Open Thread: Entertainment

(by chris the cynic)

What forms do you like or dislike?  What do you do to entertain yourself when alone?  With friends?  With family?


[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


11 thoughts on “Open Thread: Entertainment

  1. depizan March 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    As far as media types (books, movies, comics, TV, etc), I can’t really think of a type I don’t like, and own or have bookmarked on my computer. When it comes to genres, though, and types of stories in those genres, I get a whole lot pickier. (Favorite story type: friends have adventures. “Adventures” can mean solving the case or saving the universe, or anything in between.)

    Of late, I’ve mostly been reading – books, fanfic, and online comics. Though I do want to see Zootopia. Just not enough to dig my car out from the latest 4-6 inches of snow that are covering it. (And I’ve checked out Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation for, I think, the fourth time. We’ll see if I actually get around to watching it this time.)

  2. lonespark42 March 26, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I really like movies!
    I’m really sick of movies full of white dudes. Done with that. Too much other good stuff.

    TV shows are good, too…
    Mostly I prefer animated ones, and some scifi and fantasy stuff.
    And stuff like Walking with Monsters and Design Squad and…

    Mostly in stuff that isn’t movies or animated I prefer nonfiction.

    I loooove nonfiction books with great pictures!
    I love picture books in general!
    And magazines!
    And comic books!
    Really into comics lately…

    Also myths and folktales and such…
    Did I mention the importance of pictures?

    Also I really like sculptures and museum exhibits. I like to touch things! Sensory experience! Yeah!

    And rocks.
    Also books about rocks.
    And movies about rocks. Or rock scientists. Rock creatures ok too…

  3. lonespark42 March 26, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    On the subject of rocks, recently I dragged chris to LakeShore Learning Store to get tri-fold boards for the kids’ science fair projects. And they have people-colored crayons and coloring pencils and stuff. But the shades were all after food or trees. Which, if it were all trees, would make sense and be sound in terms of the mythological origins of humans Germanic myths. But I personally wanted to be based on dirt/soil/sediment. It just seems like it fits well and satisfyingly. Bit more of a biblical angle, I guess…

  4. depizan March 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I’m really sick of movies full of white dudes.

    Me too. I like things with white dudes, but I don’t like them because of the white dudes. In fact, I’d like them more with more diverse casts.

    I am so, so happy that the new Star Wars trio is completely lacking in white dudes. (At least by American standards.) \o/ Now they just need to make my corner of tumblr extra happy and bring in a small army of Lando’s daughters. There are even casting suggestions floating around out there! Pay attention, Disney! You’ve got to give us at least ONE.

  5. lonespark42 March 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Lando’s daughters + Rey = epic shenanigans, I haz no doubts. And more Maz Kanata!

  6. lonespark42 March 29, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Also we just watched Fury Road again and it was just as beautiful and fun and YAAAAY!, if necessarily smaller and less 3D…

    White dudes (one extra-literally white…) helping women get an army of objectifying assholes to leave them the frak alone.

    So many ways that movie could be exploitative and dreadful that it skillfully avoids, while still telling excellent stories. Max’s arc is wonderfully about bodily autonomy and the transformative power of choice… It’s all told with an economy of language that interweaves with mythic archetypal enduring storytelling.

  7. christhecynic March 30, 2016 at 9:29 am

    So, there’s a project I want to work on someday about looking at one character, or subset of characters, (or even an object of importance) closely by showing just their scenes. So, for example, watching just scenes with Dag and/or Cheedo.

    It’s not a replacement for watching the movie, but sometimes it’s worth looking at specific parts in isolation as well as considering the thing as a whole.

    Once upon a time I thought that such a thing would be limited to video on computer, however it is now the case that the tech to do it without running it through a computer exists. Because of fundamentalists. (“With this you can watch the movies everyone’s talking about without being sullied by the ungodly parts.”)

    Regardless of how one does it, the bulk of the work would be in actually making the index used to determine which scenes did and did not contain what you want to look at in isolation.

    Anyway, Fury Road, still awesome.

  8. Shannon April 2, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Lonespark, do you need any recommendations for comics? The Wicked + The Divine is amazing and the new Ms. Marvel with Kamala Khan is fantastic as well. I haven’t read the new Squirrel Girl comic yet, but it looks great. (It’s written by Ryan North, who created Dinosaur Comics.)

  9. depizan April 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Oh, seconding the Ms. Marvel recommendation. I wasn’t happy with one really typical story arc, but for the most part, it’s been awesomesauce. And I really like the characters.

  10. lonespark42 April 3, 2016 at 8:43 am

    No, I don’t need recommendations now. I have way more things to buy than money! But others may want them, and some day…

    I couldn’t find Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1, so I haven’t started that.

    I got the first Kamala Khan collection from the library and read it with my daughter. There are enough that I think I’ll buy the collections, with my imaginary disposable income…

  11. lonespark42 April 3, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I am trying to use all my pennies to keep up with Stranger Comics’ Niobe:She Is Life, co-written and modeled by the inimitable Amandla Stenberg.

    But it turns out that Niobes story is interwoven with many others in the rich, detailed, beautiful, awesome world of Asundra, so I probably need to also buy the other Asundra books, with I believe include Dusu:Path of the Ancient and The Untamed.

    I highly, highly recommend Niobe, and probably the others as well as soon as I get them.

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