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100 Funniest Movies

Thanks to Fishy Fred for tracking down Bravo’s list of the top 100 comedy movies of all time. I caught part of it and wanted to comment on the list. For the most part, I thought the list was abysmal. Four Weddings and a Funeral no higher than 96? Preposterous. Dr. Strangelove only at 53?…

Paul Gleason Dies

Who’s Paul Gleason, you ask? He’s a “That Guy”, one of those actors you instantly recognize but whose name you don’t know. He frequently played the same kind of character – the authority figure who blusters and poses but doesn’t really know what he’s doing. He was Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson in Die…

40 Greatest Metal Songs

This post is sure to bore the hell out of 95% of my readers. Feel free to go on to the next post, please. As my readers know, I am a huge fan of music. I’m also a fan of virtually every type of music, or at least a portion of it. I’m even learning…

A Roger Clyne Report

Totally by accident, I came across this report of a recent show by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, one of my favorite bands in the world. I’ve seen this band several times and they’re basically the ultimate bar band. Roger Clyne is a great troubadour songwriter in the tradition of Warren Zevon or Robert Earl…

Thank You For Smoking

I doubt I’m the only one who can’t wait to see this movie. I may actually go to the theaters to see it, which I very rarely do. You gotta love a movie with lines like this: Kid #3: My Mommy say smoking is bad for you Nick Naylor: Oh, is your Mommy a doctor?…

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2006

This is the third straight year I’ve reviewed the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Music is extremely important to me and my tastes are diverse enough to encompass nominees as different as Miles Davis and Black Sabbath. This year’s nominees included both, as well as Blondie, the Sex Pistols, and…

Scientology vs. South Park

Most people know by now that Isaac Hayes has quit working on South Park (he was the voice of Chef) because they did an episode making fun of Scientology. Comedy Central decided to pull the episode, and their reason for doing so is so ridiculous that no one in their right mind would buy it:…

Pamela Anderson Roast

Warning: This post contains strong language and jokes that will likely be offensive to some people. If that will bother you, don’t read it. If you do read it, don’t complain about it. One of the cool things about having a relatively popular blog is that I’m now occasionally being sent books and DVDs to…

The Clay Aiken Press Release

Here’s the actual press release from the 9 “aggrieved fans” of Clay Aiken who are considering filing a class action suit because they found out he’s gay and think it was false advertising to market him to women. And it’s funny stuff: “As consumers, we feel ripped off. It is obvious now that the private…

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, allow me to show you once again just how immensely ridiculous human beings can be. From the “truth is always way funnier than fiction” department: Nine former fans of American Idol star Clay Aiken are forging ahead with threats to sue his record label bosses for false…