Comments from blendercore

I appreciate that you're showcasing an album from an underappreciated band, but why not even a mention of Dawn Richard? Women artists have been underrepresented in R&B coverage on this site (and most others) and Goldenheart is a great record. She should be acknowledged, at the very least.
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January 15, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Free Energy Love Sign
Stillman asked Eigeman to make a cameo in DAMSELS. Eigeman turned it down to shoot a brief role in Lena Dunham's GIRLS pilot. If the Q&A I saw is any indication, Stillman likes to hold a grudge.
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April 10, 2012 on The Videogum Movie Club: Damsels In Distress
eXistenZ rules, and I'll not hear otherwise. Jude Law makes a tooth gun out of gross made-up Chinese food!
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March 23, 2012 on This Week In Movie Trailers, You Guys
Best Picture The Artist Best Actor George Clooney, The Descendants Best Actress Viola Davis, The Help Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer, Beginners Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, The Help Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Best Original Screenplay Midnight In Paris Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Best Foreign Film A Separation Best Animated Film Rango Art Direction Hugo Cinematography The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki Costume Design The Artist, Mark Bridges Documentary (Feature) Hell and Back Again Documentary (Short Subject) Saving Face Film Editing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Makeup The Iron Lady Music (Original Score) The Artist Music (Original Song) “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie Short Film (Animated) The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Short Film (Live Action) Time Freak Sound Editing Hugo Sound Mixing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Visual Effects Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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February 24, 2012 on Enter The Videogum Oscar Pool!
I think you have to consider the source - are we supposed to agree with these judgments of Dunham's character or is the point that the people calling her out on this are just as self-absorbed, self-pitying, etc? Also, I wouldn't go so far as to say that assholes are "all the stories now", but I do think there's a major difference between depictions of female assholes and male assholes (gross, but that's the term we've chosen here). Male asshole stories, of which there are many (obviously), are often wish-fulfillment fantasies that let the assholes be the heroes, or at the very least experience few repercussions for their asshole behavior. The female asshole, on the other hand (archetypally, not anatomically) is almost always berated, humiliated, and punished for her self-absorbed behavior, often by her own self. Why the lack of redemption for these characters, even in stories written by women? I think it has something to do with that emphasis on the female asshole's need to punish herself and be punished for being such an asshole, whereas that impulse is very rarely seen in analogous (jeez) male asshole characters, who are often given narrative arcs focused on growth and redemption. I'm optimistic about GIRLS, because it doesn't look like it's going to spare anyone. But Dunham's definitely one of the self-flagellatory female assholes, if TINY FURNITURE is any indication, and while that may be a necessary step in the evolution of female archetypes it also seems in danger of becoming a stagnant cliche.
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February 21, 2012 on Is Everyone In The World Terrible?
I agree that the Men are refreshing, but if you think that Perfume Genius album is "happy" you may not have listened to it.
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February 17, 2012 on The Men – “Ex-Dreams”
This sounds more than a little bit like Len. Not necessarily a bad thing, just sayin'.
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July 29, 2011 on Download TV Girl’s Benny And The Jetts EP
The only disappointment so far is the botched production job on "Terrible Love". When they played it on Fallon, I thought it would become one of the band's most anthemic songs. As it is on the album, it's sort of an extended intro. However, not enough can be said about this album's second half: "Runaway" has one of the most gorgeous vocal melodies Berninger's ever sung.
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April 20, 2010 on The National – High Violet Premature Evaluation
I actually saw this at the London Film Festival this year, and I thought it was Solondz's best in years, though extremely low-key and not as broad as the trailer makes it seem. It helps if you refresh your memory of the events of Happiness first, as this film picks up a few years from where that one left off. Also, some of the casting choices are so bizarre they're almost brilliant (namely, Jon Lovitz replaced by Omar-from-The-Wire).
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April 1, 2010 on Todd Solondz Remains As Miserable As Ever
Reminds me of vintage New Order (Low-Life in particular)...definitely a good thing.
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March 30, 2010 on LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening Gets A Cover
dont get me wrong we are all gonna die someday and that is a beautiful message but I gotta masturbate at least once DAMN!
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March 29, 2010 on Old People React To The Winners Of The 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards
People are going to be saying this a lot about High Violet, but the record really is sounding more and more like the perfect balance between the anthemic moments on Alligator and the more pensive Boxer. Easily my most anticipated album of 2010.
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March 24, 2010 on The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
Most of this album is a decent-enough retread of early Of Montreal, but it loses me with the interminable "Siberian Breaks", which spends 12 minutes going absolutely nowhere. The major problem I have with it is that I just don't understand praising them for doing something different when this album is just as derivative as their last. This record is going to lose them the fans they already have, and I doubt it will win them many new ones.
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March 22, 2010 on Premature Evaluation: MGMT – Congratulations
Can we at least all agree that this was the only thing that made seeing Alice in Wonderland worthwhile? How can a movie featuring Johnny Depp and Crispin Glover dueling with swords be so soul-crushingly dull?
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March 9, 2010 on Tron 2: Full Throttle Legacy Is Going To Have A Terrible Exposition