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The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
How did the Criterion Collection miss this one? Perhaps they
have to wait until after the film has been broadcast on Masterpiece Theater,
where Johnny Knoxville and Stifler are regulars. I don't believe
I'll ever forget their spectacular four hour version of Hamlet,
starring Knoxville as the melancholy (but reckless) Dane. Some
critics were impressed, while others questioned the need to have
Hamlet deliver his major soliloquies while riding weightless on
the "vomit comet."
To be fair, Tuna and I both found the unrated DVD to be ...
well, not good of course, but at least mildly amusing and moderately sexy. (Movie
Anyway, it seems that Jessica Simpson may have shown more
than I previously thought. Check out this HDTV clip (zipped
.avi), and the caps below to see if you agree.
- "The Nutty Buddy is a revolutionary
athletic cup designed by a pro baseball
player for superior protection of your
most valuable assetsThe Nutty Buddy is a
revolutionary athletic cup designed by a
pro baseball player for superior
protection of your most valuable assets"
- It comes in three sizes: The Boss,
The Hog, and El Jefe
"Cheney Reminds Bush He Has Pictures of
Him Naked" ... Veep Unlikely to Be
Axed, Insiders Say
- Bush axe Darth Cheney? In my opinion
that will never happen. Cheney is Bush's
#1 insurance against impeachment. You
think any Democratic congress would hand
the Presidency to Big Dick? That'd be
like B'nai Brith electing Mel Gibson
I love British colloquialisms:
Oh-oh. The Democrats are already
cock-a-hoop. Especially Ted Kennedy.
- I was also cock-a-hoop a while back,
but a shot of penicillin fixed me right
- The OED has a ton on this one:
Phrase. to set (the) cock on (the) hoop,
cock a hoop: app. to turn on the tap and
let the liquor flow; hence, to drink
without stint; to drink and make good
cheer with reckless prodigality. Obs.
1529 More Comf. agst. Trib. ii.
Wks. 1177/2 They+set them downe and
dryncke well for our sauiours sake,
sette cocke a hoope, and fyll in all
the cuppes at ones, and then lette
Chrystes passion paye for all the
scotte. 1538 Bale Thre Lawes 1806
Cheare now maye I make & set cocke on
the houpe. Fyll in all the pottes, and
byd me welcome hostesse. 1540 Palsgr.
Acolastus (Wedgwood), Let us sette the
cocke on the hope and make good chere
within doores. 1562 J. Heywood Prov. &
Epigr. (1867) 54 He maketh hauok, and
setteth cocke on the hoope. He is so
laueis, the stocke beginneth to droope.
1606 Heywood 2nd Pt. If you know not
me Wks. 1874 I. 257 These knaues Sit
cocke-a-hope, but Hobson pays for all.
1611 Cotgr., Se goguer, to+make good
cheere, set cocke-a-hoope, throw the
house out at windowes. 1621 Molle
Camerar. Liv. Libr. iii. i. 147
Resolued+to set cock in hoope, and in
guzling and good cheere spent all that
was left. 1658 R. Brathwait Hon. Ghost
26 (N.) The cock on hoop is set,
Hoping to drink their lordships out of
By extension: (a) To abandon oneself to
reckless enjoyment. (b) To cast off all
restraint, become reckless. (c) To give
a loose to all disorder, to set all by
the ears. Obs.
1547 Boorde Introd. Knowl. 117 Now I
am a frysker, all men doth on me looke;
What should I do, but set cocke on the
hoope? 1560 J. Daus tr. Sleidane's
Comm. 441b, There be found
diuers+which setting cocke on houpe,
beleue nothinge at all, neither regard
they what, reason, what, honesty, or
what thing conscience doth prescribe.
1576 Newton tr. Lemnie's Complex.
(1633) 221 Lighting in the company of
amorous and beautifull Damosels, they
set cocke on hoope, and+become as
merry as the merriest. 1592 Shakes.
Rom. & Jul. i. v. 83 Youle make a
Mutinie among the Guests: You will set
cocke a hoope, youle be the man. [Some
would connect this rather with 2 or
As an exclamation of reckless joy or
1568 Jacob & Esau v. i. in Hazl.
Dodsley II. 246 Then, faith,
cock-on-hoop, all is ours! thou, who
as adv. in phrase to set (oneself or
something) cock-a-hoop: i.e. in a
position or state of unrestrained
elation or exultation. [Quot. 1689 prob.
influenced by cock n.1 the fowl.] Obs.
1689 Trial Pritchard v. Papillon 6
Nov. (1684) 31 He sets himself
Cock-a-hoop, as if there were no one
that took care of the City besides
himself. 1720 Gay Poems (1745) II. 123
Your eyes, lips, breasts are so
provoking—They set my heart more
cock-a-hoop Than could whole seas of
as pred. adj. (in to be, make
cock-a-hoop): In a state of elation;
crowing with exultation. [Here
association with the fowl becomes
1663 Butler Hud. i. iii. 14
Hudibras+having routed the whole
Troop, With Victory was Cock-a-hoop.
1673 Marvell Reh. Transp. II. 264 You
were exceedingly straitned in time;
and then a little after were all
Cock-a-Hoop. 1677 Coles, To be
cock-a-hoop, ampullari, insolescere,
cristas erigere. c1690 B. E. Dict.
Cant. Crew, Cock-a-hoop, upon the high
Ropes, Rampant, Transported. 1719
Cordial Low Spirits 162 The church was
very cock-a-hoop, and held up its head
and crow'd. 1817 M. Edgeworth Love &
L. ii. i, To make Catty cockahoop, I
told her that, etc. 1834 Greville Mem.
Geo. IV (1875) III. xxiii. 104 The
Tories have been mighty cock-a-hoop.
1887 H. Smart Cleverly Won x. 86 They
are all as cock-a-hoop about her
chance as ever I saw folks in my life.
as attrib. adj. Elated, exultant,
boastfully and loudly triumphant.
1837 Gen. P. Thompson Exerc. (1842)
IV. 201 The cock-a-hoop hilarity of
the Tories. 1863 Mrs. C. Clarke Shaks.
Char. iv. 102 We never lose the
cock-a-whoop vein in Bottom's
adv. Elatedly, triumphantly.
1809 W. Irving Knickerb. iii. vi,
That ingenuous habit of mind which
always thinks aloud; which rides
cock-a-hoop on the tongue. 1871 Member
for Paris II. 10 M. Paul+began
unwisely to crow cock-a-whoop before
Hence cock-a-hooping vbl. n.; cock-a-hoopish;
1862 Sat. Rev. XIV. 776/2 These
groans and these cock-a-whoopings at
the sale of the Cornhill. 1885 Globe 9
May 3/1 The younger sister—for France
considers her as such—is getting too
‘cock-a-hoopish’. 1889 Ibid. 23 Nov.
574/1 The boisterous cock-a-hoopness
of some of his present associates.
"Giant, Hungry Snails Overrunning
Caribbean Island of Barbados" That
headline has to be great for tourism.
"An attempt to answer how a beauty pageant
and a muskrat-skinning contest came to
An 8-point buck wanders through a
SuperTarget in Iowa
Colbert introduces the new theme song for
his Tek Jansen series.
The HD trailer for Turistas
- "Finn and Liam, who just want to
experience for themselves the beautiful
Brazilian women they’ve heard so much
about. The new friends find a hazy night
of exotic liquors and sensuous dancing
later, they wake up alone, their
possessions gone, and only the faintest
traces of the nightmare to come on their
The HD trailer for Deja Vu, a new
thriller starring Denzel.
- "It is deja vu that unexpectedly
guides ATF agent Doug Carlin through an
investigation into a shattering crime.
Called in to recover evidence after a
bomb sets off a cataclysmic explosion on
a New Orleans Ferry, Carlin is about to
discover that what most people believe
is only in their heads is actually
something far more powerful."
The spectacular HD trailer for Pan's
Labyrinth, the new "adult fantasy"
from Guillermo del Toro
The trailer for Deck the Halls - a family
- "A family comedy about one-upsmanship,
jealousy, clashing neighbors, home
decoration...and the true spirit of the
holidays. Steve (Matthew Broderick), a
suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast,
leads a well-ordered, well-planned, and
well-organized life. His new neighbor,
Danny (Danny DeVito), is Steve's polar
opposite: a big personality with big
dreams, which have yet to materialize.
But Danny's latest dream - to create the
biggest holiday light display in the
world, visible from outer space - is
turning Steve's disciplined world into a
chaotic nightmare. As Danny's home
explodes with festive lights of
incredible design, increasing
complexity, and exponentially-growing
wattage, Steve becomes a man on a
mission. At any cost, he will thwart
Danny - or top him."
The trailer for Venus, the latest
Peter O'Toole movie, which comes from the
director of Notting Hill
Can It Be? Is this the Britney
Spears/K-Fed Sex Tape?
- ... As the ever-wise Dalton would
have said, "Opinions vary."
Fleshbot's online poll is currently
Politicians Sweep Midterm Elections
Bizarre commercial for the Borat
This Week's Movies: a pretty good
- Babel - from arthouse hot-shot
Inarritu - 1200 theaters, 74% positive
reviews, and some modest Oscar buzz.
- Stranger than Fiction - Will Farrell
- 2200 theaters, 73% positive reviews
- Harsh Times - the follow-up to
Training Day, starring Christian Bale -
60% positive reviews, 900 theaters
- The Return - a supernatural thriller
starring Buffy - 1800 theaters - not
pre-screened for critics
- A Good Year - Russell Crowe's new
one - the only film with poor reviews
(so far) this week: 33% good reviews,
The Weekend Warrior's box office
predictions for the upcoming weekend.
It's a weekend for big stars in offbeat
- Borat is pegged for #1 in its
expansion to 2550 theaters, grossing
$30m. Warrior's numbers for this film
make perfect sense to me. They seem to
be modeled directly on the second week
of Blair Witch, which is the only film
with comparable numbers. Whether he's
right or wrong, I came up with the same
exact prediction independently.
- Will Ferrell is expected to be #2,
but since it's kind of an arty Will
Ferrell movie with about 2/3 of the
normal theater coverage, the numbers are
not expected to be impressive.
- Russell Crowe is also starring in
what is an atypical film for him, the
one that looks like a chick-flick, a
gender-reversal of Under the Tuscan Sun.
This one is not expected to be a
barn-burner either. amd Warrior thinks
it will finish 5th.
- Well, I suppose Buffy is expected to
be in a supernatural thriller, but her
drawing power is ... well, let's face
it, her trail is cold. She's expected to
place no better than 9th
PAM WAS IN ON 'BORAT' JOKE
Election night's Daily Show/Colbert Report
hour-long Midterm Midtacular
Lindsay Lohan’s Brilliant Halloween
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Sugar Town (1999)
Made with an extremely low budget ($205k), Sugar Town is an ensemble comedy
about the extended families of four once-famous rockers who are trying to form
a band once again. Each of them was in a seminal band, but are now facing
financial pressures and have a diminishing following of loyal groupies. The
band consists of Larry Klein, Michael Des Barres, John Taylor and Martin Kemp.
Each has more than enough drama in their lives, including addict brothers, an
actress wife who is suddenly being offered "older woman" roles (Rosanna
Arquette), a preciously unknown son, a pregnant wife (Lucinda Jenny), a date
(Alley Sheedy) who really wants a love connection, but is being scammed by her
housekeeper who wants to make it big in music ...
The film jumps freely among the characters, with very little obvious logic
or motive, but two things drive the timeline. First is the impending birth and
the other is the fact that the band is looking for a backer, which they
finally find in Beverly D'Angelo, who agrees to fund the group only if she
gets a roll in the hay with the lead singer. He is reluctant, as he normally
only does teeny boppers, but she turns out to be the best sex of his life.
Experience counts for something.
I am guessing that there is more than a little truth behind this script,
and the idea of seeing once-famous music personalities trying to relive their
glory days is somewhat interesting, but the film had no driving central
tension, and just meandered around, sometimes with amusing results, sometimes
not. It might give you a chuckle or two.
This is a low C-.
IMDb readers say 5.8.
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Daughters of Darkness is a European/North American co-production
with the bulk of the money coming from Belgium. Director Harry Kümel wanted to
make a female lesbian vampire movie, and the historical character of Elizabeth
Bathory interested him. She's the semi-legendary countess who preserved her
youth by bathing in virgin's blood. When Kümel's producers reminded him that
he had almost no budget, and what he was proposing would be a costumer, he hit
on the idea of making her alive today, 200 years old, but completely preserved
because of her blood drinking.
The film opens with a scene which was then controversial. A new groom
and his bride (Danielle Ouimet) are making love on a train. When the train is
delayed, they miss their boat for the honeymoon cruise and end up staying at
an empty resort hotel in the off-season. All is not happy with the honeymoon
couple. He doesn't want her to meet his mother, who is some gay orchid grower,
and so he beats the hell out of her for sport.
Soon, Countess Bathory shows up with her assistant (Andrea Rau). The papers
report a series of killings where the victims all have neck wounds and no
blood. Jealousy soon sets in as the Countess begins her seduction of the
bride while, as a distraction, the assistant is to seduce him. Everything gets
more difficult when the assistant ends up dead after she is forced to shower.
Daughters of Darkness doesn't feel like a vampire film at all, and is not
even bloody enough to be called a horror film. The mood and tone are very
Hitchcockian. It's also an interesting film photographically, and is a very
watchable take on a familiar subject.
This is a C, by our reckoning.
The English dubbing is not at all bad, and the transfer is very nice. The
DVD includes two commentaries, a slide show and more.
IMDb readers say 6.5.
Dann reports on Slither:
2006's Slither is one cool horror flick.
It pays homage to all the great horror flicks of the drive-in era of the
50's and 60's. You'll recognize elements of The Blob, Invasion of the Body
Snatchers, Night of the Living Dead, and other horror classics, but even
on it's own, it is full of fun, lameness, gore, and an outlandish plot.
It's a very funny comedy in addition to being a great campy horror film.
A meteor lands outside of town, and the townsfolk are infected with alien
creatures that turn them into zombies and mutants. Once infected, the host
becomes "pregnant" and spews forth slimy creepy crawlies that crawl into
your mouth and create new monsters.
Anyone who has ever enjoyed any of the aforementioned horror classics
will love this film.
Notes and collages
Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot
Aside from this being one of the greatest comedies of all time (not for the
squeamish who snub their noses at the idea of watching a black & white
film,) whoever decided that Marilyn be dressed hot in every outfit she wore
in this film: thank you.
I first saw this film as a boy and laughed at the humor; once puberty hit
I saw the movie a bit differently. Check out what she is wearing in this
collage: the material wraps to her breasts...as far as I can tell she didn't
wear a bra in this whole film ... and she was so pretty as well ...
The second collage shows her in that skin-tight swimsuit. YOWZA ...
Gillian Anderson in
the upcoming Straightheads.
Courteney Cox posed
in a kinda-sorta see-through. Not really very flattering photos, are they?
Keira Knightley in
her own see-through pose. Not an exceptionally good picture of her either.
What is the deal with this one. I understand with Courteney. One must be an expert to
photograph women in their 40s. But Keira? C'mon. She's young and her face is
perfect. I could take good pictures
Once a perfect ripe young plum,
Anna Kournikova has obviously succumbed to Anna Rexia, by a score of
6-0, 6-0. I think she should seek help. This does not look healthy.
Jessica Biel. She's
fully dressed, but I put this photo here to make a point. Even the most beautiful
woman you can imagine on screen (and Biel in the Illusionist was as gorgeous
as anyone I've ever seen) can look no better than your girlfriend out
on the streets.
Pat Reeder's Comedy Wire.
Pat's comments in yellow...
Bush announced that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, whom he had stood
by and defended for six years, had resigned.
* Rumsfeld's resignation takes effect immediately, but it
might take him
several years to figure out how to withdraw from his office.
With that pesky election out of the way, the media can now concentrate on
something really important: Britney Spears' divorce. Among the many stories
that hit Wednesday was a report that she told Kevin Federline (now dubbed
"Fed-Ex" by the media) she was divorcing him by sending him a text message on
* It was a double blow: he found out he was being dumped,
AND he had to read.
Late in the day, Federline filed counter-suit legal papers, seeking spousal
support and full custody of their two kids. Legal analysts suspect that the
demand for custody is just a ploy to get her to pay him more money to drop it
and go away.
* If he can't get spousal support, then he wants a
date with Lindsay