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65daysofstatic

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First up, there's a fine line between experimental rock, math rock and just lots of noise. 65daysofstatic fit snugly in the good portion of that particular Venn diagram. And I was wondering what this track might look like live: "Safe Passage" from last year's Wild Light. Sort of insane and majestic all at once. (Amazon: CD; MP3; Vinyl. Official site.)
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By |March 17th, 2014|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #152: Weekend, Business & Cheekbones

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck. It's the podcast that wants Jesus Chicken and will act gay if it makes you uncomfortable. Just on general principles. It neither condones homophobia or CGI tongues. For the record. This podcast was engineered--some might say over-engineered--by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

Loom!

Agenda:

  • Chick-Fil-A: Drag queens, pickles & strategy
  • Aaron knows things. 'Cause he tumbles.
  • Leigh, eating waffle fries with dwarves
  • Book of Mormon
  • Rox's iPad 3 Review
  • Homeless people vs. hobos
  • Scott's business, looming in the air
  • Rock Lobster!
  • Doctor Who's companion
  • The Fucked With Factor
  • Leigh's pride
  • Where's the Real Rox?
  • Morning in Ireland
  • Happy hours and car bombs
  • The Dark Shadows trailer
  • Kidlet update
  • Tim Burton's Three's Company
  • The Munsters
  • Tim Burton's Diff'rent Strokes
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    By |March 23rd, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Retro Fu Theatre Presents: Buddha's Palm!

    Buddha's Palm 1964

    When we can find something worthy of your attention, something we feel will kickstart your Monday (and the rest of the week) properly, we put it here. It's sorbet for your mind.

    How could I resist this: part of the 1964 serial Buddha's Palm, which is drenched in so much awesome, it's ridiculous. A budget of early series Doctor Who proportions. One of the most echo-y soundstages ever. And there's nothing wrong with shooting fight scenes on a soundstage...but--let's just put it this way--don't hire more henchmen than your set can support. And if you do...adjust before shooting. Because I think we've just discovered a new cinematic malady: Henchmen Cram.

    Lastly, the wuxia style of battle has come a long way when you consider one of the high points in this looks like an 8-bit video game. All of this makes this snippet ridiculously awesome. Enjoy.
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    By |November 7th, 2011|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

    Win Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on Blu-Ray!

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Blu-Ray

    It's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, hitting Blu-Ray (with a DVD in a combo pack setup) from Fox on November 1st. Here's what they have to say for themselves:

    Growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun, My Sassy Girl) are brought together in a Laotong friendship--a lifelong bond between two women who rely on each other for companionship and comfort. Amid the civil unrest and gender discrimination of the era, the pair deals with life's hardships together until they are separated by marriage and childbirth. As sworn sisters, however, the women continue to communicate through the secret Chinese language of nushu, hiding their stories and messages within the folds of delicate silk fans.

    In present day Shanghai, the Laotong's descendants Nina (also played by Li) and Sophia (also played by Jun) struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers and complicated love lives. Drawing on lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection or risk losing one another forever. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in the notion of love, hope and friendship.

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    By |October 17th, 2011|Contests|0 Comments

    Win Mao's Last Dancer on DVD!

    Mao's Last Dancer DVD

    It's Mao's Last Dancer, hitting DVD from our friends at Fox. Here's what they have to say for themselves:

    Experience the cultural phenomenon of one of the year's most talked about independent films as MAO'S LAST DANCER arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on May 3rd from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Based on an inspiring true story, this emotionally powerful crowd-pleaser follows the journey of an ambitious Chinese dancer as he leaves his homeland to follow his dreams and risks his life for love. Based on Li Cunxin's bestselling autobiography of the same name, MAO'S LAST DANCER is the fascinating and epic tale of Li Cunxin, a peasant boy from rural China who beats impossible odds to become a world-renowned ballet dancer. Through breathtaking talent and sheer determination, Li makes his way to the United States, but when he falls in love with an American woman, he must risk everything to remain in the land of the free. Helmed by two-time Oscar® Nominee Bruce Beresford* (Driving Miss Daisy and Tender Mercies), MAO'S LAST DANCER will stir the soul and leave you cheering!

    We've got two copies of the DVD to give away. Want to win one? Excellent. Here's how that happens: you enter using the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it! Good luck!
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    By |April 27th, 2011|Contests|0 Comments

    Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: A Clown, Some Broccoli & Hair Tigers

    Bimbo the Clown

    Each week we try to find some key bits of video that will simply make your brain stop. Because let's face it: if you're working a day job, your brain will sometimes hinder rather than help you. Or perhaps you do need your brain...we can at least numb it to the point where the rest of the week will make a helluva lot more sense after you watch this stuff.

    First up, this is from a beloved Canadian children's show. Some of you may have fond memories from it. Personally, I first thought I was watching some kind of bizarre surreal performance art. It never seems content with a single level of weirdness--it's like a weirdness overachievement.
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    By |August 16th, 2010|Mental Sorbet|3 Comments

    Our Life With The Hellhound: Month One

    We've been wanting a Hellhound around the Needcoffee compound for some time, and finally this summer, we began looking for the perfect one. While a fully grown hellhound would be cool to have, we thought it best to get a puppy so we could start training the hound early. After all, a hundred pound toothy mammal that doesn't know how to behave and knows where you sleep...can be problematic, to say the least.

    We also wanted to get a mix breed--not only to save money and because "pure breeds" just seem so terribly frou-frou--but also because pure bred dogs have the potential for all manner of genetic problems. Saint Bernards are awesome beasts, but reading the laundry list of stuff that could go wrong with them is just sad.

    So after endless hours looking at Petfinder and other local rescue sites online, then meeting quite a few puppy candidates, we either hadn't felt a true connection with anyone, or else they were adopted before we got to meet them (yay!). And then, late one night in May, we stumbled upon two puppies that needed a home on the Adopt A Pet website.

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    By |July 5th, 2009|Stimuli|3 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Wednesday, December 24, 2008

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader book cover art

  • Dawn Treader has no Disney. Hollywood Reporter does an analysis of the situation fairly well, showing that the Narnia franchise is on a downward slope and Disney feels like it's time to get while the getting's good. Of course, what they leave out is that the reason Lion did well as compared to Caspian is that fool us once shame on you, fool us twice shame on us. Your Caspian audience, I think, were the kids who just didn't know any better. But of course, Hollywood, since it can't accept responsibility when it fucks up something, will simply show this as waning interest in fantasy flicks for kids. Morons.
  • Clive Owen will star in Cartagena a story about the fit hitting the shan for an undercover agent who's in the middle of the Colombian drug cartel scene. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Interesting. Rather than screw around with the censors and so forth in China, Warner Brothers just isn't releasing Dark Knight in China. Which means that those who haven't already purchased a pirated copy in that country will now. Source: Variety.
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    By |December 24th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    Don Cheadle

  • Don Cheadle is Rhodey in Iron Man 2. Apparently talks with Terrence Howard just didn't work out. So far, it looks like everybody else is coming back. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit is being revived on Broadway, starring Christine Ebersole, Rupert Everett and Angela Lansbury. Lansbury is in the role of Madame Arcati. Performances start in February. I would love to see Lansbury perform. Source: Variety.
  • Steve Martin, or what's left of him, is joining Alec Baldwin to play rivals for the affections of Meryl Streep in an untitled romantic comedy. Nancy Meyers wrote and will helm, just like she did for Something's Gotta Give. Source: Variety.
  • Mulan is getting adapted. Your first two guesses will probably be Broadway and a live-action adaptation. You're correct on the latter, although it will be based on the original legend and not the Disney film, and will be made by a partnership of Xinhua Media and China Film Group, which is steered by the Chinese government. It will shoot this spring. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    By |October 14th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: Ernest Borgnine, Acting Machine

    Ernest Borgnine

  • Jordan Ladd and Sally Kellerman will star in The Wishing Well for the Hallmark Channel. Do you need to know that? No. What you need to know is that also on board is Ernest Borgnine and this will be his 200th movie. He was in The Black Hole. He was in The Wild Bunch. He was in The Dirty Dozen. And if that wasn't enough, he was co-pilot of Airwolf. Ernest Fucking Borgnine, ladies and gentlemen. 200 movies to his name, still working. Hell yes. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Absolutely Fabulous is going to attempt to be Americanized. Fox is working on it. Jennifer Saunders is on board as one of the executive producers. It will be based in L.A. "but retain the basic template of the original, revolving around the friendship of two boozy, over-40 best friends who are desperate to stay hip and youthful and who carry on under the disapproving eye of Edina's teenage daughter, Saffy." You may commence betting whether the pilot ever airs and how many episodes it will last...startiiiing...now. Source: Variety.
  • Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has its queens: Anne Hathaway is White, Helena Bonham Carter is Red. Not bad. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    By |October 7th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments