1120: "Blurring the Line"

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1120: "Blurring the Line"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:03 am UTC

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Title Text: People into masturbatory navel-gazing have a lot to learn about masturbation.

Masturbatory navel-gazing helps me find innie peace.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Max™ » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:05 am UTC

*mental note: do not google "masturbatory navel-gazing"*
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:10 am UTC

Wow, GOOMHR. I just finished writing a rough script for a movie about itself...
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby jalohones » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:11 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Wow, GOOMHR. I just finished writing a rough script for a movie about itself...


Crazy coincidence - this comment refers to itself. Also to the first comment that quotes it.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Jorpho » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:36 am UTC

Yikes, the lettering here has gone downhill. I'm not sure why it seems particularly off, but "LINE" looks a lot like "UNE".

Is it just me? Maybe I just need some sleep.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby jpk » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:46 am UTC

It's nice to know there's still something new to be learned about masturbation. I pretty much thought I'd had it figured out.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Quicksilver » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:53 am UTC

Sounds like Randall has watched "The Room" recently.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Ironmon1 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:23 am UTC

"...a movie about movies...blurring the line between metaphor and reality.."
...Millenium Actress?

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Primis » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:41 am UTC

A movie about making a movie, Masturbation, navel gazing...
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:53 am UTC

Clever, clever.


I'm not completely sure I understand WHG yet.

Let the self-referencing begin, starting with this.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby 907Code-G » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:58 am UTC

jalohones wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:Wow, GOOMHR. I just finished writing a rough script for a movie about itself...


Crazy coincidence - this comment refers to itself. Also to the first comment that quotes it.

Hmm, that is a coincidence, this comment also refers to that comment while referring to itself referring to your comment referring to the comment that my comment is a reference to transitively through your comment.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby flicky1991 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:14 am UTC

...For all we know, he looked like Michael Jordan this whole time.
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Max™ » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:02 am UTC

907Code-G wrote:
jalohones wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:Wow, GOOMHR. I just finished writing a rough script for a movie about itself...


Crazy coincidence - this comment refers to itself. Also to the first comment that quotes it.

Hmm, that is a coincidence, this comment also refers to that comment while referring to itself referring to your comment referring to the comment that my comment is a reference to transitively through your comment.

This is not a comment about the recursive chain of comments.

This is.
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Icalasari » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:31 am UTC

This feels like the I'm So Meta Even This Acronym comic in a way...

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:41 am UTC

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby niky » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:43 am UTC

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:55 am UTC

Post-modernism, like censorship, consists of blurring the line somewhere.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby cephalopod9 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:22 am UTC

Does metaphor border reality?
As a literary device it is distinct from text, but I'd say the text of even a non-fiction move is not reality.
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby nwm » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:27 am UTC

Quicksilver wrote:Sounds like Randall has watched "The Room" recently.


Seems not too unlikely, given that there are 26 Movies called “The Room” ;-).

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby madjo » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:42 am UTC

I can't help but wonder, what movie, that is a movie about a movie, is WHG talking about?

You have "alan smithee's" Burn Hollywood Burn.
Then there's Tropic Thunder.
Get Shorty
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Desertislander » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:57 am UTC

rhomboidal wrote:
Title Text: People into masturbatory navel-gazing have a lot to learn about masturbation.



..., or a lot to learn about navel-gazing.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Egwene » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:08 am UTC

Can someone please tell me what a basketball has to do with anything?
I just don't get it and it makes me feel stupid.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:19 am UTC

Egwene wrote:Can someone please tell me what a basketball has to do with anything?
I just don't get it and it makes me feel stupid.


Michael Jordan was a world famous basketball player.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby mdog » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:21 am UTC

Egwene wrote:Can someone please tell me what a basketball has to do with anything?
I just don't get it and it makes me feel stupid.


Michael Jordan. Panel 3. Basketball player.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Don Calvus » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:57 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:Yikes, the lettering here has gone downhill. I'm not sure why it seems particularly off, but "LINE" looks a lot like "UNE".

Is it just me? Maybe I just need some sleep.


No, it's not just you. But I think it's only an issue for people reading French, or any other language whose vocab contains the word "UNE".

Funnily enough, the same confusion happened to me when I was living in Spain. The first thing you do is you go a special "foreigners office" to register, and they give you an official number related to your name. This number is going to follow you your whole life for everything important in Spain (open a bank account, rent a home, subscribe to an insurance, etc.). The thing is that my name contains an U. And that crappy policeman read "LI". And I actually discovered much later that my name was wrongly spelled. A rapid glance at the paper showed the "U".

I let you imagine the Kafkaian process of getting the name corrected.

So, yeah, Randall, be careful with your capital "LI"'s and "U"'s...

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Curupira » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:07 pm UTC

"It's a movie about movies" is a _very_ common art-criticism cliché. :)
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby jc » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:22 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:Yikes, the lettering here has gone downhill. I'm not sure why it seems particularly off, but "LINE" looks a lot like "UNE".

Is it just me? Maybe I just need some sleep.

Nah; it's just another case of keming.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Davecom3 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:10 pm UTC

No, he's obviously talking about The Wizard of Speed and Time, though I have to say I liked that movie.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby dp2 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:11 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Wow, GOOMHR. I just finished writing a rough script for a movie about itself...

Adapation and The Muppet Movie come to mind.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby jpers36 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:19 pm UTC

dp2 wrote:Adapation


Adaptation with 'pataphysics?

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Coyne » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:55 pm UTC

907Code-G wrote:
jalohones wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:Wow, GOOMHR. I just finished writing a rough script for a movie about itself...


Crazy coincidence - this comment refers to itself. Also to the first comment that quotes it.

Hmm, that is a coincidence, this comment also refers to that comment while referring to itself referring to your comment referring to the comment that my comment is a reference to transitively through your comment.



Yeah, yeah, everything relates to everything else, six degrees, and they all relate back to everything, so everything is transitive, blah, blah,...

You're blurring my reality: Enough already!
In all fairness...

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby SerMufasa » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:04 pm UTC

Regarding which movie it's referring to, it could be Argo that's being referred to since it's coming out today.

Grantland on Argo and Ben Affleck: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/848 ... en-affleck
Rotten Tomatoes reviews (currently at 93%): http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/argo_2012/


I'm surprised the final panel joke isn't being touched on more. For those not from the United States or (maybe) Canada, Michael Jordan is considered the best basketball player of all time, and until recently there was little room for debate (whereas in Baseball or Football or most other sports there's always a debate and rarely a consensus). So the phrase "the Michael Jordan of <something>" became a catch-all of claiming to be the best. And of course, that's a Metaphor.

Using a basketball to get his point across is how he blurs the line from Metaphor to Reality, altho I'd argue that Michael Jordan never deliberately chucked a basketball into someone's face, so a more appropriate final panel might have him slamming a basketball into him in the iconic MJ dunk pose.

But I'm willing to let that slide because chucking the basketball in the white hat guy's face is funnier.
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Moose Anus » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:28 pm UTC

SerMufasa wrote:Using a basketball to get his point across is how he blurs the line from Metaphor to Reality, altho I'd argue that Michael Jordan never deliberately chucked a basketball into someone's face, so a more appropriate final panel might have him slamming a basketball into him in the iconic MJ dunk pose.

But I'm willing to let that slide because chucking the basketball in the white hat guy's face is funnier.
I'm sure MJ has chucked a basketball into someone's face on purpose at some point. Haven't we all? I think a faceless stick figure with his tongue out would have actually been a lot funnier than this.
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby O-Deka-K » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:51 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:Yikes, the lettering here has gone downhill. I'm not sure why it seems particularly off, but "LINE" looks a lot like "UNE".

Is it just me? Maybe I just need some sleep.


Yeah, your eyes must be blurry.

On a serious note, this is pretty normal in comics. There was a legend about comics banning the words "FLICK" and "CLINT". I think it turned out to be a (mostly) self-imposed ban rather than a formal one though. Also, some characters were named Clint as a tongue-in-cheek reference to this phenomenon.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Fire Brns » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:59 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:
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为什么这不是琵琶?
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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby dp2 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:26 pm UTC

Hugo?

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Egwene » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:30 pm UTC

Ah, a sports reerence. No wonder I didn't get it.

Thanks guys, now I can go back to feeling smug about being the smartest person in the room.
It may just be me and my dog in here (people on the computer doesn't count), but still, now I can be smug about it.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Transgenic_Squid » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:39 pm UTC

Fire Brns wrote:
da Doctah wrote:
pipasig.jpg

为什么这不是琵琶?

Parce-que ceci est seulement une ensemble des pixels.

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Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Postby Holograph » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:52 pm UTC

Ok honestly, fun comic, I liked it, but I wanna leave a comment on it so I'm gonna take it all personally.
I happen to enjoy movies that my inferior mind considers clever. When someone tells me they're not "actually" clever I think he deserves the answer "what is that even supposed to mean?"
So thinking a movie is clever when it's "actually" not makes me pretentious then. Okay. So? I'd rather be impressed and enthusiastic about things I encounter, seems like more fun. I love interpreting meaning and philosophy into things. Being not-pretentious isn't some great achievement.


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