Twist Street

Sam Westing, Barney Northrup, Sandy McSouthers, Julian R. Eastman, & Me

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John Dies at the End (2012):  Uchhhh. I’d heard good things when this came out, but I can’t say I thought much of it … I kind of disliked that one, even though I’d say there’s a good half-hour or so in there.  It really just becomes less and less as it goes on.  The first half-hour or so is pretty energetic and seems to set up something— the title sets up something— but then there’s just no payoff worth mentioning to anything.  At first it seems like it’s going to be a whole trippy thing which sounded fun, but then in the middle it’s like “oh okay, they’re making some kind of homage to low-budget 80’s sci-fi/horror movies— it’s Don Coscarelli and I like Don Coscarelli so I’ll watch him do that" … but then it just even devolves from there and becomes just … all happy-slappy at the end.  Just some non-descript white frat brahs who fight monsters haha beer sports farts.  That’s a CW show I wouldn’t want to watch.  Spoiler(?), but the title not having any payoff to me was just really, really obnoxious— off-the-charts obnoxious.
It’s weird— the characters in that movie just became so much less interesting and less likable as that movie progressed.  They just became these smug shits by the end…I do like Don Coscarelli and he’s doing fun Don Coscarelli shit throughout— or I like that first Phantasm at least, what he pulled off there.  It’s written by some Cracked-dot-com guy.  (He’d written a dopey “nerds need to learn that the world is cruel” thing that basic people pass around, but that kind of Internet King-of-the-Castle’s Going to Lecture The Nerds writing tends to aggravate me real easy, if it’s not done a certain way…).  I think coming from a book guy, especially if it’s one noticeably “influenced” by Doug Adams, it probably had a tough problem to solve that… the movie worked best with the more writer-y bits towards the beginning (the opening scene works, I’d say), but editing being what it is, you can’t keep doing parts like that nearer the end of the movie. But at which point, there’s just no story or characters there to make up for it. 

John Dies at the End (2012):  Uchhhh. I’d heard good things when this came out, but I can’t say I thought much of it … I kind of disliked that one, even though I’d say there’s a good half-hour or so in there.  It really just becomes less and less as it goes on.  The first half-hour or so is pretty energetic and seems to set up something— the title sets up something— but then there’s just no payoff worth mentioning to anything.  At first it seems like it’s going to be a whole trippy thing which sounded fun, but then in the middle it’s like “oh okay, they’re making some kind of homage to low-budget 80’s sci-fi/horror movies— it’s Don Coscarelli and I like Don Coscarelli so I’ll watch him do that" … but then it just even devolves from there and becomes just … all happy-slappy at the end.  Just some non-descript white frat brahs who fight monsters haha beer sports farts.  That’s a CW show I wouldn’t want to watch.  Spoiler(?), but the title not having any payoff to me was just really, really obnoxious— off-the-charts obnoxious.

It’s weird— the characters in that movie just became so much less interesting and less likable as that movie progressed.  They just became these smug shits by the end…I do like Don Coscarelli and he’s doing fun Don Coscarelli shit throughout— or I like that first Phantasm at least, what he pulled off there.  It’s written by some Cracked-dot-com guy.  (He’d written a dopey “nerds need to learn that the world is cruel” thing that basic people pass around, but that kind of Internet King-of-the-Castle’s Going to Lecture The Nerds writing tends to aggravate me real easy, if it’s not done a certain way…).  I think coming from a book guy, especially if it’s one noticeably “influenced” by Doug Adams, it probably had a tough problem to solve that… the movie worked best with the more writer-y bits towards the beginning (the opening scene works, I’d say), but editing being what it is, you can’t keep doing parts like that nearer the end of the movie. But at which point, there’s just no story or characters there to make up for it. 

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December Covers

Comic-nerd stuff: It was nagging at me the other day that years and years ago, I used to do this thing, where I’d look at all the comic covers the mainstream publishers were soliciting months out, and pick out the “good ones”— the couple that I thought actually stood out from the usual mess those companies put out there.  Hadn’t done it in years— kinda missed it, once I realized that’d stopped happening.  

So I’m going to spend my lunchbreak doing that under a jump, just for Marvel, DC and Image (because I haven’t seen any other solicitations from other publishers— don’t really know where to look anymore, actually…?).  Not too many covers because… there aren’t too many I’m into (a lot of bad paintings).  Sorry if jumps don’t work on phones…?  I don’t know how that works— if those don’t work on phones, let me know and I’ll … apologize…?  (I’m just really paranoid about that).  This is obviously without saying any of these books will be or are any good or not— just looking at covers qua covers…

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I hadn’t seen this video of the Red Letter Media guys watching all three Transformers movie simultaneously when it first went around, but I kind of want them to do this a bunch more with all different kinds of movies.  Like, bad romantic comedies, Bond movies, whatever…

Filed under Youtube Gives Me Feelings. insomniyeah!

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when you fall in love with someone you need to look at them and say “this is the problem I want to have”

I had a bias that I liked people with strong opinions, but it took a while to realize that assholes have them too

2 kinds of creative advice: how to buy more lottery tickets, and how to win the lottery. The 1st is useful the 2nd is nonsense

I make internet video. We started about 8 years ago, when there wasn’t a way to monetize or many people to watch it. our videos have been viewed about 800,000 times, at 5 mins each that is four billion minutes. I have killed four billion minutes of human lifetimes, which is about 85 lives. Have I done 85 human lifetimes of good? that’s [w]hat keeps me up.

I wanted to be the guy who solved death. Being that guy would be a kind of immortality. Along with the real immortality.

dreams decrease the total number of potential paths - you miss other directions
Bibs and bobs taken from Kevin Marks’s notes of Day 2 of XOXOFest.

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