The Life & Times of an Auteur.

Commentary on Pop Culture, and maybe creating some of my own.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


"I mean it's one thing to be in love with your brother, but its a whole other level to be in love with your brother who's a god damn serial killer. You're a serial killer and I'm more fucked up than you are."

I really have to admire the writers of this season for their balls. The development last season that Debra was in love with Dexter was pretty universally reviled, and I was and still in that camp. After the season started, that thread seemed to have vanished, and was never mentioned again. Tonight, it came roaring back in what I have to admit was a terrific, well-written, beautifully-acted and very well executed scene. Does that mean I am going to do a one-eighty and like this plot thread now? No. But, I am now willing to give it a chance, and see where they go with it, if they pull the trigger on it. They still haven't, and while I hope they don't, I'm willing to withhold judgement if they do end up pulling the trigger on it.

The return of Astor and Cody was a welcome and I hope they're around for the long haul. I think the series lost something by removing them. They, more so than Harrison, are a reminder of Rita, and they tie Dexter to a family life. Harrison still can't talk, and doesn't understand what's going on around him. He's a blank slate. Astor is a bright but troubled teenage girl, and Cody looks up to Dexter. I think the series benefits more from having them around than not.

Isaak Circo is a character I've been enjoying from the start, and while I wasn't surprised at his motivation and why he wanted to avenge Victor so badly, I was surprised when he and Dexter sat down for a heart-to-heart. It was another scene I enjoyed. Yes, Dexter has been "learning" from his enemies for a long time on this show, this is old news, but that doesn't make it any less compelling and fun to watch these two characters and these two actors connect.

For me, the jury is still out on Hannah McKay. I'm with Debra on this, I really think Dexter should kill her. She's a danger to him and his family. At the same time, I hope they don't have her go Lila on them, but I have enough trust in this team to assume they won't do that. Dexter has feelings for her, and we all know that this will turn out to be too good to be true and when push comes to shove, I believe he will always choose his sister.

One thing I have noticed when I peruse the forums, a lot of people are only interested in Dexter the killer. Watching him stalk, hunt, and kill. Like a cold-blooded machine. They don't like the "human" moments. I think those people are missing the point, this show has always been about Dexter struggling with who he is and what he feels he should be. I think the elements are mixing well this season, and I look forward to next week's episode.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Want to Hear About My Evening?

It’s cold out. Very cold. A movie I’ve been looking forward to all year had premiered. We head out on a long drive, our gas is low, we have enough to make it to the theater. We arrive at the theater to long lines to grab tickets, we have ten minutes to spare. Either way, we know we might miss some, or get terrible seats. We get on line.

After a long wait on line, we find out that “Lincoln” is sold out. It is playing on one screen. Only one screen. There won’t be another showing for the rest of the evening. I am disappointed, but it is only a movie. Then I find myself getting angry on principle. What happened? Why was “Lincoln” playing on only one screen with three showings a day? Because “Fucking Twilight” is playing on three with over sixteen showings a day.

The great American President that freed the slaves, preserved the union, and died for this, the Great Emancipator, the one whom many consider to be the greatest President, one of history’s most important figures… tossed aside for “Fucking Twilight.” I’m not angry because I didn’t get to see a movie I wanted to see, I am angry because “Fucking Twilight” is getting this sort of demand from the mindless consumers. From our dear retarded culture.

If you went to see “Fucking Twilight” this weekend, I pretty much hate you. Do the world a favor and go crucify yourself.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Let's Talk Dexter...

.... and by Dexter, I mean let's talk Debra. Sorry I've neglected this lately, life (and a hurricane) have kept me distracted. I know I haven't reviewed one since the second episode of the season, but I have been watching.

I've found Debra's character arc this season to be my favorite aspect. We've seen her go from rejecting her brother to understanding him, to asking more questions and being angry at hiding evidence from the police and we have finally arrived at a moment I should have expected, but didn't... at least not at this stage. Debra has authorized, or ordered depending on your point of view, Dexter to kill someone. Neat. We're more than half-way through the season and with LaGuerta confiding in Deb about her suspicions about the Bay Harbor Butcher, I do wonder where Deb's character arc in all this will end. From shock, to understanding, to ordering.... is Debra going to become a killer too? Will she violate the code and kill LaGuerta to protect Dexter? Will she kill a criminal? She's ordering the death of one already, hmmm....

Dexter, on the other hand, has more than his hands full. He's fucking, and maybe falling in love with, Hannah McKay... a serial murderer who has poisoned at least three people by this point, and Debra wants him to kill her. Personally, I think he should listen to his sister, but I enjoy Dex's human moments. We'll see how this ends, but I doubt it will be well. And Isaak Sirko is gunning for Dex... I think this is the first time where we've had a villain who's known who Dex was from the get-go and wanted him dead, we'll see where this goes.

Not my deepest analysis, but I just wanted to do a bit of catch-up now so I can resume my regular reviews next week.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Greg's Thirty Reasons Why the GOP Lost

1. You can't make a big deal about ObamaCare when RomneyCare is its rich uncle.

2. You lost tons of votes to Gary Johnson because your party has become snotty, fundie, and nasty without any sort of adherence to stated principles.

3. Your nominee was the Monopoly Guy. I was half-expecting to see him bust out a monocle.

4. Akin and Mourdock. facepalm

5. You bitched and moaned about Obama waging class warfare, and then turned around and divided up 
Americans into the "takers vs makers" and relegated the poor into a "mooching class."

6. Neoconservatism is dead. It's also not really conservatism.

7. Borrow and Spend is not a viable alternative to Tax and Spend.

8. You got sucked into stupid wedge issues like Sandra Fluke's lady bits.

9. Your party has become very derisive and mean.

10. Crybaby conservatism is not appealing. The entire media is not out to get you. Polls were not skewed. Nate Silver is not an ideologue.

11. The Echo Chamber blocks any points of view not in lock-step with the party line.

12. Being a slave to ideological purism is not appealing.

13. Tax cuts don't solve every single fiscal problem no matter what the situation.

14. 47%

15. You co-opted the Tea Party early on and balled it into a Michelle Bachmann/Sarah Palin/Allen West amorphous beast. What once started out as a principled opposition to Wall Street and Bank Bailouts was sheisted onto the fundie train.

16. Sarah Palin. Did I mention her?

17. Banishing small-l libertarians. And banishing Big-L Libertarians too, for that matter.

18. The Breitbartization of the way you get information.

19. Birthers and other specialty derps.

20. Donald Trump.

21. The way you handled Ron Paul.

22. If every Republican is a RINO, then what is a RINO, really?

23. The hypermasturbatory usage of the term "Job Creators."

24. Get over the whole gay marriage thing. That battle is lost.

25. People that live in cities are not all yuppie liberal douches. Stop referring to the quintessential "Real American" hardworking families that somehow all live in Whitetown, Kansas all the fucking time.

26. Get over the whole abortion thing. That battle is lost.

27. Your foreign policy is EXACTLY THE SAME as the Democrats' - how you cannot see this is inexplicably frustrating.

28. You framed most of the platform in a negative way, and the stuff you were positive about, you were vague as hell. Very suspicious.

29. It was pretty obvious that Romney's core values were non-existent. Other than wanting to be President, does anyone really know what the guy stood for? At least George W. Bush had the balls to stand for something.

30. The party has shifted. I wouldn't say it's shifted to be more "right-wing" or "conservative." I think it's shifted "internal." Everything the party does is reinforced by the acceptable so-called conservative media (FNC, Breitbart, Drudge, etc.). The GOP has surrounded itself with Yes-Men, and anyone within the ranks who disagrees is belittled, thrown out, or exits on their own. There is no real debate other than how much more "pure" it should be. Refusing to see any validity from anyone with a D after their name, crushing all so-called "moderates," padding their cells with their own pollsters and bloggers, the Republican Party has become a self-perpetuating talking points machine of angry pricks.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Today is the day

Well, it’s after midnight. Today is the day…. go vote. Just do it. You know how I like to be a snarky, sarcastic bastard about politics and government? Try to make that a more difficult task for me. Please. If you don’t like either of them, at least vote against the one you hate more. Or just vote against Jill Stein, she’s a bitch….. see what I mean? Make this harder for me.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm

Okay, I know I'm late to the party, but I only now got power, cable, and internet back. Hurricane Sandy kept me out of the loop since Monday.

I could write a big, long post here, but I won't. There is only one thing worth saying about this. Could Disney really do any worse with "Star Wars" than George Lucas did? Could they? The best "Star Wars" film of them all was the one Lucas was the least involved with. Lucas destroyed the original trilogy with his special editions, and the prequels were terrible on a Michael Bay level of bad. This can only be a good thing.

Expect a great Blu-ray set of the Original Trilogy in less than a year.

George Lucas.... good riddance.