A Warm Bucket of TV

Yes I just did a Huffington Post Live segment about the Vice Presidents. Had to rush to get home in time and there were numerous technical problems, but, hey, I showed up! If you want to see that, the clip is here. I’m too mortified of the whole experience to go there any time soon.

Passing Sentence on Dredd

There are some annoying things about Dredd. To, wit, the official title seems to be Dredd 3D. I saw the first showing of the version that doesn’t require the funny glasses.

However, let me just say this: If they gave out Oscars for acting from the nose down, Karl Urban would be a serious contender.

Judge Dredd

William S. Burroughs and Bulletpointillism

Last week, I laid out an idea for “a whole new art form” called bulletpointillism. The idea is that you, the artist, make images by firing bullets into a canvas or template in a very controlled manner. The points would paint the picture, so to speak.

I had never seen such a thing before and so, after some Googling, I decided to lay claim to this one. Then I got an e-mail from Jesse Walker, all-pop-culture-knowing managing editor of Reason magazine. If anyone could make rubbish out of my claim to have thought up a new medium, it’s Walker. Instead, he pointed me to a Youtube video of a far more impressionistic precursor to my idea. Behold, William S. Burroughs’s shotgun paintings:

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Don’t See ParaNorman–Q&A

Q: What’s a great way to escape the heat on a hot day?

A: Going to a movie.

Q: What if the movie is awful?

A: Well then you’ve traded one kind of annoyance for another, haven’t you?

Q: Stick to answers.

A: Fair enough.

Q: What is the occasion for this Q&A?

A: I watched ParaNorman last night and it was awful. People should be warned.

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Bourne Legacy Versus… Ted

This weekend, the usual cast of characters drove up just over the border to watch the new Bourne movie at the drive-in in Langley, BC as part of a triple feature. The other two movies after Bourne Legacy were Ted and Savages. Savages came on way past our bedtimes, so that left Bourne and Ted.

Ted was in almost every way a better movie than Bourne. I don’t just mean the jokes were better. I mean the dialogue was better and more believable, the plot was better, the romance was better, the villains were better, the supporting cast was better, the conflicts were more engrossing, even the car chases and the fight scenes were better.

All of this is true even though Ted is a movie about a CGI teddy bear who sounds like Peter Griffin, smokes enough pot to get permafried, ruts like a wild animal and swears like a sailor. I’d link to a bit from the movie but this is a family website. If you want to get a better sense of Ted, just go to Youtube and look up “Thunder Buddies Song.”


Way Better Than the Veggie Tales Version

This energetic retelling of Jonah is a year old, so I assume somebody on Patheos has posted it by now. It would be pretty hard to host the conversation on faith and not take note of little Mary Margaret Douglas’s interpretation of the biggest fish story of all time. But it’s new to me, and I suspect to many of my readers as well. The setting is the pulpit of Corinth Baptist Church of Albertville, Alabama, and one assumes she’ll be making many return trips.

A Plea for Aurora Shooting Victims

How many people cringed when they read this headline in USA Today?

“Civil Lawsuits Inevitable in Colorado Shootings, Lawyers Say”

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