It’s been a couple of days. I should say something controversial on here.

anewmania:

DIG! (2004) directed by Ondi Timoner. 5 out of 5 broken sitars!

A long time ago my buddy Greg loaned me this DVD. He knew I was a fan of the Dandy Warhols and encouraged me to check it out. I never did. It sat on my coffee table for months before I gave it back to him. Not sure exactly why I never watched it. It might have been because I was worried that it would make me dislike a band that I really enjoyed.
Now, having seen this rockumentary, I think it would have put me off from the band. I was younger and not as easily able to separate artist from art as I am now.
Now having watched it I really don’t like Courtney Taylor that much but I still love the Dandy Warhols.
Enough about me, this documentary is great. The journey of two bands who have a love-hate relationship with one another. One finds success, the other doesn’t.
Another interesting thing is that the dandy Warhols, aren’t the most successful band in the long run. With the exception of a few hits, they have also disappeared off the music landscape.
A great documentary about music and artist and what it means to sell out or remain pure to your craft.

They’re moderately successful, definitely not at the level the doc left them. Tony too has grown - I hear he lives above 8mm bar in Berlin and spends his time hitting on young ladies.

I too love this doc.

bryankonietzko:

korranation:

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westinlee:

Remember when RLM did their awesome Phantom Menace review? Out of a number of smart observations, the smartest HAD to have been the amazing sequence where they break down why the Phantom Menace characters sorta stink while the original trilogy characters were so memorable.

Really well said!

You’re totally right - she’s stuck straight-manning these totally wild characters, and she’s also developed on her own.

If I were to write it again, I think my criticism would have been more specific - I want her to have something that makes her stand out in the way Groot and Rocket and Quill (and yes, even Drax) stand out comedically. Somewhere it was pointed out that the types of jokes and moments she gets are similar to ones other Guardians have. She doesn’t get metaphors (“how did the sticks get up their butts?”) for example. You know, like Drax does. And Drax got a great big bit dedicated to that.

I think she passes the test. I just want her to keep up with those idiots, joke for joke.

deathofgamergate:

What Is GamerGate?

It’s the Tea Party of video games. And Zoe Quinn is its Benghazi.

Okay, But What Is GamerGate Really?

GamerGate has been disingenuously framed as a grassroots campaign of gamers “concerned with the quality and integrity of video game journalism.” The campaign is, in…

A nice, if very critical writeup of a seriously upsetting couple of weeks. The games industry has been absolutely awful to follow. I’ve followed various trash reactions to women in the industry before, but never something that was so thinly veiled and hateful. Disgusting stuff. We can do better.

Another aside: watching high end creatives and developers come out against the misogyny, to the chagrin of the kids, has been super funny. “Oh Joss, not you too!” You mean you’re surprised Joss Whedon is a feminist?

One of the legit coolest things I’ve learned using Fountain/Highland so far is that, since it’s just a markup language (plain text!) you can actually have your scratch sheet BE your finished script. I just took 8 pages of raw notes for a sequence, pasted them into the Fountain doc, and I can turn those scratch notes into dialogue and action.

I think that’s super cool. You can just get the words down, and worry about (very simple) formatting after.

Computer Chess looks super promising, as far as weird lo-fi indie comedies go, but if it’s seriously a bunch of 80s nerds trying to sleep with the single lady nerd, I’m out.

editoress:

thatnightinminneapolis:

westinlee:

Remember when RLM did their awesome Phantom Menace review? Out of a number of smart observations, the smartest HAD to have been the amazing sequence where they break down why the Phantom Menace characters sorta stink while the…

Thanks! See my other comments for thoughts on her. Lots of folks point to her actions in the movie and how those actions appear - trick is, the original RLM test also disallowed actions taken in the movie.

So in other words, ‘deceptive’ is more of an action, but she’s being deceptive because she’s guarded - that seems like a trait to me. I think was the trick - what’s louder: guarded or childish? :)

I think guarded, sweet, and just are my favorites - they form a complex character in the way the other collections of words do. In my mind, anyway.

ckburch:

thatnightinminneapolis:

westinlee:

Remember when RLM did their awesome Phantom Menace review? Out of a number of smart observations, the smartest HAD to have been the amazing sequence where they break down why the Phantom Menace characters sorta stink while the original trilogy…

You know, it took me two viewings, but I finally got into Gamora. At first, I was angry by the end: this isn’t the Gamora of the comics. Gamora is a boss bitch, a badass, a walking, talking, living weapon of destruction who wouldn’t be taken down by a human and a raccoon with a pet tree. Nope. She is the epitome of La Femme Nikita In Space, and she is deadly with those knives. Of course, Gamora began as a villain in the comics, and eventually became a hero, albeit one that still slices and dices better than the Ninja Turtles. Still, her portrayal in the film was far weaker and much more soft than her predecessor in the comics; I was shocked. And even though I’ve come around and can accept how she is in the films, I was super disappointed that we didn’t have the chilling, violent badass who comes around and finds herself. I mean, in the prison scene alone — ugh. The fact that she was captured, I just — ugh. That’s just not Gamora from the comics. I get it, I get it, it’s an adaptation. But come on Marvel, this is your new space franchise. This is your Black Widow in Space! Black Widow wouldn’t have been captured like that, so why Gamora?

/rant

A lot of the comments I’ve gotten come across like I’m attacking the character - I’m not. I like her a lot. But any time a martial arts lady shows up, I worry if she’s going to basically be defined only by her ability to kick ass.

Had they made her absolutely terrifying, I think that would have been super cool, especially if it went far enough that she started to freak out the audience. I’m not sure it’s realistic to expect Marvel to put a lady character into a movie who isn’t at least part damsel or romantic interest. That’s kinda the problem. I think Black Widow dodges that by virtue of the people making the movies she is in.

And…why are there only two prominent super heroines in Marvel franchises again? And they are only in teams of at least five, and they’re both the only lady? Someone make Runaways or a Captain Marvel movie, pls.

Anyway.

Fingers crossed that, in the sequel, the filmmakers give her great things to do that don’t involve being rescued or romancing Quill.