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Saw Magic Mike with the GF last night.

August 30th, 2012 1 comment

Partially just to watch the GF blush repeatedly, but partially to see what a non-typical Hollywood stripper story was. Normally if you see a stripper in a movie she’s disposable, in TV she’s a ham-fisted morality tale and she’ll end up in the ER, if not the morgue. I didn’t think this was going to be the case since the strippers were dudes and it had an inside perspective. Indeed this was a much more subtle, much less exploitative morality play that didn’t make any judgements. If you can call something non-judgmental a morality play.

What I found most interesting is the majority of this story could have easily been told with the sexes flipped and it would still ring true if they added some bouncers. The newcomer who gets sucked into the lifestyle, the doubtful/protective one, the shady fan/customer, trying to be taken seriously by civilians. I kept thinking “I’ve seen that happen” or “I know that person” (if I haven’t mentioned it (which I probably have) I’ve spent a LOT of time in strip bars).

Without that context, I think it was still entertaining. The performances were sometimes hilarious, there was a military themed one purportedly for the 4th of July that I had to be shushed I was laughing so hard. But I was the only one, so, anyway. The dialogue was so naturalistic I think it had to be ad-libbed, or they spent a LOT of time rehearsing. Lots of stammers and restarts, exactly how people talk in real life but that’s really hard to duplicate. Amazing. The shifts in pace were massive, but well handled. Like time changes in an old Metallica song. Onstage, backstage, home, out in the world, parties, fast, slow, silly, sincere, angry, all handled really well. I was impressed. I wonder if I can find a copy of the script online.

And, yeah, mostly naked dudes. No dick, but everything but. Is that supposed to bother me? Movies splash tits and ass across the screen all the time (and bless them for it), no reason guys shouldn’t be able to endure some pecs and buns without making a fuss.

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GPOYW: My new friend

August 22nd, 2012 No comments


GPOYW: My new friend, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

Hopefully like a personal trainer, but without the expensive sadism.

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GPOYW: Finally, air conditioning

August 15th, 2012 No comments


GPOYW: Finally, air conditioning, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

And lens flare (ish). You can just see my window shaker behind my expression of relief.

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GPOYW: Janitor

August 8th, 2012 No comments


GPOYW: Janitor, originally uploaded by JW Doom.

Me and my least favorite friend.

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