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Module Review: The Curse of Sapphire Lake | TableTalk | FeatherFall TableTop
Tonight on TableTalk we review The Curse of Sapphire Lake from TPK Games. This module was ran as a one-shot on FeatherFall TableTop as part of the Community ...

For folks who never got a chance to play The Curse of Sapphire Lake, FeatherFall did a play through AND review of my module. If you were wondering just what you were getting into, why not check it out and see what they’ve got to say?

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■あらすじ

ネカフェに放置されていた高性能ノートをパクった若者だが、友人達とのライブチャット中に謎の通信が割り込む。とんでもない大金を振り込んだという内容だったが…という話。

■感想

前作はツマラナいなりにホラーだったのに、今回はただのサスペンス。

40分くらいグダグダどーでも良い話を続け、よーやく始まったと思ったら頭の悪い展開の連続にイライラしっぱなし。

SNSをテーマにした映画のほとんどに言えることだけど、ハッキングが万能だと思いこんでるのか、その特性を理解してないのか無茶苦茶な設定が多いんだよね。

なんにしても、劇場に観に行かなかったのは正解だった。



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PCに自信ニキがこんなにラフにファイル開かねぇ

散歩する侵略者を観た

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■あらすじ

すっかり冷え切っていた夫婦だがある時、夫の様子がおかしくなる。一方、妙な症状が世の中に蔓延し始め…という話。

■感想

一風変わったインベーダーもの。少々退屈なシーンが多いのだが、なかなかに不気味な雰囲気。

人間から”概念を奪う”という謎の能力を使って人類を理解し、奪われた人間は人間性の一部を失うというユニークな設定。そして静かに侵略が進む寄生獣的な展開が抜群にマッチしていて感心させられる。

そして何より長澤まさみと松田龍平の演技が素晴らしいの一言。

人気だけあってクソみたいな演技力の俳優が目立つ日本映画界だけど、本物の演技が出来る俳優も結構居るんだよね。

いつまでも人気ありきのキャスティングなんかしてないで、しっかりオーディションやれば邦画のレベルも上がるのに。

ホラー要素はあまりないけど、たまにはこういうのも良いね。



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Que nous reste-t-il de la Berlinale 2019?

Des films, des rencontres pour la dernière édition sous la houlette de Dieter Kosslick. Nostalgie au rendez-vous pour le cinéma international.

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Dieu existe, son nom est Petrunya 

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Tout commence à Stip, petite ville macédonienne avec cette cérémonie où des centaines d’hommes s’apprêtent à plonger dans une eau glacée pour récupérer une croix en bois, symbole de prospérité. Petrunya, une jeune femme originaire de Stip, saute et  parvient à se saisir de la croix.  En ni une, ni deux, elle se retrouve au cœur de la polémique car l’église l’accuse d’avoir volé la croix. Sous la pression du prêtre, l'inspecteur Milan amène Petrunya au poste de police, sans l'arrêter, mais toujours sans la laisser partir. 

Au fil de l’histoire, nous comprenons les motivations personnelles de Petrunya sur son acte qui ne relève pas complètement du hasard. Plusieurs personnages estiment que c’est un affront à Dieu pour une femme d’envisager de participer à la course tandis que d’autres pensent que cette histoire illustre et promeut des valeurs féministes.  Un film fort, une satire sociale qui ne laisse pas indifférent face au combat de Petrunya et à la question sociale dans les pays de l’Est tels que la Macédoine. Une oeuvre de qualité mettant en lumière l’actrice Zorica Nusheva pour son premier rôle au cinéma.

Grâce à Dieu 

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Le maître François Ozon s’attaque à un scandale religieux avec Grace à Dieu. Récompensé à la Berlinale par l’Ours d’argent - Grand Prix, son film retrace le parcours de plusieurs adultes autrefois abusé par le même prêtre et leur combat contre l’Eglise pour interdire celui-ci de nuire à d’autres enfants.

Alexandre vit à Lyon avec sa femme et ses enfants. Un jour, il découvre par hasard que le prêtre qui a abusé de lui aux scouts officie toujours auprès d’enfants. Il se lance alors dans un combat, très vite rejoint par François et Emmanuel, également victimes du prêtre, pour « libérer leur parole » sur ce qu’ils ont subi. Mais les répercussions et conséquences de ces aveux ne laisseront personne indemne.

Emmené par Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud (très grande performance), le film choque dans son honnêteté et son ton très calme. Les propos de l’Eglise sont autant indignes que les démarches des abusés sont profondes, organisées mais jamais insultantes. Francois Ozon trouve le ton pour choquer et toucher avec les témoignages de chaque abusé. On a l’impression d'être au confessionnal, qu’on nous chuchote la terrible vérité ce qui rend l’oeuvre de Grace à Dieu si impressionnante. Un ton juste pour pour un scandale injustifiable.

Light Of My Life 

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Systemsprenger 

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Direttamente dai film classici ecco l'A-Wing Starfighter in scala 1/72 realizzato dalla Bandai con incredibile sapienza, vediamo brevemente cosa contiene la confezione. by L'Impero delle Tenebre

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I read once that to write a character in a screenplay you should prepare as much as possible about this character’s aspects starting from their childhood, their school and what it has been like, their parents and how they were raised, their neighborhood and how was life in it, their friends and old toys, their first kiss and love story, their ambitions and passions and how they came to be. These can easily fill 20 pages of details that are not represented directly into the screenplay but they shape the truthfulness of the character, the details that make them alive and dynamic.


In Marriage Story, i cant imagine nothing short of a book worth of details that humanized every little moment in this picture. Its truly dazzling the amount of work that went through this mesmerizing screenplay. Each word, statement, monologue, dialogue, decision, facial feature, had been studied extremely thoroughly resulting into a novel of dynamics. It feels very palpable and relatable up to a point of making it into a very personal level of even people who didn’t go through a separation with this level of complexity.


This articulate writing style had translated into elevating the performances into the level of true, its not acting, its simply true on every level. And to solidify this excellence, Noah Baumbach (director and writer) has passionately constructed each scene with the utmost of care; each frame is perfectly designed in angles, colors, dimensions, and production design to amplify the emotional rollercoasters of the story. And lastly, the editing style specifically the choice of when to break a scene and when to prolong it and make more focused, are just in the level of master class.

Marriage story is many things, its an important human story, a screenplay to remember and dissect and study to all those who are interested in any form of writing, and simply a movie that would easily grab your attention from its very first minute into the level of you welcoming its soul punching arc, because it is very real, something that is in somewhat of a shortage in our lives nowadays.

남한 혁명 전통은 어떻게 시작되는가?
『한국 사회주의의 기원』


임경석

역사비평사, 2014


- 레닌이 유배지에서 『러시아에서 자본주의의 발전』을 집필했을 때, 마르크스주의는 이상을 향한 로맨틱한 혁명이 아니라, 주/객관적 조건에 기반한 과학적 혁명이 되어야 한다고 믿었기 때문이다. 인류의 역사에 셀 수 없이 많은 피지배자의 혁명 투쟁이 있었고, 그 투쟁은 때로는 성공하고, 때로는 실패하기도 했다. 하지만 마르크스주의는 이 혁명 투쟁에 ‘과학’이라는 이름을 더했고, 단순히 이상의 추구가 아니라 이상의 실현을 위한 주/객관적 조건을 찾아냈다(고 믿었다). 나아가 이런 주/객관적 조건이 단순히 혁명의 방정식이 될 것이라 믿었던 플레하노프 등의 올드 마르크스주의자와는 달리, 이 위에서 어떻게 주동적 행위를 통해 혁명을 현실화하기 위한 전략과 전술을 구상했다. 그러나 모든 이념이 그렇듯, 특히 성공한 혁명의 이념이 그렇듯, 이런 이념의 광휘에 휩싸인 이들이 모두 이념의 올바른 방향을 구체화할 수 있었던 것은 아니다.


- 식민지 조선도 예외는 아니다. 조선 왕조를 증오하던 이들조차, 식민지가 된 상황에는 황망함을 금치 못하고, 모두가 일본에 맞서 자신이 할 수 있는 것을 통해 일본에 맞서기 시작했다. 이런 투쟁에서 ‘마르크스주의’와 ‘사회주의 혁명’이 하나의 가능성으로 등장한 것은 너무나 자명한 일이라 할 것이다. 특히 해외 민주 국가의 지원을 받을 수 있을 것이라 믿었던 일부 독립운동가들의 외교 투쟁이 3.1운동과 맞물려 진행되고, 그 과정에서 ‘민족’이라는 가치에 눈을 뜬 이들은 반제 투쟁의 가능성에 주목하게 되었다. 이들은 이미 의병들이 일본과의 투쟁 끝에 피했던 만주로, 러시아로 넘어가 새롭게 무장 투쟁을 시작하게 된다.


- 이 때 3.1 운동의 열기와 함께 사회주의의 세례를 받은 일본 유학생들과 조선의 신지식인들은 민족해방의 가능성을 사회주의 투쟁 속에서 찾고자 했다. 이시기 해방을 바라는 젊은이들은, 여전히 미국 같은 민주주의 국가의 선량함에 기대했던 독립운동의 명망가들과 달리, 독립운동은 스스로의 힘, 즉 무장투쟁을 통해 달성해야 한다고 믿었고, 이런 무장투쟁의 지지자는 자본주의와 맞서 새로운 세상을 건설하기 시작한 소련과의 협력이 가장 중요하다고 생각하기 시작했다.


- 이 책은 이런 배경 위에서 3.1운동을 전후해서 처음으로 만들어지기 시작한 조선에서의 사회주의 운동의 역사를 살펴보고 있다. 빨치산 투쟁을 통해 강력한 무장 투쟁을 꿈꾸었던 1920년 전후의 시기, 이들은 더 이상 외교적 수사가 아니라, 스스로 해방을 가져와야 하고, 그를 위해서는 소수의 제국주의자와 맞서는 아시아 프롤레타리아트의 연대가 필요하다고 믿었다. 그래서 일본에 있는 유학생 사회주의자들은 일본의 무정부주의자나 사회주의자와, 상해와 북경에 있던 망명객들은 중국의 사회주의자들과 연대를 하기 시작했다. 그리고 무엇보다 독립을 위한 투쟁에서 임시정부를 중심으로 한 민족주의자들과 연대를 통해 힘을 키우고, 동시에 독립 투쟁에서 헤게모니를 강화하기 위한 노력에 나섰다. 이들은 이런 이념을 구현하기 위해 상해에서 이동휘를 중심으로 한인사회당을 조직하며, 사회주의 운동에 나서게 된다. 그리고 다른 한 편, 이미 조선 말기에 러시아로 넘어와 자리잡은 귀화 조선인들과 일제를 피해 러시아로 온 이들을 중심으로도 보다 사회주의 원칙에 충실한 마르크스주의 조직을 구축하려는 시도가 이뤄지고, 이들은 상해를 중심으로 성장한 사회주의자들과 다른 자신만의 세력을 구축하기 시도한다.


- 두 개의 고려공산당, 상해를 중심으로 한 원로 독립운동가와 이들의 영향권 밑에서 독립운동 투쟁의 현실을 풍부하게 경험했던 이들로 조직된 상해파와 주로 러시아 혁명의 생생한 경험을 바라보고 그 빛에 취했던 젊은 사회주의자들로 조직된 이르쿠츠크파의 형성과 대립의 역사는 한 편에서는 식민지에서 마르크스주의 운동이 어떻게 가능한 것인가에 대한 사회주의 운동의 역사와 맞물려 이해하는 것이 쉬울 정도로, 전형적이었다. 한쪽은 민족 해방의 과제를 우선시하고, 민족통일 전선을 구축한 위에 어떻게 헤게머니를 구축할 것인가에 대한 실천적 사고가 우선시되었다면, 다른 한쪽은 보다 더 ‘명문화된’ 마르크스주의에 충실하여, 지금 당장 사회주의 혁명을 추구해야 하며 그를 위해서는 독립 운동의 민족주의 진영과도 단호하게 투쟁해야 한다는 이념적 사고가 우선되었다. 문제는 이런 대립이 당내 이념 투쟁에 멈출 수 없는 사정이었다.


- 한 편에서는 민족주의 우파에 의한 탄압, 김구는 상해파의 이론적 지도자이자 충실한 혁명가이며 독립 투사였던 ‘김립’을 암살하고, 소련이 동아시아 마르크스주의 운동을 위해 지원한 자금을 탈취하려 했으며, 다른 한 편에서는 러시아의 혁명을 보위하기 위해 일본과 타협하는 러시아의 정책에 따라, 러시아내 에서조차 무장해제되고, 심지어 러시아의 방임아래 일본 군대에 의해 학살당하기도 했다. 특히 러시아 사회민주노동당 내의 정치 분파에 영향을 받게 되기도 한다. 예를 들어 이르쿠츠쿠파에 의해 벌어진 독립 운동 초창기 최악의 사건인 ‘자유시 참변’은 러시아 시베리아 극동국에 포진했던 좌익 분파와 이르쿠츠크파의 합작에 의한 결과다. 이들은 헌신적으로 빨치산 투쟁을 해왔던 조선 의병들을, 자신의 통치하에 둔다는 명목으로 무장해제시키고, 이에 저항한 많은 의병들은 그에 맞서다 사살당하거나, 스스로 목숨을 끊기도 했다. 같이 싸웠던 이들에게 총을 겨눌 수 없으나, 조선의 민중의 먹을 것, 입을 것을 아끼며 구해준 총을 넘겨줄 수 없다는 이들은 차라리 총을 안고 강에 뛰어들거나, 총 한 방 쏘지 않고 저항하다 사살당했다. 500여명에 이르는 이들의 희생 장면은 책을 보는 내내 가슴을 아프게 한다. 나아가 20년대 초반에 주목한 이 책에서는 설명이 되지 않지만, 여기서 살아남은 많은 한인 사회주의 지도자들이 스탈린주의자들에 의해 일제의 스파이로 몰려 처형되거나, 중앙 아시아로 강제 이주되어 혁명의 일선에서 강제로 쫓겨나야 했던 사실들을 생각하면, 이름 하나 하나에 많은 상념이 생길 수 밖에 없었다.


- 시간으로 보면 짧게는 5년 정도 사이에 벌어진 이 헌신적인 조선에서의 사회주의 정당 건설 운동은 결국 조선에서 이들 상해파와 이르쿠츠크파 모두를 비판하며 대중에 뿌리를 둔, 그리고 헌신적인 의병 투쟁이 아니라, 대중적 저항을 조직할 수 있는 전위조직의 구축에 나서면서 새로운 방향으로 전환된다.


- 책은 러시아에 있던 코민테른 문서들에 기반해 훨씬 풍부한 형태로 초창기 한국 사회주의 운동의 형성사를 보여준다. 그리고 그 과정에서, 북한 혁명 전통을 이야기하는 이들에게 단순한 종파적 다툼이라 보였던 상해파와 이르쿠츠크파의 갈등이 혁명 노선과 조선의 미래에 대한 정치적 입장 차이였음을 확인할 수 있었다. 아마도 유일하게 아쉬운 것은 러시아 사회민주노동당 내의 분파들의 활동이나 러시아가 자국의 이해를 위해 어떻게 한인 사회주의자들을 지원하기도, 또한 배신하기도 했는가에 대한 조망까지 곁들이면 좋았겠지만, 이미 600페이지가 넘는 풍부한 성과물에다 그것까지 요구하기는 어렵지 않을까 생각된다.


- 흥미로운 것은 두 파 모두 당시 조선 상황에 대한 과대포장이 전제되어 있다는 것이다. 다시 말해 자본주의적 관계가 충분하게 성장하지 못한 20년대, 비록 노동자들이 빠르게 성장하고 있다고는 하지만 여전히 농업 중심의 사회에서 노동자 중심의 소비에트 건설이라는 사회주의의 실천 이념을 조선에 접목하겠다는 것, 그리고 그 주체를 대중의 혁명적 투쟁이 아니라 많지 않은 숫자의 무장 투쟁 세력에 의해 실현하겠다는 점에서는, 이들이 조선의 주/객관적 조건에 대해 깊이 있는 분석에 이르지는 않았던 것 아닌가 하는 점이다. 물론 세계 혁명이라는 명제를 앞세웠던 소비에트 러시아의 영향 하에 있던 이들이, 후진국에서 사회주의가 가능하다는 지노비에프의 테제를 믿었고, 형제국가의 도움을 통해 빠르게 사회주의가 가능하다는 환상을 가지고 있었다. 다만 상해파는 오랜 실천적 투쟁을 통해 경험했던 현실 감각을 통해, 이런 전략적 목표 외에 최소 강령으로 민족해방을 우선했고, 끊임없이 민족주의 세력, 독립 운동 세력과의 통일 전선을 구축해야 한다는 레닌에 의해 인정되었으나, 30년대 이후에나 코민테른에 의해 정식화된 ‘통일전선론’에 복무했다는 점이다. 그러나 이들 모두 조선의 노동 대중 속에서 지도부가 단련되고 성장해야 한다는 혁명의 기본적 원칙보다는 해외에 흩어져 있는 무장세력에 더 큰 중심을 둠으로써, 결과적으로 이후 조선에서 성장한 사회주의 지도자들에 의해 비판, 부정될 수밖에 없는 운명이었다. 그런 의미에서 레닌이 상해파의 리더였던 이동휘에게 내린 “이 사람은 마르크스의 이념은 전혀 모르는 것 같지만, 혁명가로서는 훌륭하다.”는 매우 적절한 것이 아니었을까? 어쩌면 내생적으로 사회주의가 등장할 조건을 경험하지 않은 농업 국가 조선에서 독립을 위해 투쟁하고, 해방된 조선을 위한 대안으로 사회주의라는 이상을 추구했던 이들에게, 과학적 방법론의 부재는 어쩔 수 없는 숙명이었으나, 그럼에도 그 이상을 위해 초개와 같이 목숨을 던졌던 이들의 삶은 아름다울 수밖에 없는 것이다.

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X-Men #3 Review: 

*Spoilers*

 The issue starts on the Savage Land with Pixie and Anole seeing someone come through the portal (I’d say it’s a NXM shout out…if they weren’t immediately then incapacitated!)… 

 At the council Jean and Emma have a passive aggressive pissing match over Scott…( OR maybe it really WAS about the shoes 👠…) 

Apparently Krakoa is able to feed a small amount on each islander and all the population agreed to that…also Selene and Emplate are apparently the ones managing documenting Krakoa’s consumption (totally NOT going to backfire!)… 

 Back on the Savage Land, all mutants are incapacitated by the mysterious group (The comment around them being ’easy to take down’ majorly pisses me off, since the NXM GREW UP in conflict and really SHOULDN’T be…but whatever!🙄)… 

 The villains are revealed to be a group of older women (I’m just going to nickname them the ’Cassandra Nova posse’; since they seem like a group that would totally chill with Nova and have tomato soup and saltines at the local Applebee’s…)

 Cyclops goes on a recon mission with Shaw and Emma, and gets a ride to the Savage Land from Gateway (this is like the BEST.YEAR.EVER. for Doug and Gateway…)

 The old ladies are part of Hordeculture (not ’Whoreculture’ as Shaw suspected 😂) and totally shame Emma, which Emma is NOT HAVING

 A fight breaks out and we learn these women are botanists who after angered by scientists using GMOS to limit crop growth; they’ve worked to take control of the worlds food supply to control humanities population growth and Krakoa is impeding that goal. (I feel like Hickman’s been watching ’Fury Road’ a lot…) 

 The women leave with plant samples and Emma takes this information back to the council… 

 Opinions:

 Love the cover! 

 Remember how I complained last issue about Hickman throwing everything and the kitchen sink into this book? Welp…that argument is still there. 

 It’s not that I dislike this plot point- I totally think it’s a rad idea and they are interesting new villains… 

In many ways I’d say this is one of the most creative X-Men runs we’ve had in awhile! I did really enjoy this issue!

 But THIS; on top of the Summoner/Apocalypse plot point, on top of the politics, on top of Moira and the future plot point, etc… Feels A BIT MUCH.

 I could understand if Hickman was subtly building up another plot point while finishing up one…but this just feels like a lot of balls in the air/things to remember… 

 And MAYBE Hickman can pull it off for a satisfying conclusion…but currently this feels a bit in dangerous territory of being a rather disappointing ending. 

 I definitely COULD BE wrong- Claremont did fine at juggling a lot of plot points… But Claremont also had YEARS to write X-Men and was able to take the time for character development… The modern comic formula rarely allows for either… 

 The art is gorgeous! Emma especially looks amazing in several panels. 

Sebastian Shaw is great in this issue; again, Hickman’s strongest point is the representation of X-Villains in his books!

Theories: 

 Gateway totally found their hideout while Emma was stalling! 

 The X-Men will ask the Summoner for help… 

 Unshockingly, having villains manage an island stealing the life force of mutants is TOTALLY going to be abused here… (This is like BAD DECISION number 50, so far…)

Book Review #1... Dracula ^-^

Dracula was written in 1897 by Bram Stoker, an avid Irish writer in his young adult years. The story’s format takes the appearance of multiple character’s diary/journal entries and letters in roughly 350 pages. The main character Jonathan Harker, a young naive solicitor in England, first encounters Count Dracula at his own castle in order to expand upon a business inquiry. The opening scenes start off slowly, as if Stoker purposely did so in order to provide tension for later abhorring scenarios. Harker avidly describes his surroundings and encounters with people throughout the entirety of his excursions, whether they are beneficial or not. His oblivious persona creates a pitiful urge from the reader to aid him or point out the obvious, which is especially heart-wrenching since his descriptions are in his personal journal. 

The audience witnesses the growth of insanity Jonathan Harker faces as he reveals his entrapment within the castle and the details of the Count are certainly unsettling, which contribute to the eeriness of the entire situation. However, in the modern day understanding of Dracula and vampires, there are many assumptions that have been made which could not have been entirely true which prompts the question… How much has society altered the reality of the book in order to appeal to the social hierarchies and norms?

The audience then encounters his future wife, Miss Mina Murray, a vivacious young woman certainly in love with Jonathan; Dr. Seward, a doctor of the mind during the colonial England era who consistently writes about his striking patient R. M. Renfield in the most intuitive sense; Dr. Van Helsing, an older academic with evolutionary advances in neuroscience who also has an extensive knowledge of vampiric history; and of course, Count Dracula, a suspicious gentleman with malignant, unnerving features in the viewpoint of common humanity. Although there are a few others, these are the main protagonists and antagonists the audience witnesses the growth of through first hand viewpoints, which places the reader in the character’s position in an evolutionary way.

The suspense, fear, questioning is felt as if you are in the room with the Count, where he appears and disappears within a second, where the power of Holiness is tested through the religious will of each individual character, as certain people do not possess the power to push through. Many mementos withholding religious and scientific values stress the ideas of what good and evil is, as Stoker explained how he based these characters off of real events/people. I do not read much literature where the format is journalistic, but this book used the format graciously. From the instances where characters are having an enlightening moment, to the reactions of evil presenting itself in the worst way, the audience witnesses a development of morals in which each individual reader can infer and create within their own analysis since there are many unanswered questions about the character’s acts. The grim, Gothic events generously appeal to a dark academic’s interpretation of life and literature.

Dracula also puts into perspective on the level of trust we consciously and unconsciously give to people in order to find out the truth for personal development or closure; there is also a measure of the balance of good and evil in personas which can drastically alter outcomes that must be considered when meddling with dangerous circumstances.

Dracula exceeded my expectations from the common story/assumptions I know from society that consistently smothers me with. Respectively, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for:

1) A psychologically manipulative antagonist in the old era of European history described through personal accounts.

2) The truth of a traditional tale told through time.

3) Being able to witness the emotional downfall of human charisma in it’s purest form.

4) An easier read of classic literature (the syntax and diction is not as difficult as many other classics.)

Dracula will hold a special place in my Gothic literature heart, and I wish for everyone to read it!

- Tesu

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Overall Thoughts on Les Troyens (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, 2003)

First and foremost, in case you didn’t get it from my liveblog, this opera, production, and performance are all absolutely phenomenal.

Among the very few things I didn’t like (let’s get those out of the way first): the ballets seemed out of place, there were some places in the second half where things lagged just a little too long, the Royal Hunt and Storm was…very oddly staged (although the projections were fabulous).

The biggest highlights: Berlioz. Virgil. The orchestra. Really, all the musical elements. The luxury supporting cast. The amazing trio of leads (especially the two leading ladies). The projection design. I could go on for hours, but I won’t.

Since this opera is new to me, the biggest musical highlights: Anything and everything Cassandre was in. That big crazy octet with chorus right after Enee showed up. Any of the scenes with ghosts/deities. The two big “round ‘em up” scenes (Acts II and III). ALL THE ORCHESTRAL WRITING. The last fifteen minutes of Act IV. Enee and Didon’s Act V arias. The whole final scene. I mean seriously, there’s so much great music.

Quick question: what are some other good productions to watch? I NEED MORE PRODUCTIONS TO WATCH.

I absolutely loved this! Thank you so much, @lessthansix!

Why are we not starting at nancys desk?

Okay the movement is pretty janky

So deirdres arm is fucked up

Lip syncing is intresting

The fingers on this girl are horrific where are the nails

Hey! A koko kringle bar!

Wtf! NED WHAT THE FUCK.

These subtitles arent synced properly

I clicked on a tourist near the protestors and her line sounded like it was recorded on a cell phone in an echo bathroom wtf

The voice acting is mediocre at best lol

We can carve a pumpkin!

I think I found where an easter egg might be! Im so excited to try to get one w/o the forums

Why are the hardy boys hot? And flirty?

The fact we can’t open nancys suitcase and see the hoarse t-shirt is disappointing

Joe… Ur lucky ur hot bc … Jesus

I just can’t get over these ugly ass leggings

The unreal shade being thrown at ned omg

Is the lawyer sleeping w Nancy’s dad?

Oh god Jason pls stop ✋

I got stuck for hours bc of a stupid bug and had to uninstall the entire game. Joy.

Oh you ignore Ned but answer Frank huh?

Frank… Babey… Pls work on the flirting. Or just be less awks sweet summer child

Joe! NOT COOL! How many times you gonna call ur brother out like that?

Joe you are so lucky ur hot bc Jesus

That was a decent puzzel

Oh poor Joe hes so scared lol

They shouldn’t have made Joe so much hotter than Frank thats just not right lol

I think I got all the pumpkins but im gonna keep one in my inventory just in case 🎃

I’m aware your not a boy Joe trust me 👀

This conversation should be happening with Ned not Carson. I’m disappointed. Why are they making ned and nancys relationship so bad?

It dosent make sense for it to be x person tho?

And ned finally calls back and he’s jelly omg

Is ned going to be in the next game? (If there is a next game)

God im such a francy shipper

Deirde is SUUUCH a bitch fuck me

Hate this douch

His car is stupid clean thooo

Oh fuck me a maze? Really?

I love the hardy boys

Broke the fourth wall lmao

Okay I correctly guessed who did it but her motive isn’t the best

Very shocked!

Dude there are options to completely fuck these ppls lives up WHAT

They just gonna have this v personal and intimate convo right in front of Nancy huh?

Music is great. V nice

This goodbye bullshit is awful omg this isn’t a Nancy drew game

Also I hate the hand movements throughout the entire game

Okay that was alright.

Not the best Nancy drew game ever but definetly not the worst either. No sonny June so…

6/10

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“Knives Out” Review: Rian Johnson Subverts Again!
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Directed by Rian Johnson

Starring: Ana De Armas, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis

 

Much has been made about the “subverting of expectations” since the highly divisive release of “The Last Jedi.”

It’s been two years, but fans still hotly debate the merits of what exactly director Rian Johnson was going for and how well and/or how badly he executed it. In at least this reviewer’s mind “The Last Jedi” didn’t work because the pacing and tone were all over the place but the subversion was maybe one of the one things it got right.

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Originally posted by nikkinotions

(Try not to cry anymore about it, fanboys)

As fans of genre films, we tend to want to give extra meaning to whatever we are watching based on what these types of films usually conclude because we want it to be bigger than it actually is in reality. We all watch and read stories because we are seeking some kind of truth in it, even in things as pulpy and cheesy as those about space wizards and super heroes, but sometimes in real life the truth isn’t as complicated as that and we must grapple with things just being not all that shocking.

Rey is special just because she is Rey, not because she has a bloodline to a Skywalker, Palpatine, or Kenobi and that’s ok.

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Originally posted by josskuhh

(Deal with it.)

So how does Rian Johnson take on another genre, that’s almost completed predicated on the idea that there is some special clue or big reveal you are missing? How does Johnson, famous triggerer of fan boys everywhere, deconstruct the mystery genre in his latest film “Knives Out?”

By teaching us all a valuable lesson on morality of course!

“Knives Out” takes place the day after the 85th birthday of bestselling multi-millionaire novelist Harland Thronby who’s found dead in his attic study with his throat slit likely by his own hand. The death is ruled a suicide initially but investigator Benoit Blanc, who’s called to the scene of the crime under mysterious circumstances, believes there’s more to this death than meets the eye as it becomes quickly clear that Thronby’s estranged children and relatives are all lying about something.

How “Knives Out” clever “Whodunit” mystery lays out its plot is that it actively plays on your expectations of what a story within this genre usually entails. Much in the way we all expected there to be something profound and earth-shattering out of the mystery behind “The Las Jedi” because other Star Wars films did it too, audience members will likely go into this movie over-analyzing the meanings, the little triggers, turns of phrases that mystery films usually have until the story’s ultimate conclusion.

Before we go any further, this another case of a film like this being difficult to fully analyze without talking about finer points in the plot so if you haven’t seen the film yet and don’t wish to be SPOILED I suggest turning back now.

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Originally posted by b-n-a-o

(I promise to talk less about Star Wars from here on out…)

Anyways, director Rian Johnson counts on his audience to think there’s something more to Harland Thronby’s murder than meets the eye (played expertly well as always by the venerable Christopher Plummer). In fact, he gives pretty much everything you need to know right off the bat in the film’s first half hour. 

You’ll spend most of the movie reverting back to the film’s initial openings and setups thinking “No, that’s too obvious” but then when you arrive at the movie’s answer to all this you’ll find yourself not going “really?…” but rather “I see what you did there.”

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(Me at Rian Johnson after the credits rolled.)

As the film plays out audience members will immediately throw out the obvious choices for the murderer not because the clues of the film tell us we should but because our expectations of the genre tell us we should. Rian Johnson is counting on this as you’re watching it.

What’s brilliant is this idea plays out in meta context with the film’s chief villain, Ransom Thronby Harland’s asshole grandson played by post Avengers, curse-word heavy Chris Evans. See, Ransom too counts on Harland’s nurse Marta to make all the wrong decisions in the cover-up of Harland’s death because much in the way the audience is probably thinking we want to rule out the obvious right choices in these situations he thinks Marta will too.

But instead Marta, played by the always lovely Ana De Armas, just does the right thing at every turn. She doesn’t go about things incorrectly, following strictly only her morals that leads her to fortune she eventually inherits at the end.

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Originally posted by cooldduckuniverse

(I’m sorry I wasn’t paying attention, what were we talking about?)

The film basically sets up viewers for a highly complicated murder mystery but, like a prowler slinking quietly through the night, it sneaks up from behind and guts us with the real truth of the movie that’s it’s really about just being a good person. The way Johnson is able to weave viewers one direction in this movie to sneakily just tell us a moral about being nice to people is kind of brilliant and in many ways meta on itself too considering the ordeal he went through with “The Last Jedi.”

There’ll probably be a few people who find the conclusion of the film’s mystery disappointing, if not surprising, but once you give it some time and stop viewing the movie by its genre alone (or a series of films it may inhabit in a franchise in another instance, not naming anything in particular of course) it becomes pretty clear the kind of beautiful puzzle Johnson sets up for here and the result is quite satisfying.

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Originally posted by taylorsolo

(Again. Deal with it.)

But even if you end up finding the film’s subversion too ham-fisted or irritating for whatever reason “Knives Out” is highly entertaining regardless. The aforementioned Armas, Evans, and Plummer, are of course great but they are supported by an all-star cast of actors and actresses who’s chemistry keep’s this Clue Board puzzle of a film humming along perfectly from start to finish.

The movie is filled with tons of good laughs and dark humor and the pacing is razor sharp and there’s hardly a tedious moment throughout its two-hour runtime. There’s a lot of other good meta jokes that may or may not be digs at Rian Johnson’s post “Last Jedi” career and plenty more digs at real life events and relevant issues that often come up in our American clusterfuck that play into the film’s expertly crafted plot.

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Originally posted by principalblackman

(Also Daniel Craig definitely enjoyed doing his Foghorn Leghorn impression way too much haha)

In the end, it’ll be hard not to enjoy “Knives Out” even if the trope of narrative subversion might annoy you. The movie moves with relentless speed, anchored strongly by it’s colorful cast of characters played by some of the best actors and actresses in Hollywood today and whether the film’s conclusion disappoints you or not it’ll be hard not to find something to enjoy about this highly entertaining unique take on the mystery genre.

It’s movie about having decency and being good in the face of relentless negativity, narcissism and selfishness, and simply doing the right thing when no one else will and that by itself is a good message to send regardless.

So, take note before you hit Twitter later this month, Star Wars fans. It cost nothing to not be an asshole.

VERDICT:

5 out of 5

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Originally posted by stawars

I’m sure this won’t be controversial. Yup. Everyone will be completely satisfied and not a single neckbeard rustled!