The end of an era
Welcome back my friends to the show that never endsWe're so glad you could attendCome inside! Come inside!Wait, let's try that again:Welcome back my friends to the show that never endsWe're so glad you could attendCome inside! Come inside!That's right, my friends, after four-and-a-half years, Blog Cabins will be no more. Some months back, I got a message from my friend and fellow blogger Kai Parker of The List. It said, "I am drunk so bear in mind when reading! :) If we were smart, we would get together with a handful of other bloggers we know and build one big Mega-blog-site." Much to his surprise, I replied with, "Not shitting you...I've been thinking about this kind of thing for a while, and especially lately, but wondered who to ask and whether or not anyone would have interest."Thus, a new website was born. Chalk it up to any number of things: boredom, a desire for a new challenge, the appeal of a new partnership - whatever it was, there it is. Kai and I are each ceasing operations on our existing sites (the URL will still function, but there will be no new posts) and have begun a new journey, one that can be found at our new home:MANILOVEFILMS.COMWe have high hopes and big goals for our new site. It will feature lists (of course), reviews of new releases, classic films and vault picks, news, trailers, editorials, festival/awards coverage, games and hopefully everything in between. There will be additional contributors (let us know if you're interested!) helping us along the way, too. Basically, we've spent much of the last two months working on the site (thank god the Ladies of the 90s tourney was here to keep this place going over that time; watch for the Dudes of the 90s tourney over at Insight Into Entertainment, going on now) and we're really excited about what we've got. We hope that you'll come visit us and give us a warm welcome.So thanks to all of you that visited BC over the years - it was a blast and wouldn't have been without everyone that visited and commented and all that other sappy stuff that people say. Mucho thanks as well to Kai for joining me on this new journey as well. It's gonna be a blast - join us!
[Note: this site is no longer publishing new content - please come check out my awesome new site, Man, I Love Films! http://manilovefilms.com. Thanks!] The voters in our last MOTM poll overwhelmingly selected Oldboy as this month's film, and it's not hard to see why. Chan-wook Park's genre-spanning 2003 film shockingly was not an instant classic, but has become more than a cult icon in the eight years since its release, climbing the IMDb Top 250 (it currently sits at #97) and, more importantly, becoming more and more known as one of the quintessential Asian films of the new century. For those unfamiliar with it, the plot synopsis from IMDb: "An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor."First up, the links! Thanks to all of the LAMBs that sent in their posts for this edition of the MOTM. Be sure to check out the varied opinions on this controversial film over at the LAMB. It's also time to vote on next month's movie. I've included many of the choices from last month, but swapped a few out to keep it interesting. You have one week to vote. Online Surveys & Market ResearchAs we do every month, the LAMBcast is tied into the MOTM. We had a jam-packed show with six participants for our MOTM-theme, with Nick, Jason, Kai, Jess, Univarn and Dylan on board. Bonus: there's a SHOCKER of an announcement given by a couple of the participants. You won't believe it when you hear it! Also on tap: * (An epic) Rants of the Week * Trailer Talk: Conan the Barbarian * Last LAMB Standing http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif Music provided royalty-free by Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech website. Big thanks to Kevin for providing this service. The LAMBcast loves feedback, too. Either here in the comments section or to email@example.com or to our Facebook page. Also, we're on iTunes, and would still love a review, even if it's a bad one. Thanks for listening! If you haven't seen Oldboy then you can either rent it or watch it online with LOVEFiLM - the home of free movies online.
Stained Glass Cinema Sunday (#133)
[Note: this site is no longer publishing new content - please come check out my awesome new site, Man, I Love Films! http://manilovefilms.com. Thanks!] BEGINNER EXPERT Standings: J.D. - 47 TheGreatWhiteDope - 35.5 Steel11Kane (Kano) - 8 Dreamrot (smacdonn), simoncolumb - 7 Nick, Wendymoon, Stevee Taylor, BD79 - 6 Clive Dangerously, Justin, JLG, Mad Hatter, Rachel - 5 Jason/Daniel, David Bishop, Jason Soto, Andy, TheAnswerMVP2001 - 3 TJMAC510 - 2.5 Evan Derrick, Alex - 2 TonyD, Luke Harrington, Adam Ross, Anders, Dave, Big Mike Mendez, Nic Cage, CaptainRon19, Anh Khoi Do, Tom, Andy the Time Lord, French Toast Sunday - 1 Here are the altered/actual posters from last time:
[Note: this site is no longer publishing new content - please come check out my awesome new site, Man, I Love Films! http://manilovefilms.com. Thanks!] It's that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It's The Day New Movies Are Released. Priest What will be next in the one-word title, quasi-religious, zombpire trilogy from star Paul Bettany and director Scott Charles Stewart? One can hardly hold back their need to know. My best bet is this: Dominion, starring, of course, Bettany, as well as Sharlto Copley, Idris Elba, and Rachel Bilson. Set 4300 years into the future, Dominion centers on a broken down man named Jacob (Bettany) questioning his faith in Zheyahu (the name that the people of that time will be calling their deity) after his lifepartner (wife) and malespring (son) are taken from him by a man known only as The Shemanatrix. However, The Shemanatrix holds a secret dear to humanity; all may not be as it seems. Meanwhile, the enemies of Zheyahu have targeted Jacob as the leader in a movement to oust the apolitical zombies of Leftanthsaville. Or something. All jokes aside, as bad as Legion looked (and apparently was), and as much as I got a similar vibe from Priest when first seeing the trailer, I have to say that I have a glimmer of optimism that it just might be decent - that the commentary on organized religion just might be enough to suck me in, provided that I can ignore the ridiculous monster aspect to the proceedings. Doubtful, I know. Dylan's Under Normal Circumstances Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 45% Bridesmaids If you've heard me talking about the trailers on the LAMBcast, you know that I haven't been sold on the quality of this so-called "female Hangover." However, I've got it on multiple words that it is no copycat, that this (yes) Apatow-produced chick flick brings the funny - and not nearly represented solely by the gross-out humor of the trailer(s) - but also brings the heart. Even bigger, it features female characters that just might be real people, and not shrill wannabrides or one-note caricatures. I'm still worried about the treatment Melissa McCarthy is shown in the trailer ("Get it? She's fat!"), but I have to say that, especially with a lack of other films I'm interested in seeing in theaters at the moment, I'm kind of interested in checking this out. Dylan's Under Normal Circumstances Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 78%
The State of the Cabins (5/11/11)
[Note: this site is no longer publishing new content - please come check out my awesome new site, Man, I Love Films! http://manilovefilms.com. Thanks!] Enjoy! Movies watched for the first time (non-theatrically) since last week: I completely spaced out last week, forgetting that I had seen two films in the prior week that I hadn't seen before. And they both happen to be Bruce Willis films released in 2010, for that matter. Weirdness. Red It's the anti-Adventureland. The marketing for Greg Mottola's 2009 coming-of-age tale apparently had a number of people thinking they were walking into Superbad II. Many walked out angry (I loved it, if you recall). Red, on the other hand, appeared to be a fun-but-mostly-dumb, over-the-top action flick, resting on the laurels of its one-joke setup ("Haha, look - old people firing machine guns and such!"). The sight of Bruce Willis cassssuuuualllyy gliding out of a vehicle and into a sober walk as the car spun out of control might have looked pretty damn cool, but was also apt to roll more than a few eyeballs (like mine). So it's with great pleasure that I'm able to say that it was a great pleasure to see Red. There's a knowing wink to the action in Red that acknowledges, "Hey, we know we're doing some over-the-top shit here. But we know it, you know it, and we're going to move on from that point, alright?" And move on I (and it) did. Backing up a bit, Red sucks you in from the start with its framework. Willis plays Frank Moses, one of those retired spooks that never even gets to live into retirement in all those other spy books and movies; he's the kind of guy that "knows too much to live." He's meant to keep working until it kills him or he's put out to pasture - should he ever wish to get out, he's to receive a response akin to what mob movies teach out (i.e. there's no getting out once you're in). But Frank is out, and while he's not suicidal or anything, it comes as no shock that a globe-trotting spy is bored with the life of a typical retiree, reading books and doing crossword puzzles. So he rips up his benefit checks so he can continue to have a reason to call Mary Louise Parker's Sarah, a government office drone also looking for some excitement and travelling. From there, the plot is set in action. As it turns out, someone wants Frank dead, and the bulk of the film is him teaming up not only with old friends but old adversaries to solve the mystery, all the while dodging the 21st century version of a guy kinda like him, personified by the ever-appealing Karl Urban. Red is a blast. The one-joke setup turns out to have more ammo than it would appear to, assisted no doubt by a cadre of top shelf thespians, from Malkatraz to Mirren to Freeman and Brian Cox. A "travel postcard" transition device adds a unique charm to the standard action flick as well. Fletch's Film Rating:Expectation: "Darn tootin."Reality: "It's in the hole!"LAMBScore:Cop Out Ah yes, the infamous film known mostly for the fact that is was NOT written by Kevin Smith. Smith is, however, wise enough to get my ears perked up immediately by nabbing 80s icon Harold Faltermeyer to score his film, immediately aligning it (though it doesn't look so hot in comparison, sadly) with such films as Beverly Hills Cop and Fletch. Hell yeah! The post-credits scene even goes so far as to play "Bit by Bit" (aka the Fletch theme), barely stopping short of the part in the lyrics where Fletch's name is mentioned. Cop Out has a few memorable moments - chief among them the opening "hommage" scene and just about any time Seann William Scott is on screen (in a bizarre role, by the way) - but is let down mostly by a poorly cast villain and a plot that hinges upon a valuable baseball card. Even coming from someone who still has a stash of cards from the 80s and 90s in his house somewhere, this felt like way too nerdy a device for a supposedly cool customer like Willis' protagonist. Besides, the chain of events that puts the plot in motion to recover the stolen card might just have you wondering, "What about eBay, dummy?" Fletch's Film Rating:Expectation: "Whatever."Reality: "Whatever."LAMBScore:Music I'm currently obsessed with listening to: * I've had this in my head for the last two days and I have no idea why...now it's your turn. Book I'm currently reading: * I finally (finally!) finished the Dahl Onmibus. Appropriately, it ends with a short story called "Bitch." That thing was a tedious read. See earlier States for my reasons why on that front. In short - excellent storyteller, bizarre, world-crushingly depressing stories. He could've written a two-word book rather than this 600+ page tome, consisting merely of "Humanity sucks." Today I picked up two Elmore Leonard novels. I've never read a page of Leonard, and shame on me, since I love/like/have a soft spot for every single movie that's been adapted from his work. Even The Big Bounce and Touch, and no one saw or liked those. I bought Get Shorty and another one whose name I can't recall right now (that hasn't been adapted, as far as I know). I've seen Get Shorty a number of times and love it, and I normally abhor reading books after I've seen their adaptations, but if any book could convince me, it's this one. If the book is half as good as the movie, it'll be awesome (and somehow, it will probably be better, if I can let go of the film enough to go along for the ride). Things to Click On * You couldn't possibly have missed the Life in Movies blog-a-thon, could you? (By the way, I posted "answers" to mine in the comments section of that post, if you're still baffled.) (Fandango Groovers Movie Blog) * I pretty much picked away at this post of Univarn's, but that doesn't mean it's not a good, interesting post. (A Life in Equinox) * It's time for an all-new season of one of my new favorite podcasts, Lee and Dan's Midnight Movie Club. I've never seen this first film of the new season, but check their back catalog - lots of 80s and 90s goodness to be found on this funny podcast. * James caught Predator for the first time, and I was surprised and pleased with his superb review. (Cinema Sights)
LAMBcast #67: The Rom-Com Discussion
[Note: this site is no longer publishing new content - please come check out my awesome new site, Man, I Love Films! http://manilovefilms.com. Thanks!] Jess hosts a roundtable discussion of romantic comedies: the good, the bad, and the just plan unwatchable. Is the genre more than just Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson flicks? Does The Princess Bride count as a rom-com? Is the term 'rom-com' an insult? Jess, Rachel, Nick, James and Dylan attempt to answer all of these questions and more. We'd also like to give a special shout-out to Clara of Just Chick Flicks, who was there and more than willing to participate in this discussion that was tailor-made for her and her site, but was unable to thanks to some technical issues. Also on tap: * Rants of the Week * Trailer Talk: Bridesmaids * Last LAMB Standing Music provided royalty-free by Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech website. Big thanks to Kevin for providing this service. The LAMBcast loves feedback, too. Either here in the comments section or to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our Facebook page. Also, we're on iTunes, and would still love a review, even if it's a bad one. Thanks for listening!
Stained Glass Cinema Sunday (#132)
[Note: this site is no longer publishing new content - please come check out my awesome new site, Man, I Love Films! http://manilovefilms.com. Thanks!] BEGINNER EXPERT Standings: J.D. - 47 TheGreatWhiteDope - 35.5 Steel11Kane (Kano) - 8 Dreamrot (smacdonn), simoncolumb - 7 Nick, Wendymoon, Stevee Taylor, BD79 - 6 Clive Dangerously, Justin, JLG, Mad Hatter, Rachel - 5 Jason/Daniel, David Bishop, Jason Soto, Andy, TheAnswerMVP2001 - 3 TJMAC510 - 2.5 Evan Derrick, Alex - 2 TonyD, Luke Harrington, Adam Ross, Anders, Dave, Big Mike Mendez, Nic Cage, CaptainRon19, Anh Khoi Do, Tom, Andy the Time Lord - 1 Here are the altered/actual posters from last time:
A Life in Movies
[Note: this site is no longer publishing new content - please come check out my awesome new site, Man, I Love Films! http://manilovefilms.com. Thanks!] That Fandango has done it again. In other words, Andy over at Fandango Groovers Movie Blog has come up with another excellent community blogging event (it transcends blog-a-thon!) for us all to partake in. I would hope that you can tell from the banner what it's supposed to be, but here's the skinny from the horse's mouth: Inception, Toy Story 3, Winter’s Bone, Sex and the City 2 - what was your favourite movie of 2010? That’s an easy question you probably know the answer without giving it a second thought. But what about your favourite from five years ago, or ten, or event the year you were born? Now that’s a little harder. I am inviting fellow bloggers to tell us what their favourite movies are from each year of their life so far. You can put as much or as little effort into you list as you wish. It could just be a list of movies, you may with to add a sentence or two about the movies or what they mean to you, you can brighten it up with images, posters or trailers. The choice is yours. So, below is my list. I went at this with the mindset: which were the movies that undoubtedly meant the most to me at that point in my life (if I even saw them that year) that STILL mean a lot to me. Sure, I might have loved Benji or The Black Stallion when I was a child, but I can't say that I've seen either in at least two decades. Edit: I forgot to mention a component of this list - I've tried to make it a bit more fun than your typical list, in that it's somewhat of a guessing game as well. While many of the images you see below are bound to be iconic, others are either from less recognizable films or less iconic images from very well-known films. If you aren't sure what any of them are, just ask (or guess!) Go here to check out everyone's lists. 1976 Perhaps this will change when I finally see Network. 1977 Duh. 1978 I could really give or take this year. 1979 This is when the choices start to get difficult for me. 1980 Duh. 1981 Duh. 1982 1983 Really should be Jedi, but we've had enough Star Wars. 1984 What an iconic "80s" year for the movies. 1985 Had to be. 1985 is stacked with movies I adore (BTTF, Better Off Dead, Goonies, Teen Wolf). 1986 Barely edges Top Gun. 1987 Barely edges Predator. I couldn't not choose TPB. 1988 With apologies to Coming to America and Bloodsport. 1989 This might be the year I can point to and say "this is when I fell in love with movies." 1990 Pretty easy choice, really. 1991 Yes, you read that right - over T2. 1992 1993 Makes up for not picking Reservoir Dogs in '92. 1994 Duh. 1995 With apologies to The Usual Suspects and Se7en. Tough year to choose from. 1996 1997 1998 With apologies to The Big Lebowski and Rushmore. That hurt. A lot. 1999 1999 is the greatest year in modern movie history. I heart it to death. 2000 2001 Wes Anderson gets the shaft once again. 2002 Not a great year for movies, overall. A lot to like but not looooove. 2003 I'm its champion. Tops the superior Finding Nemo due to my constant flag-waving. 2004 No contest. 2005 Why do I feel bad about this choice? 2006 I'm shocked at how many 2006 flicks I've ended up loving. We'll look back fondly on it. 2007 I might've pick Hot Fuzz, but Point Break kinda covers it, don't ya think? 2008 Can't believe I've still only seen this once. 2009 Was having a hard time choosing until I got to "I." Then - game over. 2010 We'll see what its staying power is like; I have a feeling it won't be this in five years… 2011 See it already! (Yeah, I cheated - this was only supposed to go through 2010.)
It's that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It's The Day New Movies Are Released. OMG - on time and everything!ThorI guess you have to give it up to the marketing machine. For years, we've heard questions about what the studios would do when they ran out of "A"-level superheroes. Turns out that said worry was much ado about nothing (maybe - see below). Iron Man is perhaps not Batman or Spider-Man, but despite the protestations that he wasn't them, he was also someone that even the least-interested person probably still recognized. With the success of Thor, I have to think that the fears that studios won't be able to sell us on the B team are unfounded. As of press time, the film is scheduled to rake in approximately $65-75 million in its first weekend. Sure, that's no Dark Knight figure, but it's nothing to sneeze at, either. What might be more fascinating is that Thor actually looks like a decent film (and is receiving reviews that back up that supposition). Now, a caveat. I'm not 100% sold on my theory about the B team, despite my claim. See, non-comic book people like me might not know a damn thing about Thor the comic book character, however, the name Thor has pretty strong recognition to it - everyone knows he's a Norse god. So, sell me Ant Man and we'll really see if those fears are unfounded.Fletch's Under Normal Circumstances Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 93%Something BorrowedRemember that one time, when we all thought Kate Hudson was gonna be great?Yeah...we were idiots. Does Ms. Hudson make movies that aren't somehow related to weddings? She must have Spielbergian levels of personal issues regarding nuptials. Could that be residual issues surrounding the "we've been together forever but are never getting married" status of her mother and surrogate dad, Kurt Russell? Sigmund Fletch wants to know.No, that's not true. I really don't care. Which, not coincidentally, is how I feel about any and every Hudson film. Fletch's Under Normal Circumstances Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 0%Jumping the BroomOh shit! CSI's disgraced former co-star Gary Dourdan is in this. I always liked him and was sad when he got killed off there (and got arrested for possessing every drug known to man, but that's another story). Regardless, it looks like this is a bit part, and frankly, I'm not sure that a larger one would make a dent in my interest level for the Broom.One look at the poster tells me two big things about the Broom: first, that its subject matter (clash between "urban" and "bougie" black families) could make for a really interesting, revealing movie, and second, that it won't. I'll hope to be wrong, but the tone of the poster is "Haha, we're having fun fighting! It's gonna be a party either uptown or downtown!" And maybe accomplishing something meaningful is possible within the confines of the type of comedy it looks like (stand-ups do it all of the time). But I doubt it.Fletch's Under Normal Circumstances Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 8%
Ladies of the 90s Tournament...winner!
Congratulations to the Vulcan from Hackers for being selected as the winner of the Ladies of the 90s Tournament! (How did this happen, exactly?)Just for shits and giggles, humor me by taking part in one more poll. Let's suppose that the SMG gang hadn't overtaken her matchup versus Winona Ryder, who I think we all can agree was robbed of her chance in the tourney. Who would you choose between her and the two finalists? poll by twiigs.com
Survivor: Redemption Island Episode 12 Live Blog!
(Editor's Note: Ok, so I'm an idiot. I accidentally just wrote over an older post - for episode 10, I think - so there are some comments here that won't make sense. Also, you probably aren't seeing this post in your feed readers since it's a few weeks old. Oh well...)Alright, my stalwart Survivor gang - it's time for another Live Blog!Is it just me, or does it seem like this season has gone on forever? It ends Sunday (thankfully), and yet, this episode here is only the 12th. Have the seasons always been this short (and seemed so long)? I think not. Methinks the show needs larger gaps between seasons...Anyway, on to the show!7:00: Again with the four person "dual," eh? I suppose the contestants will have to balance 6-sided triangles on their laps later?7:02: Hmmm...a scene involving Natalie crying...could that possibly have served as the "family crying moment of the season," meaning we might be dodging that bullet?7:04: I swear to god, right as I'm typing that, the players are discovering phones with family messages. I'm fucking psychic (or I've just watched this show for a long time).7:05: Hey! Andrea didn't turn into a ball of tears upon seeing her video. A Survivor first! Good for her.7:06: Damnit, I wish Matt had been amongst the players getting a message. I want to know if it would have been from God.7:07: Again, I'm psychic - he gets a turn after all. I'll be disappointed if Jesus himself doesn't tell Matt that he's really pulling for him in today's challenge.7:09: I'm not sure if you're aware of this or not, but tonight's episode is brought to us by SPRINT...4G! How much you wanna bet me that the first commercial in the next break is from our friends at Sprint? The Epic 4G.7:10: If I took a drink every time they said "Sprint," I'd be wasted already. And it's all been in the span of four minutes, so it'd be like shotgunning beers.7:15: Are you kidding? Only one person is going home? So there'll be nine people left in the game, and we've got a finale on Sunday? WTF?7:17: Bye, Steve. Didn't ya like how they showed Phil immediately after Jeff said Steve was going home?7:18: What the shit? Is this series gonna be airing on the Trinity Broadcasting Network soon? I have my limits, people...7:19: That said, while I don't know if it will make the least bit of difference for him, I think Mike made an excellent choice. Not only is it worth a shot, but it's not like he didn't get a) a message and b) to see his Mom in person. And if it curries him favor down the line, to go with the good karma he's already earned, all the better. I'm not sure if I could have made such a move, but I appreciate it nonetheless.7:24: Okay, no need to correct me. I just got curious and looked it up, and I see that the finale is on the 15th, which means we've got next Wednesday as well. My bad! Though I think I also saw that the finale will start with 8 people - wow.7:26: Grant's....sister's husband? Odd choice for a family member - I wonder if there's a story there. And Ralph's "friend?" I'm not sure that I would have guessed that Ralph was gay - cool!7:28: Rob just talked about making a better life for his wife and kids. Yeah...I don't want to begrudge the guy that, but I can't imagine that they're exactly hurting for cash.7:28: Spoiler - it will be unveiled that Grant is the second coming of Jesus later on in the show. He looks the part, right? And this is the Official Reality Show of Heaven, right?7:29: Ok, I'll stop.7:29: If the show stops first.7:34: How can Grant not win this? The guy's probably spent more time running up and down stadium stairs than the rest of the players combined. Could anyone be more conditioned than he is?7:38: Rob wins!7:38: ...and then dies of heat exhaustion.7:43: Crap, I was too busy skipping the commercials to notice - was that one commercial I called for Sprint or what?7:48: But of course - Phil has been acting like a crazy fool all this time. I don't buy it. The guy might have had a moment of self-realization where he picked up on the fact that he's a nut that's almost universally loathed, but there's no way that everything he's said and done has been an act.7:53: So what do we think? More bait and switch? It's gotta be Andrea, right? I say yay.7:56: I really hope that those remaining five players are forced to do a vote amongst themselves next week, because I'd like to see if Rob can stick to his "keep Phil" strategy, and whether or not the pair of gals and/or the pair of non-Phil guys would dare to vote against each other. I can't think of another season in which we had a solid group of players that contained two even-solider [sic] pairs within it. It makes me hope for a four-person finale with the two pairs making it, just so they have to trash talk each other.
The State of the Cabins (5/4/11)
Down and dirty this time out...Movies watched for the first time (non-theatrically) since last week:I don't think there have been any again, though I'm over halfway through the epically long, epically stupid Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. My favorite part thus far: A group enters the Smithsonian. They awake a long-dormant Decepticon. He's sleepy, wants outside. So he smashes through the wall and - POOF! - they're in a field full of airplanes with mountains in the distance. Put it this way: you could have a field day just reading the "Errors in geography" section of the Goofs page for the flick on IMDb. Oh boy, oh boy...I can't wait to finish it.Aside from that, it's been more rewatching of old flicks (Timecop!) and two (2!) theatrical trips in the last week (Fast Five and Win Win).Music I'm currently obsessed with listening to:* Every time I listen to this, I feel bad that I don't own a single Pulp album yet. I'm familiar with about three of their songs (one from the Great Expectations soundtrack, one from the Trainspotting soundtrack, and this one), and I greatly enjoy all of them.I'm so ahead of the times...Book I'm currently reading:* Still with the omnibus.I've about 130 pages left, but I don't think I'm even going to finish it. I've had my fill of pessimistic, depressing short stories in which Dahl toys with and (almost always) harms his protagonists. Yay...life sucks. Thanks for the lesson. I can't believe this guy is known for writing children's stories.Things to Click On* I have nothing for you this week. I'm just being a bad blogger all-around. The Blogger embargo at work has kept me away from writing and reading as I'm accustomed to, so my apologies to all that are wondering where I've gone. Also, I'm working on a project that is taking away the rest of my attention. Hopefully, I'll be back reading and commenting on sites and posting more in the near future.
Poll results; new poll; FYC!
The results of the latest poll either indicate that much of Blog Cabins' readership is not a member of the Large Association of Movie Blogs...or the magic is gone from the LAMMY awards, with just 57% of the vote excited for the ceremony in one fashion or another. Hard to say which, really, not without knowing who the 26% of voters were that selected "not caring,""curious," and "in the dark." Though, really, the ones I'm concerned about are the 3 individuals who selected "full of hate" towards the awards. Care to come forward? (Castor, if you're one of them, I get it.)I'm in the midst of trudging through the second Transformers film (just for shits and giggles, and because I get curious to see just how bad some films are), and it's got me wondering how much interest you have in the third edition of the Baysplosions epic. New poll wants a simple Yes or No from you.Also, for those that might not see it on the LAMB, I had to share with you the For Your Consideration ad that I made for the event. I wasn't coming up with anything brilliantly funny (some have been great for this), and I didn't want to do anything that just put a bunch of text over an image from a recent movie (too many have done this), and putting JCVD's face on one of these is an awesome idea that's already been taken, so....I went with a (hopefully) classy and designery one. Made in MS Paint, of course!
Ladies of the 90s Tournament - The Championship!: Uma Thurman (3) vs. Angelina Jolie (5)
Previous results: Well, we got a close, back-and-forth matchup for our last one before the final, with Sandra and Angelina trading the lead all day. In the end, Jon Voight's daughter knocked out the last number one seed, 28-23. Can she finish her Cinderella run and take it all? For the updated bracket, click here.Uma Thurman90s Highlights: Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, Beautiful Girls, Jennifer Eight, Final AnalysisAngelina Jolie90s Highlights: Hackers, Girl, Interrupted, The Bone Collector poll by twiigs.com
Ladies of the 90s Tournament - Round 4: Sandra Bullock (1) vs.
Previous results: Another day, another blowout. Uma trounced Halle Berry, 20-10. Today, we see who will face her in the finals - the Girl Next Door, or the Possibly Crazy Vixen Next Door. For the updated bracket, click here.Sandra Bullock90s Highlights: Speed, Demolition Man, While You Were Sleeping, A Time to KillAngelina Jolie90s Highlights: Hackers, Girl, Interrupted, The Bone Collectorpoll by twiigs.com