eternal denial & smutty deliberations
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2023-09-19 11:23:55

    The United States has 3 times as many Jerusalems as Israel


    10 times as many Londons as England


    30 times as many Parises as France


    World capitals, but they’re all in Arkansas.

    I actually think Illinois has more world capitals in it but they’re not as funny.


    New York ran out of names to take so they just started taking other states


    The funniest part imo is how these copycat-named towns are typically the most boring-ass place in buttfuck nowhere

    I have been to London, Kentucky and Paris, Kentucky and it wouldn't even be accurate to describe them negatively. They are just utterly without charisma. Without everything, really.


    every director on the planet who has ever lived and will ever live staging any version of hamlet ever, deciding that hamlet needs to die in horatio's arms and looking for posing inspo:

    kenneth brannagh deciding that horatio and hamlet needed to be socially distant twenty five years before covid was even a thing and looking for posing inspo:

    Black Sails - II.Odysseus, on his journey home to Ithaca, was visited by a ghost. The ghost tells him that once he reaches his home, once he slays all his enemies and sets his house in order, he must do one thing before he can rest. The ghost tells him to pick up an oar and walk inland. And keep walking until somebody mistakes that oar for a shovel. For that would be the place that no man had ever been troubled by the sea. And that’s where he’d find peace.


    Marvel movies have completely eliminated the concept of practical effects from the movie-watching public’s consciousness


    Not just practical effects just like. Basic set design lol


    How… How do they think sci-fi was done before CGI?


    Really badly? Do you remember sci-fi before CGI? It was shit. And don’t say Star Wars because they went back and fixed that with CGI later.


    *big sigh* *puts head in hands* heathens who’ve never watched pre-MCU sci-fi movies OR the unedited Star Wars movies, my beloathed

    So first of all, most people agree that the majority of the “CGI fixes” in the Star Wars original trilogy (excluding minor visual/sound effects like lightsaber colors and blaster sounds) are unececssary, extremely conspicuous, and/or bad. This is not news to literally anyone older than about 20 who has consumed Star Wars content on any level. There are quite literally two very famous ‘despecialized’ fan projects explicitly dedicated to un-doing all of the shitty “fixed” CGI effects while simultaneously restoring the OT in HD.

    And yes, I do, in fact, remember sci-fi special effects before CGI was the foundational cornerstone of moviemaking. It was not, in fact, shit:

    Also, ironically I can show you by….*gasp* using fucking Star Wars, of all things. Welcome to the Tatooine pod race set of The Phantom Menace, which was not, as popularly believed, CGI’d but was instead a fully-built miniature set:

    Yes, they built the entire set as a minature, built life-sized pod racers for the actors, then spliced the two together using digital effects. Yes, they did such a fantastic job that people think the entire set and scene sequence was basically completely CGI’d to this day. You’re fucking welcome for undervaluing the time, effort, and talents of set designers by implying that set design and practical effects inherently mean things will look like shit.


    CGI also ages really poorly. What you think looks incredibly realistic now is going to look terrible in a few years. Just look at the original vs remastered Star Trek. They “restored” Star Trek around 2006 and replaced a lot of the practical effects with CGI, and maybe it looked ok in 2006, but it looks so bad and fake now.

    You can see a video comparison for one episode here: https://youtu.be/ruPVTPCavdM

    In the 60s they built a whole model of the Enterprise, complete with blinking lights and beautifully sculpted/painted details. It looks stunning! Then they replaced it with that horribly smooth and fake looking cgi ship.

    Just look at this beauty

    You can see the model at the Air and Space Museum in DC

    Unfortunately the remastered version is the only version available to stream, but you can still find DVDs with the original effect.


    made in 1968 and still stunning 2001 A Space Odyssey


    the designers worked with engineers at NASA to make realistic futuristic special effects using models and matte paintings no computer effects at all! - and incidentally inspired David Bowie to write Space Oddity, later performed in space by astronaut Chris Hadfield


    The CGI of the original Jurassic Park may not be aging well (though arguably still better than some), but the practical effects will always look stunning. 


    I want to talk fantasy.

    This shot was achieved with splicing and green screen.

    This wild-looking shot (and similar manipulations) was famously achieved by having a professional juggler in a duplicate of Bowie’s jacket and gloves sitting behind him, basically with Bowie in his lap, doing the handwork while Bowie kept his arms behind the juggler. You may have seen a game based on this on Whose Line Is It Anyway.

    This? Wires! Splicing! THE CGI TO DO THIS DIDN’T EXIST YET! (The juggler is hidden under the cape. If there’s a scene where he’s wearing a cape, that’s actually probably why.)

    And this? This heartstopping shot?

    This does appear to be from the version with CGI—


    The shot itself hasn’t changed. The lift itself was done with wires and Bowie was given some propulsion with an air cannon so he could make that turn at speed. A minor amount of CGI was used in the 30th anniversary to “touch up” the work done in 1986, and one of the things they did was to remove a shadow on the wall from one of the wires.

    How about this?

    You don’t know it, but you’re looking at a practical effect. In real life, the Ruby Slippers are almost orange. That luxe, rich ruby color showed up on the film as black when the shoes were the correct color, so the costumers adjusted the actual costume to give the color they wanted.




    And this? This is where it would’ve been useful to have CGI. Margaret Hamilton got really badly burned on the steam doing one of her entrance/exits, and ended up in the hospital. THIS is what you use CGI for.

    You come into my house and insult practical effects?

    I’ll just finish off by reminding you THIS IS ONE, TOO.


    That last one, iirc, was there was a double in a sepia-toned costume, and the interior door and wall there was painted brown, so when it was lit and shot it all appeared to still be in the sepia tone of the Kansas scenes, and part of why Dorothy stepped back out of the frame was so the double and Judy Garland (in the proper blue-and-white costume) could swap.


    You are correct. The double’s name, by the way, was Bobbi Koshay.


    Practical effects has a union. CGI firms arent organized yet and therefore are cheaper.


    Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda and John Carpenter didn’t learn and teach practical filmmaking for practical effects to be disrespected.


    It’s been killing me that this recording is out-of-print bc Debbie Reynolds does this song better than anyone I’ve ever heard, so…

    Here she is mutuals, here she is world… here’s DEBBIE REYNOLDS knocking  “Adelaide’s Lament” out of the park!


    All four records in this series are essential.


    especially re: eating up savings:

    "The less you eat, drink and read books; the less you go to the theatre, the dance hall, the public-house; the less you think, love, theorize, paint, sing, fence, etc., the more you save—the greater becomes your treasure which neither moths nor dust will devour—your capital.  The less you are, the more you have; the less you express your own life, the greater is your alienated life—the greater is the store of your estranged being.

    Karl Marx,Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844


    For My Friend Croc

    Hi, it’s Flippy.

    I’ve never had to write a post like this before and I hope this is okay to do. I hope I never have to do this again. I’m putting it here in the Thommy tag so people from the old Thommy days who knew Croc might see it- don’t really know what the etiquette is here. I’m sorry if it’s inappropriate or something.

    So. I found out today that my old fandom buddy Lex/Kate aka CrocodilePatronus -as we knew her then- has passed away. I won’t get into how, and the why is impossible, of course.

    Keep reading


    I haven’t logged in here in probably years but i had to come on and reblog this. It would be 10 years next march since we all met each other. im going to miss her forever and ever


    I'm heartbroken