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 +2Posted on Oct 29th, 2012 | re: Anything Going On Today, Guys? (120 comments)

That’s funny! My fiction workshop was just discussing James Wood and hysterical realism, and my teacher said she ran into James Wood at a party a few years ago and asked him why he hated the quote unquote hysterical realists, and James Wood said he didn’t hate them at all—that he loved a lot of them, in fact. You need an angle for an essay, he said, and sometimes it’s amazing how they (the essays) just go ahead and write themselves from there.

It’s so tricky to be incredibly clever AND incredibly emotional, which Saunders always seems to nail.

 +3Posted on Oct 29th, 2012 | re: Anything Going On Today, Guys? (120 comments)

That one made me sad!! This one http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2011/10/31/111031fi_fiction_saunders made me cry so much in public while I was reading it that two strangers asked me if I was okay.

 +19Posted on Aug 2nd, 2012 | re: Warning: This Photo Of Idris Elba Kills Women (31 comments)

I think those spare crutches were there for the initial symptoms of vaginal explosion: wobbly knees.

 +30Posted on Aug 2nd, 2012 | re: Warning: This Photo Of Idris Elba Kills Women (31 comments)

As a GAY man, I passed my heart like a kidney stone!

 +8Posted on Jul 16th, 2012 | re: You Can Do It, You Can Do It, You Can Do It (12 comments)

Haters gonna rotate.

 +10Posted on Jan 30th, 2012 | re: Game Of Thrones Season 2 Trailer, You Guys (19 comments)

Dragon baby bump. PLEASE GABE

 +1Posted on Dec 20th, 2011 | re: Hey, Let's Execute The Guy Who Leaked The Wolverine Movie (43 comments)

Make him Hugh Jackman’s peesonal assistant.

 +32Posted on Nov 28th, 2011 | re: Is Mac And Cheese A Black Thing? (64 comments)

This is why I keep a photograph of mac n cheese in my wallet.

 -2Posted on Sep 19th, 2011 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: Drive (64 comments)

And oh: If you cross out every OTHER line of dialogue, aren’t you left with a monologue?

 0Posted on Sep 19th, 2011 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: Drive (64 comments)

But beware the imitative fallacy! If your characters are dull, don’t show them in a dull way. I’d argue Drive had a VERY dull way of showing. Like, the dullest. But my friends loved it, the Internet loves it, etc.

You guys can just have the biggest Qwikster party ever when this comes out on DVD. I’m not coming.

 +7Posted on Sep 19th, 2011 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: Drive (64 comments)

Drive DROVE me crazy.

I’m honestly surprised by the love this movie is getting. It reminded me of the stylishness of Lost In Translation except less (i.e., no) jokes, more reverb-y music, and certainly more exploding heads and throats getting stab stab stabbed. HOLLYWOOD!

I gave up caring when Carey Mulligan asked Ryan G<3sling if he'd had a good day and three Chillwave songs later he said "Yeah." Cool. Cool people. What are their addresses so I can go hang wit dem RIGHT NOW?

What DRIVE-l. Two ughs out of four up.

 +4Posted on Aug 15th, 2011 | re: An Open Letter From The Association Of Black Women Historians To The Help (70 comments)

COOL weather metaphor.

 0Posted on Jun 17th, 2011 | re: Best New Party Game: Describe Your Penis With A Movie (254 comments)

The Nutty Professor

 0Posted on Jun 17th, 2011 | re: Best New Party Game: Describe Your Penis With A Movie (254 comments)

Boomerang

 +49Posted on Jan 14th, 2011 | re: This Is Your High School: Frayser High School (78 comments)

I like how the pregnancy rate is for the entire student population. “Eleven percent of the women and men at Frayser High School are pregnant.”

 +50Posted on Jan 13th, 2011 | re: A Brief Note On The Subway Rat Video (90 comments)

Sometimes I think people use “homeless” when they mean “sleepy.”

 +1Posted on Dec 20th, 2010 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: TRON: Legacy (93 comments)

Oh man. Not to be an Avatar fanboy, but the gap between Tron: Legacy’s storytelling and Avatar’s is immense. Cameron is no Aaron Sorkin/David Mamet, but he knows how to tell a story, cares about characterization, and establishes alternate reality rules that his scripts stick to.

Tron: Legacy had no rules nor internal logic. Consider: everyone’s about to die in an elevator crash (hahaha) but Jeff Bridges saves them by typing fast on a wall? They get out of the elevator and Jeff Bridges says, “Ever jumped a freight train?” And that gets you thinking: whoa boy, we’re about to get an exciting, high-speed freight train-jumping sequence (one of my favorite kinds of scenes), but then they calmly walk from a platform to a “freight train” that spins on a beam of light? Sure.

 +20Posted on Dec 20th, 2010 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: TRON: Legacy (93 comments)

I liked this movie (no 1010)! The writing was terrible and made no sense. It acted like it had big ideas (isomorphs) and those big ideas came with big stakes (isomorphs will change the human world?), but no they weren’t (big ideas) and no they didn’t (change the world).

When I left the theater I heard three people say “the graphics were amazing.” GRAPHICS. As if this is 1998 and we’re discussing how many hundreds of polygons our Sega Saturns can do!

Still, I got excited when the motorbikes blew up and when Wesley Snipes shot light bullets out of his cane(?). Two thumbs up.

 +16Posted on Dec 7th, 2010 | re: Duh Aficionado Magazine: Kevin Smith Mad At Yet Another Airline Company (58 comments)

What do you think the chance is of getting Kevin Smith to shut up? FAT chance, I’m sure.

 +16Posted on Nov 18th, 2010 | re: How Should They Update The Wizard Of Oz For Today's Very Cool Youth? (153 comments)

L’chaim.

Sew good.

I think you mean seams.

 +6Posted on Aug 4th, 2010 | re: Look At This Fucking Eddie Munster Love Connection (131 comments)

I forgot all about Parker Lewis, his awful shirts, and my undying (vampires) love for him. Thank you!

 +49Posted on Jul 27th, 2010 | re: We All Win This Dance Battle (78 comments)

This video was so good, but is it really THE best dancing in the rain video?

 +17Posted on Jul 27th, 2010 | re: We All Win This Dance Battle (78 comments)

Nope.