Yah, if loving Billy Joel is wrong, I don’t want to be…not wrong. I looked up Wind and the Lion on imdb. It sounds like one of those many movies that are wonderful, and then you find out the real history and think, “But that would have made and even better story!” As opposed to say, The Patriot, which with or without any historical accuracy, is crap. (The were called the Green Dragoons, because they wore…Red Coats! etc.)
I had less of a problem with the HP ending–for one, I liked how it sent the crazier Harry/Hermione fans into a frothing tailspin that lasted for about two weeks, in the summer, when I had nothing to do but watch wank communities–but yeah, it did feel kind of like a letdown. I mean, yes, Harry gets a family, it’s what he always wanted…you couldn’t cut to the birth of Kid #1 and express that as well? Or do the ending-of-every-Austen-adaptation-ever wedding sequence? I agree with you, SD, in the sense that I think those books are good, and wouldn’t be as good with happy endings. I just don’t want to read 1984 more than once, or see Brazil at all: quality stuff, but not my thing. Feel the same way about a lot of Indian food, actually (WASPy spice wuss that I am).
It’s Slytherin for him, no question. And he has to be reassured that Daddy will still love him anyway, because ew Slytherin! Can we say ‘setting up the next generation to do the whole thing all over again’?
That movie with Viggo Mortensen and the horse race is an example where telling the full story would have made it more interesting to me at least. Or the new movie with the Depression-era mom and the missing kid. From what I can tell of the trailers it’s all about the mom, not the fake son, but it’s his motivations and reactions that are interesting – there’s not much new in the story of a mom who lost her child, but the child who (spoilers, sorry, can’t figure out how to hide them) makes the fake claim in the first place? That I can’t imagine, and that’s more interesting.
the “Jurassic Bark” episode of Futurama In a near-future Los Angeles, the Voight-Kampf test for detecting lack of emotion in androids will be replaced by screenings of that episode. If it doesn’t affect you, you are clearly an artificial mechanism.
In a near-future Los Angeles, the Voight-Kampf test for detecting lack of emotion in androids will be replaced by screenings of that episode. If it doesn’t affect you, you are clearly an artificial mechanism. They would do, but unfortunately, it’s so depressing that even robots cry at it, so sayeth xkcd. (Littlefoot’s mum – now that was a downer. At least the death of Bambi’s mum was followed by a pleasant song.) spoilers, sorry, can’t figure out how to hide them In future, you can use ROT-13. All it does is cypher the letters along 13 places (so “you can use ROT-13” becomes “lbh pna hfr EBG-13”). Putting the cyphered back into ROT-13 takes it another 13 places, back to the starting point. It’s a pretty simple but effective way of spoiler stuff on a text-only system.
hapax: Yes! I always took the side of the Queen of the Night, out of sheer motherly solidarity.
Doh! I’ve been around since Usenet, I should’ve thought of that. I was trying for a HTML solution :)
Er, that was in reference to your “Magic Flute” comment. I need to turn the page now…
I always took the side of the Queen of the Night, out of sheer motherly solidarity. Not to mention Der Holle Rache” zOMG!!! And the Kiri Te Kanawa recording no less… Makes me weep in all the wrong places, I lie not.
Disneyfied and dehistoricized Pocahontas: All the characters with historical roots were mangled, from Govorner Radcliffe (Radcliffe College ring a bell?), Powhatten, Pocahontas herself, and Captain John Smith, adventurer and professional liar. In J. Smith’s memiors, he claims he was rescued by princesses from irate fathers no less than four times on three continents. Not only was he not rescued by Pocahontas, he didn’t meet her until she had moved to England, and probably never met her father either…
All the characters with historical roots were mangled If you’re talking about the original story, yes. I learned about Smith’s tall tales from James Loewen’s books. Disney could have written a decent story about Pocahontas while maintaining some semblance of historical accuracy, which would mean leaving Smith out. It’s tempting to suspect that many of the film’s flaws were due to Eisneresque tinkering after Frank Wells died, but that’s too convenient and wouldn’t fit the long production period involved with animated features.
Delayed, certainly, but to comment on LoXG’s film adaptation – it’s tosh, certainly, especially for someone who’s read the original, but for anyone who does have an interest in male eyecandy, Dorian Grey makes it all worthwhile. At one point he makes a very self-aware animal growl and you can hear half the population of the movie theatre faint of overstimulation. Is it worth the entire movie ticket just to see an attractive man be shirtless and fey? …Yes. In this case, yes it is. Though that might just be my preference. Um, on topic, I’m thankful for my hobbies allowing me to acquire a social life without hyperventilating and locking myself in my room.