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Most Overrated and Underrated Movies

Joe Carter has a post where he lists the 100 most overrated and underrated movies of all time, by arbitrary category. They’re listed by category, with the most overrated movie listed first, then the most underrated movie listed next. As would be expected, I agree with some of them and not with others. For instance:…

Stupid Celebrity Tricks

So I’m watching TV last night and they show a clip from an interview that Barbara Streisand did a couple weeks ago with Ellen Degeneres. And in the interview Streisand suddenly announced that four was her favorite number because, “it’s the most creative number in the universe. If you have four, then you can make…

Top Movies Quotes of All Time

Last night I saw a show that presented the top 100 movie quotes of all time, as voted on by members of the American Film Institute. Some of them were quite memorable, of course, but I thought it was a bit too skewed toward older films. In some cases, that’s deserved of course. The fact…

Another Sign of Impending Armageddon

Sylvester Stallone, after years of negotiations, is finally set to film Rocky 6. In this film he’ll be defending the AARP heavyweight belt, which is actually a combination kidney belt/adult diaper. And naturally, Stallone has a cliche-ridden rationalization for it all: ” ‘Rocky Balboa’ is about everybody who feels they want to participate in the…

If I Ran the Food Network

Okay, a break from all the serious stuff for a little pop culture. While doing a search for information on a restaurant, I came across this post on a blog I’ve never seen blasting the Food Network for many things. Now, the Food Network is quite possibly my favorite channel. I’m a serious food lover,…

Top 100 Songs Meme

I rarely do these blog memes, but I saw this one at Noonan’s place and thought it would be amusing. You take the top 100 songs from the year you graduated high school (1985 for me) and pick out the ones that wouldn’t make you instantly change the radio station if they came on. Here’s…

Celebrity Schadenfreude

I have a confession to make: I enjoy watching washed up celebrities – especially ones that never exhibited much talent to justify their celebrity – fall on their faces and humiliate themselves. In the vast, insufferable universe that is reality TV, the only show I watch is the Surreal Life, which puts various desperate has…

More Music Reviews

Okay, I finally got to see the Pink Floyd reunion from the Live8 show. That was just great to see those guys together again. Floyd is the only band I would pay to see in a big stadium show, if they’re all together again. I hope they put out something new and tour with this…

Sacrilege!

Ouch. I’ve been watching the Live8 concert on MTV (yeah, I think the event is mostly puff, but there are some great bands performing). And I’m right now listening to Audioslave with Chris Cornell ruining Killing In the Name Of completely. I loved Rage Against the Machine, I liked Soundgarden and I’ve liked Audioslave’s original…

Comedy as Political Truth

“You’re born absolutely free except laws of nature. If you drink too much you’ll get drunk, that’s a law. If you get old you die, that’s a law…these are the only laws you’re born with and any government just fucks you out of that type of freedom…You’re not free. You need a diploma in this…