I'm taking some "working vacation," which means I'm still at my
desk, but only 6-8 hours a day instead of 16. So I should be here with
I have not seen a screener or a bootleg of Kiss Kiss
Bang Bang, so I have no pictures to share (there is some pretty sweet
nudity), but I really liked the movie, and wrote a lengthy commentary.
Ex-NBA bad boy Rodman signs with IBL
- "The Rent-A-Rodman campaign will make a stop in Iowa
next year. Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star who has
appeared in several leagues since leaving the NBA five
years ago, has signed a two-game contract with the Cedar
Valley Jaguars of the International Basketball League,
IBL officials said Tuesday."
Madonna: 'I'm a different person now'
- Unfortunately, neither one of them can act.
Next stop: Nixonville.
"Mr. Bush maintains daily contact with only four people
- ... first lady Laura Bush, his mother Barbara Bush,
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Undersecretary
of State Karen Hughes. The sources also say that Mr.
Bush has stopped talking with his father, except on
"March of the Penguins" on Oscar documentary list.
Digital Piracy or Fair Use? The iPOD Media Studio
"Your mom" -as defined by the Uncyclopedia
Conan O'Brien's quotables for the week.
- "Apparently, Paris Hilton was rammed from behind,
then, later, she had a car accident."
- Ashlee Simpson said she did not want to marry
someone who can sing. "Ashlee said, in other words, 'I'm
looking for someone like me.'"
- "In a new interview, Geraldo Rivera said that in
person Michael Jackson is much more normal. Fortunately,
Jackson only seems normal when he's standing next to
The Daily Show's This Week in God looks at the
Arabic-language version of The Simpsons
The trailer for the documentary, Zizek!
- "The author of works on subjects as wide-ranging as
Alfred Hitchcock, 9/11, opera, Christianity, Lenin and
David Lynch, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one
of the most important and outrageous cultural theorists
working today. This captivating, erudite documentary
explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of
this incomparable academic and writer who has been
called everything from 'the Elvis of cultural theory' to
'a one person culture mulcher'."
Four clips from Marebito, a horror film from the
director of The Grudge
Three clips and the trailer from Terry Gilliam's Tideland
(Click on "access map")
HILLARY CLINTON NAMED ENEMY COMBATANT ... Transferred
to Guantanamo Under Provision of Patriot Act
Halle Berry is the new face of Versace
The Weekend Warrior makes his predictions for this coming
- He's calling Harry Potter at $100 million. That's
fair enough, since the first three all opened at at
least $88 million
- He figures there will still be enough people left to
open Walk the Line at $20 million
- He thinks Chicken Little will only lose 40%, despite
a heads-on attack on its audience from Harry Potter
This week's movies (eleven gazillion screens):
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 83% positive
- They better hurry up with the last three films,
because the kid who plays Potter already has a receding
hairline! In three years he's going to look like George
This week's movies (2900 screens):
Walk the Line - 82% positive reviews. This Johnny Cash
movie must be a lot more interesting than its previews,
which are typical edgeless biopic bullshit.
This week's screen counts. Walk the Line 2900,
Shopgirl expands to 600, Good Night and Good Luck expands
to 850, Harry Potter will be on three gazillion screens.
(Or at least 3800)
Letterman's "Top Ten Signs Your Neighbor Has A Pet Lion"
- "His kids' science fair projects always involve
gnawed gazelle skeletons"
MAN POSES AS CPR DUMMY FOR WOMEN'S TRAINING CLASS
(Gee, guess which newspaper featured this story.)
King Cross State Police
- (This appears to be another sneaky LOST clue of some
kind. Look at the page's source code for even more
50 Cent will again turn his reality into fiction with a
new line of hip-hop novellas and graphic novels featuring
his former G-Unit rap crew buddies. Let's see. There's
Dumb Donald and that fat guy and ...
Weekend Update for October 29th (Lance Armstrong show)
- Tina's best line: "A new study finds that men who
smoke are less likely to make a woman pregnant than
non-smokers. Especially if they smoke pole."
New Jersey is seeking a new state slogan
- "Entering New Jersey. Who farted?"
- "We got no slogan. You got a problem wit' dat?"
- "Slogan dis!" (Grabs crotch.)
- "Hey, look, not every state can have the Big Fuckin'
- "New Jersey. Some parts are pretty safe."
Senator Proposes Pink Tags For DUI Offenders
Urban Legends Reference Pages: looks at the myths about
A look at the controversial best-seller
Are Men Necessary?
SI.com looks at the Dolphin and Redskin Cheerleaders
Man convicted of trying to extort Sheffield and his wife
The Daily Show: "The rush to war was merely incompetence;
the administration's not evil, they're Urkel."
Now that's nuts! ... RUGBY fan Geoffrey Huish told
yesterday of the moment of madness when he hacked off his
own testicles because his team Wales beat England.
The most searched-for terms on the 'net 1995-2005.
We've just lived through the Pam Anderson decade.
The Worst Record Covers of All Time
Bush: Job Ratings (Handy reference with results of
multiple polls.) All of the November polls show him in the
35-38 range. The range was 37-42 in October, 40-45 in
September. Using the midpoint as his indicator, he is
dropping exactly three points per month. (42.5/39.5/36.5)
First instance of Bird Flu in USA
The Straight Dope: In medicine, what's the difference
between an -ectomy, an -ostomy, and an -otomy?
Six minutes from I Walk The Line
Sarah Silverman talks to NPR about 'Jesus Is Magic'
KIM JONG-IL'S APPROVAL RATING REMAINS AT 100% ...
North Korean Madman Gloating About Latest Poll Results
- According to the poll, Kim scored particularly well
on issues of trust, with 100% agreeing with the
statement, “Everything Kim Jong-Il says is true and
everything everyone else says is a lie.”
Meet the man who could save the internet.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
The Edukators (2004) is a German film which IMDb labels a Comedy/Crime/Drama/Romance. I think I will stick with drama, even though it does include humorous elements, acts that are, in fact criminal, and a love story of sorts. Berlin student Jule (Julia Jentsch) is hopelessly in debt to Burghart Klaußner, after hitting his new Mercedes on the autobahn. Her circle of friends are self-styled revolutionaries, out to topple the rich for exploiting the poor. Her boyfriend Peter (Stipe Ercig) and his roommate Jan (Daniel Brühl), unbeknownst to her, are the edukators. They break into homes of the rich while they are away, rearrange their furniture, and leave a note saying, "Your Days Of Plenty Are Numbered." They feel it is sort of psychological warfare against these people who exploit the poor to earn more money than they can possibly use.
Peter takes a trip to Spain, but Jule is unable to go with him, as she must clean the apartment she has been evicted from, and Jan helps her. The two begin to become infatuated with each other, Jan lets her in on the secret, and the two do Klaußner's house. When they realize she left her cell phone somewhere inside and return for it, Klaußner catches them. So, they kidnap him, and take him to a remote cabin owned by her uncle. They convince themselves that this is a revolutionary act, at least for a time, but were not prepared for Klaußner taking their political views seriously, or the fact that he had been an SDS member in the 60s. Things really begin to fall apart when Jan and Jule become sexual.
This was a very fast 127 minutes for me. The former 70s radical becoming rich establishment is exactly true to life, and the parallels between him and the three kids were fascinating. While the cause had changed, the attitudes and methods had not, and, we suspect, the ultimate outcome will also be the same. Julia Jentsch shows breasts and partial buns early in the film. IMDb readers say 7.8. It won numerous minor awards. Metacritic shows 62% positive. It is in German with optional subtitles. This is a C+. I am sure you already know whether or not you want to see it.
"Rikki & Pete"
Rikki & Pete (1988) is an Australian comedy film about a brother and sister. Their mum was run over in a cross walk by a police chief. Pete is tormenting him, when he isn't busy inventing gadgets and annoying his rich father. He is also a 30 something paper boy, delivering the papers with a contraption that folds and sails them to the porches as he drives by. Rikki annoyed her father permanently when she dropped out of law school and switched to geology and he is not fond of her moonlighting as a singer/guitar player. Rikki finally decides that Pete is going round the bend due to his father's influence, and is in danger of being caught by the police chief, she they take their mothers Bently and head outback to a remote mining town. Pete meets a lovely aboriginal girl, Tetchie Agbayani, and Rikki opens her own mine. Of course, Pete can't stay out of trouble forever.
Tetchie Agbayani shows breasts in two scenes. This film ambles seemingly without purpose for most of its running time but I so enjoyed the characters I really didn't mind. IMDb readers say 5.8. This is a uniquely Australian genre that I am overly fond of, and it is a very good one. It is a C+. IF quirky comedies appeal to you, you should love this one.
Today we start with our weekly update on "Rome" (2005): Episode III : An Owl
In A Thornbush.
Caesar continues his risky march on Rome while his sister Atia and her family
prepare for the worst when their house is attacked by Pompey's followers. The
angry mob doesn't manage to get in and leaves after a while. Meanwhile her
daughter Octavia (Kerry Condon) is seeing her ex-husband again in some
rendez-vous house. Kerry shows breasts and buns in a short scene here.
Atia doesn't approve of her daughter's relationship and has her head of
security who also guards her body take care of this problem. And not by
negotiating of course. Polly Walker briefly shows a breast as she gives the
Furthermore centurion Lucius Vorenus tries to patch up things with his wife
Niobe while his pal Titus Pullo heads back out of town to free a girl tied to
an ox-kart. Lucius, Titus and their men crossed her path earlier but had to
give priority to their mission. When Titus searches the kart he discovers the
gold of Rome's treasury that was supposed to travel with Pompey and the rest
of the Senators who had fled Rome, or proceeded to a tactical retreat as they
And now for something completely different. I'm taking you the Land of the
Rising Sun for my next two clips. The feature is called "Kekko Kamen Returns"
(2004) and is originally based on a manga animation theme. Don't worry, I
won't be showing you cartoon clips. Someone in Japan had the luminous idea of
bringing the Kekko Kamen theme to life with real actors. You will be asking
yourself, "What is all this mumbo-jumbo leading to?"
Well let me inform you that Kekko Kamen is a female fighter against injustice.
Kekko, played by Misaki Mori, is wearing a very minimalistic outfit. A red
mask, red boots and a small red cape. That's it. Nothing else. Japanese
censorship laws prevent Kekko from doing a complete full frontal attack but
you can't really complain when she takes out a baddie by doing the Big V. Just
watch my clips and you'll see what I mean. According to an interview
on the DVD Misaki's opponent and the film crew did get quite an eyeful
here. And this isn't the only fight scene in the feature.
In this episode Kekko comes to the rescue of some high school girls during a
swimming course on a remote island. (1,
2) The facility is run by some real bullies,
so it is very handy for the girls that a certain Kaori Wakatsuki is also on
their team, even if they don't realize that Kaori turns into Kekko when
needed. Sort of like Kent Clark and Superman, minus the clothing.
You may already have realized that this feature never takes itself seriously,
which would kill it, but chooses the path of mockery and parody. The link with
Dark Water is obvious even for western eyes, but most of the other hints will
be lost by a non-Japanese audience (like me). In case your curiosity got
tickled by all this I've got good news for you. It's simply available on
region 1 DVD. It is not a masterpiece by any standard, but it's still good for
a few laughs. Besides it makes a nice difference from those panty or blouse
pulling disks you may have laying around somewhere, not to mention bus or
train molester DVD's or even octopus porn. No, this is fairly normal stuff,
both to Japanese and non-Japanese audiences.
It's time now to leave the Land of the Rising Penis and to return to God's
own country where Clint Eastwood gets more than he bargained for when he got
involved with Jessica Walter in this clip from "Play Misty For Me" (1971).
Pat's comments in yellow...
WORST CELEBRITY KID NAMES
Call Me "Q" - In a GetLive entertainment website poll, Moon Unit Zappa was
voted the most bizarre celebrity offspring's name. Her brother Dweezil was
7th, but siblings Ahmet Rodan and Diva Muffin didn't make it. Gwyneth
Paltrow's daughter Apple was #2. Other top finalists included Misty Kid,
Geronimo, Heavenly Hirani Tiger Lily, Zowie Bowie, and Elijah Bob Patricius
Guggi Q (Bono's son).
* Giving his kid that name is kept Bono from winning the Nobel Peace
* Everyone agrees, "Apple" is weird to the core.
* And yet, celebrities lecture us about the evils of child abuse.
* Bruce Willis and Demi Moore demanded a recount.
"ALIEN" NOT WELCOME IN CREATOR'S HOMETOWN
Alienated Artist - Artist H.R. Giger was told by officials in his hometown
of Gruyeres, Switzerland, to remove a large sculpture of his most famous
work: the mucus-dripping creature from the "Alien" movies. It's outside
his museum, and he uses it to attract visitors. The mayor said the town
wants him to stay and agrees he's an internationally-recognized artist, but
having scary aliens out in public is just not good for the town's image.
* That's what the French said, and it touched off riots.
* On the bright side, it's the only statue the pigeons stay away from.
* It attracts visitors? Seems to me it would keep visitors away.
* They told him if he refuses to remove it, they'll send in Sigourney
Weaver to take it out.
SNOOP DOGG LAUNCHES SNOOP HOT DOGGS
Made From Dead Rappers - Lee Iococca's golfing buddy Snoop Dogg has signed
a deal to endorse the first line of celebrity hot dogs: "Snoop Doggs."
Asked to describe the foot-long wieners, Snoop's brother Bing Worthington
told the Boston Herald, "Imagine a long, skinny hot dog just like Snoop."
All these endorsements may harm his street cred, but his brother said,
"Snoop takes advantage of everything. This rap money isn't long. Just ask
* Hey, Hammer sells hot dogs, too! He's got his own cart!
* MC Hammer can't even buy a hot dog.
* I'd think having a foot-long wiener named after you would give a guy all
kinds of street cred.
* With the name "Bing Worthington," Snoop's brother has no street cred at