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    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2006
    I just wanted to thank you for your guest post. Very interesting, and I'll probably comment on it when my brain starts working again (a weekend of gambling and drinking with little sleep will do that to you, I guess)...

    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeJun 26th 2006
    No problem. I was originally going to post about "Welcome to the Dollhouse."

    It was playing at a theater down-town, but then I kept seeing articles and things about video games/computers, and art.

    How was the trip? Good times?
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2006
    Cool, plus I think I'd rather read what you wrote than Welcome to the Dollhouse:P

    The trip was good times... except that most of the planned events were rained out. That makes 2 bachelor parties this summer with 3 main events that were all rained out. To be sure, baseball games and golfing do not a bachelor party make, and we were at a casino, so good times were still had by everyone. Except for the groom-to-be, who refused to go to a strip club and was thus subjected to mass quantities of alcohol. Quickly. Probably too quickly. Still, I think he had a good time. Strangely enough, the other groom-to-be didn't want to go to a strip club either, but we didn't make him drink his weight in alcohol...

    I have another bachelor party in a few weeks. We're flying to Florida. At the rate we're going, we expect to be hit by a hurricane. Hehehe.

    I gambled and won and then lost all of my winnings. I ended up down $19 (stupid pai gow poker with it's commission). I drank, but did not get overly buzzed. I spent about 10-12 hours in a car travelling to and from. I recovered today by watching Venture Brothers DVDs (awesome!) and The Exorcism of Emily Rose(diverting enough, but ultimately flawed).

    I hope everyone else had a great weekend. Thanks again, Sam.

    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2006 edited
    No problem, it was my pleasure.

    Not a fan of Welcome to the Dollhouse?

    Also, you're right- the Venture Bros dvds are awesome. I spent most of last night watching them as well. It's bumming me out that I don't have cable anymore, which means I'm missing out on season 2. *sigh*

    Oh well.
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2006
    Hmm, I think I confused Welcome to the Dollhouse with A Doll's House, the Ibsen play. I'm not a fan of theater, and plus, I was required to read A Doll's House in high school, thus securing my negative opinion. Still, I'm not much of a fan of Solondz either, though I've not seen much of his work, so i really shouldn't say...

    I'm starting to notice an almost overarching narrative going on with Venture Brothers, which is something that I never saw before because I saw all the episodes out of order and to be honest, I didn't pay much attention to them when i was watching them on TV (usually doing something at the computer... which usually causes you to miss a surprising amount of material). Then again, I could just be imagining things:P

    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2006
    No, no! I think you're right on.

    I noticed it too. There are little tidbits that show up in early episodes and become important- or at least have more significance- later on. For example, Dr. Venture's dream about the womb in opening sequence of one episode foreshadows his twin brother's return later, and Brock's dream about the football player makes sense later on as well (so, for that matter, do his visions inside the Happy-Can... powered by the soul of an orphan). You can see Doctor Girlfriend's increased annoyance with the Monarch throughout the early episodes, as well, culminating in her leaving him in The Trial of the Monarch. I only noticed it when I started watching the DVDs too. Apparently, the first episode in season 2 involves the Monarch breaking out of prison. It's kind of cool that the show actually has some continuity. It seemed like it was just a series of unrelated events at first, but I definitely think that there's at least some attention paid to keeping things in order.

    "Welcome to the Dollhouse" was actually pretty good. It's sort of like Napolian Dynamite meets Degrassi Jr. High... only more "true to life" and, quite frankly, depressing. It's easily one of the most realistic depictions of school-life for a geek/nerd/dork I've ever seen.
    The main character is in Jr. High, and there's a great scene near the end where she's asking her older brother if things get better in 8th grade.
    "Is eighth grade better than seventh?"
    "Not really."
    "What about ninth?"
    "All of junior high sucks."
    "What about high school?"
    "High school's better. It's closer to college. They'll call you names, but not as much to your face."
    It's so true.
    It's a very dark movie, and I'm not sure why it's set so solidly in the 80s, but it was fascinating.
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2006
    I agree. Good post, Sam. I'll comment on it later when I'm not so pressed for time.