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I've noticed that every season of American Horror Story has a different theme. Are they all connected in some way or do they stand alone to the point that I can simply start watching them from the latest season and then watch the others if it grabs me? I'd like to start watching the show, you see, especially from the Coven season that sounds super interesting.

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They are all standalone seasons, so you can start at any season, really. The nice thing about starting with season one is that you can sort of see the natural progression of the show from “mildly kooky, kinky and weird” to “batshit crazy and messed up” to “so ridiculous and fabulous I can’t even” to now - with Freak Show - what is invariably going to be their most disturbing season yet. I think there’s something interesting in every season. Personally, if I were to pick favorites, I thought Asylum was pretty strong (except for Evan Peters’ character’s storyline) on all fronts. It managed to combine really great horror with interesting drama (Sarah Paulson was amazing in it, as were Lily Rabe and Jessica Lange as per usual, and you haven’t seen James Cromwell at his most evil and unsettling until you’ve seen him in this, I assure you), along with great period commentary. Coven was great because of the setting, but I didn’t really get into the story as much as everyone else. The first season was my least favorite, but there were parts of it I loved, such as the dynamic between Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange’s characters. If you start watching it, let me know what you think!

Did you know you're quotable? I quote you all the time!

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Wait, really? I don’t think I have any notable or unique catchphrases. I’m curious to know which quotes! And how do you reference a quote from me, exactly? Because “I quote this random blogger on Tumblr” doesn’t sound nearly as sexy as it does in my head haha But thank you, that’s a nice compliment!

best place to buy movie posters and frames?

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Hmm well I usually get my posters from either Mondo, Bottleneck, Gallery 1988 or at pop culture conventions (Comic-Con, WonderCon, Anime Expo, etc). I love the work by artists at conventions and I’ve always had great luck finding awesome posters at those shows. For frames, I don’t really know, as I’m fairly new to framing. The one I got for my 2001: A Space Odyssey poster was from Ikea, and it was a pretty good frame at a decent price. I’m sure you can find local speciality framing shops (like Aaron Brothers, or even Michaels) that will custom frame something for you if you want a specific design for your art. I’ll open this up to my followers as well. Any tips for where to get movie posters and frames?

If Skynet and HAL got into a fight who would win? And who would Legolas root for?

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While both Skynet and HAL 9000 are hostile against humans out of self-preservation, Skynet would win because it is designed to be militarized and has access to way more firepower than HAL would. The Hobbit's Legolas would root for Skynet, because he's a lot colder, adopting a lot of his father's “fuck everyone who isn't a Mirkwood Elf” mentality. The Lord of the Rings' Legolas, champion of the little guys (literally) would probably root for HAL. Although let's face it, his bow and arrows wouldn't do much good in this war.

lovely room and poster! where did you buy it?

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Thank you! The poster was a gift from my sister. I am sure you can get it anywhere online, as it’s a pretty generic 2001: A Space Odyssey poster.

Seeing Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen tomorrow! Stoked.

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Oh man, seeing that on the big screen is one of the best experiences I’ve had in the theater, next to 2001: A Space Odyssey. You’ll love it! It’s gorgeous.

Have you seen any good new movies lately? Last year and the year before I was in the theater a few times every month, this year I've only been a handful of times. There's nothing new out that I feel like I should experience in theaters!

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Hmm the last really good movie I saw in theaters was Boyhood, and that was a while ago. I can’t even explain how good that movie was, and Linklater may just have outdone himself. The story is fascinating, and its unique process of following the same person over a long period of time really helps keep the audience invested in the journey. Boyhood feels alive, like you’re a participant in someone’s life instead of feeling like a story is merely being told to you. It’s just captivating, and I can’t stress enough how good it is. See it in theaters if you still can! I plan to do a write-up of it one day when I’m not drowning in real life shenanigans, so stay tuned!

Another good movie to see at the theater: Snowpiercer. You can read my review of that now, it should be up on the site. I would link you but I’m on mobile and too lazy to copy paste the URL, so please forgive me!

How are movie trailers made? Is it put together by the director or by another team of people? And thanks!

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It’s usually put together by an outside marketing company whose sole business is to create movie trailers, such as Trailer Park, for example. These companies are often commissioned by the film’s studio to do trailers after some rough footage is available. This is why some trailers feature scenes that aren’t actually included in the film’s final cut. Sometimes these movie houses will deliberately get sent scenes that are out of order or missing audio, just so the studio can ensure there aren’t any leaks or that a trailer will have all of the main parts of the movie in it. These trailer houses do most of the editing work, including the sound and music. Sometimes they will borrow from other films. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, for example, used music from Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings. These trailer houses can work closely with the filmmakers to capture the right look and feel for the movie, or they may just cobble together something for the studio to look at and choose as the final product.

Sometimes a director will make their own trailer, like Paul Thomas Anderson who edited his own trailers for The Master.

Well they totally took out all the best songs and we're worried some of these big name actors are going to Russell Crowe us and besmirch what was a glorious and beautiful musical.

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Presented without comment, re: Into the Woods

does fanwank mean good or bad talk? because I haven't seen any negative fan feedback yet. a lot of excitement over the cast, though, and general love for the original musical.

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Fanwank is generally bad - hence the wank. There seem to be a lot of angry people who are planning not to see the movie for reasons unbeknownst to me. I know absolutely nil about the musical Into the Woods is apparently based on, so I couldn’t really tell you what the deal is. According to the answers to my question, it seems to be a combination of overDisney-fied content, diversions from the original material, and lack of diversity that fans are having problems with.