The amazing thing is that they don’t identify the officer. Our tax money can go to pay for someone to shoot us in the head, but the government transparency to know who it is does not exist.
You can bet that if a civilian shot a cop who was handcuffed in the back of his car, we’d know his name instantly.
Where are the tasers in this situation? Where is anything else? Shooting someone in the head is NOT acceptable in this situation! Even if the person is a raging asshole; even if the person is a murderer!
And oh, the pig is a poor shot too. Only grazed the guy’s face.
In the country which imprisons the highest amount of its population of any country in the world (America) , it is important to know that a LOT of people in jail are in jail because cops outright lied. Here’s a guy who’s going to get his conviction over turned — not because there is justice in Amerika, but because the cops accidentally left a microphone on.
Officer Michael Little and Kyle Dawley are pigs; nobody should hire these scumbags.
But look at the things they AREN’T censoring! “How to steal from Wal-Mart” is okay, but how to download an mp3 apparently is not.
Remember when Google’s motto was “Don’t Be Evil”?
Now they are completely capitulating to the MAFIAA. Very sad that copyright is destroying openness.
uTorrent is the best program to come out in the past 10 years! And now you can’t even autocomplete it on Google. Very, very, very, very, very lame.
January 31, 2011
January 29, 2011
Why the sudden need to shut down an entire community with an army of heavily armed cops—just to collect some cell phones, computers and video that has been publicly available on the Internet for nine months?
Maybe because the police here are acting like TOTAL UNAMERICAN PIGS. D.A. Steve Cooley called this raid should not only be stripped of their ability to ever have a job in the public sector again, but should be the defendant of a major lawsuit, and the source of national shame.
LAPD mistreating black people? Where have we heard that before?
This is all over someone recording an arrest, in public, with their cell phone!
AS MUCH AS COPS DON'T WANT IT TO BE, DOING THIS IS LEGAL. Don't sign any agreements. Fight this to the top. Everyone who has has won every time. We absolutely have a right to film OUR policeman working on OUR tax dollars.
FUCK STEVE COOLEY! HE'S A PIECE OF UNAMERICAN, INTIMIDATING SHIT!
I heard this is a good place to price out tires; many stores will match the rates here, etc., etc.
Wait, what? After deliberately ignoring people voting the issue up to #1 on his online site, Obama is now acknowledging the drug war?
Did his political strategists finally tell him he has zero chance of being reelected?
This seems…. Like quite the change, even for Obama.
Sounds like the Peace Corps took a page out of the Catholic Church's book. How many of these women would NOT have been raped if the Peace Corps had not covered up the rape of the other ones?
January 29, 2011
PEOPLE: Directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks, Dukes Of Hazzard 2), Kate Nelligan (Wolf, Cider House Rules), Sean Young (Blade Runner, Stripes, Dune, Ace Ventura:Pet Detective, Dr. Jekyll And Ms. Hyde), Christopher McDonald (Dukes Of Hazzard 2, Fanboys, Superhero Movie, Requiem For A Dream, SLC Punk!), and James Remar (Pineapple Express, The Girl Next Door, 48 Hrs).
Also, bit parts by Jane Lynch (who’s been in some things we’ve watched recently, such as Fifty Pills, Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story, the Area 57 failed pilot, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Lemony Snicket’s, and Role Models) and Kevin Michael Richardson (who has voiced a lot of cartoons we’ve watched recently, such as Batman:The Brave And The Bold, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine & The X-Men, The Batman, and The PJs).
QUIRKS: An early spoof movie. While it spoofs Double Indemnity, Cape Fear, 9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, and other movies, it is for the most part NOT a montage of spoofed scenes, but it’s own movie. Just one that doesn’t take itself seriously. At all. It’s actually a quite ridiculous comedy/crime movie.
BAD STUFF: The jokes are NOT top notch. They go for the corny, easy, obvious joke whenever possible. It can be a bit painful at times.
CONCLUSION: Although the jokes were cornily painful at times, this was still a fun movie to watch just for ridiculousness’s sake. However, there are many spoof and comedy movies that are much funnier than this. Carl Reiner fortunately stopped directing movies soon after this.
RECOMMENDATION: See this on a slow night when you want some easy comedy watching. Don’t expect anything brilliant.
SIMILAR MOVIES: The Naked Gun (which is funnier).
MOVIE QUOTE: Prison Reporter: Mr. Ravine, how does it feel to have slept with a murderess?
Ned Ravine: It’s better than sleeping with a Ninja Turtle.
COINCIDENCES: (Role Models, Fatal Instinct) 2 movies within a day that had scenes of flirting innuendo involving hot dogs.
(Dukes Of Hazzard 2, Fatal Instinct) 2 movies within a week that had Sherilyn Fenn AND Christopher McDonald.
January 28, 2011
Yay bailout! Let's give billions to corporate scum while whining about how much war, health care, and the drug war are costing us. Fucktards.
January 27, 2011
The fucking pig lied. The city's Office of Municipal Investigations "determined that Officer Scarpine never observed this incident", even though he charged the woman and testified that he saw her do something. Sounds to me like he was trying to frame this woman.
He went back to duty and has now been charged with a wrongful drug arrest — but those were dismissed.
The thin blue line at work — you can be caught lying several times, but our tax dollars will still pay for you to lie and frame more innocent people, thanks to the system protecting lying pics like Scarpine.
Lying pigcop Joseph Cruz said that the autistic man attacked him with a knife. But DNA tests on the knife found someone else's DNA, so it seems like he was lying. And why didn't he use a taser?
Also pointing to Joseph Cruz being a liar: He said he had never met the victim before the shooting — but a witness said they'd seen Cruz confront Chaudhry by name on multiple occasions before.
FURTHER circumstance leading to thinking this man is a liar is that he was FIRED from the police force for dishonesty, after giving shifting accounts of someone escaping him, and pistol whipping a man but claiming that the man pistol whipped himself by lifting his head into the butt of a gun.
He certainly seems like a violent idiot lying pussy pig. But of course in the lawsuit, the city tried to say he was credible, EVEN AFTER FIRING HIM FOR NOT BEING CREDIBLE. Thin Blue Line at work there.
This is basically the same as demanding to keep photocopies of all private mail people send, demanding to keep recordings of every phone call made by every citizen.
But oh! Computers are scary and hard to understand! That makes all this okay! Fucking boot-licking fascists.
A YouTube account of re-cut Seinfeld videos, where the characters are cast as evil and not as funny.
January 26, 2011
Where are all the atheists ejecting religious people from government meetings because they don't like shirts that say "Under God"?
What? These people don't exist.
Oh right! Such level of douchitude is generally only justified by fucking idiots who place their faith in sky fairies.
They physically removed a guy from a meeting because his shirt said, "One Nation, Indivisible", without including "under god" on it.
Fucking Christians. I heard not all Nazis were bad guys either, but when you're part of a group that regularly oppresses peoples' lives and forces them to live by your standards — you're going to be considered standing shoulder to shoulder with pedophiles and censors.
Sounds like there were a couple council members who were sane, and made a motion for their constitutional rights to exist [as if a motion can determine such a thing!]. That's good.
But Mayor John Sullivan? He's a Christian Nazi who should be sued.
Yay technology! Finally removing all the limits, finally allowing humans to maximize their choice of possible behavior. "Kinky sex makes the world go 'round."
Warning:Kind of a long article.
Yea, atheists abuse animals too. But they don't do so based out of respect for ancient manuscripts about fictitious sky fairies.
And this is why a lot of conservatives still think that a business should be able to refuse to serve black people: It's because they want to conserve the old property rights people had to do whatever the fuck they want with their property.
At some point, people decided that if you open your private doors to the public, that the public can now tell you what to do.
And in this case, they've said – NO, you can't open a thrift store. How dare you?
This is the major flaw of democracy. People can get together and trample on peoples' rights. This is also why I'm against zoning laws. There are already laws to prevent harm; use those to save your children instead.
Of course, this is Alabama, a state full of racists and rednecks…
To those saying health care is unconstitutional, it's not.
Income tax isn't unconstitutional (I stand corrected by Chris Yates on this one). And Congress saying you need to get health care is not unconstitutional, as many of the people who WROTE the constitution passed this law in 1798.
So to those trying to take a strict constitutional defense against national health care — Sorry, but you're wrong. You might want to ask the people who actually wrote the constitution about it.
January 26, 2011
PEOPLE: Co-directed by Ethan Maniquis (his first directing credit). Written *AND* Directed by Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror, Sin City, Spy Kids, The Faculty, 1 segment of Four Rooms). Co-written by Alvaro Rodriguez.
Starring Danny Trejo (Predators, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto, Eyeborgs, Fanboys, Smiley Face, The Devil’s Rejects, Anchorman, Trojan War, Enrique on King Of The Hill, etc etc) as Machete. He finally has a LEAD role, after being a supporting or incidental character in hundreds of movies (they killed him way too early in Predators). Apparently the Machete character was also in Spy Kids 1-3. (Wow, I may finally have a reason to watch those movies??) Apparently this is actually the FIFTH movie with the Machete character in it.
The Senator is played by Robert Deniro (Brazil, Meet The Fockers, Wag The Dog, Stardust, etc etc). Yvette the INS (ICE) agent played by Jessica Alba (Dark Angel, Invisible Woman in the Fantastic Four movies, Sin City). Torrez is played by Steven Seagal (Cock Puncher in The Onion Movie, The Patriot) — the first time Seagal has played an outright villain. Luz is played by Michelle Rodriguez (Trudy in Avatar, Resident Evil 1, Lost). Jeff Fahey. Cheech Marin (i.e. Cheech & Chong Cheech). Don Johnson (Miami Vice). Lindsay Lohan (cast appropriately!).
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Illegal immigrant murders U.S. citizens, escaps prosecution.
QUIRKS: Based on the fake trailer shown between the 2 halves of the Grindhouse double feature movie. And this movie is grindhouse in every sense of the word. Crazy gore, cheesy dialogue, ridiculous plots and situations. Everything that makes movies great escapism. This is to Mexican exploitation what Black Dynamite is to black exploitation. Lots of violence. Plenty of sex — Machete gets laid four times. (Three if you count a threesome as once.) MACHETE IS A BADASS. END OF STORY.
VISUALS: Modern production values with fake 1970′s-film-looking effects overdubbed to make it look old while actually being new. And while you get to see some Jessical Alba nudity, IT ISN’T REAL, it’s computer-generated. What a fucking prude. She’s the Milli Vanilli of the titty world.
SOUNDTRACK: Retro 1970s Mexican feel.
WILHELM SCREAM: Yup!
MORALS: There’s the law–and there’s what’s right.
POLITICS: Immigration politics looked at from interesting angles. Of course, this was written way before the unconstitutional Arizona law was passed. But that won’t stop people from thinking this is some liberal conspiracy commentary on the Arizona law. Hah!
GOOD STUFF: Great action. Ridiculous deaths. Ridiculous situations. A great feeling of closure. Epic fights and battles. Epic cars with guns on them. What’s not to like?
BAD STUFF: Some people will find this cheesy. Get over yourselves. This isn’t supposed to be a 100% serious movie. If every movie had to be serious, I’d kill myself.
CONCLUSION: Serious grindhouse action at its finest. We came in with high expectations and was still pleasantly surprised. Plus, it’s one of those movies that you THINK is over, and then it keeps going for awhile after that, and you’re all happy that it didn’t end prematurely.
Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.4/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.5/5 stars–well played, Netflix).
RECOMMENDATION: DO NOT MISS THIS, THE BEST ACTION MOVIE OF 2010!!
Machete: Machete don’t text. — Apparently after Rodriguez thought of this movie and told Danny Trejo about it, Trejo kept calling him at random hours of the day trying to convince him to make this movie. Eventually, Rodriguez asked him to text him instead of keeping up with the voice-call harassment. Trejo simply responded: “Machete don’t text.” It’s hilarious that this was incorporated into the actual film!
Sartana: We didn’t cross the border. The border crossed us.
Padre Benito del Toro: I absolve you of all your sins. Now get the fuck out.
Sartana: Well, there’s the law and there’s what’s right. I’m gonna do what’s right.
Ian B’s review. “This isn’t a spoof, but Rodriguez knows how to push every scene just far enough over the top to make it funny without entering completely silly territory.”
Dr. Dark gives it his “highest recommendation”.
Rachel Weird: “Machete = OMG WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”
Outlaw Vern’s review, funny as always. “Even though he has these directors who love him like Rodriguez and Rob Zombie he’s still just getting these supporting roles or cameos and then for his day job he still has to fight some Eyeborgs or something.” He also reviewed the script before the movie came out.
January 24, 2011
Awesome! Can't wait! The entire trilogy is quite good, if you watch all 3 movies in a row and don't wait through multiple years of hyped up marketing expectations for #2 and #3. The story simply never finished in #1. And while #3 did conclude things, it left a lot of questions unanswered. I like the idea suggested on another thread here that everything we thought was real in the original trilogy might actually be another layer of The Matrix. :)
January 23, 2011
Typical American anti-sex Tyranny Of The Majority. We pretend to be a free country, but in reality, we stick our nose into everyone’s business. If you do something we don’t like, we’ll ask someone else to stop you. Nevermind your freedom to have sex with whoever you want on your own time! Nevermind what consenting adults do!
It’s about fucking time! The Comics Code never had a place in a democratic society anyway; it was simply Tyranny Of The Majority.
People didn’t like what other people did WITH THEIR OWN COMIC BUSINESS THAT THEY OWNED, so they petitioned the government to control their behavior and fit their idea of what is healthy for society.
Really, I don’t see much of a difference between this and smoking bans.
1) Someone does something you don’t have to participate in.
2) Someone else participates in it anyway. You perceive harm, real or imagined, it doesn’t matter.
3) You petition the govenrment to control the behavior.
Sorry, that’s a dick move. Glad to see Bongo (Simpsons Comics) and even Archie finally dropping this bullshit censorship code from our parents’ days.
January 23, 2011
PEOPLE: Directed by Takashi Miike, who is known for his violent Japanese movies.
QUIRKS: Japanese. Yakuza. Ultra-violence. Torture.
VISUALS: Some incredibly graphic scenes of violence.
BAD STUFF: The post-climax ending is a bit hard to understand, with lots of IMDB-forum speculation as to what happened. And of course, with everyone being foreign, it is a bit harder to follow than an English movie.
CONCLUSION: This was a good story about mob violence, with some memorable torture scenes, such as the nipple-slicing. Good stuff.
RECOMMENDATION: Do you like over-the-top gore and violence? Then see this; it’s considered one of the great cinematic masterpieces of violence.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Batman The Dark Knight has similarities. Both Kakihara from Iichi and the Joker have slits to the sides of their mouths in the shape of grins, dyed hair, wear crazy outfits, try to take over organized crime, and act without morals. Ichi also has a blade in his shoe, like The Joker.
MOVIE QUOTE: Ichi: Did… you really want me to rape you, Miss Tachibana?
Karen: Oh, no. I didn’t want it from you. I wanted it from anyone. The only thing that can help me now is despair.
FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christie loved it. Neal M spoke highly of it. And I’ve generally heard this movie mentioned by lots of people.
TAKING THINGS TOO FAR: This movie has a scene where Ichi grabs someone’s cheek, and starts pulling. He keeps on pulling on the person’s cheek until he rips their entire face off! This didn’t seem possible, so Carolyn & I immediately grabbed each other’s cheeks and started pulling. Hard. But Carolyn got me way worse than I got her, so then she had me do it again. That time, I got Carolyn way worse than she got me. My cheek hurt for minutes to hours, but Carolyn’s cheek hurt for several days. Our conclusion is that it’s not quite as easy to rip someone’s face off as the movie makes it look. (more…)
January 22, 2011
OMG I want lion tacos!!!
Seems like every week Apple does something Microsoft would never dream of – I think it's funny that apple people are still calling microsoft "fascists that don't let you use your hardware how you want".
Meanwhile, Apple is covertly making their own customers' property harder to service, and herding people towards spending $10 on an obscure tool which I am sure they also profit from.
This screw is NOT a common screw. A 68-piece screwdriver set containing torx, pozi, hex, square, flathead, and phillips costs $7 with a lifetime warranty. Unscrewing this new "Apple screw" thus would cost me more than unscrewing every screw I cumulatively unscrewed for the first 36 years of my life.
January 21, 2011
Total bullshit! Holding up a golf club as masked armed men storm your house unexpectedly in the middle of the night is NOT a capitol crime! And he wasn't even the guy they were going after. Of course the pig committee found the shooting justified. It doesn't matter if you've been convicted of a crime: Amerika will kill you for the crime of holding up a golf club.
If you support prohibition, you are an accessory to murder.
Over 500 stories on one page. It seems like whoever compiled these only did so for 29 months. This is, of course, a fraction of what really happened, according to Justice Department statistics compiled by the anti-gun Clinton administration, which found guns are used to thwart a crime 1.5 million times a year.
January 20, 2011
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Got 2 different drink mixes for free recently.
1) Carolyn’s mother gave us “Great Value” drink mix. They came in several flavors. “Orange Early Rise” (orange), fruit punch, etc.
2) Via some free website, I got a sample of 3 packs of Emergen-C “Health and Energy Booster” packs. Tropical flavor, fruit punch, and some 3rd flavor I don’t care for. Raspberryprobably.
1) The Great Value Drink Mix isn’t marketed as nutritious. It’s strictly something to flavor your water with. Each pack is a mere 10 calories. The sweetener is Splenda.
2) Emergen-C is full of nutrients. But it’s 25 calories for each pack — 2.5X more than the other. But it gives you 1000 mg of Vitamin C, and tons of other healthy things. Folic acid, zing, manganese, chromium, potassium, phosphorous, calcium, and other such vitamins.
WINNER: Emergen-C for vitamins, Great Value for calories.
1) I’ve always hated Splenda, but every sweetener has it’s place. It’s wrong to think that because you hate X, you will hate X in every product its featured in. For instance, asparatame/Nutrasweet is quite good in yogurt, but not nearly as good in cola. In this case, the Splenda works VERY well. There is a LOT of flavor. I would fill my huge Virginia Tech 1992 RHF Mug (a ~30oz mug) up with water, and put a flavor pack in. Soooo much flavor. I would drink a couple sips, and then refill it with water. I would repeat this 3-4 times. Once watered down, it’s not an exciting drink to drink exclusively. But if you’re like me, you have ice water in one cup, whiskey on the rocks in another, and a sweet drink in a 3rd cup. This is a great “3rd cup” drink. The sweetness being watered down makes it a bit boring to drink straight, but as a break between your whiskey and water, it’s still damn sweet. With my refill-and-dilute strategy, I’d end up drinking a good ~50oz of the stuff over the course of 2 hours. Flavor goodness.
2) This one isn’t nearly as flavorful. I learned that I could only fill my huge Virginia Tech 1992 RHF Mug about halfway or so — only aboug ~15oz. Even then, the flavor was quite bland and watery. No refilling or diluting this; it was drunken very fast. I was disappointed every time.
WINNER: Great Value.
PRICE (Google Shopping)
1) I’m seeing 10-packs for $5. That’s $0.50 a “dose”.
2) I’m seeing 10-packs for $1.65. That’s $0.17 a “dose”. But these doses provide less than half the flavor.
If you adjust for flavor, the price is pretty close.
WINNER: Emergen-C. But you’ll be disappointed in the taste. And you’ll end up drinking more calories for equal flavor
For me personally… If I need healthy supplements, I’ll take a damn multivitamin. This, for me, calories are the main health concern. Which gives me the most taste for the least calories? In that case, the winner is clearly Great Value drink mix. I just wish it didn’t cost more. But the cost differential — three times the cost — is almost completely offset by the fact that it is so much more flavorful.
So, for me, the winner is GREAT VALUE DRINK MIX.
But at 50 cents a dose – I’ll probably never bother again. I was just having the stuff because it was free.
January 20, 2011
The most direct evidence yet of the Catholic church being 100% complicit in assisting the continued rapes of those unlucky children born into catholic families. One of many smoking guns. If you tithe, you are paying to rape children, not to help people. Give a dollar to a homeless person instead, and quit living in a fairytale bullshit land.
Good! Coca is not harmful, and even cocaine has a far lower death rate than alcohol, both among daily users (1/3rd as many deaths) and occasional users (1/15th as many deaths). Quite literally, if everyone who drank stopped drinking and did cocaine instead, we'd see far less deaths. Coca-Cola was cocaine, for chrissakes. Santa Claus's modern image is directly related to a company that sold cocaine!
So yes, it's nice to see a country stand up for its own sovereignty and say, "We're sick of people telling us what we can and cannot do with our naturally occurring plants!"
These stories do get reported, but they never make the front page.
The anti-gun Clinton administration justice department commissioned a study and found that guns stopped 1,500,000 crimes per year (That they know of. If I stopped a crime with my gun I wouldn’t report it because I don’t like cops.)
They were hoping or bad stats, but no. 1,500,000 crimes stopped per year, versus 16,000 gun homicides.
There are actually tons of examples if you, y’know, bother to look.
January 19, 2011
I'm not sure that this is necessary. (WTF?!?!?!)
An American biographer stumbled upon footage of a prim and proper housewife being dosed up on the mind-altering drug as part of a medical experiment in the 1950s.
January 18, 2011
A client for playing the card game Dominion online. I'm not sure this is better than the other link. The other links is pretty simple, but works. This looks like a bloatier implementation. But maybe it works really well. I don't know yet.
Play the awesome card game Dominion online, without having to buy the game, sort cards, find people willing to play, and clean up afterward :)
January 17, 2011
[IMDB link] [Netflix link] Oops!!! Wrong movie!!! We had meant to watch the first Dukes Of Hazzard movie — from 2005 — with Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke, Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg and Johnny Knoxville as Luke. Our bad.
HAIKU REVIEW: Redneck miscreants
fight against prohibition
and corrupt lawmen.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Vigilante redneck drug dealers defeat oppressive redneck mayor.
PEOPLE: Bo & Luke played by Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, and Van Wilder from Van Wilder:Freshman Year) and Randy Wayne. Daisy Duke played by April Scott (what a body!). Cooter played by Joel Moore (Avatar, Grandma’s Boy). Roscoe P. Coltrane played by Harland Williams (Buckley from Slacker Cats, Mike from Gary & Mike, Sorority Boys, Half Baked, Wag The Dog, Dumb & Dumber). Willie Nelson reprises his role as Uncle Jesse. Cooter is played by Joel Moore (Avatar, Grandma’s Boy, Dodgeball:A True Underdog Story). Boss Hogg is played by Christopher McDonald (Fanboys, Superhero Movie, Tappy Tibbons from Requiem For A Dream, Stevo’s Dad from SLC Punk!, Happy Gilmore, Fatal Instinct, Thelma & Louise, and Jor-El from a few episodes of the 1990s Superman animated series). Boss Hogg’s wife is played by Sherilyn Fenn, who sadly isn’t looking nearly as good as in her Twin Peaks heyday.
QUIRKS: A redneck 70s/80s TV show made into a movie. Recipe for disaster, right?
VISUALS: Redneck girls, cars, and dirt.
MORALS: The law isn’t in the right. People in power are usually corrupt assholes.
POLITICS: Prohibitions don’t work; the will of the people typically prevails.
BAD STUFF: It’s a remake about a 70s/80s show about rednecks, cars, and dirt. And not just that: It’s the sequel to a remake. A prequel origin story, actually. Considering most people said Dukes Of Hazzard 1 (2005) was an awful movie… And this is a sequel… Then this might actually be worse than the movie everyone says is awful! The problem is that we accidentally watched DoH2 before watching DoH1. D’oh.
CONCLUSION: This was a generic pass of a movie for us, but it got bonus points for being highly nostalgic, since we both watched the original Dukes Of Hazzard series religiously, like everyone else in our classes. We went in with ultra-low expectations, which really helped.
RECOMMENDATION: If you like the nostalgia of watching remakes of old TV shows, then you’ll be able to stand this. Just think of it as a modernized, movie-length episode of the original series.
MOVIE QUOTE: Daisy Duke: [about to paint a number on the General Lee] What’s your lucky number, Bo?
Bo Duke: Uh, one? (more…)
January 15, 2011
Mike Judge's latest cartoon — apparently easier to get than most :)
January 14, 2011
People using the Giffords assassination tragedy to advance their gun control or mental health agendas need to read this very reasonable piece.
January 14, 2011
PEOPLE: Written & Directed by Dylan Kidd — who only has 3 movies under his belt 8 yrs later. Starring Campbell Scott (Hi-Life) as Roger. His nephew/pick-up artist protege is played by Jesse Eisenberg [who, for once, is more than a poor man's Michael Cera] (he’s also in The Social Network, Zombieland, Adventureland, The Village). Boss-lady Joyce is played by Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, The Phantom 2009). The girls they pick up are played by Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By The Bell, Showgirls, Donnie Darko 2:S. Darko) and Jennifer Beals (The L Word [70 eps!], The Grudge 2, Four Rooms, Flashdance).
Also a small role by Morena Baccarin of Firefly/Serenity and V fame.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Uncle fails at getting nephew laid.
QUIRKS: Kind of a coming-of-age adult-party drama with a bit of comedy. Pick-up artist misogynist anti-hero douchebag shallow uncle teaching honest nice-guy virgin nephew how to pick up women and get laid. NOT a straight-comedy or sexual comedy film at all; the majority of it is actually serious.
VISUALS: Mostly gritty, city bar and party type settings. Nothing special. Some people complain about hand-held cameras, but honestly, I do not even notice that. I think people who dislike camera shaking are whiny pussies.
MORALS: Battle of the sexes explored. Is it okay to lie to women to get laid? Well, apparently it must be, because it works. For most people, anyway.
GOOD STUFF: Great dialog, interesting situations, the thrill of the hunt. Great open-ended ending.
BAD STUFF: The fact that douchebags like Roger know how to score, and that this is true in real life. “The Game” is real. It only works for fake people, but most people out there are fake. So there you go.
CONCLUSION: A very interesting, mostly dialogue-driven movie about hooking up with women, and the tricks men have to resort to in order to achieve this.
Certainly better than the 3/5, 5.6/10 rating we gave for The Long Weekend.
RECOMMENDATION: Watch this, but be prepared to dislike the main character. Not everyone will, but many people aborted this movie because they couldn’t stand Roger. To do this is to miss the entire point of the movie.
SIMILAR MOVIES: The Long Weekend definitely comes off as a poor man’s version of this movie. So if you like this and want more (but not as good), check that out. Melvin Goes To Dinner has a lot more conversation than most movies, and is sometimes compared to this movie as well.
Roger: Sex is everywhere!
Roger: You drink that drink! Alcohol has been a social lubricant for thousands of years. What do you think, you’re going to sit here tonight and reinvent the wheel?