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Rita Moreno, 1954

As she gained stardom, she was asked to do a cover for Life mag. To that point, she wasn’t happy with her own work. You can see it in her eyes. Disappointment has a weight to drag the soul down, even amidst the greatest accolades. This picture, intended to celebrate an actress who was seemingly achieving everything she could hope for, is profoundly sad to me.


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What exactly was Luke’s plan to rescue Han from Jabba?

Just curious. This question came to me today and I don't have an answer. Like at all.


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Dagmar Godowsky

Dagmar was a Silent Film Actress and I relate so much to this quote.

I lived only for pleasure and I spoiled my own fun. Where was I running? From whom? Little feet running around the globe. Nothing but circles, and I never once bumped into myself.

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Great moment in a great movie


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Are the fires of hell a-glowing?

There's no earthly way of knowing,
Which direction we are going,
There's no knowing where we're rowing,
Or which way the river's flowing,
Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing?

Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing,
Are the fires of hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing?
YES! The danger must be growing, for the rowers keep on rowing,
And they're certainly not showing, any signs that they are slowing!

Whoa! There's no earthly way of knowing,
Which direction we are going,
There's no knowing where we're rowing,
Or which way the river's flowing,
Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing?


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Cars is some dark shit, people

Cars is some dark shit, people. According to Jay Ward, the Creative Director of the Cars universe, the anthropomorphic automobiles simply didn't need the dead weight of humanity. He explains…

"Imagine in the near-future when the cars keep getting smarter and smarter and after one day they just go, 'Why do we need human beings anymore? They're just slowing us down. It's just extra weight, let's get rid of them.' But the car takes on the personality of the last person who drove it… There you go."

I'm shook.


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Decisions!

With the family in Williamsburg, I'm home alone tonight. FB, Netflix, or AMC Theater movie?


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America isn't the Greatest Country in the World

Jennifer Johnson: Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?
Sharon: Diversity and opportunity.
Moderator: Lewis?
Lewis: Freedom and freedom… so let's keep it that way.
Moderator: Will?
Will McAvoy: The New York Jets.
Moderator: No, I'm going to hold you to an answer on that. What makes America the greatest country in the world?
Will McAvoy: Well, Lewis and Sharon said it. Diversity and opportunity and freedom and freedom.
Moderator: I'm not letting you go back to the airport without answering the question.
Will McAvoy: Well, our Constitution is a masterpiece. James Madison was a genius. The Declaration of Independence is, for me, the single greatest piece of American writing…
[Professor keeps staring]
Will McAvoy: You don't look satisfied.
Moderator: One's a set of laws and the other's a declaration of war. I want a human moment from you… what about the people? Why is America…
Will McAvoy: It's not the greatest country in the world, professor. That's my answer.
Moderator: You're saying…
Will McAvoy: Yes.
Moderator: Let's talk about…
Will McAvoy: Fine.
[Turns to Sharon]
Will McAvoy: Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he
[gestures to Lewis]
Will McAvoy: gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don't like liberals? Cause they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so god damn always?Sharon: Hey!
Will McAvoy: [Turns to Louis] And with a straight face, you're gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we're the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The UK. France. Italy. Germany. Spain. Australia… Belgium! has freedom… 207 sovereign states in the world, like 180 of 'em have freedom.Moderator: Alright…Will McAvoy: [Looks at Jenny] And, yeah, you… sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know. One of them is: There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending - where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don't know what the FUCK you're talking about!… Yosemite?
[Stunned silence]
Will McAvoy: … It sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws - for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not on poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest. We built great, big things, made ungodly technological advanced, explored the universe, cured diseases and we cultivated the world's greatest artists AND the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn't belittle it. It didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn't scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed… by great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.


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Today's Mood

"I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren"

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Just a reminder

You will never be as cool as Steve McQueen


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It's time…

Let's watch this thing!


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Idiocracy

   


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Because "Woman Does Man Stuff" sounded like a bad porn


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Lights. Camera. Movie!


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Can’t wait


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Please let this movie be good. Please.


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Empire Records (Damn The Man!)

Warren: Who glued these quarters down
A.J.: I did.
Warren: What the hell for, man?
A.J.: I don't feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.


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Eeyore, of Winnie the Pooh fame

We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is to it.

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Kung Fu: Movie vs Real Life?


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Crony Capitalism At Work In Hollywood

Steven Spielberg, a billionaire, received $3.5 Million in Tax Credits from Virginia to help pay for the filming of Lincoln. Virginia hasn't given teachers a raise of consequence in several years and Hollywood is an outspoken critic of underfunding public education. Thanks, Steven. Those kids who have even worse school lunches and those teachers who have to spend their personal money to make copies for class worksheets appreciate your sincere commitment to their well being.


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Told ya so

65% of movie industry revenue comes from sources the studios at one time claimed would put them out of business. These people do not get it. SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, are just the most recent proof of that.


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I went to the movie yesterday after work. It was a good reimagining of the original. If you like action sci fi, this is a movie you will enjoy.

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I just watched the new Captain America movie. LOVED it! It's well done and I can recommend it to others.

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Just found a pic of how my home theater obsession began. Thought I'd blog it for posterity. It has a jinky hotness to it.

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My little sweetheart decided that she had to have long hair like Rapunzel, so she made her own (complete with head wrap so it stays on nicely).

I know I'm biased, but I dig my daughter. She's cool.


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I just watched Hanna. It's a good action flick, with a sort of artistic bent to the cinematography and subtext. If you are looking for a movie with blood and plot, check it out.

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Oh Thor Movie, please don't suck. I want you to be awesome so bad. You and Captain America Movie are how I will set my hope for Avenger Movie. Be Spider Man 1 Movie, not Daredevil Movie. Your people need this.


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McDonald's on Lynnhaven is a joke

Wars are fought with weapons, but they are won by men.


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But without all the talent baggage though

I'm Eminem meets Jimmy Stewart


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Me, in 10 words

Tom is a Sandman authorized to hunt and exterminate Runners.


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Amityville Horror Home For Sale

Buy your very own nightmare-inducing dream home. Flies and blood not included,


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The Expendables

I'm in the front row of the Kemps River Cafe ready to watch a man's movie, The Expendables.  Yay me!


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Reefer Madness by way of MST3K

I just came back from MacArthur Center where I watched a live broadcast of the MST3K guys riffing on the movie “Reefer Madness”. Frigging great!

They are did three shorts as well; a household safety film from the 30s, a documentary on grass from the 70s, and a cartoon from the 30s.

Bryan and I both had a good time. And yes, I purposefully violated the Twin Prime Conjecture so as to bother Bryan.


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Salt

I know who Salt is.


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Despicable Me

I just saw Despicable Me with Cadence and Denise. Great movie!


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Crane Style

I note that in the new Karate Kid movie, Jackie Chan appears to have taken liberally from the Fujian White Crane style of Kung Fu. I'm not certain. I couldn't find any confirmation online, but it sure looked a lot like it.


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Lionel Jeffries

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star Lionel Jeffries has died at 83. Playing Grandpa Potts appears to have been the highlight of his film career spanning 38 years. Bang bang chitty chitty bang bang. Our fine four fendered friend! And that's your random quirky news for the day.


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Credits Roll…

Tom is the Undaunted Wu Dang. Brought to you by Havoline. Also starring Sonny Chiba as the villainous Tong Po.


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Randy Couture's cinematic tour de force, The Scorpion King 2 stands as one of history's most blatant and unjust Oscar snubs


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American Pie by Don Maclean


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Quick movie reviews

gives Kung Fu Panda and Sherlock Holmes both a thumbs up. It's been a good movie weekend.


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At Kemps River Cinema Cafe


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I framed Roger Rabbit

And I ain't even ashamed.


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Best. Fight. Ever.

This fight scene is the tits:

That's all I need to say.


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Synchronicity and the Pop Culture Meme

I think my school is less Mr Miyagi and more Cobra Kai

Also, I think I prefer it that way. ;-)


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These are a few of my favorite things

So, there are 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0 things I like. I'll limit this point to 3:

  1. Linux
  2. Movies
  3. High Definition Video

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Gravitas

I've been told my blog lacks that certain sense of gravitas needed to be considered real social commentary.

To those doubters, I say "I'm rubber and you're glue, what you say bounces off me and gets you a pick ax in your spinal column, bitch! Bring it! I'll kick yer doubtin' ass!"

Ooo, I just remembered I have Take the Lead upstairs to watch. Antonio Banderas dances for the kids. How can this be bad? It's like Dead Poet's Society had sex with Flashdance and this movie was its illegitimate love child.


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"Make Up" or "Make Believe"

There too he sculptured a broad fallow field
Of soft rish mould, thrice ploughed, and over which
Walked many a ploughman, guiding to and fro
His steers, and when on their return they reached
The border of the field the master came
To meet them, placing in the hands of each
a goblet of rich wine. Then turned they back
Along the furrows, diligent to reach
Their distant end. All dark behind the plough
The ridges lay, a marvel to the sight.

Like the field in the quote above from Homer's Illiad, women in the media are made into an image of beauty. It is not the dirt in the field we find beautiful nor the woman under the makeup, but rather it is the beauty, even the dignity, that our culture bestows on them that makes them pleasing to us. Aesthetic beauty and moral beauty are not easily distinguished. Like the education of our children, we move purposefully from a natural to a cultural state. It's what we do. We transform nature. We make it in our self-image as we perceive it, and when it gets too hard to do on our own, we ask for help---from ploughmen, makeup artists, painters...and each other.

I was leaving the building for the day. A co-worker was leaving at the same time. When we saw each other standing up, we gave our daily good bye's, put on our coats and left our cubes. Hollywood would have the decency to fade to black at this point, but real life is not so interested in transforming nature. No, we'd said all that needed saying. We both got up and left. Problem is, we both went the same way. So now, we are walking to the parking lot together in an awkward silence. No script was prepared. No protocol readied us for the silent walk out. I said, "So it's not so easy to get rid of me, is it?" We laughed. The moment was rescued from reality and given a cultural context---hence a beauty. As a species, we don't like ugly.

So, what does it mean to say someone is a human? I suppose it depends on who you ask, but I would argue that we are not merely complex bipedal mammal. Being human is more than that. It's about stopping to enjoy a warm fire in a winter chill, it's about having a dream, seeking out the things that are pleasing. Being human is about enjoying the beauty that we, each of us, adds to the world in which we live. I could be crass about the Hollywood makeovers in the video above, but I think I'll just be grateful to the directors, the artists, designers, scriptwriters, and air-brushers who are trying to give us a little bit more beautiful world than the one in which we find ourselves. I don't see anything wrong with that.


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Dear Mr Vernon

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are.
You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal.
Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,
The Breakfast Club.

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The End of the Blockbuster Era?

Luis Villa, gnome-guy turned law student has a must-read blog entry about the changing role of media in our culture.

The short of it is that he went to see some very smart people talking. He took notes. Those notes are interesting. Lawrence Lessig (one of those guys talking) is a personal hero. He even got portrayed on the West Wing once. That's just how cool he is!


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Bryan and I are going to see The Protector today

Can't wait. It's gonna rock so hard! Watch the trailer below and prepare to be impressed.


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Windows Media Center Edition 2005 blows vomit

OK. It's a bit of an overstatement, but...

When you buy a Media PC with a stereo rack component look and feel that bills itself as a replacement for your Tivo, it should be able to fill that role. Windows Media Center Edition 2005 does not. The system would go into suspend mode and require a reboot to return to normal operation. It wouldn't play many of the media files I threw at it. I understand not playing flac files out of the box (it's a bit obscure, I suppose) but many AVI files and even some MPGs were non-working. All those files, for the record, played just fine in Linux. The guide information was regularly incorrect. And finally, when I finally decided to show it to someone else, I fast forwarded through the commercials of a show only to find that it would not leave fast-forward mode.

Needless to say, the system was returned. I want to be clear, the system, an HP Media Center PC, was not the problem. The problem was entirely Mirosoft's. All the problems had patches which fixed those problems and added new ones. In the end, I found myself performing maintainence on a box that was supposed to be a stereo rack component. I don't have to do this for my DVD player, nor for my extant Tivo. I don't feel that I should have to do it for my Tivo Replacement.

Total satisfaction score: 3 out of a possible 10. The idea has promise, but the software implementation was a miserable failure. I suspect MythTV would have been a better choice for HP to put under the hood.


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Buy my new DVD you will

Rumor has it that Lucasfilm will be releasing the original theatrical version of Star Wars (as in "Han shoots first" and "No tricked out special effects") on DVD later this year.

And all God's people said AMEN!!!


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UltraChrist

What would Jesus do if he returned to Earth and discovered he was wildly out of touch with modern trends? Don a Spandex costume and fight sin on the streets of New York City, of course! But as always, he faces several obstacles: a disapproving Father; the Antichrist, in the guise of the New York City Parks Commissioner; and the temptations of a beautiful seamstress.


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Pat Morita

Pat Morita died today at the age of 73. The Karate Kid movies, in which he played Mr Miyagi, are a staple of my childhood. In interviews and elsewhere, I remember Mr. Morita as a kind man. Sayonara, Pat. If anyone in heaven gives you grief, just remember...sweep the leg!


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Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

Screw Ben Affleck. This guy should be playing Daredevil in the movies. I've never seen anything like this in my life.


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Soon

Serenity opens in theaters on Friday, September 30. It's the only movie I intend to watch in the theaters this year. The rest can wait for my home theater. Serenity, however, is different.


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Serenity

You can't stop the signal! Spread the word!


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Netflix Fu

So, I'm in the Netflix tribe now and I love it so far. It's great for feeding your bizarre interests (no, not THAT kind of bizarre, perv!). I have added a ton of Kung Fu training videos to my Netlix list. I'm gonna use them for exercise. I can't wait to get the first one: Shaolin Basic Skills. I'm a freak. ...everybody was kung fu fighting...


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