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Apart from my snideness, though, my real reaction is: what brought Undeclared to mind? Are you catching up on it now? It's never really had the must-see rep of Freaks and Greeks.
I'm pretty sure that "abundant access to medical care" is still pretty much the case on college campuses. Most schools like the one in the show have a health center, as part of the health insurance you're required to have to attend? Am I off about that?
But yeah, I agree that it's totally weird for a show about kids in college to not address starvation or the broken healthcare system.
I'm not the absolute biggest fan of this movie (that is, I thought it was really good but found the suggestions that some of the critics groups opting for other movies were being racist ridiculous -- it's seriously racist to prefer another movie?!), but I will say, I don't think that the film suggests Northup's circumstance is a *greater* evil than being born into it. Rather, the movie uses his circumstances to stress just how unnatural and evil slavery is. In no way does it suggest that those born into it are better off; by showing a free man forced into that life, it just emphasizes how fucking insane it is an institution compared to actual free life. Perhaps a lot of people don't need to "learn" that -- but there are still an awful lot of narratives that treat slavery as sort of an accepted sin, just the way things were back then.
I also find the Django either/or thing a little weird. Less than a year after Django opened to great reviews, a lot of these 12 Years a Slave reviews basically say well, HERE is a movie that treats slavery CORRECTLY, not like a damn JOKE! And then your rejoinder to 12 Years a Slave is that it's not as good as Django (which on the balance I probably do prefer, but at the same time would count as one of Tarantino's weaker films). It's great that we've had two high-profile movies considering the evil legacy of slavery!
What's also weirdly impressive is that Sugar Ray, back in the late nineties, did a song called "Rivers" (I think for a soundtrack) that is a pretty letter-perfect style parody of/tribute to Weezer. And it didn't sound like a Sugar Ray Weezer song at all -- it just straight up sounded like Weezer.
Purely anecdotal, but I was looking at listings in Greenpoint and they seem like they've gone CRAZY high even for fairly modest 1BR type places. My rent seemed about par, maybe even a little on the high side, for its (Greenpoint) location six years ago, and has gone up since then (though not astronomically). Now all of a sudden it seems to be well below average (though if you believe some of these websites, $2900 for a 2BR in Greenpoint is "market"... as crazy as it's gotten, don't know that that's true yet).
Yes! I don't know if it's just a Marvel in-house thing or if Whedon is trying to shake things up but I'm a little surprised by the lack of Unfamous Whedon Alumni recruited for the SHIELD show, at least so far. I would've figured at least a third of the cast of Much Ado About Nothing would follow Clark Gregg back to that set. Hopefully he'll at least get Carlos Jacott in there at some point.
I believe that's Seth Green in MacFarlane's show, not Seth Rogen, which I think downgrades the show from "awesome!/oh well" a la Faris on CBS from just the normal "whew, I watch too much TV anyway."
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