Hey, look at this! I was cleaning out my desk, and I found this old livejournal I used to write in...
Psh, just kidding! Livejournals can't be found in desks! They can only be found... right here [you can't see, but I'm clenching my fist and lightly tapping my chest]
There's actually several things I've been trying really hard NOT to write about, mainly because I don't think they'd make very fun entries at all. But every time I open up this window to post something, those very things that I don't want to write about are first on my mind. SO, maybe I'll just write a quick few sentences about each one. I mean, the first post after not having written in awhile always sucks anyway, right? It's like making pancakes... Anyway, I bet you are sure RARIN' to read this by now! Nonetheless, away we gooooo....
iTunes Movie Rentals
A few years ago, there was a commercial for a frozen pizza-bagels. The song went like this: "Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime! When pizza's on a bagel, you can have pizza anytime!"
First of all, having pizza in the evening or at suppertime isn't unusual or notable. Secondly, why does pizza need to be on a bagel for you to have it anytime? I feel like iTunes' movie rental model should just take that song as its commercial: "Movies in the morning, movies in the evening, movies at suppertime! When movies are on a computer, you can have movies anytime!" I guess that's a useful service if you're on a plane and have a laptop with you. But... that's gotta be just about it, right? I've never watched a movie at home and thought to myself, "You know, this is nice and all, but what would REALLY be great is if it were playing on a way smaller screen from a laptop placed awkwardly on the coffee table in front of the couch." I mean, I get that everyone loves computers, moreso than ever before, but I think this is maybe something we can admit that they aren't particularly useful for.
Most Hated Movie Concept Yet
I was reading movie reviews on PopMatters.com, when I noticed a photo of what appeared to be an angry-looking Napoleon Dynamite dressed in a blue blazer and pointing a gun at the camera. Turns out this was a production still for a film that tracks the activities of John Lennon's murderer in the several months leading up to the murder. Based in part on the killer's prison diaries! And... WHAT are we doing here? I mean, I don't think it's in any way wrong to presume that making a movie about him plays squarely, perfectly, motherfucking EXACTLY into the killer's motive. It's in his diary, a few lines of which I'm unfortunately familiar with, thanks to having read the review of the movie. And amazingly, there is even a SECOND movie in production about this exact same subject. Starring, as the murderer, Jared Leto, for fuck's sake! [I mean, of course! George Clooney and Tom Cruise are too old for the part, Jude Law and Matt Damon are already shooting other projects...]
Just... really unbelievable.
Idle Political Talk That You Can Totally Skip
The Republican party lives in a different world than than the one I live in. This is a conclusion I've arrived at steadily but gradually, so when I read an article like this one, and everything's right there in one place for me to look at and think, "I don't relate to ANY part of that," it's pretty staggering. The article's really short, by the way. Just an AP blurb, really. But the concept of a "dirty trick" being something like saying the other candidate supports a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq? Really? That's something to deny? That your plan isn't "stay indefinitely?" Also, the idea that "success in Iraq" is some kind of concrete event. What constitutes success in Iraq? If it can be defined, can't we also identify the steps that need to be taken to achieve this success? And therefore, can't we identify a rough period of time that each of these steps would progress over, and if they don't in fact progress over this period of time, maybe re-evaluate the process? What's so objectionable about this? And then there's the invoking of Ronald Reagan like some iconic, Abraham Lincoln figure of ultimate presidential excellence, which is just comical to me.
But this different world is still a little bit larger, I'm afraid.