Saturday, July 28, 2007

Trailers


I really wanted to be optimistic before seeing the trailer for "The Darjeeling Limited," but having seen it, I'm just not feeling it. Much as I loved "Bottle Rocket" and "Rushmore," "Tenenbaums" felt like a bit of a step back and "Life Aquatic," while not full on disappointing, misfired. Not looking forward to the next Wes Anderson flick is a dispiriting experience.

Also looking less appealing than I'd hoped, the Coen's new one, "No Country For Old Men." Tangentially, "American master, Cormac McCarthy" ... really? I've only read "The Road," and if that's representative, I guess I can't imagine why anyone would want to read more? Am I way off base here?

Malkovich, Hopkins, and Jolie in "Beowulf" immediately suggested an alternate title: "Clash of the Hambones."

Oh, Jackie. ~shakes head wearily~ The next time you see Brett Ratner or Chris Tucker's name on your caller ID, chuck the phone in the nearest body of water and get a new number. I could link to the "Rush Hour 3" trailer, but what would be the point? On the other hand, "Dynamite Warrior" might satisfy the martial arts/actioner jones.

Anybody see "The Simpsons" yet? I gave up on the show a few seasons ago, but find myself singing Spider Pig, Spider Pig, does whatever a Spider Pig does quite a bit.

xtimeline

xtimeline - Explore and Create Free Timelines
Some interesting exploring here.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Deadly Arts Redux


When I first saw Deadly Arts, I wished for a different host, and the History Channel has delivered -- Human Weapon puts a couple of guys (an MMA fighter and an ex-football player) in some of the same environs as Josette, but they're more able to compete against the fighters. The first episode is about Muay Thai.

I Feel Like I Ought to be Appalled ...


But I really like the amped up version of Squeeze's "Goodbye Girl" in the Under Armour commercial. According to the website, Squeeze actually rerecorded the song. I'd like to hear the full version, not just the 30 second snippet.

c-dog's 2008 President Selector Rankings

1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100 %)
2. Barack Obama (81 %)
3. Dennis Kucinich (77 %)
4. Christopher Dodd (72 %)
5. Joseph Biden (72 %)
6. Hillary Clinton (71 %)
7. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (71 %)
8. John Edwards (70 %)
9. Wesley Clark (not announced) (70 %)
10. Al Gore (not announced) (67 %)

Try if yourself ...

Q: Why Do the Super Wealthy Need Luxury Subs?



A:
The underwater fortress is vulnerable when it surfaces.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Not Dead Yet


Long beaked echidnas may still be scurrying around in Papuan forests.

The Princess Bride 20 Years Later


ABC News has then and now photos. Another one of those tedious reminder milestones that I am as old now as when my parents (hopelessly out of touch dinosaurs, yeah?) were when I was teenager. The other movies that leap to mind as my favorites from that year are: The Untouchables, The Living Daylights, Robocop, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles ("Those aren't pillows!"). (I thought Die Hard was 1987, but a quick check of IMDB reminds me that was 1988.)

In 1987, movies turning 20 were Bonnie & Clyde, You Only Live Twice, The Graduate, The Dirty Dozen, and Cool Hand Luke. It's mildly interesting to compare what made the 1967 movies seem dated (aside from the obvious music, hair and clothing styles) in 1987 to what makes the 1987 movies seem dated now and identify what will make 2007 movies look laughable in 2027 ... wildly unconvincing, jarringly incongruent CGI leaps to mind first. The persistence of James Bond is notable as well. Already 5 or so films deep in 1967, one of my favorite movies of last year was Daniel Craig's first outing as Bond. 45 years of a feature film franchise built around a single character is stunning.
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