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  • fuwalda says:

    I used to think I was a nerd because I read Star Wars novels, until I met a man who reads Star Wars Videogame novels.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      heh. Tell me you never read a book based on a video game.

      But joking aside, the way I see it, Star Wars is Star Wars. I actually like the Old Republic period better, because…I don’t know…it bothers me a little bit reading about stuff that happens after the Star Wars movies, especially when I feel like they do a disservice to the characters I loved in the original trilogy.

  • fuwalda says:

    I’ve read some books based on videogames.

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Books Read Lately

A few random comments about some books I’ve read lately.

Revan by Drew Karpyshyn

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Expressions I Hate: “On Steroids”

There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the expression “on steroids”. What’s wrong with it is how watered down it has become owing to overuse.

“This green tea is like hot water…on steroids!”

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  • fuwalda says:

    Oh yeah, this movie. Did this even come out? I remember seeing the trailer for this before I saw… I dunno, some movie in the theater… and the crowd laughed their asses off.

    I’ll rent it.

  • fuwalda says:

    And, yeah, people are stupid. By and large, I’ll laugh at just about anything… as long as it’s trying to make me laugh. Say what you will about the Wayans Brothers, they’re going all out to attempt to make people laugh. When I tell people I like White Chicks or Little Man, people back away from me as though I’m some kind of psycho. I’m laughing just thinking about those movies.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      This is exactly what I was getting at when I said there are a lot of miserable human beings out there. Because it’s not enough for them to be unamused–it actually annoys them that anybody could be amused.

      For example, I was on Rotten Tomatoes, and there was a comment about this movie on the Salon.com review (which was positive). Some guy said he was looking forward to seeing it. God forbid somebody actually do that, right? So of course some douchebag showed up to reply something like, “This movie is shit. Read the other reviews.”

      First of all, the reviews were pretty well mixed. Some people liked it, some people didn’t. But second of all, what skin off that guy’s back was it if somebody was actually looking forward to seeing The Dictator?

      I mean, this has nothing to do specifically with this particular film. It could be any Wayans brother film or Adam Sandler film or whatever. If people watch and enjoy them, then great. If you ask my opinion of something I didn’t like, I’ll probably tell you, but I’m not going to go out of my way to tell people that they’re being dumb. Because as I said, humor is totally subjective.

      • fuwalda says:

        In my other post, I originally pointed out a complete of comedies I didn’t like, if only to illustrate the rare times when comedies don’t make me laugh, because they are a little too snobbish or just mean-spirited. But I edited that out because who cares? Comedy is comedy and even the ones I don’t enjoy are still funny to somebody.

  • fuwalda says:

    Here’s my basic contract with people who make comedies: If you really, really try to make me laugh, I’ll probably laugh.

  • fuwalda says:

    So I watched it. What kind of an idiot would watch this and not laugh?

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The Dictator

The Dictator (2012)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I’m never quite certain how to rate comedies, because what makes us laugh is so thoroughly subjective. I’m absolutely mystified, for example, by a user review that I just read on the IMDb that claimed there wasn’t a laugh to be found in The Dictator.

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  • Lili says:

    I don’t know why, but I expected this movie to be more suspenseful. I haven’t read the book either and I had the same problem with the reason given for the Games in the first place. Also, the ending felt only like the beginning of the end. This said, I did enjoy watching it. I’ve seen a lot worse movies than this one πŸ™‚

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Right–I felt the same way, I think, about the suspense of it. I mean, it was hard to fathom that both of the main characters weren’t going to make it out of that movie alive.

      On a semi-related note, what the heck was with all that stuff about them needing sponsorships? It felt as though they were talking about that for half the movie and then it wound up not mattering at all. Just one of many half-developed ideas found in the movie.

      • Lili says:

        Yes, I didn’t get that either. Also, I thought at first the Elizabeth Banks’ character was a man dressed as a woman. And I couldn’t get over the hairdo of the that super long-faced presenter (or whatever he was). Just a few tings I didn’t get. πŸ™‚

        • Justin Garrett Blum says:

          Right, the costumes. I felt as though the filmmakers were using that as a shortcut to convey to the audience: these people are so weird that you couldn’t possibly relate to or comprehend their civilization. But it didn’t work for me. Weird costumes are nothing new in sci-fi. See, for example, The Fifth Element. Weird clothing doesn’t mean I’m not going to question the plausibility of their morality.

          • Lili says:

            At the same time, the President didn’t seem crazy at all to me. In fact, he seem very rational to me.

        • Justin Garrett Blum says:

          You should be writing this blog.

  • fuwalda says:

    This is one of those movies that I had no interest in seeing when it was in the theater, but I figured I’d check it out on DVD, but it turns out I still have no interest.

  • fuwalda says:

    The Hunger Games (like Harry Potter, Twilight, etc) are one of those book series I’ll read because they are so highly praised and beloved by people who ordinarily never read.

    Now, I know lots of very smart, well read people who have read and enjoyed these books, but for the most part, they are so popular because they have been taken up by people who don’t really read much, if at all, in the way of pleasure. Some people praise these series because they have convinced people to read. Personally, I just shake my head and ignore them when they tell me these books are so brilliant. You know why you think these books are brilliant? Because that’s what reading is like! Reading is fun! Books are great! If most of these people read more, they’d realize that the Harry Potter books aren’t that great.

    Now, I’m not crapping on anybody’s enjoyment, nor am I trying to sound like a snob since I think anything that gets written is worth reading (if not by me, by somebody). All I’m saying is that if you only read one book per year, you’re not in a position to recommend anything because you think it’s great.

    End of rant.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I honestly don’t think you’re missing much by not seeing it, but it was aiight.

      Yeah, I dunno…I’m sort of curious to read the book now, just to see if it actually goes into any sort of depth about the context. But wait a second…isn’t this a series or some shit? Forget that. I’ve got a few other books I’m reading.

  • fuwalda says:

    Watched this with my sister. We both thought it was pretty terrible.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I hope you write a review. It’d be interesting to see somebody tear this apart, since critics were strangely very kind to it.

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (2012)

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Is it possible to be kind of okay with a movie even while finding the very premise and execution totally preposterous? I suppose that to some extent, it is, since I didn’t hateΒ The Hunger Games. At the same time, it felt like pretty poor science fiction to me, full of half-developed ideas that won’t bear up to much scrutiny.

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  • Lili says:

    This movie was entertaining. The depiction of the dirty prison chaos was so vivid, I could almost smell it. I liked the mariachi music, too. πŸ™‚

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I forgot about the mariachi music. Yeah, that really brought back some memories of living in the same neighborhood as Mexicans. I always wonder why Mexico only seems to produce one kind of music.

  • fuwalda says:

    Never heard of it. I think Mel Gibson is a fine actor and a fine filmmaker. But I dunno. His public persona has become so repugnant that I’m not sure if I’d really seek out another one of his movies. But I don’t think I’d avoid them either.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Yeah, come to think of it, I recall now he did a bit more than make some drunken antisemitic remarks. He seems like a pretty troubled guy, and to be honest, I kind of feel sorry for him.

      Maybe I was inclined to feel forgiving when I watched this, since the same weekend that I watched this, I had been reading up on what a huge douchebag Alfred Hitchcock was–in a way, probably much worse than Gibson. But it’s not like I’m going to stop liking Hitch’s films.

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Get the Gringo

Get the Gringo (2012)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I’m talking about Get the Gringo if only because if I don’t talk about it, you will never hear about it.

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