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.