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Oct. 20th, 2011

Here is a thing I talked about some.

The subject: http://filmcrithulk.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/goddammit-video-games-the-first-few-hours-of-arkham-city-is-lots-of-fun-but-super-duper-sexist/
(further reading: http://kotaku.com/5851358/batman-arkham-citys-weird-bitch-fixation, http://reelvixen.com/?p=1211)

My issue comes down to context in character vs. context in the game. The problem with context in character is that you can technically then get away with anything you want. All we have to do is say, "oh, this is a bad character, so they can say and do terrible things." I think the actions have to have context within the game as a story, or to be moderate. My understanding is that these are not really characters so much as thugs, interchangeable nobodies. So for me, then, it does come back to the writer's room -- they could be saying anything about anything. The example I used yesterday: If I was writing a movie, and there was a minor scene where the main character was threatened and defeated a dude in an alley, I could put a knife in his hand, or have him beating up some anonymous woman non-character. I'm not saying it's wrong to choose the latter, but it seems like you would want to have more justification for including the latter than just "the guy beating her up is a bad dude," because it doesn't add anything to the experience. You don't know any more about the hero or the thug because he's doing that instead of just threatening the hero at knifepoint.

But offended is a strong word. I'm not really that invested in it. I don't need anyone who made the game to issue a statement or for players to stop playing. I just think it's an issue that should be considered and discussed. It bugs me much more that people are dismissive, because as time goes on, too many things are just written off, until there's a cumulative effect. I liked FilmCritHULK's use of "insidious." That sums it up for me.

(Note: Be sure to watch the video FilmCritHULK posted in the comments, if you want to hate life.)

This guy is the new Nick Pitera.

LJ prompt

On September 11th, my father woke me up for school and told me "a plane hit the World Trade Center." I didn't even process the information, really. I can't remember thinking anything during the news during breakfast, but I feel like I didn't even process that a plane had crashed into the center of the tower, much less that someone had done it on purpose. It wasn't until I was at school that it became clear that it was an attack.

I vaguely remember one student saying she was glad it had happened, to try and be edgy or something. I hate people who think it's always great to have "the unpopular opinion."

Living on the other side of the country (and being sort of a moron, moreso then than now although still probably so now), I didn't feel much about the attack. At the time, I didn't really think about it, and ten years later, it seems like any other part of history that I wasn't personally at the scene of.

In one of my storage bins in my closet, I have the Seattle Times from September 12th.
Hey, look, I updated my journal. I should be working, but instead I worked on this. Now that's grade-A procrastination.

I think I will try to post on this more, just because.

Jun. 6th, 2010

The Losers (2010)
The Baader-Meinhof Complex (2008) - 2-Disc Special Edition
Defendor (2009)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Please Give (2010)
District 13 Collection (District B13 (2004) / District 13: Ultimatum (2009)) [Blu-Ray]
The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
Peacock (2010)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Frozen Land aka Paha Maa (2005)
Robin Hood (2010)
Wake (2009)
MacGruber (2010)
Deadly Impact [Unrated] (2009)
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Splice (2010)
Cabin Fever [Unrated Director's Cut] (2003) (Blu-Ray)
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever [Unrated] (2009)
Adam (2009)
Flavor Flav's Nite Tales Presents Dead Tone aka 7eventy 5ive (2007)
Diagnosis: Death (2009)
Edge of Darkness (2010)
From Paris With Love (2010)
Give 'Em Hell, Malone (2009)
P (2005)
Post Grad (2009)
Princess (2006)
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball [Unrated] (2010)
Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009)
Zombieland (2009) - The Nut Up or Shut Up Edition (Best Buy Exclusive) [Blu-Ray]
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) - 10th Anniversary DVD Edition + Digital Copy
37°2 le Matin aka Betty Blue [Director's Cut] (19873) (The Jean-Jacques Beineix Collection)
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Franchise Legacy: American Pie (Part 1) - American Pie (1999)/American Pie 2 (2001)/American Wedding (2003)
Franchise Legacy: American Pie (Part 2) - American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005)/American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006)/American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)
American Pie Presents: Book of Love [Unrated] (2009)
Ars Amandi aka The Art of Love (1983)
Downloading Nancy (2008)
Evergreen (2004)
Familiar Strangers (2008)
Goliath (2008)
The Hangover [Unrated] (2009) - Digital Copy Special Edition (Blu-Ray)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)/The Scrat Pack
The Keeper (2009)
Play Dead (2009)
"Scare Tactics": Season 3, Part 1 [Uncensored - Too Hot For TV]
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
A Sequel's Rough Road - Boxoffice.com feature I wrote about The Boondock Saints and its sequel

New Reviews

The Children (2008) (Ghost House Underground)
The Children of the Corn (2009) [Uncut and Uncensored]
Creating Karma (2006)
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An Education (2009)
"jackass": The Lost Tapes
Land of the Lost (2009) (DVD review)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) - "Those Aren't Pillows!" Edition
Playmobil: The Secret of Pirate Island (2009)
The Sexy Box
- Squeeze Play! (1980), Waitress! (1982), Stuck on You! (1983) and The First Turn-On! (1983)
- plus hidden full-length feature films Schwartze, The Brave Detective (1973) aka Big Gus, What's the Fuss? aka Ha-Balash Ha'Amitz Shvartz, The Girl Who Returned (1969) and The Battle of Love's Return (1971)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead (2009) [Unrated]
The Impact of Antichrist - Boxoffice.com feature I wrote on Lars Von Trier's new film
Jigsaw's Historic Run -- Boxoffice.com feature I wrote on the Saw franchise

New reviews

Assassination of a High School President (2008)
Cannibal! The Musical (1996) - The Tromasterpiece Collection 13th Anniversary 2-Disc Shpadoinkle Edition
"Crash": The Complete First Season
Drag Me to Hell (2009) [Unrated Director's Cut]
"The Guild": Seasons One & Two
The Hills Run Red (2009)
iMurders (2008)
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia": The Complete 4th Season
Mercy Streets (2001)
Pandorum (2009)
Surrogates (2009)
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Horror
- House of Wax (1953)/The Haunting (1963)/Freaks (1932)/Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Walt & El Grupo (2009)

New reviews and trailers

Absurdistan (2008)
Army of Darkness (1992) - Screwhead Edition
The Baader-Meinhof Complex (2008)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) - Enchanted Musical Edition
Big Fan (2009)
John Carpenter: Master of Fear 4 Film Collection
Kissing Cousins (2008)
"The Office": Season 5 - Best Buy/Target Exclusive Editions
See Dick Run (2009)
The Shortcut (2009)
Stella: Live in Boston

Upcoming Reviews
The Assassination of a High School President (2008); "Crash": The Complete First Season; "The Guild": Seasons 1 & 2; The Hills Run Red (2009); "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia": Season 4; Mercy Streets (2000); No Impact Man; TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection - Horror: House of Wax (1953), The Haunting (1963), Freaks (1932) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941); Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead (2009).