Mamo #367: Declension

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[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #a9a883;”] N [/dropcap]ow that Matt Price has caught up with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we’re both fairly convinced that the end of the world is nigh. Also, movies aren’t fun any more.

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Rick
Guest

Whose definition of ‘fun’ are we working off?

Andrew James
Guest

Tech comedy: “Silicon Valley” on HBO. Funny and smart comedy all about tech and the guys building it. Last season revolved around compression engine algorithms and the cloud. Not a movie but whatever. TV trumps most movies these days anyway.

And I think Han was smuggling spice. Not sure how I know that but I think it’s right.

Rick Vance
Guest

If you are going to say “Most Movies” then you should also specify “The Small Fraction of TV” because as much as people want to rant and rave about how good the good TV they watch is, it is still the same % as the movies they watch that compare. 🙂

Andrew James
Admin

That could be true. But I feel like it’s slightly different with TV because the “good” TV shows always stick out and they’re the ones everyone is talking about. Sure, people still watch Dancing with the Stars and the fucking bachelor. But I’m talking about the shows that are what everyone (at least the people I surround myself with) are yammering on about (e.g. True Dic, GoT, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Modern Family, etc.).

With movies, the big budget movies that everyone is talking about are pretty hit or miss. The TV shows everyone is talking about are usually pretty damn good.

Rick Vance
Guest

I was just going that on a pure numbers game there is probably close to the same % of TV on that you like in a given calendar year as there is to movies in that same time frame, I would actually bet that is on the side of film.

Matt Gamble
Guest

They may be what the people you know are talking about but they are getting crushed in the ratings by absolute shit. Even if you go by what is talked about online those same shows are typically crushed in online numbers.

I mean, Judge Judy consistently has better numbers than any show on TV, cable or network. That’s fucking insane.

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en.html

Matthew Fabb
Guest

It’s in Star Wars the special edition, they add back the scene between Han and Jabba, in which Jabba mentions that Han dumped his shipment of spice because of an Imperial starship.

Looking it up online in the expanded universe, this spice was apparently a very addictive drug.

So yeah, Han Solo was a drug smuggler for a while.

Matt Gamble
Guest

You can also kind of infer it from dialogue from the original cut. C-3P0 talks about the spice mines of Kessel and Han talk about making the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs.

For those who care the spice was glitterstim, which is seriously addictive shit. Han was essentially a heroin mule for Jabba.

Andrew James
Admin

I actually read the Han Solo Adventures back in the day. I remember reading about glitterstim and how Han pulled off the Kessel Run, etc. Pretty good books actually. For a 14 year old.

Rick Vance
Guest

I only ask about the criteria for fun because when people begin talking about how blockbusters aren’t there is an implication in that that the movies are lesser or the summer is less than if the movies were a ‘good time'(whatever that actually means) and cheerful.

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