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July 23 2008

Dr. Horrible Reviewed on Pajiba. The snarky movie review site is over the moon for Dr. Horrible.

Awesome review...even if we are being horribly teased LOL.
Loved their description of, well, us.

I'm always glad when some of Whedon's work gets mainstream recognition. This stuff is too good to be totally selfish about. =)
Somehow, Whedon has managed to consistently put out superior films despite catering to a fanbase comprised mainly of tongue-wagging, sycophantic Comic-Con nerds who havenít seen a vagina since the day they emerged from one, mostly because those sycophants have impeccable tastes. B


As a member of that fanbase AND a forty-something year old mother of three (nearly) adult children AND who has never been near a Comic-Con or any Con, I find that comment ... amusing? (Except for the impeccable taste part - that's spot on!)
Yikes. I posted the link before I read the last paragraph. Sorry, guys.
Ilana, don't worry about that last paragraph... It's still a great read and pretty funny, even if my poor middle-aged self didn't understand most of the pop-culture references:
Weezer, Tay Zonday syphilitic earworm, insufferable little Pearl, Willie Aames-ish...
I'm just not "hip" enough. And I really was amused.
Some of those sycophants are married and even have kids. Just saying. :)

We can come across pretty strong at times. I know I try to reign it in till they are good and hooked. Took one friend of mine 5 years to finally sit and watch the Firefly DVD I sent for Christmas. It was a tough wait, but she went wild for it. Patience is a virtue. Passion is a bit intimidating to those that don't share it.

(Edited for my gorram spelling problems.)

[ edited by mikamom on 2008-07-23 18:28 ]
Fun review, though as mentioned over the top stereotype nonsense could be jettisoned. We are scary (aka passionate about the things we love), but we also do have sex (be MORE afraid ;) and we possess more than rudimentary social skills. Shocking, I know...
We're having sex? Ya know, I had heard that rumor, but as of late, have yet to confirm or deny. ;)
Well, we're not all having sex or all having sex with each other. But we aren't a lump of sexless dorks. The previous century called and it wants it stereotype back!
I was led to believe we would all have sex with each other. Can we lose the false advertising please?
a lump of sexless dorks.
Now, there's an image for ya.

Funny review.
Sycophantic? Hey, takes one to know one ...
ETA: I have to add, just because it amuses me to point out how non-sycophantic I am, that in my comment to Joss in his Dollhouse topic, I asked if he was nice to himself and took himself out to a nice dinner once in awhile for working so hard. I did not offer to come to his house and cook meals for him or send him cash for pat-on-the-back meals. That would be sycophantic. :) If there's another kind, I don't know.

[ edited by Tonya J on 2008-07-23 20:33 ]
On noes! They broke Pajiba!!! :-D
Well, that was a great review. They liked it, they were snarky, good times. (And hit on almost all of the same things as I did in my non-read by anyone review... and they did it better.)

However.

I am just so sick to death with the whole, 'sci fi geeks are nerdy looser virgins so lets just marginalize anything they like even though, guess what, we like it too but don't want to be seen as sci fi geeks that are nerdy looser virgins'. Get a grip. Own your nerd.
...a fanbase comprised mainly of tongue-wagging, sycophantic Comic-Con nerds who havenít seen a vagina since the day they emerged from one...


Haven't been to a Comic-con. EVER, but I see a vagina every damned day, thank you very much. Um, hello? That would be MY OWN.
Nathan plays Hammer "awesomely dickish".
I must admit: that's a great line, Pajiba-nerd.

[ edited by AmazonGirl on 2008-07-24 05:20 ]

[ edited by AmazonGirl on 2008-07-24 05:22 ]
Just to play into the pedantic nerd line for a sec: Phoebe Cates never rode on a horse topless (at least, not on film). Pajiba's thinking of Betsy Russell (in Private School, co-starring Ms. Cates, hence the confusion). Hey, I worked in a video store for 3 years, OK?

Otherwise - meh. I didn't think it was so funny (but then I don't care for South Park either . . . ), just an excitable, rather overwritten blog. And clumping "lover of musicals" with "Andrew Lloyd Webber" is wrong on so many levels. On the other hand, this:

[S]ome of whom have a tendency to wish mainstream success for Whedon and his entourage while remaining steadfastly territorial (Heís ours! Please watch his show.)


seems spot-on to me. And of course they did like Dr. H, which is probably a good thing.
And for the most quoted quote of the day:
Whedon has managed to consistently put out superior films despite catering to a fanbase comprised mainly of tongue-wagging, sycophantic Comic-Con nerds who havenít seen a vagina since the day they emerged from one, mostly because those sycophants have impeccable tastes.

Does this initially read to anyone else as though not seeing a vagina is a measure of, or due to, impeccable tastes. Cause that's what I got on the first read through, which has a different tone to it for sure.
And AmazonGirl you beat me to the 'my own' comment ;).
I will agree with the analysis of the fandom though. I think often times it's a strange mixture of wanting to keep it all to yourself ('must have the precious') and at the same time wanting others to share in the fun. The review did remind me of Pearl though which I shamelessly found funny and now must go watch again.

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