Recent Entries in Film

  Hellboy II Interview

From Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and Guillermo del Toro talk about Hellboy II.

Shock Video: Exclusive Hellboy II Interviews -

At least according to bill C-61. Yes, he's adorable, but that won't get him anywhere with the Canadian government.

SFFaudio - Blog Archive - WALL-E, a Bill C-61 copyright criminal.

Here's the evidence:

1. WALL-E records audio from his favorite movie, Hello Dolly, putting in onto his own digital recorder (bypassing the macrovision DRM on the tape). A COPYRIGHT CRIME UNDER C-61

2. WALL-E archives the audio, he doesnâ..t merely time-shift it. He listens repeatedly! A COPYRIGHT CRIME UNDER C-61

3. WALL-E shares his DRM-broken music with his friend, another robot named EVE. A COPYRIGHT CRIME UNDER C-61

4. WALL-E watches Hello Dolly on multiple evenings, on the screen of an iPod. Hello Dolly is not available through the iTunes store, therefore he broke the videocassette DRM when he platform shifted it. A COPYRIGHT CRIME UNDER C-61

Bill C-61 sucks. Big time.

Awww, come on. This little guy?


Think Progress - Right-Wing Apoplectic Over Pixarâ..s WALL-E: â..Malthusian Fear Mongering,â.. â..Fascistic Elementsâ..

Somehow, this touching love story has outraged the radical right:

Shannen Coffin: From the first moment of the film, my kids were bombarded with leftist propaganda about the evils of mankind. Itâ..s a shame, too, because the robot had promise. The story was just awful, however.

Greg Pollowitz: It was like a 90-minute lecture on the dangers of over consumption, big corporations, and the destruction of the environment. â.¦ Much to Disneyâ..s chagrin, I will do my part to avoid future environmental armageddon by boycotting any and all WALL-E merchandise and I hope others join my crusade.

Glenn Beck: I canâ..t wait to teach my kids how weâ destroyed the Earth. â.¦ Pixar is teaching. I canâ..t wait. You know if your kid has ever come home and said, â..Dad, how come we use so much styrofoam,â. oh, this is the movie for you.

Dirty Harry: Have we lost Pixar? Have we lost the wonderful studio who brought us The Incredibles and Ratatouille to Bush Derangement Syndrome? Here you have a winning streak going back ten-years, enormous amounts of public goodwill, equal amounts of credibility as serious storytellers, and they stop things cold, yanking you out of the story with the liberal nonsense. Quite a disappointment.

Jonah Goldberg: I agree with the charges of hypocrisy. I agree that the Malthusian fear mongering was annoying

  Troy McClure's movies

From the IMDb Resume for Troy McClure:

  • Three Men And A Bunsen Burner
  • Cry Yuma
  • Here Comes The Coast Guard
  • Preacher With A Shovel
  • The Revenge Of Abe Lincoln
  • The Wackiest Covered Wagon In The West
  • Calling All Quakers
  • Gladys The Groovy Mule
  • Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die (aka McBain; aka McBain Episode I: Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die)
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • Dial M For Murderousness
  • The Erotic Adventures Of Hercules
  • 'P' Is For Psycho
  • The President's Neck Is Missing!
  • The Boatjacking Of Supership 79
  • Hydro, The Man With The Hydraulic Arms
  • Good-Time Slim, Uncle Doobie, And The Great 'Frisco Freak-Out
  • Muppets Go Medieval
  • The Contrabulous Fabtraption Of Professor Horatio Hufnagel
  • The Greatest Story Ever Hula-d
  • They Came To Burgle Carnegie Hall
  • Meet Joe Blow
  • Give My Remains To Broadway
  • The Verdict Was Mail Fraud
  • Leper In The Backfield
  • Make-Out King Of Montana
  • The Electric Gigolo
  • Wake Up, Finnegan
  • David VS Super-Goliath
  • Suddenly Last Supper
  • Space Mutants VII: Cry Of The Space Mutant
  • The Itchy & Scratchy Movie
  • Jagged Attraction
  • Look Who's Still Oinking
  • Three Men And A Nuke
  • Ten Was Too Many
  • The Computer Wore Puka Shells
  • The Frontier Family Get Deer Ticks
  • The Mediocre Journey
  • Swing, Swang, Swung
  • Slow Down, David Copperfield, What's That Down Your Sock?
  • Calling All Lumberjacks
  • The Day Paul Bunyan Cried
  • Radioactive Man II: Bring On The Sequel
  • Radioactive Man III
  • The Pulverizer
  • Sleepless In Shelbyville
  • The Unbearable Moistness Of Sweating
  • Coffee, Tea, Or Fiddle Dee Dee
  • Eenie Meeni Miney, Die
  • Young Jebediah Springfield

This analysis makes sense if you look at the language of film and the composition of the scene.

I never watched the series, so couldn't comment on some of the final season analysis or the other theories about the characters.

The Sopranos: Definitive Explanation of 'The END'

â..If you look at the final episode really carefully, itâ..s all there.â. These are David Chaseâ..s words regarding the finale of the Sopranos. He is right, it is â..all thereâ.. This is the definitive explanation of why Tony died in Holstenâ..s in the final scene of The Sopranos. The following is based on a thorough analysis of the final season of the show and will clear up one of the most misunderstood endings in film or television history.

What can I say? Canadians like their zombie films.

Bruce McDonald takes a foray into the gruesome

McDonald, who's made nine feature films, including Highway 61 and The Tracey Fragments, spent a decade pursuing a more ambitious, expensive adaptation of the novel, attracting along the way the interest of such unlikely names as R.E.M lead singer and film producer Michael Stipe. But financing inevitably fell through, usually over artistic differences.

"The concept itself was just so fantastic," McDonald says, "and that's what kept us going all these years." Burgess wrote what he calls a "garbage can full of drafts," before he and McDonald arrived at the current incarnation, almost by accident. Coincidentally, the CBC asked McDonald for a radio play - "a kind of War of the Worlds thing" - and, in six months they turned in a more focused version of Pontypool using one location and just a few actors. "The CBC," says Burgess, "went â..yikes,' then â..yes,' then â..yikes' again."


Oh my god, what a nerdfest. I'm not saying I'm not interested ... OK, I'm saying it.


GALACTICRUISE - The 30th Anniversary "Battlestar Galactica" Cruise | Battlestar Galactica

With the 30th anniversary of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series on September 17, 2008, the Battlestar Fan Club and Carnival are pleased to present GALACTICRUISE, the Official Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration. Set sail with your favorite Battlestar Galactica stars, cast, and crew on a four day cruise from LA to Mexico and back from September 15 to September 19, 2008 in this unique event, where convention meets cruise on the high-seas.

Cabins and event tickets (starting at $489, including your four day cruise, cabin and all meals) are going fast, so make the jump to lightspeed and book your cabins, get your event duckets ("tickets" in the Battlestar Galactica universe), and treat yourself with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Only on GALACTICRUISE!

  Attention: Spoilers

A movie review of The Happening by The New Republic's Christopher Orr.

The best part is that it's done entirely with spoilers.

Yeah, it looks like I'm picking on this film that I haven't even seen. I just thank these brave men and women who gave 2 hours of their lives for me.

The Movie Review: â..The Happeningâ..

The snatches of televised commentary we see at the end of the film declare that this murderous act of nature was a warning; everyone seems to assume the obvious lesson to take is that we'd better treat nature nicer lest it decide to start wiping us out again. Allow me to suggest, contrarily, that if millions of Americans were killed by some tree-originated pathogen that could be released again at any time, the immediate result would not be a renewed enthusiasm for peaceful coexistence, but rather a program of deforestation so aggressive it'd make the Brazilian lumber industry look like tree huggers. If anyone were to take this film as seriously as it would like to be taken (and it's hard to imagine anyone will), the clear imperative wouldn't be to buy a Prius, but to chop down the red oak in the back yard.

The Incredible Hulk gets reviewed by Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian in language we can all understand.

The Incredible Hulk | Reviews | Film

Critic remember Ang Lee version. Ang Lee version slagged off. Yet rubbish new Hulk film make that look like Citizen Kane. Critic exit cinema miffed. Film take away two hours of critic's life. Critic not get time back. Ever. Rarrrrr.

... about M. Night Shyamalanâ..s The Happening and Lady in the Water. Here are two gems:

Shymalan has written a story wherein a writer is prophesized to be so brilliant, his prose so spectacular, that it will save the world. Shyamalan then proceeded to cast himself in the role of the messianic writer. There has ever been a more ridiculously self-fellating casting decision in the history of film. Itâ..s as if Shyamalan said to himself, â..Hmmâ.¦ whatâ..s the best way to get the audience to tell me to go fuck myself?â.


... Wahlberg has the misfortune of having more screen time than anyone else in a film where the director clearly told the actors â..Okay, now for this scene, I want you to be as terrible as you possibly can. I mean, like career-destroyingly bad.â. It doesnâ..t help that Wahlberg is playing a high school science teacher named Elliot and manages to come across as so empty-headed and clueless that he couldn't work a pencil-sharpener, much less bunsen burner.

Topless Robot - The 12 Most Preposterously Awful Things About M. Night Shyamalanâ..s â..The Happeningâ. and â..Lady in the Waterâ. - Page 1

After guessing the ending in The Sixth Sense 20 minutes into the film, I've been unimpressed with these ridiculous X-tian propaganda pieces, subtly disguised as films.

The Happening Review: "The Happening" Is the Biggest Intelligent Design Movie of the Year

M. Night Shyamalan's critically-panned flick The Happening is Hollywood's first blockbuster to promote the anti-evolutionary theory of intelligent design. Maybe you thought Ben Stein's ill-fated documentary Expelled was the only movie to argue in favor of the neo-Christian idea that an "intelligent designer" created the universe. Think again. With its references to "unexplained acts of nature" and a science teacher main character who calls evolution "just a theory," The Happening is basically a giant propaganda machine for intelligent design. Maybe science journalists are jizzing all over its allegedly realistic plants-attack-humans plot, but we talked to Shyamalan and we know the truth.

Avowed Christian Shyamalan told us that The Happening is really about religious faith, and explained that he chose Mark Wahlberg to play science teacher Elliot Moore because of the actor's intense belief in Jesus. Maybe he also chose vacant-eyed Zooey Deschanel to play his wife Alma because she looks like a little girl who needs a big strong monotheist in her life? No comment on that one from Shyamalan.

The Star Wars: The Force Unleashed game looks really, really cool. And I'm not just talking about the special effects. The story is pretty cool.

This makes me seriously wonder why they aren't/haven't considered a film version of this to make up for all the prequel crap.

And seriously, Knights of the Old Republic would have made a better film than the prequels.

And the shows were never the same afterwards. In some cases, this vastly improved the show. But not often.

mental_floss Blog - 5 Minor TV Characters who Hijacked the Show

One year after â..Love and the Happy Daysâ. aired, Ron Howard starred in the blockbuster film American Graffiti, which solidified his ability to play a retro-teenager. Howard had previously played â..Opieâ. on The Andy Griffith Show, and with his recent film triumph under his belt, it was clear that he was the intended star of Happy Days. But the producers were caught by surprise when Fonzie, portrayed by Henry Winkler, who was only an occasional character during the first season started getting a substantial amount of press. Suddenly â..Ayyyyâ. was on everyoneâ..s lips and you couldnâ..t walk past a storefront without seeing some sort of Fonz replica giving the olâ.. thumbs up.

This looks cool. According to Snarkerati, the director, Chris Fisher, is promising â..there are meteorites and rabbitsâ..

â..S. Darkoâ.. Cast Takes Shape â.. Production On â..Donnie Darkoâ.. Sequel Begins

The story of the film will follow Samantha as she flees town with her best friend Corey seven years after the events of the original movie. They begin to encounter strange visions as they travel across America. Berkley will play a Jesus freak who is infatuated by her pastor as she tries to rid the world of sin.

  Star Trek: New Faces

Oh my god. Someone's decided to make a Star Trek prequel. Fresh new faces to replace the old.

What do I think?

Checkov = no
Sulu = no
Uhura = yes
Scotty = heheh, awesome.
Bones = sure, why not?
Spock = yep
Kirk = wow, it's like a damn time machine.


Star Trek: New Faces, Right Look?

Since its announcement, the new Star Trek prequel has caused huge debate among fans. Here we compare the actors who have been chosen to play the roles of Kirk and company with their predecessors and ask â.. do they have the right look?

  "Highlander" Remake


Summit takes on 'Highlander' redo

Summit Entertainment is bringing back to the big screen the 1986 sci-fi cult hit "Highlander," with "Iron Man" co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway on board to write the script.

The original "Highlander" starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings battling humans, hunting down one another and collecting more power. Lambert played Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, Connery portrayed an Egyptian and Clancy was a barbarian known as the Kurgan. The film -- with its "There can be only one" catch phrase -- spawned four sequels and three television series.

Great. One more Canadian kook with a crystal skull, riding on the media bandwagon of the new (and boring) Indiana Jones movie.

Skull 'find' inspires Indiana Jones

The late Anna Mitchell-Hedges -- a Port Colborne, Ont., orphan who was adopted by British adventurer Frederick Mitchell-Hedges in the early 1900s and died just last year at age 100 -- spent her long life retelling the tale of her chance sighting of a glinting object amid Mayan ruins in Belize.

The purported discovery spawned an enduring popular fascination with crystal skulls and their supposed mythic powers -- the perfect backdrop for the new Indy sequel, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which takes its place alongside the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade in the lucrative film franchise created by George Lucas, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as the swashbuckling archeologist-action hero Jones.

  Futurama Preview

One missile could destroy all the satellites? Whoa. Where are Ben Affleck and Aerosmith when you need them?

Air Force's Scare-Mongering Space Ad Shoves Facts Out of the Airlock | Danger Room from

No one expects commercials to be word-for-word accurate -- not even ads from the U.S. military. But a new Air Force commercial, about the perils of an attack in space, does more than stretch the truth, a bit. It snaps the truth into tiny little pieces, experts and former officers say -- violating the laws of physics and common sense, while flying in the face everything that's known about the world's constellation of satellites.

Mailing List Signup

What? There's a mailing list? Sign up for the Mailing List

About Me

I suppose if you've been reading my site for any length of time, you're probably curious to know who I am, and why I think people will read my blog. Online, I'm known as Zuckervati, mostly because it's easy...
» More ...

Follow Me on Twitter

Recent Entries

Tag Cloud

politik / film / video / skeptic / cewl / techno / humour / haxors / nosh / can-con / gaming / religion / weird / sex / funny / eco / music / stupid / photos / cocktails / George Bush / blogosphere / flickr / travel / evolution / politics / creationism / creationist / mobile / awful / photography / Star Wars / awesome / geek / bartending / coffee / drinking / mixology / alcohol / liquor / bartender / cocktail recipe / cats / food / Savoy Cocktail Book / science / Lovecraft / parody / books / Cthulhu / articles / TV / pets / John McCain / promos / Movable Type / cartoons / sci-fi / Canada / Radio Zuckervati / cool / Roger Ebert / system / atheism / comics / reviews / technology / zombies / anime / anonymous / MMO / Star Trek / television / writing / Alinea / animation / Batman / Futurama / Halloween / horror

Twitter Stream

D H McKee's bookshelf: to-read

Sunset and Sawdust
tagged: to-read
The Thicket
tagged: to-read
tagged: to-read