Saturday, December 13, 2008

Just Saw The Day The Earth Stood Still

Spoiler Alert!

I just went to see TDTESS with Sally Tomatoes. Boy, what a bomb! I wish they had simply updated it with new CGI's and MINOR changes in the story to update places, technology, etc. Instead they rewrote the story to an eco-story and it was just awful. Keanu Reeves (Klaatu... at least they kept his name), was wooden and stiffer than usual. Michael Rennie in the original, while being aloof and unfamiliar, appeared to be someone "in terra incognita", which is most of the time a good story device. Reeves' was just boring. His one good line was one that you have already seen if you saw the trailers. He was being interviewed while attached to a lie detector. The technician asked him if he was aware of an imminent attack and Reeves' Klaatu turned to him and said "You should let me go" in a voice that was at once menacing and entreating. And that was it. Another item that I hated was that in this stupid movie the name of the robot "policeman" Gort, was reduced to some acronym made up by the military. It was so stupid I can't even remember what the letters stood for. In the original, Klaatu used the name Gort as a proper name without any help from our military in naming him. Ugh!

The ubiquitous kid in the movie (why do they do that to Sci-fi movies anyway), was annoying and unlikable. Jennifer Connolly was left to carry the movie by herself. She was likable, believable, and sympathetic. I did like Kathy Bates as the Secretary of Defense too.

All in all I hated this movie. I can usually find some reason to watch even the most awful of Sci-fi/Fantasy pictures once or even twice when it arrives in Netflix (Robot Jox, Mars Needs Women, The Queen of Outer Space, or even Star Trek V). This one is not among those pictures. If you really want to see an excellent Sci-fi movie see the original "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and run screaming from this picture as you would from an approaching Gort.

Gort (Original)
Gort (New)

Klaatu (Original)

Klaatu (New)

For the fools from the Rust Belt that continue to support GOP Senators for re-election

That goes triple for my home state of Kentucky.

MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olberman has uncovered an internal GOP Caucus memo outlining the "talking points" relating to the GOP Senators' refusal to consider the auto bailout bill. Please note the number one reason:

Countdown has obtained a memo entitled "Action Alert - Auto Bailout," and sent Wednesday at 9:12am, to Senate Republicans. The names of the sender(s) and recipient(s) have been redacted in the copy Countdown obtained. The Los Angeles Times reported that it was circulated among Senate Republicans. The brief memo outlines internal political strategy on the bailout, including the view that defeating the bailout represents a "first shot against organized labor." Senate Republicans blocked passage of the bailout late Thursday night, over its insistence on an immediate union pay cut.


Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:12 AM


Subject: Action Alert -- Auto Bailout

Today at noon, Senators Ensign, Shelby, Coburn and DeMint will hold a press conference in the Senate Radio/TV Gallery. They would appreciate our support through messaging and attending the press conference, if possible. The message they want us to deliver is:

1. This is the democrats first opportunity to payoff organized labor after the election. This is a precursor to card check and other items. Republicans should stand firm and take their first shot against organized labor, instead of taking their first blow from it.

2. This rush to judgment is the same thing that happened with the TARP. Members did not have an opportunity to read or digest the legislation and therefore could not understand the consequences of it. We should not rush to pass this because Detroit says the sky is falling.

The sooner you can have press releases and documents like this in the hands of members and the press, the better. Please contact me if you need additional information. Again, the hardest thing for the democrats to do is get 60 votes. If we can hold the Republicans, we can beat this.

Now, how does that make you folks who work in the auto industry, steel industry, tire manufacturing industry, plastics, etc., feel about those "Grand Old" Senators who may just have cost you your jobs, health insurance, and retirement? You want to know how I feel? You people have gotten what you deserve. These guys are self-serving scum who are only looking to obstruct any plan the Democrats put forward to try to hold on to some thread of their former power. GET RID OF THEM ALL NEXT CHANCE YOU GET!!! IDIOTS!

Captain!! What do you plan to do with that??!!??

An unintentionally funny photo of Captain Kirk from the episode "What are little girls made of?"

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Music For A Rainy Morning

I remember this band so well from the old Disco days. During that period many bands had a large group of musicians with real string sections, real brass sections, etc. Not all of this synthesized stuff we get today. It was great!

And now... Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band asks the musical question "Cherchez La Femme"... Take it away Doc!

A New Day At Frenchy's House Party!!

I have been trying for weeks to figure out how to have my old "URL" (Uniform Resource Locator),, point to my blog as I don't update my old site anymore. Well gurls... I have figured it out at last! No longer do you have to remember the blogspot address when looking for Frenchy's House Party. Just enter into your address bar et voila... vous ĂȘtes ici!

I hope that this makes it easier to find my site. Also, I have added some advertising to my site. Clicking on the ads does not mean you have bought something. It only means that I have made a fraction of a cent. The more clicks I get... the more fractions I make.

Thanks for taking a look.



Most of you won't need any further explanation as to who (or what) Gort is... Here's the 2008 version: