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by Christo
Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 80354

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

"Females are too nice and pure to be villains, etc." is just as bad as "The female cast exists only to prop up the male leads" well maybe they're not equivalent but they still both suck. You know, I hadn't thought of that. Now I'm thinking the depiction of women was the gender e...
by Christo
Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 80354

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

I call bullshit! Other than the 5 good people, EVERY LAST HUMAN was either an evil bastard with no concern for alien life, or a dumb grunt who blindly followed orders and also hated alien life. Remember the guy who shouted "Get some!"? I don't know if I'd say it's anti-human so much as an...
by Christo
Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 80354

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

Besides, how DO you do nuanced, thoughtful takes on "Don't let greed destroy culture/biodiversity in the name of profit" without becoming horribly pretentious and boring? I would say you don't do it as a Hollywood blockbuster. The author Wendell Berry makes that argument in his poems, fic...
by Christo
Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 80354

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

Soderbergh used fossil fuels while making Syriana , therefore he is a hypocrite and his film worthy of scorn. Honestly, where did this fucktarded argument come from? Should Cameron hand crank a feature with sock puppets? :roll: I'm not screaming complaints or insults or even arguments, just observa...
by Christo
Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 80354

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

Considering the heavy use of motion capture, rather than purely computer-generated characters, I wouldn't call Avatar the most unnatural movie by a long shot./angell Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on the movie. It just struck me as funny to see computer generated people and actors in front of b...
by Christo
Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 80354

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

Protagonists that lay down infront of antagonists and die make for boring cinema. I'm sure you're able to discern the difference between an imperialistic, invading army gunning up, and a native populace facing extinction calling to arms. I agree that it would make boring cinema, and I certainly see...
by Christo
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 80354

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...

We did a strip at our site on Avatar if anyone's interested. It's got a lot of dick jokes, but the smart side of it points out the ironies and paradoxes inherent in the flick. For example, the flick condemns violence--I'm thinking specifically of when the love interest says saves the hero and says s...
by Christo
Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Artists and Strippers Wanted -- Will Reciprocate
Replies: 1
Views: 1653

Artists and Strippers Wanted -- Will Reciprocate

Hey, my partner-in-crime and I run an established twice a week webcomic focusing on recently released and upcoming movies. We’ve got over thirty strips up right on, most of them made with screencaps from City of Heroes. But our writing is better than our art, and we’re looking for artists that want ...
by Christo
Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Food Inc.
Replies: 0
Views: 491

Food Inc.

Anybody seen Food Inc. I watched it last week and really enjoyed it. A big part of the documentary's thesis seems to be a comparison between food corporations and tobacco companies. They know that their products are bad for us, but they're producing them anyway. My only complaint is the use of CGI, ...
by Christo
Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0672: "Suggestions"
Replies: 90
Views: 22265

Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

If you're shopping for more webcomics, they've done some solid facebook humor over at The Awkward Communicator.
by Christo
Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How many tenses are there in English?
Replies: 42
Views: 10886

Re: How many tenses are there in English?

I wasn't really asking for a list of tenses, but rather a discussion about what a tense is. I simple words, I'd say a verbs tense informs the audience when something happened. I've heard that most Asian languages don't have verb tense but instead have indicators within the sentence, which is why a ...
by Christo
Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Re: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

GiantSnowman wrote:I always thought of Neo more as Buddha-like then Jesus-esque. I see the Matrix as a metaphor for our world of illusions from which he is the first to awaken.

I certainly see the connection. He's also similar to the Buddha in that he's apparently the sixth incarnation.
by Christo
Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Re: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

It's not math, A=B and B=C so A=C, it's more like A is kind of like B and B is kind of like C, but the author was probably thinking of B when he wrote A because he came from a culture where B, not C, was dominant. And also because he inserted B-specific references everywhere. I agree with most ever...
by Christo
Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Re: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

simply coming from the culture is enough to cram the idea into one's noggin where it sits and festers and makes the writer put their creation through a Big Damn Sacrifice..... I sort of agree. Growing up in our culture leads us to depict heroes that sacrifice themselves for their ideals, but that w...
by Christo
Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0665: "Prudence"
Replies: 123
Views: 36659

Re: "Prudence" Discussion

Oddly, we're talking about The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and other hero's journey stories over in another thread if anyone's interested in joining the conversation.
by Christo
Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sorkin and Shakespeare
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Sorkin and Shakespeare

Why do you associate good plot with incomplete knowledge and plot twists? I don't. The article does. The author claims that the "good" part of a plot is to have lots of different characters who all believe different things, and to confuse the audience. I don't remember the author saying i...
by Christo
Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Re: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

Or that perhaps I was responding to the person above my post, the person who... equated classic hero mythologies to the Bible...? Hey, I apologize if my post was rude. When you said "classic hero mythologies" I didn't realize you were talking about Lord of the Rings. I thought you were ta...
by Christo
Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Re: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

Game. Set. Match. Well, you've got the credentials to be an actual tennis umpire. You're blind. This conversation is just getting started. Really? Jesus never saves the world by dying? I thought that was sort of the whole point of the Jesus story - that he died for our sins? Right. In the movie Arm...
by Christo
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Re: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

The Lord of the Rings has biblical allusions because Tolkien was a devout catholic. His faith influenced his writing. Gandalf, the teacher and guide, dies to save the fellowship, then is resurrected as Gandalf the white. A devout catholic would not just accidentally make one of his main characters ...
by Christo
Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Re: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

I disagree. The messiah, prophecy, death, and resurrection all appear in Harry Potter which isn't based on the bible. I think if you run parallels between Neo and Jesus you'll find plenty, but almost all of those parallels appear with any other hero, and the places where it breaks down are substant...
by Christo
Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Re: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

And then there's Women who Run with the Wolves , a decent attempt to fill in the dreadful hole left by Campbell. (He actually said, I think in an interview with Bill Moyers, that women could not be heroes. They were the ones who tended to, supported, and provided companionship to the heroes, but th...
by Christo
Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes, Mythology, and Religion
Replies: 22
Views: 3798

Heroes, Mythology, and Religion

We did a strip at my webcomic site today essentially about Joseph Campbell's hero's journey formula. I imagine some people over here have some insightful--you know--insights. So let's hear them. I'll get the ball rolling with the exposition that accompanied the strip. When The Matrix first came out,...
by Christo
Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sorkin and Shakespeare
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Sorkin and Shakespeare

I found an interesting article about Aaron Sorkin--the creator of Sports Night, West Wing, Studio 60--and Shakespeare, the dude who wrote Hamlet and some other something or another that was famous, I think. Essentially, the article is about the human brain's capacity to construct complex plot and ho...
by Christo
Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0663: "Sagan-Man"
Replies: 107
Views: 23419

Re: "Sagan-Man" Discussion

Sagan-Man With the proportional strength, speed, and eyebrows of the renowned physicist, our hero has defeated a lot of villains; I dare say, billions and billions.
by Christo
Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 26773

Re: "iPhone or Droid" Discussion

If you are charismatic enough to get life fulfilment by being elected president or getting a girlfriend, I wish you all the best, but let the rest of us have our nerdy toys. I'm calling a foul on you, sir. I'm throwing a yellow card and pink slip your way. I'm fairly new to this board, but I fricki...
by Christo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 26773

Re: "iPhone or Droid" Discussion

SirMustapha wrote:I've been the whole day wondering what the hell is supposed to be funny or amusing about that strip. But I think you just got what the joke is supposed to be.

The joke is that the audience doesn't understand? That makes XKCD on the level of Bill Hicks and Jesus.
by Christo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 26773

Re: "iPhone or Droid" Discussion

Am I missing something? This whole conversation seems ironic. I mean aren't we engaging in the "pale facsimile of fulfillment" that the comic warns us about? :cry:
by Christo
Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)
Replies: 544
Views: 255517

Re: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)

Love Lessons of Leonard Cohen It's true, that I came to you, after laughing lovers threw fresh produce at my retreating form. and now, 'eneath a dying owl, I shiver wondering how, embraces so tight could be so unwarm. It doesn't matter, your mind is shattered, or that your flesh is tattered, your vi...
by Christo
Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punctuation Question (quotes and sentence-enders)
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Re: Punctuation Question

When I say that the quotations - not the commas - have a specific meaning in that context, they are being used to signify the use-mention distinction, and therefore do not fit into the conventional "flow" of punctuation that would apply for, say, direct speech. Because the use-mention dis...
by Christo
Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 147770

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

tes wrote:I just registered to say that i'm impressed by how many people registered just to post about this comic.
This isn't a meta-post, is it?


I think it qualifies.
by Christo
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punctuation Question (quotes and sentence-enders)
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Re: Punctuation Question

I would write that as "ugly", "lazy", and "disrespectful". with punctuation outside the quotation marks. The quotations have a fairly specific use in that context, same as the example you gave before it./angell Hrm... First of all, thanks for correcting a typo when you...
by Christo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Big Bang Theory Tribute
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Re: Big Bang Theory Tribute

I'll take that as a compliment. Dinosaur Comics is one of my favorites.

EDIT: If you guys have complaints or compliments, I'm all ears.
by Christo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Big Bang Theory Tribute
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Big Bang Theory Tribute

My friend and I run a webcomic, The Cutting Room, which mostly focuses on recently released and upcoming movies. Today, we paid tribute to The Big Bang Theory. It's got adult language that might not be work appropriate. If you like the show, you might like the strip . Thanks for checking it out. Any...
by Christo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punctuation Question (quotes and sentence-enders)
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Re: Punctuation Question

Inside the quotes, same as everything else. It's funny, I used to phrase it that way, too. Inside. Then I had a student, I kid you not, who wrote He said ", How's it going?" That's when I started phrasing it "put other punctuation before quotation marks." Thanks for the help, fo...
by Christo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punctuation Question (quotes and sentence-enders)
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Punctuation Question (quotes and sentence-enders)

In grade school, I was taught that when quotation and other punctuation marks are adjacent, the other punctuation mark almost always goes first. For example, "Time flies like an arrow," Marx said, "but fruit flies like a banana." Both commas and the period come before the quotati...
by Christo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Misheard phrases from childhood
Replies: 91
Views: 17243

Re: Misheard phrases from childhood

The seamlessness of speech is also apparent in "oronyms," strings of sound that can be carved into words in two different ways: The good can decay many ways. The good candy came anyways. The stuffy nose can lead to problems. The stuff he knows can lead to problems. Some others I've seen. ...
by Christo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18416

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

When making physics jokes to women, replace "mass" with something specific to the situation but generalizable between people, like "the gravitational effects of our bodies between eachother". Based on my understanding of the fairer sex, I'm going to recommend staying away from t...
by Christo
Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18416

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

modularblues wrote:Sorry to hear. Try some wave mechanics analogies like resonance and vibration perhaps? :-P


Well yeah. The vibrations always work. :lol:
by Christo
Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18416

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

Yeah, physics don't work well with interpersonal relationships. My wife once asked me how I knew she was "the one," I told her that I was more attracted to her than her mass would dictate. It didn't go well.
by Christo
Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 147770

Re: Hero's Journey

So basically, if you're writing a genre savvy character, they don't answer the call until AFTER the epic wound. If they're smart, the characters should wear a little more body armor and not get attached to their mentor characters. I mean, the scholarly old white guy always bites the bullet in the m...

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