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{ Monthly Archives } March 2007

Terror by Night

1946. I enjoyed this film, but there were fewer standout moments than I’ve seen in some of the other 100 movies. I liked seeing Basil Rathbone in his signature role as Sherlock Holmes, and it was funny to see how inept filmmakers continue to make poor LeStrade. Worth my 38 cents: Dr. Watson excitedly exclaims […]

Topper Returns

(1941) I found it hard to get past the stereotypically racist depiction of the sole black man in the film (the chauffeur). Topper’s wife was hilarious, but also not very flattering. In fact, hardly anyone but Taxi drivers come off looking good in Topper Returns. Worth my 38 cents: “I don’t have to think! I’m […]

38-cent moments

I bought a set of old movies on DVD from Best Buy today– a collection of B mysteries and “thrillers” from the 30s through the 50s. The collection includes a couple classics, but mostly unremembered (but not unwatchable) movies. The intriguing part is that the entire collection, 100 movies on 24 double-sided DVDs, was $37.99. […]

Television crack

Part 2 in the ongoing series about how I waste my time. Andy Barker, P.I. Raines Bones Heroes Boston Legal Studio 60 (if it continues) Veronica Mars (though it won’t continue for long) the occasional Law & Order or LO: Criminal Intent The Daily Show The Colbert Report From Andy Barker last night: You can’t […]

Internet Crack

As I fall hard into my latest internet addiction, I reflect on my long history of sad addictions… in reverse chronology You’re the Man Now, Dog (just addicted) BoingBoing (still addicted) Consumerist (still addicted) The Comics Curmudgeon (still addicted) Youtube Flickr Slashdot Webcomics Worth1000 Something Awful Homestar Runner All Your Base Are Belong to Us […]

The Illusionist

I enjoyed it.  Paul Giamatti rules, as always.  Spoilers and interesting discussion (HA!) below the fold.

Ponzi’s Scheme

By Mitchell Zuckoff I guess I should have realized that the phrase “Ponzi Scheme” came from somewhere, but it was interesting to learn just how this bold Italian immigrant became so infamous. An interesting “read.” (Read as an audio book)

Mooninites

I’ve never watched AQTF before, but I got the first disc via Netflix.  It was okay so far, but now that I’ve met Ignignokt and Err, I’m hooked.  That’s some funny stuff.

The Current

In case you’d forgotten, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current rules.  Today I heard Paul Simon, Neil Young, and Ministry’s “Jesus Built My Hotrod.”

Dead Beatles

Mmmmm. Mashed up zombies. (Via, BoingBoing)

Ragged Dick

Or: Life Among the Bootblacks in New York by Horatio Alger Jr. (1867) This up-by-your-bootstraps story was surprisingly entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the section where Dick learns that his bankbook (recording his $100+ savings) has been swiped by the disreputable bartender renting the room next door to Dick’s. Dick gets to the bank first and […]

American Dreamz

I’ve discovered that I enjoy failed-but-ambitious comedies more than I enjoy timid yet properly executed ones.  Hugh Grant’s self-loathing Tweed and Randy Quaid’s President Stanton both worked for me.  Trite depiction of Islamic terrorists was, of course, terrible.

Joys of shuffle

My favorite part of iPod’s shuffle is the way it finds old music you haven’t listened to in ages and pulls it out again. Playing right now: “Tommy the Cat”, by Primus. Images in my brain, working backward chronologically: CBD also likes Primus. I played “Highball with the Devil” on my radio show in college. […]

Bearing an Hourglass

by Piers Anthony I ran into a colleague on my way up from the train and groused about how I enjoyed this book, the second in the “Incarnations” series, but found that the main character seemed a bit slow. Like the incarnation of Death in Rides a Pale Horse, the incarnation of Time, Chronos, usually […]

The Big Over Easy

by Jasper Fforde This tangent to the Thursday Next series ties much more closely with my interest in detective novels. The story of DI Jack Spratt and his investigation of Humpty Dumpty’s murder amused me, and Fforde’s play with the conventions of the detective genre was works well. In particular, I like the idea that, […]