“The detectives have been reminding me of Henchmen 21 and 24 from THE VENTURE BROS. for several weeks, and it’s more than just the tall one’s voice. It makes me very happy”—Smylie, on this season of The Amazing Race
Essentially, there’s a lot of bleating and whining and high nerd drama over how the restored versions of I and II don’t look—what?—”Blu-ray” enough, I guess.
Too dark, too overexposed, too red, too yellow, and waaaaaaaaaay too grainy, waaaaaah!!! complain a phalanx of disappointed 1080p fetishists, whose gold standard for cinema seems to be the director’s cut of Speed Racer.
So, here’s the interesting part. Given that the first two Godfather films are two of the unarguably greatest achievements in American popular culture, the desire for a refresh is no particular surprise.
But if, like me, you didn’t know the real story behind this restoration, you’ll be interested to know there’s way more to this than just shitting out a slightly different version of a proven best-seller.
What might surprise and shock you as much as it did me was the reason why this restoration had to happen. Because, in truth, this was an unbelievable, almost miraculous, labor of love that took a couple years and a lot of excruciating, white-knuckle person-hours.
Because, basically, it’s now clear that for decades, Paramount had been treating the source media for the Godfather movies like the half-roll of toilet paper your two-dollar whore chucks at your johnson.
Indeed, without this restoration, there’s a pretty good chance that by this point, there wouldn’t be a single usable negative of the Godfather films left. Period. Gone. Forever.
A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.
It’s just like sugar. That’s why they use it to fatten livestock…
“For ordinary people, public budget deficits, despite their bad reputation, are much better than private loans. Deficits put money in private pockets. Private households get more cash. They own that cash free and clear, and they can spend it as they like. If they wish, they can also convert it into interest-earning government bonds or they can repay their debts. This is called an increase in “net financial wealth.” Ordinary people benefit, but there is nothing in it for banks.
And this, in the simplest terms, explains the deficit phobia of Wall Street, the corporate media and the right-wing economists.”—In Defense of Deficits
“I feel like hiring Sarah Silverman and thinking she’ll tone down her humor is like hiring Dora’s friend Swiper the Fox and then saying, “Ok, you’re going to perform at TED, but NO SWIPING!””—Call Me Fishmeal.: TED 2010
A Mississippi county school board announced Wednesday it wouldcancel its upcoming prom after a gay student petitioned to bring a same-sex date to the event. “Due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events, the Itawamba County School District has decided to not host a prom at Itawamba Agricultural High School this year,” school board members said in a statement. (USAToday)
The school district had said it hoped a privately sponsored prom could be held.
A canceled prom, in favor of a private one. 2010. Amazing.
I’ve said it before; I’ll keep saying it. Anyone who grew up reading about the civil rights struggle in the past tense, We are re-living history.
I’m sorry in advance for honking on about the menswear. But I insist that in men’s formalwear, you’re scored on the compulsories and suffer point deductions for freestyling. A tuxedo consists of a black jacket, black pants, white shirt with a full collar, and a bowtie. It should be impeccably tailored. The Oscars isn’t a place to show off how “cool” you are, or how much of a rebel that your publicists says you should tell people you are, or any such nonsense. You’ll just look foolish.
I’m also not a fan of the trend of substituting a cravat for a bowtie. It just doesn’t scream “formal attire.” Instead it says “Blues Brothers impersonator working at one of the Universal Studios theme parks.”
Last month, the Cathy trilogy was re-released as an iPhone app, at $0.99 per novel. The app integrates the interactivity of the original novels, and adds animations throughout the story that make the illustrations liberally peppered throughout the book come alive.
“It’s like the saying, ‘love like you’ve never been hurt, work like you don’t need the money, and dance like nobody’s watching.’ Well…I dance like I’ve been hurt, work when nobody’s watching…and love like I need the money. We’ll be right back!”—Craig Ferguson
“[The New Tonight Show’s set is] basically Cutty’s Gym from The Wire, if Cutty was trying to keep kids out the game by teaching them how to do terribly unfunny interview segments.”—R.I.P. The Tonight Show | Videogum