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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Boots' Best - NIAGARA, NIAGARA


I mentioned a year or so back this movie with Robin Tunney playing a girl with Tourette's syndrome. Tragically. it's never been released on DVD for some unknown reason but right now you can watch it for free on youtube -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqcr-AWmbyw


The movie is an absolutely beautiful and believable love story. Curl up with a loved one and experience moving art.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Retro Review: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

Or the One Where: The Simpsons learn the true meaning of Christmas after adopting former racing dog and fellow lovable loser Santa's Little Helper.

The Setup: After Bart gets a tattoo, the family Christmas money is spent getting it removed, forcing Homer to go to great lengths in order to assure a merry Christmas for his family.

Monday, December 21, 2009

"Uncle Hank, I quit being a virgin the first time I had sex."

RIP Brittany Murphy
1977-2009

Retro Review: Old Money

Or the One Where: Grampa inherits $106,000 when his girlfriend dies.

The Setup: After returning from a Sunday outing with the family, Grampa bumps into Bea at the retirement home. Their romance is cut short when Bea dies shortly thereafter, on her birthday, after Homer forcibly drags Grampa along on the family's trip to the Discount Lion Safari.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Teebore's Ten Favorite Comic Book Storylines: #6-10

Comics Should Be Good is currently counting the 100 favorite stories as voted on by its readers. Below are my votes, comprising my current ten favorite story lines.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

FANTASTIC MR. FOX


Technology has it’s benefits but there’s something to be said about doing things the “old fashion” way.

In a day where every kid with a computer can manipulate special effects, Wes Anderson releases FANTASTIC MR. FOX using tried and true stop-motion animation.



THIS MOVIE IS BRILLIANTLY ENTERTAINING!



After The Darjeeling Limited I was somewhat worried about Mr. Anderson. My favorite movie of all time is THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS and The Darjeeling just didn’t stack up to it or even to RUSHMORE or THE LIFE AQUATIC. Cuss, even Bottle Rocket had more charm than The Darjeeling Limited, in my opinion.



Never fear, though. FANTASTIC MR.FOX is by far Wes’ most accessible movie for kids of all ages. Whether you are 5 or 55, I believe you’ll be laughing and smiling ear to ear the entire time at this film’s charming quirkiness.






See it once. See it thrice. Be swept away by someone who passionately produces a masterpiece rather than simply churning out some computer animated cliché.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Boots' Best - films to see before H1N1 kills EVERYONE dead

NETFLIX makes me peckish.

The concept of having movies delivered to my mailbox is brilliant; My car is parked across a bridge and it's frickin' cold outside. Not only does NETFLIX manage a 2-3 day turnaround through the USPS but they also have 1ooo's of movies you can watch instantly on your computer.

Here are some I rather fancy-

BIGGER STRONGER FASTER (2008)

Mainly a documentary about steriods, this film was done by a body building enthusiast who chose not to juice up while both of his brothers went though needles habitually.

Unlike Michael Moore and other "documentarians" the filmmaker manages to be guinuinely unbiased as he questions doctors, weightlifters, athletes, a parent who's son supposedly killed himself because of steriods, and many others. This is blended with footage of the steriod hearings on capital hill concerning their use in baseball, Arnold the Governator, Sylvestor Stallone, and that guy with the obscenely huge bicepts who was arrested for steriod possession.





WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (1997)

David Koresh and his followers were a bunch of religious nuts who killed themselves, right?

This documentary examines the evidence and gives a truely believable argument which contradicts this widely held belief perpetuated by the media and the government.

I guarantee you this film will open your eyes!


THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (2007)

Based on the true story of former ELLE magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and can only communicate by blinking his eye.

The film opens from Jean-Dominigue's persepective as he sees doctors and nurses analysing what is wrong with him. Throughout their questioning and prodding we hear Jean-Dominigue's internal dialogue.

As time goes by, Jean-Dominigue is able to communicate and even dictate his autobiography by blinking his one eye.

An amazing story and brilliant film!




THE FALL (2006)

Perhaps the most beautiful movie of all time, visually and emotionally!

Directed by Tarsem Singh, the guy behing R.E.M's Losing My Religion video and The Cell Staring J-LO and Private Pyle(from Full Metal Jacket), anf filmed over several years in dozens of different countries, The Fall is what could happen if The Princess Bride, The Wizard of Oz, and Pan's Labrynth had a baby.

YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION TO THIS FILM!

This isn't the kind of story where you play on your computer or cook dinner while it's playing. I've seen it about 4 times now and on each viewing I catch something new or make a connection I hadn't before.




I love this movie, unconditionally. Unfortuanately not many people have seen it or even heard of it for that matter!

Grab a loved one, turn off the lights and prepare to be amazed! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll thank God for truly amazing art!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Movie Review: The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day

After a "shocking display of vigilante justice" (which occurred in the first movie) the Brothers MacManus, dubbed "The Saints," move to Ireland to live their lives in peace. However, the murder of a priest that directly taunts the Saints draws them back from their solitude and back to Boston. As you may have guessed, after that the bullets start flying and the bad guys start dying.

Friday, December 4, 2009

X-amining X-Men #28


"The Wail of the Banshee!"
January 1967

Editor: Stan Lee
Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: Werner Roth
Inker: Dick Ayers
Letterer: Artie Simek
Noise-maker: Irving Forbush 

Plot: Banshee flies through New York, using his sonic powers to hypnotize everyone around him while he steals a painting, and later, some pipe tobacco. Meanwhile, the X-Men are testing the limits of Mimic's power when Cerebro, detecting Banshee, warns them of his tremendous power. At the same time, Ted Roberts prepares to tell Jean about his brother, with whom he feels compelled to compete, when a news report about Banshee's crimes interrupts him.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Retro Review: Bart's Dog Gets an F

Or The One Where: Bart takes Santa's Little Helper to obedience training classes.

The Setup: After Santa's Little Helper destroys several significant items around the house and generally misbehaves, Homer delivers an ultimatum: the dog must pass obedience school or he'll be given away.