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 +24Posted on Feb 7th | re: Heaven Just Got A Little More Videogum (268 comments)

Before you watch this gif too many times and feel sad, remember to listen to the Official Videogum song one last time. We may all be waiting for nothing here on out, but at least we have these memories.

Or something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgtZf0IwJnA

 +7Posted on Feb 3rd | re: Hey Guys, We Have To Talk To You About Something (352 comments)

Oh man. That drama.

 +7Posted on Feb 3rd | re: Hey Guys, We Have To Talk To You About Something (352 comments)

Scott made a post on Stereogum about this new website he was starting that was part of the ‘Gum family. I clicked through and that was that. I was tainted from then on.

 +5Posted on Aug 26th, 2013 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: The World's End (35 comments)

I think the only disappointing part of the movie was that it was in a huge theater, and there were maybe only twenty other people.

 +3Posted on Aug 26th, 2013 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: The World's End (35 comments)

Agreed. Not to mention, by that point, they had enough of a buzz to make it seem like a good idea. I’m fairly certain most people who drink have had nights that seem like they’re going downhill, but because they’re liquored up, they’re more willing to roll with the shenanigans than bounce. It felt like an exaggerated riff on that.

 +6Posted on Aug 26th, 2013 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: The World's End (35 comments)

I thought it was pretty great, and I didn’t think the premise was that forced since it wasn’t a dork who asked him if he was sad about it: Gary was in counseling for his suicide attempt and was thinking back to the last time he was happy. It’d make sense that he’d want to try and recreate that rather than addressing his real problems.

Continuing on with the pub crawl in the face of the blanks was, I thought, rather novel as well. Rather than have the movie pull a total gear shift into something else, it remained the same while using the blanks as a way to mount the tension as the film continued before it finally “broke.” It allowed the film to have its own unique rhythm and tone without falling into something that felt more specifically like a genre spoof. Because of this, I’d actually argue that The World’s End is the most assured of all three films in that Wright, Pegg, and Frost didn’t feel the need to follow the blueprints of an existing genre, but rather, they combined elements of various tropes that allowed them to tell the character story they wanted while still making it fantastical and a lot of fun.

I regret that I have but only one upvote to give.

 +2Posted on Aug 5th, 2013 | re: Congratulations To The New Doctor White-Guy, Peter Capaldi! (96 comments)

It’s, unfortunately, only on Hulu Plus, but it really is worth doing a trial for (it’s relatively short).

I believe the spin-off film In the Loop is on Netflix, though, and Tucker is in that.

 +1Posted on Aug 5th, 2013 | re: Congratulations To The New Doctor White-Guy, Peter Capaldi! (96 comments)

In early March 2011 there were some talks about calling them “Goddesses” instead but then some stuff happened, and they decided that was a bad idea.

 +2Posted on Aug 5th, 2013 | re: Congratulations To The New Doctor White-Guy, Peter Capaldi! (96 comments)

Oh, I might not have sounded like it above, but I’m SUPER excited about Capaldi. It’s the best choice for a white guy they could have gone with.

But, yeah, most people did think there was a shot at the Doctor being different because the BBC had been putting out polls and other feelers about the idea of a female Doctor, and plus, I don’t think desiring them to shake it up is that silly of a thing to want or desire. I’d say slogging Capaldi over it (as I’ve seen some do) is dumb, but if you wanted to see Doctor Who play with it’s ability to have Time Lords regenerate into literally any race/gender and simultaneously have a wealth of new story potential, I can totally get behind that. I don’t think there’s a point hand-wringing about it now, but I’m sure as the show goes on there will be plenty to love and lots, lots, lots to hate–if there’s anything the internet has taught me, it’s that Doctor Who fans will always have something to complain about.

 +5Posted on Aug 5th, 2013 | re: Congratulations To The New Doctor White-Guy, Peter Capaldi! (96 comments)

I feel like they were more so during RTD since he made it a point to put gay characters in more prominent roles. If anything, Moffat’s felt like a step back at times in terms of diversity.

 +7Posted on Aug 5th, 2013 | re: Congratulations To The New Doctor White-Guy, Peter Capaldi! (96 comments)

I really don’t think Idris Elba would make a good Doctor. He’s far too calm, collected, and cool. The exact qualities that make me want him to be James Bond so badly are pretty much the reasons I don’t want him to play the Doctor.

 +3Posted on Aug 5th, 2013 | re: Congratulations To The New Doctor White-Guy, Peter Capaldi! (96 comments)

I think, more than anything, I just wanted them to announce Moffat was leaving. They could’ve even said “Surprise! Smith is staying, but I’m leaving,” and I would’ve been ecstatic.

 +5Posted on Aug 5th, 2013 | re: Congratulations To The New Doctor White-Guy, Peter Capaldi! (96 comments)

It’s super dumb to assume that. I mean, I’ve seen people on Twitter/Tumblr freaking out over him not being attractive enough, but I just assume they’re teenagers–and since when do teenagers ever make good decisions–and move on with my life.

My pick was Chiwetel Ejiofor, but I’m pretty sure with 12 Years a Slave coming out, his TV time is done for a bit.

Now I just hold out hope that, one day, Tilda Swinton plays The Master.

 +1Posted on Jul 31st, 2013 | re: RUMOR ALERT: Does Kristen Stewart Have A New Dog?! (36 comments)

That outfit is pretty conservative compared to what I see in Manhattan and Brooklyn on most summer days.

Also, lots of rolled pants whether jeans, chinos, etc.

You know what that’s from, right? Because if not, you are so welcome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhHhXukovMU

Way to give away the joke. Gary would never give away the joke.

 +1Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 | re: Here Are Some Afternoon Links! (4 comments)

The AV Club has sort of slowly succumbed to those kind of stereotypically snark blog features (N.B., Read This, Watch This, etc) ever since Phipps left. It’s basically just that and some occassionally good TV coverage though they go a little too apeshit, both pro and con, over Community & Girls for my taste, and that sucks because I used to really enjoy that site.

 0Posted on Mar 21st, 2013 | re: A Think Piece About Think Pieces (67 comments)

To be fair, the AV Club pieces aren’t freelancers and are, at least generally, the main writers on staff who aren’t very young.

 0Posted on Mar 21st, 2013 | re: A Think Piece About Think Pieces (67 comments)

(Full full disclosure: I’m Gary X over there)

 0Posted on Mar 21st, 2013 | re: A Think Piece About Think Pieces (67 comments)

Well, you could just follow Todd VanDerWerff on Twitter.

I also forgot to mention a recent one: “Why understanding and embracing easy pop-culture targets beats deriding them”

So at least their covering all their bases.

(I should disclose that I still read and comment on that website way too much but alas.)

 0Posted on Mar 21st, 2013 | re: A Think Piece About Think Pieces (67 comments)

Maybe, though I think a lot of art wants to make you think about how you’re going to die one day.

So.

Hm.

 0Posted on Mar 21st, 2013 | re: A Think Piece About Think Pieces (67 comments)

For examples of “think pieces run amok” (side bar: can we stop the word “think piece” cause it’s the worst) just look at The AV Club’s constant For Our Consideration which includes such articles as:

“What we talk about when we talk about Girls”
“How Girls challenges the masculine expectation of “good TV”"
“Parks And Recreation has a Leslie Knope problem”
“Could Netflix’s programming strategy kill the golden age of TV?”
“When should a band break up?”
“Should some movies be taken more seriously than others?”
“Did 12 Angry Men get it wrong?”
“Why being a pop-culture “hater” is okay (and sometimes even necessary)”
“What was the quintessential Charlie’s Angels undercover guise?”
“The Tumblr trap: Is Internet culture turning musicians into content producers?”
“Do documentaries need to be fair to both sides of an issue?”
“The Grammys are worth watching (seriously)”

So yeah, I get what Gabe is saying.

[long pause]

[blinks]

[cracks a half smile that causes her ovaries to go full-on Chernobyl]

[another really long pause that stretches on and on.]

“Cool.”

 +18Posted on Dec 20th, 2012 | re: How Was Everyone's Year This Year? (138 comments)

It probably doesn’t mean anything, but you seem like a really awesome dude. If the Mayan’s don’t kill us all tonight, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that your 2013 is nothing but awesome.