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September 20, 2008

Cartoon Network Cancels Toonami

Word on the street is, it hasn't been good for years. Anime News Network | Cartoon Network to Reportedly End Toonami Tonight
America's Cartoon Network has reportedly revealed at Georgia's Anime Weekend Atlanta convention this morning that it will end its Toonami programming block tonight after 11 years. The official announcement will be made during tonight's final run, with an "important message" during the 10:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT timeslot. Naruto has been the only Japanese series in this Saturday evening block recently, but Toonami used to host a variety of Japanese-animated programs when it began as a weekday afternoon block in 1997. ... The Toonami Jetstream online streaming service will reportedly still continue, and Cartoon Network is working to import the Japanese-animated Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z spinoff that is based on its own Powerpuff Girls series.

September 10, 2008

Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Saddest Moments

Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Saddest Moments

September 09, 2008

On the barely concealed homosexual subtext in John Carpenter's They Live

The Hooded Utilitarian: They Live

By dear friend of the Almanack Noah Berlatsky.

Or, to put it another way, John wants Frank to be able to distinguish those who are straight from those who are just passing. The glasses are a kind of gaydar, bound up with violent homosexual panic. After putting them on for the first time, the formerly rather mild-mannered John starts blasting away with a machine-gun, shooting down all the aliens he sees. Similarly, the fight in the alley is all about Frank's refusal to put the glasses on. When Frank does lose and wear the glasses, the two quickly reconcile and check into a seedy hotel together, where, looking at the bed, John makes a homophobic/homoerotic crack (if I remember rightly, he says, “So this is love.”)

There is one female character in the movie; Meg Foster the putative romantic interest. But she’s hardly onscreen, appearing only long enough to establish her deep (and almost completely unmotivated) untrustworthiness. The real emotional tie is between the two men; an emotional tie which can only be expressed through violence and then end, inevitably, in tragedy. The movie itself ends with the aliens exposed for all to see. The last image, in fact, is of a nude woman copulating with the standard porn-star exhalations; she looks down and sees she’s riding an alien. The anxiety about concealment is an anxiety about sexuality — what is passing as who, and how can we keep them from fucking us?

September 08, 2008

Jon Ronson looks at Kubrick's boxes

September 04, 2008

Michael Moore to release next film for free online

Michael Moore to release new film online for free - Yahoo! News

The film, "Slacker Uprising," follows Moore's 62-city tour during the 2004 election to rally young voters. It will be available for three weeks as a free download to North American residents, beginning Sept. 23. An official announcement of the film is planned for Friday.

Moore said he considered releasing "Slacker Uprising" theatrically as "Michael Moore's big election year movie" as he did with 2004's "Fahrenheit 9/11," which was highly critical of President Bush.

Instead, Moore opted for a symbol of gratitude to his fans as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his first film, 1989's "Roger & Me."

"I thought it'd be a nice way to celebrate my 20th year of doing this," Moore said. "And also help get out the vote for November. I've been thinking about what I want to do to help with the election this year."

September 03, 2008

Your guide to the best films in the universe next door

Main Page - ParallelFilmGuide

"...An amazingly large, laugh-out-loud-funny database of films that will never be available on Netflix, along with entries for their nonexistent directors and ersatz stars. Created and maintained by Spencer Green, the PUFG reads like a satirical Wikipedia of cinema (with even less accuracy), full of hilarious film titles — Vigilante Justice? Don’t Mind If I Do!; Arbor Day 2: Seeds of Terror — that instantly evoke their intended targets. Dig deeper and you’ll find insanely detailed plot descriptions, making-of trivia, and phony quotes, too. In a summer that’s given us Step Brothers and The Love Guru, these may be the funniest films around."

Sort of a massive thought-experiment/fanfic for film geeks. For instance check out what must be the parallel universe version of Forrest Gump, titled "Retarded Like A Fox".

*Big thanks to Allison for the link*