Best Picture

I won’t bother you with my picks for best picture from the nominees.

Simply put, I don’t agree with the movies chosen as nominees. Which one of the movies up for “Best Picture” would I enjoy seeing a second time?

— None.

There are movies from 2004 that I’ll happily rent, and perhaps even purchase, but none of the them are movies nominated for “Best Picture” and certainly not the winner of the Os*ar for Best Picture.

One of my favorite movies did win an Os*ar, though.

INCREDIBLES won for Best Animated Picture.
Steal from one, Plagerism; Steal from many, Genius.
It was a fantastic mosh of some of the best tidbits, and it had plenty of originality — (though you’d have to be a stickler to separate the ideas they’ve borrowed from the original items on the screen) overall, it was a great and coherent work.

I don’t know if I liked THE INCREDIBLES better than any other picture last year.

I can say I like THE INCREDIBLES as a movie better than any picture up for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. It was written more along the lines of the classic traditional “Writer’s Journey” and as such, I knew when I had left the theater I had finished watching a movie.

With THE AVIATOR, the movie kind of just, well, ended. I wasn’t impressed, I wasn’t excited. I knew it was time to leave because the credits were rolling. Interesting bio-pic, crappy ass ending. Scorsese might be considered a brilliant director, but I for one wish he’d save all the boring crap for the Director’s Cut, and let me go home with an intact bladder.

Paris Hilton Hacked Pt. 3

It’s like watching a slow motion train wreck, really.

One story currently has Paris Hilton’s hacker calling Paris for two months before actually releasing the data on the cell phone account. I can’t see this happening to anyone I know. Someone you suspect is reading your phone messages, calling you… I mean, you’re a star and you’re clinging to the hope that this is a giant troll, so you don’t want to change your phone number… but I’m guessing she never thought about actually contacting anyone at T-Mobile. But what REALLY gets me as this guy had the gonads to continue to call and threaten her. Again. And Again.

Turns out that someone had been calling Paris on her Sidekick for a couple of months, telling her that something bad was going to happen to her and threatening to mess her up (remember how she had complained back in January that someone was reading her email?). Last week while she was at Disney World (seriously!) she got one last phone call from the hacker telling her that today was going to be the day something finally happened to her (our source says he said something along the lines of “It’s gonna happen now.”). A few hours later she started getting tons of phone calls from all sorts of random people (care to guess what’d happened?), at which point she freaked out and flew home on her private jet.

–Courtesy of Endgadget -link

Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

Well, it’s official!!

I was previously sworn to secrecy, but now the news is out!

Julie Kenner announced this yesterday on her blog and especially here.

and here’s the official Hollywood Reporter piece:

Brothers Kevin and Dan Hageman have been hired to adapt Julie Kenner’s upcoming novel “Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom” for Warner Bros. Pictures. 1492 Pictures partners Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe are producing. “Demon,” set to hit bookstores in the summer, is an action-adventure tale about a stay-at-home mother with a demon-hunting past who is called back into action to rid her small California town of monsters. Jenny Blum is overseeing for 1492, which is housed at Warners. Jeff Clifford and Geoff Shaevitz are overseeing for the studio.

Yes, you CAN guess the general plot. Soccer Mom… Demon Hunting… Thoughts of Buffy come to mind and I’m sure that’s the inspiration…

But knowing Julie Kenner’s work it’s going to have some really strong twisty hooks!

Julie really started a great sub-genre when she began weaving SuperHeroines and Romance together with Aphrodite’s Kiss and then got stronger with additional books in the same vein. (I have to confess I only read the first two)

Carpe Demon the book comes out this June, and hopefully we’ll hear more about the progress of the movie!

Side Note on the movie: While looking up domain names, I noticed that Julie Kenner picked up the domain for some time back, but it seems that Warner Brothers themselves picked up just this week–shortly before the public announcement — which tells me that someone at Warner Brothers is VERY serious about this project.

I’m REALLY looking forward to this movie!

Congrats, Julie!

Gonzo has left the house!

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity, to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

—Hunter S. Thompson

While I’m sure that the entire (un)civilized world already knows this, self-styled Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) has apparently shot himself in the head on Feb 21, 2005 at the ripe young age of 67. Personally I find myself a tad behind the curve on this one. I recall seeing an image of Thompson on TV the other night, as I was dozing in front of my set, and then thinking about looking him up on the Net when I got into work the next day.

I have to admit, that I was quite taken aback by the news. Truth to tell, I’m not entirely certain if I ever actually read anything that Hunter wrote, but I can’t seem to shake this deep-seated sense of loss over his untimely death (yea, even if it was at his own hand). He was arguably my generation’s drug-addled Jack Kerouac by way of Dr. Timothy Leary (whom I met once or thrice and after talking to him at length, found him to be the most lucid man I had ever met).

Yeah, sure, Hunter was a full-on Nutball and angry as all Hell, but I can’t help but to feel that we all as a generation, as a culture, and yes as a country are poorer for our loss of him as a free thinker in today’s society. Hunter’s influence can be felt throughout our everyday lives (hey, you think that blogging would be this country’s number one participatory/spectator sport if he hadn’t invented gonzo journalism a generation ago?). He the inspiration for the character Duke in Doonsbury,Duke (from the comic strip Doonesbury)and oh Hell, let’s point to Gonzo from the Muppets of all places, and say I’ve proven my point.Gonzo (the Muppets)

Hunter’s books (including Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail, Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness–Modern History from the Sports Desk) have helped shape not only a generation of minds, but of journalists as well. He was portrayed in film by both Bill Murray in Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) and by Johhny Depp in Fear and Lothing in Las Vegas (1998). And, on a purely personal level, when my wife was pregnant with our second child, had it been a boy, the baby would have been named Hunter.

I don’t know why Hunter would have shot himself (he loved guns, and apparently loved to get drunk, stoned, and high and shoot them off on his Colorado property. He wrote for Time, Rolling Stone, and numerous other publications. He was that wild man wizard that lives inside all of us yet most of us never allow to roam free.

So here is to Hunter S. Thompson, a true American original and quite possibly the only one of his kind. I personally can’t help but to observe that (as Bill Graham once said about the Grateful Dead) “He may not be the best at what he does, but he’s the only one that does what he does.” At any rate, how can you not simply love the guy that said…

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
—Hunter S. Thompson

Tonight I’m-a gonna have myself a two-fingered shot of 25-year-old Uncle Jack as I toast the memory Hunter. Give ’em Hell Hunter, wherever you wind up!

The Perfessor

Tarantino and Blood Spatter Patterns


The one deals with blood…

The other deals with blood evidence…


The season finale of CSI (yeah, the only one of the three CSI’s that’s actually worth watching)
will be directed by Quentin Tarantino.

I wonder if anyone is destined to have a giant syringe stabbed through their breastbone (and thus missing the heart)

Link to Kill Gil (no, that’s not what it’s officially called… yet)

Google Via Text Message


Those are the magic digits for you to find out all sorts of helpful info while you’re on the go.

Say you’re in the local Best Buy, and you run across what seems like a good deal on recordable CD blanks, but you’re curious if you can find a better deal elsewhere.

Type in the letter “F” with a space, and then the UPC off of the item you’re looking at in the store. Send the text message to 46645, and wait for about five seconds. If your reception in the store is good, you’ll have results for the cheapest price on the exact same item, sent as a text message right to your phone!

Obviously, if the price difference isn’t too great, you go ahead and pick up the item anyway… but then…

You’re on the way out of the store, and you decide you might want to go to see a movie. Let’s say, HITCH for example.

You simply type in
a space

and send that text to that magic number

and you’ll have the closest movie theater (or in my case two movie theaters) with the movie times sent back in text messages in seconds!

This is Google’s true gift to the world. Microsoft, Yahoo, all them mighty corporations have been struggling on how to make our lives easier,
but this…

THIS my friends is Google’s God’s gift to mankind

For more instructions, type
and send that to the magic number.
See what you get!

And finally, the link to more info on this

(As always, standard text messaging rates do apply)