Thursday, March 31, 2005

Ever wonder what it's like to work in a bookstore? Here's a peek into my world. Not pictured, the three skids of books & music waiting near our receiving door. Posted by Hello

Look at it from another angle. Posted by Hello

Monday, March 28, 2005

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Movie of the Week, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Hey, hey, hey. Don't be mean. We don't have to be mean because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are. -Buckaroo Banzai

Neurosurgeon/Rock Star/Superhero Buckaroo
has perfected the oscillation overthruster, which allows him to travel through solid matter by using the eighth dimension. The Red Lectroids from Planet 10 are after this device for their own evil ends, and it's up to Buckaroo and his band and crime-fighting team The Hong Kong Cavaliers to stop them.

Watch the trailer here:

Fun Trivia:
Overall concept and several names appear to be taken from the Doc Savage pulp magazines of the 30's and 40's: both main characters are multi-talented surgeons, adventurers, and musicians; and both have an inner circle of sidekicks with nicknames (Renny, Ham, Monk, Long Tom, and Johnny, compared to Reno, New Jersey, Perfect Tommy, and Rawhide).

'Weller, Peter' is really playing the guitar in the nightclub scene.

The home videocassette of BUCKAROO BANZAI went platinum after its first 10 days of release.

The end of the movie invites the viewer to watch for the upcoming film "Buckaroo Banzai vs. The World Crime League". This was the real title for a sequel that Sherwood Studios planned to make if this film had been successful. Unfortunately, it was a box-office bomb, and Sherwood Studios went bankrupt. After its release on video and cable, however, BB became a cult favorite, much in the same way as Mad Max (1979) (which crawled from obscurity to spawn two sequels). Legal wranglings due to the bankruptcy prevented any other studios from picking up the sequel rights, and even years later MGM had to fight through a pile of red tape simply to get the OK to release it on DVD.

W.D. Richter, the director of Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across theEighth Dimension (1984), had originally penned a script for theoft-wondered about but unfilmed sequel, "Buckaroo Banzai Against TheWorld Crime League." When that project fell through due to production conflicts the script was retooled for John Carpenter and Kurt Russell and became "Big Trouble in Little China.

Fun Quotes:
Buckaroo Banzai: Don't tug on that. You never know what it may be attached to.

Perfect Tommy: Emilio Lizardo. Wasn't he on TV once?
Buckaroo Banzai: You're thinking of Mr. Wizard.
Reno: Emilio Lizardo is a top scientist, dumbkopf.
Perfect Tommy: So was Mr. Wizard.

Buckaroo Banzai: There they are.
Perfect Tommy: There who are?
Buckaroo Banzai: Don't you see them?
New Jersey: See who? [Buckaroo points at the Lectroids]
Buckaroo Banzai: There! Evil PURE AND SIMPLE by way of the Eighth Dimension!

Overhead announcement at psychiatric hospital: Lithium is no longer available on credit.

Buckaroo Banzai: There are times when verbal ingenuity is not enough.

John Emball: If you fail, we will be forced to help you destroy yourselves.

Buckaroo Banzai: Hey, hey, hey. Don't be mean. We don't have to be mean because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

Watch the classic end credits sequence here:

Four outta four stars, if you haven't seen this you're missing out on a seminal cult classic.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Pin-up of the Week, Sharon Thriess  Posted by Hello

Porn for Women

So Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason came out on DVD this week and of course even though I saw it in the theater I had to buy it right away.

I've never felt very girly, I never wore pink (even though this page is pink, hmmm), I never went to dances in high school, I'd rather watch Bruce Lee kick some serious ass like that hall of mirrors scene in Enter the Dragon then watch the latest sensitive drama about family relations. I don't get excited about weddings or babies, yet I watch Bridget Jones and I feel like a little girl dreaming about Prince Charming striding through the forrest looking for a princess to awake with loves first kiss.

The older I get the more I find myself falling into the girl trap. Maybe it's all chemical, my body forcing my brain to catch up for all those years of repressing my girly side. Or maybe movies like Bridget Jones which are basically fan fic for middle aged women, satisfy some kind of itch that people who have been in long term relationships get.

Now don't get me wrong I really love my boyfriend, we've been together for just over ten years, and there's no one in the world I'd rather spend my time with, but there's nothing like the initial feelings of excitement falling, first falling in love create. Movies like Bridget Jones, if you really allow yourself to get involved take you on that exciting emotional ride, they are like sentiment porn, and I can't get enough.

That said this movie also has a stellar fight scene between Mark (present object of a girly crush, Colin Firth) & Daniel (Hugh Grant, does anyone else think he's gay?,). Mark having accused Daniel of trying to steal Bridget's affections again, feels the need to kick Daniel's ass and they have this very silly cat scratch, kick boxing fight that sort of culminates in a fountain. I love it, it's like watching real men fight and a perfect sequel to their fight in the first film. So I get my fight scene after all. And really who hasn't wanted two men to argue for her affections then fight over her in a very physical way, it's the ultimate crush flattery, when you're out of highschool, that is.


Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Colin Farrell's House Party: Part 3

The first part of a new action figure theater installment. Thanks to Aaron for the third hand.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Pin-up of the week, Lisa Marie. How could Tim Burton leave this for Helena Bonham Carter? Posted by Hello

Movie of the Week: Time Bandits

 "You see, to be quite frank, Kevin, the fabric of the universe is far from perfect. It was a bit of botched job, you see. We only had seven days to make it. And that's where this comes in. This is the only map of all the holes. Well, why repair them? Why not use them to get stinking rich?"- Randall

In Terry Gilliam’s fantastic voyage through time and space, a young boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery)—but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move! Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and costar Michael Palin, Time Bandits is all at once giddy fairy tale, revisionist history lesson, and satire on technology gone awry.

View the trailer here.

Fun Trivia:
This film uses cages identical to the cage Jill is imprisoned in, in the film Brazil (1985).

In the original script, King Agamemnon was introduced as: "The warrior took off his helmet revealing someone that looks exactly like Sean Connery." To Gilliam's surprise the script ended up in Connery's hands, who was interested in the part and his agent approached them for the role.

The footage of the Titanic sinking is footage from A Night to Remember (1958) colorized and slowed down.

Mrs. Ogre was originally supposed to have heavy make-up to look like her husband. According to Katherine Helmond, she was completely committed to having to wear the heavy make-up effects job, yet she suggested to Terry Gilliam that she thought it would be funnier if Mrs. Ogre instead looked like an ordinary New England housewife. Gilliam agreed.

The suit worn by Ralph Richardson is his own.

Evil's headpiece is an intentional homage to Giger's Alien face hugger.

In one scene, Evil turns himself into a pincushion to avoid the pain of arrows. For this scene, Gilliam inserted a huge thimble and a cotton reel into the shot. "Unfortunately, not many people seem to notice that. I suppose it's because I edited it as a quick wide shot. Some people think that instead of a pincushion, Evil has turned into a giant tomato!"

Fun Quotes:
Supreme Being: Dead? No excuse for laying off work.

Evil: If I were creating the world I wouldn't mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o'clock, Day One!

Evil: God isn't interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or the silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time, forty-three species of parrots! Nipples for men! Robert: Slugs.
Evil: Slugs! HE created slugs! They can't hear. They can't speak. They can't operate machinery. Are we not in the hands of a lunatic?

Vincent: Oh no. The problem. The problem, Pansy, it's started again! Oh! Oh! I must have fruit!

 Robin Hood: The poor are going to be absolutely thrilled. Have you met them at all?
Randall: Who?
Robin Hood: The poor.
Randall: The poor?
Robin Hood: Oh, you must meet them. I just know you'll like them. Charming people. Of course, they haven't got two pennies to rub together, but then, that's because they're poor.

Kevin: Why does there have to be evil?
Supreme Being : I think it has something to do with free will.

Kevin: Mom! Dad! It's evil! Don't touch it!

My Time Bandits Wallpaper:

Great movie! Classic movie. Four outta four, you must check it out.


Friday, March 18, 2005

Action Figure Theater: Colin Farrell's House Party Part 1

Okay got bored the other night and decided to fuck around with my action figures and digital camera. Hope you enjoy it, more to come.

Read Part 2
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The Doodle from the Black Lagoon Posted by Hello

Fun Animal Facts

Here are some weird but fun animal facts that I learned today.

Flies take off backwards.

Starfish don't have brains.

Goldfish if kept in a darkened room will eventually turn white.

Apparently whale song rhymes. Please don't ask me how they could possible know this.

Bringing you irrelevant facts,

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Pin-up of the week, Scarlet Johansson. Amazing rack, stealth rack. Posted by Hello

Saturday, March 12, 2005


"Susie...Sarah...I once read that names which begin with the letter 'S' are the names of SNAKES! Sssss! Ssssss!"- Olga

This Week's movie of the week is, Suspiria.

Dario Argento's masterpiece of horror, with its assault of garish colors, booming soundtrack and horrifically dreamlike set pieces, is the cinematic equivalent of an exceptionally scary fun house. It tells the story of Susan (Harper) a young, impressionable American who travels abroad in order to study at a prestigious European ballet academy. From the first day, however, she begins to realize that frightening things are afoot at the hallowed institution. Enduring a rain of maggots, poisoned food and other unpleasant occurrences, she discovers that the school is a secret convening place for an ages-old witches' coven. Cut to various lengths due to violent content, the film's original full running time is 100 minutes.

Fun Trivia:
Director Dario Argento, composed the creepy music with the band Goblin and played it at full blast on set to unnerve the actors and elicit a truly scared performance.

Director Dario Argento's original idea was that the ballet school would accommodate young girls not older 12. However the studio and producer (his father) denied his request because a film this violent involving children would be surely banned. Dario Argento raised the age limit of the girls to 20 but he didn't rewrite the script, hence the naivete of the characters and the occasionally childlike dialogue. He also put all the doorknobs at about the same height as the actress' heads, so that they will have to raise their arms in order to open the doors, just like children.

Dario Argento's face can be seen reflected on the taxi's glass partition in the opening sequence. Assumed by many people to have been a mistake coming from a rushed shoot, Argento has gone on record to say it was intentional.

Fun Quotes:
Bad luck isn't brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.

Four outta four stars Check it out.

My Suspiria Wallpaper:

How Cool is That?

It's funny how a very simple thing can make you happy, forget your troubles and give you the ability to move on with your life.

I had a terrible day at work today and yesterday actually all thanks to my boss, the bi-polar Wicked Witch of the West. No on second thought I take that back calling my boss a witch is an insult to fairy tale witches everywhere. Still she is just awful. The kind of person who doesn't understand how to treat people, has no respect for her employees and never talks to me. Seriously she won't even say hello or goodbye unless I jump out in front of her and say it first. And I'm supposed to be her second in command. I hate her, really hate her.

In any case I came home today feeling as down as I ever have, had a little something to eat and then popped into the DVD player for the first time the Wonder Woman Season 2 box set. So far I've watched the first two episodes and man is it great! I have the first season too you know the one that takes place in the 40's and that was really good but this cheesy second season that takes place in the 70's is better. In the episode I'm watching right now, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor are fighting Nazis in South America who have literally cloned Hitler. So this of course gets me wondering about the actor whose playing Hitler on this episode, what do you suppose he was thinking when he got the part. He's not very good, terrible German accent, wonder if he went on to be in anything else. God this is such a delectably corny episode. I feel so much better for having watched it. Now if only I could get Wonder Woman to swing into my workplace and save me from my wicked boss. Sigh...

Okay I found Hitler's name in the credits: Barry Dennen. Looked the guy up on the IMDB and man oh man this guys had a career. He's done voices in like 14 video games, was the voice of the Chamberlain in The Dark Crystal, played Praying Man in Titanic, was in The Shinning and played Pontius Pilate in the Jesus Christ Superstar Movie. What a career. Who could have expected all that?

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Here is the same drawing only I colored it in photoshop.  Posted by Hello