Archive for December, 2011


The best character in Steven Spielberg’s computer animated action film The Adventures of Tintin is the film’s camera, which dashes and careens wildly across every scene and locale with more energy and personality than any of the people it is “filming.” Meanwhile, the worst character in The Adventures of Tintin, unfortunately, is Tintin himself.

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Shame is pretty much just like every other movie ever made about addiction…only a whole lot sexier. That’s because the addiction in question here is sex addiction. It’s not a film about whether or not sex addiction is even a real problem, though that is a debate – to this day, the American Psychiatric Association refuses to consider it an actual mental disorder, and have once again rejected it for inclusion in the upcoming DSM-5. Then again, I doubt many in the APA would have as easy a time getting a different hot chick to bang them every night as Michael Fassbender does in this movie.

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I know this is like the very definition of “white people problems,” but, man, I cannot stand when it comes time for a film’s DVD release, and the studio bypasses a perfectly awesome movie poster in favor of photo-shopped nonsense for the cover art. It’s quite mind-boggling, really – these studios invest what I’m sure is a lot of money into hiring talented artists and designers to create eye-catching posters that will grab your attention in a theater lobby, but when they get to the DVD stage they just throw it all out and instead go with something that looks like the 31st highest-ranked entry in a “create your own movie poster” fan-contest.

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My Favorite Albums of 2011

With no new albums that I have been looking forward to (or will even probably hear) coming in the next couple weeks, it seems like a pretty safe time to put up my list of my twenty favorite albums of the year. Note: I said “my favorite,” not “the best.” I don’t feel as strongly about music as I do movies, nor do I feel as knowledgeable about the subject. This list is just based entirely on which albums I loved and listened to on multiple occasions this year.

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