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Joined: 17-May 11
We've had plenty of "favourites" threads over the years, but I wanted to make this consolidated thread for a number of reasons. For one thing, our favourites change. For another thing, threads sink into the annals of forum history, so sometimes it's nice to use the same idea for a contemporary thread.
That being said, this is a multifaceted "favourites" thread. The central question is "Why is X your favourite Y?"
Y = Book, Song/Album/Symphony/Music thing, Movie, Video Game, TV show, Documentary, Painting, Sculpture, Website, basically anything artistic.
X = The thing itself.
Use this thread to gush about absolutely anything. I want to know what your favourite things are, and more importantly I want to know why they're your favourites. And I want to hear about as many of these favourites as you can give. (I'll likely do the same.)
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Joined: 8-September 11
Oh man. Oh man. Talk about any of my favorite things? But there are so many things to gush about! I am paralyzed with indecision. How can I narrow the list of topics down? This is too much pressure. I seriously can't decide here.
Member No.: 398
Joined: 8-August 14
I am absolutely in love with Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and really it was my first exposure to surrealism outside of the artwork of Salvador Dalí and it has influenced my own writing the most, it's just such a masterpiece of language of imagery and using surrealism to the advantage of the story that it becomes an experience.
I highly recommend listening to the audiobook and closing your eyes, it's quite an experience
Member No.: 8
Joined: 17-May 11
One of you has fulfilled the thread title. Three of you have not. Not giving any names, but I am very disappointed in three of you.
Omega, here, I'll narrow it down just for you: What's your current favourite thing-to-read, and your current favourite thing-to-listen-to? More importantly, why are they currently your favourites? I want to know! (Bonus points if you throw in your current favourite thing-to-play.)
To everyone: With the month now officially being Rocktober, I think that sometime this month, at least by Halloween, we should have some TOP TENS. Thus, I present the
TOP TEN SCARY THINGS CONTEST I want you to each come up with lists of scary things (can be music, film, readable story, picture, game, website, literally anything). Debate amongst yourselves (yes you can use this thread) which of these is scariest, because by Halloween I expect you to give me one single list of ten scariest things.
I will then, on Halloween night, go through the entire list of ten you-decided things, and give my reactions. I dunno, I might film it or something, at least the #1.
...yes, it is best you find things I haven't already experienced. That's what this thread can also be for!
GOOD LUCK, HAVE A SCARY ROCKTOBER
Now, I will use the rest of this post to bring up some of my own recent happies (and show that you don't need to, like, give details in order to gush).
FAVOURITE POST-HARDCORE MUSIC ALBUM: Brand New's The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me That's right, I am officially Cute now. Turns out this album is literally perfect from start to finish. The whole thing is just like.. unadulterated sad. It's like pumping grief into your head. The lyrics are so rough too (in a good way). And, just to make sure the entire album isn't too same-y, they made sure to throw in the exciting and driving "Welcome to Bangkok" and the generally-pretty-uplifting "The Archers' Bows Have Broken," the latter coming right before the most empty-feeling of songs (also in a good way) "Handcuffs." ...and if you have the right version of the album, "Luca (Reprise)." Which is such a haunting piece. Overall, The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me will probably remain my favourite indefinitely, probably for nostalgia reasons. ....unless Cursive's The Ugly Organ beats it as time goes by.
FAVOURITE MINIMALIST FILM OF THE ABSURDISM MOVEMENT: Film, directed by Samuel Beckett It's seventeen minutes with no omniscient third-person camera anywhere. Every shot is directly from someone's perspective. You could say that Film was the ultimate predecessor to found-footage. And considering it technically could be classed as a horror film (at least, that's how I'd interpret it, but I am really weird), it... well, it really is old-fashioned found footage. And it can be watched online for free! It is cinema history and it's by Samuel Beckett, who was Joyce's secretary during his Finnegans Wake days, so automatically I love it. Plus it stars Buster Keaton, and Keaton is fantastic. Now, as for content? It's like. It's. It's actually oddly hilarious. It's like if a French nihilist philosopher were to watch a bunch of classic black-and-white slapstick films and then try to recreate them according to his beliefs. Plus it features some pretty cute cats, and THE FREAKING ENDING STILL HAUNTS ME OKAY I'M SORRY I JUST WANTED TO GUSH ABOUT BECKETT RATHER THAN TALK ABOUT CONTENT
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Joined: 29-July 14
Favorite horror game - System Shock 2. I'm not normally a fan of survival horror type games, but this one is incredible. And old - from 1999, I believe. The graphics aren't good, but the atmosphere more than makes up for that. And it's really hard (wouldn't be scary if it wasn't).
TV show - Hannibal. So much body horror. So much fucking dramatic irony. Fave. You have to watch at least the first five or six episodes, though, especially the one with the angels, can't remember the name.
I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY GUSH ABOUT STUFF BUT I HAVE TO WRITE AN ESSAY :/
So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles, and it is all unraveling back to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day will come and will go. And then there will be night. -WtNV
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Joined: 1-November 12
10. An album that I haven't been able to stop listening to since it came out in 2012, ...Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age. That's where I find sadness, listen to it walking home alone at night, or when you're driving. It's sad even when it's happy, which only happens twice. If you listen to this, which I'd encourage everyone to do, I Appear Missing has two versions: the 3-minute version with a music video, and the 5-minute version from the album. The 5-minute version is better, because that fucking outtro destroys me every goddamn time.
9. Another album, Wildlife by La Dispute, that makes me feel strange. Strange because I don't feel any different, just... Confirmed, if that makes sense. A meme of me. Anyways.
8. A book, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out how to read that title phonetically, probably because I was so caught up in this book. It's great. There are some truly chilling moments in this book, and while some may argue that it isn't the most terrifying thing ever written, god I love the concepts introduced in it.
7. A movie, Pandorum. It's a sci-fi, I had a good time with it.
6. Another movie, Sinister. Sometimes, you can do everything right, and you still get fucked over.
5. A book, Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn. I have never read anything with such a thoroughly unlikeable protagonist and still stayed engaged. It's almost difficult for me to read, but I keep coming back.
4. Another movie, Oculus. This movie wasn't given nearly enough credit, because it honestly scared the shit out of me, and
3. A video game, Lone Survivor, which despite being done in pixels, despite being an indie game, it is scarier than any big-name title out there right now.
2. The Evil Dead remake. This movie is. Amazing? I like it 100 times better than the original, it's actually disturbing, and 95% of the gore and effects that you see? It's all prosthetic makeup effects, all done by hand. That's just craftsmanship, and as someone who watches Face Off and loves special effects makeup, it's a treat.
1. This is something I was shown. And I don't quite know where it came from, I don't know if it's related to anything, but it kept me up. It fucking kept me up, shit... It's called The Sick Land. You may have heard of it, or you may not have, but you should read it.
A BONUS SHOUT-OUT: I know this was already on Hex's list, but may I reiterate: Hannibal. What a fucking excellent show, god I'm so upset that it's done but also a little relieved, it's gorgeous in every possible aspect.
I made that post just before I went to bed... So now that I'm more awake allow me to gush about the aforementioned things...
Discworld. I know I'm not the only person on here who loves Discworld, but just god Discworld is so amazing and I am so sad that Terry Pratchett is dead and there won't ever be anymore. This series basically built many of the aspects of my life that are now core parts of me. My political views, many of my philosophies and on top of all that it's just damn funny and has some of the most well written characters ever.
My favourite characters in no particular order:
Death Vetinari Vimes Willikins Granny Weatherwax Moist von Lipwig Rincewind every other character who has ever shown up in a book.
The Incarnations of Immortality is a bit of a tricky one... Since I've soured on it a bit upon rereading, but it still deserves a place on my list of favourites since it has inspired so much of my writing and interests. Besides the only reason I've soured on it had nothing to do with the quality of the stories so much as it does with the increasingly obvious thoughts of the writer which I do not agree with and feel a bit uncomfortable about and the even more increasing sexualization of the novels.
The series itself is really well done especially the first few books with each one following a person doing the job of a literal incarnation of reality essentially. For instance the first few books are Death, Time and Fate.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is proof that I can love something regardless of also finding it flawed and having it connected to something I do not remember fondly. The writing style is some of the most pretentious and overwrought writing I have ever seen. Like worse than Tolkien... But dear god if this series isn't still amazing. When you're not slogging through horrifically overdone descriptions the scenes are amazing. I really like comparing Stephen R. Donaldson to J.R.R. Tolkien because I feel similarly about both. Their stories and characters can be amazing, but the writing style is such a slog to get through and yet it's all worth it in the end...
The Dresden Files. One thing I love in stories is seeing a character being legitimately intelligent. I love it when the situation and everything is explained to you and still the character finds some way to pull off an action in a way that fits the established rules of the world, but subverts them in such a genius way that it almost breaks them. I am overjoyed when a character does something like that and I give a ton of respect to the writers who can pull it off... Dresden pulls it off at least once a book.
Crime Spree... Looking at my list you might get the feeling I enjoy comedic movies... I do. Crime Spree is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. There is no more I can say. It is funnier than any other comedy I've ever seen and I love it...
Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Crime Spree may be the funniest movie I've ever seen, but Monty Python and Mel Brooks both produce some of the second funniest things I've ever seen and if you've seen anything by either you understand why. If you haven't why are you reading this go watch something by either one of them.
Last Days of Foxhound. I have never played any of the MGS games... I read this comic with no idea of any of the in jokes or game references they were making. It is still one of the funniest webcomics I've read and it actually taught me a bunch of stuff about MGS and has gotten me interested in playing the games... Though I still haven't...
8-bit theater was the first webcomic I ever read... It is still my favourite, despite being again focused on a game I have never played... The fact that it ended the way it did is awesome and also leaves me heartbroken... I really wish there was more of it to read...
Romantically Apocalyptic... Zee Captein is my spirit animal... Nuff said.
Oglaf... I cannot believe I put this on this list... It's a porn webcomic... In fact quite a bit of it is gay porn... That said I don't read it cause it's porn I read it cause it is some of the funniest stuff I've ever read... Also occasionally the porn... The not nude male porn I mean...
Order of the Stick. I should put Erfworld here as well mostly for the same reasons as Dresden above, but I'll stick to Order of the Stick. I like D&D I love hearing about people's funny campaign stories... OotS is basically a hilarious wacky webcomic about that. Also Belkar...
Persona... I feel bad for not having ever played any of the main SMT games... I have however played Persona 3 and 4 and loved them. They just hit everything I love about games. If there was anything I could change it would be the ability to skip the opening set up days and skip to the first action day on subsequent playthroughs...
Disgaea... I am an anime nerd and I love tactical strategy games... I also love demonology... Disgaea is also funny as hell and has wonderfully likeable characters... Mostly... (Fuck you Mao).
Bethesda Games... I say Bethesda, but the more I think of it that's not true... I like The Elder Scroll games, but I'm mostly just here for Fallout. Fallout is awesome and I love post apocalyptic stories and I cried like a bitch when
Member No.: 21
Joined: 8-September 11
Favorite horror things? I dunno if I can set up a top ten list, but I can talk about some stuff. Just in the order that I think of them:
-The Cat Lady (Video Game): An indie adventure horror game. Adventure in the old sense of "You will pick up and combine random items then click on every bit of scenery in the hopes that it does something." Which usually isn't a genre I'm too fond of, but I found myself loving the story and visuals. God I love the aesthetic of this game. Plus the soundtrack's fantastic. The story follows Susan Ashworth, after her attempt at suicide instead results in her becoming immortal and being tasked with hunting down five "Parasites" hiding in human society. The maker of the game is a former nurse at a mental health hospital, so it's portrayal of depression and other mental illnesses is fairly accurate. It did take me a while to get used to the gameplay, but once I did I was absorbed.
-Higurashi no Naku Koro ni/When the Cicadas Cry (Anime): Mystery-horror show, two seasons with a total of 24 episodes. Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the rural town of Hinamizawa. He's enjoying his time there, until he hears local stories about the town's curse. For the past four years, on the night of an annual festival honoring the local deity, one person dies and another goes missing. The first four episodes are the most horror-esque, with subsequent ones taking on more of a mystery tone as more of the town's secrets are revealed. The show got an undeserved reputation as "The killer loli anime," which as far as I can tell came from people who had only seen clips from the show, as it's not at all representative of what actually happens.
-Cabin in the Woods (Movie): This is one of those thing's that's hard to gush about because you want new viewers going in as unspoiled as possible. Josh Whedon takes on the horror film genre, and throws in a whole bunch of twists to it. And if any of that sounds interesting, check it out.
-Amnesia Series (Video Game): I'm not going to talk about Dark Descent, as everything that could be said about it already has. Really scary, Lovecraftian themes, revitalized the horror game genre to the point where it's become over saturated. What I want to talk about is the sequel, A Machine for Pigs. A lot of people criticized it on release for being so different from DD. Yeah, it cut out most of the gameplay, is a lot more linear, and is less frightening. But dat story, bro. I love it, man. To be fair, it does take a while to really kick off; the first part of the game feels like a lesser imitation of Dark Descent. But once you actually get inside the titular Machine, it develops its own identity and really takes off. Even if it does kinda hammer the "THE PIGS ARE PEOPLE AND THE MACHINE IS CAPITALISM!" metaphor a bit much.
I might post more stuff later but that's all I got time for right now.
Member No.: 254
Joined: 26-December 12
I can't think of a top ten scary things. I'd barely manage to think of a top five. So I'm not gonna try.
But one scary thing I can think of (mostly because its so recent.) is SOMA. A horror video game that takes place at the bottom of the ocean. You have to find a way to survive while hiding from monsters that are kind of like a mix between the manufactured newborn and EAT. One moment you're terrified one of the monsters is going to get you and the the game makes you think about questions like "What does it mean to be human?" and "What makes you You?". And then makes you run for your life again. It's been a long time since I've seen a horror game that was this good. I won't say more because spoilers.
A non horror game I want to gush about is Life is strange. A story about teenagers and time travel and fucked up shit that happens. I'm still waiting for the last episode that comes out this month. Which both excites and scares the shit out of me because episode 4 seriously fucked me up. The first time a game managed to upset me for more than a few hours. Also the first time a scene in anything managed to make me feel physically upset and not just emotionally. Normally only real life does that. *shrugs* I was shaken up for an entire week after that. But it's still awesome.
And that's all I can think of at the moment. I'll probably post more when I think of something.