Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I think it’s a mistake… But… It’s pretty dumb that it’s that much harder to RSS-subscribe to a flickr tag nowadays. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Subscribing to a tag is one of the best ways to use flickr. If you want to see new photos of celebrities, TV shows, or *anything* you like, without having to check all your interests every day, it’s really the only way to do it. Plus, as they all show up in the same part of your screen [your rss reader], pre-loaded, you can go through images in half a second each — less time that it would typically take to find a photo and click it.

So here’s the format:

FlickR: RSS a tag:

Just subtitute in a different name other than Nicole Kidman. Don’t use spaces, of course.

Some suggested FlickR RSS subscriptions:

Lily Cole
Nicole Kidman
Penelope Cruz
Salma Hayek
Anna Faris
Annie Wersching (redhead agent in latest seasons of 24)
Elisha Cuthbert
Mena Suvari
Teri Hatcher (hopefully pre-Michael Jackson face)
Jennifer Connelly
Connie Seleca (alas, new pics of her are INFREQUENT)
Elizabeth Kucinich (I’m waiting… patiently.)

If you’re a geek, here’s some more:
command line
Clint’s ASCII & ANSI artwork pool

Some RSS comedy links:
Fail Flickr photopool
TENSO photopool (also mine)
Totally Looks Like
WTF pictures
Garfield Minus Garfield

Enjoy loadin’ up your reader with this goodness. Cartoon lovers may want:

Beavis & Butt-head photopool
The Simpsons flickr tag
The Simpsons photo pool
The Simpsons – another photo pool

There have been unexpected consequences for me. The first time I heard of the movie The House Bunny was via flickr, because someone posted an Anna Faris pic (She’s the star). Since I’m not plugged directly into the hype machine, several movies by some of my most lusted-after actresses have come to my attention by me subscribing to their pictures. Or the time my dad told me The Simpsons were coming out with postage stamps. He figured I didn’t know, because I don’t use the mail or buy stamps. But I’d seen their picture on flickr. When the world is your input data set, you get all kinds of interesting output. Yay technology!

So anyway — put THIS into your RSS reader and smoke it! (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Psycho couple reunite over duct tape, toilets, and burglars.

PEOPLE: Directed by Cheryl Hines (Larry David’s wife in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kate from Father Of The Pride), who has only ever directed her Campus Ladies series. Starring Meg Ryan & Timothy Hutton (Kinsey). With Kristen Bell (Heroes, Forgetting Sarah Marshell, etc), and Justin Long (Zack & Miri Make A Porno, Drag Me To Hell, Funny People, Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story, Idiocracy, Dodgeball, Happy Campers, Galaxy Quest).

QUIRKS: Romantic comedy. Takes place completely in one house — 2 or 3 rooms, really. Bad relationship drama. Romantic comedy with nonconsensual bondage. Meg Ryan’s crazy and annoying, and Timothy Hutton is a dishonest wuss.

Then burglars come.

MORALS: Sometimes you just have to force someone to love you, whether they want to or not. Seriously though — if the sexes were reversed in this movie, a bunch of feminazis would be whining about it.

BAD STUFF: Cheryl Hines’s clumsiness in directing really shows with the “epiphany scene”, which was almost laughable. And like most romantic comedies, the comedy really fizzles out — at an exact, discrete moment. Also, the very last 15-second scene isn’t explained very well, leaving people to discuss its ambiguity. Kind of annoying to be handed a non-obvious ending scene to an incredibly obvious movie.

CONCLUSION: Cheryl Hines fans might want to check this out, but it’s basically a sub-par romantic comedy where a guy gets duct taped to a toilet. Beware.

Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10. Generic pass.
Clint: Netflix: 2.6/5 stars. IMDB: 5.6/10. Same as Carolyn’s rating, but only if you’re forced to round up. This is a “low 3-star” movie. It barely, ever-so-barely scraped by.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.9/10, Netflix: 2.9/5 stars (which doesn’t really bode well).

RECOMMENDATION: There’s really not a compelling reason to see this.

SIMILAR MOVIES: There are other movies where Meg Ryan goes crazy over her dude leaving her: French Kiss (1995), and Addicted To Love (1997). I am glad to say I have seen neither. (more…)