Thursday, December 18, 2008

Coming Distractions December 19th, 2008

Friday is Tomorrow:

The House Bunny
The Women
Hamlet 2
America Teen
Burn After Reading
The Taste of Tea
Kicking It
Alien Apocalypse
Kordavision: The Man Who Shot Che Guevara

HolIday extravaganza
all the MovIes listed above are beiNg releaseD this weekend, rather than their customarY tuesday ingress into our lives. the Wait is almost ovEr. Many people (my self Included) are very excited that thiS SundaY is the winter sOlstice and then oUr dAys wiLl not be so shoRt and dark and wE cAn start getting taller again (Due to the chlorophYll that has been languishing in our bodies since winter began... oh, and the vitamin d... and the as yet unactivated human growth hormone.)

Did you know Salvador Dali put out a cookbook? Apparently it contains a recipe for a Venus de Milo of hard-boiled eggs (imagine the pleasure of biting into her yolky breast) but I don't understand enough french to read it. But there are pictures.

Dolly Parton has at least one cookbook too. All great Dali/dollys think alike, I suppose.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Coming Distractions December 16th, 2008

Movies are to the soul as 3 halved Maraschino Cherries are to a can of Fruit Cocktail:

Mamma Mia!
Louis C.K.: chewed up
The Wedding Director
Bangkok Dangerous
Swingtown - 1st Season
The Cheetah Girls: One World
Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
Teenage Angst
thomas pynchon - a journey into the mind of [p.]
Wesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock'N'Roll (Willis: "Back in 1991, I used to hit old people with folding chairs.")

Wednesday, December 17th we will be closing at 7 p.m. for our holiday staff party. If you worked here you'd be invited too!

Word of the week: Destinesia - Arriving at a location and then forgetting why you went there. Ex. I walked to the office and had an overwhelming sense of destinesia, so I wrote this blog entry.

Last Friday The New York Times posted an article about a Malaysian man who was shot for hogging the microphone at a karaoke bar.

"Karaoke rage is not unheard of in Asia. There have been several reported cases of singers being assaulted, shot or stabbed mid-performance, usually over how songs are sung.

Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” has reportedly generated so many outbursts of hostility that some bars in the Philippines now do not offer it on the karaoke menu anymore. In Thailand this year, a gunman shot eight people dead after tiring of their endless renditions of a John Denver tune." (The John Denver Tune: Take Me Home Country Roads.)

With that in mind, here are some movies in which karaoke appears in a way that either pleases or confuses me or that I have never seen:
Eat Drink Man Woman
Lost in Translation
True Stories
The Cable Guy

Challenge of the week: Create a narrative from these three pictures:

Britain on Top: Apparently the Brits are the most sexually promiscuous people in any large western nation, ahead of Australia, the US, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Coming Distractions December 9, 2008

The Grande Dames of Next Tuesday's Debut Ball:

Dark Knight
Horton Hears a Who!
Lost - 4th Season
Elephant Tales
Man on Wire
White Dog
Tate Modern/Alchemy of Building
Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras

Baz Luhrmann's latest film Australia just opened in theaters. One of the stars, David Gulpilil, is an Aborigine actor who has been a mainstay of Australian cinema since the 1970s. If Luhrmann's brand of epic romance isn't your cup of tea, may we suggest some other top-notch films from down under that all feature Gulpilil:
Ten Canoes
The Proposition
The Tracker
Rabbit-Proof Fence
The Last Wave

Milk opens on Friday the 12th, and Vermont Freedom to Marry and RU12 will be in attendance at the the 6:30 premiere at Cinema 9: so I highly suggest you rent the documentary Times of Harvey Milk beforehand (if you can get your paws on it--our copy is in deserved high demand.)

I know the six days between each blog post are long for you (cuz they're certainly long and lonely for me), so here's a heads up on another great local movie blog: Millie at the Pictures.