Thursday, December 29, 2005

Happy New Year!

Have fun and hope your ship comes in!
From Snabby & Family

Friday, December 23, 2005

As Regards the Matter of Christmas

May it be chronicled as a Merry one.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Fun Quiz!

Something to do when solitaire doesn't quite cut it.....a little bit of a surprise result for me, as I'm practically a teetotaler!

You taste like wine. You have a bittersweet
sophistication. Your fine sensibilities and
delicate flavors intoxicate those around you.

How do you taste?
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Saturday, December 10, 2005

70's Apocalyptic Sci-FI

Well, of course the first thing I think of when I wake up today are those 70's movies that brought together environmental degradation, social engineering, and some pretty bad special effects. A very few are great, some are not so bad, most are awful, and some are obscure - all share some fairly famous actors.

**Fair warning-spoilers ahead!**

Zardoz (1974) - Stars Sean Connery in a plot so convoluted you'll need to watch this tripe at least twice to "get it" - here's a link to a very funny plot explanation. The movie takes it's name from an amalgamation of the book The Wizard of OZ. This link has pictures of the cast and also some more hilarious thoughts. My only other comment is that the first time I saw Red Hot Chili Pepper's video "Breaking the girl" I thought, "The costume designer ripped off Zardoz!!".

Z.P.G.(1972) - The title stands for "Zero Population Growth" and stars Geraldine Chaplin and Oliver Reed as renagades who dare to become pregnant! The funniest part of the show is at the end, when they are sentenced to "death", along with their baby, and are covered by a large plastic umbrella which is spray-painted green to spare the surrounding folks their slow demise by asphyxiation! This review gives even more spoilers, but really gives you the feel of the movie!

Quintet (1979) - This movie was the most confusing for me, I originally thought it was made by Russians, but it turns out to have been directed by Robert Altman, and filmed in Montreal. Not so amazingly, I found a reviewer with the same thoughts. It stars Paul Newman and a large cast of also-rans in a bizarre New Ice Age drama that's so boring no one's even reviewed it on the rottentomatoes site! (However there is a picture of Paul and a quick synopsis)

THX 1138(1971) - This is a still relatively obscure movie, but very good (in my opinion). Stars Robert Duvall in a George Lucas movie that Lucas orginally made in college! Here's a review based on a new director's cut released in 2004. Unlike many Lucus movies, this isn't a warm fuzzy film - the "mood enhancing" drugs the US market is peddling nowadays bear a creepy close resemblance to the drugs forced on the characters....

Now for the best of the last! Since you are reading this, you've seen these movies so I won't bother with links....

Logan's Run (1976)- RENEW! RENEW! This movie made my list specifically because Michael York is HOT!...and also because it's just good entertainment. Cult of the Young anyone? (remember to check out the plastic surgery scenes...)

Planet of the Apes (the whole 1970's series of movies) - PETA's wet dream - I'm kidding! So much social commentary, so little time....'Nuff said!

Soylent Green (1973) - You-know-who shouting "Soylent Green is People!". However, realistically I'd have to say the powers that be would just let the poor starve (like they do now...). Far cheaper than building some expensive machinery to turn people into food! Duh!

Monday, December 05, 2005

The Narnia Effect

It seems that both wings of the foolish bird known as American Politics are getting sucked into an obtuse debate on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe movie coming out on Friday. One side is generating paranoia about how their convenient strawman is trying to stifle the Word of God by shunning the film. The other half is taking the bait and trying to patiently explain to foolish masses how this movie is no different than the Passion of the Christ and bad for "progressive politics."

Over here in reality, we have people that enjoyed the story of Narnia and hope the movie does for Narnia what Peter Jackson did for Lord of the Rings. I'm going to see it, enjoy it, and not worry about which powerful force is trying to trick the admittedly gullible (my past self is no exception!) American public one way or the other. If the movie is true to C.S. Lewis' storyline, then I will be very pleased (other than my secret hope that Lucy is less maudlin and whiny). The man, unlike so many pretenders today, stands on his own as a literary force.

Bring on the entertainment, Christian or not, I want to see it. Whether it is Mel Gibson or Michael Moore, bring the sh*t to the table and let us have a looksee.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Cruisin' the Bear

I found out from commenter Lynne at the Portland MetroBlog that the Portland Spirit has Cinnamon Bear cruises for those who can shell out $24 per adult and $18 per child. The title of this post leads to the URL for the cruises, but the MetroBlog link includes some interesting stuff on the Portland history of the program. Also, Wikipedia has an entry for our bear as well. When Portland decides they are into something, they are loyal for years. We crave a good tradition around here I guess.

On the flip side, SunRiver resorts are using the Cinnamon Bear music in their radio ads and it sounds just plain wrong to me. I like SunRiver and I'm sure it is an honest blunder, but there isn't much about Bend that reminds me of Maybeland.