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I am ~down the shore~ this week with the family. I miss my cats, esp. my codependent recluse one, but they've been a little annoying with regards to some flowers I got and was keeping in my room. They're convinced any plants that belong to me are the most delicious thing ever, and when Fat Recluse Cat was alone in the room for five minutes I came back to him vomiting plantlife onto the floor. We've got a replacement vacation cat, anyway. She didn't come with the rental house per se, but she stops by in the morning and evening to meow and be fed, and she's pretty social. I think she's probably got fairly mercenary purposes in mind, but what cat doesn't. (Besides my poor traumatized recluse and his pure, stupid love.) (And our other stupid cat.)

Let's see... I got a new iPod, with more room on it than is actually left on my computer for music, but I thought that was more eco-sensitive in case I get a bigger hard drive in the future, so I won't have to upgrade a third time.

I also saw Inception, which I guess held my attention while I was watching it, but really wasn't all that engaging otherwise. It was fairly straightforward narrative-wise, while I was expecting, like, serious mindfuckery from what my friends (seeing it for the second time) were saying. The characters seemed pretty...flat, I guess. And the whole thing of "what if this is a dream right now, man?!" wasn't anything new, either. That's fairly basic philosophical stuff, right? I mean, Confucius had that thing about dreaming he was a butterfly who dreamed he was a man, or some such, and that was just ages ago. And the "moral", so to speak: REALITY IS BETTER THAN FANTASY, guys. Thanks for that revolutionary concept. The idea of dream theft/~inception~  was interesting, but in the end, that was the only thing of substance.

Also, a very minor thing, but naming Ellen Page's character Ariadne, of all things, just felt so unbearably precious. She is hired to make labyrinths, you see, and in the end it is she whose role it is to lead Leonardo DiCaprio out of the labyrinth ~of his mind~. Perhaps the cultured among you may catch a sly reference there, eh?? Speaking as a Greek nerd: that's the furthest you were willing to dig for symbolism, really? In America, at least, and I think in much of the Western world, if any mythology can be said to be entry-level, Greek is it. And Theseus and Ariadne is the entry-levelest of entry-level, for heaven's sake. It just felt lazy and pseudo-clever.

The narrative wasn't very confusing, really. But really, I watched Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse, and the various Evangelion stuff, so maybe I'm just desensitized. Honestly, though, I usually am the type of person who likes things more or less spelled out, so...IDK.

Well, I'm up a little too late. I guess I had more to say than I thought. Probably nothing too groundbreaking (MUCH LIKE INCEPTION), but what are you gonna do.
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It felt wrong to put this in my previous post, but I watched When the Wind Blows on Friday. If you've heard the David Bowie song of the same name, well, this is what it was the theme song for. It's an animated film from the 80s about an elderly British couple dealing with the threat of nuclear holocaust. Absolutely heartbreaking. The parallels with Grave of the Fireflies are pretty obvious, and I think WtWB definitely deserves to share the spot for "animated films most likely to make you cry". I was in tears for about half of it.
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Okay, things have calmed down a bit. I still have two midterms to go, and needed to ask for an extension on a third, but things feel manageable.

This week's Film Studies movie was The Shining, to my horror. It actually wasn't as violent as I expected, and I basically knew where the blood was going to be thanks to the Simpsons and MAD. One thing: there was a furry in there. It was fucking bizarre and I did not expect it, but the awful moment of "Oh god, a man with a scary outfit and mask!" faded almost immediately into "Oh haha, he's just giving someone a blowjob, what the hell?" Like, I don't... Jack Nicholson is outside chasing his son with an axe, and you cut away to that? Also there's a rotting naked woman which I could have gone my entire life without seeing. But I guess the cinematography was good.

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Spent the weekend at home; we had some friends over for movie night and watched Wages of Fear. I wasn't able to finish it because it got a little too intense for me, but I made it about an hour in. Then last Tuesday the Intro to Film movie was Citizen Kane, which I cried at. Again. I've really gotta toughen up or something. (But, like, it's a good movie, so it's supposed to move you, right?) Oh well, Kurita cries easily too, so that makes me not feel so bad about it.

I might ask for a new iPod for Christmas or something. I feel bad about that, because I feel pretty strongly about conspicuous consumption, but two years is pretty good, I guess, when lots of people get a new one every year or so. I really am running out of room on it, but then again, it's not like I need need to have all my music synced at once. On the other hand, the holidays are a good time to get things, and I may not have another chance soon if I change my mind. And I can definitely give my current to one of my parents, since it'll hold all their music. Sigh. #firstworldproblems, I guess.

EDIT: I feel like I should do more fandom-related stuff here, so I guess I'll post some more Amazon Trio stuff tomorrow. The tag for them is so big in the tag cloud that I feel like I come off a bit... I don't know, obsessed, but I've loved them since I was twelve or so, so I feel like they've sort of done a lot for me just in terms of making me happy. Plus, I am sort of proud that I taught myself how to make animated gifs.
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I've been bingeing on MST3K on YouTube for the past few days, and I've gotta say, while High School Big Shot features some of my favorite riffs of all time, it's also the most depressing damn thing I've ever seen.
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I took that daemon test at the Golden Compass website.
Alvin? )


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