Widge's Favorite Music of 2012, Part 1: The Singles

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Okay, first: what is this? Am I mental? Have I forgotten what year it is? Answer: sometimes, but not today. So. Here's something that's always bothered me.

Every time I compiled a list of "The Best" of some year, it nagged at me: well, I haven't seen every movie or listened to every song or read every book...how the hell can I honestly say this is what I consider to be the best, when it's really "the best of what I managed to consume"? And when you do that for a given year, you're screwing some stuff that came out in December, or some stuff that didn't rise high enough to make it on your radar.

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By |July 14th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Constantine: Fear, Loathing and Leaked Pilots

Constantine

So, the pilot for Constantine--NBC's live-action adaption of DC Comics' HellBlazer--leaked to the internet, as was bound to happen, and it is…certainly a pilot. The bad notes aren't insurmountable, and the good will hopefully be built-upon, because the sooner they recognise and correct their issues as well as reinforce their strengths, the better off we'll all be.

Story starts with John Constantine having checked himself into Ravenscar Sanitarium after having caused the gruesome death of a young girl named Astra. He's ranting and railing at the head psych there, talking about a girl's soul being damned to Hell and dragged off by a demon. And so of course the lead doctor tells him "There's no such thing as demons!" Our John's reply?

"So you keep telling me. Now make me believe it!"

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By |July 3rd, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Goulash

Random bits of things I wanted to share. Because I love you. Yes, you.

1) The Rox of Spazhouse North American Tour rolls on. If you want to see photos from her ongoing journeys (and believe me, you do), you can check out her Flickr, her Instagram, and she's also started a Facebook page for the tour itself.

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By |June 27th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Isabella Rossellini Is One Hot Mamma

It was bound to happen. Isabella Rossellini, making so many web series about animal sex, has finally made a web series about the consequences of all that animal shagging: getting pregnant and having babies. As the Sundance Channel website describes the series:

Featuring fantastical costumes and weirdly delightful enactments, the actress writes, directs and slips into the role of animal mothers, examining the different ways their maternal instinct is put into action in nature.

A lot of people are going to think Mammas is boring, especially compared to the kinky depraved variety of animal sexuality featured in her previous series. But those people just don't know Isabella. She amuses, surprises, and even shocks, but never disappoints. With her characteristic whimsy, she depicts acts of deceit, child abandonment, cannibalism--and more--all in the name of the children.

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By |May 9th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Coffee, Your Best Friend When it Comes to Project Crunch Time

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Greetings, programs. I've been meaning to get an update posted but something has been kicking my arse. More on that in a moment.

First up, unfortunately I believe the Captain America: Winter Soldier Wayhomer that I did shoot is unusable. As testament to why I need a different car mount (see my Thor: Dark World review for that fun), the damn thing fell and, while I tried to carry on as best I could, between that and the parking garage I was trying to find my way out of, I was thrown--and the result is neither entertaining nor informative. I may eventually do something with the footage or may be able to work it into a cohesive review, but that will take time. We'll see. Sorry about that. But I hope to have [...]

By |April 22nd, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

Scarlett Johansson is Luc Besson's "Lucy," and I'll Have What She's Having

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy

I would like to have a serious chat with Ms Scarlett Johansson about her choices over the past four years.

First it was Black Widow, the expertly trained spy/assassin who runs around with a bunch of genetically-, magically-, or cybernetically-enhanced individuals...

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By |April 3rd, 2014|Stimuli|2 Comments

Crisis on Infinite Cards

So like many of you, we enjoy playing Cards Against Humanity. It's horrible, it's wrong, it's like Mad Libs reworked by Eli Roth, and it's terrific fun to watch two generations of a family playing it. (Trust me. Hee-larious.) We have all the expansion packs as well. We even bought the unofficial, unauthorized, uninterested-in-paying-for-your-therapy Crabs Adjust Humidity expansion sets.

Like many of you as well, we can't help but think of our own cards (and, indeed, blank cards are provided for you to vent your unholy misbegotten spleen upon). I started thinking along the lines of a common theme--comic books, mostly of the Big Two/spandex variety--and once I got started, I couldn't stop. I'm very sorry. But here's the result. Feel free to use where and how you see fit.

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By |March 28th, 2014|Stimuli|4 Comments

Who's Robert Redford in "Winter Soldier"? The Sundance Kid. No, Really.

Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

When the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer first hit, one of the weirdest things for me was watching Robert Redford and Nick Fury shake hands. And everybody was talking about The Sundance Kid (Redford's classic role alongside Paul Newman--kids, ask your parents) being in the cast of the film. But it struck me: I wonder if that could literally be the case?

In life as in the film (and sorry about spoilers, but Jesus, it's historical and the film's been out since 1969), Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were both likely killed by the Bolivian Army in 1908. But there's been loads of speculation as to whether or not they actually died there. There's more than one theory out there about one or both of them surviving. (See the film Blackthorn for a fairly badass "Butch survived" setup.)

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By |March 26th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

A Valentine's Day Lesson in Flirting

Idris Elba posing for Graham Norton

Sometimes you need a relationship intervention via text. And there's few better people to facilitate this than Lena Dunham (HBO's Girls) and Idris Elba, while on a recent episode of Graham Norton's show from across the pond. I honestly think they need to spin this off into its own show: Graham nabs phones from the audience and a random panel of guests "assists" the phone owner. I would watch the hell out of that. Happy Valentine's Day, you horde of lunatics.

Thanks to Rob for the headsup.

By |February 14th, 2014|Stimuli|0 Comments

In Remembrance of Harold Sunshine

Harold Sunshine

In remembrance of our behind the scene supporter (really, he kept me on top of watching all the shows I reported on and movies--in fact he would ask if I had my recommendations and topics for podcast night), we repost my reading of "Casey at the Bat." He was a major baseball fan and also taught literature and the humanities, so I went to him for help with the poem's cadence and inflections when I recorded this for National Poetry Month. In addition, he knew the importance of Need Coffee and DragonCon to me. He was a veritable Charlie from Charlie's Angels.

Harold Sunshine
February 3, 1935 - October 29, 2013

By |February 1st, 2014|Stimuli|1 Comment