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09:45pm 12/02/2011
  what the hell happened to livejournal? there's so much crap on here. it's looking like the myspace of free blogs.

anyhow, greener pastures. i started an actual blog where i talk about cult movies. then i recently (5 minutes ago) signed up for tumblr to figure out whether or not it's a waste. and i'm still on twitter (schmassani), but in retrospect most of my posts are pretty silly. it's mostly work stuff, so not a lot of people relate.

alright so anyhow, see you guys next year!
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04:48pm 14/03/2009
  okay. the watchmen. and there's not any real spoilers here.

first off, i've been super excited about this film for a while now. and i knew that i was going to love it. even if it were a bigger piece of crap than waterworld, i was going to love it. and it came nowhere close to waterworld, overall it was great, i don't feel cheated out of my money, i'll probably see it again before it leaves theaters. however, i have some issues.

I. zack snyder took the comic a bit too literally. what? yes. don't get me wrong, i loved seeing some of the sequences from the comic brought to life on the screen. and i know he wanted to do right by the fans. however, there are things that work well in a comic that don't work so well in film. namely, the watchmen comic had so much stuff going on in the background that you could digest on your own time, that couldn't be properly represented in the film. also, the frame-by-frame interpretation to the movie also caused...

II. weird pacing. did the movie seem a little off? did anyone miss the massive the build up to the quasi-end (as i like to call it). the pacing was mad weird. again, it works great for a comic, but not as great for a film.

III. interesting choices in what to include but what to cut out. let me get this out there: i don't hate the fact that dr. manhattan's cock is hanging out for a lot of the movie. i'm okay with that. however, i don't get why the ending was changed to be more acceptable for a mass audience but then there's dick all over the place. some fans are really pissed off about the end, but i can't think of anyone who'd be pissed off if they threw speedos on manhattan for the whole movie.

also, the random old guy and the random black kid hugging when everything goes to hell. fans will know that this is the newsstand guy and the kid who was reading the black freighter, but there's still no context there. as a fan, i can't see why they included that part of the scene but no interaction between them. technically, i guess it's okay but knowing who they both were made me feel like i was missing something. the non-fan who i was with in seeing this also thought this part was a bit weird.

finally, bubastis makes no sense. i can't see why they cut out the squid but not bubastis because the whole thing behind bubastis was that she was one of veidt's genetic experiments, which is also the explanation behind the squid. without the squid they never mentioned his genetic experiments. and without that, bubastis is now a weird looking CGI lynx that has no context and serves no purpose, except to block dr manhattan at one point (which isn't really convincing). as a fan, i wondered where this came from and why is this the first time seeing her. the non-fan with me got confused and was like "what the hell was that cat thing?"

i kind of wished they'd gone more into the new frontiersman too. i understand they probably cut it for time, but the end of the end felt a little incomplete because no one knows what this shitty little paper is, and the fact that they're publishing rorschach's journal feels insignificant even though it's a major "wtf" moment.

IV. smooth move trying to hide blake's killer, exlax. come one now. even the non-fan saw this. the fight itself looked great, but they sacrificed one of the main elements of the mystery that drives the plot. they could've probably cut the length and made some of the shots tighter, and maybe made it not-so-well lit.

V. miscellaneous. the fire scene came off as cheesy and over the top. again, good in the comic, weird in the movie. a sloppy cut between nite owl and rorschach in the bar and laurie and manhattan on mars. it's really abrupt and weird. not entirely happy with malin akerman's performance at times (laurie jupiter). nixon had a very obvious prosthetic nose and chin. it didn't move at all in his close ups. that's something that probably would've been an easy fix in post... although it's kind of fitting for nixon...

and now, some good things.

I. rorschach and the comedian. jackie haley and jeffrey morgan were dead on. i can't even imagine a better rorschach. the non-fan thought it was unnecessary for the comedian to shoot the vietnamese lady, but that was one of the things that made him an asshole. i thought it was okay to leave it in.

II. goodies for the fans. zack snyder tried really hard to include as much of the watchmen universe as possible, for the fans. stuff like the gunga diner and electric car chargers. although he didn't go into the dynamic between the newsstand guy and the black freighter kid, he still made an effort to include the newsstand in some of the shots. maybe this is why they also left in bubastis, but it was still weird.

III. the flashbacks. this is the part i thought they'd have the most trouble with, but they pulled it off beautifully, and in a way that didn't contribute too much to the already weird pacing. i especially loved...

IV. the open. they managed to squeeze in some of the smaller flashbacks and elements from "under the hood", and gave a lot of foreshadowing.

V. fight scenes (other than blake's death). these actors aren't really kung fu masters, i knew there would be some jerky effects to make it look more real, and it ended up looking completely bad ass. i was satisfied.

i have to start doing actual work in a few minutes, so i have to wrap this up. overall, i loved the movie. but i can see where some people would hate it. i'm not going to argue with people who are just looking for a good action flick, because the trailers are a little misleading. and i'm going to warn people of the cock when i go to recommend the film. i'm also going to recommend that they read the book at some point. i think the film is a better companion than an adaptation.
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ultimate fail forever   
01:59pm 18/12/2008
what ever happened to leftover manic panic?

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Writer's Block: Ten for the Tenth   
04:16pm 17/11/2008
Some people spend their whole lives preparing the answer to this question: What albums are on your personal all-time Top 10 list?

this is not in any sort of order.

1. the specials - the specials
2. pigface - easy listening for difficult fuckheads
3. girl talk - feed the animals
4. amy winehouse - back to black (special edition with the extras)
5. joy division - closer, or the best of
6. nikolai rimsy-korsakov - scheherezade & cappricio espagnol
7. AFI - all hallows EP
8. chemlab - east side militia
9. tiger army - tiger army (I)
10. M.I.A. - arular

a few albums that are not on the list, only because i haven't had them long enough to put them into my "forever" rotation:
M.I.A. - kala
seabound - double crosser
bodyrox feat. luciana - yeah yeah (vocal mix) as a single
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oh yeah. bill's blog   
12:27am 06/10/2008
  bill has a blog. it only has one entry in it, but he just made it to kill time on friday.

blog from the burning

read all about my boyfriend's countdown to the weekend, his poop, the finer points of working in south norfolk and administering piss tests to felons-to-be.
return of the blog   
04:58pm 04/10/2008
mood: drained
i logged in expecting it to have been a lot longer since i posted last. not too bad. then i remembered that it's day/month/year and not month/day/year, and that it's been 7 months. i guess that is kind of bad.

life is pretty decent. some of my coworkers have become total d-bags. we hired this cunt who's out to get us all fired, because she's the worst employee at the station. (clarification: i'm talking about WHCS here, NOT WVEC. i didn't really proof read this, and i could understand how it would be misconstrued.)

i might be moving to the night shift which would be awesome in these aspects:

1 90% of the crew is competent
2 only one of them is a douche
3 looks better on my resume
4 i can sleep past 3am
5 i can sleep past 3am. i know it's here twice, but this is really the biggest pro.

the only con is that i might have to work weekends, and i'm going to see if i can get around that.

i moved in with bill. we haven't killed each other yet, actually it's been going really well. our apartment fucking rocksssss. old ghent building, limited space that was remedied by a big ikea trip, low electricity bills every month, and i have to fill up my gas tank about once every 3 weeks. if i switch to nights, i'll be able to ride my bike to work most days, so let's add that to the pros.

i called out sick to work this morning so i could go to the android lust show last night (incredible music, even though they were a bunch of assholes) and monster fest this morning, so i'm pretty beat. i'll have to vent about morgueasm later. sorry if anyone reading this is buddies with them, but musically they suck a bag of dicks. and their vocalist needs to learn how to get an audience going instead of insulting and irritating them. i'll go over it in a much bigger entry later on. hopefully not 7 months from now.
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2-month update   
10:51pm 25/11/2007
mood: tired
almost 3 actually.

it's 11:00. i have to be up in 4 hours or so, so this'll be updated later.

there's a bar travelling up my monitor, repeatedly. that can't be good. well, i'll just have to get a mac.

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02:06pm 03/07/2007
norfolk zombie walk: let's get organasized   
10:22am 09/06/2007
  firstly, i'm sorry the pics are late again, i'm having some severe issues/ moral conflict with photobucket.

BUT MAINLY! richmond has a zombie walk and it's wonderful, i wish they had more per year, but i know not a lot of people want to/ are able to make the drive up there for it. also, i love freaking out the seven cities.

i'm proposing that we start our own zombie walk down here. not the same week as richmond's of course, because i know i would want to go to both. i've heard nothing but excitement from the verbal proposition, so i've made the preliminary step of contacting the head cheese for zombiewalk.com .

so yeah... who's interested?
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11:36am 08/04/2007
  happy zombie day, everyone :)

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i'm this retarded.   
08:09pm 02/04/2007
  not to mention that we have to copy nightside in every way.

it's that time again   
01:50pm 27/03/2007
  and by that of course i mean femmes-kicking time.

tickets available at varollergirls.com
"i am having a shitty day. tell me a joke."   
09:34am 15/03/2007
  "Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given their new wives duties.

The first man had married a secretary and had told her that she was going to do dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple days, but on the third day he came home to a clean house and dishes washed and dinner cooked.

The second man had married a school teacher . He had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes, and the cooking. The first day he didn't see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man had married a rollergirl. He told her that her duties were to keep the house clean, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything, but by the third day some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye, enough to fix himself a bite to eat and load the dishwasher."
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this just in   
03:26pm 17/02/2007
  conservative america shoots for hilarity... resulting in an air ball.  
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09:00am 27/01/2007
  girls. short skirts. rollerskates. kidney punches.

02:07pm 15/01/2007
mood: ow

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i'm gonna be on TV   
11:09pm 10/01/2007
  the dominion derby girls will be featured on joe's job tomorrow morning on 13news daybreak.

tune in to channel 13 around 545am and 645am, or on WVEC.com. if you miss that, the show airs on LNC cable channel 5 until noon.

WATCH IT OR I'LL BEAT YOU. ha. i'm kidding. or am i? if you don't tune in, i guess you'll find out :)
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intarweb = serious business   
07:42pm 13/12/2006
  anyone who is pissed off in regards to this post should leave a comment here.

anyone who is pissed off in general should also leave a comment here.

anyone who wants to join the puppy fan club should also comment here.
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hey guys   
02:44pm 07/11/2006
  polls are open until 7pm. go vote if you haven't already.

i'm not going to tell you who or what to vote for, because i think it's inherently wrong to do so, especially when i'm not being paid any money to persuade or dissuade you. but go vote.
halloween photos from the wave   
12:29am 06/11/2006
  some are mine, some are sid's.

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