As contrasted with last year's "Silence! The Musical", which was pretty much pure pain.
it rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again
The Grudge, Seed of Chucky
- This movie is just packed to the gills with the awesome. Jennifer Tilly is hilarious, John Waters gets his face melted off, and at this moment in time, I can't think of anything quite as funny as a plastic doll jerking off. "God bless the little people." Go see it immediately.
- This was ok, but it had entirely too many spring-loaded cats, where nothing's actually going on, but they try to spook you with a flash and a loud noise anyway. This was a shame, because the movie did have some genuinely scary moments, and the fake scares really took away from that. Still, it was worth seeing.
I felt like I'd seen it before, though: I saw a movie earlier this year at IndieFest called Inner Senses that was very, very similar, not only in plot, but in the whole look of the movie. I vaguely remembered hearing that The Grudge was a remake, and so by about halfway through, I was assuming it was a (dumbed-down) remake of Inner Senses -- but it turns out it's not, the original was called The Grudge too.
It's also really an awful lot like The Ring. What is it with wide-eyed Japanese drowned-children vengance-ghosts? Not that I've got a problem with that, because they're super creepy, but they're fuckin' everywhere now! Is this some old cliché that has only just now been imported to the US market, or are drowned kids the new zombies?
DNA Lounge: Wherein a blow is struck against "major label retardation."
More coolness from Chris Randall of Sister Machine Gun and Positron Records: the label is now doing releases under a license that explicitly allows file sharing and derivative works! They say:
Unlike those who suffer from what we like to call "major label retardation," we here at Positron! have never believed it was bad thing for our supporters to share our music with their friends. The Creative Commons licenses we use legally allow you to share songs from these records on peer-to-peer networks. In addition, you can sample portions of these songs for use in your own compositions, whether they are mash-ups for your friends, or a commercial release. The only caveat is that the resulting work must be released under the same license. It is our way of both thumbing our nose at the ridiculous state of copyright law in this country, and letting you, our customer and supporter, know that you are not a criminal, but a trusted ally in the war against corporate stupidity.
Chris's blog entry about this goes into more detail. See also creativecommons.org, and the cover story (and free CD) in Wired 12.11.
Another relevant read is this interview with Chuck D and Hank Shocklee from a few months back: How Copyright Law Changed Hip Hop:
Public Enemy's music was affected [by copyright lawsuits] more than anybody's because we were taking thousands of sounds. If you separated the sounds, they wouldn't have been anything -- they were unrecognizable. The sounds were all collaged together to make a sonic wall. Public Enemy was affected because it is too expensive to defend against a claim. So we had to change our whole style, the style of It Takes a Nation and Fear of a Black Planet, by 1991.