Highlights – 01/22/2013

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January 22, 2013 by Daniel

Lemme dust these cobwebs off of here….

There we go. Alright, so, sorry for the inactivity on the blog. My new (final!) semester at school is a bit busier than I thought it would be, and thus I haven’t really finished anything. I’ve already got a nice article planned once I finish Dead Space – only got a couple hours left on that one – and I’ve been listening to a bunch of music, but nothing that I feel the need to write a longer thing about. Considering that, perhaps I’ll condense a few smaller reviews into one post.  I dunno! We’ll see I ‘spose. For now, here are your day-late Highlights.

“REMEMBER, EVERYONE CAN ENJOY SOMETHING THAT IS GOOD. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER IT IS THRILLING, FUN, OR WHATEVER. BUT IF YOU WANT THE LONG TERM FUTURE FOR YOUR FRANCHISE THEN IT HAS TO BE GOOD.” (Film Crit Hulk, “HULK EXPLAIN ACTION SCENES! PART 3 of 3″)

“NO MATTER WHAT ARENA OF CRITICISM THE MORE KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, SENSE OF HISTORY YOU HAVE THE BETTER YOU BE AT ACTUAL DIAGNOSIS AND EVALUATION. WE ALL KNOW THIS TRUE OF CONCRETE + TANGIBLE THINGS LIKE BEING CAR MECHANIC OR DOCTOR. BUT FOR SOME REASON, WITH INTANGIBLE THINGS LIKE ART OR MOVIES AND OTHER THINGS IN SOCIAL EXPERIENCE, THE PUBLIC FORGET THIS OR EVEN OUTRIGHT DESPISE THE “EXPERTS.”” (Film Crit Hulk, “HULK ESSAY YOUR ASS: TANGIBLE DETAILS AND THE NATURE OF CRITICISM”)

“In short, the creators of the hydrogen bomb wished to wrap the world in unpredictable levels of radiation, obliterate whole ecosystems, despoil the face of the planet, and provoke and antagonize our enemies at every opportunity – and these were the peacetime dreams.” (Bill Bryson, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid; below are from same)

“Anyways, people had many other far worse things to worry about in the 1950s than nuclear annihilation. They had to worry about polio. They had to worry about keeping up with the Jonese. They had to worry that Negroes might move into the neighbourhood. They had to worry about UFOs. Above all, they had to worry about teenagers. That’s right. Teenagers became the number-one fear of American citizens in the 50s.”

“Let us return to Kid World, where the denizens may be small and often immensely stupid, but are at least comparatively civilized.”

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