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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony halts distribution of 'The Interview'

I wish I could say this surprised me, but it doesn't. This is pretty much the outcome I expected, even before Carmike Theaters became the pack-leader among the cowardly dipshits to refuse to show "The Interview."

According to Variety, Sony Pictures has pulled "The Interview" from distribution in a direct response to the threats of violence. Not only has the film been pulled from theatrical distribution, but plans for DVD and VoD releases have also been killed.

If anyone reading this thinks that's a Good Thing, you're an idiot--or worse.

Already, there are reports of other film projects with a similar subject being cancelled, such as the Steve Carell vehicle "Pyongyang" being cancelled by New Regency. And we won't hear about the films and books that wont' be produced because of pre-emptive, fearful self-censorship.

"The Interview" was undoubtedly a bad movie. However, to see it pulled because of threats from the retarded Humpty Dumpty lookalike who rules North Korea and the turd-blossoms who service him, is something that anyone who cares about freedom of expression should be angered and outraged over.

Sure, it's "just business" when a film get's pulled from distribution. Sure. theaters can screen what they want, and Sony can or cannot release whatever they choose. But the reason for THIS particular choice is bad.

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Ben Franklin

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hacker assholes threaten '9/11 style' attack on movie theaters

Fuck those assholes. Fuck their demands.

I never see films on opening night, because I prefer half-empy to nearly empty theaters. It was something I developed a liking for back when I wrote movie reviews for a living, and because I don't like crowds. But I will make an exception for "The Interview." This is a film that only looked mildly interesting to me when I saw the preview. It was a film I was probably going to skip--as I do most movies these days--and MAYBE get around to it in two-three years if even then.

But these fuckers who hacked Sony's computers and stole scripts, emails, and payroll information have made sure that I will see this movie in a theater, on opening night, if at all possible. I almost always feel an obligation to see a movie that this or that collection of twats has called for a boycott against... and that obligation has just been placed upon me ten-fold with this one.

Fuck those assholes. Fuck their demands.

Click there to read how the dickless "Sony Hackers" have threatened violence at movie theaters that show "The Interview."

James Franco and Seth Rogan in "The Interview"

Friday, December 5, 2014

Stickers by Stan!

A sample of the Stickers By Stan!

My friend, former co-worker/collaborator Stan! is running a Kickstarter where you can get some of his great cartoons as clipart and some really fun stickers. It's worthy of your support... especially if you have kids who are in the age range where they love stickers. (Or if the kid in your still love stickers, and you want to have a few from one of the coolest cartoonists working today.)

Click here to see all the details on the Stickers By Stan! Kickstarter. There are four days left on it, so don't wait!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

'Mr. Sycamore' is the tale of a man who wants to make like a tree...

Mr. Sycamore (1974)
Starring: Jason Robards, Sandy Dennis, Jean Simmons, Robert Easton, and Brenda Smith
Director: Pancho Kohner
Rating: Four of Ten Stars

A mail carrier and discouraged poet (Robards) decides to escape his dreary life by transforming himself into a tree.

There are a rare few bad movies that still manage to hold your attention, even though they are dull and made duller by the fact that 45 minutes of material had to stretched to fill feature-film length. "Mr. Sycamore" is one such picture.

This could perhaps have been an interesting episode in a television anthology series, or perhaps as one of several episodes in an anthology film, but there simply wasn't enough substance to fill a feature. So, the audience is subjected to a pointless slapstick sequence involving two milk trucks, an almost as pointless dream sequence, and a storm as the film reaches its climax that is drawn out to the point where it blunts whatever impact it may have had.

It's a shame that the screenwriters and director didn't manage to translate the play they were adapting more effectively to the screen. Perhaps they could have done so if they hadn't hewn so close to the source material -- most scenes feel like they are were transcribed directly from the play and the actors likewise seem like they are doing a play rather than a movie. I don't mean that in the sense that they are "playing to the back rows" but rather that there is a formality and a "I say my line, you say your line, I say my next line" to their performances.

With a more effective script, "Mr. Sycamore" could have been a fabulous--if odd-- picture. It is consistently visually interesting and it features a powerhouse cast of actors that are all perfect for the roles they play. The visuals and the performances will keep you watching, even as you realize that this picture will ultimately make you wish you have those minutes of your life back. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

A very NUELOW Halloween!

The cover for NUELOW's horror anthology Feary Tales.

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Click here to see a listing of NUELOW's Halloween specials (good through Midnight, Oct. 31, 2014).

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day. Happy artery clogging, everyone!

(I'll observe this grand holiday by having a cheeseburger. I may make it here at home, or I may run down the hill to Jack in the Box or Wendy's... it all depends how I feel come lunch time.)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

In Sports News...

Michael Sam has gone to the Dallas Cowboys.

Now the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs each need an "openly gay player."

Then all we'd need would be a biker, a cop, and a sailor.