Monday, November 24, 2008

Enough already!!

The most anticipated geek movie of all time...and its release date has been set back again! Over at his blog, author Ernie Cline updates us on the new date: February 6, 2009. It was supposed to open this weekend.


Can I wait? Guess I'll have to.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Etymologist's View of the World

The linguistic geek in me really likes these maps:
The map makers researched global place names to find their origins, and then translated them to English.
I've always wanted to visit Mango Leaves on the Isle of Happiness myself.


Christmas Shopping??

Here's a catalogue for you all: The Original Illustrated Catalog of ACME Products.

Who on your shopping list could use some Earthquake Pills?

Not that the following cartoon has anything to do with's just one of my favourite Bugs Bunny cartoons:



Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Do a Google search of the word "donkey" and some delightful stuff comes up:

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (who knew?)

Guidelines for Using Donkeys as Guard Animals with Sheep (provided by the Gov't of Ontario of all places)

Lately, I've been hearing the word a lot, as my man Metro is playing poker and is picking up the jargon. A donkey is a specific type of player: a bad one.

Today, a friend of a friend, visiting from out of town, started telling me a story out of the blue...about how, when she was a young girl, she saw the most amazing thing: Donkey Baseball. A fundraiser in her little town. All these years later, this memory has stayed with her, vividly.

I smiled to myself, went to my friend's computer and hit Youtube. Two seconds later I called her over to see this:

I love the Internet.


Friday, November 07, 2008

UK vs US: What's funny?

I could research definitions of comedy and funny to write an essay on the topic...and still no one would agree with me.

As individuals, we all know what we like. Personally, I have a taste for the more complex British comedies. where funny stuff happens while life continues on, in all its wonderful complexities.

The Full Monty (1997) (warning: couldn't find the trailer, so the clip below is the sports-movie-style fabulous SPOILER ending -- go rent the movie if you haven't seen it, don't ruin it for yourself!!)

Kinky Boots (2005)

Death at a Funeral (2007)

Now, according to my favourite movie news source (I let Gordon McAlpin sift through the movie geek news for me! And I follow his great webcomic Multiplex), Hollywood is doing a re-make of Death at a Funeral!! (Did you see the date on that film? A year old.)

Me (and all sane movie geeks): "What?! Was it not funny enough for you? Or could you not understand the foreign accent?"

"Oh, no. None of that. We just want to make it Chris Rock funny. All movies are better when we Americanize 'em."



Saturday, November 01, 2008

Another Reason Canada is Cooler than the USA

In Canada, we have no problems with this poster (and a 18A movie rating):

But in the States, it's an R rating, and the Immortal Mr. Smith had to settle for this poster:

The official site is right here...

(Pictures lifted off, where you can also see trailers and clips.)

Kevin Smith, you're my hero. Don't stop making movies...well, unless you stop being funny.