Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

In the dunes, in the dunes

June 30, 2017

(Warning: Another underwear ad, with a sexual text.)

The main image from today’s Daily Jocks sale ad, with a parody text from me, set in Fire Island Pines:

In the Pines

My guy, my guy, don’t lie to me
Tell me me where did you screw last night


In the dunes, in the dunes
On the sand, under the moon
We would screw the whole night through


Alien signage and Arbus in Anaheim

April 24, 2017

Two cartoons for today: a Mother Goose and Grimm with alien signage; and a Zippy in the coffee shop of an Anaheim bowling alley, where Diane Arbus is evoked:




Instrumental music, mostly large-scale

July 3, 2016

… and not featuring the piano. The latest collection of CDs from Las Casas Zwicky, as I move through the classical music recordings. Still to come are two gigantic collections, of chamber music and music featuring the piano (yes, they overlap, annoyingly). Meanwhile, a tiny assortment of recordings with instruments other than the piano, and then a bunch of large-scale instrumental works, mostly symphonies. This is offer #19, Instrumental, in two boxes, which can be asked for separately or together.


More Freaks

April 19, 2015

Today’s Zippy goes back to the world of Tod Browning’s Freaks:


From “Pip and Flip Snow: the pinheads of Freaks” by J. Tithonus Pednaud on The Human Marvels site:

Best known for their heartwarming roles in the 1932 film Freaks, where they starred in scenes alongside fellow famous pinhead Schlitzie, the Snow sisters were well-known staples of the World Circus Sideshow at Coney.

Usually promoted professionally as Pip and Flip, Jenny Lee Snow and Elvira Snow were billed as Pip and Zip in Freaks.



Artificial elephants and X Must Die! movies

April 18, 2015

Today’s Zippy:


This cartoon links to a long series of strips on the invented cartoon character Happy Boy in the town of Prosaic (a “normal” place close to the surreal Dingburg) — a series that I find tedious (and linguistically uninteresting) and haven’t posted about. But here we get amazing elephants (note the cartoon’s title “Tusk, Tusk”, a play on tsk tsk) and a pointer to movies with titles using the snowclonic pattern “X Must Die!”.


The Big Kowalski

April 17, 2015

A Liam Francis Walsh cartoon in the latest (April 20th) New Yorker:


A mashup — a kind of portmanteau — of two movies: the 1951 film adaptation of Tennessee Wiliams’s dramatic play A Streetcar Named Desire, with Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski (and Kim Hunter as his wife Stella); and the 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski, with Jeff Bridges as The Dude. The scene setting (with Dude Stanley at the bottom of an ornate stairway, calling up to Stella) shows Stanley from Streetcar; but Dude Stanley looks, dresses, and talks like The Dude.


Morning: Ronald Arbuthnott Knox

April 13, 2015

This morning’s surprise name was Ronald Arbuthnot(t) — which led me nowhere, until I realized that the (very British) name was just the beginning of the name of Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, who is a figure of considerable interest. (The surname Arbuthnot(t) is Scottish.) Knox leads to the fictional detective Miles Bredon and to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.


Movies and tv: Cannonball Run II

April 1, 2015

(Minimal linguistic content)

A spectacularly terrible movie, to judge from all reports. With a gigantic cast of well-known names, just jammed into this confection:


Judi Dench (and Vin Diesel)

March 29, 2015

Not morning names or death notices, but an appreciation of Dame Judi Dench; Vin Diesel comes along for the ride, so to speak.

A week ago I was startled to come across (on television) the amazingly violent science fiction movie The Chronicles of Riddick (starring Vin Diesel) and to see Judi Dench in the midst of it, as the character Aereon.



March 1, 2015

Today’s Bizarro, with a play on abduction:

So: abduction by aliens (‘extraterrestial beings’) — but for what purpose? In a significantly conventionalized use of alien abduction, the purpose is probing human beings, but here the purpose of the abduction is a more common one: kidnapping for ransom (where it happens that the kidnappers are alien creatures). There are other possibilities.