inchoative: a journal

2014-11-22

I will now review a dated indie drama: House of Yes (1997)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inchoative @ 12:14 pm

Tom Shales’s hilarious review in the Washington Post was right. This thing is basically a dog. It feels like a young screenwriter’s awkward pastiche of Faulkner and Williams with a bit of Whit Stillman – which might not be a concept completely destined for failure, but is certainly one that’s a potential minefield of faux-pas. Some of them are structural: you know halfway through what is going to happen, and that makes the denouement seem even more rushed and perfunctory than it does. As short a film as it is, it almost feels too long. Some problems involve casting. Prinze Jr.’s performance is exceptionally weak and implausible as the likely half brother to Josh Hamilton. He doesn’t have the range for roles like this: settling down as Mr. Michelle Geller was a very wise move for him. Tori Spelling is similarly out of her depth. There are even odd little stylistic anomalies: I’ve never seen an upper-middle or upper class person drinking Pepsi in my life. So the Pepsi & Rum scene is either baffling or some strange attempt at an in-joke. Paid product placement, perhaps?
I give it 3 stars instead of 2 because there are a few flashes of cleverness in the writing. “A mother doesn’t spy, a mother pays attention” is exactly the sort of thing an icy Prussian hausfrau might say.
If you want a fun indie drama of this period, there are better offerings like The Opposite of Sex.

2014-09-11

surely you’re joking

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inchoative @ 8:30 am

Homi Bhabha’s son is this fucking cute?  For reals?

220px-Satya_Bhabha_by_Gage_Skidmore

2014-05-23

Huh?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inchoative @ 7:30 pm

Is “Gay New England Prep School Choir Teacher” the new look for conservative media figures?

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2014-03-31

CSI:Miami is so freakin predictable, but it’s part of the fun

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — inchoative @ 12:33 am

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I knew another electrocution was coming.

2014-03-25

fey ginger fragrance collectors are adorable

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — inchoative @ 9:41 am

can I just trade something for YOU, my dear?
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2014-03-1

banal thought of the day

Filed under: Uncategorized — inchoative @ 10:48 pm

If you’re always at the crossroads, you’re never going to go anywhere.

2014-02-6

great comment from a Washington Post thread (and user ID, too)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — inchoative @ 1:25 am

 

Display name already exists in our database
2/5/2014 1:04 PM EST
 
 
The only believable parts of the bible are those that show God to be a real jerk. Which is most of the old testament. Not that anyone should like a guy who would send his own kid downstairs to be murdered, … by the people he’s supposed to be saving, … from a sin their remote ancestors were tricked into, … by his own former #2, … which he could have prevented but he allowed to happen anyway, … even though he’s omniscient and knew all this was going to happen all along??? 
 
Wow, this religion stuff is as complicated as quantum physics!

2013-09-2

I’d do it, but it would cost me a copyright strike

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — inchoative @ 10:56 pm

Someone should make a youtube video of Lady Gaga’s Applause set to images of various mass shootings.  
(This is not an indictment of Gaga – far from it.  Whether or not she’s a “great artist” she’s a pop music genius; and whether intentional or not, her song has captured the West’s nascent 21th century zeitgeist.)

 

2013-06-11

best thing ever, pt. 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — inchoative @ 11:00 pm

Thanks to the utterly brilliant Wolfgore:

BEST THING

2013-02-5

make your own hip-hop at home with Google Jams

Filed under: Uncategorized — inchoative @ 2:45 pm

Instructions:

1) call your google voice from an outside line

2) leave a message of yourself slowly reciting the alphabet

3) read back transcription to an urban beats backing track

Hey, P C The. E Test, she H HI Jay, today L and I’m and So, C to you our That’s, C you, the W fax. Why real.

 

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