26 Dec 2009

The Best Films of the Decade

In trying to come up with a best films of the decade list, I first tried to come up with a Top 10. I found it too hard, though, because, as you'll see, I don't think there were 10 absolutely outstanding movies this decade. I think there were seven absolute all-time classics and a further 18 really, really good movies.

I also reserve the right to change this list in about a year's time because there are movies that have just or will soon come out this year that I haven't yet seen that could possibly make the list.

In making this list, I also found it funny how time changes one's perception of movies. For example, the number one movie in each of my top 10 lists for 2006 (Babel), 2007 (Once) and 2008 (The Fall) are not in the all-time classics section of this list with Babel failing to make even the overall list!

Once I got the seven absolute classics sorted, I tried and tried to rank them from one to seven but I just couldn't. Some of them are so vastly different, how do you compare which one is better than another?

The all-time classics (in no particular order):

There Will Be Blood - just unbelievably brilliant film-making from PT Anderson (whose Boogie Nights remains one of my favorite movies of all time), another mesmerising performance from DD-L, an amazingly effective score and beautiful camera work. A modern classic if there ever was one.

The Dark Knight - not just the best "comic-book movie" of all time, but one of the great crime thrillers (ranking up their with the likes of On the Waterfront and Heat) ever. Heath Ledger is truly amazing as is Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face. Stunning set pieces, a wonderful script and suitably epic photography add up to a bonafide classic. Shame about Bale's Batman voice, though.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Though I love The Two Towers and The Return of the King, neither movie comes even close to FOTR in terms of the sheer impact it made on me when it first came out. Peter Jackson's masterful film ranks as possibly the best adaptation of an "unfilmable" book ever made. A truly involving story, brilliant effects and great heroes and villains.

Brokeback Mountain - easily the best love story of the decade. Extraordinary work from (again) Heath Ledger, but also from Jake Gyllenhall who make the central romance utterly believable while Ang Lee proves once again that he can, in fact, do anything. The scene where Ledger hugs Gyllenhall's old shirt hanging in the closet typifies the central theme of longing for forbidden love.

Unbreakable - the best thing Shyamalan's ever made and an absolutely brilliant commentary on the power and influence of comics. A brilliantly-involving story and great filmmaking, from the use of muted greys and purples to the alternating static and fluid camera work. I remember coming out of the movie theater and listening to the other moviegoers' conversations...half of them were saying "that was the dumbest ending ever" and "what a boring movie", while the other half were saying "that was awesome!" and "what a cool ending!".

Oldboy - An intriguing premise. One of the great performances of the decade from Choi Min-Sik. A story that twists and turns and keeps you guessing without ever straying into unbelievable territory and....AND...the Best. Twist. Ending. Ever. The fight in the hallway is one of the best fight scenes in ANY movie of the decade.

Grizzly Man - The nineties and aughts were both golden eras for movie documentaries. The 90s gave us Crumb and Hoop Dreams (two of the best movies ever made, never mind documentaries), while the aughts gave us this. Timothy Treadwell, like Man on Wire's Phillipe Petit, is one of the great movie characters of the decade. A unique, charismatic, dangerous, delusional, camp, sincere, honest man whose reason for living ultimately (and poetically) also became the reason for his untimely death. The great Werner Herzog (a crazy man himself) crafts his best movie since Mephisto.

...and those were the only really, true all-time classics from the decade, in my opinion...movies that I know will still be classics in 10, 20, 30 years' time.

The below are also very good too, though.

The other 18 really, really great movies (again, in no particular order):

The Departed - a welcome return to form for Scorsese (after Aviator, Kundun, etc.) in the milieu that suits him best - Gangsters. Brilliant work by a huge ensemble cast incl. Mark Wahlberg in the best performance he'll ever give and Matt Damon as a terrifically slimy bad guy. Scorsese = still the greatest director in the world.

A History of Violence - paradoxically very Cronenberg and also unlike anything he's ever done. Brilliant turns from Viggo Mortensen and a scene-stealing William Hurt in a crime-thriller graphic novel adap that belies its "comic book" roots. Just awesome.

Man on Wire - the remarkable story of one man's quest to live life to the fullest...even with the threat of death ever present. Phillipe Petit, like some others on this list, is one of the great movie characters, with more than enough charisma to go around.

Kill Bill - I still think of both "volumes" as one film and while not vintage Tarantino, still better than most directors could ever hope to be...full of stylistic flair, stunning set pieces, memorable and instantly-quotable dialogue and a love of bad movies...

Etre et Avoir - a heart-breaking documentary on the powerful and life-affecting relationships between great teachers and willing students, this time in a small, provincial school in the french countryside. Your life can only be richer for seeing this.

House of Flying Daggers - the best of the spate of wire-fu movies of recent years (CTHD, Hero, etc.) with a central love triangle that works so well, it would've been a great film w/out the martial arts.

Bowling for Columbine - love him or hate him, one thing that cannot be denied is what an accomplished film-maker Moore really is. An impassioned argument against the destructive power of guns and the reasons people use them.

Shaun of the Dead - best comedy on the list and a movie that has equal affection for (and pays equal homage to) zombie movies as well as classic comedies. Full of verve, wit and imagination, SotD even created its own genre: the zom-rom-com.

Volver - A stunning performance from Penelope Cruz in one of Almodovar's (second only to Scorsese in the great director stakes) most accessible films. At once a love letter to his Mother and to former muse Carmen Maura who reunites with Almodovar for the first time since 1988's Women on the Verge...

Amelie - a truly original work from Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Possibly the most quintessentially French film I've ever seen and Audrey Tatou is outstanding as the eponymous matchmaker. Best opening sequence of any movie on this list.

Dear Zachary: A Letter From a Father to His Son - one of the best documentaries I've ever seen and one that I'll seriously never be able to watch again. This still haunts me to this day. Really.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin - the best of the Apatow comedies featuring a great script (special mention also to some of the obviously-improvised exchanges) and star-making performances from Steve Carell, Jane Lynch and Elizabeth Banks. Still hilarious on the umpteenth viewing.

Bad Education - Almodovar's ode to his Iberian upbringing. I rate this higher than Talk to Her, though I'm in the minority. A quintessential Almodovar movie: funny, touching, weird, cross-dressing, sexual, dramatic. Featuring a standout performance from Gael Garcia Bernal as the director's alter-ego. It's actually impossible for Almodovar to make a bad film. Fact.

The Fall - possibly the most original movie on this list and a breathtaking, exhilarating, magnificently-realized labor of love for director Tarsem Singh. A feast for the eyes and the soul. A grown-up fairytale that enchants and scares in equal measure.

Once - the second-best love story on this list. A small, unassuming tale of two musicians who meet, help and fall in love with each other in a very unusual way...the end is not what you expect. The music, especially, is what elevates the film to greatness.

Gone Baby Gone - as I said in my original review, the cinematic equivalent of The Wire...no higher praise is needed. Adapted from a Dennis Lehane novel, GBG is far superior and more accomplished that that other great Lehane adap., Mystic River...and that's sayin' somethin'.

The King of Kong - Another fantastic documentary, this time centering on one man's quest to be the best at something...anything...even if it's just the coin-op Donkey Kong. Also featuring, in Billy Mitchell, the greatest screen villain in recent memory, made even better 'cause he's real!

No Country for Old Men - The Coen Bros. go serious for the first time since Blood Simple and in the process bag their first directing Oscars, direct Javier Bardem to his first Oscar as one of the best bad guys ever and make us realize Josh Brolin can actually act. TLJ is great, too.

For an alternate take on the Best Movies of the Decade, please see my friend (and fellow film buff) Cam's list here.

28 Sep 2009

Premier League Quote of the Week

In a regular feature that, like all my "regular" features, will probably fizzle out after two or three posts, I present to you a genius quote from the past weekend's Premier League.

The following came from Mick McCarthy, manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers after his side's defeat at Sunderland:

"All of us thought that we could go on and win the game but unfortunately we lost it in the process."

This is a real quote, btw. Really.

25 Sep 2009

Dr. Strangelove Actually

Found this great site that has movie mash-up posters. Here're my favorites:

First, the best one:

This really is quite appropriate:

I love the quite subtle umbrella:

How much better would Empire have been had it been directed by Kubrick:

I'd love it if Jack Nance has been in Hairspray...:

...and finally, 'cause it's just funny:

There's more here

29 Aug 2009

Tapping The Wire

Further to my previous post about The Wire, here's a special Charlie Brooker did for the FX channel. It's a fascinating 1/2 hour look at the show, including interviews with the creator, David Simon, some of the main cast members and famous fans.

The Wire - Best TV Show Ever made

I found this video whilst browsing YouTube. In it, Charlie Brooker, lead television critic for the UK's Guardian newspaper, does a pithily excellent job in explaining just why The Wire really is the best show on television. What's even more telling is the fact that he made this video without having yet seen the fourth season, which is regarded by most as the best season of the show.

Anyway, here's the video. It's well worth watching if you want to learn a bit more about The Wire and it's only four minutes long.

10 Aug 2009

Books: Moab is My Washpot

Just finished reading Stephen Fry's autobiography Moab is My Washpot. Being a Stephen Fry fan, I knew I'd probably like the book and wasn't disappointed.

The timeline of the book is Stephen's life from birth to age 18. While for most people this may not be long enough to justify the writing of an autobiography, Stephen's tales of English public-school life (for those not in the know, in England "public"school actually means private school. I would explain, but I can't be bothered) are amusing and interesting enough to keep the reader entertained.

The 21st century's answer to Oscar Wilde in terms of dry wit (if not literary genius), Stephen's writing is consistently hilarious, thought-provoking and more than a little embarrassing (for him, not you).

His tales of the minutae and traditions of attending public school are a mix of the sad and the funny, as are his continuous grappling with his own sexuality and propensity to thieve at every opportunity.

In short, entertaining, well-written and a good insight into one of England's most beloved popular culture figures. Recommended.

Looks like it might be good...

Just came across a preview for HBO's new comedy show Bored to Death. It stars Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson and looks like it'll be pretty funny. Click here to see the trailer.

26 Jul 2009

Alex Ferguson - Asshole (fact)

Sir Alex Ferguson

Here's a great example of why I fucking hate Alex Ferguson so much. What an asshole. Be happy with the fact you have one of the best teams in the world and are the current league champions. This kind of shit is what makes people hate Man U, when really, they should just be hating you.

28 Jun 2009

Democrats are the new Republicans

Though I'm a huge Bill Maher fan, I don't always completely agree with him. In fact, over the past few years, I've posted just three of his closing monologues from his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher.

This latest clip, from the 19 June show, is absolutely right on the money as he accuses Democrats of not really being Democrats anymore. They've moved so far to the right as to now be a sort of centrist-right party, while Republicans have also moved so far to the right as to be, for want of a better word, lunatics.

At 3:16 in the video, Maher outlines exactly what a Democrat SHOULD believe in, in the traditional sense of the word Democrat. As he correctly states, these aren't radical ideas and a large portion of Americans already agree with them, while even more would agree if they were presented/argued properly.

But enough. For the third time, I completely agree with everything he says in this clip and think it's a shame that he's seen primarily as a comedian, rather than a serious political commentator (though this may be starting to change). Watch the video.

13 Jun 2009

The New Job

So yesterday I started a new job with telecommunications company Vodafone. It's the largest mobile phone service provider in the world and it's a company I've wanted to work for since 2004.

My role in the organization is that of "Real Time Business Support Manager".

I work in the Credit & Collections sector of the company. In other words, we deal with the contracts consumers and businesses have with us to provide their mobile phone service. Everybody from regular consumers, to small businesses, to large companies such as BMW or Johnson & Johnson, to government agencies such as the National Health Service, the cops, etc., get their mobile phones and service through Vodafone.

Specifically, I work in collections. When people or companies don't pay their bills on time, the information comes to us and we try to get them to pay their bill.

In my role, I look at the processes of 1.) how we try to get them to pay their bill, 2.) of why they don't pay it on time, and 3.) at what point during the collections process they will usually pay their bill. I have a team of three credit experts who work for me and together we look at all of the above data and we try to come up with ways to save the company money and provide better service for our customers. For example, I'll be given a goal by my boss to reduce costs due to late bill payments by x% and then my team and I try to find ways to reach this goal. If it looks feasible, we'll implement.

I also have to analyse data myself to see if I can identify ways to provide better service and/or reduce costs.

So basically, it's a role that encompasses management, IT, marketing, finance and business. I have quite a lot of experience in a lot of these areas (though not all) and so it seems like it's a great fit.

Now that I'm out of the USAF, I think I've finally found a company and line of work that I want to stay with for the long-term. I see my future working for Vodafone and in the IT/telecoms sector.

Vodafone have offices around the UK in Newbury, Banbury, Nottingham and Stoke. I'm based in Banbury which, as luck would have it, is about 20 mins. from my house in Buckingham! I'll have to travel to the other three location approximately once a month each, but I'll also be able to work from home four to eight days a month. The company issued me with a brand new Dell laptop and Blackberry.

The Banbury office is actually a complex of two huge buildings in a business park in the English countryside. Each building has its own staff restaurant and Wiis and XBoxes are dotted around the two buildings for the use of the staff. There's also free drinks and free tea or coffee which is great.

My boss works in the Stoke office (about two hours north), but has told me that she'll let me decide my own hours, when I work from home and seems very smart and really nice. I am part of a team of three managers who work for her and the other two guys are also very friendly and helpful.

In short, I think I may have found the perfect job. There are great prospects for moving up or moving to other sectors within the company such as sales (getting companies to choose us for all of their organization's phones) or marketing. Financially, it's great money. I get to wear whatever I want (which after years of business suits and military unifroms is quite liberating). The people I work with and for seem to be genuinely nice and it's close to home.

What more could you ask for?

17 May 2009

The greatest (and as far as I can tell only) Denzel Washington impression EVER!

I've never seen anyone do a Denzel impersonation, but this guy has it down cold!!! (and his Morgan Freeman isn't bad either)

14 May 2009

"Be Italian!!!!"

OK, so Bruno is gonna be hilarious, Star Trek will, I'm sure, be hugely enjoyable and The Road looks fantastic.


My MOST aniticipated movie of the year IS. THIS.

Though this 2009 Sundance AUDIENCE Award winner (which means that it WILL be great) looks pretty awesome too.

7 May 2009

The New Statesman - Comic Relief 1988

I've always loved Rik Mayall (The Young Ones, Lord Flasheart from Blackadder, The New Statesman) and I REALLY love this New Statesman Comic Relief special from 1988 (especially the part when Alan turns into Rik from the Young Ones).

I remember watching it as a kid on the night and re-watching it again and again (I used to "tape" every year's comic relief telethon) over the next few years.

Eventually I lost or threw out the VHS tape on which I taped this and have been looking for it ever since, both on DVD or on YouTube.

Someone finally uploaded this a few months ago, so here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Note: If you didn't live in the UK in the 80s much of this will go over your head, but I think you'll still find it funny anyway

4 May 2009

No medicine for Creationists

Here's a video clip I uploaded to YouTube today of Bill Maher's closing monologue on this past Friday night's show. Essentially he says that Swine Flu is a virus. It EVOLVED. And if any creationists contract swine flu, they're not allowed to come running to science for medicine...they have to "pray it away". Genius.

3 May 2009

Texas and "Evolution"...in the same article!!

From an article by Christopher Hitchens in this week's Newsweek (again, the red highlighted parts are mine)...

[L]ast week [the] Texas...Board of Education, in a muddled decision, rejected a state science curriculum that required teachers to discuss the "strengths and weaknesses" of the theory of evolution. Instead, the board allowed "all sides" of scientific theories to be taught...

...It's not just that the overwhelming majority of scientists are now convinced that evolution is inscribed in the fossil record and in the lineaments of molecular biology. It is more that evolutionists will say in advance which evidence, if found, would refute them and force them to reconsider. ("Rabbit fossils in the pre-Cambrian layer" was, I seem to remember, the response of Prof. J.B.S. Haldane.) Try asking an "intelligent design" advocate to stipulate upfront what would constitute refutation of his world view and you will easily see the difference between the scientific method and the pseudoscientific one.

But that is just my opinion. And I certainly do not want it said that my side denies a hearing to the opposing one. In the spirit of compromise, then, I propose the following. First, let the school debating societies restage the wonderful set-piece real-life dramas of Oxford and Dayton, Tenn. Let time also be set aside, in our increasingly multiethnic and multicultural school system, for children to be taught the huge variety of creation stories, from the Hindu to the Muslim to the Australian Aboriginal. This is always interesting (and it can't be, can it, that the Texas board holdouts think that only Genesis ought to be so honored?). Second, we can surely demand that the principle of "strengths and weaknesses" will be applied evenly. If any church in Texas receives a tax exemption, or if any religious institution is the beneficiary of any subvention from the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, we must be assured that it will devote a portion of its time to laying bare the "strengths and weaknesses" of the religious world view, and also to teaching the works of Voltaire, David Hume, Benedict de Spinoza, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. This is America. Let a hundred flowers bloom, and a thousand schools of thought contend. We may one day have cause to be grateful to the Texas Board of Education for lighting a candle that cannot be put out.

2 May 2009

First 100 v. Past 8

In the week that Obama passed his first 100 days as the big man (and done a pretty good job according to every major media outlet with the exception of...can you guess?... it starts with F and ends in s....anything yet?...I know, I know, the suspense is killing you....it rhymes with Mox Pews....anything yet?), I started to marvel at the change the US has undergone in such a short period of time.

In just 100 days, significant progress has been made on the saving of the economy (stimulus package and budget), the advancement of stem-cell research, the engaging of DIMPLOMATIC relations with other world leaders - even ones who we're supposed to "hate", the awesome rescue of Capt. Phillips, etc. For the first time since January 2004, more Americans now feel that the country is headed in the right direction than in the wrong direction (48 percent to 44 percent).

There haver been a few missteps, too. He needs to stop cowtowing to the gun freaks in both parties and get serious on some sort of progressive gun control and make ALL involved in the shameful torture accountable.

Then I think about the eight years prior to this 100 days.

The past eight years STILL absolutely beggar belief. I don't even have a huge problem with people who voted for George W. Bush in 2000 (though obviously, I thought then and think now that they were crazy). But to those who voted for his administration again in 2004, that's what I just can't get my head around. Really. After the first four years of W's administration, I can't believe there was even a question. Don't get me wrong, John Kerry was a poor Democratic nominee but the fact is that the Democrats should've won by a landslide with ANYBODY.

It's telling that almost everyone who voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 were totally convinced they made the right choice and continued to do so until the very end of his second term. I now hear from a lot of them that "Oh, well, he wasn't the greatest President" and "He made mistakes" and "He doesn't speak for most Republicans". So where the fuck was this humility from 2000 to 2007? Will you only admit you were wrong when you stare defeat in the face?

Though I (and other Dems and/or people who didn't vote for Bush in 2000 or especially in 2004) do, admittedly, take a certain smug delight at being proved right, my intent isn't to gloat at Obama's landslide victory and subsequent 69%-of-the-country-approved good job (okay, maybe I want to gloat a little bit). More, it is to seriously question the judgement of those who actually voted for the Bush administration a SECOND time after everything that happened. That his approval ratings plummeted to 23% should tell you something. That 79% of Americans are now (according to last week's poll, and this number keeps rising) glad he's gone should tell you something. That you voted Republican is not the problem. That you voted for THIS Republican AGAIN is something you'll have to forever live with...

Classic scenes from the movies part 5

For the return of classic scenes from the movies, I've chosen as this part's theme British gangsters. The first clip is from the Steven Soderbergh masterpiece The Limey. In it, Terence Stamp plays an East End villain who comes to LA to find out who's responsible for the death of his daughter. Atmospheric, with a beautiful use of cinematography and lighting, Soderbergh crafts a wholly-original yet, at the same time throwback, gangster flick long on both style and substance.

In this scene, Terence Stamp's character goes to a shady warehouse to try and find the whereabouts of the man he suspects to be responsible for his daughter's death. After brazenly walking in to the warehouse and shouting the odds at the small-time hoods inside, a few of the muscle-bound henchman throw him out into the street and this is where the fun begins.

The next scene, from Guy Ritchie's oft-imitated, oft-quoted comedy masterwork Snatch, is actually a small compilation of scenes featuring local "villain", Brick Top, played with a true ruthlessness by the underused-elsewhere Alan Ford. So funny and quotable are his scenes throughout the movie, it's impossible to pick just one so I found this collection on YouTube.

Because Ritchie has since found it impossible to come anywhere near the heights of this, his most famous and best-loved film, it's easy to forget what a good writer/director he is. Yes, his most successful films run along the same theme (fast-talking, profanity-fuelled gangsters - this, Lock Stock, RockNRolla), but his ear for whip-cracking, hilarious and brutal dialogue, combined with his over-use (but in a good way) of flashy techniques such as jump-cuts, freeze-frames, fast-zooms makes him one of the most entertaining film makers around at the moment.

If his upcoming take on the Sherlock Holmes legend can come anywhere near the heights of this (and with a still-Iron-Man-hot RD,Jr., and RockNRolla's Mark Strong as the villain, it bloody-well should), Ritchie should finally see an upturn in box office receipts (something that has always eluded him, even including Snatch).

Muhammed "I'm 'Ard" Bruce Lee. Genius.

28 Apr 2009

"Bill Maher: The GOP Is Acting Like a Guy Who Got Dumped"

This is so funny and so true. An article from the LA Times by Bill Maher. Enjoy.

If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

It's been a week now, and I still don't know what those "tea bag" protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who's going to win "American Idol." But it wasn't tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that's when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because ... well, nobody knows. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. Even though they're not quite sure what "it" is. But they know they're fed up with "it," and that "it" has got to stop.

Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.

And here's the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.

Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?

It's sad what's happened to the Republicans. They used to be the party of the big tent; now they're the party of the sideshow attraction, a socially awkward group of mostly white people who speak a language only they understand. Like Trekkies, but paranoid.

The GOP base is convinced that Obama is going to raise their taxes, which he just lowered. But, you say, "Bill, that's just the fringe of the Republican Party." No, it's not. The governor of Texas, Rick Perry, is not afraid to say publicly that thinking out loud about Texas seceding from the Union is appropriate considering that ... Obama wants to raise taxes 3% on 5% of the people? I'm not sure exactly what Perry's independent nation would look like, but I'm pretty sure it would be free of taxes and Planned Parenthood. And I would have to totally rethink my position on a border fence.

I know. It's not about what Obama's done. It's what he's planning. But you can't be sick and tired of something someone might do.

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota recently said she fears that Obama will build "reeducation" camps to indoctrinate young people. But Obama hasn't made any moves toward taking anyone's guns, and with money as tight as it is, the last thing the president wants to do is run a camp where he has to shelter and feed a bunch of fat, angry white people.

Look, I get it, "real America." After an eight-year run of controlling the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court, this latest election has you feeling like a rejected husband. You've come home to find your things out on the front lawn -- or at least more things than you usually keep out on the front lawn. You're not ready to let go, but the country you love is moving on. And now you want to call it a whore and key its car.

That's what you are, the bitter divorced guy whose country has left him -- obsessing over it, haranguing it, blubbering one minute about how much you love it and vowing the next that if you cannot have it, nobody will.

But it's been almost 100 days, and your country is not coming back to you. She's found somebody new. And it's a black guy.

The healthy thing to do is to just get past it and learn to cherish the memories. You'll always have New Orleans and Abu Ghraib.

And if today's conservatives are insulted by this, because they feel they're better than the people who have the microphone in their party, then I say to them what I would say to moderate Muslims: Denounce your radicals. To paraphrase George W. Bush, either you're with them or you're embarrassed by them.

The thing that you people out of power have to remember is that the people in power are not secretly plotting against you. They don't need to. They already beat you in public.

9 Mar 2009

Can't wait to see this

An early contender for best comedy of the year. The end is hi-fucking-larious!!

F**king Citibank!

Another posting for my increasingly video-centric blog...

1 Mar 2009

You a ho!

Wow. When did my blog turn into a video-hosting page...?

Anyway, this is hilarious. (Thanks to Jake McCarthy for bringing it to my attention)

In The Know: Are Reality Shows Setting Unrealistic Standards For Skanks?

22 Feb 2009

Oscar predictions

Real quick:

Pic - Slumdog
Director - Slumdog
Actress - Winslet
Actor - Rourke
Supp. Actress - Cruz
Supp. Actor - Heath
Orig. Screenplay - In Bruges
Adap. Screenplay - Slumdog
Anim. Pic. - Wall-E
Doc. - Man on Wire
Foreign - Waltz with Bashir
SFX - Ben Button

14 Jan 2009

Dust off your Super Nintendos!!

I'm getting this as soon as I complete Super Mario World!

(Kudos to whoever created this. Very convincing.)