Sewer Strangelings


(YouTube Link)

Remember kids, don’t go poking around in the sewer lines.  Hellraiser comes to mind.

All Righty Then, That’s Done


seen at The Thought Experiment


‘Tis the Season


As the week starts its stretch into an early halt, and Christmas Eve looms to give way to Christmas Day, I am understandably giddy, anxious, and more than ready to take a break from the Grind.  Let’s dance, sing, eat, drink and be merry and gay.  Tra-la-la doop bitty bop bop doop.

Just like things should be, I’m ready to shelve my troubles, be thankful for my successes, and shed as much peace and joy on my loved ones as they (or I) can stand.  Here’s to winter solstice, and looking forward to a new year.  It should be a doozy.

RIP Miss Murphy


Died Too Young.

With five movies in post or pre-production, this was one starlet on her way up.  Sad to say, but I assume some sort of non natural drug was involved as Brittany Murphy suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of Way-Too-Young.  Thoughts and prayers for her family.

Avatar Easy Target For Haters


Even before the movie was over, I knew the haters were going to sound off about the overrated state of James Cameron’s Avatar, primarily due to the derivative nature of the plot.  I thought Oh, so it’s like Dances With Wolves Meets The Matrix.  That’s cool. And it is, really.

Update (4/9/2010): Since this is such a popular post, I highly recommend perusing my updated opinion on the nature of this story.

That is the main complaint right out of the gate, though, and even startup buzzkill complaints like what frakking font they used for subtitles can’t escape the comments section mob.  They all huddle under the banner of Originality.  They decry the sin of spending so much money on a project, and not letting some of it go to a creative story.  I’m on the opposite pole.  I think Cameron’s shrewdness is stellar, because “creative” can often spell doom to a film as ambitious as this.  If I was investing 300 million on a world like Pandora, I would want to tell a story that’s tried and true.  Tested and well-received.

Dances With Wolves and The Last Samurai told similar stories, yes.  But we eat that shit up, and therefore it’s not lazy of Cameron.  It’s a business decision.  Anyway, setting that nitpick of story aside,  you have a serious success in the presentation of a movie.  And, the next big step in visual effects, especially 3-D technology.

I can think of another movie that took one of those big steps, and its story was a blatant rip-off of every myth story imaginable regarding The Hero’s Journey.  What was that film called, again?

Empire Looks Back


Empire magazine asked 27 of the most famous actors to come in for a fun photo shoot, ostensibly setting them up as props alongside other props to re-create iconic roles from the past twenty years.  Some are minimalist with the props, such as Unforgiven below, but it works.  Some are rather involved, like the Sam Neill one, and they also re-created the prison cell scene in Silence of the Lambs quite well.  Other celebrity photos include Tom Cruise (Minority Report), Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Lawrence Fishburne (The Matrix), Christian Bale (American Psycho), Sean Bean & Viggo Mortensen (LOTR), and more.


Photo: Keith Bernstein

Photo: Bradley Patrick

Photo: Sarah Dunn

What I Learned by Watching “Up”


Up hit a lot of nails squarely on the head: heartfelt, funny, magical, exhilarating, etc.  But I left the movie with three lessons learned that will forever be associated with it.

  • Wives should put ties on their husbands every day.
  • The “Cone of Shame” is an absolute and true euphemism.
  • South America is really fucking weird.

It’s a decent Pixar effort, though.  Lots of fun for us adults as well as eye candy for the kiddos.

And……We’re Back.


My best friend had her birthday this weekend, and it was awesome.  One of the highlights was, of course, about me being right.  She just saw Batman Begins a couple of weeks ago for the first time, and fell so much in love with it, she declared that the sequel could never top it.  I tried to assure her it would, but she doubted me.

She doubts me no more.


Also, went to the zoo today, and Lexie kept handing me her purse, then I would forget for a while that I was holding it.  Before long I decided other guests at the zoo observed me, and thanked providence that Portland is such a gay-friendly town.


Avatar Looks Awesome Now



The first glimpses we got for James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic were… well, puzzling at best.  I was unimpressed, as were legions of cinephiles who feared this would be some huge flop.  Well.  The new trailer puts all that to rest for me.  Despite the heavy CGI, a few recycled military elements, and cheesy James Cameron-esque dialogue, this does look like the must see blockbuster we’ve been hoping for this Christmas.

Yahoo Movies has the new trailer.



Video editor “hh” put this montage together, featuring a pretty solid arrangement of the best human movie villains.  Set to an amazingly perfect song, East Hastings, he hits the mark squarely.  Let the insanity begin…

And the list -

Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men)
Don Logan (Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast)

Max Cady (Robert De Niro in Cape Fear)
Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York)
Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman in True Romance)
Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare in Fargo)

Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith in Robocop)

John Ryder (Rutger Hauer in The Hitcher)
Captain Vidal (Sergi López in Pan’s Labyrinth)
Dr. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man)

Alonzo (Denzel Washington in Training Day)
Mr Blonde (Michael Madsen in Resevoir Dogs)
Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now)
Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, Wrath of God)

Zero Wolf (Raoul Trujillo in Apocalypto)
Kit (Martin Sheen in Badlands

Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins in Psycho)

Michael Myers (Halloween)
Ray (Ray Winstone in Nil by Mouth)

Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale in American Psycho)
Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron in Monster)

Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man)

Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Frank Booth (Dennis Hooper in Blue Velvet)
Paul (Arno Frisch in Funny Games)

Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter)

Snoop (Felicia Pearson in The Wire)
Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell in Death Proof)

Hans Grueber (Alan Rickman in Die Hard)
Mr Blonde (2nd appearance-Michael Madsen in Resevoir Dogs)
Aaron (Edward Norton in Primal Fear)
Tony Montana (Al Pacino in Scarface)

Jigsaw (Saw)

Alex Forrest (Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction)
Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci in Casino)

Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?)

Harry Lime (Orson Welles in The Third Man)
Nurse Ratchet (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

The Joker (Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight)

Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates in Misery)

John Doe (Kevin Spacey in Seven)

Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter (Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs)

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson in The Shining)
Alex (Malcom McDowell in A Clockwork Orange)


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