RIP: Peter O'Toole

Peter OToole

Peter O'Toole died over the weekend, apparently after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

I understand he was in damn near everything--and was working right up to the end, it seems--and I know he's best known for playing the title character in Lawrence of Arabia. But for me, I had the most fun with O'Toole in two roles. One was Alan Swann in My Favorite Year from 1982. It's criminally underviewed but has him playing a hard-drinking swashbuckling actor ("I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!") trying to be kept under control by Mark Linn-Baker. Think of it as a predecessor to Get Him to the Greek.

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By |December 16th, 2013|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #207: It's a Wonderful Life of Blinding Rage

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that lights an angel on fire every time Serv opens a beer. Which explains global warming.

Edith Piaf: Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Agenda:

  • Inexplicable Mazes & Monsters sequel
  • ScottC as a yardstick (quiet, Scott)
  • The Website of Doom (which doesn't load) attempts to review us (also, non-loading)
  • The Hawkins Six-Pack Challenge
  • Rasta Jack Frost
  • Virtual tour of Spazhouse
  • The Euro Jokes
  • The Non-Euro Jokes
  • Dumb crooks in Mexico
  • Walking Dead and SPOILERS
  • Smell the mimeograph
  • J.J. and the Phantom Bridge
  • AfterBAD
  • Korea and the Catholics
  • Wrestling 101
  • Eli Roth, animated
  • Bad movies
  • iPad comparisons
  • Voyagers!
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    By |December 13th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Wayhomer Review #168: Homefront (2013)

    Jason Statham in Homefront

    It's Episode #168 for Homefront, in which our protagonist should break into a chorus of "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" but doesn't. Also, a discussion of the punch to silliness ratio and how James Franco can be the Matter Eater Lad of scenery.
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    By |December 13th, 2013|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

    Liszt's Music Gets The Black Phoenix Treatment

    Miskatonic Valley Philharmonic logo
    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has quite a reputation of turning pantheons, poetry, and pop culture into remarkable scents. But one area seems to have missed this fragrant treatment: music. But now through a collaboration with the Miskatonic Valley Philharmonic, Black Phoenix has made an accompanying perfume line with an opening performance featuring the innovative (and morbid) composer, Franz Liszt.

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    By |December 10th, 2013|Headsup|0 Comments

    Headsup: Roasting Celebrities With Dino

    Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Complete Collection

    Ah, the roast. The comedic tribute to someone doing honor to them by trying to tear down them and everyone around them. Normally it's all done in fun, so nobody gets seriously offended. You've probably seen the Comedy Central Roasts of people like William Shatner, Joan Rivers and James Franco. Before the more bawdy and off the chart comments of those programs, we had the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. They were more restrained on profanity and blue-ness, but wilder in other ways. More on that in a moment.

    The main thing here is that StarVista, the people who brought you that massive Carol Burnett set most recently, have turned their eye to Martin's mayhem and released the Complete Collection. It's fifty-four unedited roasts across twenty-five (count em) DVDs. It's ginormous, but it's worth considering because this is TV history here, folks.

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    By |December 9th, 2013|Headsup|0 Comments

    Make the Bad Men Stop: DragonCon 2013

    For your dancing and dining pleasure...if you've never been to the madness that is a Make the Bad Men Stop panel at DragonCon, then this video will be like you were actually there. Aaron Poole (who also used his Magical Orb of Editing to create this video) will explain all. Thanks to Unique Geek, Ltd for filming this mayhem at this year's DragonCon. Enjoy.

    By |December 6th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #167: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland in Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    It's Episode #167 for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in which our protagonist enjoys a bit of good old fashioned evil, tries to figure out what exactly is missing and why the fire didn't catch a lot faster.
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    By |December 4th, 2013|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

    Win The Wobbit! (Not a Typo)

    Wobbit by National Lampoon

    It's The Wobbit: A Parody by National Lampoon. It's "the sequel to the parody of the sequel to the prequel to The Lord of the Rings." It's out from Touchstone. Here's what they have to say for themselves:

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    By |December 3rd, 2013|Contests|0 Comments

    'Almost Human' Recaps: The Pilot

    Almost Human: Karl Urban and Michael Ealy

    Remember that time when I watched the first three episodes of the American remake of Being Human, in order to give it a chance and try my hardest not to vomit? No? Well it's a thing I did. Now, in the effort of moving up and through the alphabet, I'm going to do the same with the new show from JJ Abrams and series creator J.H. Wyman, on FOX: Almost Human.

    Why? Because, as I said elsewhere, I'm more than a little wary about this show, not least because of the title which is, in itself, indicative of network's perception of the audience as unable and unwilling to attempt to understand the position, motivations, and desires of a non-human agent. We want our AI to either already be somewhat humanesque (see J.A.R.V.I.S.), or to seek to be human but maybe never achieve it (see Star Trek's Data, and below), but we really don't do well with AI which have not only instances of, but even their own Types of goals and desires.

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    By |November 29th, 2013|Stimuli|5 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #206: And a Tuba Full of Cranberry Sauce

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that is holding a Black Friday sale like no other: 15% off all bullshit if you just say the phrase that pays. That phrase is, of course, "Who set the weasels in my pants on fire?"

    Simply orange

    Agenda:

  • Rox and the Ring
  • The Hunger Games update
  • Creepy oranges by way of Canada
  • Awkward cans of worms
  • Thirteen years from now, oh shit
  • The Price is Right With Jesus
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Sequined lizards
  • Agents of SHIELD
  • Bigfoot...still not found
  • Spontaneous shoe size discussion
  • Leigh, portable
  • The Day of Discussing The Day of The Doctor
  • The Doctor Who Adventure Hour
  • An Adventure in Which We Discuss An Adventure in Space and Time
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    By |November 29th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment