Open Thread: Distorted Reflection


Picture taken November 5th 2019 from the Portland side of the Casco Bay Bridge.

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Friday Sunday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us so almost over, but you can still give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Film Corner: Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

KISSMATE: Today we're continuing the Resident Evil film series! Written and directed by Paul W S Anderson, we're watching "Resident Evil: Retribution" (2012). The last one was fun with cheesy writing, so I'm hoping for something similar. Just a nice popcorn flick. Don't forget this is a double team with Ana Mardoll!

I did notice something interesting last movie. Wesker said he needed Alice's blood to become stable with the T Virus. After she was stabbed in the fight, she stabbed him with the same knife. Meaning she stabbed her blood into his brain. I'm hoping he comes back!

Open Thread: October Leaf


Picture taken yesterday, for the specific purpose of being used, that day, in this open thread, which was already a week and two days late at that time.  (Sorry about that.)

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!
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While you are free to discuss movies in this thread, provided you encipher any spoilers (the standard method is by summoning Cthulhu), we sometimes have special open threads set aside for discussing a specific movie, with the discussion including plain text spoilers.  This is for when discussion of the movie in question is expected to drown out other discussion, is expected to take place over multiple weeks, or both.

At the moment, however, no such threads are open.  If you feel that a given movie calls for the creation of such a thread, please ping me (chris the cynic, not Ana Mardoll) in the comments, otherwise, please use this thread for movie discussion.

Film Corner: Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4

KISSMATE: After a week-long bout of stomach bugs and stressful IRL stuff, we continue our series of Resident Evil movies! Apologies for the delay. Today's little ditty is RE: Afterlife (2010) directed and written by Paul WS Anderson himself! At this point, Paul WS Anderson has married Milla Jojovich, the main actress playing Alice. I've heard the writing reflects this in some way. What way is that, I don't know, but we're gonna find out! Don't forget this is a joint effort between me and Ana Mardoll, so follow both, please!

After some artistic bullshit thrown in our faces that is supposed to represent the virus spreading through Japan and World, Alice explains stuff we knew from the previous movies. Then we see Snipers getting taken out by mysterious forces. I call Alice Clone Army. Ok, the 3D models in the other movies were cool because it gave us reference of space. This one almost made me puke because the camera was left of the roller coaster setting.

Film Corner: Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3

KISSMATE: Hello, my dear followers! Today is the third movie of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) dir. by Russel Malcuhy. So far each movie has had a different director. It showed last movie. Let's see if it's better here!

We see Alice waking up in the shower again, per first movie. Like, shot for shot, scene for scene. Did we put in the first movie by accident? No, because none of the Hive deaths were shown... She opens a door and now is in the Queen Laser Chamber! The lasers attack, but she escapes through the vents. Now she's in the empty hospital. She runs through the hallway pushing a gurney (to break the glass?) when a trap guillotine falls and breaks the bed!

October Newsletter (2020)

It is officially October and I am officially late on my newsletter! But October has been so wild and on top of everything else I've been dealing with really bad allergies and some kind of stress-tension migraine? I know that's not exactly novel right now because we're all stressed. I hope everyone is well and able to rest, breathe, take medications, and so on.

In writing news, having this new project figured out has lit a fire under my butt and I am so happy to be writing again. I posted 4 stories (I think? I'm pretty sure!) last month to my Patreon and I have 2 more already scheduled for this month. I'm working on a 7th story right now. I love fairy tales so much and it's so much fun to be playing around with them. I get to keep all the weird and gory and nonsensical bits without having to update everything to "make sense", which I would absolutely be making myself do if this were one of my usual re-tellings. It's just nice being allowed to indulge in something absurd for a change.

We also have more live-tweets of movies scheduled. I'm going to tell you this one in advance: The Circle is available on Amazon Prime and it is garbage, and Vivarium is available on Amazon Prime and it is amazing. It's my favorite kind of horror: no jump scares, very little violence, and sensible people who react in a "normal" way to an alien and very genuinely terrifying situation. That's all I'll say for now but I wanted to tell you before the live-watch goes up in case it stops being available after Halloween. (Trigger warning for self-harm: there's a very brief glimpse of a suicide in a bathtub near the end, though not of any of the main characters.)

Patreon News

All Patrons: Kissmate finishes out the Resident Evil series, and I watch The Circle.
$5+ Patrons: Queer fairy tales!

Older Links
My Ramblings Deconstructions: Here.
My YouTube Let's Plays: Here.
My Favorite Tumblr Funnies: Here.
@DivorceKittens: Here.

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That's really all I have right now! I love you all and I hope you're staying safe.

Open Thread: Green and Purple


Picture taken on September 9th.  Sorry for the lack of open thread last week.

I wasn't expecting today's description to be word for word identical to the one from two weeks ago.  So it goes, I guess.

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While you are free to discuss movies in this thread, provided you encipher any spoilers (the standard method is by summoning Cthulhu), we sometimes have special open threads set aside for discussing a specific movie, with the discussion including plain text spoilers.  This is for when discussion of the movie in question is expected to drown out other discussion, is expected to take place over multiple weeks, or both.

At the moment, however, no such threads are open.  If you feel that a given movie calls for the creation of such a thread, please ping me (chris the cynic, not Ana Mardoll) in the comments, otherwise, please use this thread for movie discussion.
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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Film Corner: Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2

KISSMATE: Another day of Resident Evil movie series! Today is Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) dir. by Alexander Witt. With hopes high and expectations low, let's blow this casket open!

The naming schemes for the titles are garbage. The only way I know for sure that RE: Apocalypse is next is because I looked up the years. The words after the main title either need to explain the chronological system, or just add a number after the main title. I'm looking at Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies as I say this, though not proudly. Good movies suffer this too. Still, it's difficult to bring newcomers into these series if you can't even keep the order labeled and obvious.

Utena: Outside The Birdcage

[Utena Content Note: Abuse, Child Death]

Links: Froborr's excellent posts and color symbolism guide are here. I'm watching the subtitled episodes contained in the blu-ray collection here.

Revolutionary Girl Utena, Episode 39: "Someday, Together, We'll Shine"

We don't even get an opening song, just a repeat of Anthy stabbing Utena as Akio waits. Anthy whispers that Utena reminds her so much of Dios when she loved him. [Kissmate: "Oh, the merry-go-round. This happens again and again, in a cycle."] She says Utena can never be her prince, because she's just a girl. (Female or child? She leaves that ambiguous.) She peels Utena's sword from her hand and Akio walks up as children laugh.

Saionji is about to take off his rose crest when Touga stops him, saying she's entered the arena representing the duelists. Nanami, god bless her, is grilling kabobs and idly mentions she's already taken hers off. Juri tells a story about how her sister nearly drowned as a child. An adult rescued her, but a boy who jumped in to save her was washed away. He did a heroic act, but is forgotten instead of celebrated and successful; he wanted to be a hero, a prince, but the danger was real and not a fairytale, and he wasn't ready. [Kissmate notes the biggest danger in drowning cases is that the victim will try to climb the rescuer and they can both sink; Anthy is taking Utena down with her.]