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To get in the way back machine, think about The Truman Show. I saw it at a screening before it came out, and it was more or less pre-internet, and somehow I STILL knew a little bit about it going in, and wish I hadn’t.
To my mind, the way that movie would been more successful (successful creative enterprise, not successful in terms of mo’ money) is if you could have just told people “Look, we are not going to show you a trailer, or review the movie, or anything, but trust us it’s pretty good, Jim Carrey is a big star, right?”
Of course you can’t really do that, and at the screening w/the director, he pretty much agreed that he hated the idea of marketing his movie and simultaneously partially spoiling it, but didn’t see a way around it.
The takeaway here is, I totally saw The Truman Show before all of you, so there.
I also am late to the party. Yesterday I had to deliver a followup PowerPoint (ugh) to the boss’s boss, and it went fine. It is amazing to me that that guy always has reasonable follow up questions. Smart executives exist, in small numbers!
I managed to get in some banjo practice for “intro to bluegrass banjo” class, which just started last week, and is taught by an old hippy in torn acid washed jeans (and a tie) who seems very nice and is likely to be a good teacher, but who also seems to have sort of Parkinsonian symptoms, so his demonstrations of “now here is some fancy banjo playin’ ” seem a little clunky to me.
Also went to pretty good jazz jam session (Chicago monsters, Monday nights at 9 at “Serbian Village”, of all places). The first set, before they opened it up to other players, featured a bass trumpet player?
Finally some questions, perhaps covered elsewhere:
1. Steph’s book? Tell me more, so I can order some in to the Barnes and Nobles where I work a couple nights a week?
2. I take it assorted folks had trouble logging in here recently? Not just me? Was the password reset also busted for folks?
I mostly agree, but I like the lead cop character so much that it mostly outweighs the “wait, everything just wrapped itself up 40 pages earlier than I figured it might” reaction I had.
Did you read Crooked Little Vein? That book is totally nuts (and also doesn’t really have an ending).
In hilarious misunderstanding news, I overheard my girlfriend talking on the phone one November, telling someone she was getting me a mandolin. Privately, I got all excited–what a great job picking out presents, person who knows I am a musician, who kind of likes bluegrass, and who is always thinking about buying more instruments.
Movie-trailer-record-scratch/Smash-Cut to Christmas morning, where a disapointed mordonez does not open a new bluegrass mandolin, but a new mandolin slicer. Don’t get me wrong, in a vacuum where I hadn’t pictured something else entirely, I enjoy having a mandolin slicer, but…but…v. sad, wrong mandolin.
[I bought myself the other kind of mandolin a year or two later, and can even play it a little now--I use both of them with similar frequency. Also banjo lessons start a week from Saturday!]
Oblivion has made it kind of impossible for me to read the Pale King. Yes, absolutely, how does he do it, but at the same time…
There’s can be a temptation, when you learn more (say, a LOT more) about an author’s life, to just try to map his/her life onto the fiction. Of course in many cases, that’s a load of bollocks, but in the case of Oblivion, the urge to succumb to that temptation is for me, quite strong.
So if one does, the stories seem to tell me something about what DFW must have been dealing with through most of his adult life. And not just “Good Old Neon”- while Oblivion is, overall, a masterful collection of stories, it’s also potentially a window into the life of a very sad man, and it’s kept The Pale King on the shelf, just staring at me.
My worry (E! notwithstanding, which, great post Gabe) was, when I heard about a shooting on the MIT campus, was “please don’t let this be Aaron Swartz related in some dumb way”. So I was relieved (?!?) to find out that it wasn’t. I guess.
I know this is about Halloween costumes and everything, but Gabe is really on to something with the whole “why do they keep saying Silver Linings” thing.
I mean, you had to title your movie something, yes, and obviously some movies would be exempt from this (Argo fuck yourself indeed), but i really hate when they do this. Why it was just 17 years ago that (spoiler alert) the dramatic closing scene of Mike Leigh’s “Secrets and Lies” was sort of ruined for me by Timothy Spall making a dramatic speech about how we’re all so wrapped up. In our SECRETS….and LIES.
Great Googly Moogly!! Can the whole thing be in Monster’s Ball? How could anyone choose?
I am surprised that as someone who should not care even a little, I was kind of offended by the Djesus sketch? I mean not really, and IANA(Christian), but I was weirded out by it..
Also, Tippy goes right into the hopper with Gilly and that other Kristin Wiig one-upswomanship character for me, so dislike. And of course Regine. Booooooo to you, Regine.
Wasn’t there some Fred Armisen sketch a million years ago where he and someone were off-putting characters because they lived in a stark white apartment and liked cutting edge art and such? They could bring that back, if they need an off-putting Fred Armisen character.
On a positive note, Alabama Shakes and the aforementioned Kate McKinnon update thing were great!
Found a couple embarrassing bugs in the product (again), had to sit through a 2 hour “all hands” meeting, but one that was surprisingly informative and suggests that we might start doing things right, and now I have to leave work to go to other work (but we celebrated last night so that’s fine) before heading out for drinks with 2nd job co-workers.
Only one more work day before a friend’s wedding on Saturday at which there will be Seriously Top Notch Food (Chicagogum: Uncommon Ground) and a Universal Life Church wedding officiant. So things are looking up?
My birthday is sometimes on Thanksgiving (like last year).
It’s not generally a problem, and as a small child there was a pretty epic birthday party game of “pin the feathers on the turkey”. That turkey is the only thing I’ve known my dad to ever draw, other than a circuit diagram. It has to be somewhere in my parent’s house still (because holy hoarders episode) and it’s a 4 foot square turkey, in crayon, on a giant piece of brown cardboard.
So pretty much those goats were ROBBED. ROBBED I tell you. It’s a good thing the office clears out at 5, because it’s not great to lose your shit watching goat videos in an office full of people. Who admittedly already think I’m a weirdo, but still.
I had some focus group 6 months ago where we were shown some 85 minute version of the pilot, about which I was kind of “meh”, and then I didn’t watch it when it premiered, and so good story.
However I did have a direct criticism that probably made the rest of the people in the room think I was a weirdo, which was, if you are going to have a dramatic music montage scene in the first episode of your TV show about how things are So 80s, YOU CAN’T deploy [mildest of spoilers]
your Phil Collins-Miami Vice song that early. It’s the epitome of crappy 80′s action montage songs, thanks to Michael Mann. Using it so early is more than a little on the nose for a show that wants to be all reference-y. It could also be that I was being unreasonable and literally nobody else thinks that.
I have an idea…how about a Californians GAME SHOW you guys!
Also, the monologue was funny, and I did not like “Glice” very much, I am sorry everyone.
Please bring back Lord Cecil Wyndemere for all of the “awkward boyfriend” sketches. Oh, Paul Brittain, do you still think you made a good career move, now that your impending (singular) credit is “Male Cheerleader” in “Grown Ups 2″?
I think we probably have to wait an episode to see if that’s the case. It’s my hope that this episode was playing up the whole
“people are going to be totally watching to see if it’s different, so let’s make it obviously different to poke fun at folks’ obsessiveness, and then we can dial it back and make episodes of Community again” thing
If that’s a thing. I’m going to hope it’s a thing.
Also, I would have ALMOST have preferred a straight up soap-opera recast of Fred Willard into the Pierce role, rather than just having him in Abed’s brain.
And also, since when are Community Colleges 4 year institutions anyway? Aren’t they getting Associates Degrees? What is this world coming to?
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil is…a novella, I guess?
You guys are missing the most important part which is that George Saunders has a new book out and it is AMAZING. And, but, however, if you are feeling a little bit sad about the week, and want to relax with a good book, perhaps this is not the week for that book?
I mean buy it, because George Saunders is a genius, but do not read it for a pick me up!
He must have rejected the title “Further Disturbing Stories by Me that are about a version of this world we live in that is tilted like 11 degrees to one side and somehow depicts some sort of weird hyper-reality that touches my readers more directly than some glum Joyce Carol Oates stories ever could or whatever”.
Apologies to Joyce Carol Oates, and also, TGIF, can’t wait for the hand-crafted ceramic whiskey jug art show opening and whiskey tasting tonight, woohoo!
I am annoyed that Mr. Jonny Greenwood seems to have gotten screwed regarding his score for The Master, just like last time with There Will Be Blood.
http://www.vulture.com/2012/09/will-the-masters-score-be-oscar-snubbed.html seems pretty prescient, 4 months later.
So next time, Jonny, make SUPER sure that not one note of music you use to score a PT Anderson movie has ever been used or recorded elsewhere, even a little, assuming you care about this sort of thing.
I thought it was a great score.
There is this fascinating thing about Carver, in that his editor Gordon Lish is VERY MUCH the reason he’s regarded as a sparse super minimalist. Lish cut the total word count in those stories by 40% to 70% ! And then the “restored” version was released a couple years ago so depending on how much of a project you want to make it, reading the alternate versions could be interesting. Here is one of the one million articles about the whole thing.
Also I don’t have a dog, but I love bassets. There is a fun “benched’ dog show in Chicago coming up in February. This means you can wander around “backstage” and meet all the great dogs. I live vicariously through other people’s dogs a little bit.
I think she’s one of the few entertaining characters on that show, but holy cats was she bad at being interviewed by Letterman last month. Full on icky “Dave thinks this girl is dumb and she is not helping her own cause’ territory.
Six maybe? Upvoted anyway.
What’s that movie where the guy assembles his arsenal of fearsome weapons right before the climactic battle? I think it had maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger or Dolph Lundgren or Steven Seagal?
That’s DEFINITELY what I logged out of facebook to log in here to post, and I DEFINITELY would have screwed up the whole including the image thing. So. Good job saving me actually finding the picture.
Pshhh, he is not a super great piano player. Neither am I, and even I could play the World’s Easiest Beethoven Sonatina in G when I was like ten, and I never practiced more than half and hour a day. Plus, nice vest.
So, feel free to Not be Favorably Inclined to him. There must be better prodigies out there somewhere, right?
Guys, guys, I was TOTALLY in a musical. This is a little something called “He’s Packing His Trunk”.