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May 25, 2017 2:15 PM
The Greasy Strangler is a movie that will either amuse you or irritate you, but I watched it with two female friends and we all had difficulty breathing from laughter. It's John Waters crossed with Tim and Eric and a hint of David Lynch, and so you're either already rolling your eyes or you're planning on watching it. It does feel a little padded from time to time, but at other points the sheer grotty weirdness of the visuals is enough to keep you going. Performances are amateur hour stuff, but it adds to the cringe laughs and surreal atmosphere. I can completely see most people switching it off after about 20 minutes, and it's definitely helped by being viewed with friends and a little booze. I'm not really shockable so I can't comment on how effective it is in that department, but I was definitely laughing at the repellent activity depicted and the endless parade of grotesquerie, as well as the seemingly improvised inanity of the dialogue. Your mileage may vary.
May 25, 2017 1:39 PM
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May 25, 2017 1:23 PM
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theVictorian
Bigwig
theVictorianThe worst thing about this whole incident is hearing Americans pronounce "Manchester".

How's that? In my experience there's no difference. I watch a lot of soccer, remember, so I hear English say the word like 2000x a year.

It's "MANch'ster", whereas most of the Americans I've heard say "MAN-CHEST-er".

That's just an accent thing, man. Seriously, you and the commonwealthers can get the fuck out with that bullshit. Not to mention that there are literally dozens of places in the states called Manchester, including a neighborhood about ten minutes away from me.

Well, I know there's a Paris in Texas, but I'd hardly ask their opinion on combining berets and onions.
May 25, 2017 5:29 AM
Bigwig
theVictorianThe worst thing about this whole incident is hearing Americans pronounce "Manchester".

How's that? In my experience there's no difference. I watch a lot of soccer, remember, so I hear English say the word like 2000x a year.

It's "MANch'ster", whereas most of the Americans I've heard say "MAN-CHEST-er".
May 25, 2017 5:14 AM
The worst thing about this whole incident is hearing Americans pronounce "Manchester".
May 25, 2017 3:29 AM
The use of infantile colloquialisms like "gross", "icky", "yucky" and so on by adult writers dealing with uncomfortable socio-political topics makes me want to hurl my laptop.
May 24, 2017 11:11 AM
I love it when a murder makes you feel slightly happier about the world.
May 24, 2017 7:03 AM
DyneHas anyone seen Kelly lately? Did he finally ghost??

He'll be back as "Anonymous" or something pretty soon.
May 23, 2017 12:02 PM
"Bitch, U Ain't da Bomb"
May 23, 2017 11:52 AM
Outlander's second season is as simultaneously fatuous and enjoyable as the first, although the Scots were more enjoyable screen presences than the French. Watching this show's bodice-rippery, I think I gain some empathy for women who patiently sit through boorish men's entertainment. This really has to be the most lavish-looking show in history.

It's really good to see Dominique Pinon in stuff, he really has the most screen-filling presence.I hope he gets more roles.

May 23, 2017 9:58 AM
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theVictorianI've been rewatching Star Trek: Enterprise and it's decent. Bakula is a likeable captain, but naturally suffers in comparison to Picard or Sisko. His character makes sense though as a leader of a more naiive, optimistic sort of era. Blalock's T'pol is a clunker though, just a one-note, sneering bore.

I rewatched some Star Trek: Voyager in the last couple of weeks and wow that one was far more craptacular than I remembered. I mean, I will never forget the psychological trauma caused by that one where Tom Paris breaks warp 10 and Tom and the Captain turn into horny tadpoles but I thought back in the day that the rest of the show was pretty decent. How the fuck did I previously not constantly wish death on Neelix? How was I not bothered by the clumsy Screenwriting 101 structuring, the frequent lack of character continuity, the beyond-cheesy cheap fan service? What I really need is a curated top-twenty Voyager episode marathon to wipe this sour taste out of my mouth.

Exception during the recent batch I watched: The Lon Suder parts of the "Basics" double-episode. Brad Dourif is never not magnetic and they actually managed to give him enough OK dialogue and space to do his thing properly, which kind of offsets the silly hijinx back on the planet with the aboriginals and the giant cave monsters.

Voyager is pretty bad, yeah. I think I'm more forgiving of general shitness in a show like Star Trek because the series have so many episodes and generally I watch it while doing something else, so it's a bit like having some company in the house. I the case of Voyager, there's no-one in the crew I really want to hang out with. I really like Kirk, Archer, Picard and Sisko, but Janeway is kind of a drag. The only character that's kind of fun is the doctor, and he's not as good as Phlox, Bones, or even Bashir, whose relationship with Garak is brilliant. Better than Crusher, although I do like her. Neelix is pure hate-fuel.
May 23, 2017 2:07 AM
I've been rewatching Star Trek: Enterprise and it's decent. Bakula is a likeable captain, but naturally suffers in comparison to Picard or Sisko. His character makes sense though as a leader of a more naiive, optimistic sort of era. Blalock's T'pol is a clunker though, just a one-note, sneering bore.
May 21, 2017 10:05 AM
DyneMy cousin's dog bit my dick earlier today. I walked into the room, and it just latched on. The bite didn't break the skin, but my dongus certainly bruised. My dick officially has bruises, everyone.

Keep it in your pants.
May 21, 2017 3:08 AM
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May 20, 2017 10:54 AM
I enjoyed rewatching Rogue One quite a bit.The sound on the Blu-ray is absolutely superb. Real benchmark stuff, with deep, very realistic bass impact.
May 18, 2017 12:23 PM
Not at all related, but this is also a good story.
May 17, 2017 6:27 AM
When I was growing up in SA, a fair number of families I knew had live-in servants, but they were employees and generally very well taken care of. My friend's grandfather was a farmer that participated in the "dop" system, where farm workers were paid in booze and accommodation, resulting in terrible abuse, dependencies and runaway FAS. This was banned in the late '80s.

With the FAS (my province had something like a 27% rate), a lot of the people freed from this terrible system became vagrants due to lack of education, alcoholism and mild retardation with poor impulse control. Even when proper money was offered, they understandably preferred to just leave the farms. The effects are really visible so I thought the sufferers were an ethnic subgroup until I was a bit older. A few of these people ended up as workers in the city and employing them was often a risky proposition. The family I mentioned had a live-in whose kid was spared from her mother's syndrome and was partly raised and sponsored by the family to good effect. His mother was a champ and really did her best. May still be working for the family as far as I know. It's obviously paternalism but it's hard to figure out what else could really be done.

I remember quizzing my friend's mother on how she felt about the dop system and despite being an intelligent person (a psychiatrist) she had rationalised that the workers were happy and the whole thing was okay. I couldn't really press the matter, and the rest of family was actually responsible for lot of really good charity work, presumably at least partly due to horrific guilt.

No idea why I'm sharing all that, but the story reminded me of the dawning awareness I had as a kid just how fucked SA was, socially speaking, and I thought someone here might be interested.
May 17, 2017 5:32 AM