Archive for August, 2007

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Archive – You Know when you’ve hit bottom when…

August 30, 2007

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Taco Bell starts ridiculing your calling.

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Archive – on 300

August 30, 2007

I’m of two minds when it comes to this movie: one side of me loves how it idealizes the act of fighting for a cause (the cause being fighting for your freedom). The other side of me can see why it might be used as neocon propaganda; oddly, the stuff that could be propaganda in my opinion is the added subplot of Queen Gorgo and her struggle to have herself heard in the council.

Yet another side (is that possible?) knows that the movie is a vast simplification of what may have actually happened. Watching The Last Stand of the 300 on the Discovery Channel the other night, I found out that Leonidas, as part of his and every other Spartans’ training, was required to sneak out (at least once, the program didn’t say how many times) and strangle a Helot (slave) to death. Hard to make your main character sympathetic if their backstory has that in it…

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Review – Poultrygeist

August 30, 2007

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 So, Chris Byrne (  http://anarchangel.blogspot.com/  ) is blogging about how to blog and in passing he writes “write good stuff, well”).  Easy for him to say – he’s got a beat.  I’m still trying to work through this blogging stuf and come up with some content that’s unique and interesting rather than simply linking all the time.

So anyway, here’s some content for you – Lloyd Kaufman was in town last Friday and screened (so he said) his new film Poultrygeist for the first time on a big screen in Milwaukee.  I got myself down there posthaste. Met the man – he’s quite affable in person.

Now, before I go on, Troma films are an acquired taste.  These films do not appeal to most filmgoers, as they are in the business of pushing buttons that the typical Hollywood film doesn’t. That’s a valid strategy – give the consumer something he can’t get anywhere else.  And how he did that!

I’ll try to summarize the plot – Arbie (Jason Yachanin) is in love with Wendy (Kate Graham), who’s going away to college.  While he gets work at the American Chicken Bunker, she returns to Tromaville with a lesbian lover (Allyson Sereboff) and protests General Lee Roy’s (Robin Watkins) chicken.  The spirits in the old Indian burial ground that the Chicken Bunker inhabit some chicken eggs, creating undead chicken zombies out of the joint’s workers.  (This is really an inadequate synopsis – forgive me; I’ll try to remember a notebook the next time I review a film in the theater.)

The movie goes to great lengths to insult everyone, gross out those it doesn’t tittilate, parodies film like Jaws & Alien – and did I mention that it was a musical as well?

I had a blast!  Highly recommended when you’re in with your friends drunk and want to watch a movie.

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There Ain’t No Future/In England’s Dreaming Part 5

August 28, 2007

Where will this end?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2332307.ece

 Some salient points from other blogs –

The blogger formerly known as MassBackwards makes the point that only the poor and middle class will have to deal with this database…

http://massbackwards.blogspot.com/2007/08/and-you-thought-gun-registration-was.html

And a commentator here –

http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2007/08/27/registering_children/

says:

I wonder what proceedure they use to delete children from the database when they turn 18? Otherwise, this registry of “children” would eventually become a registry of “everyone”, and I’m sure NOBODY intended that. No, of course not.

Perish the thought.

Formerly Great Britain continues to circle the toilet…

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Review – Militainment

August 28, 2007

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I’ve just finished watching Militainment, Inc. on YouTube – it’s an interesting documentary about how war (and specifically, the war in Iraq) has bee presented to the US public as the best Reality TV show ever.

Look for part 1 of 12 here (and maybe someday I’ll figure out how to get video to embed in this fershlugginer blog):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R08dQhM8kXk

Passing thoughts:

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1) I didn’t know I was a Techno-fetishist!

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2) This is just wrong.

3) 30-some companies (including Sony) tried to trademark the phrase “shock & awe”.

4) The British military (it wasn’t specific about which branch) used the game Half-Life as a training simulator for new troops. At least they have good taste – that was a terrific game (I’m still steamed that I had to call Valve’s hint line to get instructions on how to get past the Gargantua).

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Archive – Been away for a bit…

August 28, 2007

but I’m back now.

First, (sung to the tune of New York, New York)

Start spreading the news/

You’ve nothing to fear/

the camera’s got its’ eye on you/

New York, New York!

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/09/news/security.php

And a happy birthday to Robert A. Heinlein, who would’ve been 100 yesterday (Wanted to publish this yesterday too: but try and find a good photo of the Old Man anywhere…)

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Archive – HEAVENLY GOD! HEAVENLY GOD!

August 26, 2007

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http://www.carbonplanet.com/home/about.php”>http://www.carbonplanet.com/home/about.php

“The film industry is one of the highest greenhouse emitting industries.”

Damn that global warming! Look for the film industry to be shut down next week…