MARY FUCKING SHELLEY. ’oh, i’m a nineteen year old female in a world where females are basically valued only as mothers, grieving over the loss of my child, disowned by my father, in dire financial straights, stuck in a country that’s not my own, ignored and cheated on by my husband, and belittled by my husband’s friends? how am i going to deal with this? WHY DON’T I COMPLETELY CHANGE THE RULES OF LITERATURE, MOTHERFUCKERS? AND WHILE I’M AT IT, I’LL SIMULTANEOUSLY INVENT AN ENTIRE NEW GENRE, AND WRITE THE FIRST NON-RELIGIOUS CREATION MYTH.’
Carol Burnett, the trailblazing comedienne whose variety show was a top draw on CBS for over a decade, was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Tuesday.
And she’s been texting my brother and I her favorite lines/moments continuously for the past two days. She started watching Monday and now she’s finished Season 1. So far, Buster, Lucille, and Maggie Lizer’s blind dog Justice are her favorite characters.
I hope this helps explain why I am the way I am.
These are such good choices.
I’m probably going to spend the entire trial scene playing “Drumming Song” on a loop inside my head. If anything happens to Kyle…it’s not my fault.
First off, let me say that I genuinely like Star Trek and ST: ID. But I found both movies to be missing something that I’ve never quite been able to put my finger on until recently.
These two movies, while well acted and, outlandish plot devices aside, relatively well written, fall down when it comes to the direction. Don’t get me wrong, the direction in both movies is slick and well-paced. He got a lot of the casting right and both films have a wonderful sense of humor. But both movies, essentially, lack love. J.J. Abrams has said that he never loved Star Trek; that he found it difficult to get into and that he wasn’t interested in the philosophical concepts Star Trek deals with.
I cannot understand this for the life of me. In school, we talked a lot about how to handle working on projects that don’t excite us. Sometimes you have to take jobs you don’t love because that’s just part of being a professional. But, when you reach a certain point in your career, you can do whatever the fuck you want. You can make plays and films that inspire and intellectually stimulate you. You can make personal, passionate art.
J.J. Abrams could do whatever he wants. He has the means and industry status to only tell stories he loves. And yet, he’s chosen to work on a project that he didn’t initially get and now, kind of likes. I don’t understand that. Now that I’m out of school, I don’t have the luxury to pick all of the projects I work on. When I get to choose the plays I direct, I try and tell stories that are personal: plays that won’t let me go, stories that keep me awake at night and make me talk all of my friends ears’ off.
J.J. Abrams is lucky to have such a talented cast and writing team. They seem to love Star Trek enough to give the movies a bit of soul. If that were not the case, these most recent Star Trek movies would just be two hours of nice looking explosions, lens flare, and plot lines that generally don’t make any sense. I don’t understand why J.J. Abrams said yes to Star Trek when he could be working on telling stories he genuinely loves instead of ones he only kind of tolerates. All I know is that I won’t be following his example.