Similar to the last time I did this in March, this feature is meant to provide a brief look at what’s been happening on the internet this week [but without the typical commentary and criticism you’ll find around here].
A few short days ago BBC journalist Adam Rosser interviewed director Duncan Jones about his film Warcraft, which premiered in North America one week ago today. The interview was for Rosser’s show Let’s Talk About Tech for BBC 5Live, and given that he works as a freelancer he uploaded it to his personal YouTube account. A copy of the video can be seen below:
The original version has since been taken down due to it being shared on the Battle.net forums for the game the film is based on. That forum post has in turn also been removed as the negative reaction to the interview unsurprisingly, and it’s depressing that it’s an expected response, spawned death threats. Rosser himself comments that:
While many fans [which I’ll remind you is short for “fanatic”] will always react viscerally to the criticism of that which they hold dear, there’s also something to be said for the way in which Rosser actually conducted the interview. Continue reading
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Tagged Adam Rosser, bbc, criticism, death threats, director, disappointment, Duncan Jones, fan, film, interview, Let's Talk About Tech, reaction, Rude, Twitter, video games, Warcraft
Okay, I realize I don’t have kids yet, but I probably will eventually, so bear with me. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the way watching movies have changed. When I was a kid everything was on VHS. You owned a few (or a lot) of movies and you watched those over and over until you could pretty much recite them by heart. If you were lucky, on nights when a friend came for a sleepover, you might get to go to the video store, where you would get to spend hours perusing the shelves for the most interesting-looking VHS. Unfortunately, my kids probably won’t have that experience.
I’m basically being the millennial version of this right now.
Even if there are a few video stores kept alive purely on nostalgia (like the one in Victoria, B.C.), John and I aren’t the kind of people who would bother buying a VHS or DVD player when we could just hook up our computer to a TV. So my kids will probably never have to watch the same show twice (unless they want to or I make them). Between Netflix and YouTube, there is an endless world of movies available. However, rather than let them just watch the newest flashiest shows around, I’ve officially decided I’m going to make them watch the classics with me. Here are a few movies that will be at the top of my list (for this particular list, I’ve decided to leave out cartoons to focus on the live-action films that have stayed with me through the years).
The Princess Bride
When I was a kid I LOVED The Princess Bride. The only thing was, I did not pick up on any of the sarcasm. In my little kid brain it was just this magical tale full of adventure, passion, and rodents of unusual size.
As an adult, I get to go back and laugh at the dry humour peppered throughout.
Yet somehow, even though I now know it’s a comedy, and I can laugh almost the whole way through the movie, the ending still gets me. In fact, I think it’s still one of the most poignant revenge plots I’ve seen.
You all should know how this line ends.
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Tagged Austria, bbc, disabilities, films, Helen Keller, Inigo Montoya, It's a Wonderful Life, jaded, Jane Austen, Keira Knightly, kids, Maria Von Trapp, movies, nazis, optimism, pity, pride and prejudice, respect, Rodents of Unusual Size, Rodgers and Hammerstein, sentimental, The Miracle Worker, The Princess Bride, the six-fingered man, The Sound of Music
When I first attempted to write this post, several months ago, I titled it “the real reason Nicholas Sparks is the worst”. I was planning to discuss the lawsuit against Nicholas Sparks that has accused him of being racist, antisemitic, and homophobic in the workplace. I then planned to use that as a lead-in to discuss how romance novels are just awful in general.
Something about that original post just never feel right. Maybe it’s because I have no way of knowing if Sparks is really guilty of what he has been accused, or maybe it’s because any time I start to attack the Romance genre I find myself haunted by the memory of Jane Austen.
This is what you find when you search for “Jane Austen” and “ghost”.
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Tagged After Hours, angry, Ann Radcliffe, bbc, Colin Firth, cracked, creepy, domestic struggles, Elizabeth Bennett, female protagonist, genre, Gothic Romance, Jane Austen, Jezebel, Jodi Picoult, love, marriage, marry, Mr Darcy, Nicholas Sparks, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, protofeminist, pushy, romance, romantic, romantic comedy, self determination, the Notebook, the Romance Novel, trailblazer