathetic denial of the possibility that your kids are humoring you by continuing to pretend that they still believe.

That's a great tradition man. Or to rephrase, the holidays can be a wonderful time for people (and kids) to contemplate the true spirit of the season. They're probably happy already, and if they aren't, is this piece of dishonesty (let's call a spade a spade) really worth it for them (cause who is really getting the "fun" out of this)?

Me, personally, I recommend watching the original version of "Miracle on 34th Street" with Maureen O'Hara. Now that is a good story.

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