Third party videos:
A Change of Seasons is a bittersweet romantic comedy that basically takes
place in a single room with a micro-sized cast, like a stage play. I hated it from beginning to end,
Tuna is a big Shirley Maclaine fan, and thought she brought it up to the
Movie House Review.
There are two more videos to be found in Catch o'
the Day, accompanying the appropriate captures.
Salma Hayek Undresses on Ugly Betty ...
video and vidcaps of the single greatest 17
seconds in the history of network
"Climate chaos? Don't believe it"
- I don't know whether the article is
solid, but it brought back some
vaguely-related memories. I worked for a
large public company in the 1980s as the
strategic planning guy. In order to effect
a leveraged buy-out, certain financial
forecasts had to be made. The calculations
"needed" by senior management required an
average increase in same-store sales of
six percent per year after adjusting for
inflation. In the previous thirteen years
(the only years for which we had a
dependable database), the same-store sales
growth had never been below 3% or above
4%. It was the most predictable thing in
the world of business. If you simply
predicted 3.5% every year, you could not
be off by more than a half of a percent.
If the company expected the best marketing
initiatives in its history, better than
all the great things it had done in the
past, I could have bought in to 4% per
year for a couple of years, but I would
have been extremely skeptical even of that
modest number. To assume it would rise to
6% was completely ridiculous under any
circumstances. But it was necessary, so it
was used. My department (which was
normally in charge of sales forecasts)
refused to produce the paper, so the
financial guys did it, just plugging in
the numbers necessary to produce the
- Needless to say, the result of the
attempted LBO was Chapter 11, when the
company could not produce the cash flow
necessary to meet the terms of the
buy-out. I would literally have bet my
life and my life savings on that. The six
percent sales increase was approximately
as likely as a meteor destroying your
house. Although it was one of America's
landmark institutions, the company ended
up in the hands of the Japanese.
- Imagine my reaction when I read this
sentence in the linked story: "The UN's
predictions are founded on an excessive
rate of increase in airborne carbon
dioxide. The true rate has been 0.38 per
cent year-on-year since records began in
1958. The models assume 1 per cent per
annum, more than two and a half times too
high." Apparently it is not only
plutocrats, but also scientists who plug
in whatever numbers they need to make the
Thanks to a poorly written law, every single
driver in New York is legally drunk!
- "Lawmakers this year approved a bill
that sets the standard for driving while
intoxicated at 0.18 grams of alcohol in a
person's blood. A person's body might
produce that much alcohol naturally, said
Ed Fiandach, a DWI lawyer in Rochester."
Which is the real logo? Can you identify
logos you see every day? It's not easy when
imposters are side-by-side
"One of the two surviving film clips of
Woody Guthrie performing"
Neighboroo - very interesting use of
Google Maps to show various demographic
patterns in the USA
VOTE PARTY-LINE REPUBLICAN: Or Hysterical
Liberal Feminist Nancy Pelosi Will CASTRATE
NYPD: Adrienne Shelley Was Murdered! (
... and an arrest has been made)
Stereophonic musical listenings that have
been origin in moving film.
"In one of the most stunning November
surprises in recent memory, the Republican
Party today declared its unequivocal support
for a constitutional amendment legalizing
Headline of the day:
"Giant penis-shaped flower stinks out
It's never too early to start thinking
eBay: The Bathroom man - Hand Sculpted to
look like you
Oh-oh, bad news for elderly businessmen.
Dick Cheney to Spend Election Day Hunting.
- You'll be glad to know that I passed
on my invitation to join Darth Cheney, so
Other Crap may still be here Wednesday.
Unless he uses those long-distance Sith
powers on me.
Update from the Truth or Dare World Cup,
currently being held Truth or Consequences,
Party game answer leads to murder rap
"police in Tehran are hunting a fake
sorcerer who convinced the man he was
invisible and so could rob banks safely."
- I'll bet that guy has every back issue
of Uncle Scrooge comics.
A news flash from our correspondent on
the Island of Dr. Moreau:
"UK scientists have applied for permission
to create embryos by fusing human DNA with
A conceptual design for a silent passenger
"Saddam Hussein to Take Advantage of Netflix
30 Day Free Trial"
Kirstie Alley appears in a bikini on Oprah.
(She still has some big thighs on 'er.)
GOP, TO MOTIVATE THE BASE, CAMPAIGNS WITH
- "As RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman put it,
'who better than Borat to appeal to all of
the red-meat issues that rile up our base:
hatred of Jews, hatred of gays, hatred of
women, and hatred of the Enlightenment.
And the fact that he’s been married to his
half-sister is bound to solidify our hold
in the South.'"
The 2006 Jones Soda Holiday Pack and Dessert
Pack! Including Antacid and Pea flavored
In China, the world's highest-altitude train
bridges a land of superlatives
Clairvoyant led Americans to Saddam, says
TIME's Best Inventions of 2006
Democrats Lead Republicans in House Vote by
Seven Points ... Narrowed lead still
appears large enough to give Democrats
majority control of House
Borat visits Hannity and Colmes
Kerry Sets Timetable for Withdrawal from
Joke ... Could Be Out of Botched
Witticism by Early '08
Close Senate Races in Missouri, Rhode
Island, Tennessee, Virginia
- "The final USA Today/Gallup
pre-election polls for the U.S. Senate in
six highly competitive races find the
Democratic candidates in New Jersey and
Montana holding significant leads, but the
races are too close to call in Missouri,
Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia."
From the "any given Sunday" department:
Go figure. The Bears lose to the lowly
- And the Colts beat New England in
Foxboro, which kinda places them back in
the catbird's seat. Whatever the hell that
Not that it really matters, but
here's what OED says about the
The catbird seat: a superior or
advantageous position. U.S. slang.
1942 J. Thurber in 55
Short Stories from New Yorker
(1949) 61 "‘Sitting in the
catbird seat’ meant sitting
pretty, like a batter with three
balls and no strikes on him."
1958 Wodehouse Cocktail
Time xiii. 114 "I get you.
If we swing it, we'll be sitting
pretty. In the catbird seat."
Helen Mirren voted world's sexiest old coot
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Sinful (2006) is a direct-to-vid effort from Shock-O-Rama, featuring Misty
Mundae and Erika Smith. The title was supposed to be Mine, but the producer
wanted something he thought would have a chance at selling. He also required
that one of the major characters be changed from a dwarf to a normal person.
What follows is a complete spoiler. Misty has a bad marriage to a drunk, a
dead end job, and can't have what she want most in the whole world, a baby to
own. Mind that it is not some maternal instinct. She just wants something that
is completely hers. Next door is pregnant Erika Smith who has everything Misty
doesn't, including a loving husband that she has a great sex life with. Misty
gets more and more obsessive, and finally hacks the baby out of Erika's womb.
Erika Smith and Misty Mundae both do full frontal, but there isn't that
much nudity in this film. It is supposed to be a drama or thriller or
something, but it just plain doesn't work. It is more like a disjointed
collection of irritating scenes with little or no point. If you did not read
the above paragraph because you plan on seeing this film, save it anyway. I
didn't figure the plot out by myself, but had to rely on reviews and special
features to find out what this mess was supposed to be about.
I am something of a Misty fan, but she was not effective in this role, and
she is beginning to lose her little girl looks as the baby fat becomes less
cute. Perhaps she will manage to develop as an actress, since he is reputed to
have a great work ethic.
This is an E. I simply can't recommend it to anyone.
IMDb readers say 2.3 based on the secret sauce, but there are supposedly 9
people who gave it a 10. Further, there are 10 positive reviews linked at
IMDb. I can't blame filmmakers for trying to promote their work, and I suspect
there is a good deal of that going on here. The four user comments are
decidedly less than positive.
Notes and collages
Marine Jahan in Streets of Fire
I made this collage purposely to write about a) Marine Jahan; and b) Streets
Regarding Ms. Jahan, note her muscular dancer's body. She was Jennifer Beals'
body double in the dance scenes of "Flashdance."
Regarding "Streets of Fire," this is a wonderful, stylized, unique film: a
modern age parable about good and evil. It was originally billed in the theaters
as a "rock & roll fable" and that is what it is...; this is a Walter Hill film
so expect the violence, in this case more like the smell of an oil painting than
the smell of blood.
In this particular scene, Ms. Jahan is fast pole dancing at a club named "Torchie's"
while the band "The Blasters" sings/plays "One Bad Stud." (And the band really
is "The Blasters" compared to other films which use actors to play the band.)
For me, the best scene is near the end of the film where the "hero" &
"villain" have a duel with sledgehammers as their weapons: if that doesn't get
your testosterone going I don't know what will...
Amina Annabi in Sheltering Sky
If these buoyant breasts were
manufactured by a doctor, I want to shake the hand of the surgeon who modified
them. He is an artist. She looks great. No
evident scar tissue, excellent work
Joanna Cameron in
B.S., I Love You. (1971) Hey, it's The Mighty Isis nekkid! Be sure to check
out this zipped .wmv
of some seriously groovy dancing combined with some seriously psychedelic
camera work. Could you ever guess that this was a hippie-era film? I
have to review this one some day.
As for Joanna, she hasn't been seen on screen in
a quarter of a century. The IMDb says she's "currently working in hotel
marketing in Hawaii"
The director was Steven
Stern, who made three of the very worst films of that era: this one (4.1),
Harrad Summer (4.3), and I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now (3.5). He featured a
repertory cast that often showcased Joanna Barnes and Bill Dana. Dana ("my
name Jose Jimenez") is not in this one, but is in the other two. Anyway,
Stern got good enough that he's still directing now, or was until recently,
although he's nearly 70. He's been wise enough to stick mainly to TV
directing, at which he seems to be quite good, having directed many big-name
shows like Quincy and Hawaii Five-O.
Joy Bryant in
Get Rich or Die Tryin'. We also have a
zipped .avi film
clip for this one.
Susie Porter in
The Caterpillar Wish
Victoria Thaine in
The Caterpillar Wish
Lili Taylor in
Marisa Tomei in
Corinne Bohrer in
Kisses in the Dark. Except for her great nude scene in Dead Solid
Perfect, this is her only screen nudity.
Pat Reeder's Comedy Wire.
Pat's comments in yellow...
At the Dubai Airport, security officers noticed that a member of a family
boarding a plane for Turkey was on a list of terrorist suspects. An officer
approached the family and said they wanted to take Suhail Saleh. Thinking they
were kidding, his father said, "Take him if you want." Suhail is two years
old. The officers checked the list, and it contained the boy's passport number
and date of birth, so the warrant was for him, all right.
* Well, his mom always says he's a holy terror.
The original Borat is upset and wants some credit or money from the hit "Borat"
movie. Mustachioed Turkish "jurnalist" Mahir Cagri's website,
www.IKissYou.org, made a splash in 1999
with its fractured English ("I like sex!...I like to take foto-camera - amimals,
towns, nice nude models and peoples") and pictures of him with foreign friends,
sunbathing in a red Speedo, and playing ping-pong. Cagri told Wired News that
comic Sacha Baron Cohen "is stealing my character and giving bad message to USA
people." He asked, "If possible, you can help me too for stop this or find good
* I assumed the caricature of an incompetent, oversexed, mustachioed
journalist was based on Geraldo.
LINK! Mirror of Cagri's site:
On this day in 1965, the Pillsbury Doughboy made his commercial debut. A 1997
survey by "Blender" magazine found that 75 percent of Americans think he's a
virgin and will always remain one.
* Imagine, 35 years old, and he's still poppin' fresh!
* All that yeast, and he's never risen.