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MDMAfilms, a new drug-centered film venture from hated (hipster?) writer Tao Lin
January 5, 2011 4:59 AM   Subscribe

MDMAfilms is a new film venture from Tao Lin and Megan Boyle. As you probably know Tao Lin is a controversial writer that, at 27, a lot of people already hate and are tired of hearing about. His last book made a New York Times reviewer want to kill himself. A few months ago he started a film company with Megan Boyle whose articles about personal relationships always go viral. Here's an interview with them about the company where they seem, honestly, bored with the company already. But someone attended their first public screening and transcribed the Q&A and it's hilarious and weird and I was surprised to feel excited about the entire venture. So far they have reported on Harry Potter 7 while in New Orleans on Xanax, an art gallery event in Manhattan while on MDMA, and a documentary-type-thing on God knows what while in Taiwan at a McDonald's. This is the trailer for their first feature film which seems like an extreme indie movie. There's also a documentary about "it"-girl Bebe Zeva and a feature film called Heroin. What do people think? Is this another of Lin's gimmicks? Is this Warholian? Should he stick to writing?
posted by Charnieia (44 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Do not fucking spam our site, Tao Lin. -- cortex



 
Was this really worthy of a post at all?
posted by Malor at 5:04 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm personally very interested in what people think about this. I searched for a discussion and didn't find one and got an account and was eager to post. Hopefully there will be some interesting discussion.
posted by Charnieia at 5:05 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


Haven't used this in a bit, but it's totally, absolutely appropriate for this travesty:

SHIT SANDWICH™.
posted by dbiedny at 5:12 AM on January 5, 2011


So, MDMA is a bunch of home movie footage of kids rolling. Talk about exciting.
posted by dortmunder at 5:14 AM on January 5, 2011


Neither of them is MeFi's own™, right? Please?
posted by lukemeister at 5:16 AM on January 5, 2011


I am Carles.
posted by kersplunk at 5:18 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


No one ever pays me to take drugs and watch movies.

I do it for the love.
posted by The Whelk at 5:20 AM on January 5, 2011 [17 favorites]


If Tao Lin and Megan Boyle have a child together, 2012 might arrive a year early.
posted by lukemeister at 5:22 AM on January 5, 2011


Insufferable kids are insufferable.
posted by jbickers at 5:25 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


So, MDMA is a bunch of home movie footage of kids rolling.

Last time I watched a bunch of kids rolling, it was in 3D and I was getting paid.



I hope this would be more exciting than working security at a rave, but can't imagine how.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:28 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


They don't look like they're rolling.
posted by empath at 5:29 AM on January 5, 2011


...Megan Boyle whose articles about personal relationships always go viral.

"Always?"
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:30 AM on January 5, 2011


also, previously.
posted by empath at 5:30 AM on January 5, 2011


They don't look like they're rolling.

They're not rolling, they're trolling.
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:30 AM on January 5, 2011 [4 favorites]


What do people think?

It's like a post about Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton but for the smart,hip people, who aren't as smart nor hip as they think they are. You've thrown shit at a wall and invited everyone to sit down and watch to see if it sticks.

That's what I think.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:30 AM on January 5, 2011 [6 favorites]


"I finished Tao Lin's new book", I said.
"How was it?", she asked.
"I don't know", he replied.
posted by boo_radley at 5:31 AM on January 5, 2011 [6 favorites]


I do not react to Tao Lin.
posted by The White Hat at 5:32 AM on January 5, 2011


i've only read once about this character Tao Lin and it was here on Metafilter. i've never heard of that woman. why are ennui-filled trust fund kids filled worthy of an FPP?
posted by liza at 5:37 AM on January 5, 2011 [5 favorites]


I prefer this Tao.
posted by lukemeister at 5:38 AM on January 5, 2011


"I think I cried a little."
posted by blucevalo at 5:39 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


What do people think?

I think this might not be a great post for MetaFilter and that you might want to GYOFB.
posted by fixedgear at 5:40 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ignored.
posted by jet_manifesto at 5:40 AM on January 5, 2011


yikes, tough crowd. I don't like Tao Lin and this post is a little GYOB-y but there's lot's of worse stuff on the Blue.
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 5:41 AM on January 5, 2011


r_nebblesworthII,

There is? *shudders*
posted by lukemeister at 5:42 AM on January 5, 2011


I think this post has an awful lot of editorializing, and reads like a self-link.
posted by OmieWise at 5:42 AM on January 5, 2011 [9 favorites]


yikes, tough crowd.

You think this is tough .....
posted by blucevalo at 5:44 AM on January 5, 2011


What do people think? Is this another of Lin's gimmicks? Is this Warholian? Should he stick to writing?

Note, it's generally bad form to have this sort of leading in the post. It comes off as editorializing and generally met with negative reactions. Either a post is interesting to the community or it isn't. Trying to push or encourage discuss is heavily frowned upon.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:47 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm new here for posting and I emulated the post on Clancy Martin because I thought that was well received and engendered some interesting discussion. Sorry if the post had too much editorializing, I'm still learning! Anyway, I didn't expect such a harsh response. People just really do hate Lin I guess.
posted by Charnieia at 5:47 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


So, MDMA is a bunch of home movie footage of kids rolling.

Okay word nerd alert."Rolling" as slang for "Being on MDMA" is a long standing word, right? Cause I somehow totally missed it until I heard it in Black Swan a few weeks ago and went "wait what? Rolling? That's ecstasy right? Oh god when did I get old?"
posted by The Whelk at 5:47 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


Whelk, at least since the early/mid 90s.
posted by empath at 5:49 AM on January 5, 2011


I totally missed it. Huh.
posted by The Whelk at 5:50 AM on January 5, 2011


I enjoyed this post a lot, both for making me aware of Megan Boyle's work, which I really like, and for the transcript, which was hilarious.
posted by piato at 5:52 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


It really is hard to not like them much less hate them if you read that transcript.
posted by Charnieia at 5:54 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lin shouldn't stick to writing. He should stop writing, too.
posted by copperykeen at 5:57 AM on January 5, 2011 [9 favorites]


Can we talk about Tao Lin--I read a lot of experimental, memorish, and deeply personal fiction, and much of it is small market. I like Dennis Cooper, for example. One of my favourite novels of the last few month's was Joey Comeu's Bible Camp Bloodbath. I still think JT Leroy was a pretty fantastic prose stylist. I also trust pretty intensely the recommendations of my local indie book seller--they rarely steer me wrong. So I read Shoplifting at American Apparel. I just do not see the appeal. Does anyone here like the work?

(Also, frankly, this is a good post, and should stay.)
posted by PinkMoose at 5:57 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


It really is hard to not like them much less hate them if you read that transcript.

I read the transcript. I wanted to slap the self-satisfied, self-indulgent pair of wankers right into next week.

And I *like* drugs.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:01 AM on January 5, 2011 [6 favorites]


I liked Tao Lin's profile in The Stranger, but these videos are a bit too transparently trollish to me.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:04 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]



Okay word nerd alert."Rolling" as slang for "Being on MDMA" is a long standing word, right? Cause I somehow totally missed it until I heard it in Black Swan a few weeks ago and went "wait what? Rolling? That's ecstasy right? Oh god when did I get old?"


it's been around since at least the 90s. That's the term we used for it when I was in college.
posted by dortmunder at 6:04 AM on January 5, 2011


It really is hard to not like them much less hate them if you read that transcript.

"Hard," or "obligatory?"
posted by uncleozzy at 6:04 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


It really is hard to not like them much less hate them if you read that transcript.
posted by Charnieia at 10:54 PM on January 5 [+] [!]


No, I had no opinion of them until I read that. Now I hate them and the rest of our accursed species.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:06 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


They see me rollin',
they hatin'.
posted by alvarete at 6:07 AM on January 5, 2011 [4 favorites]


Great post! Keep 'em coming....
posted by telstar at 6:09 AM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


Joseph, I'm genuinely interested in hearing more about why reading that transcript would cause such hatred in you toward them.
posted by Charnieia at 6:09 AM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


So far they have reported on Harry Potter 7 while in New Orleans on Xanax

No way, man, you watched Harry Potter 7 on Xanax? Dude that's so awesome, you're a real psychonaut.

First of all, half the parents who drove their kids to see that movie were on Xanax, so it's not like you were the only one. Statistically speaking, 20% of the kids in that theater were probably on ritalin or adderall, so you're hardly breaking new ground in the realm of pharmacologically mediated experience.

You know what you should do for your next project? Watch Harry Potter 7 Part 2 while you undergo electro-convulsive therapy. I'll man the controls.
posted by Pastabagel at 6:19 AM on January 5, 2011 [64 favorites]


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