Sarah Polley on the moralizing that goes on in films
(Courtesy of this great piece by hitfix)
“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.”
-Ryan Gosling on the controversy around the rating of his film ‘Blue Valentine’
Do you even understand how remarkably important this is? Do you?
- Light switches don’t work. Rarely will your brain simulate an immediate change in the level of light.
- Both analog and digital clocks don’t work. Specific distortions may vary.
- Complex patterns are amok.
- Text is garbled, unreadable nonsense.
- The ground beneath your feet behaves abnormally. Designs or shapes on carpets will refashion themselves.
- The feeling of adulthood’s unfillable void is absent. However, the standard vague sense of unease remains and is often replaced by an even vaguer sense.
- You matter to someone.
- All of the animals in a box of animal crackers depict the same animal.
Watch this, and then laughing will probably happen in your body.
Urkel appearances on other shows
- Full House – In the 1991 episode, “Stephanie Gets Framed”, Steve is called in to help Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) deal with her anxieties after she has to get glasses. He was cousin to a friend of D. J.. In the original airing, this episode appeared right after a Family Matters it is implied that he found himself in San Francisco in the Full House universe after a visit to the Lambert household in the Step by Step.
- Step by Step – In the series’ second episode, “The Dance”, Steve lands in the Step by Step family’s back yard after launching himself with a rocket pack from the living room of the Winslows’ house on Family Matters (the two scenes being shown in uninterrupted sequence, as Family Matters and Step by Step aired back to back on television at the time). He then helps his science-fair pen pal, Mark Foster, and lifts Alicia “Al” Lambert (Christine Lakin’s) spirits after her potential date dumps her just before a school dance. White reprises his “Do the Urkel” dance in the scene where Al gives the boy that dumped her his comeuppance. Also, Steve makes a brief appearance in the episode where Al gets the movie role over her two sisters. He can be seen for 2 seconds snapping a clapboard during the music video part.
Didn’t realize it before but Family Matters is fucking bonkers.
“During the fifth season episode “Dr. Urkel and Mr. Cool,” Urkel devised the ultimate plan to win Laura’s heart: transforming his DNA using a serum called “Cool Juice” to suppress his “nerd” genes and bring out his “cool” genes. This resulted in the alter ego known as Stefan Urquelle, played by White in more casual attire and with a smoother delivery. Initially, Laura is enamored with Stefan, but asks that he turn back into Steve when Stefan’s self-centered, narcissistic attitude comes out.
Steve later improved the formula to limit the effects it had on his new personality, and re-dubbed the formula “Boss Sauce.” He also invented a “transformation chamber,” which allowed him to turn into Stefan for extended periods of time (as well as avoiding developing rashes in “personal areas”). He changed into Stefan several times—even while dating Myra—but some circumstance caused him to change back into Steve each time. In the Season 6 two-parter episode, To Be or Not To Be, Steve was stuck as Stefan for a while, after Carl was accidentally transformed into Carl Urkel, due to Myra’s tampering with the transformation chamber to sabotage it and preventing Stefan. Late in the sixth season, Steve transformed into Stefan as part of an inventor’s competition at Walt Disney World; however, Laura sabotaged the transformation chamber to prevent him from turning back into Steve. During his extended stint as Stefan, he proposed to Laura in front of Cinderella Castle. Laura accepted, but their engagement was broken off when Myra appealed to Stefan and Laura revealed her sabotage.
In the seventh season finale “Send in the Clones”, Steve created a cloning machine. He came to believe it did not work though it did create another Steve. To clear up the situation, Laura proposed that one of the Steves be turned into the suave Stefan.”