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Cinema Paradouche-o (or How to Behave in the Movie Theater)

Created Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:18 pm by CarpetFibers Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:18 pm in category Article.

So Iíve been to the movies twice this week (to see IT and MOTHER!, both of which were excellent), but both occasions were marred by the behavior of other people in the theater. Now Iíve bitched about this before, but not often, because such instances werenít all that common. This no longer seems to be the case. Iím absolutely expecting some of you to defend disruptive behavior in movie theaters because, well, someone always does, and thatís pretty much where we are as a society now.
ďPeople should be allowed to check their phones during a movie.Ē
No, they really shouldnít. Thatís why thereís a giant notice to that effect on the screen before every movie. Iím not paying $20 to see a movie Iíve been looking forward to for an age just so I can be forced against my will to have my attention drawn to your phone because your bae wants to know where the bong is or because your child exploded in Target.

During IT, the woman sitting right next to me had some weird, blinding stroboscopic light on her phone that went off every ten minutes until she eventually left the theater an hour into the movie to take a call.
During MOTHER!, the woman (note, I didnít say teen, because she was at least in her forties) seated right in front of me spent the entire running time of the movie scrolling through Facebook. Which meant that while Iím looking at the movie screen, I have this glowing white oblong of light right underneath it.
Solution? If you absolutely have to be on your phone during a movie, turn the brightness down. Way, way down.

Back to IT: when the flash-phone lady wasnít guiding ships through the fog with her fucking Samsung, she was talking loudly with her boyfriend. Now, itís important to note that Iím not someone who complains often, and never in public. I donít even send my food back if they mess it up at a restaurant.

But this couple were so loud and so distracting, that I eventually asked themĖpolitelyĖto keep it down. And they did, but not without the boyfriend glaring at me for the rest of the movie as if Iíd asked him if his balls had a strobe light too.
During MOTHER! the women seated next to Facebook-phone lady decided to MST3K the movie about 30 mins in, right about the point they realized it wasnít a jump scare movie. When they werenít doing this, they were standing up and blocking the screen so that they could discuss what food everyone wanted from the concession stand.
And still, STILL there are people who defend this behavior, and as a result itís now a pleasant surprise when a movie ISNíT disrupted by some scuttlefart with a cell addiction.

Itís not about the variety of reasons you ABSOLUTELY OMG HAVE to have your cell phone with you (babysitters, relatives in need, 7 days since you watched that weird videotape in the cabin), rather it is, like so many of the issues affecting us today, about nothing more than common courtesy.
And we appear to be running low.
Turn off your phone, turn off your mouth, or stay at home. You have a wealth of entertainment options at your fingertips. There is no longer any excuse for you to ruin mine.
EDIT: A lot of you are suggesting weekday screenings as a way of avoiding this behavior. I saw IT at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, MOTHER! at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

(© Kealan Patrick Burke 2017)


Monstrosity by Tim Curran Ė an Overlooked Gem

Created Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:51 pm by uuga Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:51 pm in category Article.

I recently taught Tim Curranís MONSTROSITY in a college-level introductory lit course ó literally titled ďMonstrosities.Ē The book exhibits Curranís wildly playful imagination when set free and allowed to take inventive extremes. I donít want to spoil any surprises, because this is a book where you begin to turn the pages dying to see what crazy creature will be unleashed next, and whether or not the author will be able to top the one you just read about, with your jaw on the floor. There are scenes in the book that will stick with me as truly frightening for a long time ó two, especially (an early one where Frank gets stuck in, oh, letís call it a hammock, and another one where the protagonist and his romantic interest get stuck in the equivalent of a house-sized Venus Fly Trap). The only weaknesses of this novel, really, are all about the plot: the action/adventure and rescue plots felt too simple and a bit predictable at times to me, but they allowed the monsters and the surprising revelations they harbored to dominate, which I enjoyed immensely. As a post-apocalyptic kaiju kind of story, it really works well and Curran just has a lot of fun. Thereís a lot of extreme gore, but it avoids the excesses of similar ďextreme horrorĒ fiction (I think ó not sure, because Iím kind of numb to it all), and he handles everything supremely well. The changes he dramatized ó embodied by ďThe FoodĒ ó are really described in evocative ways. The book doesnít belabor the ecological nightmare that the theme implies, and I would have liked much more depth to that, but the characters make up for it and what all this means for Frank and his family relations is all worth musing over. An enjoyable, ORIGINAL book and I recommend it for anyone who is looking for a well-written, action packed, modern-day horror story. And my students, for the most part, would whole-heartedly agree.

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First news posts... some updates!

Created Mon May 07, 2018 12:36 pm by Blackmoon Mon May 07, 2018 12:36 pm in category Article.

Hey everyone this is officially the first news post for Qurous. We've been on the fence about how we wanted to get things setup and we've finally settled on this. Here's a quick gist of what's happening: we're currently working on the site theme; tweaking, testing and getting feedback from those we think know what they are doing.
We're also customizing the site to fit the goal and objective that's ahead of us.
We'll be updating as everything's going.
Thank you for everyone's support while we get things ready here.

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