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Time to take a break from science and medicine again. The Rambo movies happen to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Little did I know that there was a Turkish knockoff of the character: I particularly love the rocket launchers in this one. Their “action” has to be seen to be believed.

Casual racism in the 1930s

After having been pointed yesterday to a video of an old Betty Boop short that strongly suggests that Boop may have been a homeopath, I couldn’t resist clicking on the links to a couple of other old Betty Boop cartoons. One of them reminded me of just how different our culture was 72 years ago…

Betty Boop: Homeopath

While reading through a mailing list I belong to, I came across a link that demonstrates that alternative medicine has been ingrained in popular culture since at least the 1920′s and 1930′s. Indeed, I never realized that that icon of flappers, Betty Boop, practiced homeopathy. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s incontrovertible evidence in the form…

This is just so wrong

As a fan of Iggy Pop, I was appalled to read this: Former “The Lord of the Rings” star Elijah Wood will play Iggy Pop in The Passenger, a biopic of the legendary rocker, reports Variety. Ted Hope’s This Is That Productions and Traction Media are executive producing. The movie, which follows Pop’s early years…

Giant Nazi robots!

Since today seems to be World War II history day on the old blog, I just can’t resist posting this little gem for geeks: A full resolution version can be found here. Of course, the nitpicker geek in me can’t help but point out that, not only is the Swastika on the left arm of…

Ever wonder what happened to Roger Ebert?

Ever wonder what happened to Roger Ebert, who has been absent from the balcony in his Ebert & Roeper Show for quite some time battling cancer? So did I. I always liked his style and mostly agreed with his movie reviews, but since moving away from Chicago I haven’t heard much or watched the show…

People unclear on the concept

Why is it that the concepts of freedom of religion and freedom of speech seem so hard for some people to understand? Witness a truly idiotic attempt to prevent someone from appearing on TV simply because he is a Scientologist: March 31, 2007 – – A German official is demanding that John Travolta be uninvited…

Oscar time!

Taking a cue from Abel, I like the look of this: This year marks a first. Usually, my wife and I have managed to see at least a couple of the nominees; in years past, when we were dating and after we first got married, sometimes we’d have seen most of the nominated films by…

Christopher Walken as Ozzy Osbourne?

It sounds like casting genius, even if it’s only a small role: LAS VEGAS, Nov. 6, 2006 — Hide the Bats! Christopher Walken has agreed to play the ultimate bad-boy rocker — Ozzy Osbourne.. Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil told ABC News Radio in an exclusive interview that the 63-year-old Oscar-winning actor will make…

Spider-Man 3 is so going to rock

I saw the trailer for Spiderman 3 last night. The comic geek in me is starting to get excited, because the movie looks like it’s going to be really, really good, perhaps the best Spider-Man movie so far. It looks as though Venom, the Sandman, and Harry Osbourne, Jr. taking up where his dad (the…

People, it’s just a book and a movie!

I was just going to leave my plug for the Skeptics’ Circle this week stand as my only post today–until I became aware of some serious lunacy: MUMBAI (AFP) – A Catholic group called on Christians to starve themselves to death in protest at the release of “The Da Vinci Code” at cinemas in India…

He’s actually finally going to release the original, unaltered, un-”improved” trilogy on DVD: Fans can look forward to a September filled with classic Star Wars nostalgia, led by the premiere of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy video game and the long-awaited DVD release of the original theatrical incarnations of the classic Star Wars…

Neeeerrrrds!

According to CNN, Revenge of the Nerds is being remade. I have only one question: Why? It’s not like the first movie was a great masterwork or anything. Even so, it was fairly amusing (and now hopelessly dated) as an example of fantasy fulfillment for geeks everywhere, but that’s about it. It’s also noteworthy because…

New Star Trek movie to be released in 2008

According to Trek Today: Paramount Pictures announced today that Lost creator J.J. Abrams will co-write, produce and direct the eleventh Star Trek film, set for release in 2008. According to an article in the Daily Variety, the new film will be a prequel to the original Star Trek series, featuring younger versions of characters like…

Four words: Snakes on a plane

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated film of the summer is Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Very little is known about the plot of this movie, other than that it will involve–well–snakes on a plane and Samuel L. Jackson. Here’s a trailer:

Tom and Jerry: A nefarious Jewish plot

You can’t make stuff like this up. You really can’t. Did you know that Tom and Jerry are in reality a clever secret nefarious plot by the Jews? That’s what Professor Hassan Bolkhari, who teaches philosophy of art at Tabatabaei and Al-Zahra Universities in Iran and is a member of the Film Council of the…