Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Naked Lunch

Much tamer than I expected. Mugwumps in particular are well-behaved. Maybe it could be re-edited so that the DVD randomizes the order of chapters.

Superman and Lois sticker from 1978

Found on a hutch of unknown provenance.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Paris, Texas

Overrated. First act in the desert plays like a dusty version of 2001 with Dean Stockwell in the role of David Bowman to Harry Dean Stanton's HAL. Then they arrive in L.A, there's a kid and blah blah blah.

Watership Down

This played better in my memory. Mighty indulgent at times and then Zero Mostel shows up as a seagull, a deutsche seagull. (This situation will be echoed in The Secret of NIMH) The finale seems a long time coming but is exciting when it finally shows up.

Robin Hood

Amiable but stupid version of Robin Hood legend entertains in spite of lazy direction. Who would cast Andy Devine and Pat Buttram together? It does not need to be said but it is superior to Kevin Costner travesty.

We're No Angels

Some thin performances of somewhat stale material don't spoil the drollery. Bogart and Ustinov are by far the most natural comics although Rathbone's whalebone-stiff villain is delicious. Michael Curtiz keeps things rolling along.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thumb Pocket

Thumb Pocket™ strikes me simultaneously funny and sad. So specific and unnecessary.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I went to book club and received presents!

Life is good!
Original Star Trek cast PEZ dispensers, free of irony:

And a very cool collection:

Thank you!

Saturday, November 08, 2008


I passed a young man on a Segway this afternoon. It's probably not safe to generalize from one sighting, but it's either a good sign for the economy that someone in Lake City has disposable income or it's a bad sign that someone has to resort to an electric scooter to get around. It's also just possible that it is the appropriate tool for the job.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Edda and Amos

It's about time. Even in the expanded-time of comics (L'il Abner and Daisy Mae are outliers), this courtship has been going on forever. McEldowney tested the waters with a parallel (one of several) relationship between a lapsed nun and a lapsed priest and I think the analog strip was handled in a similarily tasteful way.  I think he may have written himself into a corner as the sweet kids angle has been left behind. We haven't seen much of Juliette and Elliot lately.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Dino Rossi reacts to gubernatorial race being called

The apathetic Republicans (sorry, GOPistas) at Dino's celebration certainly didn't add any shine to their man's halo. I guess we are known by the company we keep.

Dino Rossi is a Whiney Baby and Needs to Be Shown the Door

It was a good news / bad news night. Obama is the President-elect by a huge margin which is a good thing. Washington state's gubernatorial race is undecided, which is neither good nor bad. McCain delivered a classy, touching concession speech which his audience of goons scarcely deserved, so mostly good. Obama delivered a speech that the whole room stunned with its import (also 80,000 people in Chicago) - a notably good thing. But Dino Rossi chose to mouth a meandering, divisive, whining screed to couch some kind of veiled threat against something. If I can find a clip of this petulant display I will link it here. What a jerk.
UPDATE The door has been shown.



Saturday, November 01, 2008

Sounds 100% Fake to Me ...

but it is being reported as genuine.
Palin Phone Pranked

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

When considered a work of fantasy on the lines of Lord of the Rings or Dune, the most egregious flaws (painful, pointless distortions of history) are mooted. However, there are plenty of flaws left over. The utter lack of drama is the worst followed closely by clumsy, stupid, insipid dialogue. Sure looks nice,though. Gondor could have done with a bit more of a late Renaissance look. Props for a cameo from Dr. Dee standing in for Gandalf or the mentat.

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