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September 7th, 2008

Craziest Double Feature Ever [Sep. 7th, 2008|12:44 am]
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Tonight, under virtual house arrest by tropical storm Hanna, I watched Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, an experimental, surreal, non-linear feminist Czech film from 1970, and Neil Marshall's Doomsday.

Both movies are completely crazy, though for different reasons. One features magic earrings, vampires, and random shots of hedonists frolicking in a stream and making out. The other features the rejected cast from an aborted Mad Max remake, cannibalism, and the random use of 1980s new wave music in a scene that makes even less sense than the Zion rave party in Matrix Reloaded. One uses dense symbolism and dream logic to tell a very fairy tale-like story of a girl becoming a woman. The other uses CGI gore and a complete lack of logic to tell an extremely violent story of a woman becoming Mel Gibson. One is a good movie that's difficult to understand because of its non-linear, deeply symbolic nature. The other is a bad movie that's totally awesome.
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Flashback Sunday [Sep. 7th, 2008|04:53 pm]
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Unlike with other musical flashbacks, I don't really want to know what I was doing when this song came out. 1984 -- I was fifteen. Who wants to be reminded of when they were fifteen? Still, for some reason I've been listening to this song a lot recently. See if you can identify the tune by this catchy part in the middle:

Die (Die!) by my hand (Die!)
I creep across the land (Die!)
Killing first-born man (Die!)
Die (Die!) by my hand (Die!)
I creep across the land (Die!)
Killing first-born man (Die!)


Honestly, I'm not going through an angry phase or anything, I just really like this song!
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The Last Ride [Sep. 7th, 2008|06:27 pm]
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Today will be the last ride for Coney Island's Astroland. That will leave park owner Carol Albert with two dozen rides and 16 trailers worth of items accumulated over 46 years to clear out by next January in order to avoid fines from land owners Thor Equities.

Goodbye, Astroland. Goodbye, Coney Island. It was a fun half century. Too bad Thor Equities wanted your land for their luxury condominiums.

The completely insane New York City real estate market, the greedy landlords and landowners, can go to hell as far as I'm concerned. They're destroying this city. I can't even tell you how many empty storefronts there are in my neighborhood where shops had to vacate because their rents were doubled, or in some cases tripled, because the landlords thought they could get more. Instead, those spaces have stood empty for years now, while the stores and restaurants that used to occupy them are missed by everyone. And it's not just my neighborhood, it's everywhere, all across the city. Empty retail spaces that could have continued feeding their landlords' bank accounts for years to come had those landlords not gotten so greedy. Good job, assholes!
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True Blood [Sep. 7th, 2008|10:51 pm]
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That was so good! Much better than I expected it to be, actually. Funny, cute, scary, sexy -- everything I look for in a woman tv show. And I had no idea it was going to be so sexually explicit! It was like Tell Me You Love Me but with vampires and bondage, and without the distracting testicle shots. Bonus!

Anna Paquin does a great job as Sookie Stackhouse, the telepathic waitress with a porn star's name. (By the way, the vampires aren't the speculative element here. The fact that Sookie is perky and cute and no one ever asks her out is.) The rest of the characters are well drawn, but a little archetypal right now: the adorable old grandma, the gay cook at the restaurant where Sookie works who has a snap for every occasion, the sassy black best friend, the horndog brother who's always getting himself in trouble. But I suspect they'll develop more complexity over time. Also, I suspect the guy who runs the restaurant is actually some kind of werecollie!

But the weak link so far, at least for me, is Billy, the vampire Sookie is smitten with. So handsome. So brooding. So...*yawn*. I get that you don't want to make your vampire the life of the party, nor do you want to make him Quasimodo ugly or mentally challenged, since he's supposed to be the romantic lead, but the whole gorgeous brooding vampire hunk thing is getting old. At least for me, but admittedly I'm not the target audience for that particular trope. Also, I'm jealous of his hair. There, I said it!

I'll definitely be tuning in again. The TV Nerd says: Take a bite, you might like it! (Okay, that was lame.)
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