Wednesday, April 02, 2008

You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!

Tooling around the net yesterday made me feel a little silly with my lame attempt at an April Fool's joke. At least I wasn't the only one taking a stab at it. There were a ton of sites that tried throwing their readers for a loop. Most of the stuff was lamer than mine so I got that going for me. It wasn't a good day on the interwebs.

Some of the stuff on my mind and in no particular order-

At Swinebread's suggestion I just finished reading Alan Moore's "The Watchmen." Better late than never, eh? It's an amazingly layered piece of art that really transcends it's genre. Perhaps "transcends" isn't the right word. It elevates it's genre and shows what's possible.

I am concerned that there's so damn much there it may be unfilmable but, like Swinebread, I'm now excited to find out. If it's successful it might kill superhero movies for a while. There's going to be no way the other that's come out will be able to match the psychological depth of the characters in this story.

Jess Wundrun won a story contest where she's going to get to go to California and eat at that "Hell's Kitchen" guy's restaurant. If you haven't read her story it's pretty good. It's sort of Michael Jackson meets Martha Stewart.

I'm not sure Hillary Clinton picked the best metaphor for her campaign with "Rocky." If you remember the end of the original movie you'll know what I'm talking about.

Oh, and Mash did a nice tribute to journalist Dith Pran who died this week. I had a pretty right wing buddy in high school that was always dragging me to movies like "Invasion America USA" and "Red Dawn." He took me to see the "Killing Fields" and it really had a profound effect on my thinking about governments and totalitarianism. Pran was a very brave soul.


Randal Graves said...

Killing Fields is a hell of a flick. And, I am ashamed for knowing this, but I think you might mean Invasion USA starring one Charles Norris. I'll turn in my lefty anarcho commie pinko ID badge at the end of the day.

Dean Wormer said...

D'oh! Actually I'm the one that has to turn in my regular guy who likes action flicks badge for goofing that.

Spirula said...

You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!

The fact that Rocky didn't immediately bolt from the room when he heard this shows he'd already taken too many punches.

Well I've crapped thunder, and let me just say, it goes from funny to hospital real quick.

Oh, and the look on your proctologyist's face while you try to explain why there are "pieces missing"...well, it haunts you.

With every flush.

Dean Wormer said...



Sorry to hear about the "pieces."

I did not know that thundercrap is actually a diagnosable disease.

Thanks for that.

pissed off patricia said...

I must admit I have never seen a Rocky movie. I must also admit I have never seen Killing Fields. So probably I should sit over here in the corner and try to learn something.

Swinebread said...

I'm glad you've got watchmen under your belt. Imagine being a 15 year-old kid and reading it new. One of the best works in the English lang.

If the film gets people to read graphic novel all the better.

Dean Wormer said...


At least you've seen Invasion USA, right?


Yeah, it's pretty impressive. Even at my age it's the first graphic novel I've read that I spent time thinking about afterwards to try and figure out meanings, subtexts, etc. I love stuff like that.

Spirula said...

Not sure where that "y" in the word proctologist (see above) came from.

For that matter, I don't know where my proctologist came from either. Homeless people are always so secretive about their origins.

Dean Wormer said...


For that matter, I don't know where my proctologist came from either. Homeless people are always so secretive about their origins.

That and the fact they use a dirty gardening glove and a jar of mayo instead of surgical gloves and KY.