the commentary is the best

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If you’re hankering for a heavy dose of sleaze, you need look no further than John Waters’ 1970 sophomore feature, Multiple Maniacs, which joined our collection this week and is now streaming on the Criterion Channel. Made in Waters’ beloved hometown of Baltimore when he was only twenty-four, this low-budget shocker tears through the sanctimoniousness of suburban America with a ferocity that few of the director’s contemporaries have mustered. In the NSFW excerpt below, the Pope of Trash can be heard at his wisecracking best on the audio commentary, guiding viewers through a scene in which his larger-than-life muse Divine lounges naked at the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling tent show introduced at the film’s opening. Watch the clip for Waters’ insights into the influence of foreign cinema on his work, the ironic humor that kept his films from being embraced by grindhouse audiences, and Divine’s emulation of Elizabeth Taylor.

John Waters on Art-House Exploitation

I have not seen enough discussion about the bomb ass Superbowl parties Bitty hosts.

The food, the commentary, someone sneaking tub juice in, the halftime show hype, picking the best commercial, arguing with the commentators about who will win (Bitty is ALWAYS right).

is trying really hard not to caption this with anything along the lines of “extra practice after practice”

this was supposed to be just a small, sketchy stress-relief doodle but noooooo, now i’ve been up for 20 hours and i still haven’t finished my spooky time project 

[oh yeah, and don’t repost to other sites, k thank]

On Undertale and fighting

Okay so chat posts are not the best for reblogging with commentary but regarding this:

Even in the Pacifist run, there are some fights you can’t get out of. The important thing is 1. to recognize which fights are which, and 2. to spare even these enemies once they are no longer threatening you. You can’t spare Asgore or Flowey until you’ve fought them, and the Omega Flowey fight in particular is set up in such a way that there’s no question of trying until after the fight is well and truly over. This latter is especially noteworthy because it’s the one time in the game where you’re in a similar position to the monsters fighting a No Mercy human.

Undertale is about power in a way I think often gets overlooked. You have the power to SAVE. That means you’re never in any real danger in these monster fights. Sans even makes a point, in some neutral endings, of saying self-defense is fine- but was it really self-defense, for you? Whether looking at it from the perspective of Frisk, a hidden Chara, or the player themselves, the answer is no. If you die, you come back unscathed. If a monster dies, they’re just dead. The monsters also have a real reason to fight. They have a long and very serious list of grievances against humans, and are suffering from human action against them even if the humans themselves have forgotten the monsters exist. And when, in the Pacifist route, do we face unavoidable fights? When we face entities with tremendous, genuinely threatening power. A king who knew he was doing the wrong thing, chose to kill, and succeeded six times, in the process teaching the entire underground that this was the only way to deal with humans. An entity who killed without remorse, for fun, over and over and over, threatening literally the entire universe in the process. You reach both of them eventually, but it’s not by playing nice and showing them how nonthreatening you are. Flowey, in particular, you have to confront forcefully just in order to make him listen to you at all. Until you do that, he’ll keep dismissing you as weak and stupid.

In the No Mercy route, you are the power that must be fought because it can’t be reasoned with. I think it’s worth noting that Undyne Undying is the very next boss after Papyrus, and Papyrus is practically the spare option personified in his own fight. Papyrus is a kind of point of no return, where you can’t possibly pretend not to understand exactly what you’re doing. Immediately prior to Undyne Undying, you get a kind of confirmation of that point of no return in Monster Kid. In No Mercy and No Mercy alone, Undyne is an unambiguous hero. At no point is her violence towards you considered anything other than justified (unlike in other routes, where it ranges from “understandable but not especially heroic” to “wow that was messed up”). That’s because of your own unambiguous serial murder. You are not an entity that can be pacified, so long as you hold power without consequences; therefore, there must be consequences. You will kill literally everyone if not stopped; therefore you must be stopped, period.

As a moral, this means that when you are the one with the power, you have a moral obligation to seek peaceful resolution when you can. However, when you aren’t, you have a right to defend yourself. Undertale leaves us a challenge much more complicated and difficult than “Never hurt people, because it’s bad”. It insists in strident terms that every life is valuable, and leaves you with the sometimes-contradictory task of actively defending all those lives to the best of your ability. Everyone has a right to live- not only your enemies, but your friends, and people you don’t know, and you. Defending that right means avoiding killing whenever possible, but it also means not meekly accepting your death or the deaths of others. In other words:

“Don’t kill, and don’t be killed.”

Liv, the Bug-A-Boo

Jake: I’m gonna stop pursuing you romantically, so bye.
Olivia: Can you be my date to the WH Correspondents’ Dinner? I’ll only beg you until you say yes twice.

Jake: I’m gonna go be Command of B613, so bye.
Olivia: Well while you’re doing that, can you play my fake cover-up boyfriend? Oh, and here’s a key to my apartment for no good reason. 

Jake: My duties as fake bf are done for the day, so bye.
Olivia: OK but can I drop by your place with dinner and wine and demand to be engaged in deep, meaningful conversation and then “taken advantage of”? Thanx.

Jake: I’m tired of you not listening to me about your terrible father, so bye. And don’t call me.
Olivia: *that night* I’m just gonna call you anyway.

Jake: I’m not your man, I’m not gonna live with you, so bye.
Olivia: BABE COME BAAACK! Oh you won’t come back? Well fuck it, I’ll just go to your hotel room buck naked then.

Jake: We are not officially a couple, I’m not obligated to do couple things with you, so bye.
Olivia: Can you come to dinner with me at my dad’s house? I’ll just moan and pout and accuse you of sleeping with other women until you say yes.

Jake: I’m gonna let you be with the man you keep saying you want to be with, so bye.
Olivia: Can you help me with a case/come with me while I run away from my problems with said man/hold me lovingly/indulge me while I continue to call or go to you for every little thing?

Jake: No I will not advise you on whether or not you should marry someone who isn’t me, so BYE. And stop calling here!!
Olivia: I’m just gonna call there agai- Oh he hung up on me.

Jake: I’m gonna shut you out of this thing I’m involved in with your dad and another woman, so bye.
Olivia: Well I’m gonna stalk you.

Jake: I got engaged, so bye.
Olivia: Well now I’m gonna stalk you harder.

Jake: I’m getting married on Saturday.
Olivia: The hell you are

Me at Olivia:

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*You and your stylish friends have a good time.

(Click for full view for best res and commentary!)

Huge thanks to Toby Fox and everyone else involved for making a really cool game! I don’t think any words could sum up the enjoyment I experienced, but pictures of the cast having fun on the surface definitely can.

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“He looks first at her, not to [Alice], interestingly, which is revealing of who he really cares about.” - Writer/Director Nick Willing, Audio Commentary

Fic: Experimentation [32/?]

Fandom: Pitch Perfect

Pairing: Beca Mitchell/Chloe

Rating: PG-13

Disclaimer: Pitch Perfect does not belong to me. Neither do any of the characters you’re going to read about.

Summary: So, about that one little regret…

A/N: Thanks, as always, for sticking with me and to @ecaftraf for playing beta to my insane writer and giving me the best commentary EVER. Also for editing whatever shit I throw at her.

A/N II: A few people asked me to remind them about my donation page(s) when I posted the next update. So. This is me. Doing that. Look, donations are a thing.

Read more at ao3 or ff.net.

Fic: Experimentation [33/?]

Fandom: Pitch Perfect

Pairing: Beca Mitchell/Chloe

Rating: PG-13

Disclaimer: Pitch Perfect does not belong to me. Neither do any of the characters you’re going to read about.

Summary: So, about that one little regret…

A/N: Thanks, as always, for sticking with me and to @ecaftraf for playing beta to my insane writer and giving me the best commentary EVER. Also for editing whatever shit I throw at her.

A/N II: A few people asked me to remind them about my donation page(s) when I posted the next update. So. This is me. Doing that. Look, donations are a thing.

A/N III:

Read more at ao3 or ff.net.