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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Linus and Lucy Christmas Lights

This appears to be the same house as posted in the video below.  I am curious if this is the light show they play before the kids go to bed, and once the kids are in bed, it is Slayer time!  Craziness!!  I am thinking these people may have a little too much free time!

Slayer Christmas Lights

Oh the silly things people will do during the holidays!!!!!  The lights on this house are synced up with Slayer's  Raining Blood .  Beware...this is kind of scarey.  It is almost something that should have been up during Halloween.  If you are epileptic, you should probably stay away from this house!  Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My First Love

A tribute to my first love, Prince William, who is now officially engaged.  **Tear**

New Green Lantern Trailer!!

Things That Bring The Happy: John Belushi as Joe Cocker

I wrote about my love for John Belushi once before, but it bears repeating because this is the first time I've found my personal favorite clip of John's SNL tenure online.  In it, Belushi portrays rock legend and avid partier Joe Cocker, singing a spot on version of "A Little Help From My Friends" (as heard on The Wonder Years) while appearing completely inebriated and potentially psychotic.

I am relatively sure that I've laughed at this ridiculous performance more often than anything I've ever seen in my life.  As those Aerosmith peeps say, just hit play!

And, as an added's Belushi singing alongside Cocker later on SNL!!!

Joe Cocker & John Belushi por nakavideos no

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Crazy Train:" A Clapping Before Christmas

Here's the deal OPP fans, we've all been at that live sports event enjoying a game. There is a time out on the court...and some Ozzy Osbourne "Crazy Train" pops on over the speakers. The crowd sits docile doing there thing which is: eating, talking, walking up and down the stairs for a food run, or sittin and staring into space. Then, like "The Night Before Christmas," my wondering eyes found this:

Twas two months before Christmas and all seemed mundane,
No one was jammin' along with that Crazy Train.
When what, to my wondering eyes should I see;
But that one lone ranger, clapping with glee.
I thought to myself oh God what shame,
Dude's lost his mind, he must be insane.
He's dancing, he's prancing, he's laughing; I'll hit him.
He's clapping and jiggling; cripes, dude, get some rhythm.
As his hands clasped in an uneven refrain,
I felt sorry for Ozzy and his crazy-like train.


That poem was to you 55 year old guy who claps out of sync. I see your gross early 90's Guess Jeans with a tucked in horizontal stripped orange and blue polo shirt, a gray hat from a trip that you took to Denver, and all white old man tennis shoes. You already stand don't need to literally stand up and stand out at a sports event. Dude, don't be that guy. Don't be that guy that has to try so hard to "be into" something when in reality you are trying to be a college student again. Don't be that guy who pretends that he is musical, "hip," and can dance, when in reality your hands can't hit a beat if that beat was tea-bagging your chin. Finally, don't be that guy to ruin Ozzy by going off the rails on a crazy train.

Narcosleepy Out

Trailer Alert! Cowboys & Aliens are Coming!

If you know The Mike, you know that Iron Man is kind of his homeboy, which makes him a big fan of actor/director Jon Favreau.  Today, we've got the unveiling of the trailer (via Yahoo Movies) for Favreau's next film: Cowboys & Aliens, a graphic novel adaptation starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde as Cowboys (and Cowgals) who of course take on aliens.  (The title kind of writes the description for us, doesn't it?)

Check out the teaser below, which hints that Craig is going to continue to be a bad man aside from Bond films, and also suggests that this might very well be the first good Harrison Ford movie since The Fugitive in '93.  The film's set to release on July 29th of 2011, which is surprisingly late in the summer for a Sci-Fi epic, but I'm not judging.  What say you, our beloved AustenBots?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Welcome to The Biff Tannen Museum!

Yes, we all love Back to the Future as a trilogy.  It goes without saying.  But personally, I've always had a very soft spot in my heart for the second film in that series.  Yes, it's mostly filler that bridges the gap between the future and the past and the distant past, but as a child in the '80s the film's inventiveness (Hoverboard, anyone?) and vision of a stylized future made my young mind race like a German's does when they see David Hasselhoff.  And, if you're like me, you still vividly remember the harrowing footage of the alternate future in which Biff Tannen, using the sports almanac that he brought back in time to himself, has become the richest man in Hill Valley; owning his own tower and the Biff Tannen Museum within. 

Now, 21 years after the film was released, someone who knows someone who was family with someone who worked on the movie has brought forth the full footage of the welcome video that was shown outside the Biff Tannen Museum in the film.  Never before released on any home version of the film, this three and a half minute clip nicely fills the gaps for anyone who wants to know the full details about Biff Tannen's rise to power.  Click below, and gaze in wide wonder!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Introducing the Phrobi!!!

Watch out Snuggie!  The latest in the wearable blanket craze is the Phrobi-"The Ultimate Cozy Blanket Robe That Keeps You Warm From Head To Toe And Has Your Back!”

In case you were wondering where it is exceptable to wear this, the website offers some suggestions.

“Because it's stylish, you can also wear it out to many occasions such as dance parties, sporting events, boating excursions, evening bbqs, music festivals, camping, beaches at night, first dates, bar hopping, walking to class on college campuses, dropping your kids off to school, rooftop gatherings, you name it!”

I'll admit to being a Snuggie owner, but I think this is doing a little too far!!

Uwe Bolls Blubberella Trailer

You will have to watch this for yourself.  I have no words...............................

Wheel of Fortune Puzzle solved with one letter=craziness!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Guide to Getting Through Your Post-Halloween Lull

If you're like The Mike - and I wish you the best if you are - you probably go into a bit of a funk as November begins.  To the horror fan, October is our Super Bowl, and when it ends we often have some trouble figuring out what comes next.  In that regard, it's like the ending of The Truman Show (which is an awesome movie).  We blink a few times, we stare at each other, and then we shrug as if to say "Hey, do you know what comes next?  I don't know what comes next. *pause* Thanksgiving?  Bad football and too many people eating too much food then trying to sprawl out in a single room because they're too full?  Really?"

Alas, I've got some ideas that could help you through these dark days that bridge the gap between All Hallow's Eve and the Curse of Black Friday. (More on that curse later this month....)

1) Make Your Choice - The first thing to determine when you hit November is whether a) you need a break from the ghoulishness of horror cinema after the constant bombardment that occurred around Halloween, or b) you're still craving more of that ghastly goodness.  For the hardcore horror fan, the choice is usually easy, but there's no shame in taking a break and looking at what the rest of the world has to offer.  This is especially important for the casual horror fan or the non-horror fan who jumped into the dark side of cinema for the Holiday.  If you do need a break, you have several options.  First of all - there are other movies out there in other genres, and you can watch those if you like.  You may have ignored some good entertainment during October while you were focused in on Horror, and this is your chance to make up for lost time.  Also, if you're a fan of genre and cult cinema, it might be a good idea to switch from horror to sci-fi and give that genre some love, since we don't have a cool holiday that brings it to society's eyes...yet.

(The worst option for cinema during this lull?  Christmas movies, which are already all over the shelves at your local stores.  Seriously - YOU CAN NOT WATCH CHRISTMAS MOVIES AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER.  You just can't, it's wrong - unless it's Die Hard.)
2) You Chose Horror?  Now Choose Wisely! - If you're one of those non-horror or casual horror fans, it's entirely possible that the taste you got in October has you craving more.  But, the films are gone from your TV stations and the recommendations are gone from your store shelves.  One of the greatest mistakes those looking to get into horror make is going forth uninformed, picking up any old horror flick because of a cover image or a cast member.  As much as I love horror, I admit entirely that this behavior is a recipe for PAIN.  The best horror covers and most interesting casts often are a huge let down.  If you don't believe me, check out Liam Neeson in The Haunting or that shiny copy of Darkness Falls, then come back here and apologize.

Thankfully, you're reading this.  And, if you're reading this, there's a good chance you can access the internet - which is a great place to find horror recommendations that don't suck!  We did our own 31 days of horror here during October, but there are also hundreds upon hundreds of great horror blogs out there that have wicked suggestions for you.  There's a ton of them listed in our list of links on the right side of the page, and I strongly recommend the 31 Days of Favorites posted over at Fascination With Fear to anyone who wants to get deeper into the good side of horror.
3) Find Other Options - Maybe you want to do something besides watching movies?  That's an option, I guess.  The weather's starting to turn bitter in my neck of the woods, but there are still some good days to be had if you're an outdoorsy type.  College Football Season is entering its stretch run (before slowly crawling to the finish line with 1,945 Bowl games), so have some fun there like us Cyclone fans are!  You might have other interior hobbies too.  I enjoy video games, so I've spent a bit of the first week of November catching up with my XBox 360.  Whatever it is you like that isn't movies, you could focus on it for a while.

4) Walk With the Dead - Switching the focus back to those who still crave horror, I hear you might enjoy checking out AMC's new series which adapts the graphic novel sensation The Walking Dead.  I don't watch the television unless football's on or there's a DVD in my player, so I can't comment first hand on the alleged zombie epic, but if you want horror in small doses a six-episode season of a one hour series could fill your needs.  And it's from the guy who made The Shawshank Redemption, which you love.  I hear it's on Sunday nights, and you might enjoy checking it out.
5) DON'T PANIC - No matter which choice you made, you need to stay cool.  Though we were all united in October, when November starts you will find that many others are on the other side of the horror fence now.  Don't force it if they don't want it, and don't cause a fuss when other suggest it if you don't want it.  This is a difficult time for everyone, we have to stand together or we will die alone.

Keep the faith!  Remember, it's less than 360 days until next Halloween.  Eyes on the prize, boys and ghouls!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Movie Review-Babies

 If you like babies or even learning about other cultures, this is a fascinating documentary.  By Thomas Balmes, it follows the early development of four babies from different parts of the world.  It starts with the birth of four babies from Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and the United States and follows the babies until a little over the age of one.  It is a great illustration of how different cultures are, yet how similar and precious human life is.  Without narration and very little dialogue the film really capturea the preciousness of these four babies with simply filming their actions, interactions with others, and expressions.  It is a wonderful film and I highly recommend it!

For the Cyclone Fans!

A Texas fan, a Nebraska fan, and an Iowa State fan were out riding horses one day. At one point, the Texas fan pulled out a bottle of expensive bourbon, took a long swig, threw the bottle to the ground, pulled out a pistol and shot it.
"What are you doing?" asked the Nebraska fan. "That was perfectly good whiskey.""In Texas, we have more whiskey than we need," said the Longhorn fan, "And bottles are cheap."
They rode along for a while, and the Nebraska fan was thinking. Then he pulled out a bottle of champagne, opened it, took a swig, threw down the bottle, pulled out his pistol and shot the bottle."What are you doing?" asked the Iowa State fan. "That was perfectly good champagne.""In Nebraska," said the Husker fan, "We have more champagne than we need, and the bottles are cheap."
They rode along for a while, and then the Cyclone fan pulled out a bottle of beer, drank the whole thing, put the bottle back in his saddlebag, pulled out his pistol and shot the Nebraska fan."What are you doing?" asked the Texas fan.
"In Iowa, " replied the Cyclone fan, "we have more Husker fans than we need, but bottles are worth a nickel a piece."