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3 items from 2011

From Slash to Bromance — Moving Beyond Subtext

19 November 2011 12:24 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Recently, I’ve had the good fortune of having one of my hobbies turn into a freelance job. I’ll be editing translated manga into casual English for a major distributor of yaoi titles. In Japan, these homoerotic stories are sold in magazines that can be purchased almost everywhere. There are even anime versions running on TV. That there is enough of a market here for more than one distributor making money importing and translating them is pretty amazing. But times are changing for those of us who have long read and written slash fiction based on TV shows.

Despite popular opinion amongst critics, slash in fanfiction usually doesn’t spring from a vacuum. [Yes, I said usually. I am well aware of pairings that would make a stomach turn like Legolas/Sauron or even Jean-Luc Picard/Elrod the Elf guy, and I am reminded that there exists Icabod/Horseman slash. Heck, I once did quite a rant on a panel about bizarre pairings that ended with me suggesting that even Opie/Barney Fife was fair game in some Slashers' eyes]. Thankfully, this strangeness is a minor part of Slash Fanfiction. Typically, there is smoke that inspires that fire in the writers.

They call them Bromances now, but  the phenomena has been around for a long, long time. »

- dl

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The 15 Best Revenge Movies (Part 2)

22 August 2011 11:47 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Tmp is back to wrap up the 15 best movie about revenge, courtesy of guest writer Arcee from NFamousGamers.  We've got more blood, guts, and hatred than we know what to do with on this list, so come in and see if your favorite revenge flicks made it on the list.

[Much like last time, spoilers for these films will ensue.  And if for some reason you missed the beginning, be sure to check out Part 1 to get caught up!]

The Last House on the Left (1972)

To be honest, I like the 2009 version of the film slightly more than the original but the original film’s acts of vengeance and the reasons for it are more compelling. Two friends Mari (Sandra Cassell) and Paige (Lucy Grantham) go to a concert to celebrate Mari’s 17th birthday. In search of some marijuana, they run into a vicious criminal (David Hess) and his gang who just escaped from prison. Brutally victimizing and raping both girls, Paige is murdered for attempting to escape. Mari is then shot in the back and left for dead in a nearby lake. »

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Straw Dogs Review d: Sam Peckinpah

16 March 2011 3:31 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Straw Dogs (1971) Direction: Sam Peckinpah Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T. P. McKenna, Del Henney, Jim Norton, Donald Webster, Ken Hutchison, Len Jones, Sally Thomsett, Robert Keegan, Peter Arne Screenplay: David Zelag Goodman and Sam Peckinpah; from Gordon Williams' novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm Oscar Movies Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Straw Dogs By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica: If there has ever been a more over-interpreted and misinterpreted film than director Sam Peckinpah's 1971 drama Straw Dogs, I've yet to encounter it. Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey have had more ink spilled over them, but most of the ideas tossed about are on the money and far less is read into them. Also, those two classics have one big thing going for them that Straw Dogs does not. They are great films. Co-written by Peckinpah and David Zelag Goodman from from Gordon Williams' novel »

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