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Left to right: voodoorat, JaimieT, weeniegirl, Alkaid13, JoshTheBlack, daveh. Picture by daveh's wife Marcia.
As you can see we're all perfectly attractive.
One of the games we played, KILL HITLER. I can't remember what it's called. Daveh was Hitler and I killed him. Then weeniegirl was Hitler and I can't remember who killed her but the FASCISTS LOST TWICE.
Cutest baby ever.
Daveh looks like a young Henry Francis.
I had so much fun guys! Thanks for coming out! Thanks for bringing the games, Josh and Alk.
The theme of self-destruction was very powerful for me, especially since I haven't been writing much lately. Especially since less than 1 month ago I had one of those magical writing days you only have once in every like 2 years. (They are the best thing in the world, let me tell you. Sex, food, drugs, nothing is better than the magical writing day that happens once in every like 2 years.)
But still, writing is a net positive for me in almost every respect. The first 10 minutes are hell, but then it's just great, and it's almost never not great, and so fucking why don't I do it? Why am I ruining this good thing?
But about the movie...
The movie blatantly states it's about self-destruction and then annihilation.
Self-destruction is the point of showing Lena's affair. She had a happy marriage, but she still blew it up. Somehow her husband knew about it; I think because he saw it from the Shimmer. And that's why he didn't want to leave the Shimmer. Jim and Aron are both incredibly smart, so I'm surprised that they didn't pick up on the affair's importance to the theme — regardless of how Lena's husband saw the affair or even if he saw. There was a line of dialogue directly referencing it, right? But this is an anomaly, them both missing something like that. So maybe I'm overestimating this as obvious.
Self-destruction is in our cells, but the movie posits that it's in our minds too, in our psychology. We are capable of psychological cancer.
And the Shimmer was picking up on all of that, because the psychologist character kept feeding it people who had nothing to lose. Therefore, the Shimmer was mimicking that hopelessness, that death of self.
One could argue, "Oh, so literally everyone who walked into the Shimmer was someone who, in that moment, happened to want to self-destruct? That's convenient." And I would say, "No, I think it's more that we all have the capacity for self-destruction, latent and subconscious. The convenient thing is that Lena was the first person to show the Shimmer that we also have the capacity to be a phoenix, reborn from our own ashes."
So Lena is the Shimmer reborn, in that final image of the film. She's definitely herself reborn too — I don't buy into the mirror Lena ending theories, which subvert the whole movie. I think the film was too finely written to be in service of a twist. I think we're supposed to know Lena has got the Shimmer in her. Whatever that means. Thematically, though, she faced her own tendency towards self-destruction (vis-a-vis the faceless clone). She stopped fighting it; she saw herself in it; and then she could overcome it. And now she is something new. New, but also herself. Changed.
Her husband, however, did die in the Shimmer. And a clone husband at the end doesn't fit thematically if you think about it in terms of him. In terms of Lena, he represents the mentality of her affair: a shadow of himself, a warm body, an aspect no longer worth regarding. And he represents all the work she is going to have to do to rebuild this marriage, to rebuild the true vision/version of her husband.
Hunkulese said:telephoneofmadness said:And yeah, the poor craftsmanship of that tooth flooring was the most shocking thing about the dollhouse reveal.
I will say having a random tooth in there for Camille to pick up was a little silly.
That was from her fresh kill.
I haven't watched the video, but I'm not uneducated about it. It's like driving a car to me. I'm just gonna do it. I've looked at the diet options available to me to avoid obesity, and low carb is vastly the easiest of the options, and there's no way I'm doing that without meat.
People should really shut up about GMOs though. That direction is the future of food, and the sooner we get there the better. I welcome synthetic meat.
So my favorite character of all time is Q from Star Trek. I've always said that I could never meet John de Lancie, the actor who portrays Q, because I would dissolve into a puddle. Basically, I felt that it would psychologically overwhelm me to the point where I wouldn't want to do it, would disassociate or something.
So, in the spirit of doing hard things, I got my picture with him at Dragon Con on Sunday. The two days leading up to it, I was depressed. Yeah, my anxiety hit so hard I got really down on everything, and it took a while to figure out this was why. Dramatic right? And now I'm just unable to think about it, unwilling to even look at the photo beyond the initial confirmation that I look okay. But I took it because I know it's something I would like to look at 20 years from now. And also because I'm in my 30s, goddammit, the celebrity hysterics aren't charming anymore.
Was this positive enough for this thread? I can't tell, but I do feel positive about it overall.
Edit: Oh yeah, I should probably describe how it went. I had literally 5 seconds with him. I said hi, he said hi, we took the photo, I said thank you and left. When I shared the photo with my sister and cousin afterwards, they were like "DID YOU ASK HIM IF HE WOULD BE IN THE PICARD SHOW." Hahaha. Both of them, same question. Nope, fucking fastest non-interaction ever. It's really absurd. I had another photo op with Shohreh Aghdashloo, and she like fucking grabbed both of my hands and hugged me. She is queen of my fucking heart now. But Star Trek alums... they are so over it. They don't even want to touch you because of con germs.
Someone in line said of John de Lancie, "He's taking advantage of this while it lasts, in a few more years there won't be anyone in this line." I replied, "I don't know, he's doing pretty good so far." All Good Things was 25 years ago. There was another chick in the line, by herself, younger than me. Yes, we exchanged phone numbers.