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Apr 30, 2008

The Wednesday Dee

AMC time, y'all! Which end lines rock your face off? Do tell.

I'm feeling the need for a theme week around here. Something to jazz the place up a little.


Anonymous said...

Stacie, it is so rare when a huge corporation finds the right man or woman for the job, especially when it comes to genre art - but AMC has won the lottery by hiring you on. When I read your articles on AMC, for once it felt like the person I was reading really really REALLY knew what they were talking about. It's a nice change of pace.

Adam Ross said...

A million votes for "The Haunting," maybe the best final line of any movie. Just perfect.

Theme week? How about Horrifically Funny, horror movies that tried to be funny and actually succeeded.

Stacie Ponder said...

Wait, I thought anonymous comments were always supposed to be negative!

Thanks VERY much. You've made my day!

I'm still getting used to writing for someone else. Sometimes it's sort of depressing, for in the end they edit out quite a bit of the...well, what I consider to be the zing. Eh. That's why I'll never give up the blog- here, I can totally run amok!!

Arbogast said...

How about a Favorite Victims week? I tried to start something on my site, "The One You Might Have Saved" (about my crush on the fat hippie hitchhiker in BEYOND DARKNESS who gets cut up and dissolved in acid) but nobody bit. I think we all have our favorite Not Ready for Final Girls (and Boys), be they Marion Crane from PSYCHO, the first victim in FRIDAY THE 13TH or any of the three good time girls from DEATH PROOF. It could be a lot of fun.

Arbogast said...

AMC edits your stuff? Oh, no no, no, Stacie. No, no, no.

Stacie Ponder said...

Arbo- I saw that post of yours and I love the idea. I've had one cooking ever since, and I'll probably write it up tomorrow.

Unless I forget, which seems the most likely.

And yes, I get edited. Not as much as other sites have, really irritates me to read the final product and see, you know, 5 sentences I sweat blood over parsed down into ONE- one sentence I never would have written and just doesn't sound like me. Even though my writing is ridiculous most of the time, that doesn't mean I don't work really fucking hard at the ridiculousness, and to have it basically erased by someone else pisses me off.

Edit my spelling and grammar, of course. Give me advice, please. But why hire me to write and then water my shit down and make it read like something that's not written by me? I don't get it.

Eh, I'm probably being too whiny, and I'm extremely thankful for the gig. I just don't like that the final product isn't always what I intended.

FatalPierce said...

I'm glad to see that you and anonymous finally made up, you two kids have been at odds for far too long.

I'm with Adam, I love the last line of "The Haunting." Which fits in with the love I have for the rest of the movie.

Which leads me to ask, have you done a Ghost week yet?

Tom said...

I totally get what you mean about the zing. But yeah, your site more than makes up for it.

The end of The Talented Mr. Ripley: "Good things about Tom: Tom is talented. Tom is tender. Tom is beautiful. Tom is a mystery. Tom is not a nobody. Tom has secrets he doesn't want to tell me-- but i wish he would. Tom has nightmares; that's not a good thing. Tom has someone to love him; that is a good thing. Tom is crushing me... Tom is crushing me... Tom is crushing me..." *gurgle* *weeping*

Anonymous said...

I'm not even gonna swat that fly. I hope they are watching. They'll see. They'll see and they'll know and they'll say, 'Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly.'

Well, that and the question mark that makes THE END into THE END? right before the credits of Flash Gordon.

So, Stacie, why don't you publish the Director's Cut of your essays on Final Girl? If there are copyright issues, just put up the stuff they didn't publish next to the relevant edited sentence(s)? You could stick it on a cut-page on the post when you announce the column, so that those coming back here can check out what the AMC readers are missing out on.

adrien said...

Scott Sigler wishes he was Stacie Ponder.

Stacie Ponder said...

Great call, Bill. That's from Psycho, yeah? Why do I always forget about Psycho?

And that's an interesting thought on the edited material...a Director's Cut...I'm probably getting my panties in a twist over nothing. Stupid panties!

I love Scott Sigler's columns! He's a funny guy. If he wishes he was me, it's only because he wants my autographed photo of Marc Singer. I mean, who doesn't want my autographed photo of Marc Singer?

Stacie Ponder said...

Oh, and I'm not trying to boast or anything, but I have to say..."The Wednesday Dee" makes me laugh every time I think about it. Or see it.

Chris Cooke said...

Hey - nooooooow I see who edits your shit! aha!

Well, whatever their reasons, keep at it Stacie - the work still shines, just read anonymous at the top of this "When I read your articles on AMC, for once it felt like the person I was reading really really REALLY knew what they were talking about." So your personality is still there, hopefully AMC will hear from their readers how much they love your shit and we will get a purer Stacie on their pages soon enough. either way great work, lady!

RJ said...

You know what would really snazz this place up? A review of every movie set in an aerobic studio featuring a bald headed model and a large safety pin.

Adam said...


Unknown said...

Damn! Bill had the idea 1st. Why don't you go back to coaching, ya zombie ;P

I think you should do a "writer's cut" of your AMC posting so we can get the full flavor of your stuff!

Thanks for doing what you do.

Don't pick on anonymous too much, I used to be anonymous.


Arbogast said...

Speaking of final words, I'll always have a fondness for "She was beautiful when she died... over 200 years ago!" and the immortal "We belong dead."

Anonymous said...

Ack! Beautiful Bride, Arbō!

Yes, it's Psycho, Stacie. I don't know why you always forget about it, although you did have that blow to the head with a cast-iron skillet. I told you not to hang around with toons.

And sorry for stealing that idea Jeb. It just popped into my head when I had that delicious bite of your left hemisphere.

Zombie West-Coast-Offense Guru®

Anonymous said...

Oh Dee, your fondness for peanut butter and quarters is something we'll always remember.

Joe said...

ah man i was gonna do the quarter comment. genius.
cheers ladracul.