November 2011


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Old dream from when my computer was dead…

I was playing some weird role-playing game. It was some D&D level that was part of BrettSpielWelt or something.

I could never do good — people were always playing more creatively than me.

So I did something different. I waited for this huge thunderstorm wave that only crashes up every long game cycle (weeks?), and when it crashed up, I quickly ran down to where the water briefly recessed after the wave was gone. I found some stuff that could only be found there at that moment, or something to that effect(?). I also destroyed a shovel (?).

Anyway, I finally found an admin and fished for compliments for my creativity, but instead he sanctioned me multiple times!

He wrote a 5-part response. Three parts complimented my creativity, but the other 2 parts basically said why I shoudln’t have been allowed to do that, and why I was sanctioned.

I lost the points I gained for that, they modified the wave so it wouldn’t work like that in the future, and they also docked me in such a way that I was worse off than when I started.

So yeah, fuck that game. Reminds me of why I quit MUD’ing in the first place. The admins ruin things.

''Dreams... They're the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.'' --Xavier:Renegade Angel

“Dreams… They’re the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.”
Xavier:Renegade Angel (more…)

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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Radiologist discovers she is special person in a secret world just beside our own.

PEOPLE: Starring Lena Headey (Sarah Connor in Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Miss Dickinson in the 2007 St. Trinian’s, Queen Gorgo in 300, Angelika in The Brothers Grimm). Melvil Poupaud (Johnny ‘Goodboy’ Jones in the recent Speed Racer movie) as her creepy boyfriend. Richard Jenkins (the dead dad in Six Feet Under, How I Got Into College, Wolf, Me,Myself & Irene, Step Brothers) as the father.

QUIRKS: Slow-building, creepy, doppleganger suspense. And dopplegangers freak me out way more than most things.

VISUALS: It did win some Best Cinematography awards. It was indeed well-done, visually.

BAD STUFF: It did not quite fulfill its potential. The mirror situation could have been explored more. The main threat to humanity is placed on the sidelines while we deal solely with the experiences of the main character.

Also, [highlight for spoilers] the twist can be seen ahead of time.

CONCLUSION: Better than your average generic horror. Re-watching Prince Of Darkness did not make mirrors creepy again, but *this* movie made mirrors creepy again! Dopplegangers freak me out. This movie even made ME jump (in stereo with Carolyn, of course). Definitely a cut above most horrors.

RANDOMNESS: Afterward, Oranjello & Lemonjello seemed to just start staring off into a mirror… Carolyn noticed this and was ever-so-slightly unsettled.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. Carolyn “saw it coming” at points Clint did not.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.6/10, Netflix: 2.7/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.9/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Horror / psychological thriller fans and doppleganger foes should watch this.

Watch only in bluray [like we did], or in Euro-DVD. The American DVD is cropped such that 24 percent of the film is missing.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Has aspects of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Others have said this was a good version of the movie Mirrors, which we are also planning to watch soon. “It’s what mirrors could have been if mainstream horror films were still well made”, says CosmicForces@IMDB.

MOVIE QUOTE: Dr. Robert Zachman: “It’s a rare disorder, in which a person holds a belief that an acquaintance, usually a close family member or a spouse, has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. The condition is most cases is a direct result of brain lesion. With your permission, I would like to readmit you to hospital and get Dr. Kenric to do some further tests.”

COINCIDENCES: (The Broken, Family Guy S8E8/American Dad S5E7) 2 videos in the same night with a female with a bandaged wound on her forehead. Can’t remember if the 2nd one was Family Guy Or American Dad. (more…)

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