Sunday, October 16, 2005

Van Morrison's Contractual Obligation Album, including .mp3s. It makes Bill Shatner's Transformed Man seem like the work of Mozart.
  • "Van Morrison sat down in 1967 or so and cranked out 31 songs on the spot, on topics ranging from ringworm to wanting a Danish, to hating his record label and a guy named George."
  • My own personal favorite cut: "You say France, and I'll whistle."


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Evel Knievel is the ass-kickingest man in the entire known universe, and if you don't agree with that ... he'll kick your ass.


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Film Jerk's Early Report for October 16. "This week's Early Report covers the 63 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday October 19 and Friday November 11."


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The wife of prominent defense attorney and TV legal analyst Daniel Horowitz has been murdered in their home.


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"SUNNIS FEAR ANGELINA JOLIE COULD BREAK UP IRAQ" ... Demand Provision In Constitution Banning Actress From Gulf State


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The Patriots fall to 3-3. The rest of the season ain't gonna be easy, either. They still have their six division games coming up, but their non-division opponents include the Monday night game against the mighty Colts, plus the Chiefs, and resurgent Tampa Bay


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Stros win again. Backe did what he had to do, held the fort for Qualls and Lidge. The Cardinals are now down 3-1 and their next three games will be against Pettitte, Oswalt and Clemens - starting with one more in Houston! They are in some very deep doo-doo.


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Wow - the Vikings really are that bad. How do you lose 28-3 to a team which can only amass 192 total yards? That required some effort. To begin with, Culpepper averaged 4.9 per attempt, no scores, two picks. Beyond that, it took much more than one man. The team made plenty of errors to help him out.


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A new episode of South Park airs Wednedsay. Topical as ever, the lads take on the New Orleans crisis.
  • "A global warming state of emergency is declared in South Park. The world's largest beaver dam breaks and floods the adjacent town of Beaverton. As the victims wait for help to arrive, everyone in South Park tackles priority number one: who is to blame?"


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A scene deleted from The Family Guy (Great clip. The first part was aired, but hold on for the deleted part.)


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You gotta love that wacky Asian humor - real Polar Bear terrifies a little girl in a baby seal outfit.


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Anonymous The Eyeball Kid said...

Or rather, a Polar Bear pounces at a little girl in a Baby Seal outfit!

 

"When they were open for business, they'd flip an address sign over that read 'Crack house.'"


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Wisconsin's Roadkill Museum. It is in the basement of a funeral home. The museum is closed during funerals.


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"The Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding story is now an opera."
  • And those Europeans think we don't love opera. Well, take that, Johnny Culture - or should I call you Giovanni Culturo, or maybe Johann Kultur, or maybe just by your real name - Ivanko Kultura - you commie! Between this and "Springer," I think we've shown those continental pansies a thing or two about musical elegance.
  • By the way, the Springer opera can actually be blamed on the U.K. As a sidelight, one of the guys to play the part of Jerry Springer in the West End was the guy who played Hutch on TV's Starsky and Hutch! He can be seen in the BBC film of the production.


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Nelson remembered 200 years after Trafalgar. This week is the 200th anniversary of Nelson's defeat of the Napoleonic fleet, a brilliant victory which cost him his life.


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Doubtful he would have had the logistics to support that army for any length of time.

That's why the Russsiain strategy was so effective:that army had to live off of the land.

 


Anonymous Doc said...

However, returning to your comment about why you're writing in English instead of French, it's Nelson that deserves the credit. (Although, maybe we Americans should thank Wolfe and Amherst.) Even had Kutzov and "General Winter" not chewed up the Grande Armee, Nelson, at the Nile as well as at Trafalgar, ensured that Napoleon's conquests could never extend beyond the European mainland. Although Bony's "Continental System" hurt England comercially, it also hurt Europe, and England still had access to the rest of the world.

 


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The most amazing thing about Kutuzov was his political achievement.

It is always difficult for generals to convince their civilian masters to adopt unpopular strategies, but Kutuzov persuaded the Czar and virtually the entire civilian population of Moscow to burn their own homes and flee the city.

Now THAT was salesmanship.

 

Weekend Box Office Results, October 14-16, 2005
  • Led by three weak new releases, the total box was down 19% from the same week last year.
  • Two of the three new films performed well below expectations.
  • The Fog performed just about at par with expectations, which is amazing considering it is a remake and had the worst reviews of the three new films. It seems to me that the strategy of not pre-screening it for critics was effective - and cynical, since they obviously knew what a lemon it was and tried to make as much lemonade as possible. Cynical or just practical? That's a matter of spin. Bottom line: it worked! Given the film's modest $18 million budget, it appears that The Fog will break even or better. It may even be highly profitable. If it grosses $35 million in the USA, it will cover production costs, thus hauling in a profit from DVD, overseas, cable, etc.
  • I doubt that The Fog will gross $35 million, even though it is now on target. On the average, films made for adults finish with 3X the opening weekend. (Kids' movies do better.) One would think that poor word of mouth will drop this one below the 3X average. But so it does only $27-$30 million? As our President would say, "Mission accomplished."
  • A note on the wide range in predictions for Elizabethtown. The Weekend Warrior makes his predictions on Tuesday, and he had to do so without seeing the reviews. The Box Office Mojo guy waits until Friday, and was able to make a much more accurate prediction with more facts at his disposal.
  • The Gospel also tanked, dropping 60% on week two, after its rousing and surprising start. The initial marketing blitz could only carry it for a while. Word of mouth failed to support that initial push.
  • Clooney's Murrow movie continued to kick ass, indicating that people will still go to movies if they are worth watching (96% good reviews). In expanding from 11 screens to 69, it was able to maintain some spectacular revenues per screen, and finished 16th for the week. It took in more on 69 screens than Emily Rose took in on a thousand!
  • Similarly, Wallace & Gromit and A History of Violence, other films with 90% positive reviews, also performed well. Wallace & Gromit dropped only 27% from last week. A History of Violence actually improved from 9th last week to 8th!



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Italy has chosen a winner for the contract to build the world's longest suspension bridge - one that will link Sicily to the mainland. (Will take 6-7 years to complete)


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The White Sox pitchers are making it look easy.


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