About HTQ4

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far HTQ4 has created 126 blog entries.

Cruellest Month #1: The Raven (A New Translation)

Edgar Allan Poe stamp

So we return to yet another April and yet another National Poetry Month. Just like last year, we’re going to be posting a new poetry recording each day. Some of it will be original. Some of it will be classic material. Some of it will be classic material presented in an entirely new way.

We’re leading off our first poem this year with Edgar Allan Poe‘s “The Raven.” Yes, we’ve showcased it before. Read by James Earl Jones, Vincent Price and Christopher Walken. I’ve even taken a crack at it.

But this something different. Our own Tee Quillin did a straight reading of it and handed it to one of his college classes as an assignment and said, “Do something with this.” Michael Blevins answered the challenge with a new translation of the classic piece that is…well, NSFW for language. We enjoyed it so much we asked for permission to lead off this year with it and we got it. So. Enjoy.

[audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.needcoffee.com/podcasts/raven-translated.mp3]

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here.

We kicked off last year with Tennyson and “Ulysses.”
(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T22:42:25+00:00 April 1st, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|1 Comment

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: A Non-Review

Megan Fox in Transformers

First of all, for the record, let me say that I have not seen the new Transformers sequel. I’m aware of the hype and I did see the first one. Thankfully, this is not a review of the new movie. It’s a review of a couple of the reviews I’ve read for that movie.

In the early, pre-dawn hours of the morning this morning, I rolled over and picked up my Blackberry to catch a glimpse of the headlines. There’s always something there that will help lock your eyeballs open for the day. This day, it was the absolute idiocy of a couple of movie reviews that was able to get me from the bed to the coffee pot.

The first review I read was by Tom Charity on CNN.com. The second was by Joe Morgenstern on the Wall Street Journal Online.

(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:01:50+00:00 June 25th, 2009|Stimuli|6 Comments

Tarzan (1999) – DVD Review

Tarzan (1999) DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Henry Mayo, David Reynolds, based on the novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima
Starring Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Brian Blessed, Nigel Hawthorne, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, Alex D. Linz and Rosie O’Donnell

Features:

  • Terk’s Tree Surfing Challenge – 3 All New Games
  • DisneyPedia: Living in the Jungle
  • Deleted Scenes including Alternate Opening
  • Filmmaker’s Audio Commentary
  • All-New Music Video featuring The Wildly Popular Everlife
  • Music Videos featuring Phil Collins and ‘N Sync

Released by: Disney Home Entertainment
Rating: G
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Skip it.

(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:32:00+00:00 May 2nd, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) – DVD Review

Herbie Fully Loaded DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on characters by Gordon Buford
Directed by Angela Robinson
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, Breckin Meyer, Justin Long

Features:

  • Director Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Title Opening
  • A Day at the Races
  • Breaking the Rules: The Stunts from Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Lindsay Lohan Music Video: “First”

Released by: Disney Home Entertainment
Rating: G
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it

(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:32:12+00:00 April 27th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

24: The Complete Second Season (2004) – DVD Review

Film:
DVD:

Series Created by: Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran
Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Sarah Wynter, Sarah Clarke, Elisha Cuthbert, Xander Berkeley, Dennis Haysbert

Features:

  • Original extended version of the series premiere
  • Cast/crew running audio commentary on selected episodes
  • 44 branched deleted scenes with optional commentary track
  • Featurettes: “On the Button: The Destruction of CTU”; “Making of an Episode: Production”; “Making of an Episode: Post-Production”
  • Multi-angle studies: Scene 1, Scene 2

Released by: Fox.
Region: 1
Rating: NR (some violence may be unsuitable for young audiences)
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own it.

Jack Bauer (Sutherland) has been out of the counter-terrorist business for about a year now. He got out of said business because one of his fellow agents killed his wife while he was trying to save president Palmer’s (Haysbert) life. Well, this particular morning, the NSA has uncovered a plot to detonate a nuclear bomb over Los Angeles sometime before the end of the day. Jack Bauer’s life gets a lot more complicated when the president requests that he be re-activated as an agent to head up the field work for this investigation.

(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:34:59+00:00 March 13th, 2007|Reviews, TV|0 Comments

Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999) – DVD Review

Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written & Directed by Jeff Abugov
Starring Mackenzie Astin, Carmen Electra, David Hyde Pierce, Lucy Liu, Markus Redmond

Features:

  • Running audio commentary by writer/director Abugov

Released by: Columbia Tristar.
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it to see it at least once.

Have you ever wondered about how there got to be so many human beings on such a tiny little planet? Well, wonder no more! This documentary by an alien anthropologist (Pierce), takes a look at just what makes these simple creatures tick, and more importantly, what makes them tick so often. He follows one human female, known among other of her species as Jenny (Electra), and one human male, also known as Billy (Astin) and follows their relationship from courting to sexual intercourse to marriage to the birth of their resulting offspring. As you will see, there is much more to a human relationship than meets the ocular nerve endings.

(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:35:01+00:00 March 11th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Leap of Faith (1992) – DVD Review

Leap of Faith DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Janus Cercone
Directed by Richard Pearce
Starring Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas, Meat Loaf, and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released by: Paramount
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Eh, rent it if there’s nothing else.

Jonas Nightingale (Martin) is a faith healer and he’s a good one. There’s only little problem. He’s only in it for the money. The only faith he has is for the suckers who fill his tent every night to receive salvation. He travels across the county with his tour bus and tractor trailer rigs full of equipment looking for places to set up his tent and separate people from their money. His team has got this down to a science. The ushers who are seating people are writing down little bits of information that they overhear and pass them along back to Jane (Winger) who is connected to Jonas via a wireless speaker that he wears in his ear during the show. She passes along the information to make it look like Jonas is actually communicating with the Holy Spirit. The local sheriff (Neeson), who also has a thing for Jane, is on to Jonas and vows to shut him down one way or another. All of their lives are changed when a little boy with bad legs (Haas) sets foot on the stage and is really healed.

(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:35:32+00:00 March 2nd, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

Hidalgo (2004) – DVD Review

Hidalgo DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by John Fusco
Directed by Joe Johnston
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, Louise Lombard, and Saïd Taghmaoui

Features:

  • “Sand and Celluloid” making-of featurette
  • “America’s First Horse” enhanced computer featurette

Released by: Touchstone Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it.

Frank Hopkins (Mortensen) is a Pony Express rider whose best friend is his horse, Hidalgo. Hopkins and Hidalgo have earned a national reputation for being champions of endurance races in the late 1800s. While he’s performing with Buffalo Bill Cody’s (J.K. Simmons) Wild West Show, his reputation is picked up by a Sheik (Sharif) who challenges them to race the 3,000 mile race across the deserts of the Middle East. They accept the challenge. Along the route of the race, they are challenged with bands of raiders who are very proud of their pure-bred horses and look down upon the infidel and his mixed-breed horse from America. They take this race and their breeding rights very seriously–enough to kill men and horses to make sure they win the race.

(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:35:35+00:00 February 25th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

The Century of Warfare (1994) – DVD Review

The Century of Warfare DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Produced by Philip Nugus and Jonathan Martin
Narrated by Robert Powell

Released by: The History Channel
Rating: NR (some warfare footage inappropriate for younger audiences)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Find some wet paint to watch dry instead

The 20th Century saw some amazing changes to the way that we wage war. Needless to say, we became more and more efficient at killing one another regardless of the justification. This documentary focuses on those changes and goes from one major war to another, spanning the globe.

Sadly, this is one of the most boring things I have ever seen. It’s organized very well, but it’s a bit like watching someone’s doctoral thesis in world history. The first episode sets up the rest of the episodes nicely, lining up what we are going to be watching for the next twenty-six hours. It seems to contain every scrap of stock footage from every major battle since WWI and is not shy about showing you every last second of this footage. Powell’s narration is some of the most mind numbingly boring that I’ve ever heard. It’s not just his fault–no, the writing for this documentary is the aural equivalent of an watching houseflies mate.

(more…)

By | 2017-09-24T23:35:41+00:00 February 17th, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments