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Community's Gillian Jacobs would really appreciate it if you would chew with your mouth closed. [SLYT] [PG-13, Possibly NSFW]
posted by gern (43 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm still at work, but I wanted to get a comment in before everyone starts arguing about whether her name is pronounced with a hard- or soft-G.

For the record, her name is pronounced "Gillian Gacobs." Thank you.
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:58 PM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


That... took several turns.
posted by Navelgazer at 2:02 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Welp. That took a turn for the worst. Someone's been watching Breaking Bad?
posted by dis_integration at 2:02 PM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Saw this a while back on Whedonesque. Pretty predictable but the actors still made it enjoyable.

(The exasperated look upon seeing the hikers was the best part.)
posted by kmz at 2:17 PM on September 5, 2013


I wanted to get a comment in before everyone starts arguing about whether her name is pronounced with a hard- or soft-G.

Here's an easy way to remember: It's pronounced exactly like the g in GIF.
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:23 PM on September 5, 2013 [20 favorites]


Atom Eyes: "It's pronounced exactly like the g in GIF"

I remember being totally perplexed last night when John Stewart pronounced GIF with a soft "g". I wasn't even aware of that being a possibility.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 2:42 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Good stuff. And even funnier when I extrapolate this to be Britta's life after Community.

Though honestly, I think packing bodies into suitcases seems like more of an Annie thing.
posted by quin at 2:46 PM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I have a super, insta-rage reaction to loud eating noises and open-mouth eating, so this is waaaaaaay more cathartic to me than any Tarantino revenge fantasy flick.
posted by LMGM at 2:49 PM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


Just one more good reason to never allow police into your home without a warrant.
posted by janey47 at 3:06 PM on September 5, 2013


Is that Fran Kranz? Is that Fran Kranz in his underpants?

O_o?
posted by The Whelk at 3:19 PM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm not saying I agree. But...I totally understand.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:01 PM on September 5, 2013


Once upon a time, in a land far away, our physics teacher, apropos of something or other, said to us, "if you want to hate someone, watch them eat".
posted by Mister Bijou at 4:09 PM on September 5, 2013 [10 favorites]


Well maybe if said person has atriouous manners, sure.
posted by The Whelk at 4:11 PM on September 5, 2013


LMGM - perhaps you have misophonia.
posted by Tubes at 4:15 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I know how Gillian Jacobs pronounces "Gillian" because I knew a girl named Gillian in grade five and she, contrary to Ms. Jacobs, pronounced it correctly.

TAKE THAT, RANDOM HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY!

(Nonetheless, we still called that girl Gilligan, so consider spelling it with a J, moms and dads.)

(Also, a couple years later we started calling her Scully.)

(I honestly hope I'm not using the royal We.)
posted by Sys Rq at 4:31 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I remember being totally perplexed last night when John Stewart pronounced GIF with a soft "g". I wasn't even aware of that being a possibility.

It isn't, really.
posted by MoxieProxy at 4:34 PM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Gillian Jacobs has a Vine account, and on it recently she posted a great video. (I'd link to it, but I have a terrible time searching Vine for some reason.) She looks at the camera and asks "Hey, Mom, why'd you pronounce my name 'Gillian' instead of 'Jillian?'"

It cuts to her mother, who smiles and says, "Because I didn't know how it was pronounced." Laugh.

Ah, parents.
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 4:41 PM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


I remember being totally perplexed last night when John Stewart pronounced GIF with a soft "g". I wasn't even aware of that being a possibility.

It isn't, really.


No indeed - not "possibility", merely simple reality.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:42 PM on September 5, 2013


If you have a problem with soft-g GIF, then you must also have a problem with long-a NATO.
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:48 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


There you have it.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:58 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I remember being totally perplexed last night when John Stewart pronounced GIF with a soft "g". I wasn't even aware of that being a possibility.

Jon Stewart pronounces it with a soft "g" because he's a choosy mother shut yo mouth I'm talkin' bout Jon Stewart then we can dig it.
posted by The World Famous at 5:18 PM on September 5, 2013


That took a turn for the worst.

I think it was ambiguous at best, like the smile Maggie Gyllenhall gives at the end of Secretary.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 5:30 PM on September 5, 2013


If you have a problem with soft-g GIF, then you must also have a problem with long-a NATO.

Potato.

You were saying?
posted by Sys Rq at 5:34 PM on September 5, 2013


I could accept a hard g Gillian, before I could ever accept a soft g GIF.

I mean, unless it was a person named GIF, and s/he preferred the incorrect pronunciation.
posted by MoxieProxy at 5:51 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wait, I keep wanting to say this, and keep getting derailed by all the "g" talk:

I saw Gillian's name and assumed this movie was going to be really funny, and sort of kept waiting for the really funny, and it took me a ridiculously long time to realize it wasn't going to be that kind of funny.

I like her a lot, and I'm close to loving her. This pushed me closer to love.
posted by MoxieProxy at 5:53 PM on September 5, 2013


Ugh honestly I am sick of everything being violence porn all the fucking time.
posted by threeants at 6:41 PM on September 5, 2013 [8 favorites]


8 seconds in and I had to turn it off. I can't stand loud eating. What happened?
posted by stp123 at 6:48 PM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


No indeed - not "possibility", merely simple reality.

I defer to Cyriak Harris on the matter of pronunciation.

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Anyone who pronounces it with a J is being horribly horribly wrong

If it was Giraffe Interchange Format then he might have a case.



Soft "g" gif bothers me far, far less than CHEWING WITH YOUR MOUTH OPEN AND MAKING HORRIBLE DISGUSTING SLURPING AND SMEKING AND SQUISHING NOISES STOP STOP STAAAAHHHHP but it just isn't right.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:27 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I actually have a problem with the way the wife eats sometimes. But actually it's never her. It's usually some issue I have during the day. Funny thing is, that this is very much like the fantasy I have in my head when it happens.

The difference is that I haven't killed her. I love her.

But now... well. I guess I'll show her this. Probably...
posted by Splunge at 8:27 PM on September 5, 2013


I defer to Cyriak Harris on the matter of pronunciation.
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Anyone who pronounces it with a J is being horribly horribly wrong


I apologize for my part in this derail, but I had many happy carefree years before the Internet Retcon Gang geared up, during which as far as I can tell pretty much everyone seemed to be fine with (or didn't care about) pronouncing it "jif", and I get tired of the aggressive certainty of people who were unborn or mere babes when it was created that have decided they know better and are hellbent on forcing the New Way down the throats of the unrepentant.

Now I'm clearing out of this thread so the rest of you can continue making a mountain out of a fucking molehill. T'hellwithyez.
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:33 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


There's a guy at my office who tends to slurpily eat soup for lunch, noisily sigh when it's done, make a comment about what good soup it was to no-one, then snicker at a joke he just told, again, to no-one. The idea of such people being brutally murdered by their loved ones is quite pleasant for me.
posted by Grimgrin at 10:04 PM on September 5, 2013


Ha ha, I used to annoy a good coworker/friend by gently whistling as I'd blow on spoonfuls of soup while we had lunch together. He knew I was just doing it to annoy him. Good times.
posted by neuromodulator at 11:15 PM on September 5, 2013


troy and abed in a SUIT case
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:33 AM on September 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


Well I found it unfunny, uninteresting, and really want the last ten minutes of my life back. Is this what passes for comedy these days?
posted by rocket88 at 5:45 AM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


That and cat videos, pretty much.
posted by Kadin2048 at 6:31 AM on September 6, 2013


FYI, in one of the previous posts concerning an actress from Community, Metafilter ALSO managed to get a gif pronunciation tangent.
posted by Atreides at 7:13 AM on September 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Well that's a stupid place to put an art piece (?) with a goddamn spike on it.
posted by ymgve at 7:29 AM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Gillian Jacobs. Gillian Welch. Ian Gillan of Deep Purple. These are the only exceptions.
posted by holgate at 7:54 AM on September 6, 2013


Ugh honestly I am sick of everything being violence porn all the fucking time.

I'm honestly curious about this reaction. This didn't seem like "violence porn" at all. I mean, there were some admittedly quite gory parts, but the film hardly reveled in it, like, say, one of the Saw films might've. The gore wasn't the point, merely an illustrative element. A sane person's first reaction wouldn't be to pull that spike out through the stomach as she did -- I'd like to think that, at the very least, she should have pulled it out of his back, or frankly just stood back and called 911 -- but Gillian's character clearly had some other energy going on here.

More to the point, the character is clearly set up as an object of derision. The violence isn't shown as anything glamorous or desirable. She has a berserk button. (Link Warning: TV Tropes black hole.) And the humor comes from the extremity of her reactions to the, honestly, quite innocuous stimuli. She does these things, yes, and gets away with them, yes, but we're laughing at her (or we're supposed to be).

Plus, she doesn't just do this once, she does it a LOT. (And I'd like to note that they only really show one of the murders.) Because someone was chewing too loudly for her liking. You can pretty much project a ton of Freudian screwiness from her youth right there. Wanna bet she had some sort of overbearing, Carrie-esque mother growing up? Or maybe she didn't, and yet she still did these deplorable things. It's quite fun to ponder, I think, and without the gore, the whole story would have considerably less impact. The situation becomes more of a sitcom-y "Whoops, murder!" thing.

So... I just don't see the "violence porn" angle. There is violence, yes, but violence with a non-glamorous angle to it. This is, in some way, a twisted take on the classic femme fatale stories of the 50s. In those movies, the character is after money or power or glory. Here, Gillian just wants people to eat like civilized human beings. It's absurd on the face of it.

The one thing I'm having trouble working out are the relationship of her sex flashbacks (fantasies?) to the rest of the piece. I get the impression that it means something, but I'm not entirely sure what. Is the co-writer/director trying to link sexual desire to violence? Or is it just to show that she's not quite right in the head?
posted by gern at 9:31 AM on September 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Another thing that kills me about this... Youtube will gladly censor even the most non-sexual of nudity, but stuff like this stuff doesn't even warrant an age verification request...
posted by gern at 9:35 AM on September 6, 2013


> The one thing I'm having trouble working out are the relationship of her sex flashbacks (fantasies?) to the rest of the piece...

That confused me too. On second viewing, I realized that she was working in the garage or shed or something, and overhearing snatches of audio from the porn videos Fran Kranz was watching back in the house. The visuals represent the sounds intruding on her concentration.
posted by mbrubeck at 3:50 PM on September 6, 2013


Well, I liked it.
posted by Capt. Renault at 5:24 PM on September 6, 2013


Well I found it unfunny, uninteresting, and really want the last ten minutes of my life back. Is this what passes for comedy these days?

We know it's you, Chevy.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:21 AM on September 7, 2013


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