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A criticism I see remarkably often towards such films as Primer and Cloud Atlas is that they’re only meant to be watched by those who want to seem intellectually superior for doing so, implying they have little to no other merit.

This is interesting because – while I do enjoy both films in terms of script, production, and their bewildering yet significant ways of presenting their respective stories – the other big complaint I hear is that the movies are too confusing, no matter how simple they are to piece together upon a second viewing or even a second thought (at least in the case of Cloud Atlas). So if you’re used to people telling you that “you just don’t get it”, it’s probably because that’s the best you can do in terms of bitching about movies. And also because, yeah, sounds like you didn’t.

This is one of the most popular yet ineffectual attempts to discredit movies and even TV shows in this day and age. “People who watch this just want to look smart” only holds water for as long as it takes for your opponent (assuming they’re not some imaginary strawman you’ve conjured up) to explain the actual reasons they like a certain work. If you want to have a debate on whether said work is actually deep, meaningful, clever, complex, or whatever else, be my guest. But if your thoughts on the subject extend to “oh it’s just some weird shit that people watch to feel smart” and yet feel surprised when somebody informs you that your knowledge of the work at hand is limited at best – i.e. “you don’t really get it” – we might have a problem. View full article »

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This one’s worth skipping.

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This one works as punishment.

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This one I recommend.

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Okay, so, an interdimensional ape-creature takes everyone’s favorite ungodly experiment, Jesus “CarpenThor” Christ, through a series of pocket-dimensions that represent his subconscious. As he finally learns who he is and what he’s lost, a decision is made.

Meanwhile, Norman Stillbourne and General Trax are furious that all their experiments and metahuman guinea pigs have been lost; Beast Boi starts seeing more and more repressed memories in his dreams; Kingpinferno remembers an old enemy, and Tharkseid gets ready to assimilate a new member of his next generation of followers. I hate myself.

This one I recommend.

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‘Kuso’ Review

This one’s worth checking out.

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This one I recommend.

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This one’s worth checking out.

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On tonight’s episode of This Month in Below Average Intelligence, we follow rational skeptic and rant video extraordinaire Rantor of Ancient Egypt as he addresses Vidcon harassment, CNN nonsense, and ventures through the Cyan Lodge as reality is somehow disrupted. Got a light?

And remember, leftists: For every researched counterpoint and science paper you throw at me, I can make one thousand gifs and political cartoons of Trump curb-stomping mainstream news logos with his pecs out. I think we know who’s winning here!