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Thursday, May 26, 2011

'Hands of Steel': Terminator for Girls

Hands of Steel (aka "Atomic Cyborg" and "Arms of Steel") (1986)
Starring: Daniel Greene, Janet Agren, George Eastman, Claudio Cassinelli, Luigi Montifori, Andrew Coppola, and John Saxon
Director: Martin Doleman (aka Sergio Martino)
Rating: Six of Ten Stars

In the near future, a powerful industrialist (Saxon) co-opts a U.S. Army super-soldier program for use as his own personal assassination squad. When the perfect cybernetic super-soldier (Greene) breaks his programming and heads home to Arizona in search of his true identity, ruthless assassins are put on his trail to silence him before he thinks to turn himself into the authorities.

Someone I used to watch crummy movies with referred to "Hands of Steel" as "Terminator for Girls."

I thought it was a funny and very accurate description. The cyborg in search of emotional peace and answers to who he is is played by a very handsome male specimen, and the "lonely woman finds true love and redeems a Bad Boy" is a chick fantasy if there ever was one.

Along the way, there's some violence courtesy of said cyborg bad boy and the assassins chasing him, as well as a subplot involving semi-pro arm-wrestlers that makes "Over the Top" look like a masterpiece, with the only positive thing about it being the contests are motivated by chivalry instead of an attempt to earn the love and respect of a 13 year-old boy. I wish I could say there was much hilarity and/or excitement in watching arm-wrestling battles of Man vs. Cyborg, but no; it's even dumber here than it was in the Stallone movie. But at least the arm-wrestling is motivated by chivalry and not an attempt to earn the love and respect of the cyborg's estranged son. (I realize arm wrestling is viewed as a sport in some of the more bizarre places of the world--like caber-tossing, curling, and, no doubt, pig catching--but was it really so popular in the 1980s that it warranted cinematic treatments?)

Aside from the arm wrestling sequences, the fight and chase scenes are fairly well done, considering what is usually found in films at this level. The Battle Royale from which the above screenshot is culled--when the assassins finally catch up with our hero--is one of the movie's high points. It comes as a near-complete surprise, which I may well have spoiled by mentioning it here. Whoops.

At any rate, that fight kicks off the movie's third act which is little more than chases, mayhem, and violence again goons in black suits and motorcycle helmets (that culminates in John Saxon wielding a weapon that shoots colorful cartoon lines--oh, sorry... laser beams). It's the point in the movie where there's "no plot to get in the way of the action," except for when the "redemption of the Bad Boy" is reintroduced and brought to its natural conclusion. Do we get a happy ending where Cyborg and Girl live happily ever after? Well, I'm not going to be that bad with spoilers, but it was the one point where the film had me guessing as to what was going to come next.

This is a fun, cheesy sci-fi flick that should appeal equally to fans of "Warriors of the Wasteland", "Robocop" and "Terminator". While it's squarely in the territory of Bad Movie Night fodder, it does have good action scenes and it features decent performances by Daniel Greene and Janet Agren. I recommend pairing it with Charles Band's "Crash and Burn" for the common themes of killer cyborgs and evil corporations bent on destroying the environment just for money and the hell of it. (In fact, I continue to be astonished that neither Band nor companies like Mill Creek hasn't taken advantage of the ongoing environmentalist hysteria to repackage and/or retitle some of these B-movies with environmentalist side themes in attempts to sponge a few dollars off the True Believers in the cult of man-made global warming. It might be a little late now, though, as the mass-media seems to be moving onto other topics.)

Trivia: This was the final screen appearance of Claudio Cassinelli, an Italian actor whose face is familiar to lovers of trashy cinema. He died in a helicopter crash during the production.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ed Schultz calls Laura Ingraham "slut" on air

According to The Daily Caller (as called to my attention by Feo Amante) mega-asshole radio and TV personality Ed Schultz has called competing radio talk host Laura Ingraham a "slut" during his broadcast. Not once, but twice. Click here for the details.

I admit to getting many laughs from Laura Ingraham when her show aired here in the Seattle area during a time I was driving in the car, so I am irked. Even if I didn't like Ingraham, Schultz's comment is uncalled for.

But I take solace in the fact that Ed Schultz will get the same treatment that Don "nappy-haired hoes" Imus got from the media establishment.

What? You're saying I shouldn't hold my breath, because there's one standard for the Obamunists and another standard for the rest of us? And that it's okay to call a woman a slut so long as she's not an " oppressed minority"? Oh. You're probably right.

Ed Schultz, being a dumb-ass

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mohammed Monday Special: DMD

The Second Annual "Draw Mohammad Day" has come and gone. Since I wasn't Raptured this past Saturday, I'm providing a Mohammed Monday Special Edition (since the usual Mohammed Monday is a feature at Shades of Gray) with a couple of my favorite YouTube videos from DMD2. (The bottom one is NOT one you want to play if you're somewhere F-bombs might get you in trouble.)

This is CNN (!?!)

I can think of one person who will never be trusted with weekend copy-editing duties again.

That's a screen shot of a real headline from a CNN website. A headline that was fed to dozens of other sites that have set up auto-syndication with CNN.

I wouldn't have let a headline like that on the page of the college newspaper section I edited 20+ years ago, yet there it is on a dozen websites, brought to us by what is supposedly a major news organization.

I knew journalistic standards have slipped, but I had no idea how far. Maybe I should be applying for editorial jobs at newspapers and websites. Apparently, you don't actually need to possess any level of decorum or respectability. Looks like I should get back into the journalism field on a professional level, because I'd fit right in these days.

'Pirate Radio USA' explores how FCC limits freedom

Pirate Radio USA (2006)
Director: Jeff Pearson
Rating: Seven of Ten Stars

Veteran pirate radio broadcasters DJ Him and DJ Her take viewers inside the underground world of illegal, low-watt (usually 2-5 watts) radio stations, where people play and say what they want—until the FCC catches them and tramples all over their Constitutional Rights.

"Pirate Radio USA" is a funny, fast-paced, and important documentary that chronicles a decade of struggle by activists and operators of low-wattage micro-radio stations against the FCC and a United States Congress that seems more interested in adhering to the whims and wishes of media corporations than in the Constitutional rights of American citizens. It's a film made by someone who knows its subject well, as director Jeff Pearson and his partner in production and radio broadcast crime Mary Jones are both longtime radio pirates themselves.

The film shows the means and methods of micro-broadcasters across the United States while documenting a troubling and intentional pattern of abuse of the authority and outright Constitutional violations by the Federal government through the FCC. The filmmakers and their subjects focus primarily on the concerted efforts to quash the First Amendment rights of the micro-broadcasters, but what should be of far greater concern to all Americans is the way the Fourth and Fifth Amendments are also played fast-and-loose or outright ignored by the Feds when it comes to pirate radio. (If there's no protection from illegal searches and seizures of personal property, nor any guarantee of due process in the courts, then freedom of speech is pretty much non-existent because no one will dare use it. And THAT is what it seems the FCC has been trying to achieve in the pattern of behavior documented in this film.)

Although Pearson's admitted liberal biases occasionally shine through (such as an irrelevant reference to the "stolen" Presidential election in 2000, and a misfocused coverage of the Seattle WTO riots), "Pirate Radio USA" is mostly an evenhanded film that shows that a talented filmmaker with an honest heart can make an entertaining and informative documentary without having to distort facts or edit interviews to make subjects say or do things they never did (I'm looking at you, Michael "Fahrenheit 9/11" Moore and Ben "Expelled" Stein). It's an excellent piece of work.

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, "Pirate Radio USA" is worth checking out. Even if you aren't particularly interested in pirate radio and low-watt broadcastiong (although at the end of the movie, I guarantee you'll feel like heading down to Radio Shack for the equipment needed), you'll have your eyes opened to the way the Federal government is stomping all over the Constitution.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Still here...

Looks like Jesus Christ is either late, or won't be showing up this year.

I wonder who's fault it was that Jesus stood us up. George W. Bush (because everything is his fault) or Barack Hussein Obama (because Jesus decided one Messiah walking the Earth at any given time is enough)?

Or maybe Jesus follows the Mayan calendar? He DID visit Central and South American after all!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Minister's followers wait in vain for world's end

This may be jumping the gun, but it's looking more and more likely that Jesus Christ WON'T be honoring us with a visit today. (Although there was just a volcanic eruption in Iceland, and there was an earthquake in New Zealand... and the Rapture WAS scheduled for 6pm (probably Pacific Time, but I'm not sure on that one).

It could also be that Christ was taking I-5 through Seattle on his way to Harold Camping's place... which means He'd be late for his own resurrection.

Unless, He already came and went, "like a thief in the night, and took the only Rapture-worthy people with him...

Minister's followers wait in vain for world's end : "Neither radio employees nor radio minister Harold Camping were in evidence Saturday morning in the station parking lot on Hegenberger Road near the Oakland Airport."

As for me, I'm heading out to climb a radio broadcast tower in Seattle, wearing an orange hard-hat with a battery on top and strobe lights mounted on either side. I want to make sure the angles spot me in case they come swooping down at 6pm (or by Midnight, in case they were stuck in traffic with Jesus)!

If you see no further posts, you know what happened! (Or maybe I'm just in jail....)

I hope you're wearing clean underwear

Did your Mom ever tell you to put on clean underwear every day, because you might be in an accident and it would be embarrassing if everyone at the hospital knew you didn't put on fresh undies that morning?

Well, if you didn't change your shorts this morning, you're going to be REALLY embarrassed when Jesus Christ comes a'callin!

What the Second Coming of Jesus Might Look Like
(with apologies to Andrew Green of Who Wants Taters???)

Harold Camping, the leader of an independent Christian ministry called Family Radio Worldwide, has predicted that today is the day that Jesus Christ is coming back to judge us all... and presumably Rapture all the good Christians among us.

If I don't update this blog tomorrow, you know what happened!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Coming up: The End of the World

It's been predicted that some time between 12:00:01 and 23:59:59 on May 21, 2011, Jesus Christ will return. While all the Good People will be Raptured at that point, the rest of us have until October 21 before we will burn in Hell, once and for all time.

I guess all of you out there who put your faith in the Wise Ancients and the 2012 date are going to be feeling pretty silly some time tomorrow, huh?

To mark the upcoming Event, here's Julia Nunes covering REM's "It's the End of the World of the World as We Know It."

(I'm not sure what time zone the End of the World will start in, but I suppose they'll let us know when the time comes.)

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day 2011!

Here's my contribution to the second annual freedom of expression celebration. It's once again fun and educational! Click on the image for a larger, more legible version.

By the way, I didn't make up that statistic about 80% illiteracy rate in the "Muslim World."

Click here to view last year's "Jihad Fairie Activity Page."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jeffrey Catherine Jones dead at 67

Fantasy artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones passed away this morning after a battle with emphysema.

Jones worked in comics during the 1970s, illustrating tales for "Creepy", "Eerie", and Wonder Woman, but by the mid-1980s, he had moved onto painting and focused later in his career almost entirely on covers for sci-fi and fantasy books and movie posters.

Frank Frazetta once described Jones as "the greatest living painter."

Jones had essentially retired and had produced very little art in the past few years, and he has now have left us completely. But his artwork remains for us to enjoy.

To see more of Jones' work, click here to visit Grantbridge Street and Other Misadventures for a sampling of Jones' amazing comic book art (not be scared by the "adults only" notice; the Jones stuff isn't bad); and here to visit Golden Age Comic Book Stories for a gallery of Jones' early paintings.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In time for 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day 2'...

... one of the devout, peace-loving Muslims without whom the first "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" would not have existed has been brought up on charges of making terrorist death threats.

Read all about it at The Investigative Project on Terrorism: "South Park" Threat Leads to Charge Against Jesse Curtis Morton(aka Younus Abdullah Mohammad)

Jesse was Tweedle-Dee to Zachary Chesser's Tweedle-Dumb in running and otherwise taking steps to show the true faith of Islam in American to anyone who cared to pay attention. Here's hoping he goes away for 25 years as well.

Jesse (left) and his boyfriend Zack, in happier times,
when issuing terrorist threats got them on CNN, not on trial

And now for the ceremonial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him). May there be a Million Moes across the web on May 20, 2011--ALLAH WILLING!

Click here to visit the flagship blog for Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. You can submit your Mohammed cartoons here or there! (I'm hard at work on a new "Jihad Fairie Activity Page" that I'll post Friday. If I have the time to finish it, there's be another little goody as well. See you then!)

Monday, May 16, 2011

'Entry Level' is a well-tuned comedy

Entry Level (2007)
Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Missi Pyle, Kurtwood Smith, Cedric Yarbrough, Taylor Negron, Dan Southworth, and Steve Ryan
Director: Douglas Horn
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

Frustrated over the failure of his restraunt, Clay (Sweeney) decides to abandon his career as a chef and start over in the workforce. But can a man whose pushing 40 really start over again at the bottom?

"Entry Level" is an excellent comedy that satirizes the interview and hiring processes at large companies and the American Employment Security system while delivering a well-stated message about the importance of finding one's talent and sticking with that throughout life, particularly if one enjoys doing whatever it is the talent is.

"Entry Level" is a character-driven comedy that has as its prime focus the above-mentioned Clay (who is in search of a fresh start, but who continues to prepare gourmet meals, only now he's making deliciously creative sandwiches for his fellow job-seekers) and the fellow unemployed people he befriends while making the rounds from job interview to job interview. The sandwiches are one of the film's funniest running jokes, as well as the plot element that leads to the film predictable but still very satisfying happy ending.

For most part, the film draws its comedy from absurd but-all-too-realistic-seeming situations in corporate waiting rooms and job interviews, remaining mostly low-key. It strays into two bouts of over-the-top, comic excess that feel like they might be comedy sketches and out of place in the overall movie. One of these--where Clay triggers a burned-out HR executive to flame out and quit his job in a rather spectacular fashion--the film recovers from because a new character gets added to the story as a result, while the other--featuring the worst job interview from the worst possible boss ever--feels out of place and, while funny, ends up detracting more from the movie than strengthening it.

However, even those two scenes I feel don't quite match the rest of the film's tone, are very well done. The film has an excellent script with great dialogue and well-honed jokes, giving its cast of very talented actors the material they need to shine in every shot.

Must be one of those affirmative action students

A graduate student in Communications at Louisiana State University was shouted down by a crowd while he read a statement instead of his Facebook-announced burning of an American flag when he failed to get a "local burn permit" from the city.

Mob Chases Would-be Flag Burner From LSU Campus

I can only assume that this student, whose name is Benjamin Haas, is either a high-functioning retard who has been pushed through college and into graduate school in order to fill some sort of affirmative action quota related to "people with disabilities," or he's attended some of the worst colleges in the United States. Including the one he's currently at.

Benjamin Haas: Noted poet, would-be flag-burner,
 and the pride of LSU (okay, maybe not that last bit)

Why else would he want to destroy the symbol of the United States of America and the Constitution that guarantees his freedom of expression--a right his field of study and many future career opportunities revolve around? (The answer is probably that he is intending to go into politics and that's he's one of those beautiful people with the attitude that free speech only applies to those who agree with him. Which, of course, means that real freedom of expression matters jack-all to him.)

It could also be that Haas never intended to burn the American flag in the first place. That thought occurred to me when reading the transcript of his address that was published by the LSU campus paper.

Regardless of what led Haas to not burn the American flag today, here is an amateur video from the "event".

While I despise Haas, I don't have much more respect for the crowd and the mob mentality they exhibited. I love the fact that there appeared to be only a small handful there to support Haas and a hundreds there to protest the promised flag burning, but I would have preferred Haas's drivel being heard. For the very reason expressed in this video (also from Benjamin's Big Day... the partially seen woman is one of the people standing alongside Haas in the other video):

It appears to me that the crowd didn't even give Haas a real opportunity for them to "tell him to shut the fuck up." That's a problem.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Best of Moymoy Palaboy

THIS is what the web was created for. The zoophiles and pedarasts of al-Qaeda don't hate us for our freedom, but rather for making clips like these instead of providing more porn for them to download in their secret hideouts. And therein is the difference between Western Decadence and Islamic Decadence.

Presenting: The Best of Moymoy Palaboy.

Out of the kitchen.... into the streets!

And this final song is funny even without the Boys. (The lyrics are about as moronic as Rebecca Black's "Friday" song.)

Mohammed and the New Sharia

Here's the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him/her/it) giving the keynote address from the 2010 Everybody Draw Mohammed Day event, and introducing the New Sharia.

Click here for information on the Cinema Steve observance of Everybody Draw Mohammed Day 2011. (And please consider taking part.)

Monday, May 9, 2011

'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day 2011' is coming!

If you want to draw a cartoon or two of the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him), but don't want the hassle of hosting them yourself, I'll happily post them on this blog on May 20. That's the day when we extend a big "fuck off" to those who would abridge freedom of expression in the name of bizarre superstitions and death-cult idolatry.

I will post the cartoons with attribution or anonymously, whichever you prefer. Just let me know. (And if you are posting ones yourself, please send me a link.)

Whether I get 1 or 10 or 100 submissions, I may not post them all. I prefer funny and subtle cartoons over ones that are just mindlessly offensive. Click here for a look at my taste in Mo-ronic blaspheming, or on the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day tag at the bottom of this post.

(BTW, the world is reportedly ending May 21, so you might as well get in on the action. You'll have nothing to fear from angry idol-worshipers who believe stick figures and pictures of kittens labeled "Mohammed" have the power to corrupt human souls. On the other hand, you may go straight to Hell. But, frankly, that'll be the better place if Paradise is home to scum like Osama bin Laden, the Magical Mullah Omar, and Anwar al-Awlaki.)

Originally appeared on May 20, 2010 on this blog.

Idiot Criminals in Love?

A case for marriage licenses AND breeding licenses? I'd hate to see what kind of retarded baby this union would produce....

Charles B. Koch of Stratford, And Cheri Harper of Malaga, New Jersey Sentenced to 7 Year Terms For Robbing A Bank So They Could Get Married In Vegas

Why Charles and Cheri decided to get married.
(Artist's Conception)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Everything's better with Mike Oldfield!

Okay, so maybe the title of this post is a slight exageration, but if this remix of Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight", which crosses that song with Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" that been the actual single, maybe it would have been a Top Ten hit somewhere other than Japan and South Korea.

Christina Aguilera vs. Mike Oldfield via DJs From Mars... "Not My Tubular Bells Tonight"!

Mike Oldfield's Crime of Passion

I'm not aware of this song ever being released on an album, but I remember hearing it in music stores as a kid and seeing the video and thinking it was supremely creepy. I still feel that way about it. (The singer is Barry Palmer, the psychotic guitar player is Mike Oldfield.)

As a pleasant time-wasting activity to celebrate my birthday, I decided to go looking for different versions of Oldfield's masterful song. I found this neat acoustic cover that stays true to the mood of the original (but isn't quite as creepy).

Here's a cover by an outfit named Bramble B. It's not a bad cover, but it leaves one with a feeling that there might be a way to improve upon greatness. (I also wonder if they really got the song, given what they added to it.)

Yeah... two Mike Oldfield-related posts in one day, but he's one of my favorite composers/musicians, and it's my birthday! Please forgive me while I am even more self-indulgent than usual; SOMEONE'S got to celebrate me by celebrating stuff I like! Heck, maybe I'll do a few MORE Oldfield posts today... :)

It's my birthday!

And here's a request through song, as only Spinal Tap can deliver it!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Missed him by THAT much!

U.S. drone in Yemen missed al Qaeda's al-Awlaki, says Reuters

This would have been one of the best birthday weeks of my life if we'd sent Osama bin Laden AND Anwar al-Awlaki to Hell! But I'm be happy that two scumbags did get a right and proper send off send off. Al-Awlaki will get his eventually. At least a point was made: The cowardly Lions of Islam can run, but it's getting hard for them to hide.

By the way, it's not too late to celebrate the death of Bin Laden in a culturally sensitive way. Click here for more information!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A SEAL Team Six member walks into a bar....

A friend posted this joke to my Facebook page:

A SEAL Team 6 member goes into a bar.

The bartender says "Thank you so much for your service! Any drink you want is on me."

The SEAL says, "I'll take a Bin Laden."

The bartender tells him he doesn't know that drink.

The SEAL says, " It's easy. It's two shots and a splash of water."

For visitors who are sensitive Muslims and/or admirers of Osama bin Laden whose feelings were hurt by the preceding joke, I present the first official picture of his replacement at the head of al-Qaeda:

The new leader of al-Qaeda, Muhamad Mohammed (right), prepares for Jihad

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden
without offending the sensibilities of Muslims:
Give me birthday presents!

There are no people in this world who are more sensitive and easily offended than Muslims. Cartoons offend them. Teddy bears offend them. Women offend them. Being offended offends them. Hell, Muslims offend Muslims.

And now, celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, the dumping of bin Laden's body in the deep blue sea, and the promise of the White House releasing pictures of bin Laden's dead carcass offends Muslims.

So, how can a person who is concerned with not hurting the delicate feelings of our sensitive Muslim neighbors go about celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden?

The answer is easy! Do what they do when someone is brutally killed!

Remember scenes like this one?

In celebration of the murder of thousands of Americans on 9/11/2001, the ever-sensitive Muslims, whose lives revolve around the reaffirmation of all that is good and gentle about the best in human beings, handed out candy and treats to children and passer-bys across the "Muslim world".

Therefore, the way to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden without offending Muslims, is to give gifts and treats to strangers! And who is stranger in your life than me, Steve Miller? You don't know me AND I'm strange!

So--and I'm talking especially to you liberals out there--join in the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death AND express your respect for Muslim culture and sensitives by giving gifts to ME. My birthday is on May 7, so your gift-giving will do double-duty! Let's all join together in political correctness!

There are two easy ways to give me presents. You can buy something off my wish list by clicking here, or you can give the gift that keeps on giving by putting cash in my Paypal account using the button below.

Give me gifts. It's the best way to show your respect for the Religion of Peace (while loving the fact there's less evil in the world today).

Cinema Steve: Fun AND Educational!

Attention teachers! You are looking at a new weapon in your fight to bring knowledge and insights to the kiddies you are teaching about film, comic books, and other topics of great importance to popular culture...

There is now proof that the Cinema Steve blogs aren't just entertaining, they have the capacity to inform young minds!

First... I am certified SMARTER THAN AVERAGE!!

Your IQ Is 115

Your Logical Intelligence is Average

Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Exceptional

Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

Plus, I make my brilliant insights accessible to the masses--be they school kids or devout worshipers of Barack Obama or Rush Limbaugh! I ran my blogs through through this tester, and here are the results:

Cinema Steve (you are here!) is written for a 5th grade level of education (according to the Flesch-Kincaid rating system) and has reading ease scores of 70.5 (according to the Flesch rating system, where 60-70 is considered optimal) and 7.5 (on the Gunning Fog scale, where the lower the number, the easier the read, and 15-20 being the typical range for academic papers).

Here are the rankings for the rest of the blogs:

Movies You Should [Die Before You] See
Gunning Fog Rating: 8.8
Flesch Rating: 59.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 6th

Shades of Gray
Gunning Fog Rating: 7.9
Flesch Rating: 62.6
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 5th

Terror Titans
Gunning Fog Rating: 8.5
Flesch Rating: 61.3
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 5th

The Bela Lugosi Collection
Gunning Fog Rating: 9.4
Flesch Rating: 65.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 6th

The Boris Karloff Collection
Gunning Fog Rating: 9.2
Flesch Rating: 64.4
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 6th

The Charles Band Collection
Gunning Fog Rating: 8.8
Flesch Rating: 66.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 6th

The Peter Cushing Collection
Gunning Fog Rating: 8.6
Flesch Rating: 62
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 6th

The Universal Horror Archive
Gunning Fog Rating: 9.3
Flesch Rating: 58.7
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 6th

Watching the Detectives
Gunning Fog Rating: 7.7
Flesch Rating: 66.1
Flesch-Kincaid Grave Level: 5th

Four out of Five sexy evil geniuses say,
"The Cinema Steve Blogs are good for expanding mind!"

Monday, May 2, 2011

Remembering and Immortalizing Bin Laden

Articles like this one (where Muslim Maniacs and hypocrites whine about the demise of their idol) and this one (where a lie is put to the claim that Islam is a "peaceful religion" that was "hijacked by a few extremists and twisted for their own agenda"... if is WAS true, would any "scholar" who valued his reputation be quoted in the world press complaining about Bin Laden's carcass being sunk to the bottom of the ocean?) and other pieces soul-searching about the death of the great Shit--sorry Sheik--reminded me that I did my own tribute to him back in 2007.

Click here to see Osama bin Laden as presented in the "Big Eyes, Small Mouth" roleplaying game.

Osama bin Laden: Dead and Buried at Sea

Best coverage of Bin Laden's demise

A little satire as we consign Osama bin Laden to the garbage bag of history.

America: F*ck Yeah!

Blogging A to Z: The Afterword

The originator of the Blogging A to Z April Challenge has asked that participant make posts about what they've learned this month.

Well, I learned that I CAN post nonsense every day on the Cinema Steve blog, but it comes at the expense of the other blogs. Usually, this blog sees two or three posts a week (at most) with two or three of my other blogs seeing a similar amount. While what went on here was merely a concentrated version of what usually happens here--with a post every day instead of every two-three days--the time spent here meant less posting happened elsewhere. Not good overall, I think. I also discovered a number of new and interesting blogs and greatly expanded the list ones I subscribe to but rarely have time to actually read. :)

By the time "S" approached, I had figured out to research posts for several blogs at once, hence the emergence of a Cab Calloway mini-postfest, with material appearing both here and at Shades of Gray. It's something that's happened on my blogs before, usually by accident more than design (unless it was a planned blogathon) but maybe it's something I'll try to do more often.

I've also confirmed that, despite an ever-growing number of hits, not many people make comments. The poll and direct appeal for them proved that. Oh well... I suppose I can be happy with the fact that they drop by!

If you missed any of the A to Z posts, here's a convenient list of them all.

A: April Fools Advice
B: Blues for Allah (music video)
C: Catwoman: The Catfiles (graphic novel review)
D: Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars (movie review)
E: Enemy Ace Archives (graphic novel reviews)
F: Fatboy Slim and Christopher Walken in Reverse! (music video)

G: Graphic Novels and Comic Book Reviews
H: Health Care AND Heroes
I: Infidelity Always Leads to Disaster (movie review)
J: John Carter's Eternal Love
K: Krazy Kat and the Heppy Land, Furfur Away
L: Late
M: Mike Oldfield (music videos)
N: Nobody
O: Office Staff AND Oatmeal at McDonald's (Food review)
P: The Pause that Refreshes

Q: Question of the Day
R: Relationship Advice AND Repent! (ya only gots 30 days left!)
S: Sesame Street: Then and Now (music videos)
T: Terrorist Twits
U: Unbelievable Stupidity (Jailbird Parade post)
V: 'Vampirella: The Dracula War' (graphic novel review)
W: W is for... Waresh, Wind, and Wave
X: Xtro: The Complete 'Trilogy' (movie reviews)
Y: You... yes, YOU!
Z: Zombie movies you may not have seen (but should)!

My thanks to everyone who dropped by in April. I hope you found something interesting or amusing during your stay! (And thanks to my regular readers. Please take the poll on the sidebar, so I know what emphasize as things settle back into the regular routine around here.)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cause for global celebration: Bin Laden Dead!

Newsflash: Osama bin Laden is taking Satan's cock up the ass as I type these words.

First, the main attraction: Officials: Bin Laden killed near Islamabad

Second, the after-party, with Americans celebrating and President Obama behaving like an actual American President for once: Bin Laden dead, Obama says justice is done

It's been reported before that Osama bin Laden has been killed, but never with this degree of detail. And as a special bonus, at least one of his foul off-spring were reportedly sent to Hell at the same time. This time, reports state that the bin Laden carcass is actually in U.S. possession.

What a great way to start my birthday week! It will be a great gift from the universe if it turns out there is a little less evil in the world today.

The trash finally got taken out.