Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Film reports

Interesting film about the world of back up singers.  Some are content to sing back up, some got screwed over and were forced to keep singing back up, and some tried to bust out and sing lead but it didn't happen for them.  All the stories are interesting and well worth your time.

Cute but super predictable film about four people who meet when they all decide to commit suicide by jumping off a tall building.  Imogen Poots, who is supposed to be the young blond 'it girl' from Britain today is highly annoying in this film.  The other leads, meh.  It's okay, nothing special.

Lavish retelling of the life of the Duchess of Devonshire.  Her husband was unfaithful and shitty towards her, mostly until she bore him a son, but even afterwards he was a shit to her.  He bedded her best friend and she moved in with them and into his bedroom.  But when she had a public affair like him, he went ballistic and threatened to take away her children.  I quite liked this film, usually I root against all the nobles in films like this one, but Keira Knightly won me over.  This is her best role since Bend it like Beckham.
I liked most all of this gritty true crime film about a the murder of a cop and the survivors guilt of his partner.  James Woods is charismatic as anything as the creepy small time hood who murders a cop and goes on to become a jailhouse lawyer of renown.  John Savage is outstanding as the partner of the murdered cop who is forced to deal with PTSD and survivors guilt.  In real life his character was used as an example of what not to do when a cop gets taken as a hostage.  My only problem with this film was the dialogue of some of the black actors, most all of whom turn in fine performances, it was a load of that 'Yas suh, no suh, you is da boss massah' style dialogue.  If it was written that way, then shame on the author Joseph Wambuagh, if it was an acting choice made by the actors, then shame on them.  All in all though, this is a good film that I should have seen a long time ago.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seen around town

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Don't be frightened

Comic book fanboys are going out of their minds over the news that sexy little Jena Malone might be playing Robin in the new Batman film.
They're afraid they might be secretly gay if they're attracted to one of their comic book heroes.  They might have to admit that they love the idea of Batman parking his Batmobile in their tight caves.

Me, I'm all for Jena being in any and all DC comic book adaptions. If she's in it, then at least there's one thing to look forward to in an otherwise deadly dull film.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foxy Friday

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Republican fairy tales

The tale of the man who would not work:
"Why do you not work and contribute to our country that is most exceptional?"

"Sir, I do not work because I am reliant on the handouts I get from big government.  Now leave me alone and go make your millions of dollars so that big government can tax you to pay for my bone idleness."

 The tale of what happens after marriage equality: 

"Come you old crone, give me that pussy cat so that I may marry it and fornicate upon it."

"No you cruel varlet, my cat is my pet, I shall keep it."

"You old bitch, you just committed a hate crime!  I'm calling the Department of Justice on you!"

 The tale of how Ebola is spread: 
 "I, President Obama's real Kenyan father, cooked up Ebola in a lab in Africa in order to bring down the country Jesus freedom loving people the world over love.  I must now go to Mexico and give vials of this dread disease to my army of gay Muslim Mexican fascist Communist atheist Catholics so that they may enter the USA illegally and put this noxious poison in candy, sports drinks, and hamburgers across the land!"

 The tale of the return of the fairness doctrine: 
'Twas a dark day indeed when President for Life Hillary Obama Biden FDR Martin Luther King Jr McClinton brought back the fairness doctrine in all media.  With one stroke of her cloven hoofed claw, she silenced Rush, Glenn, Dr. Laura, and all right wing hate talk radio and TV.  She replaced it with Hopi Indian chants, whale songs, the music of Jackson Browne, and the speeches of Rachel Maddow. Now the people have no one to tell them how bad socialism, race mixing, and homosexual sex is.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quick review

I found Amnesia to be a twist filled highly entertaining police procedural. It tells the story of a British detective who's wife goes missing.  In addition to looking for her he discovers that an amnesia victim may be murdering a series of women.  John Hannah is good as the over wrought lead and sexy Jemma Redgrave is very good as the female lead.  It's well worth a couple hours of your time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


The post war European buildings are beautiful, so beautiful.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Helpful first aid tips

To make your toddler's boner go down, tap him on the back gently while singing Methodist hymns.

Use plenty of tongue when giving mouth to mouth in West Virginia, it's the polite thing to do.

If someone is choking on a food you like, try to suck that food out of their mouth.

Wash your eyes out after reading this stupid post.  No, seriously, go wash them.  And get some therapy too.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Not a selling point

Vintage ads like this make me laugh.  I take it for granted that a hotel or motel room I rent is going to be clean. If it's not, I'm not going stay there.  If one of your selling points is that your hotel/motel is clean, then I'm automatically suspect and I'm probably not going to stay there.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The shape of things

I'm pretty fond of ovals myself.

Friday, October 10, 2014

My hero

Malala Yousafzai has more courage in her than anyone.  She has more smarts and forgiveness in her than does any Christian, Hindu, Jewish, or Islamic holy man.  She has more grace than any woman alive and she's got more humility than you or I.  She took a bullet for what she believes in and she lived to shrug it off so that she can continue to make a difference in the lives of women and children all over the world.  And make no mistake, the religious extremists that tried to kill and silence her are the same ilk who try to censor history books in Colorado and try to control women's bodies and sexuality all over the world.

I love, respect, and revere this courageous young woman.  For the first time in recent memory, the Nobel Peace Prize committee got one right.


I hate it when stuff breaks down and doesn't work properly, be it an automobile, a cell phone, or a part of our home entertainment system.

The other night our Roku 2 started acting up and it took me three days and help from Roku tech support to figure out it the remote was sticking.  So we purchased a new Roku 2, I installed it, I installed all our old channels, and logged in to them again, so we're good to go.  Yay!

But seriously, fuck shit when it breaks down and stresses me out.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Banana propaganda

We propped up violent dictatorships in central and south America so you cold have bananas, now do the right thing and eat more of them you ungrateful outs.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The history they don't teach you in school

June 1776.
"The ancient ones will rise when a blackamoor leads this land.  Go spread this prophecy.  I do not care if there be few blackamoors free and that none have the intelligence to lead us, the prophets have spoken!  Now go!  Spread the word but be careful lest ye let Christians hear of our doings.  Go now and then upon your return we shall orgy until dawn!"

 "Be ye men of goodwill who know the name of Cthulhu?  If ye be, then ye must listen to my words and then we must orgy until all are sated."

 "Child, we have heard you are an oracle of the ancient ones.  Can you speak the prophecy to our fellow traveler Ben Franklin, he believeth me not."

"'Tis true, I Ben Franklin have heard that the ancient one, our dread Lord Cthulhu will only come to our realms when a blackamoor leads this land.  I despair that I will never live to see the day that happens, but now, let me pass I must spread the word to my brothers in the Continental Congress, I will bide no delay." 
"Brother Franklin hath told us the prophecies.  We must orgy like mad and then free the slaves immediately after we are spent so that one my rise up and lead us to the day when Lord Cthulhu rules over us." 

"Dear Oracle Child, Christians and one lone Jew have thwarted our efforts to free the slaves so that we may find one to lead us to the day when the dread ancient ones come to rule over us.  We have failed for now, but come, now let us all orgy together."
"Fear not!  All is not lost, the epoch of the ancient ones will be upon us someday soon.  Sometime around 2008 we think.  For now, we must go orgy with the British, I heard they're coming!"

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Jesus, I've got my hand up your ass

And it's all warm and squishy in there. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Check your hate at the door you entitled white pricks

The level of hate that's being directed at Muslims and brown skinned people is off the charts in this country.  And the most troubling aspect of it is a lot of it is coming from allegedly liberal 'enlightened' white people.

To claim that all Muslims are responsible for the acts of extremists who use that religion as a cover for their cowardly acts of murder, mayhem, misogyny, and more is absurd.  Not all Muslims want to convert us at gun point or kill us if we refuse their backward ass Bronze age religion and to say they do is insanity on all levels.  It's like saying that all Norwegians  and all Christians are to blame for the murders Anders Breivik committed in the name of Christianity.   It's like saying that all Christians are to blame for the murder of Dr. George Tiller or the bombings carried out by Eric Rudolph.

I have nothing but disrespect, scorn, and a lack of belief in all religions, especially the Bronze age big three that have plagued us from their inception, but I'm not stupid enough to think that all those who believe in them are hateful terrorists out to convert or kill me.  Get the fuck over yourselves white liberal America.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

If the diabetes and the fat don't get you, the cancer from the pesticide will

An ad that says it's okay to eat food sprayed with Gulf brand pesticide.  Wow, just fucking wow.  Click on it to make it bigger, if you're using Chrome, click on it and then click 'Open image in new tab' to see it in all it's insane glory.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book reports

This fine book by Samira Kawash tells the story of the past hundred years or so of candy in the USA.  It's full of facts that will leave you astounded, amused, and amazed.  It's concise, well written, and utterly engaging. Many times books like these written by academics are dull and dry as dust, thank goodness this one isn't at all like that.  I highly recommend this book, read it and be amazed at how candy has evolved in our society over the years.

I'm head over heels in love with this cool as shit graphic novel.  I read this author's blog and he posts panels he's finished or still working on and I'm always blown away by how much I like his work.  This graphic novel is about a private detective who is mixed up with a bookstore owner and is investigating the whereabouts of a missing painting.  It's all very cool and existential and some parts of it may or may not be real, they just might be figments of some of the characters imaginations.  I totally love the spartan art and the very limited use of color.  This one isn't for everyone, some people won't 'get it' but I did and boy did I love it.