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Dolph Lundgren Awesome

Dolph Lungren's Cultural Sensitivity

Here's the mighty Dolph Lungren from the movie Showdown in Little Tokyo. I highly recommend it for lovers of bad movies. This movie just reaks of super-awesome-tude. In the above scene, Dolph looks like he is doing a little stand-up at the Improv. He is, in fact, getting connected with his Japanese cultural roots by dressing like a Karateman and then machine gunning pony-tailed Yakuzas who wear double-breasted suits.

You Don't Mess With The Zohan (4/10)

A heavy handed attempt at goofball comedy that fails at least 95% of the time. The makers of this film don't seem to grasp how to make a comedy that builds up effectively. They throw some of the wildest jokes in the first ten minutes and then the movie comes to a grinding halt, occasionally bringing back recurring gags that weren't very funny to begin with.

Oh, Hello There...

Although I try to minimize political posting here on the Pages of Fun, about a week ago I decided to run with a post featuring a "Tea Party" protest poster I created: Teabagger / Teabaggee. I tweeted (I hate that term... almost as much as webinar) a link, got a few dozen hits and that was that.

However, yesterday I started to get all sorts of notifications of new comments in my inbox regarding this post. I went and checked my analytics account:

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem (10/10)

It has been a while since I've read a contemporary novel that I liked this much. Motherless Brooklyn is a pretty standard hard-boiled detective story with the noteworthy twist being that the protagonist/narrator has tourette's syndrome. In many ways Lionel Essrog is like T.V.'s Adrian Monk—counting, touching, and ticcing his way through life—but, unlike Monk, Lionel's disorder isn't his super-detective power. His outbursts seem to explode at the worst possible times which adds an additional level of tension to already tense situations.

Gamer (5/10)

I can't believe this is not a SciFi Channel movie. It's okay, I guess, but the film tries too hard to be a Paul Verhoeven satire and mostly falls flat. Too much stupid 00's shaky cam crap in lieu of actual action.

Booth Concept - Immersion

This is an illustration that I created a while ago for a company that was developing medical technology. The illustration is one of a series of maybe 3 or 4 that I made as concepts for a possible trade show booth. This one was going to use a virtual reality "cave" to allow a user to view microbes in 3-D. In the process of creating this proposal we got to try out the VR Cave at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Unfortunately, the client never ended up using any of our concepts.

The original illustration actually featured two users:

Booth Concept - Terminator

This is an illustration that I created a while ago for a company that was developing medical technology. The illustration is one of a series of maybe 3 or 4 that I made as concepts for a possible trade show booth. This one was going to use a virtual reality "cave" to simulate battling microbes. In the process of creating this proposal we got to try out the VR Cave at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Unfortunately, the client never ended up using any of our concepts.

Teabagger / Teabaggee

I have never been in much for political protesting, rallies and the like. About the closest I have ever come to partaking in a political march was two-mile "fun run" in Wildlife Prairie Park back when I was 13 or so. These days, however, I find myself sympathizing quite a bit with the Tea Party movement. Although it is mostly a conservative and libertarian movement, the basic theme of limited goverment and fiscal responsibility is a constant, and they seem to be committed to calling out big government politicians on both sides of the aisle.

It pains me when I hear my more liberal friends and family members go off on the movement. This ranges from the lefty catch-all of calling anyone who disagrees with them a fascist, to pointing out the one less-than-moron in the crowd of thousands who decided to draw a Hitler mustache on a xerox of the president, to spewing the ever-so-clever insult, "Teabaggers!"

Macchie Solari by Ennio Morricone (9/10)

Format: 
CD

This is another  solid release in Digitmovies series of giallo soundtracks. The record is comprised, for the most part, of Morricone's experimental soundscapes—many of which are laid over a bass groove or drumbeat. Very cool. I especially like Edda D'Orso's moaning and whimpering vocals. This disc will have you on edge. The noise is bookended by the starkly contrasting and wonderfully mellow title track.

Moon (9/10)

Finally a sci-fi movie that isn't all about special effects (although there are plenty subtle effects to be seen here). The premise of the movie reveals itself as a plot twist early on in the movie. Without spoiling anything, it is the sort of "what if" sci-fi premise that geeks love. On top of this, add some great characters and very good acting and you have a wonderfully compelling film.

L'Ultimo Treno Della Notte by Ennio Morricone (8/10)

Format: 
CD

Yet another cool Italian movie soundtrack from Cinevox! The title track features Demis Roussos of Aphrodite's Child(!) on vocals. His warbley stylings don't quite fit here. Fortunately the rest of the album picks up after the cheesy opener. The instrumentation features the actual sounds of trains, a train-like drum machine beat and harmonicas mimicing the sound of train whistles. What's not to like about that?