Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Overlooked Movies: The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

"They were considered B pictures because they were made on a tight budget. But we outlived many of the A pictures made at the same time. ~Ray Harryhausen on his films"

Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map, accompanied by a slave girl with a mysterious tattoo of an eye on her palm. They encounter strange beasts, tempests, and the dark interference of Koura along the way.

Sinbad battles the creatures of legend in the miracle of Dynarama!

Fun Trivia:
Caroline Munro is the only actress ever to be put under contract by Hammer Films. Caroline was educated in a convent and her religous background caused her to avoid nude scenes...she did however appear in some Noxema commercials in the seventies that were so sexy, religious fanatics got them taken off the air in the Bible Belt.

The evil Koura is played by Tom Baker, better known to sci-fi geeks everywhere as the fourth Doctor. Tom was born Jewish, but he became a monk when he was 15. He bailed on the monastic thing when he was 21 to enlist in the British Army medical corps, and then he left that for the most honorable of professions, acting.

Christopher Lee was a front runner for the role of Koura.

The captioner for this movie decided to have some fun with Prince Koura's lines. When he is mumbling "foreign words" to cast a spell, the captions are backwards lines from Cocoa Puffs and Trix commercials.

Robert Shaw desperately wanted the role of Sinbad but was placated by being cast uncredited as the Oracle. His face was heavily swathed in make-up and his voice electronically altered by a sound engineer.

An early concept drawing for the film showed the one-eyed Centaur having a battle with a Giant Neanderthal man. The Neanderthal man was later replaced by a Griffin, in the final film. The Giant Neanderthal idea was later used in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

This movie was such a big hit when it came out that they re-released the first Sinbad movie, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, and started production on the third one, Sinbad and the Eye the Tiger.

Fun Quotes:
Sinbad: "You pace the deck like a caged beast, for one who enjoys the hashish you should be more at peace."

Haroun: "I am the lightest."
Sinbad: "But I am the most foolhardy."

Haroun: "My heart is filled with courage! But I have very cowardly legs."

Sinbad: "Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel!"

A Pilgrim for Thanksgiving!

These pictures of the lovely playmate Janet Pilgrim are my way of saying Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pictures to update my sidebar...

Pardon the post of random pictures I am posting to update the sidebar...

Evangeline in the Kitchen!

The lovely Evangelinerocks in the kitchen! Photos by me :)

Coolest Simpsons Toy Yet!

I just bought me what I think might be the coolest Simpsons toy to date...Homer and Marge from Treehouse of Horror XV from the In the Belly of the Boxx story where Proffessor Frink shrinks the Simpson family down to venture inside the body of Mr. Burns.

The supremely cool figures now live in front og my Tom Sullivan autograph on top of the Brain in a Box CD set. Only seemed appropriate. Damn those space helmets rock!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Overlooked Movies: Black Book

In this movie, everything has a shade of grey. There are no people who are completely good and no people who are completely bad. It's like life. It's not very Hollywoodian.~ Director Paul Verhoeven on Black Book

Set in Nazi-occupied Netherlands near the end of the Second World War a young Jewish singer goes into hiding and ends up joining the Dutch resistance after her parents are killed. She infiltrates Gestapo headquarters for the Resistance and finds herself in danger when a traitor betrays the group. As the war ends she is still at risk, with former friends believing she is a traitor and the real traitor wanting to get rid of her to cover their tracks.

Click here to watch the trailer:

To fight the enemy, she must become one of them.

Fun Trivia:
Director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Gerard Soeteman got the idea for the movie while doing research for Soldaat van Oranje. Instead of simply working the controversies surrounding the Dutch Resistance into the already top-heavy screenplay of Soldaat van Oranje, they decided to make a separate movie out of it. Verhoeven and Soeteman wrote the screenplay over a period of almost 20 years, and they finally solved many script problems by making the main character a woman. They read between 700 and 800 historical documents when preparing the script.

The film's strong lead Rachel is based on a number of people who have been merged. Both resistance fighters like Esmée van Eeghen and Kitty ten Have, as well as an artist like Dora Paulsen.

The movie gets it's name Zwartboek or in english Black Book from an all important to the plot black journal book but the Nazis really did have a black book in it was the list of people to be arrested by the Gestapo following a planned Nazi invasion of Britain in the Second World War.

In the opening scene a real pre-war farm was blown up in the municipality Hardenberg. The farm was already declared uninhabitable and ready to be demolished.

At the time of its release, it was the most expensive Dutch film ever made, and commercially also the Netherland's most successful. The film was the official Netherlands entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 79th Academy Awards. It was on the shortlist of nine films competing for a nomination, but it did not make it to the final five, announced on the 23 January 2007.

Carice van Houten did all her own singing for the movie.

Fun Quotes:
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: Does it never end?

Gerben Kuipers: You met that Muntze on the train, right? And he liked you?
Hans Akkermans: Liked her...? He fell for her!
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: He just showed me his stamp collection.
Gerben Kuipers: How far would you go with him? For Tim and the others...?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: How far...? You mean sleep with him...? I want things to be clear, is that what you mean?
Gerben Kuipers: How far would you go...?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: As far as that Muntze wants to go... Okay?

The Amazing Tera Patrick

...and her skull buddy

Naked Tetris

Seriously naked...that's just wrong but addictive. Click here for fun.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Aquaman Creator Paul Norris Has Left the Building

Paul Norris, who co-created the comic book character Aquaman, died a few hours ago at the age of 93. He'd had a series of strokes in the last few months and had just been hospitalized for his most recent. Norris also worked on; Jungle Jim, Tarzan, Magnus Robot Fighter, Sandman and even a Marvel Laugh-A-Lympics comic book.

To read more about Norris visit Mark Evanier's blog.


Has anyone else out there heard about this new horror movie set to come out this week called P2? Apparently they are advertising the heck outta this thing on TV but I've apparently missed every ad.

If you haven't seen the trailer yet click here to view it:

Looks intriguing girl working late at night falls victim to a crazy stalker played by Wes Bentley...we all should have known Wes Bentley was crazy when he stood there for hours filming that plastic bag with his video camera in American Beauty...

All in all it's probably not a bad way to spend a Friday night. Now I will drool over the sweet picture of Rachel Nicols holding an axe. Sweet!

Thursday, November 01, 2007


You Should Be a Teacher

You are patient, optimistic, and good at explaining things.
You work well with all types of people, and you are a good role model.
Success and positive outcomes are extremely important to you.
You are both a good leader and instructor. People look up to and depend on you.

You do best when you:

- Can see the results of your work
- Are able to teach someone a new skill

You would also be a good nurse or non fiction writer.

You Are A Vampire

You have a real thirst for bliss, and you consider yourself a true hedonist.
And you're not afraid to walk alone in life, if it means getting what you truly crave.
You truly enjoy entrancing people. Not to mention the ensuing pleasures of the flesh.
Your tastes have been called decadent and bizarre. You usually give in to your temptations, no matter how primal

Your greatest power: Your flawless ability to seduce and charm

Your greatest weakness: Human flesh

You play well with: Werewolves

Your Karaoke Theme Song is "Margaritaville"

You are a true party animal, but your style is mild and chill.
Kicking back with a few friends and a few drinks is all you need to be happy.

You certainly don't feel pressured to be a part of any party scene. In fact, you avoid trendier spots.
You've been known to kick loose anywhere and everywhere. All you need is a cooler.

You might also sing: "Gin and Juice," "Love Shack," and "Red Red Wine"

Stay away from people who sing: "Wind Beneath My Wings"

You Are 24% Good

You try to do the right thing, but only when it works out in your favor anyway.
You're not exactly evil or without ethics, but you could be going down a pretty dark path.
You probably have good intentions. You've just gotten comfortable with acting the way you do.
Knowing the difference between good and bad is half the battle. Acting like a good person is the hard part.

You are also probably: A bit jaded and cynical about life's rules

Right now you are on track to being: A petty criminal

To be a better person: Help a friend in need, without being asked

You Should Be In The Donnas

You've got that a bit of an edge to you
The bad girl that all the good boys want!

You Are 75% Burned Out

You are very burned out.
You need a huge break from your responsibilities, starting as soon as possible.
And you need this time to reevaluate what you really want out of your life.
Because you're working hard and going no where... and that would burn anyone out!

Your Inner Retro Girl Is

1950s Doll

You Are a Red Crayon

Your world is colored with bright, vivid, wild colors.
You have a deep, complex personality - and you are always expressing something about yourself.
Bold and dominant, you are a natural leader. You have an energy that is intense... and sometimes overwhelming.
Your reaction to everything tends to be strong. You are the master of love-hate relationships.

Your color wheel opposite is green. Green people are way too mellow to understand what drives your energy.

Guys Think You're Easy... Maybe Too Easy

You're a very sexy woman. The problem is, every guy you meet knows it.
You can't help but put your sexuality out there for everyone to see (and sometimes sample).
And while some guys love this approach, it scares off some good prospects.
Save some of your seductive tricks for the right guy. He'll appreciate it more!

You Passed 8th Grade Science

Congratulations, you got 6/8 correct!

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