Flickchart Staff’s Current Interests, Loathings, & Favorites – Summer 2012
Some of the regular writers here on the Flickchart blog have decided to list a few things that are on our collective radars on a semi-regular basis for your reading pleasure. We’re here to talk about what’s cool, and what’s not – from movies to music to games to tv to anything else that’s worth mentioning. We’ll start the conversation, but we’d love to hear your current interests, dislikes, and favorite recently watched movies too in the comments!
Interests: Movies, movie music, billards, school, work, NYPD Pizza (Best pizza in the world! You must come to Phoenix and try some!), Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers (So glad Tomlinson is coming back and retiring as one!), occasional video games (Crazy Taxi is one I’ve been playing a lot recently), and the Wii (Been on a Just Dance kick as of late).
Dislikes: Lack of money, lack of second job, 115 degree heat, my car being boiling hot when I get into it, being behind on my rent, Bratz (Incompetent filmmaking at its worst).
Watching: Moonrise Kingdom (2012) (#76/3241), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) [Need to finish and submit my review for that one] (#84/3241), Dave (1993) (#121/3241), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) (#135/3241), Little Shop of Horrors (1986) (#167/3241), Ishtar (1987) (#625/3241), Loser (2000) (#682/3241), Rookie of the Year (1993) (#694/3241), Under Siege (1992) (#702/3241), In & Out (1997) (#918/3241), Hudson Hawk (1991) (#1326/3241), Bratz (2007) (#3241/3241) [Why oh why did I actually bother watching this?].
Interests: I’m currently grooving on Curtis Mayfield, Jelly Babies, the last scene of Moonrise Kingdom, anything that features Alison Brie, and the BBC’s Sherlock. If you haven’t watched it yet, go get caught up, then come back and thank me.
Dislikes: Pretty much every stupid movie in wide release right now is boring me to tears. Try harder, movies! I’m hopeful that The Dark Knight Rises will tide me over until the The Master, Django Unchained, and of course, the new James Bond movie are released.
Interests: DIY crafts (Pinterest makes me all warm and fuzzy inside, so what?), Cartoon Network, Paul Simon, cocktails, Exploring my inner hipster by listening to Vampire Weekend and wearing oxfords, Mad Men (though I am going through intense withdrawal at the moment since the season ended), Saying “grazie” instead of “thanks,” falling in love with Ryan Gosling and Jon Hamm.
Dislikes: Exercise, the positive rush that I get after exercising because it causes self-loathing in a twisted way since I didn’t want to exercise in the first place, music festival crop-tops (what’s up with them), parents who take their kids to PG-13 & R-rated films and then complain, the mouse that is currently occupying our walls.
Watching: Roman Holiday – I loves me some Audrey (269/2267), Moonrise Kingdom (144/2267) Shopgirl (246/2267), Parenthood – it’s only coincidental that they both star Steve Martin (382/2267), Mary & Max (163/2267)
Interests: Watching movies (of course), going to waaaaay too many concerts, new albums from Lotus Plaza and Father John Misty, podcasts, “The Wire”, “How I Met Your Mother” and “Adventure Time”, Paste Magazine (check me out!), The A.V. Club, my main girl celebrity crushes, Emma Stone and Aubrey Plaza, anything directed by Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson or Jeff Nichols, HBO’s “Girls”
Dislikes: E3’s mostly disappointing announcements, DC traffic, Jennifer Lopez, the fact that I have to wait almost a month for “Breaking Bad” to start again, Verizon stopping unlimited plans, people who love Halo way too much (it’s not that great people), toaster ovens (you’ve got a toaster, you’ve got an oven, c’mon now) and the fact that Adam Sandler is pretty much just making the films he made fun of in Funny People.
Watching: Moonrise Kingdom (best movie of 2012 so far) (102/2361), The Graduate (146/2361), Planet of the Apes (1968) (276/2361), Prometheus (how do people not love this movie?!?) (375/2361), Aliens (650/2361), The Producers (1968) (1182/2361), The Ten (1219/2361)
Interests: Viewing the entire filmography of Diana Dors. This is my favorite two minutes ever. I’m not much of a video game fan, but I often reminisce about my many spectacular kills while playing the TimeSplitters series. I hope another sequel comes out soon.
Dislikes: When people willfully ignore the unpleasant parts of reality they don’t want to deal with and then act dumbfounded when those same unpleasant parts bite them in the a** later. It’s better just to acknowledge one’s stupid behavior and embrace the consequences like an old friend.
Watching: Top 10 movies I watched for the first time recently that were most acceptable: I Love You Phillip Morris (371/1106), Attenberg (172/1106), The Avengers (270/1106), Molière (173/1106), Bad Teacher (245/1106), A Dangerous Method (127/1106), Lady Oscar (126/1106), Super (205/1106), Drive (190/1106), The Outside Man (129/1106)
Interests: Podcasts (Who Charted?, The Todd Glass Show, Professor Blastoff, Comedy Bang Bang, and Men in Blazers just to name a few). The 49ers season starting again (hopefully this one won’t end in heartbreak). Diablo III. “Loser” by The Belle Brigade. M&Ms with the pretzels inside.
Dislikes: Mad Men’s season ending. Dan Harmon getting fired from “Community.” Robert Griffin III getting drafted by a team with a racist mascot. The fact that there is an exhibit on corn in the Indiana State Museum. It feels like some stupid joke a person who has never left the coast would put in a terrible rom-com that’s set in the Midwest.
Interests: Pulled pork BBQ, honeysuckle, and lightning bugs make the world go round. This season has been really good so far for my beloved Cincinnati Reds. The return of J.R. Ewing in TNT’s Dallas has excited me more than anything on TV in a very long time. I’m in love with Melody Gardot and her latest album, The Absence. Also still digging DC Comics’s Batgirl and Detective Comics.
Dislikes: Crohn’s disease, dating, dating with Crohn’s disease, having to continue waiting for The Dark Knight Rises, and having to continue waiting for The Dark Knight Rises with Crohn’s disease.
Watching: I’ve recently started a virtual film club (watching and discussing one movie a week). So far, my favorite first-time viewing is The Lady Vanishes. I’m also participating in a month-long Historical Appreciation Movie Challenge. My favorite from that so far has been Battleship Potemkin. Lastly, my friends have been hosting a monthly outdoor screening get together using their projector. I’ve finally seen The Blues Brothers and really enjoyed that. I’m also in the peculiar situation where I’m more excited by the chance to see several classic movies on the big screen this summer than I am by new movies. Seriously, I get to see Tombstone in August!
Interests: Planning big projects in Minecraft, strategizing in Pocket Planes, carpooling with Jonathan, getting better cameras at work, Tuesday Night Trivia, getting In ‘N’ Out on Sundays, seeing rare silent films every month at Cinefamily, Metric’s Synthetica, nearing 3000 films ranked on Flickchart.
Dislikes: Not having enough time to do ANYTHING (it seems like), Game of Thrones being over for the season, hour-and-a-half commutes home, cat hair that gets everywhere (I love the cats, just not the cat hair), figuring out how to afford an awesome house in an awesome part of LA, not having the Adventure update in Minecraft on XBLA yet, and feeling lack of sleep like I never did ten years ago.
Interests: Playing the heck out of Pocket Planes from Nimblebit, writing an animated webseries, writing #DaveAndKiller screenplays, drawing a webcomic (or rather, thinking about drawing a webcomic), the new Metric album, my new Samsung Galaxy Nexus with the most recent version of Android, revising an old playlist featuring my favorite band ever, listening to podcasts (Savage Love, The Rowthree Cinecast, Scriptnotes), using Fountain to write screenplays.
Dislikes: The lack of time to work on any personal projects, the inability to draw quite the way I’d like, the recent increase in car issues (three expensive repairs in a row), not getting the “free” items I was under the impression I would be getting this week due to an ordering snafu most likely not my fault.
Watching: Kind of a diverse month for movie-watching! Safety Not Guaranteed (456/1359), Celine and Julie Go Boating (451/1359), Four Rooms (836/1359), Alien 3 (680/1359), Prometheus (340/1359), The Lady Vanishes (553/1359).
Interests: Rereading books I had to read in uni, discovering underlined passages in said books, Rock of Ages, Diablo 3, ice tea, and Steel Panther.
Dislikes: Apartment hunting, the unstable Swedish summer weather, and bugs.
Watching: High Tension (#254/1274), Prometheus (#255/1274), Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (#293/1274), Turn Me On Dammit! (#319/1274), Red State (#434/1274), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (#770/1274)
Interests: New albums this year from some of my favorite ’90s groups: Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Our Lady Peace. The Dark Knight Rises. (Yeah, I know it’s not here yet.) The Hobbit. (Yeah, I know it’s not here yet.) The fact that I’ve actually been able to get to more movies in a theater this year than I have in a decade. Finally getting around to getting myself a Netflix account. www.teefury.com.
Dislikes: The way time seems to be conspiring to speed up on me even faster with every passing month. The lack of discipline that keeps me from writing anything for the Flickchart blog. Disposing of week-old broccoli from the fridge.
Watching: Moon (343/1383), Fantastic Mr. Fox (681/1383), Captain America: The First Avenger (118/1383), Men in Black III (188/1383), The Avengers (194/1383). Next up: probably True Grit (2010), The Secret of Kells (2009) and The A-Team (2010). Hoping to finally get to Prometheus next week.
Interests: Pocket Planes. Zombie Jombie. All things Magic (playing a ton of the CCG with friends, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 and the newly released 2013, trying to avoid spending any more money on it). Max Payne 3 (decent, not great). Syndicate. The Secret World closed beta. Vessel. Sniper Elite V2. Uncharted 3. Heavy Rain. Super Meat Boy. Adabesi Shank. Badbadnotgood.
Dislikes: How long it’s taking to get the Flickchart iPhone app out there. Having to sleep. Too many rainy days lately. Not being on vacation. Being poked in the eye by your 1-year old.
Watching: Prometheus, Indie Game: The Movie, The Princess and The Frog, The Third Man, The Grey, Monsters, Chronicle, The Raid, Titanic (3D re-release), all the additional featurettes in the Blu-ray Alien Anthology