phamos: (gaydroopy)
OK, can we please discuss the ridiculous hotness of Demian Bichir, the guy who plays Nancy Botwin's drug lord boyfriend on Weeds?

Dear Jesus lord. So now, since the season is over and I can't watch him on my TV screen anymore, I've totally got to go watch that like seven-hour-long Che Guevara movie that Steven Soderbergh made. Cuz Bichir plays Castro. Dude. Castro WISHES. Bichir is so hot, just looking at him in costume made both of Castro's ex-wives spontaneously conceive children. And they're in their 70s!

My favorite fact from Demian Bichir's Wikipedia page?

Both of his parents, Alejandro Bichir and Maricruz Nájera, and brothers Odiseo and Bruno Bichir are also actors. The MTV Movie Awards-México created a special category "Mejor Bichir en una Película" ("Best Bichir in a movie") because of the many films the Bichir siblings act in every year.

For the record? His brothers are nowhere near as smoking-hot, and as such, Demian should win EVERY YEAR. They should also nominate him for the award "Mejor Bichir en mi Pantalones".
phamos: (brain poison)
This is a placeholder for the eventual post to come about how ridiculous it is to write a book that depends entirely on a convincing definition of "fascism" that ENTIRELY SKIPS OVER THE YEARS 1922-1943 IN ITALY UNDER MUSSOLINI. I mean, that's just STAGGERING. "Let's write a book about fascism but not mention what actually HAPPENED UNDER FASCIST RULE!" That's pretty much the most intellectually dishonest move I've ever seen in a piece of historical writing -- and I've read the whole neocon canon, so that's saying something!

I would like to rant about this further, but I must go to sleep. So I will try to post a longer rant tomorrow that will also discuss Jonah Goldberg's complete lack of irony and possibly a comparison of Sorel's "myth" with Plato's "noble lie" and Leo Strauss and Abram Shulsky and OSP/intelligence gathering/nous blah blah blah. Possibly. But probably not, because I haven't actually read any Sorel and that would make me as intellectually bankrupt and disingenuous as Mr. Goldberg -- probably I'll just post more rants about my cat's effect on my sinuses, or a deconstruction of the recent South Park parody of Heavy Metal, wherein I try to decipher how much of the boob-scenery was actually in the original movie. (I really should have watched more Bakshi while I was at Kim's.)

Also, Weeds is a good show. Romany Malco is hot -- but I think he might be kinda crazy in real life. That's the impression I got from the 40-Year-Old Virgin commentary track -- and obviously I should base all my judgments of human beings on how they come off when being peppered with vulgarisms by Seth Rogan.
phamos: (regent)
Patrick Swayze is reportedly dying of pancreatic cancer. Now, given, the source is the National Enquirer, but if it's true this is really, really sad. He's only 55. (We have the same birthday...28 years apart, but whatever.) And pancreatic cancer is really not a fun way to go.

I'm not a crazy Dirty Dancing fan like a lot of girls my age, but, you know...everybody loves this scene.

I'm wishing him good health.

ETA: Confirmed by Swayze's publicist. :(
phamos: (Default)
Wow. I ended up giving a lot of partial credit on this one, only somewhat arbitrarily.

Movie Meme Answers Below )
phamos: (Default)
I like Lydia's movie meme. So I'm going to do it myself. 15 quotes from my favorite movies -- point for movie title, point for character, half a point if you know the actor but not the character's name. Go!

1) And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!

2) What an incredible smell you've discovered!

more quotes below... )
phamos: (flat albert)
The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have returned to the airwaves after nine weeks of strike-induced absence. Neither host wanted to go back on the air without their writers, but their contracts left them with little choice. I watched the first episodes back of both shows. As we were watching them, Segev said, "Do you support the writers strike?" When I answered decisively in the affirmative, he snapped, "Well, then why the hell did you download these?" I explained that the Daily Show was already paid for, the money already long gone from the iTunes monthly pass I had purchased but not completed before the strike. The auto-renewal has now been turned off, but I'm going to watch the remaining 5 episodes relatively guilt-free. And the Colbert Report...that somehow mysteriously appeared on my hard drive. Maybe the Viacom fairy put it there; I don't know... Suffice it to say that the writers may not have received any income from my viewing of Monday night's Colbert Report, but neither did Sumner Redstone or Les Moonves. (And, to be perfectly honest, I feel absolutely zero guilt about this. The studios are going to have a hell of a time trying to prosecute intellectual property cases on internet downloads of TV shows if they've proclaimed that viewing an entire episode online is a "promotional use" [even when there are unskippable ads embedded] and therefore shouldn't result in residual payments to the writers. If the internet episode has no monetary value, what are you suing me for? Not to mention Betamax time-shifting blah-di-blah...I'm over it. Get your act together, AMPTP.)

So, anyway, the results of the first episodes were mixed. Jon Stewart was widely criticized for being kinda cranky about the fact that the WGA wouldn't break him off the same deal that Worldwide Pants got. I personally think that the Worldwide Pants deal was a bad strategic call on the part of the WGA. They're saying that it's a totally different case because Worldwide Pants owns the rights to Letterman's show, where as Busboy Productions doesn't own The Daily Show or The Colbert Report (Viacom does). But, you know, where I'm standing, CBS is getting ad revenues from Letterman the same way that Comedy Central gets ad revenues from Colbert. The difference really seems to be that The Daily Show has more cachet as a bargaining tool than Letterman does -- higher profile, I guess, what with John Oliver traipsing around New York with picket signs, being all British and cute. Obviously Jon was a little upset, because he wants his show to go back to normal, but he's very sympathetic to labor, and he knows how much he depends on his writers for material. (Last night's episode had a great bit where Jon quoted Cocoon and it flew right over the college-aged audience's head -- he said, "You know, without my writers all my references are going to be from the '80s. I can get up to about Breakfast Club, and then nothin'.") He's conflicted. So Jon's first episode back was a little rough, especially compared to Colbert. Colbert has a huge advantage -- he comes from an improv background, a rich and storied Second City improv background, and is much more able to just wing it than stand-up Jon. Colbert really can just pull stuff out of his ass and be funny at a moment's notice. It's kinda brilliant. But, as I've said before, although I'm a huge fan of Colbert himself, I'm not super fond of the show. Colbert-the-persona is a little hard for me to take in full half-hour doses. If the episodes were Aqua-Teen-sized, then I'd be totally up for it. 11 minutes of Colbert-larity, in and out, boom. But I cant do the full half hour. Which is sad, because half-hour shows are really only 21 minutes long. I have no attention span left.

Last night's Daily Show, however, was leaps and bounds better, and featured a music cue that made me laugh hysterically -- as a response to Hillary's total non-cry heard around the world, they did a montage of presidents and other celebrities crying set to "It's Alright to Cry" from Free To Be You And Me, ending with the classic shot of the Indian crying about pollution. Jon's cultural references really did top off somewhere in the mid-70s. I think Cocoon is actually pushing it, timeline-wise. But that montage totally made me want to download Free To Be You And Me and sing about how William Has A Doll and Parents Are People, People With Children, and listen to Marlo Thomas and Mel Brooks riff about gender roles. Awesome. (Speaking of Betamax...I HAD THAT on betamax! It was part of the Children's Video Library, which had an animated logo with balloons and a jaunty whistled tune. They also put out Benji movies on videotape. I miss my childhood so.) It looks like Hillary has learned the lesson Rosey Grier made clear all those years ago: It's alright to cry. Crying gets the sad out of you.
phamos: (davidcross)
David Cross defends his choice to star in Alvin and the Chipmunks:

I was too young to enjoy the original "Alvin and the Chipmunks" because I wasn't born yet. And I was too old to enjoy the later incarnation in the 80's, so it holds no precious memories for me to defile. If someone decided to re-make "Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang", (a movie I fucking LOVED when I was a kid) with the cast of "High School Musical" and Raven Symone giving voice to a now sassy CGI car with tits that sang about race relations I think that I would not care about that either. It's a waste of time and energy. I choose to care about other things that I believe are worth the investment of that kind of outrage, disappointment, and sense of urgency.


Aug. 28th, 2007 10:13 pm
phamos: (commence)
Does it make me a bad person that I enjoyed watching the Aqua Teen movie more than pretty much any other movie I've seen this year?

(Answer: Yes. Yes, I think it does. But I'm a sucker for Bruce Campbell, star wipes, and "In the Air Tonight". So it's kinda made just for me.)
phamos: (letmebeyoursong)
The five most perfect things created or performed by Jim Henson, in no particular order:

1. The Muppet Frog Prince. A lot of people may never have seen this, and it has yet to get a DVD release. I had the fact, I think we had TWO copies of the album, for some reason. It is one of three "Tales from Muppetland" that Henson did in the late '60s-early '70s, and it is perfectly wonderful and terrible entertaining through to the very end. (Although the prince that Robin turns into is disappointingly un-hot.)

2. The Harry Belafonte episode of the Muppet Show. I have raved about this on here before, so I will simply say that it is funny, uplifting, and completely beautiful -- the puppets created for the final number were the first puppets Henson did (or, actually, Faz Fazakas did, probably) that pushed the boundaries, as far as puppets-as-art, or puppets-as-cultural-commentary. And watching Fozzie almost crack Harry Belafonte up singing the Banana Boat song makes me happy.

3. The Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal. I just ordered the anniversary edition of this (which will be the third DVD iteration I have purchased -- damn them with their all-new interviews with Brian Froud and Kathryn Mullen and Brian Henson!), and I'm prepared to cry like a baby, as I do every time. "Heal the crystal."

4. "Dance Myself to Sleep", on Sesame Street. The rhythms of this song and sketch (including Frank Oz-as-Bert improving various staccato bursts of woe as sheep carry him out of his apartment) are permanently lodged in my brain. Runners up for Sesame Street sketches would be "Be My Echo" (Grover and Madeline Kahn) and "The Rhyming Game" (More Ernie and Burt, culminating in the brilliant line "Hey there lamp, that's a nice shade!")

5. The Minstrel song on Fraggle Rock. Beautiful. (Fraggle Rock runners up are Red and Boober, trapped in a rock collapse, singing "The Friendship Song", and "Come and Follow Me" which was in the first episode and has beautiful harmonies by the two most underrated muppeteers -- Jerry Nelson and Dave Goelz.)
phamos: (kyra)
Segev and I started watching The Wire last night, after a number of years of me telling Ryan to piss off every time he raved about it. I had rented the first disk when I worked at Kim's, watched the first scene, and thought it was totally overwrought and didn't bother to watch any further. But after hearing the reviews of season 4, I really, REALLY wanted to see it. So I figured I had to watch from the beginning to really get season 4. And Id o like it, quite a bit. I still think I'm going to be more interested in season 4, when they start dealing with the school system, rather than the first three seasons, which are pretty much concerned purely with cops (as I understand it). And the fifth season is going to deal a lot with the media, which is, of course, one of my main political interests. So I'm psyched for that. I've been spending a lot of time going, "Who is THAT actor? I know I've seen him before!" and then going to IMDB and finding out I'm wrong. It's a frustrating contrast to when we watched Hot Fuzz and I totally knew everyone in the cast. ("Dude, I knew I knew that mumbledy old man, that's FILCH!")
phamos: (Spoiler)
For some reason, while I read the climactic scene in Deathly Hallows, I kept thinking of the fight between the Dread Pirate Roberts and Inigo Montoya in Princess Bride. i.e. if William Goldman wrote Harry Potter, it would go something like this:

phamos: (Default)
So. I've realized something that was cut from the fifth movie that's going to backfire in the seventh.

Dungbombs...(spoilers) )

In other news, I have a t-shirt that's totally on its last legs. It's a Death t-shirt, circa "Time of Your Life", and it's way too big and basically crumbling. Not a flattering piece of clothing, but it's incredibly comfortable to just lounge around in, and I love the artwork on the front:

I've been thinking, though, that if I need to do another clothing purge before we move, I might have to chuck it. BUT NOT ANYMORE! Because today I went to the mailbox, and as I was bent over checking to make sure everything had been successfully deposited, I heard a quiet voice behind me say, "Nice Death shirt." It took me a second to realize the guy was talking to me, and as I stood up I said thank you, but he'd already walked on. And I was like, yes, it IS a nice Death shirt. And Death brings people together! (Like Moki, or Old Dirty Bastard.) So I'm keeping it, for now.
phamos: (nerd)
It's good to know Ebert basically liked the movie, but...this review makes me think that he's never actually watched an episode of the show.

I think we're going to see it tonight. Despite the phenomenal rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I am fully expecting it to both suck and blow. Can the movie live up to the first 9 years of awesomeness, instead of wallowing in the depths of the last 9 years of suckitude? We shall see. (I doubt it.)
phamos: (wedge)
Ha ha ha ha, I just read a comment over at fandom_wank that called Neville the Wedge Antilles of Harry Potter. I suddenly understand why I love Neville so damn much! (I still contend that Luke Skywalker tampered with Wedge's ship so that Wedge had to pull out and Luke could blow up the Death Star and get all the love. Totally bogus.)

And, for everyone's enjoyment, here's a picture of Neville out-hotting the Weasley twins.

phamos: (straightforward)
Oh, Entertainment Weekly. You've got to love a magazine that follows a puff propaganda piece about the Transformers movie with a solemn profile of Joyce Carol Oates and a rapturous tribute to Xanadu. The cognitive dissonance is too much for my brain to take on a Friday night.
phamos: (regent)

to THIS?

My brain is no longer functioning properly.
phamos: (wangchungorillkickyourass!)
We watched Dreamgirls tonight. I'm going to have t-shirts made up for Dawnn Lewis and John Krasinski that say "I had a walk-on role in Dreamgirls and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." I mean, seriously, why even bother to put Jaleesa Vincent in your movie if she's not going to get any lines? (At least she got higher billing than Urkel.)

"Hi, I'm Denise, you must be 26!"
phamos: (henson)
New Favorite Wiki: Wookiepedia

Old Favorite Wiki: Lostpedia

All-time Favorite WIki: Muppet Wiki

I am a dork.
phamos: (bruce)
I went to see Grindhouse tonight with Destinee. It was pretty frickin' sweet, and I'm so glad I got to see it in a theater -- I figure they're going to pull it soon and split it into two movies. Which will be a real shame. I don't think the Tarantino movie could stand on its own as a film, regardless of how awesome the final 10 minutes are. And they are pretty awesome. So, if you guys have a chance to see it before it leaves theaters, you should go. And remember -- there are two films! People in our theater left after the Rodriguez half, not realizing they'd only gotten half of a double bill. (Also, Freddy Rodriguez and Naveen Andrews are a great pair of tiny hot men. The chicks are pretty smokin', too -- even Fergie!)
phamos: (excited)
I'm glad Kumar is getting so much work.


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