Monday, April 16, 2007

Don't Eff with The Sopranos (a spoiler is included)



REST IN PEACE, JOHNNY SAC.

sopranos cheater

yes, i watched it today and didn't wait for matt or leah as we were all too tired last night.

i still think back to the day in heidi wasson's class when peter greg (in his post-bacculaureate and INFINITE wisdom) enlightened the rest of the undergraduates with his ridiculous claims. NOT that he invented the question mark but much worse. THAT THERE WAS NOTHING NEW, NOTHING GROUND BREAKING ABOUT THE SOPRANOS AND IT WAS NOT A GOOD SHOW. he then went on to say (after someone asked him if he watched any other HBO shows or were accustomed to the writing, etc.) that yes, he watched HBO all the time and RARELY MISSED AN EPISODE OF SEX AND THE CITY.


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i can think of nothing more ridiculous than saying, TO A GROUP OF FILM MAJORS, what he said. if he was just some random, NON-pompous idiot on the street who was going up to people all excited and positive, HEY, SEX AND THE CITY IS GENIUS!!! IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN THE SOPRANOS!!! IT'S BETTER THAN ANYTHING!!! I THINK YOU SHOULD WATCH IT!!!! AHHHHHHHH SEX AND THE CITY IS MY REASON FOR LIVING!!!

i would not challenge his opinions. however. he was the biggest AIRBAG of a film nerd (AND NOT EVEN A REAL FILM NERD. DR. WHO DOES NOT COUNT.) and if i had had one more single class with him i would have ripped my own ears and eyes out and stabbed holes in both my wrists to avoid any further future annoyances (and had i not been pregnant at the time).

PETER GREG, THIS IS FOR YOU.

1. the sopranos IS ground breaking. the writers are doing what the 24 writers at fox cannot, and that's to make the show interesting beyond its 6th season. NEW, interesting plot lines. i know there were only 3 seasons in existance when you started this shit, but i will stand my ground. THE WRITING IS BRILLIANT.

2. name any movies or shows where the show goes out of its way to show you how distasteful its characters are. are you 4 seconds later put in a position where you are feeling genuine concern, sadness, worry, excitement, or some other strong emotion for them? THAT'S HOW IT'S GROUNDBREAKING. the sopranos has mainstreamed being able to care about and validate the goings-on of masochistic, murdering thugs.
until now, only the select few (and yes, i was one of them) were able to empathize with people like JR Ewing, Leland Palmer, or Dr. Romano. Can you understand how emotionally involving it is to see Tony Soprano banging some whore with a 4 inch manicure one minute after throwing fur coats and jewelry at his unsuspecting wife and then bawling on Melfi's chair the next minute about how his mother never nurtured her children? there is a large social awareness that is being created from a show like this. If you sat down ANY of the criminals out there today and asked them questions about their upbringings i'm sure we would be shocked and astounded at how their parents failed them. when you are childless and EVER SO INTELLIGENTLY SCHOOLED ABOVE THE REST OF US (film school at north dakota state university) i'm sure you are able to pass off such experiences as they probably do not affect you or your philosophies very much. it's a much different scenario once you try to see each child or adult as an individual or someone's baby that they rocked or did not rock to sleep at night.

3. about the above: the violence is many times over the top, yes. THE WORLD IS OVER THE TOP. it doesn't seem quite as random and gratuituous if you consider the implications of dysfunction and its affects.

4. the sopranos started a huge trend of serial shows as cinema, with writing, editing, and subject matter. this show has roots in a hugely celebrated, diginfied genre and is more like a gangster film than a television show. THAT IS GROUNDBREAKING BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE EVER DID IT.

5. this has nothing to do with the sopranos, but indiana jones and the temple of doom IS a good movie. it is NOT ridiculous, steven spielberg did NOT suffer from not being able to direct kate capshaw because he was in love with her, and it SHOULD NOT have never been made. GUNGA DIN, EVER SEE IT?!?!?!?!?! it's like temple of doom without indy. it's like these kids out there who are going nuts over DISTURBIA. remakes are not always a bad thing, sometimes they are wonderful.

6. oh, and PISS OFF.
your "videos" and ersatz emory screenplay were extremely sub-par for being a graduate student, yet you completely talked down to every other person in the class for no justified reason.



i see this is becoming more and more of a psychiatrist's couch for me (this blog, how fitting with the tony soprano references) to be able to speak my issues out. i think pregnancy brings so many hot button things to the surface, i have to start swinging somehow. the problem with me is that I REMEMBER EVERYTHING. and while i did do my part (as MANY others did) to give mr. greg many many MANY tony almeida faaaaaaaaats faces, he just didn't get the clue. people like him usually don't. i guess i have to give him "props" for being himself and having the blind confidence to just get up in front of a group of people and treat them like his desciples, well, NO I DON"T. i myself have many opinions, many thoughts that are not shared by others. but part of what i like about interacting with other people is getting to find out THEIR opinions too. if they are different from mine, that is all the more interesting.
i just wish i could have called him out on his shit, just something simple like, TEMPLE OF DOOM IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES, YOU'RE TRASHING IT, AND I THINK YOU'RE PREACHING A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS. or I DON'T AGREE WITH HOW YOU'RE BASHING DUDE'S SCREENPLAY. I THINK YOU PROBABLY ARE TRYING TO BE HELPFUL, BUT I DON'T THINK YOUR LIST OF SUGGESTIONS REALLY JIVE WITH WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THE STORY.

or IF YOU REALLY THINK SEX AND THE CITY IS BETTER THAN THE SOPRANOS YOU ARE THE BIGGEST IDIOT I HAVE EVER MET.

the end.


oh and this latest episode was one in a very long time that made me cry. JOHNNY SAC, tony's hurt over christopher, and the baptism? Tell me this isn't michael corleone revealed. it is genius and i love it.

1 comments:

madams said...

Anyone who trashes Temple of Doom is a slug. This guy has to be one of those morons who likes to argue that Aliens 3 and The Empire Strikes Back should be eliminated from the planet as well. LOSER!

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