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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Film Festival

I am going to be hosting a comedy film festival for my friends in June and while I have a film for each decade from 1920 to 1990, I need a film that was made between 2000 and 2007. I reach out to you for your favorites, and the most voted for film will be the last film shown.
Some films I have thought of are "Best in Show" and "Reno 911:Miami!". What's your favorite?
 
Here is the rest of the lineup:
 
1920's: "The Gold Rush" (1925) Charlie Chaplin's comic masterpiece centers on the hardships of life on the Alaskan frontier. The Little Tramp plays a pathetic, lonely prospector who journeys to the Klondike hoping to discover gold and make his fortune. Instead, he gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia
 
1930's: "Duck Soup" (1933) The Marx Brothers are at their sidesplitting best in this raucous political satire, which teems with razor-sharp humor. Thanks to the patronage of well-heeled widow Mrs. Teasdale ( Margaret Dumont), Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) becomes dictator of the tiny country of Freedonia. When the ambassador of the bordering nation of Sylvania declares his love for Mrs. Teasdale, Firefly declares war. Chico, Harpo and Zeppo costar as spies and counterspies.
 
1940's: "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) Socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn ) prepares to remarry, but her ex (Cary Grant) and a tabloid reporter (Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner James Stewart) have other ideas as they converge on her home for a fateful visit. The three stars form an incomparable romantic triangle in one of the most tantalizing screwball romances ever.
 
1950's: "Some Like it Hot" (1959) With its transvestitism, palpable sex and murder, Billy Wilder's legendary screwball comedy reveals dark, hilarious roots. Musicians Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis accidentally witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and get out of town the only way they know how -- dressed as women. On the road to Florida with an all-girl band, they meet Sugar Kane ( Marilyn Monroe), and things start to heat up in this legendary farce.
 
1960's: "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964) In director Stanley Kubrick's blackly comedic send-up of the nuclear age, deranged American general Jack D. Ripper leads an attack against the Russians that sets the stage for Armageddon. In a series of virtuoso comic performances, Peter Sellers plays an impotent U.S. president, a harried British captain and an ex-Nazi bomb maker.
 
1970's: "Young Frankenstein" (1974) Shot in glorious black and white, writer-director Mel Brooks' finest work both parodies and salutes the 1930s Frankenstein movies. Co-writer Gene Wilder soars as mad scientist Frederich Frankenstein ("Fronkensteen!" he insists), with hilarious support from Marty Feldman as Igor, Peter Boyle as the monster, Teri Garr, and the late, great Madeline Kahn.
 
1980's: "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988) A crooked foursome commits the heist of the century and is about to get away ... until the London police arrest one of them. Can the three on the lam ( Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline) persuade their comrade's lawyer ( John Cleese) to reveal the stolen loot's location? Laugh-out-loud funny, A Fish Called Wanda explores the notion of "honor" among thieves.
 
1990's: "Office Space" (1999) In a film that takes plenty of jabs at the nihilism of corporate life, Ron Livingston plays office drone Peter Gibbons, who conspires with his cubicle cohorts to embezzle money from their soulless employers. With help and hindrance from those around him -- including the eminently quotable workplace nerd Milton Waddams ( Stephen Root) -- and the affection of waitress Joanna ( Jennifer Aniston), Gibbons may just find his sanity … and his revenge.
 
 2000's: What will it be???
 
*Thanks to Netflix for the film synopses.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Do boneheads get to go to Heaven?

Jerry Falwell died.
 
He didn't think that Jews or Muslims get to go to Heaven. The theory is that only those who have (say this with a southern accent) accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior are allowed in. Apparently you need a ticket, or something, that only Jesus can give you.
 
Jerry Falwell also wisely accused the United States for the attack on 9/11. That's like John Walsh being to blame that his son Adam was kidnapped and killed.
 
So now, that you may see what left our planet today, I leave you with some quotes from the man himself.
 
"If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being"
Damn you believers who did not need to be born again. Damn you for believing all along!
 
"AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals"
Cancer is not just God's punishment for evil televangelists; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates evil televangelists.
 
"Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them"
Well, he has a good point here.
 
Rest in pieces, Jerry.  

Mmmm, lunch!

I had a cheeseburger for lunch yesterday. When I was sixteen, I stopped eating red meat because I was skeeved out by finding various arteries and such in my food. I remember eating some (probably very cheap) piece of meat and basically flossing on a tendon. That was the end of that for me. But, 15 years later, a boy that I liked very much would eat everything. I went along for the ride and thusly had a cheeseburger for lunch yesterday.
One thing I do that I almost wish I didn't is closely examine my food. One time I was kind of glad I do, but generally one should just jam into one's gullet, chew and swallow and try not to think too hard about it.
The one time I was glad was when a group of us were having brunch at Bambule on Wisconsin Ave. in Washington, DC. I got some milk out of a huge vat for my cereal. I sat down and noticed some crazy little black dots. That's not normal. Usually milk is just plain white, not polka dotted. I fished out a black dot and let's just say it was alive and usually found on dead things. Nasty. We called the waiter over and he said he would get me more milk...out of the same vat. Um, no thanks. We called the manager who said that he was sorry. We complained more loudly and he refunded my meal. Er.. What about those at the table who'd actually ingested the milk with extra protein? Finally he comped the whole meal, but my issue was with the milk. I told him he needed to get rid of the milk and also let the people know. He refused. Refused! So as I left, I told all the people with milk not to drink it as strange things were afoot in there.
So yesterday I had a cheeseburger for lunch. I noticed all these little gristly things. I don't know if that is the norm with cheeseburgers, but I shrugged my shoulders and chowed on.