Movies

2015-01-29 Recently Read

Grantland: How ‘Selma’ Got Smeared As a member of more than one marginalized group of people, I can attest that these sorts of conversations with allies happen all the time wherein the needs of the marginalized group end up being subservient to the plans of their allies, who have more power and are able to

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Skipping Ender’s Game

Geeks OUT wants you to Skip Ender’s Game, and they have some compelling reasons why. As I’ve noted here back in 2005, Orson Scott Card is a homophobic nut who has said some terrible and dangerous things about gay people. Geeks OUT compiles a larger, more complete list of how he had harmed gay people:

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The Gender Flipped Character in Elysium

A couple of comments I added to the article at The Mary Sue “Add Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt To The List Of Characters Written For Men And Played By Women“: The Entertainment weekly quote from that article: Her role was created as Secretary Rhodes, who was male. But then Blomkamp woke up one morning and it

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Supergirl First

The case for why DC should tackle a Supergirl movie before a Wonder Woman movie. I wrote a little bit a few weeks ago about the importance of getting the Wonder Woman storyline right when she is written in comics, books, television and movies. If I had a huge ego, I’d say the folks at

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How Movies Teach Manhood: Colin Stokes

More about this TED Talk: When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

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Movie Trailer for Bully

This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how

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Quotable

Stephanie, on why she doesn’t want to see Titanic in 3-D: I thought it was overhyped in the first place. And at the scene were the ship hits the iceberg, and the guy says “How long do we have?!” I looked at my watch and said “You have an hour and a half.”

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Buffy Vs. Edward – Pop-up Video style

Rebellious Pixels produces this cool video mash-up remix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward from the Twilight series, highlighting how creepy and stalker-like inappropriate Edward’s behavior is during Twilight, and how Buffy would have handled the behavior in a healthier way than Bella does. This latest version contains “pop up video” annotations that provide

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Golden Globes Nominations 2012. Wha?

Looking over the list of nominations for the Golden Globes for 2012 is just oddness. I’ve read an number of allegations that this particular awards ceremony is basically just bought and sold pretty freely, and it somewhat makes sense looking at the nominations. How on earth is New Girl nominated but for “Best Television Series

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links for 2011-08-31

Ugly Guy, Hot Wife – Television Tropes & Idioms Nothing will make me turn the channel faster than this trope.   (tags: movies television tropes misogyny) Oak | Acne Navy Normandie Mono Crop Off Turtleneck Sweater Oak Couldn't be too expensive to make; only one arm. (tags: Sweaters Design Funny) Twenty Iconic Male Movie Roles

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Lesbian Web Series

There aren’t too many mainstream television shows with lesbian main characters, but there is no shortage of online web series and shorts. Many of them are independently produced and rely on viewer contributions to keep production going. I’ve only seen the Girl Trash series so far, but have read reviews here and there — enough

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Space Girls

The song is by The Imagined Village. Source in order of appearance: Raumpatroille Lost In Space Outer Limits Doctor Who The Giant Behemoth Twilight Zone Attack Of The 50 ft Woman Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Avengers Forbidden Planet Queen of Outer Space Space 1999 V Sapphire And Steel UFO Star Trek Logans Run 5th

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Sucker Punch Disney Mashup

Apparently the Sucker Punch movie I was excited about seeing a few weeks back (but didn’t get around to, due to recent events) turned out to have been very bad indeed. So, good thing I didn’t waste my money. But this came out of it, which is quite funny – a mashup of the trailer

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GIRLTRASH All Night Long – official trailer

Another on the list of movies I’m going to see one way or another. It probably won’t come here, so I’ll have to buy the video. Produced by Power Up, the people who made D.E.B.S. Created by Angela Robinson, based on her extremely successful Web series from Showtime.

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Sucker Punch

Holy crap. I’m seeing this movie. On the day it comes out. I put a reminder on my calendar, even. Wanna go with? UPDATE: Yeah, after I read the reviews and heard how god-awful sexist it was, I didn’t go. So that was a letdown.

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Trigger trailer

The trailer from the movie Trigger – after reading a review on Dorothy Surrenders, I think we’ll try to see this sometime. I don’t demand that every movie pass the Bechdel test, but when they do and they have good reviews, I should see them.

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Thinking about Woody Allen

After reading the The New York Times interview with him on his new movie… I don’t think I’ve every adequately articulated this thought before now – the thing I dislike about Woody Allen most is not the neurotic craven-ness of him (although that’s particularly loathsome and a worthy reason for dislike) but rather the way

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Who does this look like?

The actually photo is of Lewis Powell, one of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. The photo was taken in 1865. But I swear the man looks like an actor I’ve seen in a movie or TV show somewhere just recently. I want to say it was something historical – like a Jane Austen movie, or something

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Sex and The City 2 – more thoughts

Garland Grey does an interesting dissection of the problems with Sex and The City 2. The trouble is, if they’d fixed the problems he described, I don’t know that the movie would be watchable. I don’t know that I’d go see it. And I’m really glad he didn’t attend my wedding, because I’d hate to

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links for 2010-01-28

The secret lives of married men – Times Online A better title for this would be "The Secret Life of a mentally under-developed London Times writer/sexist douchbag." (tags: sexism misogyny equality rights women) Dorothy Surrenders: A movie of our own Dorothy breaks down the box office numbers on movies about lesbians, and throws out hope

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About Roman Polanski

I’m sure you’ve had an opportunity to read all the media circus surrounding the arrest of movie director Roman Polanski. Over on Shakesville, Melissa McEwan notes and discusses several of the high-profile people defending him, including Harvey Weinstein, Debra Winger and Whoopi Goldberg. And on another blog post, she lists others. I’m deeply disappointed by

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Where The Wild Things Are Trailer

Wow. I have a million images in my head. I’m struck by how much it looks like the book – the colors, especially, are exactly like the color palettes in the book, and the hand drawn font evokes the like quality of the book, too. Interesting.

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So… what would the opposite of koumpounophobia be?

Why do I ask? No reason, really. Ahem. I’m really looking forward to Coraline hitting theaters! (My weird obsession with buttons started when I was a little kid. The pillowcases my grandmother made had tiny button closures, and I would play when them while falling asleep. It’s a comfort thing.)

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Oprah interviews Kate Winslet

Oprah interviewing Kate Winslet after her two golden globe wins for Revolutionary Road and The Reader. In this clip, Oprah is talking about scenes from The Reader. Note – in searching for links for this clip, I couldn’t find news sites that DIDN’T make double entendres with their “Winslet’s Golden Globes!” headlines. Golden indeed. Dorothy

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Quote of the Day: Reform

Courtesy “O Brother Where Art Thou“: Reform? I’ll reform you, you soft-headed sonofabitch! How we gonna run reform when we’re the damn incumbent! Y’ignorant slope-shouldered sack a guts! Why we’d look like a buncha satchel-ass Johnnie-Come-Latelies braggin’ on our own midget! Don’t matter how stumpy! And that’s the goddamn problem right there – people think

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links for 2008-04-03

Top 10 Great Movies No One Should Have To Watch More Than Once » Scene-Stealers (tags: movies list) The Myth of the Media Myth: Games and Non-Gamers | MetaFilter metafilter reviews the games of “Outside” and “First Life” and gives them decent ratings. (tags: funny humor reviews games) Enclothe – Art T Shirts – Enclothe

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Design is Dead says Phillippe Starck

The hilarity of this recent news item is only enhanced by my having just finished watching the movie Art School Confidential mere moments before I read it: BERLIN (AFP) — Renowned French designer Philippe Starck says he is fed up with his job and plans to retire in two years, in an interview published in

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Laser Eye Surgery: Suddenly, I See

I woke up this morning with much improvement in my vision. It’s still not 20/20, but I can read text at a distance, and such. I’m back at work – one thing I’ve noticed is that I still can’t see facial expressions at a distance, so I can’t tell what my co-workers are doing/expressing when

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Laser Eye Surgery: Getting my eyeballs replaced

As someone at work put it. I’m getting laser surgery (specifically PKR) done on my eyes tomorrow by Dr. Waltz of TLC of Indianapolis. I’m doing my traditional “Stress relief by just not thinking about it” form of denial, so I don’t freak out. It couldn’t possibly be worse than the surgeries I’ve already had.

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Weekend Update – Movies

We managed to add two movies to our viewing list this weekend, along with dinner at Ralph’s Great Divide on Friday and Mama Carolla’s on Saturday, an overly sweet bottle of Reisling, much work on Stephanie’s part, and my reading the Sunday paper, a book and lots of blogs. Murder By Death (1976) Eileen Brennan,

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links for 2008-01-14

Esquire Magazine’s feature on Dateline NBC’s ‘To Catch a Predator’ – Esquire Esquire covers a NBC sting that goes horrible wrong, and raises many questions about the ethics of the show. (tags: ethics crime media television) A scrapbook career in shreds – Los Angeles Times This scrapbooking thing – very weird. Hmmmm. Very. (tags: culture

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links for 2008-01-08

The Sun | Torchwood, season 2. Oh, that is the hotness. John Barrowman K-I-S-S-I-N-G with James Marsters (AKA Spike on Buffy.) (tags: television) Golden Globes Telecast Canceled: MTV Movie News Winners will be announced on NBC News instead. This doesn’t bode well for the Oscars. (tags: movies 2007) Shakesville: Men on Abortion Read this article

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Movies I’ve Seen: 2007

I’ve never kept track of movies I’ve seen in the past, but this year we saw so few in the theater, and most of our viewing was via Netflix, so I was able to figure most of it out. I think. If you know of some we saw with you in the theater that aren’t

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Weekend Update: 2008-01-06

Dunno what my last journal entry covered, so let me start at the top – we rang in 2008 at the traditional party at Dan and Doug’s, which is always fun and pretty low-key, and thankfully a few blocks away so we don’t have to risk life and limb. I got really toasted, but managed

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links for 2007-12-31

WorldCat.org Over 1 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Search for books, music, videos, articles and more in libraries near you. (tags: databases library reference research) 2007 in film – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: 2007 movies reference)

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J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore was gay.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald: Harry Potter fans, the rumours are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. JK Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series, outed the beloved character today while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall in New York. After reading briefly from the final book,

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the college professor in modern literature and film

After reading Zadie Smith’s “On Beauty” for book club, I found this article from the American Scholar on the college professor as portrayed in modern literature and film interesting: The absentminded professor, that kindly old figure, is long gone. A new image has taken his place, one that bespeaks not only our culture’s hostility to

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Sexed-up Hermione

As Bil points out, for the IMAX promotional poster for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix” movie someone adjusted Hermione’s girl parts somewhat in comparison to the original movie poster, giving her some bigger boobs, a thinner waist and fluffier hair. I grabbed the picture he posted comparing the posters side-by-side, and overlaid

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10 Dating Tips By Way of Hollywood

author unknown 1. People Who Hate Each Other on Sight Usually End Up Falling in Love ("The Way We Were," "Titanic," most Astaire/Rogers movies). Actually, people who hate each other when they first meet usually work very hard to avoid each other in the future. And if you ever really tried the sort of things

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An Inconvenient Truth

We went to see “An Inconvenient Truth” over the weekend. You really want to see this movie. You may not know that you want to, but you do. You may be on the fence about the issue, or afraid that it’s boring, or unconcerned. You may think you disagree with the movie. Trust me. You

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Movie Quotes Meme

Grabbed this meme from a variety of places, including X-Tra Rant, Torpor Indy, Radical Druid, Legal Quandary, etc. Here are the rules: A. Pick 11 of your favorite movies. B. Then pick one of your favorite quotes from each movie. C. Post the quotes in your journal. D. Have those on your friends list guess

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Brokeback Mountain

I’ve been biting my tongue listening to all the hype surrounding Brokeback Mountain, both before and after the Oscars, and reading what people, both gay and straight, had to say in movie reviews and on various blogs. Now that Annie Proulx has had her say, I feel a little less constrained about unleashing the hounds.

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Really, How Hard Is It?

I think need to watch the movie Hustle and Flow, because there must be something about this pimping business that I’m missing. ‘Cause now that it won an Oscar, I keep hearing the song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” and I’m wondering what’s so difficult about it. See, because my understanding of the

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More Things I Learned From The Movies

Signals If a tapping sound or flashing light represents morse code, there’s always someone around that can interpret the message. When Morse Code is used, the interpreter will call out words as they are being sent, rather than letters. Furthermore, a single word is represented by a few "beeps", and all words are sent at

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Kerasotes Theaters (Glendale) 5 Buck Club

Kerasotes Theaters is offering a five dollar club, with a discount card that you can use to see movies for five dollars any time for movies that have been playing at least two weeks. That’s a pretty nice deal for movies when the regular matinee price is $6.25. And the theater at Glendale is one

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Saved!

I caught the 2003 movie Saved! this weekend. There was a lot of controversy when it came out because it a comedy that depicts a Christian school in a less-than-flattering way. After watching it, though, it’s clear that the comedic critique in the movie is of hypocrisy, not of Christianity, and of people who pay

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Oscar Classic Movies on TCM

Beginning February 1st, Turner Classic Movies will air 360 “Oscar winner and nominee” movies, 3 per evening, until the Academy Awards (which airs March 5th). All of them are uncut and commercial free. Of course, the criteria to qualify as an “Oscar winner or nominee” is pretty open; they’re not talking all “best picture” noms

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Super Size Me

Stephanie and I finally got a chance to watch Super Size Me tonight. We had DVR’ed it last year, but never got around to watching it, and it deleted itself after awhile. I knew the basics about the film, and we have already seen most of the first season of 30 Days. But actually seeing

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Brokeback Mountain does well at box office

According to the Associated Press, Brokeback Moutain is doing well at the box office in limited release, and may appeal to audiences in wide release as well. The movie is playing here at Keystone Art Cinemas at the Keystone at the Crossing mall. We’re planning on seeing it this evening…

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Movies I Need to See (or see again)

Movies that I’ve never seen, or need to see again because it’s been a long time. 2001: A Space Odyssey “The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut “8 1/2” (1963) Federico Fellini A Bout de Souffle A Room With a View A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Aguirre: The Wrath of God Around the World in 80

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Inherit The Wind

I happened to catch the 1960 screenplay of Inherit The Wind on Showtime this afternoon, and was blown away. I wish I had recorded it, because it’s extraordinarily timely. I’m guessing that a lot of other people haven’t seen it either. [grin]

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If you can’t maim them, Auntie Mame them

Mame Dennis: Well, now, uh, read me all the words you don’t understand. Patrick Dennis: Libido, inferiority complex, stinko, blotto, free love, bathtub gin, monkey glands, Karl Marx… is he one of the Marx Brothers? Patrick Dennis: …Neurotic, heterosexual… Mame Dennis: Oh, my my my my, what an eager little mind. [takes the list] Mame

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Melissa Etheridge and other cool stuff

My friend Amy gave me Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled by Melissa Etheridge a few weeks ago. I’ve been listening to it, but didn’t get around to paying attention to some of the new tunes on it until this week. There’s a very beautiful song called “This Is Not Goodbye” about going into surgery

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The Chronicles of Narnia Movie

I so wanted to like this movie, because I loved the books as a kid. I re-read the books in 1997 and didn’t enjoy them as much as I had when I was young, but there still was a lot of the magic there, even though some of the story bothered me. But this movie…

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If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy – your life appeals to a select few. But if someone’s obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky. Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre

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Favorite Movie List

I answered this movie meme several years ago. I need to update it quite a bit, but since I received another meme recently asking the 10 movies I hate, I thought I’d combine them. 10 Favorite Comedies Auntie Mame Amelie Shakespeare in Love Twelfth Night Much Ado About Nothing There’s Something About Mary Breakfast At

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Movie Theater Police States

Boing Boing has an article on movie theaters introducing the idea of patting down customers and “coat checking” camera phones and cameras to prevent “copyright infringement” of movies. Apparently this is common at previews in California and is now making it’s way to Toronto and other theaters. Yeah, good idea. I’m giving you my camera?

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Curious George Movie Trailer

In theaters February 2006. Yeah! A couple things bother me, though. He’s very cute, but he doesn’t look enough like George from the books. And Will Ferrell as the man in the Yellow Hat? Um, no. Sorry, that’s wrong.

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Good Night, And Good Luck

The trailer for ‘Good Night, And Good Luck.’ George Clooney directs and co-stars in this story of legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. I will definitely be seeing this movie in the theater.

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MacGuffin

Wikipedia definition of the Alfred Hitchcock concept of a MacGuffin. In fiction, a MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin) is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The MacGuffin’s importance to the plot is not the object itself, but rather

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The Long Tail

[Navigated to by way of Steven Johnson’s Blog. Johnson is the author of Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter which I read recently.] Quoting from Wikipedia: The phrase The Long Tail, as a proper noun, was first coined by Chris Anderson. Beginning in a series of

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

We went to see Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yesterday. I know this is complete sacrilege, but I liked the storyline better in this version than in the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory version. There were more satisfying explanations for everything than the original, especially for the ending, which wrapped

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Weekend Update: King Kong at IMA

Stephanie and I saw King Kong with Dan and Doug, Josh, and David and Garrett on the Terrace at the IMA. It was great fun; the sound was much better than in the past, and I love seeing movies with Dan and Doug; I haven’t done that much recently, and I miss it. I spent

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The Aristocrats Joke

I’m posting this so I can peruse it from home… Dead Frog features what has been described by the New York Times as “The Greatest Dirty Joke Ever Told” – The Aristocrats. Inspired by the forthcoming film from Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette which features 100 comics talking about and telling their versions of the

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King Kong – Retro Style

Stephanie and I are going to see King Kong (the classic 1933 Fay Wray/Empire State building version, not the 1970s Jessica Lange/Twin Towers/so bad it’s funny version) on the terrace at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this Friday evening. I’m taking advantage of my summer hours program to go early and stake out a spot,

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Mini Reviews

I’ve been meaning to write reviews for all these things for a while, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time. So here are my mini reviews, because I can’t seem to keep up with everything. All the President’s Men I watched this movie for the first time this past weekend, and it was

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Digital Theater

Interesting article via Boing Boing on digital theater and how George Lucas was hoping to cause a switch-over to digital projection with his new installments of Star Wars. From what I understand, the resistance on the part of theater owners is because of the cost of switching to digital equipment, and the probability that digital

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Pointless car chases

I’m in the middle of watching the movie Paycheck… and I was enjoying the somewhat interesting techno-thriller, until the middle section of the movie, where they threw in a completely ridiculous, pointless and mind-numbing car chase into it. Now it have in on pause because I had to get up and leave after that annoying

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Movie Primers

This is a site I need to return to and read in the future; GreenCine’s Movie Primers, which are mini-guides to key movie genres. Excellent for figuring out what the heck is up with French New Wave films. Without, you know, actually having to see them.

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Movie Review: Closer

Dan (Jude Law) is walking down the street one day when he runs into Alice (Natalie Portman) who, while staring at Dan, is hit by a car. He helps her to the hospital, and then begins a romance with her, despite the fact that she looks like jailbait and there’s not a single hint of

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D.E.B.S Movie Trailer

I can’t wait for this to come out. I’ll take bets on whether it finds it’s way to Indianapolis, though. It does have an Amazon.com listing so someday it will be out in DVD. Notice that the chick leading the “rescue party” is Tammy Lynn Michaels, Melissa Etheridge’s wife.

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Trailer for new Willy Wonka Movie

Check out the movie trailer for Tim Burton’s Willy Wonka And the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp. There’s a lot of stuff I recognize there, especially in Depp’s portrayal, which is clearly an homage to Gene Wilder.

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Totally gay or lesbian!

Coming to a film-festival near you, Gay Propaganda: short film recreations of 11 famous scenes from movies, only with same sex couples… including “The Gay Graduate”, “Gay On Golden Pond” and “The Gay Breakfast Club.” Sounds like fun!

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Weekend Update 2004-03-29

So I spent the whole weekend moving at a leisurely pace, which was very refreshing after months of whirlwind activity. Friday night was Girl’s Game Night at Vic’s/Outword Bound, which is always very fun. I bought The Truth About Jane and Tipping the Velvet on DVD from Outword Bound, which now has an online store,

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paper moon

I saw the 1973 movie “Paper Moon” on TCM on Monday. I’d never seen it before; it was a great movie. Tatum O’Neal was a terrific kid actor. The soundtrack was great, too — Depression era jazz. I searched around but found there was never officially a soundtrack released for it, although someone put together

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Weekend Update 2004-02-09

So, this weekend I learned how to use my miter saw and Kathy helped me cut the baseboards for the living room. Then we went out Saturday night to a open mike concert that was quite fun. We saw DJ and Chi and Tracy and hung out listening to some great music. I ended up

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Brokeback Mountain

A gay cowboy romance that is in in the works, directed by Ang Lee and produced by James Schamus and Diana Ossana for Focus Features, a division of Universal Pictures (In other words, a major studio release). Shooting on the movie begins this summer. It is currently in casting negotiations for the part of the

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Weekend Update 2004-01-06

Over the long New Years weekend, my friend Cate, who was in from Germany, came over and we went to Dan and Doug’s New Years party (photos soon!) along with Kathy and had a good time. Cate and I went to the Catholic supply store downtown and got religious medals (I know, I know, I

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Coming Summer of 2004, starring Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow & Jude Law. Thus guaranteeing that I, Doug and Amy will all be in the theater to watch. Very 1930’s Art Deco style movie, with Angelina in uniform, flying a plane. I will so be there. Gwyneth is a reporter. I wasn’t paying that much attention

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Onion: Non-Widescreen Version Of DVD Received As Hanukkah Gift

The Onion wries a news story that sounds vaguely like my friend Douglas: A hilarious story about a kid who’s disappointed to receive the “full-screen” version of the Matrix Reloaded as a gift, as opposed to the more desirable letter-boxed, or “wide-screen” version. “With approximately a third of the movie’s visual content missing, thanks to

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“Mary Sue” in Online Fan Fiction

MARY SUE (n.): 1. A variety of story, first identified in the fan fiction community, but quickly recognized as occurring elsewhere, in which normal story values are grossly subordinated to inadequately transformed personal wish-fulfillment fantasies, often involving heroic or romantic interactions with the cast of characters of some popular entertainment. 2. A distinctive type of

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Narnia

They’re doing a film version of the Chronicles of Narnia. That’s so cool. I can’t wait. I love these books when I was a kid, and I bought the boxed set a few years back and re-read them. The film version is being done by Peter Jackson, the producer of the Lord of the Rings,

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I don’t care how “sexy” Ben Affleck is…

He simply does not cause lesbians to want to have sex with him. Believe me. Icky. Icky. Icky. I’m sorry, but the culture police need to write him a ticket for Gigli AND Chasing Amy. Seriously, if Ben Affleck wanted to have sex with me, I might auction the option off to my gay male

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The Magdalene Sisters Documentary

I wrote a few months back about the Magdelene Laundries – In Mid-20th Century Ireland (until the last one closed in 1996), the Catholic Church ran commercial laundries, run by nuns, that were essentially prisons for wayward girls, who were deposited there by their families when they became pregnant, got in trouble or otherwise upset

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Mel Gibson is a Total Nutjob

Holy crap. What a fucking moron. Gibson’s theology, writes Christopher Noxon in the New York Times, “is a strain of Catholicism rooted in the dictates of a 16th-century papal council and nurtured by a splinter group of conspiracy-minded Catholics, mystics, monarchists and disaffected conservatives — including a seminary dropout and rabble-rousing theologist who also happens

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Things You Learn About Computers In The Movies…

Author Unknown Word processors never display a cursor. You never have to use the space-bar when typing long sentences. All monitors display 2 inch high letters. High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA, or some such governmental institution, have easy-to-understand graphical interfaces. Those that don’t will have incredibly powerful text-based command shells

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Information about the Civil War Draft Riots

Information about the Civil War Draft Riots; the back story of the movie Gangs of New York: Salon Magazine’s Review of Gangs of New York A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE DRAFT RIOTS New York City Draft Riots: A Result of Mounting Tensions New York City Draft Riots New York Draft Riots (July 11-13, 1863) N.Y.

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Film and American Studies

Interesting… Ray Carney, film critic, has this very interesting website about Film and American Studies. I know very little about the classics of cinema and the art of filmmaking, and want to learn more.

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Tom Greene / Drew Barrymore divorce

Okay, check out the divorce papers of Tom Greene and Drew Barrymore, and compare what Tom claims are his intellectual property rights versus the intellectual property Drew owns. Hmmm. I think in this divorce, Drew must get to keep the talent. The trouble is that Tom is claiming intellectual ownership of “The Subway Monkey Hour.”

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DVD Easter Eggs

DVD Easter Eggs are hidden menu options on DVDs that lead to extra deleted scenes, interviews, credits, photos, etc. For example, on Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone there are more deleted scenes if you go through a series of steps. On the Simpsons, Season One, you can find mgazine covers and info about a

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cool movie reviews

And as an apology for ranting so much today, here’s a site with the funniest, most interesting movie reviews I’ve ever read. Before I go see a movie in the theatre, I read the review here first.

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Utilities turned on

On Saturday, the phone guy and the cable guy redid the lines to my new house. The cable’s working fine, but the phone still needs to be worked on–apparently at the central office. But I cleaned out the shed at the back of the house, and got some of the linoleum off the living room

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Bon Jovi?

So, do you think that David Kelley happened to see an HBO rerun of “Moonlight and Valentino” and, because he couldn’t think of anything new to write, decided to lift part of the plot and drop it in Ally McBeal, Bon Jovi and all?

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Read the book before the movie

Favorite thing that happened yesterday: I was watching Entertainment Tonight, where they were covering the premiere of Harry Potter in England, and they interviewed all the celebrities going to see the movie, including Cher. And they asked them “Are you excited about the premiere of the movie?” And every one of the had to admit

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My Birthday

Dan and Doug took me out to dinner, and gave me North By Northwest and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and My sister gave me a fondue pot, ice crusher, and goth chick Barbie. So my birthday turned out pretty damned cool. Fake book on Amazon: American Foreign Policy by G. W. Bush Fake reviewers on

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Top 12 Sexual Lines in Star Wars

1. She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. 2. Curse my metal body, I wasn’t fast enough! 3. Look at the size of that thing! 4. Sorry about the mess… 5. You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought. 6. Aren’t you a little short for

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English Subtitles

From Harper’s Magazine July issue From a list of English subtitles used in films made in Hong Kong, compiled by Stefan Hammond and Mike Wilkins for their book Sex and Zen and a Bullet in the Head, to be published in August by Fireside. I am damn unsatisfied to be killed in this way. Fatty,

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Peter’s Evil Overlord List

This list is Copyright 1996 by Peter Anspach. If you enjoy it, feel free to pass it along or post it anywhere, provided that (1) it is not altered in any way, and (2) this copyright notice is attached. See Peter’s List for a more complete, complex version. Being an Evil Overlord seems to be

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