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BYOB For The 6th Of July!

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100 Responses to “BYOB For The 6th Of July!”

  1. Hopscotch says:

    I enjoyed Micmacs, but just slightly. I was actually kind of bored through the first 20 minutes or so. It has the creative, visual flair of all of Jeneutt’s previous movies, but there’s a lack of “umf” toward the end.
    Dying to see Retrespo, but the one theater in Los Angeles had sold out showings all day yesterday.

  2. IOv2 says:


  3. The Pope says:

    Congrats on reaching the final, IOv2. Will it be ’74 all over again? Personally, I’d like to see Spain in the final if only because it would mean a new name on the trophy.

  4. LexG says:

    I can’t believe any of you guys watch the fucking World Cup. And how goddamn long is that thing anyway? I haven’t seen ONE FRAME OF IT on television– do they even air it? But you guys, or at least IO, have been talking it up for SEVEN WEEKS now. Isn’t it fucking over yet?
    WHO CARES? If you watch soccer, you are an INSTANT ASSHOLE, I never even HEARD of the fucking WORLD CUP until I moved to Los Angeles, where everyone’s foreign.
    GUARANTEED 99% of the middle of the country has never heard of it, ever. SOCCER = NOT A SPORT. See Carlin, George.

  5. Blackcloud says:

    “Personally, I’d like to see Spain in the final if only because it would mean a new name on the trophy.”
    Exactly what I’ve been saying since Saturday.

  6. LexG says:

    Actually, TAKE THAT BACK:
    I never heard of the WORLD CUP until *2006*, when I worked a job with a foreign translation department, and all these Gael Garcia Bernal-looking motherfuckers would come in wearing their stupid CITY OF GOD style soccer jerseys and huddle around the tube whooping like assholes, and I was like, what the fuck is this shit?
    “WORLD CUP, MAN!!!!”
    Until that day I had NEVER heard of the World Cup, EVER, and I grew up in one of the biggest, most rabid sports towns of all the US. NO ONE cares. NO ONE.
    Where do they air it, ESPN23, behind the curling competitions?

  7. Stella's Boy says:

    It’s on ESPN8, The Ocho, right after dodgeball. I’m with you though Lex. A lot of my co-workers are into it but it does nothing for me. I could really not care less.

  8. Blackcloud says:

    Lex, I would accuse you of racism and xenophobia, but your arrogance and ignorance don’t leave room for any other qualities.

  9. IOv2 says:

    Yes, I agree, there needs to be a new name on that trophy. Here’s hoping David Villa can put the boot the Germans, then Arjen Robben can put the boot to the Spaniards.
    Lex, I love Carlin but it’s a sport and unlike our sports here, it’s streamlined, it does not take 4 hours to get through, and it’s not bloated. It’s as streamlined as you get and when it’s good, there is nothing better. Football rules.

  10. LexG says:

    Fuck you, hombre. (TM Wells.)
    Nobody in America gives a shit about the World Cup. I DEFY you to prove otherwise, other than random, enthusiastic fans like IO or ex-pats.
    Do even the ESPN SportsCenter guys PRETEND to care? Having had friends and family who worked in sports journalism, I’d all but guarantee those guys cover WORLD CUP with all the enthusiasm they usually reserve for the WNBA,
    Also not a sport.

  11. IOv2 says:

    Lex, we are a nation of 300m and growing everyday. Many of those people come from countries where they play football and love football. The US is a football country, be it the NFL or FOOTBALL, and that’s just how it is. We are also the future of this sport, so get ready for more and more football talk because it’s not going anyway. Landon changed that in the 91st minute against Algeria.
    Oh yeah, ESPN believe in football and they are the ones pushing it. It’s a part of the future of this country. Stop the hating and embrace the beautiful game.

  12. Stella's Boy says:

    While soccer is incredibly popular globally, its growth in the US seems to be quite slow. Interest here might go up while the US is in the World Cup, but it wanes quickly once the US is out.

  13. IOv2 says:

    Stella, it’s been growing steadily for 16 years. Again, kids play the game, the game is a nice change of pace from everything here, and never ever forget about all those you tube videos featuring the 91st minute. Seriously.

  14. LexG says:

    IO, they’ve been trying to push soccer since the early ’80s, and nobody has ever cared.
    They tried to make us care about Pele, no one cared.
    They tried whatever the soccer league was/is? called. NOBODY cared.
    They brought Beckham over here. NO ONE IN AMERICA cares about Beckham, he’s a BRIT-CELEB like Mr. Bean, Sadie Frost, Geri Halliwell, or Sophie Ellis-Bextor that NO ONE in America wants to hear about.
    And whoever this Landon douche is, he was on Letterman last week and was as boring as fucking oatmeal. Whatever he did, I don’t care, NO ONE cares, he’s a douche, he sucks, SOCCER SUCKS.

  15. Stella's Boy says:

    Like millions of Americans, I played soccer for nine years as a kid. Doesn’t mean professional soccer is a popular sport in America. It isn’t. YouTube viewings is hardly evidence supporting your point. When 30 million people watch a soccer game on Fox or NBC on a regular basis then maybe I’ll concede.

  16. Blackcloud says:

    “Nobody in America gives a shit about the World Cup.”
    Less thinking with your dick, more thinking with your brain, please. If you have one.

  17. IOv2 says:

    30 million people do not even watch one freaking NFL game and the Champions League game FOX, I believe, did a solid rating. Again, it’s a damn good game that has been slowly growing in this country for years. If you want to act like everyone does not care about football then realize that outside of the NFL, everything else sucks except Nascar. We are about the NFL and NASCAR. You really do not want to throw football in there? Really?
    Lex, it’s the a beautiful game and there are billions who disagree with you. You work with those kind of odds and get back to me.

  18. Joe Straat says:

    Since I have German heritage, I’m going for Germany by default, really. And for those who don’t think it’s a sport, try playing it. Seriously. Yeah, a lot of players are douches who dive and play up little boo boos like their leg shattered, but running around 8 miles total in 90 minutes while occasionally getting into awkward and powerful collisions ain’t a fucking joke. You can not like the hell out of it all you want, but it’s a sport.
    What pisses me off is the people around here who scoff at soccer for being boring but then go and watch NASCAR. You’re kidding me, right? Driving in around in circles in clustered traffic with the occasional accident is exciting to you? Why don’t they just put bleachers on the Garden State Parkway and charge admission for that shit, then?

  19. Blackcloud says:

    NASCAR is bollocks. But so is Formula One. Lex no doubt amuses himself with such highbrow entertainments as UFC and WWE.

  20. LexG says:

    The only NASCAR I ever wanna see is Cole Trickle going low instead of going high on the fourth turn after he drafts Russ Wheeler.

  21. A. E. Ase says:

    you can’t possibly compare Nascar to Formula 1- the fastest/most dangerous racecar driving on the planet vs, well, guys going around in circles.
    ”We are also the future of this sport, so get ready for more and more football talk because it’s not going anyway. Landon changed that in the 91st minute against Algeria.”
    No offence mate but future of the sport? Seriously?
    Lex have you ever heard of WAGs? She may be a tad on the old side for you but google Cheryll Cole. That’s a footballer’s (soccerplayer’s) wife for you, and there’s alot more of those where that came from.
    On a related note, does anybody have a theory as to why British stars export so poorly? Beckham, Robbie Williams, etc… Doesn’t bode well for Russel Brand

  22. IOv2 says:

    Do not insult racing of any kind because it requires more mechanical, technical, and and mental know how than you three could imagine. Seriously, if you three could design an engine like Hendricks motorsports or a chassis like Adrian Newey then talk smack if not, then realize there is more going on in Nascar then turning left, and a lot more is going on in F1 then driving in a straight line down the straightaways.
    Seriously, do not even come close to mocking racing because those people are genuinely brilliant on any top level of motorsport.

  23. IOv2 says:

    Yes, AE, the money that runs the sport comes from the US. The continent that will once dominate the sport is the one I am currently residing on. Seriously, the future is this part of the world because this part of the world has millions and millions of people that represent an advertising base not yet touched by countless football sponsors. It’s the main reason why Bernie had to bring back the GP Of the United States because the US audience is the audience that sport needs to grow.
    Oh yeah, Brand has already been rejected by a lot of the US audience. If he had, maybe a less goofy look, then he could get over. You also have to realize that we love Python, Hugh Laurie, the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, Pink Floyd, and the Gorillaz. Seriously, we love you guys, but the silly glam look needs to go to put Brand over the top.

  24. A. E. Ase says:

    Who says i’m British? 🙂
    I agree that the US is potentially a massive field of growth in regards to soccer (new market, $$$, etc) however calling it the future of a sport that is already entrenched within the cultural ethos of a vast majority of the world… See where I’m goin there? If it takes off in a big way in the states (somebody made a good point a while back, you just gta get some inner city kids to realise there’s money in it) and players’ salaries become massive and and and and- then maybe the country becomes another soccer centre of interest. But already you’ve got the Spanish, British, French, German, and Italian leagues that arguably do not supercede each other- and that’s onlybin Europe.
    As for Brand, and the vast majority of Brits… I’d argue that the cultural heritage thing plays against them, for the most part. I just find it funny that the Australians cross over so easily by comparison. (It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Tom Hardy)
    Now, not to beat a dead horse but does anybody actually feel that genuine excitement- that feeling of ‘I just might see something special at the movies’ for Inception, or did the previous Inception thread neutor that?

  25. Stella's Boy says:

    I love the Brewers but that doesn’t make them a good team. I’m not saying soccer is a dumb sport just because I’m not a fan of it. The fact is professionally it is not very popular in America. Maybe it’s popularity is growing, but I suspect interest increases every four years during the World Cup before subsiding again. That’s not to say things could never change.

  26. Anghus Houvouras says:

    i’m loving the world cup. more fun than watching baseball, golf, or nascar. not as fun as watching tennis, football, or basketball.
    on an unrelated note, i find it interesting that as of last night there is not a single pirate copy of The Last Airbender.
    Not a one.
    Eclipse: yes. Toy Story 3: yup. Grown Ups: Yes sir.
    Airbender: nope.
    What kind of legs does a movie with no bootleg have?
    we’ll find out next week.

  27. Josh Massey says:

    “We are also the future of this sport, so get ready for more and more football talk because it’s not going anyway.”
    I’ve read some variation of this sentence every year since 1982.

  28. Josh Massey says:

    Oh, and Christ, if you’re an American and call soccer “football,” EVERYBODY YOU KNOW THINKS YOU ARE AN ASSHOLE.

  29. IOv2 says:

    It’s not called Association Football anymore and seeing as a lot of my friends are European or from South America, they prefer I refer to it as football.

  30. LexG says:

    Off topic, but seriously, FREE LINDSAY. LOHAN POWER. Lindsay is AWESOME and if she wants to get her swerve on every second of every minute ever, I am ALL FOR IT. Gee, sorry, Judge, that Lindsay is HOT and AWESOME and RICH AND FAMOUS, and you need to take out your little tinpot jealousies on A GODDESS, but it is STRAIGHT BULLSHIT that Lilo is going to jail.
    OOOOOH, Lindsay behind bars. As a resident of Los Angeles, I CAN’T TELL YOU how relieved I am that that MASTER CRIMINAL LINDSAY LOHAN is off the streets. I’ll sleep SO MUCH BETTER knowing that a hot freckled piece of ass actress isn’t gonna get crunk on Vodka and Red Bull and shoot me in the head, or steal my stereo, or molest some neighborhood kids.
    Give me a fucking break.
    Can you VOTE for or against judges? I would actually VOTE if I could cast a vote against this horrible person who would put Lindsay in jail.
    Hey, does anyone know: When a chick is in jail, can you just go visit them, and she’ll be so bored she’ll be like, “Eh, whatever, better than sitting in my cell.” Because it would be awesome to go meet Linds behind bars.
    I hope she can get her hands on some awesome prison hooch to make the days go faster.
    I quit drinking recently but I’M GONNA TIP ONE BACK tonight in honor of my favorite awesome hot drunk.

  31. IOv2 says:

    Lindsay had it coming. Hopefully this will get her head straight and turn her life around.

  32. Stella's Boy says:

    Shouldn’t she be allowed to be a drunk, as long as she doesn’t drink and drive?

  33. Anghus Houvouras says:

    “Lindsay had it coming. Hopefully this will get her head straight and turn her life around.”
    Like they always say “rehab: sixth time’s the charm”.

  34. LexG says:

    Rehab is FUCKING BULLSHIT, and all that shit has some NEW AGE religious element about a higher power, and hopefully Lindsay tells them to go FUCK THEMSELVES when they start on about “turning your life over to a higher power,” which is the biggest crock of shit on the planet.
    If this was SEAN PENN, COLIN FARRELL, RUSSELL BRAND OR CHARLIE SHEEN, everyone would be all ROCK N ROLL, FUCK YEAH, what an awesome dude, what a square judge, etc etc. You wouldn’t get things like the current Wells “YES! SUFFER! THROW AWAY THE KEY!” post or the inevitable SUPER-SEXIST POLAND SCREED which will be on par with the town elders from the fucking CRUCIBLE.
    If you’re rich, hot and spoiled, you MUST PAY, YOU MUST BURN, WHOO HOO.
    Fucking bullshit.

  35. IOv2 says:

    She’s a trainwreck of a human being right now. God forbid a judge sees this and decides to try and do something to stop it.

  36. Stella's Boy says:

    Yeah Charlie Sheen, what, choked, beat, and threatened to kill his wife? He returned to his $1.3 million per episode sitcom and will probably serve no jail time when all is said and done. And he doesn’t exactly have no prior record.

  37. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Lex you’re way out of touch. All those booze swillin heroes of yours all wept like lil bitches and did their time in rehab and the like. Oliver Reed was the last real booze god. The day the bottle dried was when he died.

  38. LexG says:

    True that, about Oliver Reed. Ever read his bar tab for the day he died? Holy shit, it’s the greatest thing ever. Amazing that I quit drinking recently in mortal fear of what could become of my liver at age 37, even though I mostly drank beer with a couple shots mixed in three nights a week for a couple short years…
    And Reed was putting up numbers on a nightly basis that would cover most people for six months, and still lived into his 60s.

  39. Stella's Boy says:

    What if this judge is unfit to make her a better person?

  40. IOv2 says:

    Stella, then she dies young. This way she might not die young, get her head together, and maybe have a career again.

  41. A. E. Ase says:

    Lex- made me think of this
    (dunno if food’s her thang though)

  42. Cadavra says:

    Soccer is a sport.
    Lohan used up all her chances.
    MICMACS is the best movie so far this year.
    Lex is still tiresome.
    There, I think that covers everything for me.

  43. LexG says:

    You forgot one:
    Cadavra is still old.

  44. Chucky in Jersey says:

    LiLo, LiLo, it’s off to jail you go … and LexG will soon join her behind bars, only he’ll do hard time in Corcoran alongside Phil Spector.

  45. jeffmcm says:

    I don’t know why Lex would go to prison. He needs to go to a therapist.

  46. LexG says:

    Curious why Chucky thinks I’m going to do hard time.
    But I do so love when he presents his posts in song form.

  47. Chucky in Jersey says:

    @jeffmcm: Threatening a judge to begin with.
    @LexG: Don’t be surprised if deputies show up at your home and/or job asking about your posts. You’ll have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.
    The only people who have any sympathy for Ms. Lohan are her immediate family. The rest of the world says, She violated, therefore she’s doing time. Sweet!

  48. LexG says:

    Um, dumb-ass, I said I’d “vote against,” as in an election, said judge. If you even vote on judges. Which I’m not sure about. And I don’t really give a shit enough to look it up. And I probably won’t vote anyway. And no one threatend anybody. And you’re insane and robotic and the weirdest blog poster ever…

  49. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department handles security for Los Angeles County Superior Court, hence the deputies would get involved. All it will take is for some angry citizen to see what LexG posted.
    Too bad LexG isn’t like JaMarcus Russell, former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.

  50. LexG says:

    Chucky, you paranoid weirdo, what are you TALKING ABOUT???????
    What did I or anyone post that DEPUTIES would care about???? Ooh, I like Lindsay Lohan and made fun of the judge. Who I know NOTHING about, don’t care about, don’t know her name, don’t care.
    “Handles security”? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? What DEPUTIES are prowling the fucking HOT BLOG looking to make sure no one’s saying, and I QUOTE:
    “Can you VOTE for or against judges? I would actually VOTE if I could cast a vote against this horrible person who would put Lindsay in jail.”
    Why would a DEPUTY care about that? Do you know you post like a crazy person?
    Here’s another corker, Chucky In Jersey: In the next gubernatorial election in CA, I probably won’t vote for one of the two candidates.
    Should I turn myself in to the nearest SHERIFF for voting against someone in that election too? Or do I turn myself in to the LEGION OF DOOM?
    MORON. Poland, BAN this fucking clown.

  51. IOv2 says:

    Lex, that’s Chuck being silly. Aint it cool?
    You also should be able to vote on judges. I usually vote on all the incumbent judges here in Memphis because once you get a seat here, you seldom if ever lose it.

  52. Stephen Keller says:

    In California superior court judges are elected but in practice there aren’t very many competitive elections. Usually what happens is a judge retires before the end of a term and then the governor appoints the replacement, who is confirmed by the voters in that area. It’s almost impossible to lose an election as a sitting judge, so it’s fairly rare that there are competitive elections.
    Also, Lex, no way should Poland ban Chucky — his insane ramblings are one of the best things on this site. As a hardcore lurker here, I love watching all you crazy characters duke it out, only to have Chucky drop in with an update about what various movie theaters in his area are showing.

  53. Joe Leydon says:

    One day, I must dig through my archives — OK, through all the cardboard boxes in my garage — and find the audiotape of an interview I did in the early 1980s with Oliver Reed, Anthony Quinn and Rod Steiger — all of them colossally drunk — for Lion of the Desert. My favorite part: Where I had to remind Reed that, yes, he really did star in a movie called I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname Or, as he put it, “Oh, that one where I chopped up my desk with an axe?” Actually, yes.

  54. Geoff says:

    British stars travel well here when they don’t seem TOO British – see Robert Pattinsen, the early years of Colin Farrell, Hugh Laurie, Kate Winslet, Mel Gibson, etc.
    And LexG, if you really care about the “middle part of the country,” try moving to Kansas, then – sure you’ll love all of the “squak” there.

  55. torpid bunny says:

    Honestly, I like the world cup but the games often feel inconclusive. With it being so hard to score, outcomes seems a little arbitrary. I wish they had best of three games series in the elimination rounds. Of course that will never happen.

  56. christian says:

    Seriously Joe, you need to post that shit. Wouldn’t be too hard.

  57. jeffmcm says:

    In case we needed further proof that Chucky is insane, there’s this thread.
    IOI, if Chucky is ‘being silly’ (and your notion of what is ‘silly’ is considerably different from everyone else’s), he’s failing spectacularly at it.

  58. Chucky in Jersey says:

    @torpid: Of course the outcomes in the World Cup have been arbitrary. USA were screwed out of a winning goal vs. Serbia and an early goal vs. Algeria. England were screwed out of a tying goal vs. Germany although England collapsed as they always do.
    In a sense England are like LiLo, who will be extremely lucky if she’s not cited for contempt of court.

  59. Blackcloud says:

    USA didn’t play Serbia.

  60. LexG says:

    WTF is “Ramona and Beezus”?
    In addition to the worst title of the summer, I just saw a TV ad and it appeared to feature a GIANT PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH.
    (Anxiously awaits the full rundown from IO, who no doubt has read every young adult novel it’s based on or seen every episode of whatever kiddie show it’s actually from.)
    I was all set to do a SELENA GOMEZ power, but, nah… Not even any charm on that front.

  61. IOv2 says:

    Never heard of this Lex but it looks cute for what it is and probably unlike some movie about a bridge, one of the sisters will not just randomly die off-screen. Wooo!!!

  62. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Per IMDB, “Ramona and Beezus” is adapted from a book series popular with pre-tween girls. Just hope it doesn’t get the dreaded Parents Television Council Seal of Approval.
    As to the footy I stand corrected — USA got jobbed of a winning goal vs. Slovenia.

  63. jeffmcm says:

    What is ‘some movie about a bridge’?
    Per Chucky, as of right now Ramona and Beezus might be a good movie. As soon as it gets that Seal of Approval, it will transmorph into an abomination.

  64. LexG says:

    Jeff, I THINK he means “Charlie St. Cloud,” the Zac Efron sibling movie where his younger brother dies early on.

  65. hcat says:

    Isn’t Ramona and Beezus a set of books by Beverly Cleary? I thought they had been on every elementary schools summer reading list for the past four decades.

  66. IOv2 says:

    I don’t want to give a way the hook of the film I am referring to, but it features BRIDGE in the title. Seriously, has that blonde girl in it that showed up in the Reaping and Race to Witch Mountain.
    Hcat, maybe up north but down south, I never heard of them. Which sucks because they seem rather interesting.

  67. LexG says:

    AnnaSophia Robb is CHARMING. And DELIGHTFUL.

  68. Blackcloud says:

    “Bridge to Terabithia”?

  69. IOv2 says:

    Now you’ve gone and ruined it. Lex also wants to have sex with her next year. Oy…

  70. hcat says:

    Was Bridge not standard reading of your youth as well? I haven’t seen the movie but the death provides all the emotional heft (for what there is in a preteen book) of the story.
    We are mostly about the same age here so I just thought everyone went through the same popular books as kids (Fourth Grade Nothing, The Book of Three, Bridge to Terebithia).

  71. Blackcloud says:

    I did not read it.

  72. IOv2 says:

    Hcat, nope, but I did go to a bunch of random elementary schools, so my experience could be unique to me and me alone. Nevertheless, the death in the Bridge to Terebithia movie literally comes out of nowhere. If I am missing something, someone please point it out to me, because I have watched it at least five times, and never ever caught on to why that girl died. It’s sort of like the ending of Mamma Mia. All of a sudden, it ends, and I am still trying to figure out why Meryl Streep is on a freaking boat crying.

  73. jeffmcm says:

    IOI, the death is a surprise in the movie of Bridge to Terabithia because it’s a surprise in the book. In fact, one could say it’s kind of the point of the whole experience.

  74. IOv2 says:

    Jeff, no freaking duh, but that death is random. Finally using the google to find out how that character died in that movie/book, I am shocked at the unbelievable denying of physics her death takes. Good lord. Just good lord.

  75. leahnz says:

    good grief, io, what are you on about? get a grip on yourself
    she uses the rope swing to cross the river like every other day, but on the day she happens to go alone, the rope (which was always a bit suspect) breaks over the river swollen from rain and she drowns. hardly a poke in the eye to practical physics and some grand dramatic travesty (and pretty fucking sad if you bother to watch the film, which is actually quite good)

  76. IOv2 says:

    Leah, seriously, that’s a hokey and random death of a character. Apparently teachers love this book because it introduces the whole DEATH thing to kids. Wow. Good for them but that’s hokey. Why? THE BOY IS HEAVIER! If it were going to break, it would have been with the boy, and that is that. YOU HAVE BEEN OVERRULED DUE TO TYRANNY OF DISTANCE!
    Yes I watched the film! GOOD LORD! You and jeff should be married the way you respond to things.

  77. LexG says:

    “We are mostly about the same age here so I just thought everyone went through the same popular books as kids (Fourth Grade Nothing, The Book of Three, Bridge to Terebithia).”
    Yeah, sorry, gotta point up either that this is way off, or once again I just had NO CHILDHOOD.
    Just like last year when I pointed out that I’d NEVER EVEN HEARD OF “Where the Wild Things Are,” and as with how I only have ever known of “Alice In Wonderland” through cultural osmosis…
    Never heard of “Bridge to Terebethia” until they made a movie of it. NEVER IN MY LIFE have I heard of “Fourth Grade Nothing” or “The Book of Three,” or this “Beezus” thing… or just about any allegedly formative kids’ story that everyone claims to “grow up” on.
    I vaguely remember like Watership Down and some real kiddie shit called… Richard Scarry or something? And they made us read some of Judy Blume’s kiddie books in elementary school.
    But by and large, all this stuff everyone talks up from their childhood years, nope, never heard of it, and I’m 37 and thus went to K-6th in like the late 70s-mid 80s. Maybe all this stuff came after?

  78. Blackcloud says:

    Nope, it was all there then. But that wasn’t what I was reading then (save Richard Scarry, I loved him!), so I didn’t pay much attention to it.

  79. leahnz says:

    io, i see you’re having a grand ol’ time in your new role as the 24/7 hotblogmascot just roaming around slobbering and blowing smoke out your ass in every thread, thinking no-one can contradict or disagree with you because you have a protective barrier of whimsy or some such, but this is what you said:
    “I am shocked at the unbelievable denying of physics her death takes. Good lord. Just good lord.”
    the unbelievable denying of physics? it’s an accidental death, such things happen all the time all over the world every day, there is absolutely no ‘unbelievable denying of physics’ at play. your reasoning that he was heavier and thus the rope should have broken with him swinging is silly. the rope broke with her on it because the fibres finally gave out – perhaps aided by the wet – while she happened to be the one swinging, that simple, just bad luck, one of those random things that happens all the time. arguing that it should have been him – and that it makes the story hokey – is nonsensical. please give it – and your tyranny of distance nonsense – a rest
    (and are you now in charge of dictating how people should correctly respond to things? and then whine into victim mode when your criteria isn’t met? i musta missed your edict. you said something redonkulous and i responded the way i see fit. if you don’t like it, tough bikkies, basically)

  80. christian says:

    Did you go to an Amish school, Lex?

  81. christian says:

    Not even a worn copy of “Island Of The Blue Dolphin” gathering dust on a shelf?

  82. IOv2 says:

    Leah, seriously, breathe.

  83. leahnz says:

    oh, well done io, atta boy, GOOD DOG (now did you come up with that clever ‘breath’ thing all on your own, or did you need to mimic DP for that little gem?)
    hey, not only am i breathing, i’m HEAVY-breathing, practicing up for my round of obscene phone calls later tonight
    and io, seriously, think

  84. IOv2 says:

    Now if you are calm. I once again want you to understand the word facetious. While I still think it’s random. No need to get your hairs up and lash out. The fact that you never think you treated me wrong and mock me would usually get me mad, but I am going to let it go. Why? Who wants to hold a grudge?
    Keep on breathing, realize when someone is playing around, and here’s a pick of Kei$ha covered for LEX… and no it’s NSFW!

  85. Joe Leydon says:

    Leahnz: I’ll be very disappointed if I don’t get a call, you sexy minx.

  86. IOv2 says:

    Leah, you really are just a jerk.

  87. LexG says:

    Christian: Island of the Blue Dolphins, yeah, we read that.

  88. IOv2 says:


  89. leahnz says:

    well now joe, if i ever ‘go international’ you are at the top of my to-do list
    (man, i clearly remember reading ‘island of the blue dolphins’ and ‘where the red fern grows’, one after the other when i was a kid. just the thought of that one-two punch now makes my lip quiver feeling weepy)

  90. jeffmcm says:

    IOI, people would stop treating you like an idiot if you stopped acting like one.

  91. IOv2 says:

    Jeff, people would like you on here if you acted like a human being and not an automaton.

  92. Joe Leydon says:

    Leahnz: Baby, I’ll pay for the long-distance call…

  93. jeffmcm says:

    IOI: Does not compute. You did a better job making smoke come out of my ears when your punctuation and spelling were chaotic and nonsensical. Back then you were a mentally troubled pain in the ass, now you’re just a pain in the ass.

  94. IOv2 says:

    Jeff, seriously, you are about as much fun as a Campbell Scott in Dying Young. The fact that a producer would in reality punch you in the face if he met you, states a lot about you on this blog. If you think I am a pain in your ass, you are a pain in this blog’s ass. Why you are still here when you seem to hate me, Lex, and the guy who runs the blog is beyond me.
    I also have no clue why you get so angry with me because the only explanations you have ever given me about that are… you just don’t like the references I use, my grammar or my punctuation, or my honest responses in a disagreement with someone. You have no reason to hate me but continue to do so out of what? Boredom? Lack of love in your life? Heroin addiction? Tornados addiction? Come on! Give me an answer!

  95. IOv2 says:

    Oh yeah, if you give me that “You don’t respect people’s opinion” poppycock when I have explained to you honestly otherwise, then do not bother. If you really believe that, then you really have to try harder.

  96. leahnz says:

    aw joe, i been on the piss so probably the less i say the better. suffice to say, you’re naughty and in need of a tongue-lashing…

  97. Joe Leydon says:

    Leahnz: It’s better to give than receive, darling…

  98. leahnz says:

    you said a mouthful right there, joe
    (and sometimes it’s best to add up those two little numbers that equal 15 and call it even)

  99. IOv2 says:

    Okay. Some one post their phone number and get the phone sex on right now.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon