November 5th, 2003

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The Top Ten...

Movie Hybrids Gneech Doesn't Want to See...



10) To Live and Let Die in L.A.
A bleak story of drugs, crime, and corruption in MI6, with outrageous gadgets and a theme song by Paul McCartney.

9) Episode I: The Phantom Creeps
Bela Lugosi and a robot with a flat butt easily conquer the galaxy 'cause the heroes are so dumb.

8) BIG Trouble in Little China
Kurt Russell is magically transformed into Tom Hanks and has to go fight demons in San Francisco's Chinatown with his friend who owns a toy company. Oh, and Kim Catrall.

7) Big Trouble in Little China
Tim Allen stars as a thinly-disguised Dave Barry and has to go fight demons in Miami's Chinatown while Patrick Warburton runs naked through an airport. Oh, and Kim Catrall.

6) Three Men and a Babe
Tom Selleck, Steve Gutenberg, and Ted Danson find a talking pig left on their doorstep and learn lessons about live, love, and junk like that.

5) A Room With a View to a Kill
A charming and elegant Victorian-era romance about Christopher Walken's plan to destroy Silicon Valley, unless Bond can overcome his awkward social inhibitions.

4) Die Another Day the Earth Stood Still
Pierce Brosnan and a giant robot named Gort stop all technology on the face of the planet for an hour to teach Chinese extremists the value of peace. Last Bond joke, I promise.

3) Twelve Iron Monkeys
Terry Gilliam directs this kung fu action tale about Bruce Willis being sent back in time to Imperial China to battle corrupt monks who want to spread a deadly virus. Look out for Bilbo Baggins playing a priest named Cornelius ... or was that a different movie?

2) The Trouble With Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Alfred Hitchcock directs this magical tale of a dead young wizard, and the various people whose lives are touched on the day when they have to try to hide the body. This premise was successfully re-used later with Ray Milland as a dead alcoholic being put into funny situations in The Lost Weekend at Bernie's.

1) Four Big Fat Greek Weddings and a Funeral
Hugh Grant ... oh forget it.

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    Paul McCartney -- "Live and Let Die" (in my head)
Quidditch

Well, Um, Maaaybe...

Announcement: "They're doing a film of the first Lemoney Snicket book."

Me: "Oh really? Cool! Who's in it?"

Announcement: "Jim Carrey is going to play Count Olaf!"

Me: "Um ... did you say Jim Carrey?"

Announcement: "Yup, Jim Carrey."

Me: "Oh, honey, I just don't know..."

-The Gneech
  • Current Mood
    dubious
Drezzer cool

Art Quality Inflation

Hmm ... I've been working on a sketch off and on today, a piece of "just because" art to keep my brain awake during a slow period here, and I'm not happy with it. It's a fairly decent piece, nothing really "wrong" with it, but not up to the standard I'd like my art to normally have.

And as I pondered that realization, it occurred to me that in a roundabout way, that actually says something pretty good about my art -- this is a piece that at one time I would have been very proud of. To be looking at it with a critical eye now, indicates to me that my estimation of my own skills has gone up noticeably. "Not bad" just doesn't cut it any more, apparently!

I don't know if I'll bother to finish this one (in fact, upon reflection, I'm inclined to doubt it), because its flaws go all the way down to the foundations and it would be easier to just take the basic concept and start over -- treat this one as a draft, as it were. But I did get some valuable practice from it (particularly with figure/musculature construction), so it was worth the time and effort. :)

-The Gneech

PS: It is really, REALLY dark outside. There are reports of a tornado in Rockville, and we're due to have thunderstorms later on. Perfect way to restart my Kung Fu training with a bang!
  • Current Mood
    WOW those coulds are dark!
beachy

My Brain Is At It Again

It's a
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Mount Doom, Mount Doom!

Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Mount Doom, Mount Doom!

Aaah! Wraith! Aaah! Wraith! Aaah!
It's a wraaaaith!

It's a
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Mount Doom, Mount Doom!

Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins,
Baggins, Baggins-- *close window*

-The Gneech! Aaah! Gneech! Aaah! It's The Gneeeeech

Edit: Changed "Gandalf, Gandalf!" to "Mount Doom, Mount Doom!" It works better.
  • Current Music
    I see things, I see them in the spirit world