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  Roger Ebert is not dying

From his blog, a commentary on the Esquire article.

Well, we're all dying in increments. I don't mind people knowing what I look like, but I don't want them thinking I'm dying. To be fair, Chris Jones never said I was. If he took a certain elegiac tone, you know what? I might have, too. And if he structured his elements into a story arc, that's just good writing. He wasn't precisely an eyewitness the second night after Chaz had gone off to bed and I was streaming Radio Caroline and writing late into the night. But that's what I did. It may be, the more interviews you've done, the more you appreciate a good one. I knew exactly what he started with, and I could see where he ended, and he can be proud of the piece.

Roger Ebert's Last Words, con't. - Roger Ebert's Journal

  Roger Ebert is Dying

Slowly. We'll miss him.

A very poignant piece from Esquire.

Ebert is dying in increments, and he is aware of it.

'I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear, he writes in a journal entry titled "Go Gently into That Good Night." I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.'

There has been no death-row conversion. He has not found God. He has been beaten in some ways. But his other senses have picked up since he lost his sense of taste. He has tuned better into life. Some things aren't as important as they once were; some things are more important than ever. He has built for himself a new kind of universe. Roger Ebert is no mystic, but he knows things we don't know

Print Roger Ebert: The Essential Man

  Mmmmm, Calamari

YouTube - Ackbar's Order

Also: Mmmmm, imitation crab meat.

YouTube - Admiral Ackbar Cereal

  14 Best Boxing Movies

You know, boxing?

When We Were Kings

Regarded as one of the best boxing documentaries ever made, When We Were Kings follows the story of one of the most famous bouts in boxing history: The Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The story behind the fight is epic. Ali's 32 years old and thought to be past his prime. Foreman is ten years younger and the reigning heavyweight champion of the world. Fight promoter Don King offers the two boxers $5 million a piece to fight each other. Of course, King doesn't have the cash, so he finds a financial backer in Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of Zaire. Ali's the underdog in the fight, even his own team doesn't believe he can win. But with his unfaltering confidence and tenacity, Ali comes out on top.

14 Best Boxing Movies | The Art of Manliness

Some very cool pictures result as actors return to their iconic roles for a photoshoot.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, UK film mag Empire called in every favor they had to assemble the best actors in the world to come and reprise their most famous roles for a photoshoot that can really only be described as legendary.


Actors Return to their Most Iconic Roles for Empire's 20th

And can kill aliens (well, predators).

Predator Mentos Commercial - CollegeHumor video

  Megashark Physics

Learning is fun.


The infographic in question is breaking down the physics of one particular scene where the 40M long Megashark leaps out of the water and grabs a plane, 1500M in the air, which is really quite the extraordinary feat when you do the math.

Unreality - Analyzing the Physics of Mega Shark |

I know the story is more complicated than this, but it's an interesting list.

Title Worldwide Domestic International
The Golden Compass $372.2 $70.1 $302.1
Terminator Salvation $372.0 $125.3 $246.7
Ocean's Twelve $362.7 $125.5 $237.2
American Beauty $356.3 $130.1 $226.2
Alvin and the Chipmunks $360.6 $217.3 $143.3
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $354.9 $196.9 $157.9
Rain Man $354.8 $172.8 $182.0
GoldenEye $352.2 $106.4 $245.8
Fantastic Four $330.6 $154.7 $175.9

Box Office Mojo: All Time Worldwide Box Office Grosses

  She and Her Cat

Cute little anime story. Worth a watch.

YouTube - She and Her Cat

Looks like he's going to do all three films! Awesome!

Attack of the Clones Review Trailer

  Phantom Menace Review

Awesome and surprisingly detailed 70 minute review of Phantom Menace. Also, killing hookers.

A little late in posting, but wait till you see what's coming next...

Phantom Menace Review

Fascinating look at some of Pixar's films. It really explains why The Incredibles reads a little like Ayn Rand's Anthem.

Obviously, as a film studio making what are nominally "family films" in a category that in America is traditionally pitched to children, Pixar's focus on the family should not be a complete shock. However, the imagination factory at Pixar is renowned for its work ethic and coherent creative vision, and the fact that their films consistently tackle anxiety about the family is more than just a quirk of their medium. It's part and parcel of their creative vision. The exceptions to this trend - most notably in the films of Brad Bird and in Wall-E - also remind us that Pixar, though it sometimes resembles an auteur in and of itself, is in fact a collection of artists with unique and separate visions, and not all of their films are going to cohere in some thematically satisfying way.

The House Next Door: Focus on the Family: Pixar's Small-c Conservatism

  Why "Twilight" Works

Not having seen the films or read the books, I have no opinion on the matter.

But seriously, sparkling pedophile vampires?


First off, the author creates a main character which is an empty shell. Her appearance isn't described in detail; that way, any female can slip into it and easily fantasize about being this person. I read 400 pages of that book and barely had any idea of what the main character looked like; as far as I was concerned she was a giant Lego brick. Appearance aside, her personality is portrayed as insecure, fumbling, and awkward - a combination anyone who ever went through puberty can relate to. By creating this "empty shell," the character becomes less of a person and more of something a female reader can put on and wear. Because I forgot her name (I think it was Barbara or Brando or something like that), I'm going to refer to her as "Pants" from here on out.

How Twilight Works - The Oatmeal -


Epic. I wonder if they have paintball.

  Time for a Coffee

I'm thinking Starbucks or something in a paper cup.


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