March 19th, 2006

Val Spring 2010

More Netflix\DVD Omissions

These two films aren't available on Netflix--because for whatever reason, they're not yet available on DVD!:

Storm Center (1956)
I've been playing with the idea of writing about how it's the 50th anniversary of this film this year, which is about censorship mixed in with the Communist witch hunts in the 1950s--but I'm not sure how informative my article could or would be since I've never seen the film in my life! I'd barely heard of the film--but ALA's member magazine at the time made a big deal about the film (naturally). I'll probably just end up writing about that. But it's an article that could be so much more if there was a print floating around...!

Chocolate War (1988)
Speaking of censorship (which I say because the original novel has been a banned/challenged library book target for years)... I didn't know there even was a movie. Like Legend of Billie Jean, there was a home video release years back, but no DVD yet.
Val Spring 2010

Where, oh where, have the smart people gone?

Line from Pink's "Stupid Girls" song.

[Best lines in the song:
What happened to the dreams of a girl president
She's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent]

So what is up with Tom Cruise?? I just finished watching the South Park "Trapped in the Closet" episode and I laughed my ass off! [I also had a laugh because the episode identification numbers are my birthdate: 9th season, 12th episode--9/12.] It's called a satire, people; by its very definition, it's supposed to tear down (as opposed to parody, which builds up). Sheesh! (Definitions courtesy of Joe Bob Briggs and/or "Weird Al" Yankovic, I can't remember which!)

I remember when South Park first started years ago, Time magazine had predicted that the show would be dead and gone by now, after having been picked up by a network and watered down for such network mass consumption. Happily, none of the above occurred! Coming up on its tenth season and Matt and Trey are ticking off even more people than before (including, unfortunately, now former cast member Isaac Hayes, who I had no idea was a Scientologist--and a prickly one, it seems, at that!). Well, maybe Matt and Trey can replace Hayes with another great African American musical icon who could use a profile boost/image revision.

Although I don't think Michael Jackson has much of a sense of humor, either...

You'd think George Clinton or Bootsy could step in there.

But they'll probably end up with Philip Michael Thomas or something like that.

And he'll want to sing.

[God bless 'im!]