persona non sequitur

a review of media by a slightly jaded baby boomer.

Monday, December 21, 2009

THUNDERPANTS with Rupert Grint

Every now and then, I see something and I cannot believe how luridly stupid it is. What are people to make of this? Is it Harry Pooter? No, I didn't watch the movie. I'm going to keep it that way. Just thought I'd "share".

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

AND THEN, the snow fell....since late Friday night and into Sunday morning. This is the driveway. The Montero is stuck in the driveway. The other cars were moved closer to the road. We have not cleared the front of the car because we know the snow plow will go by and rebury us.

I was asked by an on line friend--"have you heard of a snow blower", to which I typed --"I'm not getting on my hands and knees for this."

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The ex Postal employee Identity for this one is being kept secret.

A Postal truck driver told me that for six months he transported a 53 foot truck to Philadelphia from New York. He picked up a truck from New York and took it back to Philadelphia.

He'd get to the destination, and no one seemed interested in the truck.. He had the order to pick up the truck and take it away, and orders to pick up another. Sometimes they were the same containers. He was puzzled by this.

One day he stopped the truck on the road, and opened it. It was empty.

He checked every day for a couple of months. He was bringing an empty truck to New York, and taking an empty truck back to Philadelphia.

He put in a transfer of duties to another area, so he would not be a "suspect" in any of this..




Mentioning Ray Bradbury in one of the previous entries reminded me of something. In one week, I read several items on him, and they all seemed to be about BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS. In Harry Knowles book AIN'T IT COOL, he recalls Bradbury being peeved at Toho Studios for "ripping off my movie" to make Godzilla. In the fannish memoir titled GODZILLA ON MY MIND (written by William Tsutsui), this is acknowledged. But Bradbury seems to have forgotten a few items or ignored a few facts: the BEAST was in production, already scripted when the rights to the story "The Foghorn" were acquired. This information is found in KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES volume 1, written by Bill Warren. So it seems rather silly for Bradbury to make an issue of it. But his vanity wouldn't let it go.

Both films have an a-bomb blast for an opening. in BEAST, they use the Arctic for a n A-Bomb test. Though no one with an ounce of brain would fire off an a-bomb in the arctic, even for testing. Why would you want all that ice to melt all at once? Someone without an ounce of brain wrote this screenplay. In BEAST One guy falls into a hole, lands on his back and breaks a leg (well, explain that one).

But It's hardly a rip off. Rhedosaurus has four legs. Godzilla walks upright. Dino critter is full of germs and Godzilla has atomic bad breath. GODZILLA spawned over two dozen sequels, a cottage industries of toys, games, actions figures and the now well known "bad dubbing" effect.

GODZILLA seems to be more of a horror film, while BEAST is action adventure with a giant creature.

BEAST : no sequels. Not even a small plastic figure marketed in toy stores. There is a magaine called G FAN about Godzilla and Toho studios.

Big PS: there was a Superman cartoon from the mid 1940's about a frozen dinosaur that was brought back from the Arctic and it thawed out and went on a rampage in Metropolis (aka New York). Ray Bradbury is a big fan of movies. Hmm. Hmm.

Mostly likely: Bradbury is friends with Ray Harryhausen. He added his name to the film in pre production so his name and "Saturday Evening Post" would be in the movie trailer. The trailer erroneously lists it as a "thriller".



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Saturday, December 19, 2009


NEW YORK (Dec. 18) -- A career criminal massacred three members of a family in their apartment but fell to his death when he tripped over his own baggy pants.

The massacre occurred Thursday afternoon near a string of upscale shops on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police said the attack apparently stemmed from botched drug ripoff.

"There is a significant amount of heroin found in the apartment," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the Daily News.
David Karp, AP
Workers from the medical examiner's office carry the body of a murder suspect who fell to his death from an apartment building fire escape.

Police said Hector Quinones, 44, shot and killed Carlos Rodriguez Sr., 52, and his 24-year-old son, Carlos Rodriguez Jr., then stabbed to death the younger Rodriguez's grandfather, Fernando Gonzalez, 87, according to reports in the Daily News and the New York Post.

The elder Rodriguez's wife, Gisela Rodriguez, 49, and her daughter, Leyanis, 28, walked in on the carnage. Quinones heard keys in the lock and opened the door for the women, police said.

He shot the mother, who was grazed on the head by a bullet but managed to run from the apartment. The killer wThe killer was just about the grab the daughter when his low-slung pants fell down and he tripped, the Post said. That gave the young woman the chance to run into a back room, where she found the bodies of her brother and father.

Quinones yanked up his pants and scrambled after Leyanis Rodriguez, who climbed onto a fire escape, screaming for help to construction workers on the roof of a nearby building, the Post said. The attacker followed her onto the fire escape, but once again his drooping pants fell and he tripped, plunging three stories to his death.

Estella Carrino, who manages a street-level bicycle store in the building, said she heard the body hit the ground.

"He had no jacket on and his pants were down. He was very dead," she told the Daily News.

The world needs to be notified of the hazards of wearing droopy drawers. Plus it makes you look like you're in the special Olympics. Or wearing Depends.