Archive for October, 2001

What am I missing?

Help me complete my list of ďmovies that I must see.Ē So far, the list of movies I have managed to miss throughout the years includes Basic Instinct, Big Trouble in Little China, Citizen Kane, Clerks, Clockwork Orange, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Pulp Fiction, and Space Balls. I recently crossed one from the list, Requiem for a Dream (good movie!). So tell me what movies you consider a must see, and which should I not bother with!

Headaches

Next time you have a headache, try downing that Mt. Dew along with ibuprofen. I donít get too many headaches though, so Iíll have to wait to test it out myself. Does it work for you?

Beverages

Starting today and lasting for 2 weeks, I can only drink water, milk and beer. Beer was thrown in there not to be a primary beverage, but to allow the consumption of alcohol in a situation that may require it. Why you ask? I decided that life needed to be a little different for a while. So, I composed 6 options and randomly chose one with the roll of a die (the very good book The Dice Man being the inspiration for that). Water, milk, beer it was. I’m already looking forward to the next 6 options. Oh, the possibilities!

Torture

The FBI is considering using torture tactics on suspects who are keeping silent. I donít know about this, it just seems wrong, very wrong. Do these desperate times call for desperate measures, or do we attempt other civilized methods of getting the truth? What if there are no other choices but to torture? All hard questions.

Baths

I haven’t taken a bath in years. It’s been so long that I can’t even remember the last time I even took one. It’s all showers now. In and out as quick as I can, and usually when I am half asleep. I miss themÖ but now it’s been so long I think I’ve forgotten how to take, enjoy and appreciate one. Oh well.

We’re all going to die!

Steven Hawking, the worldís most famous cosmologist and renowned rapper, says that unless we colonize space, weíre all going to die from a biological a accident or attack. I doubt we’ll colonize any time soon, seeing how we haven’t set foot on another planet yet, and haven’t been back to the moon since 1972. How pathetic.

WTC Comedy

With so many movies and tv shows getting the images of the WTC towers removed (which I agree is very stupid), there is now talk of a new tv show based on the WTC attack itself. Now that’s more like it. The attacks should not be forgotten. They should not be avoided. And it seems people may be realizing it:

But with the good reception accorded the special episode of the The West Wing and the high demand for terrorist-themed flicks like Die Hard and The Siege at video stores, Moonves says that maybe he and his rivals might have jumped the gun in avoiding the subject.

Goals

The easiest way to feel like you’ve accomplished something is to set your goals very, very low. And once you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do, you can relax for a while knowing you’ve done something good. Take for instance this last Saturday. My goal was very simple. I had spent the last 2 weeks getting next to no sleep every night. I had to fix it. I had to feel better. What better way to not feel tired than sleeping? So that was it! I’d sleep Saturday. That was my goal. I am proud to say that I attacked the problem with passion and succeeded. I woke up on Saturday at about 5pm, refreshed and invigorated. On top of that, all of my goals for that day had been accomplished! I was free to waste the rest of the day doing nothing. So you see, set your goals low, and you’ll always be happy and successful.

May the farce be with you

The US has always behind in adopting new ideologies compared with other parts of the world, but surely we arenít behind on ridiculous religionsÖ or are we? Well take for instance the recent changes in the 2001 United Kingdom Census form. Notice the item under the religion section; more specifically number 896 on page 13. Itís the Jedi Knight religion. Yes you heard correctly, Jedi Knight. Star Wars freaks can finally be given the recognition they deserve! Hey, I would become one when they give me a real lightsaber after joining up, that would be cool. Oh only if Jedi Master Yoda could see us now! Proud he would be. Mmmm, mmmm!

Erasing History

Okay, Hollywood is editing out the WTC towers from movies and TV shows because of what happened on Sep 11th, we all know about that. There have been a few occurrences already, but when I saw this one today, I was driven to see what you thought about the recent motives of Hollywood.

A few movies I know about that have been affected are Spider Man, Zoolander, Serendipity, Men in Black 2, reruns of Seinfeld and Law and Order, and even Conan has draped a curtain over the Manhattan skyline backdrop until a new one is built. If youíre watching reruns of The Sopranos like I am, youíll even notice that the intro shows Tony looking at the WTC towers in one of his mirrors in his car (that hasnít been edited outÖ yet). None of these contained the city Ďunder attack,í unlike the new Jackie Chanís movie Nosebleed for example.

Columbia Pictures chairman Amy Pascal, for one, has warned of a “hysterical overreaction.”

“There’s an immediate reaction when your mind gets flooded with all sorts of worrisome things – where you start to find that the Twin Towers exist when there are two l’s in a title,” she said recently.

There are those who believe the sudden appearance of the World Trade Center in a film is a reminder of the pain and suffering moviegoers are trying to forget. (New York Post)

*gets on the soapbox* Getting uncomfortable from having Ďllís in the title? I hope she is kidding. Never mind that, why are we trying to forget what happened? I donít know, maybe itís just me but when I see pictures of the WTC towering in movies (such as Men in Black which Iím watching right now), I feel proud of what they were! They were a sign of Americaís might and prosperity! Yes, I understand that around 5,500 lives were lost in the attacks, but I donít think that means we should pretend that the towers never existed and erase them, especially from existing works! No matter how much they erase and alter, Iíll try not forget. What about you?





:)