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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 06:41 pm:   

This here threads for anyone who wants to comment on a movie they've seen, some bit of ridiculousness concerning Hollywood, whatever....

I'll start.

Bad Taste Moment: Mel Gbson has an entire Jesus merchandising program allied with his movie, The Passion. One of the items that they're really pushing are nail pendants -- actual cruxifiction-type nails. When seen in conjunction with the skanky aura surrounding this film--the anti-semitic taint, the vile personna of Gibson's father spewing hate for, perhaps, publicity purposes, the stories of quasi-miracles on the set, et al, not to mention the absence of critical screenings--it's starting to seem that Mel may have a dog on his hands. He claims to have been instructed by God to make this movie, but you have to wonder who told him do all this stuff.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 08:48 pm:   

At a recent screening of The Passion of the Christ, someone asked Mel what he thought about his critics, and he said: "They are the forces of Satan, or the dupes of Satan."

And I thought, Damn! That's exactly how I felt about Monkeybone.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 08:56 pm:   

P.S. -- I assume Mel was not referring to this critic.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 09:04 pm:   

LOL.

Mel seems to be coming out crackpotwise to the nation these days. He's got a house up here. Ms Gibson is often seen in the town at the supermarket and so forth. She always looks kinda frightened. Maybe Mel's gone to wielding the scourge at home....

I can't wait not to see The Passion...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 09:14 pm:   

Re: The critic --that's one of the many "miracles" and "epiphanies" that, according to the PR folk, occurred on the set. Sounds like auras popping and marys were madgalening and flies were forming halos over some of the extras heads. Shit like that.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 07:14 am:   

Yeah, the nail pendant thing was kind of creepy. I dunno, but if I was making a Jesus movie and my lead actor got hit by lightning, I might consider that some sort of bad omen, y'know? Personally, I think Melster is missing all kinds of good marketing ops. Why stop at Jesus coffee mugs? How about an official "Passion" whip, suitable for your next fetish party? Glow in the dark crowns of thorns? (The club kids would eat 'em up!) Does Mel's ultra-conservative sect think it's OK to slap graven images on t-shirts? What about the "loaves and fishes" Happy Meal (filet-o-fish, fries and a small water suitable for turning into wine), with collectible action figures. Jesus, Magdelene, Pilate...collect 'em all!!!!

I'll probably see it because I just love Jesus movies. Best thing about 'em...NO SEQUELS...
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 07:22 am:   

My biggest concern is that Caviezel's singing voice isn't all that strong, so I'm not sure how well "Gethsemane" or "What's the Buzz" will come across. Nonetheless, I always like dancing and crucifixes.

JK
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 07:37 am:   

I like your suggestions, Dave. I feel stick-on stigmata would be a big seller. But no sequels? You obviously haven't read your Revelations.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 07:54 am:   

PS. dave, have you ever checked out the Jesuschristsuperstore site? If not, I suggest a visit.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 07:55 am:   

JK, next time we're at a con, I goit a singing Jesus song for ya!
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 08:02 am:   

I guess I assumed that the "Left Behind" series of films sort of pre-empted any big-budget Hollywood Revelations shockers. How naive!

On the subject of "last days" movies, did anyone else like Michael Tolkin's 1991 film The Rapture? It came and went in about a week and I have never heard it mentioned since, but I thought, as End of the World movies go, it was pretty imaginative. And it was sort of the last hurrah for Mimi Rogers (if you don't count that Larry Sanders episode).
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 08:27 am:   

This courtesy of Deborah Layne. May not stir people who're not boxing fans, but it's kind of flabbergasting on many levels....

Sylvester Stallone, DreamWorks honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg and Survivor mastermind Mark Burnett are joining forces for a reality series dubbed The Contender that aims to find a real-life Rocky.


The trio reportedly made the rounds of the Big Four TV networks over the past two days pitching the concept. The Contender will follow wannabe boxers from training through a series of pugilistic challenges with the ultimate winner getting a shot at becoming a pro prize fighter.


While the show will incorporate competitive elements la the Burnett-helmed Survivor and The Apprentice that will eliminate people from the series (in some cases literally knocking them out), it will also focus on contestants' backstories.


Burnett tells Variety that he sees the show following the American Idol model, with The Contender's producers actually managing the winners' careers.


To that end, the threesome will also try to launch their own boxing federation independent of the three main bodies, the WBA, WBC and IBO.


"We're looking to reclaim a part of America that's been missing," Burnett tells Variety. "Where are the 'Thrilla in Manilas?' The Sugar Ray Leonards? We all agree no one can tell who owns what belt.


"We're all businessmen, and there's a serious business around boxing," he says. "It's the highest paying sport, yet no one believes in it anymore. What happens when we make it transparent and clean? Once clean, the upside is astronomical."


Burnett and Katzenberg signed up Stallone to be the on-screen ringmaster.


"Sly will be the heart and soul of the show," says Burnett. "He'll mentor these fighters with the whole Rocky spirit. He would never get involved in this if it weren't 100 percent aboveboard."


But The Contender will have no official connection with Stallone's Rocky franchise since MGM owns the rights.


Calls to Stallone, Burnett and Katzenberg's reps were not immediately returned.


But if all goes well, Burnett tells Variety he plans to have the new boxing federation launched in time for The Contender's premiere, most likely in January 2005.


The boxing series is the latest venture for reality kingpin Burnett, whose realm already includes Survivor, The Resaurant and The Apprentice. He's also set to produce The Casino for Fox as well as drama pilots for the WB and NBC.


For Stallone, the boxing gig could spark a long-dormant career. Two of the erstwhile action star's last three flicks, D-Tox and Shade, went straight to video. The third was the kiddie sequel Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over--not exactly the blockbuster action fare he's known for.


No word whether Stallone's involvement with The Contender will affect him adding yet another roman numeral to his long-dormant Rocky franchise. Stallone has reportedly been writing Rocky VI, and if The Contender succeeds, the sequel could be fast-tracked.


First, though, the actor may have to go a few legal rounds after being sued last November by a heavyweight boxer who claims he inspired the Rocky movies and that Stallone owes him a cut of the profits.

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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 08:32 am:   

Lucius: Did you see the interview Gibson did with Diane Sawyer? Man, he's kooky as all get out. No one in the media is bothering to mention the book elaine Pagels wrote trashing that whole the Jews killed Christ mythos, using the historical record. A very interesting read and ultimately convincing.
I happened to have seen The Rapture, whew, a really strange, and kind of unsettling flick. I have a lot neighbors here where I live who are waiting for the rapture, no shit. As far as they're concerned and I'm concerned, it can't come too soon.
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 08:46 am:   

Lucius you're on! A band I played in during college used to cover the Iscariot song (the one where he screams "Jesus!!") because you could actually rock it out pretty hard. I'd suggest an all-star Night Shade Board band, but that just sounds too filky for me.... :-(

JK
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 08:56 am:   

The Afghan Whigs used to cover the "40 Lashes" theme, which was the best moment in JCS.

That boxing reality show is a dumb, dumb dumb idea. First of all, to interest the couch potatoes of Middle America, they're going to have to find a lilly-white, all-American boy of the type that never sets foot in a boxing gym anymore. Then, if they're lucky enough to find such a meal ticket, they're going to have to subject viewers to the sight of this guy getting the crap beaten out of him, and, maybe seriously injured. Boy, won't THAT build viewer loyalty. If they try to stage-manage the guy's career through too many flagrantly fake set-ups so he can fight for a fake belt, you've got a real "who cares" problem. With all the pitfalls, the producers of this thing are really heading for disaster.

Did Stallone finally reach some kind of settlement with Chuck Wepner? I saw a "Headliners and Legends" profile on MSNBC in which Stallone was actually very forthcoming about basing the movie on Wepner, although some writers think that some of it was based on Joe Louis opponent Gus Dorazio.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 09:01 am:   

Jeff, I liked the Rapture quite a bit. Anytime David Duchovny dies it's okay with me. :-) I know the director, Michael Tolkin from NYC days and I thought he did a pretty damn interesting film considering all the bullshit he had to deal with from religious maniacs -- he has some seriously warped stories about The Making of... I missed the Sawyer interview, but yeah, he's been revealing his lunatic side during the run-up to this movie. The pub's working apparently. The pre-sales for The Passion are second only to the pre-sales for LOTR. As to what the media doesn't mention....let's not even get started on that. Tonight's Nightline purports to have scholars talking about the subject, which might tough upon the Pagel book. One hopes. But If I'm home I'll probably watch American Chopper instead.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 09:03 am:   

JK...deal. Agreed about the NS band, but hey, if we get real bored and real drunk...why not?
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 09:07 am:   

Dave G,

No, the Wepner thing is still in litigation.

The other night I went to a gymn in SE Portland to watch UFC light-heavy champ Randy Couture train, and the gym was way more full than any boxing gym I've been in for years. Mixed Martial Arts is the wave of the future, clearly. Thus I think "The Contender" is gonna fall flat.
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rwexler
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 09:16 am:   

I've always wanted to strap on a guitar and fake my way through a Stooges song. But are there any Jesus Stooges songs?

Robert
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 09:18 am:   

The Rapture made me wish Mimi Rogers got more and better roles.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 09:23 am:   


?K?n't know any Stooge's Jesus songs,but I may not be conversant with their entire catalogue. Just pretend, huh?

Dave -- last thing I saw Mimi Rogers in (except for X-files episodes) was some horrid thing about her getting a massage and carrying on this long boring conversation with the massage guy. You saw a whole lot of Mimi. but nonetheless it was pretty unwatchable.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 09:40 am:   

Oh, I beg to differ. It may have been unlistenable, but Mimi is ALWAYS watchable...:-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 09:53 am:   

Oh, and if you're going to form a Jesus Christ tribute band, you should call it Satan's Dupes. I love that name.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 10:10 am:   

Dave, yeah she looks nice, but I can't get over going to movies just to see some babe -- that don't do it for me. If it did, I'd been a happier most of my life. :-)

My favorite Jesus band name ever was this SoCal outfit, Jesus Carpenter Dude.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 11:48 am:   

I don't know any Jesus songs by the Stooges, but the Velvets' "Jesus" is certainly cover-worthy (and very soothing to boot).

Hey, that was Nic Roeg directing Mimi Rogers in Full Body Massage. The scene did run long, but let's face it, there was an awful lot of full body to cover. And don't forget Mimi's fine turn as the Emma-Peelian "Mrs. Kensington" in Austin Powers.

My favorite band name (unrelated to the Christ, alas): JFKFC.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 12:11 pm:   

Was that Roeg? Wow. I'd forgotten. Yup. Lot of body. Missed Austin Powers.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 12:20 pm:   

I don't think Ernie Marss's small classic 'Plastic Jesus' has been mentioned yet. Probably not on Mel's soundtrack.

http://www.commonplacebook.com/songs/plasticjesus.shtm

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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 12:29 pm:   

Who did "Dropkick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalpost of Life?"
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 12:33 pm:   

That would be Bobby Bare, who also did "Detroit City."
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Bruce
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 12:40 pm:   

According to Google, it was Bobby Bare.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 12:45 pm:   

Lucius, if you got that one off the top of your head, that was awesome...
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 12:55 pm:   

Man, I'm a huge Bobby Bare fan. Detroit City's one of my favorite songs. "...By day I make the cars, and by night I make the bars..." :-)

Wasn't no thang...not in the slightest.
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 01:12 pm:   

Didn't he also record "How I got to Memphis" early on? One of my favorite tunes...seems like I remember him doing it.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 01:43 pm:   

Very good Bobby Bare knowledge, Deborah. For that info, you get a free admission to the Bobbt Bare Hall of Fame, who's sole member, Bobby Bare, will present you with the key to the city of Gulfport, Mississippi....
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 01:50 pm:   

Oh, I hadn't even added yet that he also did a very nice duet with Rosanne Cash on "Don't Need No Memories Hangin' Round."

Wow, Gulfport. That's nearly as good as PanamaCity Beach.

I'm all aflutter.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 01:56 pm:   

Well, for THAT little bit, we're gonna fly you and another person to Panama City for an all night expense paid vacation at the Fabulous Peter Pan Motel, just a three mile walk from the Gulf of Mexico... :-)
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 01:58 pm:   

Hey, wait, a minute...three miles from the Gulf? Ain't that nearly into Georgia? You tryin' to trick me?

:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 02:03 pm:   

It's like Shed says, it ain't really being tricked when it's good for ya... :-)
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Nels
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 03:27 am:   

Lucius, hasn't that "Reality Boxing TV" thing already been tried? Surely, we're talking about the career of Joe Mesi? White boxer, little talent, regular TV slots, WBC ranking, nearly decapitated by that powerhouse Monte Barrett (either that or -- horrible thought -- he really is a genuine contender)....
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 04:32 am:   

Nels....

even more pertinent than Mesi was the case of Richie Melito some time back, a white Long Island fighter who was nourished on tomato cans and manuvered into a fight with Bert Cooper, a heavyweight contender. People were so worried the fix was in, the FBI actually spoke to Cooper before the fight and told him they were watching -- he thereupon tore Melito apart. Mesi is more talented than was Melito, but yeah, Mesi sucks. Monte Barret is as high as he can go, and I think his people recognize they need to get him a big fight, make the guy some money, let him take his lumps and fade. The problem is the heavyweight division is so pathetic now, Mesi actually can be considered a fringe contender. When you're having a WBO title fight between Wlad Klitschko and the horrid Lamon Brewster...it's not a good time for heavies.

The salient difference here is the idea of Dreamworks setting up its own regulatory organization. They have the money and media control to make the Dreamworks heavyweight championship a legit item....perhaps more legit in the eyes of the public than any other. Given the state of boxing today, maybe it's what the sport deserves.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 05:16 pm:   

The Part He Was Born To Play -- Hugh Grant is presently engaged in acquiring the rights to the life story of Armin Miewes, the German cannibal who ate a computer technician (a volunteer) in Rotenberg, Germany not so long ago. It seems that Hugh, inspired by Charlize Theron's masquerade as Aileen Wournos, thinks he grab an Oscar for playing the creepy Miewes, who lived in a 44 room mansion, dressed up and sometimes talked in imitation of his mom.

The World Waits....
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Bruce
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 10:39 am:   

Hi Lucius,

It's perhaps a little early to suggest this but can we look forward to you being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the next Harry Potter debacle this June? I understand it's directed by Alfonso Cuaron to boot. Heck, you could get in fighting trim by renting Harry Potter 2: The Nightmare Continues, and compare and contrast Columbus's and Cuaron's various 'virtues' as directors.

I know it's a lot to ask but I'm sure an appreciative audience awaits. That last review was killer, maybe Harry's fan club will gift you with another hilarious letter.

Cheers,

Bruce
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 10:57 am:   

Yeah, Bruce... maybe. I'm not going to rent HP 2, however. But the Cuaron thing piques my interest. Given the bodily fluid-fest that Y Tu Mama... was, maybe this one'll be Harry Potter and the Projectile of Love, or some shit. I ain't putting it on my dance card yet, but it's a possibility....

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John Klima
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 12:24 pm:   

So despite my better judgment, I watched Daredevil on one of the HBOs I have yesterday afternoon. Before I knew it, I found myself enjoyed the film. It could have been my cesspool expectations, or the fact that I was really editing the next issue of EV while it was one and I wasn't really watching the film, but for the first half-hour or so, it was watchable. Then Colin Feral starting over acting like a rat with its balls in a vice. Bullseye always struck me as a cool, calculating dude, not a psychopath. Jennifer Garner's acting was terrible (although she looked good; see Lucius' reference above to a woman not enough to make a whole film, though) and Affleck had his Affleck wood affect. They did a shitty job setting up the Elektra character (they missed out on Karen Black...was that her name?) so that IF they somehow got permission to make another it won't make any sense without a bunch of flashback shit. The effects were terrible, especially Bullseye throwing glass. Oh, and Daredevil's apparent mutant grasshopper leaping skills...etc., etc.. Not enough lawyer stuff to really show the Matt Murdock character. I hated the Batman/rose parent's death imagery. I hated Daredevil being able to dodge bullets by doing backflips. I hated Matt Murdock (blind man) having a ninja fight in broad daylight with Elektra...hidden identity anyone? I didn't buy for a second that Daredevil would go kill the guy who got off on a rape charge. Felt rather extreme and not fitting in with the character I knew. Sure, it helped flesh out the "I'm not the bad guy" leit motif, but please...you couldn't do it more subtlely?

(wow, I hated this more than I knew)

I mean, how could they take a series like the X-Men, which has dozens of characters and an assload of back story, and make an enjoyable movie out of it and then screw this up so much? I mean, every superhero movie should be made with the intention of franchising the crap out of the character. So build it a little slower so we can come back and learn more next time. Too much Matt as a young man back story for my tastes.

I did like that Daredevil slept in an isolation tank (how he didn't drown is beyond me) and that we had a superhero who was on all sorts of painkillers because it hurts to get kicked in the ribs every night. But, I did not like this movie in the end. Glad it was not my sole focus for the day.

Also watched Stanley Kubrik "A Life in Pictures" and then a different channel had FULL METAL JACKET on, so I watched that.

So, how bad will VAN HELSING be? And will THE GRIMM BROTHERS be worth watching? (I keep getting GRIMM BROTHERS and STUCK ON YOU mixed together in my head, so I imagine a siamese twin Grimm Brother.

JK
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 12:56 pm:   

How bad will VON HELSING be?

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!

I hate Daredevil. First line of my review:

You can actually feel yourself growing stupider while you watch DAREDEVIL.

I stand by that.

I'm scared. Tomorrow I have to go to a screening for ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, a Varley-ish/Dickian movie from the pen of Charlie Kaufman, who's screenplays have gotten progressively worse since BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. And it's directed by the director of his last script, the avbusively bad, NATURAL HISTORY, Michael Gondry, and it stars Jim Carey and Kate Winslet.

I'm shaking in my boots.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 01:13 pm:   

Lucius, you are so right about Daredevil. I have more fun keeping up with Days of Our Lives; at least that's intended on being absurd!

JK
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 04:03 pm:   

Days of Our Lives is without a doubt the most absurd soap ever -- I confess to having followed it periodically over the years, the last two periods being (a) when Marlena was possessed byt he Devil and had to get exorcised, and (b) when the aliens landed.

At least on the Guiding Light as weird as it ever got was people falling off cliffs and coming back years later with amnesia...

:-)

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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 04:08 pm:   

I listened to As The World Turns and Guiding Light for years -- while I was writing. Never saw the characters faces (well, rarely), but I knew who they were. TGL was weird enough....
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 06:03 pm:   

What's the one now where half the cast is vampires? Dick Tremaine (from Twin Peaks) plays a vampire on it. Crazy stuff.

JK
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 06:24 pm:   

Vampires? On soaps. Wow. I must have quit watching too soon. I'm off the soaps now completely -- no time.

GL and ATWT were my favorites over the many years of watching...but, as I say, they never went in for anything truly bizarre.

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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 07:09 pm:   

Dark Shadows was an old vampire soap back in the 60s. It's an ancient traditiion
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 08:23 pm:   

Yeah, I watched DS. That's probably why I have such an aversion to vampire fiction to this day. But one campy gothic soap doesn't exactly add up to a trend, does it?

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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 05:59 am:   

The show I'm thinking of is called Port Charles, and it was a spin-off of General Hospital. The actor I mentioned is Ian Buchanan.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118435/

Weird stuff. And it was cancelled last year, go figure.

JK
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 09:13 am:   

They still show DS on the Sci Fi Channel in the AM. My brother and I used to scare each other with DS lines when we were kids: "The manacles, Mis-ter Collins...The manacles, IF YOU PLEASE..." But watching it today is a genuine belly-laff. It's unbelievable that it made it to television. BTW, soaps have been getting truly bizarre in recent years, with alien abduction subplots and the like...
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 06:39 am:   

Hey Lucius, what do you know about CASSHERN? THe website is very cool (with an awesome trailer) but since I don't speak/read Japanese, I don't know what the movie is about.

www.casshern.com

JK
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 07:35 am:   

JK.

here's some info I got off the Movie Box., not much:

" Plot:
Made for 5 billion yen, "Casshern" tries to address the idealistic question proposed in Shakespear's "Hamlet" (Why do people fight with each other?)

It is also a continuation of the Japanese animation, "Shinzou Ningen Casshern" which was broadcasted back in 1973.

A riot occurs within the robots that were made to clean up environmental pollution. As a result, a professor of robotic engineering revised his "son" Casshern to calm the riot."

CASSHERN is one of several ex-anime projects that are being translated into live action. One I have some slightly higher hopes for is NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. I expect both these films to look really good, but not to outstrip their anime roots, which means they'll be fairly simplistic thematically and as regards dialog, etc.. The big procuction hot-looking movie that I have really high hopes for is the French film, IMMORTEL, which is due out in Europe pretty soon.
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 07:45 am:   

Hmmm, not much to be true. The trailer looks awesome, but that doesn't mean the movie will be good. Also, who knows how it will translate to me, an American viewer (if I would ever get a chance to see it...although NYC would/will probably get it some day).

Nothing you've heard outside of that?

JK
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 08:01 am:   

Naw, nothing but that. There's a Japanese scifi movie called Returner that has great production values but is essentially a cartoon, and I bet this is what Casshern and Neon Genisis play like. Cool-looking, but not very sophisticated as regards any other facet.

As for getting it, you can probably find a download on the web already and, if not, I can guarantee that a Korean or Japanese DAV will be available within a few months.

Like I said, IMMORTEL strikes me as the movie to watch.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 06:22 am:   

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND wasn't (as I feared) godawful. In fact, though this may be a case of reduced expectations, it was kind of okay, though the script frayed and seem to lose momentum at the end. The story as you may know involves a relationship between Joel (Jim Carrey) and Christine (Kate WInselt). When the relationship falls apart, Christine has her memories of Joel erased, and Joel follows suit. The best part of the movie for me was the low-tech memory stripping which is carried out in one's home by less than reputable techs played by Eljah Wood and Mark Ruffalo. While stripping Joel's memories, Ruffalo parties with his girlfriend and they end up having sex on the same bed where Carrey, his head encased in a machine, is lying unconscious. While stripping Kate's memories, Wood steals a pair of her panties and thereafter uses his knowledge of her obsession with Joel to isinuate himself into her life, becoming her boyfriend. This entire section of the film is shot hand-hand and has a giddy, grungy, cluttered feel redolent of DELICATESSEN and some of Terry Gilliam's work. I would send anybody running out to see it, but it's not bad and it's nice to see Elijah Wood doing something other than acting wan and nobly enduring. He makes a pretty good little skanky guy.... :-)
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 07:09 am:   

Mel Gibson: Murderer

http://www.mb.com.ph/MAIN200402263336.html

Rated V for Violence, a medical doctor will be on the premises of every movie theater to administer aid to those who need it.

While I feel for this woman and her family, I wonder if Mr. Gibson is secretly pleased.

JK
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 07:26 am:   

They could make a big publicity deal out of this, kind of a William Castle thing -- nurses in attendance, release forms for the audience.

I don't know if I'd countenance Gibson a murderer...except as an artistic judgement. From all the reports I've received from people I trust, the Passion is simply a crappy movie. But is Mel twisted? Oh, yeah. Indubitably.
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:05 am:   

Yeah, I was pushing for the BUCKET OF BLOOD type angle.

JK
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 08:21 am:   

Yup. No one will be seated during the last fifteen minutes of this picture. Nail-o-vision seats with electrified studs on the arm rests that provide simulated palm-piercing pain! When you go to the concession stand, the jid behind the counter holds out a spear with a sponge stuck on the end that's been soaked in Diet Coke. The possibilities are endless....
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:15 am:   

Mel-O-Drama is how I hear people describe it.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:24 am:   

You might recall the scene in 'Scrooged' where an elderly lady has a fatal coronary during some ultra-violent Christmas promos. Bill Murray's character says when informed of her demise, 'This is great! You can't buy publicity like that. Run the spot every half-hour with a disclaimer...People with heart conditions must leave the room!' Wonder if Mel's seen it.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 10:40 am:   

Mel-O-Drama's good, Leslie. :-)

Bruce, yeah, that's about right. Still and all, I think Gibson's twisted enough NOT to be 100 pecent cynical about this -- as David Denby points out in his New Yorker review, Gibson's been tortured in so many of his films, this latest movie appears to be nothing more than a disclosure of the root cause of this obsession.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 11:54 am:   

Makes you wonder why he didn't play Jesus himself...Maybe it was adverse reaction to those Curly Howard ad-libs when they were workshopping the script..."Can you turn this water into wine?" "Soitinly!! Nyuk nyuk nyuk..."
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 12:17 pm:   

Why didn't he play Jesus himself?

There are limits to plastic surgery.....but I'm sure he considered it.
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Bruce
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 12:42 pm:   

Thanks for the chuckle, Dave!

It put me in mind of a sequel for Howard Waldrop's famous story 'Save A Place in the Lifeboat for Me'. The reason we didn't see the Stooges, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd trying to prevent Buddy Holly's death is that they were in Galilee on a super-black mission from Quackenbush. I just can't figure out if they're there to prevent the crucifiction or expedite it.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 01:19 pm:   

I guess you're right, Lucius. Strictly speaking, Gibson is 14 years too old, although the optimum age for playing Jesus appears in movies appears to be 35-36, which would make Gibbo about eight years over the hill. Maybe he was worried he wouldn't be believable in the next Mad Max sequel (coming soon!) if he was too much of a pacifist in the Passion...:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 01:24 pm:   

I'm just worried the Mad Max will be subtitled The Passion of Max....

Which could be, basically, the movie
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 02:00 pm:   

Fury Road...not that far off, is it? Personally, I'm waiting for "Mad Max 5: Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens"
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 02:13 pm:   

I haven't been keeping track. Other than as a figment of the culture, a symptom of disease, I have no interest in Gibson....whether he's playing Mad Max or Mad Mel. Maybe if he staked himself on a rock to have his liver attacked by vultures...
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 02:33 pm:   

Hey, that's the opening scene of Mad Max 5: RORAWOK!!!

Don't even think about it. It's registered with the WGA!!!! :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 03:03 pm:   

I'm thinking Mad Max 6 vs Rocky 7....
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 03:15 pm:   

...and the winner of that one versus the winner of Alien vs. Predator....
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 03:55 pm:   

Why not just a Battle Royal with all of them at once, including Freddy vs. Jason II, Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster II and the entire casts of The Warriors and Destroy All Monsters (with special appearances by The Bride and O-Ren Ishii)? Special effects by Industrial Light and Magic, stunts by Jackie Chan and additional dialogue by William Shakespeare. Furs by Dicker and Dicker of Beverly Hills...?

Or, maybe not...
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 - 04:00 pm:   

Well, actually, since Alien vs Predator is already in the can, I was trying to stick to reality. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 07:31 am:   

Jeez, Lucius, I come on here to escape from my reality...:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 08:03 am:   

Well, then we'll talk about Predator vs Dave G. :-)
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Bruce
Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 01:46 pm:   

G'Day,

I was rereading this thread and realized I'd completely fucked up the spelling of 'crucifixion'. I wasn't trying to be cute or trenchant, as a lapsed Catholic of long standing I should've caught that typo.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 02:30 pm:   

crucifixtion, crucifiction (the Passion), whatever, we get the point... :-)

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Dave G.
Posted on Sunday, February 29, 2004 - 07:55 am:   

Predator may get the upper hand on me in a fight, but I have waaayyyyy better hair. :-)
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Bob Urell
Posted on Sunday, February 29, 2004 - 08:50 am:   

Which is why Alien's gonna snatch you bald-headed.... Going back to my hole now.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 10:27 am:   

More Mel Madness:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/03/01/offbeat.passion.ap/index.html

Seems some unlucky theater in Georgia had a computer that spit out Passion tickets with "666" stamped on them. You have to love this stuff...
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 06:31 am:   

Hey, here's a question, if anybody knows...When I saw "Thirteen," I distinctly recall it being in black and white. Yet the scene they showed on the Oscars Sunday night was in color. Did they colorize this film?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 07:33 am:   

Didn't see Thirteen, so...?

As for the ticket thing, it's funny this happened in Rome, Georgia. I attended prep school briefly in Rome -- I was, to my great credit-- tossed out for bad behavior, and I came to learn two significant facts about the city. One that ut had an inordinate number of churches, and two, it was home to the largest whorehouse in the state, known as Peggy's. I KNOW there's a connection there.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 07:42 am:   

Perhaps the "666" imprint on Rome Passion tickets is God's warning to the town fathers to clean up the iniquity within the city limits. My God, it ALL MAKES SENSE...!!! :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 08:15 am:   

Hmmm, I just checked. Apparently Thirteen was released in color, but I remember it in black and white. Very odd.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 08:20 am:   

...released in color, but I remember it in black and white.....

Belladona? :-)

As far as Rome goes, I think de Lawd may have dropped in at Peggys now and again His Own Self...
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Does listening to Stevie Nicks make you remember things in black and white? Anyway, it was a party and I had no control over the stereo!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 11:15 am:   

Listening to Stevie has to have some deleterious effect, but since I've basically avoided that, I can only imagine what it might be.... :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 11:19 am:   

I think the most noticeable effects are laryngitis and split ends.
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jeff ford
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 11:31 am:   

Stevie Nicks in known in my house as "The Billy Goat" for that special braying quality she achieves. No disrespect meant to goats at large.

Hey,Lucius, dug your Bubba Ho Tep review in F&SF.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 11:36 am:   

Dave, yeah....well. I think you should watch for further symptoms....

Hi, Jeff. Glad you enjoyed the piece. Did you see the flick? God, I was so surprised I liked it, because I'm usually not a fan of Lansdale's stuff, but I really did like it. Makes me think I may hae missed the point with Lansdale and should check back.

Hope you're thriving....
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 09:49 pm:   

lucius,

i've always thought the hap and leonard novels of lansdale were a bit of fun, an afternoons good read. most of his other stuff hasn't done much for me (short stories, short novels like the DRIVE IN), but these a nice bit of fun.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 10:01 pm:   

Ben,

I don't know them, but I'll try to seek them out.

Thanks....
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Adam-Troy Castri
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - 04:30 am:   

Best read in order. Hap & Leonard rule!
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - 06:58 am:   

ATC, that's two recs, so I guess I'm committed... :-)

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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - 09:23 am:   

So much for Renee's non-airhead status....

RENEE ZELLWEGER gives spooky new meaning to the term "soul" singer. She
believes she's in touch with the late Janis Joplin's spirit and when she sings, the
rock legend's voice comes out, say sources!


And apparently, one director agrees because Renee has been hired to play the
ill-fated singer in an upcoming movie of her life, A Piece of My Heart.


Renee has been obsessed for years with her fellow Texan -- who died of a drug
overdose in 1970 at the age of 27 -- and when she got the role, she was
thrilled.


"Renee told me she's always had a spiritual connection with Janis," says a
close friend. "I thought she was kidding, but she was dead serious."


Even stranger, Renee always boasted that she would, one day, play Janis in a
movie, another friend reveals.


"For as long as I've known Renee, she's been obsessed with Janis Joplin,"
says the source. "It seems like she even holds intimate conversations with her.


"She told me: 'Janis wants this movie to be done right. Janis was always very
misunderstood while she was alive and now she wants to be understood and
loved.'"


Initially, actress Brittany Murphy and singer Melissa Etheridge were in the
running to portray the singing legend, but Renee beat them to the coveted role
in the Paramount flick, which will begin filming next year.


Renee, 34, has told pals that it feels like Janis is giving her input on the
movie. "She says Janis speaks to her in her dreams and tells her the way she
wants the story told," says a source.


"Just talking to Renee about Janis is enough to freak a person out. It's like
Joplin is standing there beside her."


The actress, who first wowed the world with her amazing vocal cords in
Chicago, even believes that she sings with Janis' voice.


"Renee told me that when she sings a Joplin song, it's really Joplin's voice
she's using, coming right out of her mouth," says the friend. "I've heard her
sing two of Joplin's songs, and it sends chills up my spine."


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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - 09:47 am:   

Jeez, could you have imagined Brittany Murphy as Joplin?

Lucius, did you know that your old uber-Cane idol Jimmy Johnson was a high school classmate of Joplin's? I saw him on TV joking about how they used to heckle her by calling her "Beat Weezy." I could just picture old Jimmy and the boys from the football team giving poor ol' misfit Janis the business and driving her out of Texas...

And yes, he had the hair even then, only it was black.
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - 06:56 pm:   

Lucius:

I'm watching Stephen King's desecration of the Kingdom right now. I had to at least sample it. First hour has a computer-generated aardvark/anteater(that talks!!) in it, a simpering Andrew McCarthy, a painter who is struck by a van (much like a certain writer struck by a van), and a really crap voice over...and all that seems the same is there are two mongoloid people in the basement who are waaaaay too cheerful, it's set in a hospital, and there is a little kid ghost.

This isn't the Kingdom; this is The KINGdom.

JeffV
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - 08:12 pm:   

Yeah, Jeff, I'm, waiting for it to come on out here. Can't wait for the aardvark/anteater. :-)

I saw McCarthy on Good Morning America today and he was still simpering....

They showed a clip. Baaaad...
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - 09:13 pm:   

You know what this is like? This is like listening to your idiot cousin retelling a story that someone else told him to far better effect...
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Michael Cisco
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 12:56 am:   

Or like reading a Stephen King novel, same diff.
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MC
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 12:58 am:   

[SPOILER]
The clown is a spider from space that eats fear. We can kill it with love and a good-but-reasonable self image apiece.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 05:41 am:   

You know, I can usually watch anything after working all day, but after an hour last night, I'd had it. That was the worst fucking piece of shit I have ever seen. It made Rose Red look like Citizen Kane. I take it back what I said about the Contributiion to American Letters award. Teh National Book Award people should be forced to swallow their tongues.

Is there really a clown? That might be better than what I saw.
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JV
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 06:25 am:   

Heh--anteater--heh--anteater-heh...drool...

I couldn't make it past the first hour. And when at the end of the second hour I tuned back in for a second, they were in essence *replaying* the van accident bit for no apparent reason.

The only thing it had going for it was a relatively cool computer-generated anteater...except--why the fuck was an anteater added to the goddamn story? Not to mention, the wonderful claustrophobic feel of the original, preserved because the whole thing is set *inside* the hospital is deep-sixed by the agonizingly long accident scene...oy. It's probably not worth going into, but...has King completely lost his sense of what makes for suspense and drama?!?!?!

JeffV
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 06:41 am:   

An hour did it for me, too. I liked the anteater okay but after a while I began having Mr. Ed type thoughts. And why was it necessary to give it needle fangs? Are we going to have an anteater mangling moment? I did the same thing as you as regards tuning back in -- that voiceover was the worst. "The ground is uneasy...." My stomach was uneasy. And I'm sad to say that the answer to your question is, Fuck, yeah!
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Deborah
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 07:39 am:   

That may not have been an anteater...was it simpering? It may have been Andrew McCarthy's flashbacks to his John Hughes days.

I didn't see it, so I can't be sure...

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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 07:42 am:   

You don;t want to see it...really. Spare yourself. This is easily the worst King thing ever. And I saw SIlver Bullet, Maximum Overdrive....

It were an anteater...one sharp pointy fangs.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 08:18 am:   

Worse than Christine? Oh, the humanity!
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 08:34 am:   

We were flipping through the channels last night and I saw that this was on (mini-dish, you can see what you're coming up on before you have to watch it). I must have made some noise because my wife flipped back to it and said "DId you want to watch this?" It had been on for an hour that I missed. It was currently a commercial break. I decided I had seen enough and said, "No, forget it." I think we watched VH1 Classic where they were playing old Stones 'videos' from the Black and Blue album. That was scary in its own right.

JK
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 08:51 am:   

Watching Tammy Faye Baker on QVC selling used Bibles would have been superior to this. Actually, Tammy Faye selling Bibles might be pretty entertaining.... :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 10:58 am:   

You mean you're not watching her get down with Ron Jeremy and Rob Van Winkle on "The Surreal Life"? :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 11:24 am:   

I don't have the time. I watch maybe an hlf-hour a day on most days. Can't get to be a fan of dip except during football season...
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 12:08 pm:   

"Is there really a clown? That might be better than what I saw."

I'm sure Mike Cisco is alluding to one of King's dumber than usual deus ex machinas from 'It'.

You guys are made of stern stuff indeed to have suffered through an hour of that. I lasted about five minutes.

...and glad to hear you're going to take in the next Harry Potter, Lucius! It's going to be a tough couple of hours watching Gary Oldman lose his mind, not to mention Alan Rickman tricked out in drag. That's gonna hurt.

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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 12:13 pm:   

Yup, Bruce. I got Michael's drift, but clowns have showed up in at least a couple of King's deals...Why not a third?

And yeah, I am down for Cuaron's Harry. I'm thinking Harry Potter masturbation scenes. Maybe even a magic circle jerk.
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MTC
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 08:47 pm:   

King
Dumb
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 09:26 pm:   

That's the pithy way of saying it. No doubt.
Ho
Spittle
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 07:45 am:   

Grin of the day:

Steve Martin's New Yorker column couched as studio boss Stan's notes to Mel Gibson. Apparently, Steve is taking some issue with Mel's sanctimony and this'll get him off Gibson's Christmas card list.

'Aramaic' must be a typo; should be 'American'.

Title change...'Lethal Passion'?

...and so forth. What a great dupe of Satan!
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 07:56 am:   

That's good stuff, Bruce. Lethal Passion, indeed....
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Bruce
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 10:15 am:   

Here's a URL for some good laughs courtesy of Steve Martin. I particularly liked the image of Jesus and his iPod.

http://www.sharingsteve.blogspot.com/
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 02:28 am:   

I just saw Hellboy, so you don't have to. I'm not convinced it's as bad as LXG, but it's in the neighborhood.

And I think the print they used was missing a reel, as there was a very serious jump in events (one moment Selma Blair is setting shit on fire, the next, everyone is in chains. What the fuck?) and yet it didn't really matter a bit.

Del Toro should go back to making movies in Spain. His record in Hollywood isn't getting any better.
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 02:35 am:   

Ok, I don't get it. I took a cruise around, checking reviews, and everyone but me seems to like it. Film Threat says "Hellboy” just might end up being one of the best movies you see this year...

That's a seriously fucked up thought, and I'll just refrain from going to any more movies this year.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 06:15 am:   

You know, the fix is in on some movies. That's all it is. I remember all the big boys gave Planet of the Apes raves. Elbis Mitchell of the NY Times a sparkling treat. I may have go to this bad boy anyway, but I really don't want to -- I agree about del Toro. He's much better working in Spain.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 06:43 am:   

Speaking of hideous, has anyone seen the trailer for Troy --Man, does it look sucky. Brad Pitt as Achilles, speaking in a bad Engish accent. And Orlando Bloom in a black fright wig playing...somebody. Hector, maybe. This could be one of the funniest movies of the year, though I'm still counting on Jack Black and Ben Stiller in Envy...
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Mastadge
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 08:32 am:   

Troy does indeed look awful, which is a shame because once upon a time Wolfgang Peterson was a good director. And it looks like Brad Pitt here is really taking a cue from Russell Crowe in Gladiator. . .
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 08:46 am:   

One of my friends who enjoys the comic say Hellboy and he thought it was crap. Although not nearly in the same league as LXG (I only saw it a few weeks ago, so the awfulness is still very fresh in my mind).

One comment was regarding Jeffrey Tambour's character, who is forgotten in one of the fight scenes. There is later a joke about this in the closing credits. Instead of joking about it, why not examine why he was forgotten and then try to fix it?

Anyway, you're right about Del Toro. His non Hollywood movies are great, his Hollywood ones aren't.
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Mastadge
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 08:55 am:   

Another upcoming movie which trailer had me laughing was The Alamo. Looks even worse than Troy. As for Troy, I think it's Eric Bana playing Hector, with Orlando Bloom as Paris.
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Bob Urell
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 11:12 am:   

Yeah, THE ALAMO looks pretty terrible. A few ordinary men that became...HEROES. Um, maybe it's me, but everything I know about these guys doesn't speak much to their heroism. Jim Bowie would have been dubbed a serial killer if he lived today; that knife he made wasn't for hunting animals, let me tell you.
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Minz
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 02:07 pm:   

Woohoo. Finally, a story about a heroic serial killer . . .
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 03:42 pm:   

The Alamo is, according to press reports, a disaster of epic proportions. The critics seem to despise it and, given the critique is that it's too slow, audiences probably will too.

A long time ago, I wrote a satirical short story that had as one of its jokes a mainstream Hollywood director doing his own "take" on the Iliad. It got me some good laffs, too. My theory is that, within 20 years, reality will overtake every joke we can make about our culture. (Anyone remember the huge laughs Carroll O'Connor used to get on All in the Family talking about President Ronald Reagan????)

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