Friday, February 09, 2007

Odds & Ends

And we have a winner!

Tidying up some odds and ends at the end of the week. First off, it occurs to me that I never announced a winner for the last Friday Challenge — or for that matter, for last fall's October Surprise contest — so without further ado, the winners are:
October Surprise
1st Place: Larry Who
Runner-up: Boz

Friday Challenge
1st Place: Nathan
Runner-up: ajw308

Winners: please email me your snail mail address so that I can get your prizes out to you! The rest of you: thanks for playing and please try again!

Recommended Missing

Next, I'd like to call your attention to this direct-to-video stinker:

Normally I wouldn't bother, but The Kid picked this one out at Blockbuster last weekend and it took me three days to air out the house afterwards. This movie is quite possibly the most chaotic load of crap I've seen since — well, actually, I can't think of a worse one, and I've seen 'em all. It starts out as an extremely low-budget rip-off of Aliens — but wait, then they're fighting zombies — no, I'm sorry, its cyborgs — and a werewolf! — oh no, wait, I was wrong again, now they're besieged by a bunch of Road Warrior rejects, who are assisted by a pair of pudgy killer androids in black spandex and wraparound shades — and where the Hell did that three-headed dinosaur come from? — oh, never mind, wherever it came from, it went back there, because it's dropped out of the story again for no apparent reason —

You get the idea. The script was poured out of a blender; the CGI graphics would look bad on a Super Nintendo; the acting gives a bad name to "amateurish;" and on the whole, it looks like a bunch of fans from some second-rate con put on their hall costumes and got together at an abandoned factory with their friend who owns a HD-DV camera, and spent a weekend shooting random bits of action-movie improv, which they later spliced together on a Macintosh and called a movie. If this were a student project I'd say, "Nice try, and I'd like to see your next one," but since they actually wanted money for watching this, I can only feel vaguely threatened by the closing credit, which promises that a sequel is in the works.

Coming Monday: A Conspiracy of Cats

Well, the response to the idea was positive enough, so I'm probably going to regret it, but I'm going to start my series on the secret history of conservatism beginning Monday. Until then, have a great weekend, stay warm, and ciao!