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From the Trailer Park — The Lone Ranger (Teaser)


Trains! Monument Valley! This looks like it could be good… it’s Bruckheimer produced so it could be a ginormous cool mess or a cool movie all around. People are worried about the “Tonto question”… I’m all right with the move from wooden Jay Silverheels to indigenous ninja.

Classic Pick O’ the Day — October 4

The Untouchables (1987)
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Director: Brian De Palma. Cast: Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia, Billy Drago, Charles Martin Smith, Patricia Clarkson. TV-MA. 10:00 PM EDT. Sundnace Channel.

This is one of my all time favorites thanks in no small part to David Mamet’s great script, the look of it, the music by Ennio Morricone, and great acting (from the entire cast) and direction. De Palma was able to suppress whatever demons possess him to make execrable crap like Casualties of War and Redacted and direct an all-time great.

Ladies, It Keeps Your Skin Oh So Smooth

It puts the lotion in the basket!

“Ma, we’re playing Lambs!”

Wednesday Open Thread


Mrs. Sarah Siddons by Thomas Gainsborough (1785)

Goblets Optional

I’ll be working the sidelines tomorrow night so won’t be able to participate in real-time, but have fun without me, Threedonia!!!

Classic Pick O’ the Day — October 3

The Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933)
A disfigured sculptor turns murder victims into wax statues.
Dir: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh. TV-PG. 8:00 PM EDT. TCM.

I’ve not seen this original version, though I have seen the Vincent Price 1953 one. This uses a two-color Technicolor technique and is reputedly creepier than its descendant. You can’t go wrong with Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray. Also on tomorrow are prior CPODs the 1939 version of Love Affair (2:00 PM), Going My Way (5:45 PM), Mark of the Vampire (11:00 PM) and Night of the Living Dead (2:45 AM).

This Afternoon’s Broadcast is Brought to You By…


I guess Outlaw is foregoing the musical selection for a bit so I’ll pick up the mantle for a bit. Another song from last decade that hits my shuffle a lot.

I Always Knew They Were Political Hacks…

But this is too much.

From FOX NEWS

If you don’t want to be shot in the back by your Afghan training partners, the Pentagon advises, don’t offend their religious sensibilities. Don’t kick your feet up on a table, for instance, and never ask to see a picture of their wives and kids. “There’s a percentage [of attacks] which are cultural affronts,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a recent interview.

Dempsey echoes the concerns of Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the Afghan National Army’s chief of staff, who earlier this month argued both sides need to do more to “teach” foreign troops Islamic traditions and values to reduce the chance of violent reactions to cultural slights.

AFGHAN INSIDE ATTACK KILLS US TROOPS: OFFICIALS

“It is our duty to teach this to them. Our indifference about these issues causes the incident,” he said.

In the past three years, uniformed Afghans have murdered at least 97 US and NATO troops.

I get it, we don’t want to be the Ugly American. Believe me I’ve seen more than a few examples of that over my lifetime. I took “Arab sensitivity training” in the 90′s before I went to Kuwait…so trying to be sensitive of different cultures practices and habits is nothing new. But to tell Soldiers you could get shot in the back for showing the sole of your boot to the wrong person?

Kiss my ass, Marty, you f-n toad. Your weakness offends me. It’s a good thing I’m not POTUS because that MFer would be looking for a job right now. Of course if I were POTUS he would sing a different tune because that’s just the kind of tool that he is. Just another politician, and a perfect example of why ALL Soldiers aren’t heroes.

Tuesday Open Thread

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Lady Hamilton as Ariadne by Vigee Lebrun.

From the Trailer Park — Identity Thief


Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy… looks like it could be good so long as they didn’t pack all the funny parts into the trailer.