Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Return of a Dog Poet

He's back! And apparently in a mostly-clothed film role in a flick titled "Vanilla" at the Philly Int'l Gay and Lesbian Film Fest.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

"I AM Big! It's the Pictures That Got Small!"

This has nothing to do with Miz Norma Desmond or Sunset Blvd., just a list of movies, documentaries, and tv shows that the incoming students to the USC Film School are expected to see. I got this via Byrne who got it via FARB who got it via Gideonse Bible who in turn got it from Sarah. (Dang! Sounds like a social disease!)

Anyway, the ones I've seen have been bolded.

A Hard Day's Night
African Queen

Alice in the Cities
All About Eve

American Friend, The
American Grafitti
Annie Hall
Apartment, The
Apocalype Now

Apu Trilogy, The
Band of Outsiders
Band Wagon, The
Barton Fink
Battle of Algiers
Being John Malkovich
Bicycle Thief, The
Big Lebowski, The
Black Orpheus
Blade Runner

Blue Velvet
Bob le Flambeur
Bonnie and Clyde
Boyz 'n the Hood
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)
Cinema Paradiso
Citizen Kane
Coal Miner's Daughter

Conversation, The
Cool Hand Luke
Crimes And Misdemeanors
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Deep End, The
Dersu Uzala
Diner (half)
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The
D.O.A. (1950)
Do The Right Thing
Dog Day Afternoon
Donnie Darko
Double Indemnity
Dr. Strangelove

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
8 1/2
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Exorcist, The
Fallen Idol, The
Fight Club
Fish Called Wanda, A
Five Easy Pieces

Force of Evil
Godfather, The (I & II)
Gone With the Wind
Graduate, The

Grand Illusion
High and Low
High Noon
House of Sand and Fog
It Happened One Night
Jules and Jim

King of Marvin Gardens, The
Kramer Vs. Kramer
La Jetée
La Strada
Lady Eve, The
Last Tango in Paris
(half of it)
Lawrence of Arabia
Le Boucher
Le Samouraï
Letter from an Unknown Woman
Like Water for Chocolate
Man for All Seasons, A
Matrix, The
Midnight Cowboy

Miller's Crossing
Mother and the Whore, The
Mulholland Drive

Night Moves
On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in the West
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Out of the Past
Paths of Glory
Point Blank
Producers, The
Pulp Fiction

Raging Bull
Rear Window

Red Balloon, The
Repo Man

Rules of the Game
Searchers, The
Seven Samurai
Seventh Seal, The
Shanghai Express
Shock Corridor
Shoot the Piano Player
Silence of the Lambs
Star is Born, A (1937)
Star Wars

Stranger Than Paradise
Sullivan's Travels
Sunset Boulevard
Talk to Her
Thelma and Louise
Third Man, The

Tin Drum, The
Touch of Evil

Trouble in Paradise
2001 - A Space Odyssey
Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The
Unbearable Lightness of Being, The
Underworld U.S.A.
Verdict, The

Wild Strawberries
Wizard of Oz, The
Written on the Wind
Woman in the Dunes
You Can Count on Me

Sorrow and the Pity, The
Harlan Country, USA
Dogtown and Z Boys
My Architect
Triumph of the Will
Hoop Dreams
Roger and Me
Super Size Me
Grey Gardens
Gimme Shelter

Capturing the Friedmans
Riding Giants
The War Room
Don't Look Back
Brother's Keeper
What the Bleep do we know?
The Thin Blue Line
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
The Kid Stays in the Picture
Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser
Control Room
The Celluloid Closet
Sans Soleil
Poto and Cabengo

TV [available to Rent]:
Six Feet Under
The Sopranos
Sex and the City

Freaks and Geeks
All in the Family

Arrested Development
Gilmore Girls
Good Times
The Wonder Years

The Shield
The Wire
The Office

I'm surprized that there's a few things left off the list. I wonder how the person who threw the list together made his/her choices? No silents, no Harold and Maude, no John Waters, no Monty Python?

Monday, June 27, 2005

Watch Out, Siskel and Ebert!

The Muppets have struck again, this time with Statler and Waldorf reviewing new flicks! Along with Pepe the Prawn doing a segment on the new dvd releases (in which he calls Sandra Bullock's recent flick "Miss Congenitalia 2")

This week, Stadler and Waldorf review War of the Worlds and Bewitched

Link courtesy of Modern Fabulousity.


And could someone PLEASE make TommyGurl shut the fuck up!?


Which Rocky Horror Picture Show character are you?


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Take the MIT Weblog Survey

I've spotted this on a couple of sites already and I figured I'd post about it for those who might be interested in taking it. Cameron Marlowe from the MIT Media Lab is running it as a general social survey of the "Greater weblog community" in order to see how weblogs are affecting the way we communicate.

It seems to be a serious, legit survey instead of those fun, fluffy one on quizilla or wherever.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Beware the Beer That Turns You Into an Ostrich!

Came across this ad on for a Belgian beer company called Stella Artois. Very well done with a tip of the hat to Luis Buñuel and with music by theramin virtuoso Clara Rockmore.

Rockmore with theramin


Hell�s Kitchen/ Theatre District


Alphabet City


Washington Heights


El Barrio






Upper West Side/ Morningside Heights


Upper East Side




Stuyvesant Town


Kips Bay


Financial District/Battery Park


SoHo/ TriBeCa


China Town


Which neighborhood in Manhattan is best for you?
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Quiz found over on FARB's blog.

Question is, tho - Where the hell is the El Barrio neighborhood in New York?

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Another Cute Video... hold yer attention while I get over this lethargy caused by two 110 degree days in a row, a pulled muscle in my lower back, and a lousy run of poor sleep since my bipap machine (yeah, I got sleep apnea) dropped dead on me nearly 2 weeks ago and I still haven't got a loaner approved yet due to my doc's ditzy assistant.

Anyway, meet Olivia Newton John...

...a Sony Aibo (a robot puppy dog) that won Sony's dance challenge by dancing to Daft Punk! Also check out Tara and Mister, the 2nd and 3rd place winners! Danged cute. DANCE PUPPY! DANCE!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Yes, I'm Still Alive

Just a quick note to say that and that, for those interested, Battlestar Galactica returns July 15th.


Just came across these over on and thought I'd pass them along.

This one is from the bunny re-enacted theater gang:

Pulp Fiction in 30 Seconds and re-enacted by bunnies.

They'll be putting out "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in July!!

This one... an ad put out by Blaupunkt seemingly titled "Pimp My Ride" and gives new meaning to Furries Sex.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

In Honor of the Michael Jackson Case

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog reporting from outside the Jackson Trial.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Well, This Sucks

So a Mainstay Hospital Can Expand, a Signature Theater Will Go Dark

Just found out that Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will be tearing down the Beekman Theater on 66th St. and 2nd Ave. in order to build a breast and diagnostic imaging center. Now, it's obviously for a good reason and not some God-forsaken overpriced condo (like the belated Baronet and Coronet Theaters on 59th St. and 3rd Ave.) or some chi-chi overpriced boutique but the theater was one of my old neighborhood theaters. It's wierd seeing bits of yer childhood "backyard" disappear forever.

Another One Too Good Not to Pass On

Found this one over on that has Shatner spoofing not only himself and three of his characters that he's played over the years but also the ending of the film Se7en:

Shatner's Seven.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

A Couple of Links I Just Had to Post.

Too funny and sometimes quite true: Min Jung's Lifecycle of Bloggers

What's scarier than Celine Dion or Michael Jackson? Celine Dion DOING Michael Jackson! (Quicktime needed)

Both links courtesy of/via Ernie.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson

Actress Anne Bancroft dies in New York

That saddens me. I always liked her from the first time I saw her in The Miracle Worker back in the mid-60's through many of her movies and it was a treat to see her in what was her first movie role in Don't Bother to Knock with Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark. Another film she did was in a small film titled 84 Charing Cross Road, which is one of the books I always loved.


I've been spending some time the past few days battling the fucking fundie idiots over on AOL which has taken a bit of energy recently so that's one reason I landed up taking longer than I thought away from here.

Another reason is that I've been searching through the 1910 and 1920 censuses over on trying to locate various and assorted family members. I did manage to find a few more.

One item which I printed up and faxed to my parents was the draft registration card of my paternal grandfather that was dated June 65, 1918 so it turned 87 this past Sunday. Something about it fascinated me and seeing it meant more than I realized.

He died 3 1/2 years before I was born and I was named after him (a tradition in Jewish families - to name a child after a relative that died before the child's birth). I've only seen pictures and silent black and white films of him that my family has and that was it. Now, being able to see his handwriting as well and some history (his address at the time as well as his employer) added to making him more real. Alas, I'll never be able to meet him, hear his voice, or get to know him but at least he's a bit more alive now to me.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Italian Beefcake; Bush is a Boob and Chaney's a Chump; Betty Bowers - I Love You!; To Paraphrase Anthony Newley: What Kind of Train Am I?

Just for Meg, Bex, Ceece, Kathy, and Nancy (who dared me to post this!):

Italian soccer player Francesco Totti leaving a soccer match. this the latest in the team's uniform?


Here's Prez Bush's and Part-automaton Cheney's reaction to Amnesty International's accusation that the U.S. had human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay prison.

Cheney: "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously," he said in an interview that aired Monday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Bush: "It's an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world," Bush said of the Amnesty International report that compared Guantanamo to a Soviet-era gulag.

Yeah, whatever guys! I'm just glad they can't be elected again.


And here's a wonderful missive from America's best Christian, Miz Betty Bowers commenting on TommyBoy Cruise's recent acting on the Oprah Show where she gets her jabs on Tom, Oprah, Pat Kingsley, Patsy "Who killed my little JonBenet?" Ramsey, and Pope Eggs Benedict. Enjoy!


You're the 456!
You are artistic, a bit whimsical, and less iconic
than the train on the other side of the Park.
Others may see you as an odd conglomeration of
new and old-fashioned ideas, but you realize
that's part of your charm.

Which New York City subway line are you?
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Which is just swell with me since I lived near a couple of 4,5, and/or 6 stops for the last 11 years I lived in NYC.

Quiz stumbled upon at FARB's site.