Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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.
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.
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 20, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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:
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.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I made a pot of turkey chili and then I ate it. The whole thing. I feel like the ending of Altered States looks.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
RIP Michael Crichton
Michael Chrichton was 66 when he died. I was just thinking about the Andromeda Strain this week.
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.
The door has been shown.
Monday, November 03, 2008
I now know what happens if you leave a coffee maker on the stove. Melting and smoke. No coffee to drink.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Sounds 100% Fake to Me ...
but it is being reported as genuine.
Palin Phone Pranked
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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