Sunday, October 31, 2004
And don't forget to visit Air America Radio as well
AAR will be doing live team coverage all evening and into the overnight for the election.
Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time started at 2AM this morning. So set your clocks accordingly. I just wish that cooler weather would head our way, and soon. A damn high pressure system has taken over and is producing unseasonably warm temperatures and that's very bad. It's fucking Halloween and it should be cold outside! Maybe if we're lucky, cold, cold weather systems are on their way in droves. By the way, Happy Halloween!
That's right, The Tall Man himself - Angus Scrimm of Phantasm fame - will be hosting a spooky marathon of Aqua Teen Hunger Force starting tonight at 11PM on adult swim on Cartoon Network. http://www.adultswim.com
Speaking of the creepiest holiday of the year, The Horror Channel - http://www.horrorchannel.com has delayed their launch because they came upon a deal that would place them in many millions more homes and allow them to be a 24/7 cable network. If they'd launched today it only would have been in several thousand homes in a very limited capacity (only three days a week for three hours or so). So while I'm a bit dismayed to say the least, I totally understand. Do we want a hastily launched channel devoted to the genre that only airs in a sparse fashion or a full-blown, all-day, all-night horrorfest? I think they made the right move in the long run. So head on over to their site, read the announcement, sign the petition, and join their online community.
Tonight is the season finale of Dead Like Me - http://www.sho.com/deadlikeme
Tonight the reapers have their work cut out for them as a serial killer stalks the city. I still have several episodes to watch on Showtime OnDemand.
I still have USA's Frankenstein on TiVo - http://www.usanetwork.com/frankenstein
And lastly, we may just be getting BellSouth's The Light (DSL) Internet connection. Is DSL worse than Comcast's high-speed internet service, because I've heard so. We'll also be getting DIRECTV via BellSouth. These two cost-cutting items will save us over $50 a month on our income. So that's cool. I also am hoping that this move will allow us to get The Horror Channel on its inital launch. Plus I'll get to see Trio - pop, culture, tv - http://www.triotv.com which shows Classic Dave (old episodes of "Late Night with David Letterman"), Brilliant But Cancelled (series that never got a fair chance) and Pilot Season (shows that went to pilot but were not picked up as a series - like, for example, a series based on the movie L.A. Confidential starring Kiefer Sutherland or Fargo starring Edie Falco in Frances McDormand's Academy Award-winning role. I'll keep you updated on both the DIRECTV front and The Horror Channel news.
Sony's The Grudge is the #1 movie for the second week in a row, followed by Universal's Ray. In a not bad-at-all third place is Lions Gate's highly-hyped horror pic Saw which brought in a masterful $17.4 million. Hopefully it can hold its place when Disney and Pixar release the should-be-excellent The Incredibles this weekend. Paramount will counter with the Charles Shyer remake of the 1966 Michael Caine film Alfie.
Here's the slate of upcoming movies for the next two months:
The Incredibles (Disney) - PIXAR Animation Studios has Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) to tell this tale of a retired superherp family who has to come together once more to save the world.
Alfie - (Paramount) Charles Shyer (The Affair Of The Necklace) returns with this updated version of the 1966 British film starring Michael Caine. Alfie is a womanizer who may be at the end of his ways when one of his many girlfriends turns up pregnant. The 2004 version uses a New York setting instead of London, but still with a British actor.
The Polar Express (Warner Bros.) - Robert Zemeckis (Back To The Future trilogy) used the same motion-capture CGI computer technique that brought Gollum to life to tell this tale of a magical train bound for The North Pole. Based on the popular children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.
After The Sunset (New Line) - Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, and Don Cheadle star in this high-tech caper about jewel thieves and the one diamond that could mean the end of one thief's illustrious career (Brosnan). Directed by Brett Ratner (Red Dragon, Rush Hour).
Seed Of Chucky (Rogue) - The serial killer doll is back! In this, the fifth installment of the Child's Play series, killer doll parents Chucky and Tiffany discover they have a son and not only must they deal with being a family but with disturbing the production of a movie about their lives. John Waters plays a sleazy paparazzi. Child's Play creator Don Mancini takes the helm as writer/director.
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (Universal) - The diary-keeping Brit has to choose yet again between two suitors (Hugh Grant, Colin Firth). Beebe Kidron directs.
National Treasure (Touchstone) - Jon Turtletaub directs this tale of an alleged treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence. One historian (Nicolas Cage) decides he and his crew must get it before a band of outlaws does. So they plan to do the obvious: steal the Declaration of Independence.
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (Paramount) - It's up to Spongebob (voice of Tom Kenny) and his best friend Patrick (voice of Bill Fagerbakke) to save Bikini Bottom from an evil king. Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor, and Scarlett Johansson..oh and a cameo by David Hasselhoff.
Alexander (Warner Bros.) - Oliver Stone directs this historical epic based on the exploits of Alexander The Great, the man who had conquered most of the known world by the age of 25. The film stars Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Hopkins. Music by Academy Award-winning composer Vangelis (Chariots Of Fire, Blade Runner).
Christmas With The Kranks (Sony) - Based on the John Grisham novel Skipping Christmas, The Kranks (Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis) are always the beacons of Christmas cheer. They decided to skip the Christmas decorations one year and plan their own trip away when their daughter decides to jet to a tropical locale with her boyfriend. But when said daughter changes her mind at the last minute, it's a holiday scramble to put Christmas back on! Sony-based Revolution Studios head Joe Roth takes the director's chair for the first time since 2001's America's Sweethearts (and before that, 1987's Revenge Of The Nerds II: Nerds In Paradise)
A Very Long Engagement (Warner Independent) - Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, The City Of Lost Children, Delicatessen) returns with this sweeping epic from his native France. The story involves a war widow who refuses to belive that her beloved childhood sweetheart is dead and seeks out a mission to either confirm her beliefs or dash them. The film stars Audrey Tautou (Amelie), Dominique Pinon (Amelie), Gaspard Ulliel, and Jodie Foster. Based on the acclaimed French novel by Sebastien Japrisot.
Closer (Sony) - Mike Nichols directs from Patrick Marber's screenplay (based on his own stage play) about two sets of couples who cheat on each other with the other's lover. From all accounts, a graphic, intimate, and sexually charged emotional drama. If this isn't Oscar bait, what is?
Blade Trinity (New Line) - The scribe for all three Blade films (as well as Dark City and next summer's Caped Crusader reinvention, Batman Begins) is director on this installment, his directorial debut. The plot deals with Blade being set up by the vampire as a deranged serial killer and pursued by the F.B.I.. He also must contend with the vampires resurrecting Dracula and utilize Whistler's daughter, Abigail (Jessica Biel), who's handy with a bow and arrow, and Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds), a tough slayer who used to be a vampire. Parker Posey plays against type (wonderfully, I hear) as the head vampire leading the crusade to resurrect Dracula. Also, comedian Patton Oswalt is in this movie! Yeah!
Ocean's Twelve (Warner Bros.) - They're all back. This time Danny Ocean and his criminal band must pull several heists in order to pay back enraged casino boss Andy Garcia and prevent him from killing Danny's wife Tess (Julia Roberts), whom he's kidnapped. Catherine Zeta-Jones is the twelfth person, a cop hot on the heels of Danny and his crew. Director Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies, and videotape) returns for the sequel. Twelve is the new eleven.
The Aviator (Miramax) - Director Martin Scorsese tells the extraordinary life story of the visionary man who revolutionized aeronautics in the 1940s and how he became a notorious recluse later in life. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hughes, with co-starring roles by Jude Law as Errol Flynn, Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner, Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, and Gwen Stefani (in her acting debut) as Jean Harlow.
Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Paramount) - Daniel Handler's popular series of children's books come to the silver screen directed by Brad Siberling (Casper). In this tale, the mysterious Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) takes in two orphaned children relative to him, Klaus and Violet, he begins to plot to kill them and spend the money left to him by their parents. As the ads say, "On December 17, Christmas cheer takes a holiday." This movie looks wickedly inventive with a somewhat Gothic flair and I cannot wait to see it. Starring Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, and narrated by Jude Law (as Lemony Snicket)
Spanglish (Sony) - Academy Award-winning director James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets) directs. Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni star as the parents of a family at their wit's end. A new spice is brought into their life and they begin to remember what it felt like to be a family when they hire a native Mexican woman with her own twelve-year old daughter as their houskeeper. She brings light and love into their home. It looks winning and while that may sound cloying, so be it, I'm there.
Meet The Fockers (Universal) - The sequel to 2000's box-office smash Meet The Parents has Robert DeNiro and his wife meeting the laid-back parents of Greg Focker (Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand). Expect big numbers from this one, although it remains to be seen if the laughs are there. I certainly hope so as I had a blast seeing the first one in the theatre and hope this sequel can live up to its predecessor.
The Dark (Dimension) - This long-delayed horror film, filmed in Spain, stars Thora Birch as the daughter of a family who moves in to a haunted house. I've heard good, I've heard bad...it's been on the shelf for well over two years. There's no website. I hope it's good and I hope it comes out Christmas Day...but I'm not holding out any hopes for this to get released on schedule.
Fat Albert (20th Century Fox) - The '70s Saturday morning cartoon comes to live as Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids leap out of television and into the living room of a young girl, to help her iron out her life. Starring Kenan Thompson (Good Burger, Nickelodeon's All That and Kenan and Kel, and currently as a cast member on Saturday Night Live).
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Touchstone) - My most anticipated movie of 2004. Genius writer/director Wes Anderson returns with this story of deep sea diver Steve Zissou and his dysfunctional crew as they attempt to avenge the killing of one of their own by a vicious shark. Wes Anderson has assembled yet another all-star cast: Bill Murray as Zissou, Owen Wilson as his son (and who sat out as screenwriter this time; Noah Baumbac co-wrote the movie with Anderson), Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, and Jeff Goldblum. Henry Selick, the director of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, lends his hand to bring the underwater creatures to life. Bill Murray better get an Oscar for this after his unjust snub for Lost In Translation.
Well, that's all for now. I'm eating some Domino's right now...Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and most likely will go watch the TiVo-ed Meet The Press and Today in a little bit. Have a creepy Halloween, go see The Grudge, Saw, and I Heart Huckabees (which I'll be seeing this weekend). At work, we received 104 copies of Shrek 2 on DVD! It streets on Friday, November 5th. 104 copies?! What the *fuck* is that? That's just a waste of shelf space! *Sigh* And only *two* of Warner Independent Pictures A Home At The End Of The World?! It never ceases to amaze me!
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
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My one-man promotion efforts have garnered myself a free official Horror Channel t-shirt! Yay!
I have only nine dollars and so therefore am going to see "Undertow" at the Savannah Film Festival this Thursday at 7PM. If I Heart Huckabees starts playing here this weekend, I may have to beg, borrow, and plead to see it. And Saw and Ray open this weekend. Being broke sucks, but bills come first.
Head on over to http://www.dailykos.com to check out Eminem's new single "Mosh". It's a searing indictment of Bush and a clarion call for young people to get out the progressive vote. Bravo. I hope many of his teen fans who incessantly call in for banal insanity like "American Idol" but won't vote take to heart this new video.
I brought home The Omen and The Hazing tonight and I also still have Robert Altman's 3 Women and the highly acclaimed French film Love Me If You Dare. It's a darkly romantic tale. Ain't It Cool News described it as "the evil Amelie". So that sounds pretty cool.
Here's the trailer
More later perhaps. I'll definitely be posting more information about The Horror Channel soon!
Monday, October 18, 2004
Sorry for the late blog post...haven't felt too well as of late...I've been having constant headaches and I hope it's just from my prescription glasses.
Speaking of wellness, my insurance cards arrived at work today. Now I just need a way to go see a doctor, go to the Savannah Film Festival, and see I Heart Huckabees, The Grudge, Saw, Ray, and Shaun Of The Dead. Being broke all of the time sucks...oh well, onward we must go.
Get lost in the really trippy official website for I Heart Huckabees - http://www.foxsearchlight.com/huckabees
Shaun Of The Dead's official website - http://www.shaunofthedeadmovie.com
Well, the VP and the third presidential debate had differences and likenesses: both showed Kerry/Edwards as bold, progressive individuals, while Skeletor and Alfred E. Neuman were bound and determined not to remove their rose-colored glasses, no matter what the cost.
And guess what, Republican hacks....
I'M A LIBERAL! I'M A LIBERAL! I'M A LIBERAL!
There? Want to call me one? Anyone? Go ahead! I don't give a flying damn! The word liberal is not a pejorative, nor should it be. I really wish Kerry had challenged Bush on that. A simple, "Is it liberal to want to give money back to the middle class by rolling back those tax cuts you gave to you and your billionaire friends? Is it liberal to want safe, affordable healthcare, *including* the safe importation of prescription drugs from Canada, for every American? Is it liberal to want a foreign policy plan that eases the burden on our far-too-overburdened military by enlisting the help of our allies? Is it liberal to want to use science to seek cures for nerve and tissue diseases and damages? Liberal is not a bad word. But by the looks of what has happened in our country over the last four years, 'compassionate conservative' must be not just a bad word, but bad for America."
Damn, I like that. On November 2nd, let's send the smirking chimp back to Crawford, Texas permanently.
And remember, the earlier that you vote the better chance you have helping others to get to the polling places and taking an active part in our democracy.
Well, The Day After Tomorrow was a definite two-star movie for me. It holds the viewer's interest, but at the end, as Roger Ebert says, "Our hands close on nothing." It's a somewhat entertaining movie. I just didn't really care for it at all.
I procured from work the horror films The Hazing and Lucky. I've heard nothing but good things about these low-budget titles and hope they live up to their hype. Several reviews have mentioned that The Hazing is a faithful homage to those great '80s horror flicks like Night Of The Demons and Evil Dead 2:Dead By Dawn. I'll let you know what I think.
Folks, I cannot stress enough the importance of heading over to The Horror Channel's official website, http://www.horrorchannel.com, and signing your cable provider's petition! I *sincerely* hope Comcast adds it! I'm really excited about this and want to be able to enjoy it from day one.
Well, that's all for now. Have a great evening and I'll hopefully blog later tomorrow.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Well I'm *going* to the Savannah Film Festival
Savannah College of Art and Design puts this on every year. Head over to the website to see the screening schedule. I'll be attending several movies (Alexander Payne's Sideways and Marc Forster's Finding Neverland among them) and Roger Ebert's critique of Citizen Kane. I'll post reviews of the movies I see. I actually will. No really, stop laughing.
Well, the debate was the debate. Cheney was Skeletor, Edwards was plain-spoken and honest. Now we have the "town hall" debate tomorrow night from St. Louis with prepared-in-advance questions from people in league with each campaign. So how exactly is that town hall? But I digress. Onward!
Ladies and gentlemen, Savannah GA now has a Target! My mother and I went on Tuesday night and it's awesome. The design is very modern and spread out. The store is attached to Savannah Mall, the city's second mall. (It was built in 1990.) Hopefully, this will attract more merchants to this mall which was an economic powerhouse in the mid-90s and now it just seems to house tumbleweeds, huge-ass Bass Pro Outdoor World redneck store and new Texas Roadhouse restaurant not withstanding. This Target contains a pharmacy, groceries, a Starbucks, and a Pizza Hut. I'm anti-Wal*Mart and have been for a while. They also had some rather nice-looking bikes at reasonable prices and I think I might buy one to ride to work since the weather's turning nice.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the two men behind South Park, have made the first action movie/political parody marionette puppet action adventure love story. It's called Team America: World Police and there will be a sneak preview Saturday. It's being sneaked in 600-800 theaters this weekend. Locally, it's playing at 7:35. It looks great and I'll be there for this one.
The Day After Tomorrow. Yeah, I'm going to rent it this Tuesday. You got a problem with that?
At work today, I had a very enjoyable political and movie discussion with a female customer and a friend who works at Armstrong Atlantic State University. We were talking about the aforementioned film festival (of which he and I are attending). Before this, the discussion was of Bush's ineptitude, Kerry, Bush's hypocrisy, how the "No Child Left Behind" Act actually leaves children behind. Our manager got really into this topic as she used to be a teacher. All in all, it was a wonderful, lengthy talk.
Pay day is tomorrow and surprise! Our company finally got their you know what together and my insurance deal complete. Hopefully, the cards will arrive soon.
Well, that's all for now. More later!
Sunday, October 03, 2004
I had to work 4-10 last night to cover for an ill co-worker and there was no one else to do it, as the rest of the staff that wasn't working last night had to do our monthly overnight inventory.
Man wasn't that debate a barn-burner? Kerry was spot-on, calm, cool, collected, knew his stuff while Bush came across as what he was: a gramatically-challenged, incompetent person who angers easily and cannot stand to be criticized. I'm greatly looking forward to the Vice Presidential debate this Tuesday at 9PM Eastern. The second Presidential debate is this Friday at the same time, and then there's one more on the 13th. It'll be quite interesting to see the former corporate executive (Cheney) going up against the trial lawyer (Edwards). The first thing I'd hit him with is, "Mr. Cheney, why in 2003 even though you stated you no longer have any ties to your former company Halliburton did you continue to receive money?
I'm just waiting for Richard "I'm Mr. Calm" Cheney to lose his cool. Even if he doesn't, I can't wait to see him try to be earnest and sincere...oh wait he can't. Well then I stress the word "try" and that rhymes with lie and that's all he and the criminals at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue do anyway.
A man I've seen in the store sporadically came in last night and struck up a conversation with me. He told me he wished he could be in my shoes, as he's scheduled to go back to Iraq for a year again in December. I told him I'm sorry and conveyed my sympathy to him. The topic turned to the debate and his eyes lit up when I mentioned just how bad Kerry schooled Bush. He laughed and said he'd like to see that. I replied that he needs to head over to http://www.MSNBC.com or any news site, that extensive clips are all over the Internet.
He then sighed and there was a small pause between us. He looked at me and said, "We've got to get him out of there [Bush]." As I recalled several of Kerry's points from the debate, he nodded in agreement. He also made mention of how he'll have to leave his very young daughter and miss out. He wondered if she'll even recognize him. I shook his hand firmly and told him to watch his back and be strong. He returned the handshake and patted the top of my hand and smiled. "I will." This really struck a chord in me and it made me further hate Bush for this reckless foreign endeavor. WE MUST REMOVE HIM. Get out and vote.
Another rather funny aside: We're doing a rather noble charitable effort at work. You can donate a dollar (I have and plan to do more) to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. and then we place a paper bubble with your name on the glass wall behind our counter. A customer was unsure what to put on hers, so Jennifer (a co-worker) said, "What about 'VOTE KERRY'?" The girl did so and then right before I got off of work, they told me that another girl, no more than seventeen or so, got all indignant and demanded that we remove it! NOW! IMMEDIATELY! Jennifer explained to her that um, we can't do that. But you're more than welcome to donate a $1 and place whatever you'd like on it. So she replied in hers: "VOTE BUSH". This girl decorated hers with an ersatz flag (I guess) and stars. It was quite humorous.
Another co-worker, Andrew, is looking forward to this Tuesday evening. He closes on this night. Andrew has a twice-pierced eyebrow, long black hair, and a pierced tongue. He carries a Misfits bag, has an extensive collection of all things Nightmare Before Christmas. He's a really cool guy and if you're extremely conservative and intolerant of any thing slightly off from the norm, he'd scare you. His appearance is not that extreme. However, this Tuesday, the brilliant films Saved! and the most controversial film of the year, Fahrenheit 9/11, will be released. If the guy who stormed out of the store last Thursday while the trailer from Fahrenheit 9/11 played on our store promo DVD, yelling, "I want to shoot that guy!" is any indication, Tuesday should be *quite interesting* indeed. There are alot of blue people in red states, as Bill Maher says, and I'm one of them. So I'm anxious to see what we'll have coming into our store on Tuesday.
Go to http://www.theskyisscrape.com for a blistering Pearl Jam performance of Bob Dylan's fiery anti-war song "Masters Of War" on Letterman. It's on the CD Songs And Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11.
As previously stated, I watched the Joan Of Arcadia season premiere and am halfway through episode two. Good stuff, that. It doesn't beat you over the head with religion and it's extremely well-written. Check it out if ever you get the chance. Also left on TiVo: two episodes of Smallville, two of Veronica Mars, four of Jack & Bobby and after 10PM, the David E. Kelley spin-off of The Practice, Boston Legal. I also need to watch Angels In America.