Anonymous: There's update on Michael Morones on EqD and his website (michaelmorones org). He survived, but unfortunately things still don't look that great for him.
Maybe this is what I’ve had a bad feeling about all day… It’s crushing to hear that they aren’t certain if he can see or not, and I can’t say I’m at all pleased to hear that his family has had to deal with any negative comments in the wake of nearly losing their son. I’m just overall disappointed in humanity that bullying has become such a serious problem, and only seems to be getting worse.
For anyone else that wants to read it, the update is here. We can only hope that, through physical therapy, time, and medical care, that he will continue to improve. This may sound like a silly suggestion, but I have seen cases where animals have proven incredibly beneficial to a person’s recovery. I’m wondering if a therapy dog might be helpful in providing comfort and silent support on his long road to recovery.
In any case, I’m so proud of everyone who helped make it so that Michael has gotten to the point of recovery that he has. He may have a long way to go, but maybe someday he’ll be able to see how many of us are here to cheer on and support his every step.
Anonymous: Oops! Sorry. I honestly meant that in a good way! I just forgot to add that I liked it. Mea culpa!
Eh, sorry…I’m just a little on edge today, I guess…
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Anonymous: What's your opinion on dubstep and any modern genre that get confused for dubstep?
Personally, I find it interesting, and I rather like a lot of it that I’ve heard. While it gets a lot of flack for sounding like violent elephant farts, I think there is definitely something interesting to adding a kind of…”textural” quality to a sound. Rhythm is just as important to music as melody, and dubstep relies more heavily on rhythm than other musical genres, while adding a layer of noise in order to give each beat a bigger “punch”.
It’s also capable of putting across a definite mood, because it has a way of encapsulating a distinct, “industrial” sort of sound, making the common description of “dirty” in regards to dubstep seem quite appropriate.
Anonymous: Have you seen Prometheus? Nothing got me more pumped up than hearing about an Alien prequel. Saw it in the theater (IMAX!) and the special effects were downright gorgeous, but the story itself... I dunno. I still enjoy it greatly, but the amount of plot holes left behind (that many of the deleted scenes would have fixed) just leaves a sour taste in my mouth. On a slightly related note, how canon are deleted scenes? I know some directors purposely leave stuff out for DVD and Blu-ray sales...
I think it depends on the director. Some scenes end up on the cutting room floor because they didn’t feel right when included in the film, and some that would have added more to the picture are cut out simply due to time constraints. And, of course, some scenes are deleted due to content that the MPAA just doesn’t happen to like. So, it’s really up to the writer and director on whether or not they can be considered canon.
Your experience with Prometheus sounds like my experience with the Evil Dead remake: Visually stunning, but structurally unsound. I’m sure that if the necessary scenes were included back into the film, it would probably play a lot better. The same thing has happened to many movies before, where the eviscerated version that makes it into theaters makes zero sense because of all the material that’s been left out in order to make it marketable. The version of Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond called The Seven Doors of Death is a good example of this.
Anonymous: Have you ever met that funny reefer man?
Every time I think of that song now, I always think of "Dad’s Home".
gojirawaffle: How did supernatural stories (especially vampires and werewolves) go from staples of horror to teen fiction?
I have no idea on that one. The only thing I do like is that there exists a line of dolls that are all various forms of movie monsters (Monster High).
That I highly approve of, especially because the dolls and their fashions are of such stellar quality.