Monday, November 21, 2011

Cinema's Top Human Villains - Revised

I like the work done on the supercut "Cinema's Top Human Villains" but didn't like the song. I added Zwan's "Number of the Beast" and a handful of extra clips at the end to hopefully sate the requests from hh1edits's comments.

Here's the original:

Here's my version:

Additional villains:
Salieri from Amadeus
Henry from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Amon Goeth from Schindler's List
Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds (sic)
Pauline from Heavenly Creatures
Layne from River's Edge

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I knew that things were going to be good when we rounded the corner to our hotel (The Riviera) and saw that the Village People were playing there. That kind of made up for the Elvis show at the Aria being dark for the week.

Andrea and I went to Las Vegas from November 9-13 ostensibly to get re-re-marries on 11/11/2011. Fittingly, this is our 11th anniversary year and we had originally planned on getting married on 11/11/2001 until the date was changed on us. Long story. Let's just say that family politics were involved and we still shake our fists and gnash our teeth in anger over this one. Regardless, we were there to set the record straight and take advantage of the date. As it turned out, a lot of other couples were in Vegas with similar plans.

Our wedding was one of three that were performed within the twenty minutes we were at A Hollywood Chapel on Las Vegas Blvd. The place had it down to a science, including adding in all of the extra perks to charge people more money. "With the package you get a roll of film. If you'd like, we can give you digital pictures for $20 more..." "No, that's fine, we'll take the film." "With the package, you get the ceremony on VHS. For $30 more, we'll give you a DVD." "That's fine, we'll take the VHS."

There's no VCR in the building and the photographer was obviously using a digital camera. When we were getting ready to leave the same saleswoman told us that the officiant/minister was so nice that he bought us the upgrade. I think we were supposed to then tip him for his generosity but I think he would have been fairly surprised to hear that he'd paid $50 out of his own pocket for us. We laughed about this all day.

Weddings were in the air; one couple even got married on stage at the Village People concert that night as part of the encore. Alas, they were a hetero couple. I had hoped that the Village People might be a little more progressive than that. Maybe the boys were being on good behavior since Felipe's father was in the audience but they were posturing as very straight all evening.

I had figured that the guys going under the name "The Village People" these days would be six twentysomething dudes who might have seen Can't Stop the Music a couple times and knew the lyrics to "Macho Man" as a qualification. Surprisingly, apart from The Leather Man, all of the guys in the Village People had been in the band since 1980 or earlier.

Apart from a couple of teenagers, I think I was the youngest person there. The show was good though they didn't do as many of their original songs as I'd have liked. I had really hoped for more of a Live and Sleazy playlist with some Can't Stop the Music tunes in there too. They did some of their hits and a couple covers but I could have done for a few more hours of Village People music.

Most of our time was spent reading, walking, eating and gambling; in that order. On Thursday and Saturday I was in my glory as we got to hang out with Greydon Clark and Marly a bit.

The other high point of our weekend came just as we were leaving. We took a taxi from the hotel to the airport. The driver did the usual patter, asking us where we were from, asking about the weather and the politics happening in Michigan, and giving us a dismal forecast of the future. He seemed very down on the state of things as he and Andrea talked state funding. I almost said, "It's too early to talk politics," to try and shut him up but I'm so glad I didn't. As we went along we went past the Occupy Las Vegas camp the driver started telling us that the whole Occupy movement is actually a government-created plot to keep people busy, all headed up by a good friend of President Obama.

And then he went off the deep end.

"I'm going to tell you something that's going to blow your mind," he told us. I wished that I had started recording him because what he laid on us was an incredibly dense web of conspiracy theory nuttiness that just couldn't be topped. He told us that Barak Obama's real name was Barry Soetoro and that he had been to Mars as part of the colonization of our sister planet (via Tesla-based teleportation technology, 'natch). He spun this wild tale of Martians, the Rothchilds, and Queen Elizabeth II. When he was at a breaking point, with a straight face, I told him, "That's funny because I had heard something very similar but about Gerald Ford..." I went on to tell him a little bit of the plot outline of Mondo Ford. I hope like hell that he looked it up when he got home and believed every word of this Ricardo Fratelli classic:

The scariest thing about what this guy was spewing is that I just googled "Obama Mars Barry" and came up with two million hits.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Podcasting on a Budget - The Book

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Faerie Tale Theater

Just to help folks (including me) keep things straight:

ABC - Once Upon a Time - Official Blurb: Centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real. Series Premiere October 23rd Sundays 8/7c

NBC - Grimm - Official Blurb: "Grimm" is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales.Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, "Turn The Beat Around") discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. Series Premiere October 28th Fridays 9/8c


Universal - Snow White and The Huntsman - Official Blurb: In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. This is the one with Charlize Theron and directed by Rupert Sanders. Watch the trailer at

Relativity Media - Mirror! Mirror! - This is the one with Julia Roberts (wearing a false nose... I hope) as the Evil Queen and directed by Tarsem Singh. Oh, yeah, and it seems to be some kind of Bollywood musical.

All of these seem to be taking nods from the comic book series Fables by Bill Willingham.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Fetisch Filmfestival 2011 Awards

Here are the winners for this year's Fetisch Filmfestival

Best long clip:

Best Female-Performer in a long clip:
Ariel Anderssen in ARIEL'S JOB INTERVIEW

Best Male Performer in a long clip:

Best Trans-Performance in a long clip:
Kallista Rene Eisha

Best short clip:
(Restrained Elegance)

Best Female Performers in short clips:
Christina Carter in EROTIC DAYDREAMS (Restrained Elegance)
Janey in LADETTE TO LADY (Restrained Elegance)
Katey Cee in LADETTE TO LADY (Restrained Elegance)

Best Male Performer in a short clip 2011:
(Sadoladies/Madame Charlotte)

Best Trans-Performer in a short clip:

Best Membership-Websites:

Best long narrative film:
by Sebastiano Montresor

Best Actress in a long narrative film:
Emily Browning in SLEEPING BEAUTY

Best Actor in a long narrative film:
William Van Noland in INDIETRO

Best Trans-Performance in a long narrative film:

Best Shortfilm:

Best Actresses in a short film:
Anna Linng and Venus O'Hara

Best Actor in a short film:

Best Trans-Performance in a short film:

Best long Documentary:
Directed by Gerhard Stahl

Best short Documentary:
Directed by Mrs G.

Best Website of a filmproducer:

Best Musicvideo:
FETISH by Faith Michaels
Directed by Gaetano Guido

Best Concert Clip:
S&M by Rihanna featuring Britney Spears