Monday, April 30, 2007

Sivad has a MySpace page.

Sivad's MySpace page is a tribute site to that Monster of Ceremonies who introduced me to all those scary movies late at night on Fantastic Features. I saw him in person once -a real treat! This Sivad site has the Fantastic Features intro video, and that's a trip down memory lane for Memphians over a certain age. Chillerama has a nice page. He has a Facebook fan group here.

Sivad Buries Rock and Roll:


Hmmm... I embedded this game, but it's too wide to fit without overlaying my static content, and the sound plays when the site opens and I can't figure out how to stop it. What a pain. Here's a link to the game instead:

Games at - Silversphere

Get the Silver Sphere in to the Blue Vortex.

Play this free game now!!

Sea Otters Holding Hands

Awww, how sweet!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Forsyte Saga

John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga was an enjoyable read, and I stayed interested in the characters throughout the long book. It mainly deals with issues of upper class Edwardian society. I didn't have as much sympathy with Irene as I knew I was supposed to have -not that I was at all synpathetic with Soames either. Most of the characters seemed totally self-absorbed.

I have not seen any of the dramatizations, but there have been several, including That Forsyte Woman in 1949 where the bad guy is played by Errol Flynn.

The entire work can be read online here at OnlineLiterature

The Elephant Man

A tragic tale, David Lynch's The Elephant Man is based on the true life story of Joseph Merrick. The film contains many historical inaccuracies, not the least of which is getting the man's name wrong, but the film is thought-provoking and touching despite it's lack of faithfulness to the facts.

This movie is on the's list of the 100 most spiritually significant films.

Here's the trailer:

Film Fanatic has a review.

Only the Cinema has a review.


I'd been wanting to watch this movie since before it was released, but it was just too expensive. And then I found it used for $1.99. Nice!

Mirrormask is a Jim Henson Company film written by Neal Gaiman. The visual imagery is the real star of the show, but the movie itself was delightful, too, and easily viewable again.

Here's the trailer:

Here's the scene with the giants:

In the Heat of the Night

Controversial in its day, this film is the story of 2 men -1 white Southern sheriff and 1 black Northern homicide detective- forced to work with each other to solve a murder. In the Heat of the Night stars Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier.

The trailer:

Star Trek connection: Alan Oppenheimer, who played 3 different roles in the Star Trek series, had an uncredited bit part in this film.

update 6/23/227:

There's a positive review at trifle

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

I am back to posting, O Best Beloved, and I thank you for checking on me during my hiatus. Your patience -and you know who you are- is much appreciated.

We've watched several movies, but instead of trying to go back and put them on the day they were watched I'm just going to write them up today.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen , part of a thematic trio directed by Terry Gilliam, is loosely based on stories written in the 1700's (but, again, indebted to earlier tales) of the real-life baron. Time Bandits and Brazil are the other 2 in this "trilogy of the imagination".

This has been made into several movies over the years beginning in 1911. While I can't find any of the early films online here's a trailer for the 1943 version:

Here's a short clip of the Gilliam version (spoiler alert):

Star Trek connection: John Neville, who plays the Baron in this film, was Isaac Newton in an episode of ST:TNG. Also, the supervising producer of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is set to be one of the executive producers of the upcoming (11th) Star Trek movie.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Which Church Father Are You?

My results:

You’re St. Justin Martyr!

You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.

Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!


This is Steve Balsamo's version.

Superstar's Last Supper

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

What Serenity Character Are You?


Your results:
You are Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)

Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Dependable and trustworthy.
You love your significant other and
you are a tough cookie when in a conflict.

Click here to take the "Which Serenity character am I?" quiz...

O Domine, Jesu Christe

A short Holy Week meditation:

Monday, April 02, 2007

How American Are You?

This is me:

You Are 58% American

Most times you are proud to be an American.
Though sometimes the good ole US of A makes you cringe
Still, you know there's no place better suited to be your home.
You love your freedom and no one's going to take it away from you!

How much do you really weigh?

Check it out.

Here Comes the King

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Mah Jong

Play online here.

Sealand Olympic Bid reports that the Principality of Sealand will put in a bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Some trick on an artificial island that only measures 6,000 square feet.

Peace on Earth

Palm Sunday

28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
Luke 19:28-40 (NRSV)

The picture above is Christ's Entry Into Jerusalem by Albrecht Durer.