loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: You had me at "we're fucked)
Thems the facts:

1. The US is in recession. So is the majority of Europe. China and many Arab countries have incredibly strict internet censorship. India seems to be a free agent. So this is your crowd: People who are mostly out of money but are huge consumers of culture in its many variants.

2. Cinema tickets have been on an incredibly steep rise for the past decade, in direct correlation with the plummeting of the economy. First it was sheer post-9/11 escapism, then it was 3D, now it's IMAX. In NYC, a ticket to see an IMAX 3D movie in peak time has already got to $20. If you think the outer areas are cheaper, you're right, but the average salary is lower too.

3. Television is also more expensive. Time Warner Cable offers a "basic" monthly cable plan in NY that starts at $80. That is without channels like HBO, Starz, Showtime and On Demand movies, not to mention subscriptions to specialized sports channels/events, or even pay-per-view. Don't even get me started on porn. And I don't know about you, but in my building, Time Warner has basically bribed the management company to give them exclusive rights to cable access. I've been given to understand that this has become a standard practice.

4. Technology is more expensive. We don't have to start discussing the wide profit margin Apple, LG, BlackBerry, HP and Dell make off their consumers, right? They all have essentially the same Chinese prison-plant making them their gadgets at a cost that is financially dirt cheap, but also treats people like dirt. I'm an Apple consumer. My hands are not clean. I'm merely stating facts.

5. File storage has become vital. Western Digital is making a fortune on physical storage, and domains, blog services, photobucket-like websites and actual storage websites like Megaupload all provide answers to the rapidly increasing demand in storing media and documents which accumulate beyond the average computer/tablet's memory.

So what are we looking at? We're looking at a global community which is groaning under the weight of its addiction to culture. But this is not a weight made by the addiction itself. It's made by the nature of power-hungry, greedy companies, looking to profit as much as possible from their consumers, and those consumers don't have as much money as they used to, if they ever did. And people who can afford everything are a very small percentage of the global community.

And so, like in every community that is hungry but cannot afford food its masters are selling it (oh yes, I'm aware of the Marxist undertones here), thieving spreads.

Another factor taken into account: We have just turned a technological corner from undigitized media. CDs are being discontinued. The era of DVDs and Blu-Ray will come to an end sooner rather than later. Storage is everything now. This is a mitigating factor in the greediness of big companies who create the media content, because the collapse of CDs was a lethal blow to record companies and their parent companies, who counted on charging as much as possible for their products (while essentially shutting the artists out of the profits).

So we are looking at a monster that is big, hungry and greedy for power and money, with a hand in every plate. We are looking at Cthulhu. And today, Cthulhu took down Megaupload.

Megaupload is probably likely to get heavily indicted. We all know that. We all know what we were funding. Allegedly, they did too, according to some released evidence. The problem is far deeper than Megaupload, though, because Megaupload was simply making a quick buck on creating ideal conditions for a widespread phenomenon of people who cannot afford to consume culture at today's prices, but want it nonetheless.

This is not going to stop. Media companies like Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal and Viacom will continue to create culture and ask for increasing prices for it. People will still not be able to afford those prices. Piracy will continue, because as long as companies don't recognize the need for balance, they will not get the results they want. And no unleashing of governmental dragons in form of laws or indictments will help them, or us, the consumers.

What a shithole.
loony_moony: (JGL: The hipster is strong with this one)
I have feelings about "The Reichenbach Fall", people. Some positive, some negative, but they are FEELINGS.

Spoilers deducing spoilers )
loony_moony: (NMTB: Come at me bro)
MY SEMESTER IS FINALLY OVER OMG. This morning shall be FULL of Stef and TDKR prologue! :D

Now, for the meme, which I have stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ignited and [livejournal.com profile] regala_electra

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2011?
A whole fucking lot, Supernatural and True Blood being the biggest. My patience ran out, what can I say. Also let go of Big Bang Theory, Leverage and Glee.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2011? Why?
Homeland, The Wire, In Treatment (both versions), 10th and 11th Doctor, Happy Endings, Parks & Rec. Mostly because I wasn't that interested and/or lazy.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2012?
See above. :)

Which TV show impressed you least in 2011?
The Borgias. Neil Jordan is running an awful fucking ship.

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2012 unless things significantly improve?
Game of Thrones. They will probably kill all my favorite characters at some point and then I will feel no inclination to watch an hour-long depression-fest every week.

Which TV show impressed you the most in 2011? Why?
Community. I've been rewatching the second season the last 2 weeks and marveling at how different it is this season. Plus, it's had a fucking STELLAR run up until the unexpected cutoff the NBC douches have decided on.

Also: Suburgatory. Almost no one I know watches it, but I fucking LOVE it. Some episodes are better than others, but it's always watchable and the cast is absolutely fantastic.

Which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
The Daily Show, The Late Late Show and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. By definition, all of them are bound to have weaker episodes because of the unknown factor, so I'm willing to forgive more. I've finally set my limit with scripted shows this year (see: SPN, True Blood and their epic fuckery).

Shows I watched and loved that aren't mentioned on this list because I started them in another year.
30 Rock, The Colbert Report.

***

Your main fandom of the year?
Inception, fuck yeah! I have no idea how I got into it, or why I'm so into it. Nolan is a crafty bastard.

Your favorite film you watched this year?
50/50. I watched quite a few movies this year, and I intend to watch more, but 50/50 is a movie with a real heart, which I loved. And I would probably not have gone to see it if it weren't for [livejournal.com profile] benitle so I'm very grateful for her. :)

Also, THOR. :D

Your favorite book read this year?
I've been really bad with books this year. Started and stopped reading a whole lot of them. I would say though that Russell Brand's "My Booky Wook" is a thoroughly enjoyable autobiography.

Your favorite tv show of the year?
The Mighty Boosh, really. I discovered it this year and it was THE BEST DISCOVERY EVER. :D

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Arthur/Eames, I don't know why or how but I LOVE the fics. I've been incepted, dammit.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
My favorites essentially on their way to leave LJ. It's not just the recent fuckery tbh. I don't see fandom truly moving to DW, but there has been a steady move towards tumblr, and you guys, I don't actually like tumblr all that much. :/

Your fiction boyfriend of the year?
Tomothy, but of course. Celebs to people are as social media is to socializing.

Your fiction girlfriend of the year?
It's a bit sad that it took me a while to think of one, but I guess Florence Welch?

Your biggest squee moment of the year?



:D :D :D :D :D!!!

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
TDKR AND THE HOBBIT. Just like the rest of the fan community around the world.

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Happy Hanukkah everyone! Sorry for missing First Candle yesterday!

Here, have a Simon Amstell. :D


loony_moony: (Default)
1. Hanukkah and Christmas are almost upon us! Hanukkah is, as I've iterated before, my favouritest Jewish holiday of them alllllllll (and it always makes me sad when Jon Stewart tries to reconcile it with Pagan Jesustide Christmas), and so my Menorah is already out and waiting to be lit. :D As my Roomie is half-Christian, half-Muslim, I put out some Christmas decorations at her behest. Now my place looks like the clashing of the SPARKLES, or otherwise the kingdom of LED. WUT.





2. I saw Sherlock Holmes you guys, and there was a surprise!TDKR trailer before it (but I'm only spoiling Sherlock Holmes) )


3. Speaking of Batman, I miss "Community". :( I've been marathoning season 2 the last couple of days. So here's an ABSOLUTELY AWESOME fanart of the cast of "Community" as Batman villains:





4. And if we want to be COMPLETELY geeky, here's someone's suggestion for a new "League of Gentlemen":





I WOULD LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PERSON'S NEWSLETTER KTX.


<33!
loony_moony: (JGL: The hipster is strong with this one)
So I saw "A Dangerous Method" tonight, aka That Movie With Viggo, Sharkbender and Jaw Knightley.

My spoilers are full of penis )
loony_moony: (Inception: Arthur feels feelings)
It's Erev Yom Kippur right now in NY. For those not familiar with Jewish customs, it means Yom Kippur has started, as Jewish holidays always go from sunset to sunset. It also happens to be a Friday, which means this Yom Kippur falls on a Sabbath, making it doubly special (and holy to many).

I'm not observing Yom Kippur this year, but I would like to extend an apology to all those I've hurt this past year and ask for their forgiveness. The internet is a very cold place sometimes, where people (myself included) are prone to hurting others much more quickly than they would face-to-face.

It has been quite a sad week. Two beloved pets of my loved ones have died quite unexpectedly, which caused much grief. Then Steve Jobs died and the whole world, really, has fallen into grief. There is something to be said for someone who has inadvertently touched the lives of almost every single soul in the world with his inventions.

In any case, I'm feeling the gravity of this day weighing on my soul, so even though I was planning to do a picspam, I'll delay it till Sunday.

Much love to you all. <3

loony_moony: (Tom Hardy: Sup)
1. Yesterday night I went to see "Warrior" with some good company! On one side, I had a grouchy redhead to bury my head in her shoulder and to poke in the arm at various times, and on the other side, I had a lovely fellow Tomothy lover and JGL picspam receiver who giggled in all the right places during the movie. :D :D :D

Also, oh yeah, there was a TOMOTHY ON MY MOVIE SCREEN AGAIN ASDKLASDLSKJADDJLAD )

You know what the problem is now, though? I've had Tomothy on a big screen again and now I need MOOOOOOOAAAR. Can you blame me for enjoying watching this dude so much?


2. Today I went to Chelsea Market with [livejournal.com profile] benitle! I haven't been there in YEARS, and she graciously agreed to show me the place, have a coffee and a spontaneous shopping spree. I am the worst impulsive shopper ever. Thank goodness Anthropologie didn't have that overpriced dress in my size, is all I'm saying.


3. OMG I REALLY WANT TO SPAM YOU ALL WITH PICS FROM THE SET OF "THE AVENGERS". Humina humina humina Jeremy Renner YOU ARE SO HOT AS HAWKEYE. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston remain THE TALLEST PEOPLE EVER. RDJ is RDJ, which is always great.


4. I will not review "True Blood", because if I do that I will get an ANEURYSM from seeing so much red. I value my brain, thank you very much.


5. OMG LOOK AT THIS SHARKING LOVE CONNECTION:



loony_moony: (Tom Hardy: Damn)
Hello everyone! Yes, I know I didn't review last episode. Truth be told, I'm pretty surprised I'm reviewing this episode, considering how much of a fucking shitfest this show has become. I was half-minded to write a letter to Alan Ball, detailing every single thing making this show SO VERY, VERY BAD right now, which he has to fucking fix, but I'm feeling too lazy to do so, so here's a regular review full of RAGE.





Let this angry fucking Frenchman lead you into my kingdom of spoilery rage sleep and disapproving gifs (some of which were provided by Regala Electra) )

Hey, remember when Godric was around? Those were some good times.
loony_moony: (FaTM: Random strawberry is random)
1. My summer seems to have at once relaxed and picked up speed. IDEK, you guys. My winterwear suitcase is still wide open in my bedroom because I'm too fucking lazy to sit on it and stash the damn thing deep in my closet. SELF, YOU WILL NOT WEAR BANANA REPUBLIC SWEATERS UNTIL OCTOBER. STASH THEM FFS.

2. I am now incurably addicted to Criminal Minds. Not in the sense of "ooh! where's the fandom?", but more in the sense of "I obsessively check my channel guide every single day to see if there's a marathon somewhere". Yeah. Speaking of which, I have tons of love for the characters, but I don't really see the irl attraction of the actors. MGG is too much of a hipstery beanpole to my tastes, and I've seen enough ONTD posts about Shemar Moore to be certain of his douchtastic self. However, a brief, random foray into Thomas Gibson's twitter revealed his shoe fetish, TO MY UNENDING AMUSEMENT OMG. I had completely forgotten he used to play Greg in Dharma And Greg! HA. The more you know.

3. SPN-wise: So basically every guest actor on SPN goes afterwards to Leverage, huh? LOL. I've just read that next Comic Con, the SPN panel is moving to the infamous Hall H. Oh dear. I've finally watched the season finale a couple weeks ago, mostly nonplussed. Morphing Castiel into a villain is something I expected SPN to do like two seasons ago. I'm actually surprised it took them that long. IDK though, I'm not feeling it anymore. Speaking of not feeling it, if I ever relate to Jared's twitter on my LJ, he'll be called JarJar. Because it fits. My disdain, let me show you it. At some point I'll get over myself and read fics again, though. DOON WONCHOSTOR DEMANDS.

4. I went to see "The Two Towers: Extended Edition" in the theater yesterday! OOOOH YOU GUYS HELM'S DEEP IS STILL SO GOOD. And the love of Legolas and Aragorn will not be contained! Theirs is the love of a rangy, greasy, filthy future king and the pristine elf who tolerates his dirt for the hot sexing. BECAUSE THE SEXING WAS SURELY HOT. Viggo Mortensen, you guys. UNNNNNNFFFFFF. He has never looked as good as he did in the LotR movies and he never will again.

(4.5. I will point out, though, that across from the women's bathrooms in my movie theater complex, there was a lovely poster of Tom Hardy in "Warrior". It's probably a terrible movie, and he's probably horribly resembling a baboon in it, but by god, is that man photogenic. LIPS OMG. MMMMMMMMM.)

(4.75. I blame Jensen Ackles for the lips thing, btw.)

5. Speaking of tall, superiorly cheekboned men with sensitive blue eyes, I am very much into Michael Fassbender still. The trailer for the new Cronenberg movie about Freud, Jung and Spielrein is out, and let me tell you, I will probably see it for Fassbender. Ungh THAT MAN. Why isn't Jane Eyre on dvd sale yet. I NEEDS IT PRECIOUS.

6. Speaking of Fassbender, apparently he and James McAvoy have been trolling the SHIT outta X-Men fandom by constantly inserting homoerotic jokes about their relationship, and then making jokes about inserting things. LOVE IT. I'm not really feeling the need for fanfics yet, but then I didn't feel the need for Arthur/Eames fanfics until about a month after seeing Inception for the third time or so, so who knows.

7. I've also watched all of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". Do with that what you may. :D

SILLY PICSPAM WILL COME SOON, I PROMISE.

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