Obligatory End-of-2002 Best Of List

Best Movies I Saw On ScreenThe Two TowersHow's Your NewsDas ExperimentThe Good GirlThe Endurance Best Movie Seen On DVDCity of Lost Children Best Fiction Book ReadThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Best Non-fiction Book ReadDrake's Fortune: The Fabulous True Story of the World's Greatest Confidence Artist Best New-To-Me CDAll Hands on the Bad One Best New GamePuerto Rico

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Movies: The Two Towers

Boromir dies at the beginning of The Two Towers. Not the beginning of the movie, but the beginning of Tolkien's The Two Towers novel. So when director Peter Jackson snuck Boromir's frantic-grab-for-the-ring-cum-noble-death into the last act of Fellowship, Ring purists howled. "Why, " they lamented, " is he messin' with the source material?!". Those who got all worked up over

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Dismal Retail Sales Indicate Best Holiday Season in 30 Years

With December retail sales at a 30-year low, economists and politicians are hailing 2002's holiday season as the best in three decades. "This year, people were focused on friends and family, rather than the usual orgy of unchecked consumerism," said Martin Fi, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina. "It was truly a magical year." Oregon Governor Andrea

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Movies: Adaptation

There's an old piece floating around the Internet that purports to describe the Lifecycle of Mailing Lists. A list begins when a bunch of people get together to discuss a topic: beekeeping, say, or perl programming. And that works fine for a while. But some people soon get bored or cranky or both, and they begin commenting not on the

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Non Scents

Apparently Jennifer Lopez is coming out with a new "fragrance" (which is what they call perfume these days, I guess) called Glow by J-Lo. Here's some others that will follow on its heels.Mince by PrinceThis Is How You Should Smell by Martha StewartTexas Tea by G.W.B.Free For The Taking by WinonaAffair by CherI Am Led To Understand That This Has

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Drought

Some idiot was walking down the crowded, Christmas-Eve sidewalks of Seattle with an enormous umbrella, forcing everyone else to get out of his way or risk bodily harm. It made me think of this. Anonymous asshole, this entry is for you.

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Sadly, I was Unable To Evade “Christmas Wrapping” By The Waitresses

I have somehow made it to December 23rd without once hearing "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer". I have no idea how I have pulled this off, but my good luck cannot possibly last. I am therefore going to spend the next three days in a hermetically-sealed underground bunker to ensure that 2002 is a 100%-Elmo-And-Patsy-free year. yeti-ations will

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The Bad Review Revue

[Eight Crazy Nights] "A holiday film for the whole family, provided the whole family is obsessed with human waste." -- J.R. Jones, THE CHICAGO READER[Analyze That] "That this witless, formulaic sequel even dares to spoof 'The Sopranos' is embarrassing, like Freddie Prinze Jr. slamming Gene Hackman as a bad actor." -- Ty Burr, BOSTON GLOBE[Extreme Ops] "'Jackass' with a budget

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