So who plays TERA? I just downloaded it (now that it’s free to play). What server are y’all on?
"The Three of Us" - Streetlight Manifesto
Honda has announced it will begin selling robotic lawnmowers in Europe next year (article)
This Book 3 still seems like a good one for the caption game.
General Iroh whips his dick out, and the girls are afraid of it and Mako is disconcerted, but Bolin in the back there is just like “Ehhhh, mine’s bigger.”
12 Years a Slave (2013)
And another year rolls by!
It’s been two years since I finished my New Year’s Resolution to watch and review every Best Picture-winning movie. I plan on doing a review of every Best Picture winning film every year that I can (and maybe some other reviews too…but that’s another post).
So, what to say about this film? As usual, let’s start with the poster: it’s fantastic. Excellent typography, and the image itself is memorable and thematic. The plain white background, which can go so, so wrong in other posters, works perfectly here. Good work, graphic design team.
12 Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northrup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, a free black man living in the U.S. in the years before the Civil War. He is tricked by a group of travelling performers and kidnapped, stolen away to the South to be a slave. Along the way he encounters different slave owners with different…let’s call them “philosophies”…played by the excellent Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender (okay, I will take a minute here to point out that it is a bit odd that two Southern slave owning Americans are being played by a Brit and a German, but whatever, they did great). He also runs into a female slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o holy shit did you see her in that dress she was killin’ it get that statue girl), who is the best cotton-picker on the plantation and also the apple of Master Epps’s (Fassbender) eye. Yes, it does get exactly as creepy as you would imagine.
Now, I should mention that I was just a tad disappointed in this movie. On RT, it has a 96%. Critics were raving. I was expecting a masterpiece. What I got was a very, very good movie, but nothing Earth-shattering. Because the film follows a biography, there’s no over-arching plot other than an eventual escape and/or rescue (I mean, the title does specify how many years he was a slave, so you gotta be expecting freedom at some point). This means that a lot of events aren’t critical to the plot; there’s a lot of “filler”, if it’s fair to call it that, and a hell of a lot of subplots, some of which never really get resolved. Obviously these scenes were inspired by the pages of the actual book, but I feel that something gets lost in the translation a bit, and maybe some scenes should have been shorn to improve the pacing of the movie. I also have a problem with Brad Pitt in this movie. Yes, Brad Pitt is actually in this movie. Now, if you’re thinking, “WTF, Brad Pitt? Why the hell is he in this historical docudrama?,” then we’re on the same page. He was irritatingly distracting in his scenes because it never really felt like he belonged there (remember Troy? It didn’t work then, it doesn’t work now). I didn’t see the character, I saw Brad Pitt. It also seems just a little bit self-serving to me that Pitt, a producer for the film, cast himself as the one sympathetic white person in the entire f***ing movie. Other than another very minor character, he’s literally the only likeable white guy and ally to Northrup the whole movie. Now obviously Pitt’s character is based on a real person, but in the film he’s presented as that guy, you know the one: the one guy with a very historically-inaccurate perspective on things placed in the film for the sole purpose of making it more palatable for today’s viewers. Remember in The Patriot when Mel Gibson’s character didn’t actually own slaves even though the real person his character was based on absolutely f***ing did? The effect is the same, and it’s very distracting and heavy-handed. Again, I will emphasize that I’m sure Pitt’s character (no, I seriously don’t remember his name, like I said, I just saw Brad Pitt) accurately portrays the real person from history, but it could have been presented better in the movie, instead of having Pitt’s character literally have a discussion with Master Epps in front of Northrup about why slavery is evil.
But I’ll repeat myself: this is a very, very good movie. The acting is simply superb. Chiwetel Ejiofor masters the ability to convey complex emotional states and deep thoughts with nothing more than a facial expression and body language. Many scenes in the film are without dialogue, and Ejiofor masterfully carries them, to the point at which just him squinting his eyes and tightening his mouth explains to the audience exactly what needs explaining, and makes us feel exactly what needs to be felt. And Nyong’o is superb as well, completely absorbed into the role.
And the sound editing and score is so brilliant I’m surprised it didn’t take home the Oscar (although Gravity was amazing as well). Several scenes have sound bridges between one another, where the sounds/score of one scene (a woman crying, Northrup playing his violin) will carry over to another scene (cotton fields, a sermon, an upscale party). The effect is deep and heartfelt. In some scenes, background sounds or little noises are intentionally put into the foreground with the volume raised, forcing you to pay attention to something you might not have noticed before. Not to mention the cinematography: this film is visually stunning, taking no shortcuts when filming against beautiful southern landscapes.
I highly recommend this movie. It’s as good as it is important. 8/10
LION KING BLOOPERS
These are actual bloopers from the cast while they recording, and they were later animated.
HIGH MUFASA ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH
I needed this in my life.
if you don’t want this on your blog, i’m judging you
R.I.P. Harold Ramis, one of the world’s great straight men.
Ghostbusters - Big Twinkie (by Ghostbusters.net)
I don’t want to be single
But I don’t want to change my lifestyle
Do you see my problem?