Run away!

Seen at Pissed’s place comes this video of cloaked alien space ship next to Mercury.

Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!

No, I’m not serious.

It is not a cloaked ship. It’s merely an image processing artifact caused by the averaging method used to gather more detail from photographs of subjects that have extremes in brightness.

Nobody on this planet has any idea what an actual cloaking device on an alien space ship will do when bombarded with solar plasma.

Your Cult Movies… Give Them To Me…

Spotted (started?) at Peter’s place comes this:

NPR has an article about a forthcoming book, ‘100 Cult Films’. They invite readers to nominate a 101st movie, with the winner’s selection being used on air.

I agree with Peter’s take that many of them are just simple pornography. However, here’s the whole list — I’ve marked off those that I’ve seen.

2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988Angel of Vengeance, Abel Ferrara, 1981
Bad Taste, Peter Jackson, 1987
Baise-moi, Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi, 2000
Begotten, E. Elias Merhige, 1991
Behind the Green Door, Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, 1972
La belle et la bête, Jean Cocteau, 1946
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer, 1970
The Big Lebowski, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1998Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982Blue Sunshine, Jeff Lieberman, 1978
Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 1985Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale, 1935
The Brood, David Cronenberg, 1979
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene, 1920
Café Flesh, Stephen Sayadian, 1982
Cannibal Holocaust, Ruggero Deodato, 1979
Casablanca, Michael Curtiz, 1942Un chien andalou, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí,1928
Coffy, Jack Hill, 1973
Daughters of Darkness, Harry Kümel, 1971
Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero, 1978Deadly Weapons, Doris Wishman, 1974
Debbie Does Dallas, Jim Clark, 1978
Deep Red, Dario Argento, 1975
Dirty Dancing, Emile Ardolino, 1987Django, Sergio Corbucci, 1966
Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly, 2001
Don’t Torture a Duckling, Lucio Fulci, 1972
Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton, 1990Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Aristide Massaccesi, 1977
Emmanuelle, Just Jaeckin, 1974
Enter the Dragon, Robert Clouse, 1973
Eraserhead, David Lynch, 1977
The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi, 1981
Fight Club, David Fincher, 1999
Flaming Creatures, Jack Smith, 1963
Freak Orlando, Ulrike Ottinger, 1981
Freaks, Tod Browning, 1932
Ginger Snaps, John Fawcett, 2000
The Gods Must Be Crazy, Jamie Uys, 1981Godzilla, Ishirô Honda, 1954The Harder They Come, Perry Henzell, 1972
Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby, 1971
Häxan, Benjamin Christensen, 1922
Hellraiser, Clive Barker, 1987The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973
The House with the Laughing Windows, Pupi Avati, 1976
I Walked with a Zombie, Jacques Tourneur, 1943
Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike, 2001
In Bruges, Martin McDonagh, 2008
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel, 1956Invocation of My Demon Brother, Kenneth Anger, 1969
It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra, 1946The Killer, John Woo, 1989
Lady Terminator, H. Tjut Djalil, 1988
The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, 2001–3Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller, 1981Man Bites Dog, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde, 1992
Manos, the Hands of Fate, Harold P. Warren, 1966
The Masque of the Red Death, Roger Corman, 1964
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975Near Dark, Kathryn Bigelow, 1987
Nekromantik, Jörg Buttgereit, 1987
Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero, 1968Pink Flamingos, John Waters, 1972
Piranha, Joe Dante, 1978
Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood, Jr, 1959
Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon, 1985
Reefer Madness, Louis Gasnier, 1936
Repo Man, Alex Cox, 1984
Ringu, Hideo Nakata, 1998
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman, 1975Rome Armed to the Teeth, Umberto Lenzi, 1976
The Room, Tommy Wiseau, 2003
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975
She Killed in Ecstasy, Jesús Franco, 1971
Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven, 1995
Soul Vengeance, Jamaa Fanaka, 1975
The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, 1965Star Wars, George Lucas, 1977–2005Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Todd Haynes, 1988
Suspiria, Dario Argento, 1977
Tank Girl, Rachel Talalay, 1995
Tetsuo, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, 1974
This Is Spınal Tap, Rob Reiner, 1984Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Bo Arne Vibenius, 1974
Thundercrack!, Curt McDowell, 1975
El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970
The Toxic Avenger, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, 1984
Two-Lane Blacktop, Monte Hellman, 1971
Two Thousand Maniacs!, Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1964
The Vanishing, George Sluizer, 1988
Videodrome, David Cronenberg, 1983
The Warriors, Walter Hill, 1979
Witchfinder General, Michael Reeves, 1968
Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson, 1987
The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939

So, what is that? 23 of ’em?

Wait a minute — how in the world is Idiocracy not on the list? Shaun of the Dead? Hot Fuzz? Red Dawn? Hitchhiker’s Guide? Army of Darkness? Willow? VHF?
Seems like there’s some variability in the definition of “cult” as used in “cult films”.

Also, because I think it bears stating: just because I’ve seen any particular movie it doesn’t mean that I necessarily liked it: ehem Dirty Dancing? Spinal Tap? In my defense, I was young and there was the affection of a young lady at stake.

Logic, FTW

From NC Guns, comes an analysis of this anti-gun statement:

…we register every car on the road, and if you want to have a toy that sends a 150 gram cop killer bullet at 2800 miles per hour, it’s just common sense that we need to register them.

Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to me either. But the breakdown on that site is pretty good. Especially the charts.
And I this part is great:

I’ll make you a deal, honey. If I ever get a gun that shoots a 150 gram bullet at 2,800 Miles Per Hour and has nearly 87,000 Foot Pounds of muzzle energy, I’ll register it. Until then, leave the gun regulations to people who know what the hell they are talking about.

Though, personally, I’d rather not register any firearms. When I do something illegal with my firearms, then we’ll have a talk and you can persuade me to surrender them. But until then, leave me alone.

Really?

Principal who suspended a nine year old boy for calling a teacher cute has been forced out. Well, he said he retired.

Actually, what he said was, “One mistake in 44 years, and I’m not given the benefit of the doubt. I really don’t believe I was treated fairly.”

Suspending a nine year old for calling a teacher cute isn’t fair. It’s downright destructive.

Sadly, until the whole tarring and feathering thing regains popularity in this country, I’m afraid there will be far more cases of this kind of Zero Thought nonsense coming out of the schools.