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1  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: July 27, 2009, 01:14:52 AM
Everywhere I Go - The Black Keys

2  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: March 03, 2009, 07:59:43 PM
At the Drive-In - Rolodex Propaganda

Fucking Iggy Pop on backing vocals. Hell yes.
3  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: February 13, 2009, 10:11:47 PM
Going through a weird break-up so I've been listening to a bunch of different songs that have so much more effect now that I'm in this mindset.

Peter, Bjorn, & John - Objects of My Affection
The entirety of The Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds
Animal Collective - In the Flowers
The entirety of The Shout Out Loud's Howl Howl Gaff Gaff



4  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: December 23, 2008, 01:29:59 AM
Bliss FM - Everything's Alright

Bliss FM is the name of a hip-hop duo that I knew in high school. They're pretty damn good. This is the intro to their upcoming album.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 03, 2008, 05:10:47 PM
Quantum of Solace was alright. Ideally, whatever he did after the very first scene should have had much more to do with Bond's revenge. I believe Craig's performance was pitch-perfect, but after the first couple of scenes (which were fantastic), it just collapsed into a standard Bond movie with an even worse and more meaningless plot. Here's a hint: when the thing that would draw most people to the movie is Bond revenge and the expected subsequent cracks in his facade that let us know more about Bond as a human being, don't fuck it up by throwing in some side plot with someone else's revenge. The main heroine actually stole Bond's thunder without even putting in a good performance. She was boring and her story just muddled everything up.

If the director was trying to ape The Bourne Supremacy, at least pay attention to what did make it good. The action didn't build, there was no tension, and most of the movie didn't even seem to have to do with the fact that holy shit, for the first time Bond falls in love and cares for someone else!

I thought Casino Royale was alright. Much more entertaining than a bunch of other Bond films, but I really wanted Quantum of Solace to take everything further. A shame.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 28, 2008, 04:28:52 PM
Just saw Shortbus. Frank and explicit, yet beautiful.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 21, 2008, 03:44:19 AM
Quote from: "Serene Prophet"
The happening- It was really a disappointing.  I am one of the few who loved the kooky Lady in the Water, so I was hoping this would at least be interesting, but to be honest, I was bored, and thats not easy to do to me in a movie.  At times it can be a little serene, or something like that, but overall, just not a good movie in any respect.


The actual "happening" was also too ludicrous to be at all bone-chilling, and the attempts at explaining it scientifically made it even less plausible.


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For instance, if a human's neurotransmitters were reversed and their self-preservation instinct became flipped around, I don't think a person would be able to loose control of their body AND be able to make a complex, informed decision on how to kill themselves. Although I respect the integration of the honey-bee issue, it doesn't quite fit what began happening to people, as the toxin wouldn't make the honey-bees, say, only find plants with that toxin and kill themselves, it would just prevent them from NOT eating plants that happened to have the toxin. I think it would have been a lot creepier if people just all of a sudden started running towards the nearest wall or walk off the nearest ledge (the construction site, the old woman, and the car scenes were the most successful in the movie, in my opinion). Starting a lawnmower and then laying down in the perfect position to have it run over you was a bit too silly, thanks.


Mark Wahlberg was fabulous. Actually, I think the acting was pitch-perfect for the movie all around. I just wish M. Night would go back to focusing on mysterious issues on a personal, human scale rather than trying to tackle huge events. There's no real way to wrap up something that huge and still make it satisfying. It's either "water hurts aliens" or "this happening was caused by ____."
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 11, 2008, 05:31:13 PM
Quote from: "Lard"

There Will Be Blood (Now *that's* a movie with no ending)


I loved the ending. It was an ending in the classic sense. Like, Greek tragedy classic. Catharsis <3<3<3
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 19, 2008, 11:36:51 PM
Quote from: "Blace"
Watched No Country for Old Men today. Movie was awesome except for the ending, which I hated with a passion. The last few movies I have watched have the left the ending to the viewers imagination and it is really starting to tick me off. Oh well, still a good movie.


I don't think the ending was left to the viewer's imagination. I think the movie made it pretty clear what happened:

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The world is not a place for the good guys. Tommy Lee Jones becomes disenchanted by God's inability to step in, and also his own inability to follow his father, who belonged to a very different time. The ending is pessimistic, and I appreciate it for not compromising the central message


I can see why most didn't like the ending, though. I wasn't a big fan of it the first time I saw the movie.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 11, 2008, 10:17:32 PM
I have seen There Will Be Blood a total of 3 times now.

The ending is the greatest piece of dramatic film-making I have seen in a long, long, long time.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 16, 2008, 10:19:32 PM
There Will Be Blood is the best movie I've seen this year.
12  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 12, 2008, 10:01:32 PM
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh is one of the greatest books ever written.

Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has not hit me as hard yet. Hurston's prose is beautiful, but I'm having a lot of trouble with the dialogue. It adds to the authenticity of her representation of post-Civil War black culture, and leads to some very poignant moments, but its such a chore to read through on a full IB schedule.

The next book we will be reading in IB English is Faulker's As I Lay Dying. I actually can't wait; I've never read Faulkner before.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 03, 2008, 08:03:26 PM
No Country For Old Men -

Awesome. The only problem was that someone brought their baby and it cried throughout the last two scenes.

Atonement -

Beautifully filmed; the 6-minute one-shot at the beach during the war made me shed a glorious man tear or two.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 23, 2007, 11:35:27 PM
Sweeney Todd

i was worried about this one. Usually, Tim Burton seems really distant from his work, and I didn't originally like the idea of filling an operetta with rock-voices, but somehow, it worked. For one thing, the art direction fit perfectly with the material, and Burton's darkness was, for once, not cheesey. Also, while the singing was mediocre, the score, and Depp's excellent performance gave me chills. I also loved the amount of blood spilled throughout. On stage, the throat-slicings are accompanied by a screeching whistling sound, but Burton switched it up, making the blood so over-the-top that every slice hit you. Also, the final tabluau was magnificent. Magnificent.
15  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: September 10, 2007, 09:50:10 PM
Gotten pretty far in Oyeyemi's The Opposite House. It's MUCH better than Icarus Girl. Her voice is much more assured and risky, and it pays off virtually every time.
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