05 June 2008

Unlikely sponsor for Big Brown: Hooters

Big brown hooters. Hmmm.

Convicted steroids dealer David Jacobs found dead in Plano home

Everyone try to act surprised that this happened.

04 June 2008


Since we're into movie reviews lately, I thought I'd chime in on the recent 2-night movie/mini-series event, "The Andromeda Strain."

Let's just say that after reading this interview with Robert Schenkkan, I've come to an inexorable conclusion: he's a tool. He's apparently a self-important screenwriter whose original thoughts and concepts are better left alone. He should've stayed with the original Andromeda Strain storyline, for example. I mean, after all, what do Michael Crichton and Robert Wise know?
iF: Did you speak with Michael Crichton at all during this process?

SCHENKKAN: If I had been offered that opportunity I would have done so but it never came up. I should point out that this is the very first time that Crichton has allowed any of his novels to be adapted directly for television.
I'd be willing to bet that Crichton now has serious regrets regarding that decision. Admittedly, I'm a huge fan of the novel and the 1971 movie, directed by Robert Wise. It's a great story, with a great plot, and the screen version was every bit as good as the novel. Granted, the technology in the movie is dated by today's standards, but it's still very cool, and a large part of the movie's charm.

Schenkkan saw it once, as a teenager.

It's not so much that Schenkkan's story was "expanded" as it is that it went off on some insane tangent never hinted at in the original story. Wormholes, messages from the future, extinct viruses wiped out by deep-sea mining - ugh. What tree-hugging tripe.

As you read the interview, take note of the interviewers observations, and Schenkkan's responses. Several of the replies start out, "Actually that's not entirely accurate," or "Again, I disagree," or "I disagree." What the interviewer was pointing out was how poorly this adaptation captured the whole point of the original novel, and all Schenkkan can do is point out that apparently we're just not smart enough to get it. Let's combine that with unrelated storylines, bone-dry dialog, a complete lack of continuity, and what have you got? Something just awful. I fell asleep when I tried to watch it, and I tried to watch it a couple of times (A&E ran it over and over).

If you haven't seen it, don't bother. You didn't miss much.

But beware - Shenkkan has more projects, including a feature film depicting the march of the 10,000. All you history buffs will cringe at the very thought.

03 June 2008

Senator having fun with guns....

Looks like Texas Senator Cornyn is having a good time shooting some shotgun action.

Now if we can only get him to come play with us with some handgun fun, that would be a blast!

02 June 2008

When Liberals rule the world

This is what happens when liberals rule the world. Personal responsibility and accountability? What's that?? How's this for a news story?

Hillary Clinton in negotiations for Barack Obama to help pay off her debts

That's right, dear readers. You can rack up to 40 million in debt in a failed Presidential campaign, but if your opponent wants your support in the general election, he'd better pay up!

And if there was ever any question about what motivates the Clintons:

“It’s not about the vice-presidency or any other position she might get. It’s about the money – in particular the Clinton family money.”
Will anyone miss the Clintons?? God knows I won't.