Thursday, July 29, 2010

The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time

NSFW! Strong language....but oh so funny...

Here is a List of Movies Cited in the Above Video (via pajiba)

0’00 - Roxanne, Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Gleaming the Cube, The Princess Bride, A Fish Called Wanda, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Casino, Three Amigos, A Clockwork Orange

1’05 - Dolemite, Glengarry Glen Ross, Bad Santa, The Witches of Eastwick, The Big Lebowski, In Bruges, Full Metal Jacket, There Will Be Blood

2’05 - Toy Story, Casablanca, Encino Man, The Women, Predator, Army of Darkness, They Live, Uncle Buck, Big Trouble in Little China, New Jack City, Billy Madison

3’00 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Departed, Carlito’s Way, In the Loop, Glengarry Glen Ross, Stand By Me, Grosse Pointe Blank, Duck Soup, Caddyshack, Planes Trains & Automobiles

4’00 - South Park, Napoleon Dynamite, Mean Girls, The Breakfast Club, As Good as It Gets, The 6th Day, Step Brothers, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Full Metal Jacket, City Slickers, Road House, True Grit, Shot Circuit

5’00 - Raging Bull, The Usual Suspects, Snatch, Caddyshack, The Last Boy Scout, Ghostbusters, The Sandlot, As Good as It Gets

6’00 - 48 Hrs, In Bruges, Silver Streak, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Fish Called Wanda, Goodfellas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Mist, Trading Places

7’00 - The Warriors, Point Break, Gangs of New York, Reservoir Dogs, The Breakfast Club, The Cowboys, Full Metal Jacket, Dodgeball, Donnie Darko, Scarface, The Good the Bad and the Ugly

8’00 - Anchorman, Tropic Thunder, Sexy Beast, In the Loop, Get Shorty, Blazing Saddles, The Way of the Gun, Blade: Trinity, Clerks, The Boondock Saints, The Exorcist, What About Bob?, Weird Science

9’00 - Con Air, True Romance, In the Loop, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Lake Placid, The Front, Gone with the Wind

Monday, July 26, 2010

This Day In History

Unlike most photographers, she was as famous as her pictures. Margaret Bourke-White was an institution, and personification of the formative years of LIFE magazine. The images she captured are memorable enough on their own: a line of flood victims in Kentucky stretched in front of a billboard braying prosperity; Gandhi at the spinning wheel.

In July 26th 1941, she became the right person at the right place as the German bombardment of the Kremlin began. She was the only foreign photographer in Moscow–she was dispatched there because one of the Life editors, Wilson Hicks, believed that Germany would invade the Soviet Union soon.

Although the Soviet officials had announced that their soldiers would shoot anyone spotted with a camera, Bourke-White was granted an exception. On the night of July 23rd, she went up the American embassy roof where the Soviet air wardens couldn’t see her. At one point, a bomb exploded nearly, blowing every window of the embassy. Bourke-White had the sense to seek the shelter just seconds before.

The above most picture showed the spires of Kremlin silhouetted by German Luftwaffe flare, with the antiaircraft gunners dotting sky over Red Square. The second showed the Kremlin lit up by flares from anti-aircraft shells and seven Nazi parachute flares which provided light for German bombardiers.

All during her stay in the USSR, Bourke-White tried to photograph Stalin; she had been refused the opportunity on her earlier visits. When Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt’s adviser, reached Moscow on July 30, he found Bourke-White already there. The second time he met Stalin on July 31st, he got the permission for Bourke-White to photograph the meeting too.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"It was very superficial, my dear Watson, I assure you"

I am a big fan of the original BBC version of The Office, especially the character of Tim played by Martin Freeman. Above is a trailer for Steven Moffat's modernization of Sherlock Holmes, a three-part BBC mini-series simply entitled Sherlock.

According to Wikipedia:

"Sherlock is a British television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. It is a contemporary update of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson.

It was originally commissioned as a 60-minute pilot, which was filmed but never broadcast. Three 90-minute episodes were commissioned, which are scheduled to debut on 25 July 2010 on BBC One and BBC HD."

I am so hoping Comcast On Demand picks this up....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Babbling about golf...

My great grandfather was a man named Thomas F. Keane Jr. By many accounts he was a man of his times, a husband and a father with some flaws, a beloved grandfather and one hell of a golfer.

He was born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts. He was the first Dartmouth men's golf coach as well as the head professional at the College-owned Hanover Country Club from 1922-67.

His record as a coach was 305-176-5. His 1941 team won the Eastern Intercollegiate Tournament and his 1934 team captured the New England Championship.

In 1975, Hanover started The Tommy Keane Invitational, considered by some as the premier amateur four-ball tournament in New Hampshire and the Tommy Keane Award is present annually to the Dartmouth College Champion.

My only recollections of Pepe (as we called him) are from the end of his life. A stroke had reduced his ability to communicate and he was in a full time care facility. His legacy, however, always loomed large in our family.

He had 6 children, numerous grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren. The ages of his children vary so much, that at times it is hard for me to figure out who is in what generation when you get closer to the people my age.

Every year, for as long as I can remember, my grandfather and father played in the Tommy Keane Invitational. My brother eventually took up golf, but not being overly athletic, I never did. When Gramps died in 2000, my brother joined my father and the two of them took up the mantle for our branch of the family.

When Dad died, Justin asked me if I would play with him. I said yes without thinking and then realized that I had never picked up a golf club (beyond a putter for mini-golf!).

Since then I have gotten clubs and spikes and played on 4 "real" golf courses (here, here, here, and here, ranked in order that I played them) with some of the best teachers I cousins Marc and Lars and my brother. They have been very patient with me and I am actually pleased with how I play now.
I have also gone to the driving range A LOT and played an "executive" course near our house with my daughter. She has been VERY encouraging. She actually helped me figure out what was wrong with my drives!

This long rambling post boils down to this....Justin and I have our practice round tomorrow and the tournament starts on Friday (our tee time is 8:30 AM). We will be staying with my great aunt (from the other side of my father's family) in the farm house that my grandfather grew up in. We will be scattering my dad's ashes on his favorite hole on Thursday.

It will be a weekend awash with memories and stories, tears and laughter....and I am looking forward to every minute of it.

'Smore than meets the eye...*

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Movie I Want To See....

This movie has been on my radar as one I want to see. It would have to be a solo viewing as Nan isn't really interested, so it would be done on a night she goes to bed early and I stay up all night. I just read Topless Robot's "review" which sold me....

"The Comedian, Captain America and Uhura are some kind of A-Team. This looked really good until it came out and then all the reviews said it was kind of crappy. I was going to see it, then decided to wait for it on Netflix."

I can't wait until it hits Redbox!

Snub Fighter (Star Wars Re-edit)

from the original youtube page....

Luke snatches defeat from the jaws of victory in this re-edit of "A New Hope"
After boasting to the more experienced pilots of Red Squadron, he arrives late for the attack, disobeys orders and ignores Obi-Wan's repeated pleas to use the force. Han Solo is not impressed with Luke and must now deal with a vengeful Darth Vader and all Red Five can do is watch from above as the veteran Red Leader calmly demonstrates the correct way to fire a proton torpedo down a thermal exhaust port.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Just some random weirdness....



Fenway hosts 600th consecutive sellout

BOSTON -- With a sellout Sunday against the Rangers, the Red Sox reached 600 consecutive regular-season sellouts at Fenway Park, extending the team's record for most consecutive sellouts in baseball history.

The streak began on May 15, 2003, and has since surpassed the previous MLB record of 455, set by the Indians between 1995-2001.

The longest recorded regular-season sellout streak in American professional sports is owned by the Portland Trail Blazers, who had 744 consecutive sellouts from 1977-95.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster

The final movie opens one year from today (July 15, 2011) with the first half coming out on November 19, 2010. I am not sure why it is referred to as is not like the Star Wars or Star Trek or Bond franchises where waiting on the title became an art form.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

E.T. a horror film....

Found on Topless Robot, who notes " It's E.T. footage recut to make the movie look like the horror flick we all know it is, no matter how beloved some people pretend it is. Frankly, the added narration cards actually make this trailer less scary -- if it had just been the music and the footage, I'd have literally shit myself to death in terror before ever typing a word of this."

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday America!

Here is a picture of The Greatest American Hero for the Greatest Country in The World!

Friday, July 2, 2010

McDonalds: Sundial Billboard

(click to embiggen)

According to Sander Janssen at Creative Criminals, this is a custom billboard for McDonalds in Chicago. The billboard is a functioning sundial, not only telling you what time it is, but also which snack you should eat at McDonalds at the time. Obviously there are drawbacks (cloudy days....night time!) but such a cool image and idea.

(shared by Oran Parker)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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