Accurate depiction of the tone of the entire rest of the movie. Smaug’s scenes recalled Riddles in the Dark, though.
Calvin’s snowmen are breathtaking achievements and I will accept no disputes
I freaking love Calvin’s snowmen
They forgot the best one though!
College is a fucked up place
New and Ridiculous Methods of Orc Extermination - Also We Tried REALLY HARD to Include Women, So Give Us Some Credit, Eh?
It’s like Peter Jackson said to himself, “Well, no one else is taking me seriously, why should I?”
You have to reeeeeeeally want it.
i’ve been writing these little, i don’t know, scenes from modern life, kind of vignettes about going to a weird yoga class, or the dog park, or meeting traveling RV homeschool hippies, but i don’t know, the idea of the ‘modern’ is so annoying to me: a “modern” family, “modern love,” as if people used to live and make families mindlessly conforming to meaningless social mores and now that Modernity (or Post-Modernity or w/e) is here, people have realized these things are repressive and restrictive and that they have individual preferences they can try to live out in various ways. it just seems to flattening of the past, a weird sort of romanticization, like oh they didn’t know any better, how quaint! the nuclear family was never, historically, a majority position, and people have always (i believe and like to think) created queer (for lack of a better word/this is the most appropriate usage of this word actually) configurations of love and family; also people fought and continue to fight to change social norms, values, and representation. the ‘that was then, now we’re enlightened’ attitude is so weird to me, and is the tone that comes across when people talk about how special, different, or modern they and their families are.
like that article "coming out as a modern family" which circulated a few weeks ago was pretty sweet but it was also smug as hell, so enamored of its own personal realization and so sure that it was innovating— the modern family is one that sets itself as different, as better, as more honest.
in the same way that white people’s innovating is seen as clever life-hacking (while POC doing the same things are often derided as “ghetto”); in the same way that aggressive self-congratulatory attachment parenting is so off-putting to me, in the way that evangelism is off-putting to me— anything that sets itself apart, saying ’we’ve got it, we’re doing it best, we’re doing it right’ while ignoring structural or systemic factors in other people’s choice-making (and our own), who has which privileges and which challenges when it comes to lifeways, life choices, and family making; whose family making is a means of survival to be pitied and whose is an enlightened modern ‘choice’
i don’t wanna see your certainty, i don’t want you to evangelize about your [whatever], i wanna see you when you’re most alive, when you don’t know, when you’re trying, when we’re messily figuring things out, together or alone; this is what i mean when i say negative affect, this is where my faith is
In protest of a Nativity scene at the Florida Capitol, Chaz Stevens has put up a Festivus pole with beer cans around it. “This is the most ridiculous thing I could come up with,” he said. Read more about how Christians reacted here.
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