It’s not your imagination. Movies are getting worse as the years go on and someone has proof—complete with an explanation.
The folks at Moki, a movie discovery website, have created an interactive graph which incorporates data points from the 20 most popular movies of each of the last 20 years. Their conclusion:
Movie studios, they say, are taking the easy way out: recycling old ideas that are a sure bet to attract audiences, regardless of quality. Comic book sequels for the geeks. Twilight adaptations for the teenage girls.
Check out Moki’s interactive graph and play around with it. Life will make so much more sense right away. [Moki]
“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”—St. Augustine. (Submitted by Palabrass)
“Bree Laughrun, whose practice focuses on domestic violence, says she tries to put together an outfit that is “as close to a suit, without wearing a suit, as humanly possible,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
One of her favorites is a black Azzedine Alaïa dress. Laughrun pairs it with a boxy Balmain jacket and “simple” leopard heels from Yves Saint Laurent.”
"[A] newly elected Board of County Commissioners voted two weeks ago to cut [Frederick] county’s entire $2.3 million share of Head Start, about half of the program’s budget. That was shocking enough to some county residents, but what ignited a fierce dispute was how two of the commissioners took the opportunity to say that it was preferable for women to stay home with their young children as their wives did."
Really, Frederick County? In 2011? Really? This type of shit is why women will never be on equal footing in the workplace, not really. -matc
Let’s be clear: Whatever fiscal problems Wisconsin is — or is not — facing at the moment, they’re not caused by labor unions. That’s also true for New Jersey, for Ohio and for the other states. There was no sharp rise in collective bargaining in 2006 and 2007, no major reforms of the country’s labor laws, no dramatic change in how unions organize. And yet, state budgets collapsed. Revenues plummeted. Taxes had to go up, and spending had to go down, all across the country.
Blame the banks. Blame global capital flows. Blame lax regulation of Wall Street. Blame home buyers, or home sellers. But don’t blame the unions. Not for this recession.
In English: The governor called a special session of the legislature and signed two business tax breaks and a conservative health-care policy experiment that lowers overall tax revenues (among other things). The new legislation was not offset, and it turned a surplus into a deficit. As Brian Beutler writes, “public workers are being asked to pick up the tab for this agenda.”
This is the real story here, and the Corporate Media is failing, again, to report on it. This is an old page from the GOP playbook: cut taxes on the rich to create deficits, then claim that the only way to be “responsible” is to “share the pain” and “live within our means” by destroying the already-thin (and laughable by any first world standard) social safety net that the poor and middle-class rely upon. There is a very real and obvious war being waged on the poor and middle-class in America, and it astonishes me that millions of Americans aren’t fighting back.
The only way Americans will take our country back from the Oligarchs is with massive, sustained, non-violent protests like we’re seeing in Wisconsin (and are about to see in at least 5 other states). We need to stand up to the ultra-rich, because those pig fuckers in Congress sure as hell aren’t doing it.
I am reblogging this partly because I agree but mostly because I just swooned to the point of passing out at Wil Wheaton characterizing Congress as “pig fuckers.” SWOOOOON. -matc
Children’s laughter: Everyone knows children’s laughter is loud and fun things that cause children to laugh are expensive. We need to cut costs where we can, those amazingly accurate drones aren’t going to pay for themselves unless we start banning the construction of new playgrounds.
Wind: That pansy-ass wind needs to know it’s place. If we start giving its energy providing ability funding how are we going to keep up the facade that global warming is a myth?
Rainbows: They’re SO gay, after all! Gotta inject our family values into the sky, because other people’s families just isn’t enough. GO BIGGER DUDEBROS.
Ice Cream (for select people only): Selling ice cream to anyone and everyone? Bitch, please. Rich people deserve ice cream and should have it given to them free. Everyone else will have to pay full price, plus the price the rich people aren’t paying because everyone else just hasn’t worked as hard as the rich people, that’s why they’re poor and don’t deserve free ice cream.
Water: Water is expensive. The House republicans aren’t doing enough to make it cheaper. Banning it all together will cut costs.
Enjoyment: The House republicans understand that enjoying things outside of work costs employers money so banning it will make everyone work more because they won’t be allowed to spend time enjoying things like vacations, family dinners, or sex*. (*House republicans are exempt from this ruling because fucking gay interns during working hours is important to maintaining the “family man” facade. I mean, if they did it outside of work, their wives might find out and it’s their job to stay in office at all costs. A gay sex scandal would really hinder that.)