I really wanted to believe in the X-Files movie. Instead, I laughed a lot. Much more believable: the spirit pictures in Shutter (on our shelves just yesterday), which I would certainly recommend. I can't speak for the Joshua Jackson remake, but the original took me places I was not expecting to go (in a good, pleasing, not too many loose ends kind of way.)
I am sure all you lovely readers noticed that this blog is being posted an entire day early due to Thanksgiving! We should all take a moment of silence to thank Lincoln for this particular contribution to the great tradition of American feasting. Then I would like to share with you a thing I am very thankful for--my favorite words of November:
Pandiculate: v. to stretch and yawn at the same time.
Dysphemism: n. antonym (along with cacophemism) of euphemism--the usage of an intentionally harsh word or expression instead of a polite one. ex. replace to die with to assume room temperature.
Chimera: n. mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail or any organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues.
What are your favorite November words? Only a few days left to figure that one out...
I love movies about insane asylums. Don't you? Any of you kind film connoisseurs have any crazy people movie recommendations for me? Why isn't movie spelled movy? Other good crazy people movies: snake pit one flew over the cuckoo's nest a woman under the influence I know I must be forgetting more.
Here is the point where I need to share with you a racy comment, so cover the eyes of any children that may be lingering nearby:
We will have the adult film Who's Nailin' Paylin? next week. In case anyone cares anymore. Now: here's an all-ages koala picture!
I've come here today to tell you about an oft-overlooked, heartwarming little 1990 documentary we just got on DVD called Troll 2. This film follows the Waits family on vacation as they fall for the good people of Nilbog and their unusual agricultural practices. Caveat: there are no actual trolls in this movie, for that you may want to partake of the wonderful escapades of a summer vacation in Llort. I think it's somewhere near Nilbog, though you may have to take a wrong turn through the mouth of hell to get there. If you can turn people into plants, and then you eat them, do you still qualify as a vegetarian? It makes more sense than vegetarians who eat chicken, right? Unless, of course, you're turning the chickens into vegetation first, too... Woah, this is getting too convoluted for my overwrought brain. Instead of pondering the Big Questions I'm a gonna focus on this chicken's extravagant plumage and comforting backdrop. Is that not one of the most majestic chickens you've ever seen?
What a week it has been! Since we last met, Halloween was celebrated, clocks got set an hour back, and I think there might have been an election or something. I've been particularly excited to see the amount of voter turnout and it looks like we got around 62.5% and 64.1% of eligible voters to the polls (133.3 million Americans!). That is the highest turnout in over 40 years, and may be equal to the turnout in 1960, when JFK just barely beat out Nixon. Our numbers are generally pretty dismal, and similar to the 47% low Australia hit before they made voting compulsory in 1924. Fines as high as $20 may result from non-voting in Australia, and they now have turnout rates of around 95%. Please discuss these facts and figures amongst yourselves.
In movie news, the documentaries just keep rolling into our store. Next week we are gonna have Mix-Up, a french film from 1963 about two women who discover at age twenty that they were switched as babies at the hospital and have been raised by the wrong families. If you find you have an hour of aural void to fill, This American Life also produced an amazingly compelling radio show on two women who did not learn they had been Switched at Birth until age 40 and another episode about the case of Bobby Dunbar, which details what happened when a young boy was found in 1914 and claimed by two separate sets of mothers whose sons had been kidnapped. We are also documentaries getting Alice Neel, Swing State, Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright... and so many more that you will just have to stop into the store to peruse them yourself, at your leisure.