Sunday, June 19, 2005

So a rabbi walks into a bar with a talking mongoose on his shoulder ... The New York Times writes an obituary for "The Joke". No, seriously. Very seriously. All kidding aside.
  • By the way, the punchline is ... "and at these prices, you won't get many more."


Posted: 11:06 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Young Dictators in Love. Not many people realize this, but young messrs. Hitler and Mussolini once shared a swinging bachelor pad.


Posted: 10:27 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Young Dictators in Love, part two. This episode explains why Hitler hated Jews, and also why he had such a silly little moustache. Same reason, actually.


Posted: 10:26 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Washington Post Feature: Watergate and the Two Lives of Mark Felt


Posted: 10:17 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

FilmJerk's Early Report for June 19


Posted: 10:15 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

"The complete soundtrack to Super Mario World, covered by one man using dozens of instruments. Roughly in game order, faithful to the originals, with some bizarre artistic license thrown around. A private hobby made public."


Posted: 10:13 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Here's the trailer for Dorian Blues, a film about a gay guy "coming out."


Posted: 10:08 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

The Caped Crusader couldn't save Hollywood, so they have to turn to the box office magic of Jane Austen. Here's the trailer for the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice. Setting aside my cynicism for a minute, I have to say that the photography is impressive, and Keira looks adorable. The release date is late September.


Posted: 10:06 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

George Bushisms linked from a flash animation. Some were new to me. I loved number 21, in which the President says he can improve the economy by removing the terriers! I always knew those little rascals were communist infiltrators, especially those Jack Russell Terriers. Jack Russell, my ass. Ivan Russki is more like it!


Posted: 9:59 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Experimentation with photorealistic painting. It is virtually indistinguishable from photography. In fact, the two are indistinguishable unless the painter tells you about the areas he needs to work on, as this guy did.


Posted: 9:52 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

The Sexual Kung-Fu Institute


Posted: 9:49 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

New Quantum model 'permits time travel'.
  • They may be scientists, but I'm afraid these lads are missing a few decimal points on their calculators.


Posted: 9:46 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Here is a useful tool: Strip and view images from any open directory or image board.
  • That link goes to a sample of what it does, using the images directory of the French naturism site listed below. The actual URL for the tool itself is here.


Posted: 9:37 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Retro nudism galleries from France. Some of the pictures in "humor" are pretty darned entertaining.


Posted: 9:27 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Check out this ad: Durex condoms say "Happy Father's Day"


Posted: 9:22 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Borowitz: EVEN SCIENTOLOGISTS CALL TOM CRUISE "TOO WEIRD"
  • "Elsewhere, a new poll shows that less than half of all Americans approve of the way Dick Cheney is handling President Bush’s job."


Posted: 9:20 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Miss America Pageant: no date, no TV contract. Is it just a stumbling block, or the end of an era?


Posted: 9:17 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Weekend Box Office - June 17-19, 2005 - Batman Begins Weakly.
  • Despite Hollywood's best hopes to the contrary, moviegoers treated the new Caped Crusader movie as just another good flick, not an event. It did less than Brangelina did last weekend. Despite many good reviews and some outright encomiums, its five day total was about equal to the three day prediction. Warrior's prediction may have been too optimistic, but in fact, Batman Began about the same as Madagascar and The Longest Yard. Yikes!
  • Batman Began with the lowest per screen revenues in the history of the franchise. Batman Begins averaged $12.2k per screen; Batman $18.5; Batman Returns $17.3; Batman Forever $18.6; and even the much-reviled Batman and Robin, $14.6.
  • The other new release, The Perfect Man, limped into seventh place with box office performance to match its poor reviews.
  • None of the holdovers really picked up the slack, although Star Wars was two million above the Warrior's estimate. The lame performance of the new entries left the top ten group an alarming 15% below the prediction.
  • The weekend was below last year for the 17th straight week (tying the all-time record slump), and ticket sales for the year are 9% below last year.



Movie TitleWarrior PredictionActualDiff. %
Batman Begins $69.7$46.9-33
Mr. and Mrs. Smith $26.0$27.3+5
Madagascar $10.5$11.1+6
The Perfect Man $8.3$5.5-34
Star Wars Episode III $7.6$9.7+28
The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl $7.5 $6.6-12
The Longest Yard $7.3$8.0+10
Cinderella Man $5.4 $5.2-4
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants $3.3 $3.2-3
The Honeymooners $2.6 $2.60


Posted: 8:54 PM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

The reviews are finally in for The Perfect Man.
  • As I warned, the lack of pre-screening was a big red flag. This film did not score the coveted 0% at RT, but it fought the good fight and came in at 7%, which may make the year-end "worst of" lists. It may even compete for worst of the war, but that could be tough because Roberto Benigni is working on a new film which may come out this year!
  • Mr. Big earned some decent comments, but mostly in the context of "is this script the best work he can get?"
  • Roger Ebert made no attempt to soften his contempt: "The Perfect Man takes its idiotic plot and uses it as the excuse for scenes of awesome stupidity."


Posted: 8:15 AM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Bar of soap sells for $18,000 ... "a bar of soap purportedly made from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's fat, removed during liposuction."


Posted: 4:19 AM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

Mod Squad chick says: Elvis Presley no King in bed!


Posted: 4:05 AM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)

An internet trailer for War of the Worlds


Posted: 3:36 AM ... Links to this post ...
Post a Comment? (There are currently 0 Comments, seen below.)