Friday, August 24, 2007



JPod, Microserfs and Generation X

This technique has been described by critics as:

The themelessness, you see, is the theme. The arbitrariness, the shiny furniture, the slew of branding references, the clutter and irrelevance, the moral and emotional vacuity, the impression of something whose only impact is to be "kind of neat": it's all a bit like surfing the internet or playing a computer game, isn't it? True: but novels aren't computer games. Novels - even novels of ideas - need to be about people.

As one of them tells another: "You feel chilled because you have no character. You're a depressing assemblage of pop-culture influences and cancelled emotions, driven by the sputtering engine of only the most banal form of capitalism. You spend your life feeling as if you're permanently on the brink of being obsolete - whether it's labour market obsolescence or cultural unhipness."

The narrative of JPod is interspersed with pages of typographical clutter: disconnected phrases, advertising slogans, Chinese pictograms, dense passages of anonymous grumbling monologue, a list of three-letter Scrabble words, and so on. Forty pages are taken up by the first 100,000 digits of pi, which is really silly.

Instead, we get a hectic accumulation of incident:

a one-dimensional egotist with cold eyes resembling "wells filled with drowned toddlers."

Depending on your mood, you will either find it infuriatingly self-indulgent - a dead-end exercise in sophomore post-modernism - or you will zoom through its 400-odd pages laughing your head off. Being an admirer of Coupland, I did a bit of both.

But a series of hilarious set pieces is all it really adds up to.

Before becoming a writer, Coupland was a sculptor and conceptual artist, which helps explain some of the more unconventional passages in JPod. For example, the text is periodically interrupted by listing the ingredients of Doritos, or reproducing the Chinese characters for Internet browsing and pornography. It's a strategy of cultural critique-by-appropriation that he likens to pop art. In fact, he will be exhibiting large-scale reproductions of some of the book's pages at a Canadian art gallery.

Quotes and Quotations from JPod by Douglas Coupland

This is a list of my favorite quotes and quotations from JPod by Douglas Coupland.
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Favorite Quotes

The only way to the top is killing and greed. Okay, I’m kidding. But killing helps.

Don’t you get an empty feeling in your soul when you have a blank to-do list?

TV and the Internet are good because they keep stupid people from spending too much time out in public.

Nobody has ever been happy in a job they obtained by first handing in a resum .

If you’re an incredibly famous rich person who does more in one day than I do in a month, does your perception of time’s passing go slower or faster than it does for me? P47

“I have this theory about smart people. If you’re smart, you’re either the only person in your family who’s smart, or everybody in the family is smart. No in-between.”

I considered this. “I think I come from the everybody’s smart category. But they don’t apply their smarts to… larger picture pursuits. That includes me.” P97

“To be merely good enough is to never succeed.” P111

“You feel chilled because you have no character. You’re a depressing assemblage of pop culture influences and cancelled emotions, driven by the sputtering engine of only the most banal form of capitalism. You spend your life feeling as if you’re perpetually on the brink of being obsolete — whether it’s labour market obsolescence or cultural unhipness. And it’s all catching up with you. You live and die by the development cycle. You’re glamorized drosophila flies, with the company regulating your life cycles at whim. If it isn’t a budget-driven eighteen-month game production schedule, it’s a five-year hardware obsolescence schedule. Every five years you have to throw away everything you know and learn a whole new set of hardware and software specs, relegating what was once critical to our lives to the cosmic slag heap.” P115

As he ages and sees more of the world, he’s realizing that bad news is a part of life, and that when you have to give it, just say it and get it over with. P124

Comics day came and went. Another shoes day came and went. And another comics day followed that — the typical production and consumption cycles that help us survice our dismal, meaningless little lives. P161

Ethan is annoyed with all of these dumb campaigns that indoctrinate millions of people into thinking they’re tough-guy free spirits when, in fact, there’s probably much to be said for following and, in any event, the food chain isn’t structured to encompass millions of non-followers. P171

If you can control your emotions, chances are you don’t have too many.

Only damaged people want good things to happen to them through visualization. They want something for nothing.

Is there anything in the world more annoyingly creepy than an unspoken dress code?

Chances are you feel superior to almost everyone you work with — however, they probably feel the same way about you.

It can be really fun to go down with the ship.

Here’s my theory about meetings and life: the three things you can’t fake are erections, competence and creativity. That’s why meetings become toxic — they put uncreative people in a situation in which they have to be something they can never be. And the more effort they put into concealing their inabilities, the more toxic the meeting becomes. P208

“You have to admit, half the people who work here are mildly autistic; poor social skills, the ability to obsess on anything numerical or repetitive, the odd outfits, the paranoia and the sense of continually being judged and measured.” P210

“Why are we drinking Zima? It’s beyond irony. It’s not funny or anything. It’s just gross. Why not just serve us jugs of Hitler’s piss instead?”

“Drinking Zima is something Douglas Coupland would make a character do.”

“To what end?”

“It’d be a device that would allow him to locate the characters in time and a specific sort of culture.” P219

Older staffers don’t even bother coming in on weekends. Where is the sleep-crazed, Pepsi-fuelled one-point-oh tech environment that can only be created by having no green vegetables, no sex and no life?

Cowboy said, “I miss the greed of the 1990s bubble.”

John Doe said, “I miss the possibility of unearned wealth.”

Bee said, “I miss the possibility of doing something Apple, something one-point-oh.”

Evil Mark said, “I miss people having How Wheels tracks set up in their cubicles.”

Gord-O walked into the pod. “You can’t miss the nineties, because you weren’t there. They were great. Too bad you screwed-up twits missed out on the party.” P227

“A girl can’t control who will and who won’t fall in love with her, Ethan. And sometimes, when a nuisance person falls in love with you, it can be awfully… awkward.” P238

“I wish my parents took good care of their grow-op.” P240

“I was in a testy mood. I’d been inside my head all day — some days that just happens. You get lost doing just one task, and suddenly you look up and it’s dark out, but you still don’t want to leave your headspace, and the she come sup behind you with a 150 KHz marine emergency blow horn and lets off one big parp that has you shitting out your eyes, ears, and nostrils, and when you turn around, you discover that your evil co-workers were videoing the entire prank, and you get furious and you scream for everybody to fuck off and die. “Aw shucks, it was only a joke,” but the fact remains that because of that one loud parp you’ll never be able to parse C++ code again because you fried those dendrites that dictate logic patterns, and in a flash you see yourself as a future object of pity, forced to work at a TacoTime outlet, feeding disrespectful larvae of the middle classes while taking soiled orange PVC trash bags out to the back alley, where you see a grease storage drum, and wistfully remember that earlier, more charmed portion of your life when you once knew the chemicals and procedures necessary to convert restaurant grease into clean-burning planet-friendly ethanol, and that was just one of the many feats your brain was capable of, back before the parping, back before people whispered when they saw you walking their way, hoping they wouldn’t have to make small talk with you, back before they dumbed themselves down to the verbal level of Pebbles Flintstone to make you understand them. P264

The problem is, after a week of intense googling, we’ve started to burn out on knowing the answer to everything. God must feel that way all the time. I think people in the year 2020 are going to be nostalgic for the sensation of feeling clueless. P287

You know what? When you read a book, you’re totally lost in your own private world, and society says that’s a good and wonderful thing. But if you play a game by yourself, it’s this weird, fucked-up, socially damaging activity.

In my neighbourhood, all the teenage boys are dying because they’re driving their cars using videogame physics instead of real-world physics. They turn too quickly and change lanes too quickly. They don’t understand traction or centripetal force. And they’re dropping like flies.

Please stop putting quotes from Nietzsche at the end of your emails. Five years ago you were laughing your guts out over American Pie 2. What — suddenly you’ve magically turned into Noam Chomsky?

Don’t discuss Sony like it’s a great big benevolent cartoon character who lives next door to Astro Boy. Like any company, Sony is comprised of individuals who are fearful for their jobs on a daily basis, and who make lame decisions based pretty much on fear and conforming to social norms — but then, that’s every corporation on earth, so don’t single out one specific corporation as lovable and cute. They’re all evil and greedy. They’re all sort of in the moral middle ground, where good and bad cancel each other out, so there’s nothing really there — which, in it’s own way, far darker than any paranoid or patriarchal theory of Sony.

Here’s a much simpler example of geeks and neural processing malfunctions: Has anybody experienced a geek environment in which said geeks wear perfume or deodorant? Chances are no. While advanced microautistics are more commonly men than women, both share a marked dislike of scent. P337

It turns out that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony — which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value. I can’t imagine anything worse than that. Okay, maybe I can, but imagine reading the morning newspaper and believing it all to be true on some level. P363

“What do lesbians have against capitalized letters?”

“Capitalization implies a hierarchy, that some letters are more special than others.” P383

Hip flasks are the juice machines of the alcohol world — everyone has one and it never gets used. P449

I was wondering what electrons are actually doing when they sit in your hard drive in an old laptop at the back of your closet. I mean, how does an electron sit still — is it like a cartoon M&M learning back in a folding beach chair? Is it like an angry little steel ball bearing hovering there, just waiting to go nuts on protons? What’s the mechanism that starts and stops the electron? Who’s its dungeon master? P471

Life is dull, but it could be worse and it could be better. We accept that a corporation determines our life’s routines. It’s the trade-off so that we don’t have to be chronically unemployed creative types, and we know it. When we were younger, we’d at least make a show of not being fooled and leave copies of Adbusters on our desktops. After a few years it just doesn’t matter. You trawl for jokes or amusingly diversionary .wav files. You download music. A new project comes along, then endures a slow-motion smothering at the hands of meetings. All ideas feel stillborn. The air smells like five hundred sheets of paper.

And then it’s another day. P492

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I would have to go with Dates? They get in the way of my drinking.

When I was talking to a girl for awhile a few months ago one of my bar tender friend told me. "You know if you get a girl friend you can't come to the bar anymore." Well that relationship didn't go too far because I was deemed "Shady" for frequenting the topless bar in town. I went there because I knew the bar tender, and she would serve me Chivas Regal Scotch for free. Of course I had to go!
I told the girl what was really shady was the same night we arranged to go to dinner together I went to the bar, got drunk, walked my friend home, hooked up with her twice that night and once in the morning. Then the next time I could've hooked up with my friend she kicked me out of her apartment because I got sick all over the place.
This past semester if it was a Friday night chances are I was going to wake up next to a pile of my own vomit. It's amazing I didn't end up like Hendrix.
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Our Five Favorite Romantic Films

Out of all the movies we came across when looking at other people’s lists, these were the five we think that will appeal to everyone.

Shrek (2001) - IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 7.7/10, RT Overall: 88%

Plot: An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.

Shrek Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Genres: Childrens, Comedies, Animated, Comedy, Fantasy, Monsters, Children, Computer Animation, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Fantasy Worlds, Animated Characters, Essential Cinema

Amelie (2001) - IMDB: 8.6/10, RT: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 89%

Plot: Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.

Amelie Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume LaurantStarring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Claire Maurier, Isabelle Nanty

Genres: Foreign Films, French, Comedy, Romance, Magic, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Paris, France, Essential Cinema
The Princess Bride (1987) - IMDB: 8.2/10, RT: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

The Princess Bride Director: Rob Reiner, Writer: William Goldman, William Goldman

Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, André the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal

Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Comedy, Classic, Fantasy, Medieval, Spoof, Swashbuckler, Love Story, Rescue, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
When Harry Met Sally (1989) - IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 7.9/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

When Harry Met Sally… Director: Rob Reiner, Writer: Nora Ephron

Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Lisa Jane Persky

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Groundhog Day (1993) - IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Groundhog Day Director: Harold Ramis, Writer: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis

Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle Murray, Marita Geraghty

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Romance, Time Travel, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

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Before Sunset (2004) - IMDB: 8.1/10, RT: 8.2/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: It’s nine years after Jesse and Celine first met; now, they encounter one another on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.

Before Sunset Director: Richard Linklater, Writer: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Theatrical Release

House of Flying Daggers (2004) - IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 88%

Plot: A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful member of a rebel army out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

House of Flying Daggers Director: Yimou Zhang, Writer: Yimou Zhang

Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Lu Feng, Song Dandan

Genres: Foreign Films, Chinese/Mandarin, Assassination, Epic, Period Piece, Samurai, Theatrical Release, Friendships, Dancing
Casablanca (1942) - IMDB: 8.8/10, RT: 9/10, RT Overall: 98%

Plot: Classic film set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Casablanca Director: Michael Curtiz, Writer: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Dooley Wilson, Conrad Veidt

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Classic, Romance, Suspense, Tear Jerker, World War II, Betrayal, Love Story, Recommended, Character Study, Infidelity, Essential Cinema
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) - IMDB: 7.4/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 81%

Plot: A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.

Punch-Drunk Love Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Genres: Dramas, Comedy, Romance, Theatrical Release, Los Angeles, California, Psychology, Essential Cinema
Gone With the Wind (1939) - IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 8.5/10, RT Overall: 96%

Plot: American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Gone With the Wind Director: Victor Fleming, Writer: Margaret Mitchell, Sidney Howard

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Thomas Mitchell

Genres: Dramas, Big Battles, Civil War, Drama, Classic, Family Interaction, Romance, Slavery, Love Story, All-Star, Epic, Recommended, Period Piece, Blockbuster, Gentry, Essential Cinema
Annie Hall (1977) - IMDB: 8.2/10, RT: 8.8/10, RT Overall: 98%

Plot: Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.

Annie Hall Director: Woody Allen, Writer: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Shelley Duvall, Tony Roberts, Paul Simon, Carol Kane

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Romance, Self-Discovery, Mishaps, Thanksgiving, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
The Last of the Mohicans (1992) - IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 97%

Plot: Three trappers protect a British Colonel’s daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

The Last of the Mohicans Director: Michael Mann, Writer: Michael Mann, Christopher Crowe, Philip Dunne

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig, Wes Studi, Steven Waddington

Genres: Action/Adventure, Adventure, Indians, Romance, Western, Love Story, Recommended, Period Piece, Theatrical Release
Before Sunrise (1995) - IMDB: 7.9/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Before Sunrise Director: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Friends, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Theatrical Release
Chasing Amy (1997) - IMDB: 7.5/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 93%

Plot: Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything’s going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she’s a lesbian.

Chasing Amy Director: Kevin Smith, Writer: Kevin Smith

Starring: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith

Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Romance, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) - IMDB: 8.6/10, RT: 8.5/10, RT Overall: 90%

Plot: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.

It’s a Wonderful Life Director: Frank Capra, Writer: Jo Swerling, Frank Capra, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Philip Van Doren Stern

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi

Genres: Dramas, Afterlife, Holiday, Drama, Classic, Tear Jerker, Self-Discovery, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Wedding Crashers (2005) - IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 6.8/10, RT Overall: 75%

Plot: John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Wedding Crashers Director: David Dobkin, Writer: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher

Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Jane Seymour, Isla Fisher

Genres: Comedies, Comedy
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) - IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 97%

Plot: Comedy-drama about a group of British friends… the title says the rest.

Four Weddings and a Funeral Director: Mike Newell

Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, Rowan Atkinson

Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Death, Romance, Mishaps, Recommended, Marriage, Theatrical Release

Closer (2004) - IMDB: 7.4/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 68%

Plot: The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Closer Director: Mike Nichols, Writer: Patrick Marber, Patrick Marber

Starring: Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Infidelity, Marriage, Theatrical Release, London, England, Love Affairs, Love

Romancing The Stone (1984) - IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 93%

Plot: A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.

Romancing the Stone Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau

Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Swashbuckler, Thriller, Jewels, Jungle, Recommended, Theatrical Release
True Romance (1993) - IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 89%

Plot: Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.

True Romance Director: Tony Scott, Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt

Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Drama, Drugs, Organized Crime, Romance, Suspense, Cops, Outlaws, Classic Fight Scenes, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) - IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend.

An Officer and a Gentleman Director: Taylor Hackford

Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Louis Gossett, Robert Loggia, Lisa Blount

Genres: Dramas, Action, Adventure, Friends, Drama, Romance, Self-Discovery, Personal Triumph, Recommended, Military, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

The Sound of Music (1965) - IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7.7/10, RT Overall: 81%

Plot: A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower.

The Sound of Music Director: Robert Wise, Writer: Ernest Lehman

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker, Heather Menzies

Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Classic, Family Interaction, Musical, Romance, True Story, Recommended, Clergy, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) - IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 86%

Plot: A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Director: Blake Edwards, Writer: George Axelrod, Truman Capote

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Martin Balsam, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Chocolat (2000) - IMDB: 7.3/10, RT: 6/10, RT Overall: 62%

Plot: A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Chocolat Director: Lasse Hallström, Writer: Robert Nelson Jacobs, Joanne Harris

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Carrie-Anne Moss

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, France, Small Towns, 1950s
Mr and Mrs Smith (2005) - IMDB: 6.5/10, RT: 6.1/10, RT Overall: 59%

Plot: A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith Director: Doug Liman, Writer: Simon Kinberg

Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kerry Washington, Adam Brody

Genres: Action/Adventure, Action
The Girl Next Door (2004) - IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 57%

Plot: A teenager’s dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

The Girl Next Door Director: Luke Greenfield, Writer: Brent Goldberg, Stuart Blumberg, David Wagner

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Christopher George Marquette, Paul Dano

Genres: Comedies, Romance, Teenage, Theatrical Release
Shallow Hal (2001) - IMDB: 6.0/10, RT: 5.5/10, RT Overall: 50%

Plot: A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her “inner beauty”.

Shallow Hal Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Writer: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Sean Moynihan

Starring: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Zen Gesner, Susan Ward, Laura Kightlinger

Genres: Comedies, Slapstick, Theatrical Release
Sliding Doors (1998) - IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 64%

Plot: A London woman’s love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.

Sliding Doors Director: Peter Howitt, Writer: Peter Howitt

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, Drama (General)
The Wedding Singer (1998) - IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 6.2/10, RT Overall: 56%

Plot: Robbie, the singer and Julia, the waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

The Wedding Singer Director: Frank Coraci, Writer: Tim Herlihy

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Alan Covert, Angela Featherstone, Matthew Glave

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Nostalgic, Marriage, Theatrical Release, 1980s

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He Said - Romantic Movies for Guys

These are the movies I liked. Sure, maybe I’m stretching the definition of “romance” a little… but what else do you expect from a guy?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - IMDB: 8.5/10, RT: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 93%

Plot: A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Director: Michel Gondry, Writer: Charlie Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Doctors, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Essential Cinema
Shaun of the Dead (2004) - IMDB: 7.9/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 90%

Plot: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Shaun of the Dead Director: Edgar Wright, Writer: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran

Genres: Comedies, Horror/Suspense, British, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Spoof, Zombies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), British Comedy
The Man Without a Past (2002) - IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 97%The film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.

The Man Without a Past Director: Aki Kaurismäki, Writer: Aki Kaurismäki

Starring: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Juhani Niemela, Kaija Pakarinen

Genres: Comedies, Foreign Films, Finnish, Comedy, Rock And Roll, Romance, Theatrical Release
Out of Sight (1998) - IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 7.9/10, RT Overall: 92%

Plot: A career bank robber breaks out of jail and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a US Marshall he has kidnapped.

Out of Sight Director: Steven Soderbergh, Writer: Elmore Leonard

Starring: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Steve Zahn, Dennis Farina

Genres: Action/Adventure, Romance, Theatrical Release, Crime, Heists, Essential Cinema
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) - IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.1/10, RT Overall: 83%

Plot: Jessica Stein is a single, straight, sucessful, journalist, part of a bonded Jewish family living in New York City, who finds herself not as straight as she thought when Jessica meets and begins an intense friendship with career woman Helen Cooper which ultimately leads to romance.

Kissing Jessica Stein Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen

Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Scott Cohen, Tovah Feldshuh, Jackie Hoffman, Michael Mastro

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Theatrical Release, Lesbians
From Here to Eternity (1953) - IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 87%

Plot: In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second in command are falling in love.

From Here to Eternity Director: Fred Zinnemann, Writer: Daniel Taradash, James Jones

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine

Genres: Dramas, Action, Drama, Classic, War, World War II, Love Story, Recommended, Infidelity, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel
Starman (1984) - IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 7.4/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: An alien takes the form of a young widow’s husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Starman Director: John Carpenter, Bruce A. Evans, Writer: Raynold Gideon

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen, Tony Edwards

Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Friends, Aliens, Romance, Science-Fiction, On-The-Run, Theatrical Release
Children of a Lesser God (1986) - IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.1/10, RT Overall: 83%

Plot: James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time?

Children of a Lesser God Director: Randa Haines, Writer: Hesper Anderson, Lloyd Fonvielle, Mark Medoff

Starring: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Alison Gompf

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Character Study, Physically Impaired, Theatrical Release
Ladyhawke (1985) - IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 5.6/10, RT Overall: 68%

Plot: Philip Gaston, called The Mouse, escapes from the prison of the medieval city of Aquila. Chased by the guards of the evil Bishop of the city, Philip meets a mysterious knight with a beautiful hawk and begins to follow him. Philip soon discovers that the knight has been cursed by the Bishop, so that when the night falls…

Ladyhawke Director: Richard Donner

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Leo McKern

Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Medieval, Romance, Witches And Wizards, Love Story, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Magic, Theatrical Release, Romances
Proof of Life (2000) - IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 5.4/10, RT Overall: 39%

Plot: Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.

Proof of Life Director: Taylor Hackford, Writer: Tony Gilroy

Starring: Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed, David Caruso

Genres: Action/Adventure, Disaster, Drama, Politics, Theatrical Release, News, Affairs, Hostages

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She Said - Romantic Movies for Girls

These are the movies my girlfriend really likes but I’m so-so about.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) - IMDB: 8.4/10, RT: 9.4/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Singin’ in the Rain Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Writer: Adolph Green, Betty Comden

Starring: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse, Rita Moreno

Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Comedy, Classic, Musical, Romance, Recommended, Showbiz, Theatrical Release, Silent Films, Essential Cinema

Roman Holiday (1953) - IMDB: 8.0/10, RT: 8.5/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Roman Holiday Director: William Wyler, Writer: Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Tullio Carminati, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Vintage, On-The-Road, Recommended, Reporters, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Say Anything (1989) - IMDB: 7.5/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Say Anything Director: Cameron Crowe, Writer: Cameron Crowe

Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Pamela Segall, Jeremy Piven

Genres: Dramas, Campus Life, Comedy, Coming Of Age, Drama, Romance, Teenage, Love Story, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Moulin Rouge (2001) - IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7/10, RT Overall: 78%

Plot: A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

Moulin Rouge Director: Baz Luhrmann, Writer: Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Natalie Mendoza

Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Dance, Romance, Illness, Theatrical Release, Paris, France, Artists, Poets, Love, Essential Cinema
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) - IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 97%

Plot: Comedy-drama about a group of British friends… the title says the rest.

Four Weddings and a Funeral Director: Mike Newell

Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, Rowan Atkinson

Genres: Comedies, Friends, Comedy, Death, Romance, Mishaps, Recommended, Marriage, Theatrical Release

Moonstruck (1987) - IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 92%

Plot: A widowed Brooklyn book-keeper is torn between her fiancé and his brother.

Moonstruck Director: Norman Jewison, Writer: John Patrick Shanley

Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, Julie Bovasso

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Family Interaction, Romance, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - IMDB: 6.6/10, RT: 6.9/10, RT Overall: 80%

Plot: A recently-widowed man’s son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Sleepless in Seattle Director: Nora Ephron, Writer: Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rosie O’Donnell, Bill Pullman, David Hyde Pierce

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, New York City, Essential Cinema
Sabrina (1954) - IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 94%

Plot: A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family’s chauffeur. But it’s his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Sabrina Director: Billy Wilder, Writer: Billy Wilder, Samuel Taylor, Ernest Lehman

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Martha Hyer, John Williams, Walter Hampden

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Love Triangle, Recommended, Essential Cinema
Love Actually (2003) - IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 6.5/10, RT Overall: 66%

Plot: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Love Actually Director: Richard Curtis, Writer: Richard Curtis

Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Christmas, Theatrical Release, Sex
Dracula (1992) - IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 85%

Plot: The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiance and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Director: Francis Ford Coppola, Writer: James V. Hart, Bram Stoker

Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes, Sadie Frost

Genres: Horror/Suspense, Horror, Suspense, Vampires, Love Story, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Dances With Wolves (1990) - IMDB: 7.8/10, RT: 6.9/10, RT Overall: 79%

Plot: Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Dances with Wolves Director: Kevin Costner, Writer: Michael Blake

Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Robert Pastorelli

Genres: Westerns, Adventure, Drama, Indians, Western, Wilderness, Epic, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Pretty in Pink (1986) - IMDB: 6.2/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 82%

Plot: A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, a geeky new-waver who worships her, a rich High School Hunk who has her eye, and John Hughes.

Pretty in Pink Director: John Hughes, Writer: John Hughes

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, James Spader, Annie Potts

Genres: Dramas, Coming Of Age, Drama, Romance, Teenage, Personal Triumph, Young Love, Recommended, Theatrical Release, 1980s
What Women Want (2000) - IMDB: 6.3/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 54%

Plot: After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

What Women Want Director: Nancy Meyers, Writer: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa

Starring: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Ashley Johnson, Mark Feuerstein

Genres: Comedies, Romance, Theatrical Release, Relationships, Sex
Pretty Woman (1990) - IMDB: 6.6/10, RT: 5.8/10, RT Overall: 63%

Plot: A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.

Pretty Woman Director: Garry Marshall, Writer: J.F. Lawton

Starring: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Jason Alexander, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Prostitution, Romance, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Friendships, Romances, Prostitutes/Whores, Essential Cinema, Sexy Women
Playing by Heart (1998) - IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 6.2/10, RT Overall: 61%

Plot: Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A.

Playing By Heart Director: Willard Carroll, Writer: Willard Carroll

Starring: Gillian Anderson, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Edwards, Jay Mohr

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Drama (General), Romances, Love
One Fine Day (1996) - IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 46%

Plot: Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school. As a result, both children miss their school field trip and are stuck with the parents.

One Fine Day Director: Michael Hoffman, Writer: Terry Seltzer, Ellen Simon

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman, Alex D. Linz, Charles Durning

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Mishaps, Parenthood, Big City, Theatrical Release

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They Said - Movies That Showed Up Again and Again

We don’t whole-heartedly recommend these films because they were either very average or we haven’t yet seen them. But plenty of other people do, so take that for what it’s worth.

Shakespeare in Love (1998) - IMDB: 7.4/10, RT: 8.1/10, RT Overall: 93%

Plot: A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Shakespeare in Love Director: John Madden, Writer: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Colin Firth

Genres: Comedies, Drama, Romance, Theatrical Release, Shakespeare, Essential Cinema
Sense and Sensibility (1995) - IMDB: 7.6/10, RT: 8/10, RT Overall: 100%

Plot: Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

Sense and Sensibility Director: Ang Lee, Writer: Emma Thompson, Jane Austen

Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Betrayal, Recommended, Period Piece, Theatrical Release, Based On A Novel
West Side Story (1961) - IMDB: 7.7/10, RT: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 95%

Plot: Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.

West Side Story Director: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, Writer: Ernest Lehman

Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland

Genres: Musical & Performing Arts, Musicals, Classic, Gangs, Musical, Stage Play, Love Story, Tragedy, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

The English Patient (1996) - IMDB: 7.1/10, RT: 7.9/10, RT Overall: 86%

Plot: At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

The English Patient Director: Anthony Minghella, Writer: Anthony Minghella, Michael Ondaatje

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth

Genres: Dramas, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Suspense, War, World War II, Betrayal, Love Story, Epic, Tragedy, Recommended, Doomed Lovers, Infidelity, Desert, Nazis, Africa, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Drama (General), Essential Cinema
Ever After (1998) - IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 92%

Plot: The “real” story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Ever After: A Cinderella Story Director: Andy Tennant, Writer: Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, Rick Parks

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Jeanne Moreau

Genres: Dramas, Romance, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy
The Age of Innocence (1993) - IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 83%

Plot: Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May’s unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love.

The Age of Innocence Director: Martin Scorsese, Writer: Edith Wharton, Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Miriam Margolyes, Richard E. Grant, Geraldine Chaplin

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Love Triangle, Recommended, Character Study, Infidelity, Period Piece, Gentry, Theatrical Release
Jerry Maguire (1996) - IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 85%

Plot: When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.

Jerry Maguire Director: Cameron Crowe, Writer: Cameron Crowe

Starring: Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Bonnie Hunt, Kelly Preston

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Self-Discovery, Sports, Recommended, Theatrical Release
Notting Hill (1999) - IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 85%

Plot: The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when the most famous star in the world walks in his shop and buys a book…

Notting Hill Director: Roger Michell, Writer: Richard Curtis

Starring: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnerny

Genres: Comedies, British, Comedy, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Romantic Comedy, Movie Stars
Titanic (1997) - IMDB: 7.0/10, RT: 7.5/10, RT Overall: 82%

Plot: Fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the ‘unsinkable’ ship.

Titanic Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill

Genres: Dramas, Disaster, Drama, Classic, High Seas, Romance, True Story, Love Story, Love Triangle, Tragedy, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Bridges of Madison County (1995) - IMDB: 6.9/10, RT: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 86%

Plot: Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.

The Bridges of Madison County Director: Clint Eastwood, Writer: Richard La Gravenese, Robert James Waller

Starring: Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Love Story, Infidelity, Bucolic, Theatrical Release
While You Were Sleeping (1995) - IMDB: 6.4/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 81%

Plot: Ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can’t fool his brother

While You Were Sleeping Director: Jon Turteltaub

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Glynis Johns

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Family Interaction, Romance, Love Story, Self-Discovery, Mishaps, Christmas, Theatrical Release
You’ve Got Mail (1998) - IMDB: 6.1/10, RT: 6.3/10, RT Overall: 68%

Plot: Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.

You’ve Got Mail Director: Nora Ephron, Writer: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Miklos Laszlo, Samson Raphaelson

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle

Genres: Comedies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Romantic Comedy, Romances

Ghost (1990) - IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.4/10, RT Overall: 78%

Plot: After being killed during a botched mugging, a man’s love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.

Ghost Director: Jerry Zucker, Writer: Peter Barsocchini, Bruce Joel Rubin

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, Vincent Schiavelli

Genres: Dramas, Afterlife, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Ghosts, Romance, Scams And Cons, Tear Jerker, Betrayal, Love Story, Murder, Hell, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) - IMDB: 6.3/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 76%

Plot: When a woman’s long-time friend says he’s engaged, she realizes she loves him herself… and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

My Best Friend’s Wedding Director: P.J. Hogan, Writer: Ronald Bass

Starring: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco, M. Emmet Walsh

Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Marriage, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release
Out of Africa (1985) - IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.6/10, RT Overall: 76%

Plot: In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunter.

Out of Africa Director: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer

Genres: Action/Adventure, Adventure, Drama, Romance, True Story, Wilderness, Love Story, Recommended, Character Study, Period Piece, Africa, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Benny & Joon (1993) - IMDB: 6.7/10, RT: 6/10, RT Overall: 80%

Plot: A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Benny & Joon Director: Jeremiah Chechik

Starring: Johnny Depp, Dan Hedaya, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Oliver Platt, Julianne Moore

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Mishaps, Character Study, Theatrical Release
Romeo + Juliet (1996) - IMDB: 6.8/10, RT: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 74%

Plot: Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet Director: Baz Luhrmann, Writer: William Shakespeare

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Miriam Margolyes, Harold Perrineau, John Leguizamo, Brian Dennehy

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Family Interaction, Romance, Teenage, Tragedy, Young Love, Doomed Lovers, Theatrical Release, Shakespeare

An Affair to Remember (1957) - IMDB: 7.2/10, RT: 6.2/10, RT Overall: 64%

Plot: A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?

An Affair to Remember Director: Leo McCarey, Writer: Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram

Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt, Neva Patterson, Richard Denning, Fortunio Bonanova

Genres: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Love Story, Tragedy, Recommended, Theatrical Release, New York City, Essential Cinema
French Kiss (1995) - IMDB: 6.2/10, RT: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 50%

Plot: A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.

French Kiss Director: Lawrence Kasdan, Writer: Adam Brooks

Starring: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno, François Cluzet, Susan Anbeh

Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Romance, Love Triangle, Mishaps, Theatrical Release
Sweet Home Alabama (2002) - IMDB: 5.7/10, RT: 5.2/10, RT Overall: 38%

Plot: A young woman with a white trash background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.

Sweet Home Alabama Director: Andy Tennant, Writer: C. Jay Cox

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Joshua Lucas, Candice Bergen, Patrick Dempsey, Rhona Mitra, Ethan Embry

Genres: Comedies, Romance, Divorce, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, New York City, Small Town Life


81 movies for geeks that do not suck

Write what you know. In this case, what I know about is being a geek. Over the next few days I’ll be suggesting things that I liked. The list is sci-fi/fantasy/comic book heavy. Surprisingly low on the “computer related movies” tip, but we blame that on the fact that most computer-related movies suck ass.81 flicks in total, but I’m sure I’ve missed some. Leave a comment and tell us your favs. I didn’t include any movies I hadn’t seen, so that may be why your “this list sucks because it’s missing XXXXXX” was missing. Also, it is skewed to the mid/late-20s demographic.

Is this the definitive list that should be written in stone for the children of the future? No. It’s a geek listing some of his favorite flicks on a personal blog.

Links to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB for each movie to make the list easier to cross-reference. Trailers are hosted on IMDB (but we have not double-checked that all of the links lead to a trailer). Movie review scores are taken directly from Rotten Tomatoes and provided for reference — if you have a beef with the numbers, take that up with the professional film critics of the world. It’s not my fault.

Romance movies for men and women

My girlfriend and I have done another list like this for romantic films. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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An Evening with Kevin Smith - Vol 1 & 2 - [IMDB]

An Evening with Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith does a question and answer session with his fans.
Batman Begins - Rating: 7.7/10, Overall: 84% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Batman Begins Batman Begins Director: Christopher Nolan, Writer: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Theatrical Release
Constantine - Rating: 5.5/10, Overall: 46% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Constantine (Widescreen Edition)
Constantine Director: Francis Lawrence, Writer: Kevin Brodbin, Frank Cappello
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action
Mystery Men - Rating: 5.9/10, Overall: 62% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Mystery Men (Widescreen) Mystery Men Director: Kinka Usher, Writer: Neil Cuthbert
Starring: Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Wes Studi, Paul Reubens
Genres: Comedies, Superheroes, Theatrical Release
Orgazmo - Rating: 5.1/10, Overall: 52% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Orgazmo Orgazmo Director: Trey Parker, Writer: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Michael Dean Jacobs, Matt Stone, Robyn Lynne Raab, Ron Jeremy
Genres: Comedies, Spoof, Superheroes, Theatrical Release
Sin City - Rating: 7.4/10, Overall: 77% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Sin City (Widescreen) Sin City Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Writer: Frank Miller, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Frank Miller
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure
Spider-Man - Rating: 7.6/10, Overall: 89% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Spider-Man (Widescreen Special Edition)
Spider-Man Director: Sam Raimi, Writer: David Koepp, Alvin Sargent
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris
Genres: Action/Adventure, Coming Of Age, Romance, Superheroes, Heroes, Comic Book, Theatrical Release, Live Action, Essential Cinema
Spider-Man 2 - Rating: 8.2/10, Overall: 93% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen) (2 Discs)
Spider-Man 2 Director: Sam Raimi, Writer: Alvin Sargent, Michael Chabon
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Superheroes, Theatrical Release
The Incredibles - Rating: 8.3/10, Overall: 97% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Incredibles (Widescreen 2-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Incredibles Director: Brad Bird, Writer: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Pe a, Brad Bird
Genres: Action/Adventure, Childrens, Comedies, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Animated, Superheroes, Heroes, Theatrical Release
V for Vendetta - Rating: 6.9/10, Overall: 75% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]V for Vendetta (2-Disc Special Edition)
V For Vendetta Director: James McTeigue, Writer: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Alan Moore
Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Rupert Graves, Sinead Cusack
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramas, Crime/Conspiracy, Action, Drama, Futuristic, Theatrical Release
X-Men 1 & 2 - Rating: 6.9/10, Overall: 80% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]X-Men Trilogy Pack (X-Men/X-Men 2/X-Men 3: The Last Stand)
X-Men Director: Bryan Singer, Writer: David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Tom DeSanto
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Mutants, Superheroes, Good Vs. Evil, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release

(photo by rose)
Computer / High-Tech Geek

There aren’t that many good movies about computers.

Some good documentaries:

* Aardvark’d - 12 weeks with geeks
* BBS: The Documentary
* Freedom Downtime

Hackers - IMDB Rating: 5.6/10, RT Rating: 4.7/10, RT Overall: 37% [RT] [IMDB]
Hackers Director: Iain Softley, Writer: Rafael Moreu
Starring: Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Fisher Stevens, Lorraine Bracco
Genres: Dramas, Drama, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Good Vs. Evil, Theatrical Release
Office Space - Rating: 6.8/10, Overall: 78% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Special Edition with Flair (Widescreen Edition)
Office Space Director: Mike Judge, Writer: Mike Judge
Starring: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Ajay Naidu, David Herman, Gary Cole, Stephen Root
Genres: Comedies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Essential Cinema
Sneakers - Rating: 7/10, Overall: 85% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Sneakers (Widescreen Collector Edition) Sneakers Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Starring: Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell
Genres: Comedies, Action, Buddies, Comedy, Politics, Scams And Cons, Theatrical Release
Swordfish - Rating: 4.3/10, Overall: 25% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Swordfish (Widescreen) Swordfish Director: Dominic Sena, Writer: Skip Woods
Starring: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Camryn Grimes, Vinnie Jones
Genres: Dramas, Adventure, Mystery, Spies, Theatrical Release, Money
Tron - Rating: 6.3/10, Overall: 75% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
Tron Director: Steven Lisberger
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes, Dan Shor
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Cult Film, Science-Fiction, Switching Roles, Thriller, Recommended, Computer Animation, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Essential Cinema
WarGames - Rating: 7.4/10, Overall: 95% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]WarGames (Widescreen)
WarGames Director: John Badham
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy, Barry Corbin, John Wood
Genres: Action/Adventure, Adventure, Drama, Nuclear Destruction, Suspense, Teenage, Thriller, War, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

(photo by limowreck666)
Cult Film Geek

By no means the best, just a list of what a couple of geeks found in common as favorite flicks.

Battle Royale - Rating: 6.9/10, Overall: 76% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Battle Royale Battle Royale Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Chiaki Kuriyama
Genres: Foreign Films, Japanese, Thriller
Being John Malkovich - Rating: 8/10, Overall: 92% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Being John Malkovich (Widescreen Special Edition)
Being John Malkovich Director: Spike Jonze, Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Puppets, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), New York City
The Big Lebowski - Rating: 7.4/10, Overall: 85% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Big Lebowski (Widescreen Collector's Edition) The Big Lebowski Director: Joel Coen, Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drugs, Kidnapping And Missing Persons, Mystery, Art/Artists, Mishaps, Farce, Mistaken Identity, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Saddam Hussein, Essential Cinema
Donnie Darko - Rating: 7.3/10, Overall: 80% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Director's Cut
Donnie Darko Director: Richard Kelly, Writer: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Black Comedy, Drama, Science-Fiction, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Parents, Teenagers, Teenage Fantasy Adventure, High School Experiences, Essential Cinema
Dr. Strangelove - Rating: 9.2/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Director: Stanley Kubrick, Writer: Terry Southern, Stanley Kubrick, Peter George
Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, Keenan Wynn
Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, Comedy, Cult Film, Drama, Classic, Nuclear Destruction, War, Mad Doctor, Recommended, Military, Satire, Theatrical Release, Cold War, Essential Cinema
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Rating: 8.4/10, Overall: 93% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Widescreen)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Director: Michel Gondry, Writer: Charlie Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Love Story, Recommended, Doctors, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Essential Cinema
Fight Club - Rating: 7.3/10, Overall: 81% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Fight Club (Widescreen)
Fight Club Director: David Fincher, Writer: Jim Uhls, Chuck Palahniuk
Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham-Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto, Zach Grenier
Genres: Dramas, Action, Black Comedy, Comedy, Satire, Theatrical Release, Drama (General), Violence, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel
Groundhog Day - Rating: 8/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Groundhog Day (Widescreen) Groundhog Day Director: Harold Ramis, Writer: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle Murray, Marita Geraghty
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Classic, Romance, Time Travel, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Leon the Professional - Rating: 6.9/10, Overall: 81% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Deluxe Edition
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Coming Of Age, Drama, Suspense, Killer, On-The-Run, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Mafia, Hit Men, New York City
Life of Brian - Rating: 8.5/10, Overall: 98% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Widescreen) Monty Python’s Life of Brian Director: Terry Jones, Writer: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Starring: Monty Python Cast, Kenneth Colley, Graham Chapman, Gwen Taylor, Terence Bayler, Michael Palin
Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, British, Comedy, Religion, Farce, Recommended, Satire, Ancient World, Theatrical Release
Memento - Rating: 8.1/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Memento (Widescreen Limited Edition) [2 Discs]
Memento Director: Christopher Nolan, Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Junior Boone, Stephen Tobolowsky, Harriet Harris
Genres: Dramas, Mystery, Thriller, Murder, Theatrical Release, Mystery/Suspense, Revenge
Pi / Requiem for a Dream - Darren Aronofsky double setPi / Requiem for a Dream
Run Lola Run - Rating: 7.7/10, Overall: 92% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Run Lola Run (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Run Lola Run Director: Tom Tykwer, Writer: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri, Armin Rohde, Joachim Krol
Genres: Foreign Films, German, Action, Suspense, Theatrical Release
Swingers - Rating: 7.8/10, Overall: 79% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Swingers
Swingers Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Ron Livingston, Brooke Langton, Deena Martin
Genres: Comedies, Buddies, Comedy, Mishaps, Recommended, Big City, Nightlife, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Thank You For Smoking - Rating: 7.5/10, Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Thank You For Smoking (Widescreen)
Thank You For Smoking Director: Jason Reitman, Writer: Jason Reitman
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Exploitation, Big Business, Satire, Fathers And Sons
Trainspotting - Rating: 8.1/10, Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Trainspotting
Trainspotting Director: Danny Boyle, Writer: Irvine Welsh, John Hodge
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald
Genres: Dramas, Friends, Black Comedy, British, Drama, Drugs, Family Interaction, Substance Abuse, Self-Discovery, Recommended, Disturbing, Lowlife, Theatrical Release, Drama (General), Scotland, Drug Addiction, Friendships, Family Crises, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel

(photo by 1blessedmom)
Fantasy/Medieval “dude, it’s got swords” Geek

Braveheart - Rating: 7.2/10, Overall: 79% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Braveheart (Widescreen)
Braveheart Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Lawlor
Genres: Action/Adventure, Big Battles, Drama, Medieval, War, Heroes, Classic Fight Scenes, Tragedy, Period Piece, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
The Dark Crystal - Rating: 5.9/10, Overall: 69% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Dark Crystal (Widescreen) The Dark Crystal Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Writer: Jim Henson, David Odell
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Puppets, Jewels, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release
Excalibur - Rating: 7.6/10, Overall: 86% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Excalibur (Widescreen)
Excalibur Director: John Boorman, Writer: Rospo Pallenberg, John Boorman
Starring: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Big Battles, Fantasy, Medieval, Mythology, Witches And Wizards, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Infidelity, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Gladiator - Rating: 7/10, Overall: 78% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Gladiator (2000) Gladiator Director: Ridley Scott, Writer: David H. Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Good Vs. Evil, Theatrical Release, Violence, Battles
Highlander - Rating: 6.1/10, Overall: 71% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Highlander (Widescreen)
Highlander Director: Russell Mulcahy, Writer: Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson
Starring: Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Billy Hartman, Edward Wiley
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Medieval, Science-Fiction, Swashbuckler, Heroes, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Theatrical Release
Krull - Rating: 4.5/10, Overall: 31% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Krull (Widescreen) Krull Director: Peter Yates, Writer: Stanford Sherman
Starring: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Kidnapping And Missing Persons, Medieval, Monsters, Witches And Wizards, Theatrical Release
Labyrinth - Rating: 5.8/10, Overall: 55% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Labyrinth (Widescreen) Labyrinth Director: Jim Henson, Writer: Terry Jones, Dennis Lee
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Toby Froud
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Kidnapping And Missing Persons, Kids Adventure, Puppets, Witches And Wizards, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release
Ladyhawke - Rating: 5.7/10, Overall: 72% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Ladyhawke (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Ladyhawke Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, Leo McKern
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Medieval, Witches And Wizards, Love Story, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Magic, Theatrical Release
Mazes and Monsters - [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Mazes and Monsters Tom Hanks is a teenager troubled by his obsession with Dungeons and Dragons — not a great film, but lots of kitsch value.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Rating: 7.8/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Widescreen) Monty Python and the Holy Grail Director: Terry Gilliam, Writer: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Starring: Monty Python Cast, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, Bee Duffell, John Young, Graham Chapman
Genres: Comedies, British, Comedy, Medieval, Spoof, Witches And Wizards, On-The-Road, Animals, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Poverty, Satire, Legends, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Seven Samurai - Rating: 9.4/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection)
Seven Samurai Director: Akira Kurosawa, Writer: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni
Starring: Toshir Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Kat , Minoru Chiaki, Seiji Miyaguchi
Genres: Foreign Films, Japanese, Action, Adventure, Drama, Classic, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Period Piece, Samurai, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
The Curse of the Black Pearl - Rating: 7.1/10, Overall: 79% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Curse of the Black Pearl (2 Discs)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Director: Gore Verbinski, Writer: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Davenport
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ghosts, High Seas, Swashbuckler, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), Islands, Love, Essential Cinema
The Lord of the Rings - Rating: 8.5/10, Overall: 94%The Motion Picture Trilogy
Peter Jackson’s masterpiece.
The Princess Bride - Rating: 8.4/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Princess Bride (Dread Pirate Edition)
The Princess Bride Director: Rob Reiner, Writer: William Goldman, William Goldman
Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Andr the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal
Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Comedy, Classic, Fantasy, Medieval, Spoof, Swashbuckler, Love Story, Rescue, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

(photo by my daily struggle)
Horror Geek

28 Days Later - Rating: 7.4/10, Overall: 89% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition)
28 Days Later Director: Danny Boyle, Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson, Luke Mably
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Zombies, Theatrical Release, London, England, Violence
Army of Darkness - Rating: 6.8/10, Overall: 76% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Army of Darkness (Widescreen)
Army of Darkness Director: Sam Raimi, Writer: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Medieval, Romance, Spoof, Superheroes, Time Travel, Recommended, Theatrical Release
Blade - Rating: 5.8/10, Overall: 54% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Trilogy - The Ultimate Collection (5DVD) Blade Director: Stephen Norrington, Writer: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Horror, Vampires, Theatrical Release
Dawn of the Dead - Rating: 6.7/10, Overall: 77% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Director's Cut)(2004)
Dawn of the Dead Director: Zack Snyder, Writer: James Gunn, George Romero
Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly
Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror/Suspense, Action, Cannibalism, Horror, Zombies, Theatrical Release
Shaun Of The Dead - Rating: 7.6/10, Overall: 90% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Shaun Of The Dead
Shaun of the Dead Director: Edgar Wright, Writer: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran
Genres: Comedies, Horror/Suspense, British, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Spoof, Zombies, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General), British Comedy
Thing - Rating: 7.2/10, Overall: 83% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Thing (1982) The Thing Director: John Carpenter, Writer: Bill Lancaster
Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur, T.K. Carter
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Aliens, Cult Film, Demonic Possession, Drama, Classic, Horror, Mystery, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Killer, Supernatural, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Remake, Scientists, Alien Encounters, Essential Cinema, Alien Life Forms, Science Fiction

(photo by kianee)
Obsessive Nerd-Chick Stalker Geek

Garden State - Rating: 7.5/10, Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Garden State (Widescreen)
Just because it’s Natalie Portman.

Garden State Director: Zach Braff, Writer: Zach Braff
Starring: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Peter Sarsgaard, Ron Leibman, Method Man
Genres: Dramas, Coming Of Age, Drama, Drugs, Family Interaction, Theatrical Release
The Girl Next Door - Rating: 5.7/10, Overall: 57% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Girl Next Door (2004) (Widescreen Unrated Edition)Elisha Cuthbert used to host Popular Mechanics for Kids.The Girl Next Door Director: Luke Greenfield, Writer: Brent Goldberg, Stuart Blumberg, David Wagner
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Christopher George Marquette, Paul Dano
Genres: Comedies, Romance, Teenage, Theatrical Release

(photo by Rune T)
Nostalgia “I was a nerd kid in the 80s” Geek

Ferris Bueller - IMDB Rating: 7.8/10, RT Rating: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 89% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Director: John Hughes, Writer: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, Edie McClurg, Jennifer Grey
Genres: Comedies, Adventure, Buddies, Comedy, Teenage, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Ghostbusters - Rating: 7.6/10, Overall: 97% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Ghostbusters I & II (Double Feature Giftset) Ghostbusters Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Ghosts, Psychic Forces, Recommended, Big City, Family Film, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Goonies - Rating: 5.8/10, Overall: 63% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Goonies (Widescreen)
The Goonies Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff B. Cohen, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Kerri Green
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Kids Adventure, Swashbuckler, Thriller, Recommended, Family Film, Theatrical Release
Real Genius - Rating: 7/10, Overall: 88% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Real Genius (Widescreen/Full Screen) Real Genius Director: Martha Coolidge, Writer: Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Peter Torokvei
Starring: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton
Genres: Comedies, Campus Life, Comedy, Scams And Cons, Teenage, Vengeance, Recommended, Theatrical Release
Revenge of the Nerds - Rating: 6/10, Overall: 73% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Nerds in Paradise (Widescreen) Revenge of the Nerds Director: Jeff Kanew, Writer: Jeff Buhai, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Steve Zacharias, Tim Metcalfe
Starring: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong, Julia Montgomery, Timothy Busfield, Larry B. Scott
Genres: Comedies, Buddies, Campus Life, Comedy, Teenage, Racy, Personal Triumph, Theatrical Release
Short Circuit - Rating: 4.7/10, Overall: 50% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Short Circuit Short Circuit Director: John Badham
Starring: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey, David Oliver
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Futuristic, Scams And Cons, Robots/Cyborgs, Theatrical Release, Robots
The Transformers - [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Movie It’s hard to capture how amazing this film was if you were the right age when it came out.
Top Secret! - Rating: 6.4/10, Overall: 74% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Top Secret! (Widescreen)
Top Secret! Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Writer: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Martyn Burke
Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp, Michael Gough
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Rock And Roll, Spies, Spoof, World War II, Recommended, Theatrical Release
Weird Science - Rating: 5.2/10, Overall: 53% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Weird Science (Widescreen) Weird Science Director: John Hughes
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly Le Brock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey, Suzanne Snyder
Genres: Comedies, Buddies, Comedy, Coming Of Age, Romance, Science-Fiction, Teenage, Theatrical Release

(photo by noqontrol)
Sci-fi Geek

12 Monkeys - Rating: 7.2/10, Overall: 88% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]12 Monkeys (Special Edition)
12 Monkeys Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Science-Fiction, Time Travel, Illness, Animals, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
2001 - IMDB Rating: 8.3/10, RT Rating: 8.7/10, RT Overall: 95% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.
2001: A Space Odyssey Director: Stanley Kubrick, Writer: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur C. Clarke
Starring: Keir Dullea, William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Robert Beatty
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Drama, Classic, Futuristic, Death, Psychodrama, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Epic, Recommended, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Essential Cinema
A Clockwork orange - IMDB Rating: 8.4/10, RT Rating: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 93% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem… but not all goes to plan.
A Clockwork Orange Director: Stanley Kubrick, Writer: Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Aubrey Morris, James Marcus, Michael Bates
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Thieves, Cult Film, Classic, Futuristic, Gangs, Psychos, Science-Fiction, Killer, Murder, Recommended, Disturbing, Theatrical Release, Violence, Essential Cinema
Akira - Rating: 7.2/10, Overall: 90% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Akira (Signature Series)
Akira Director: Katsuhiro Otomo, Writer: Izo Hashimoto, Katsuhiro Otomo
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation, Big Battles, Classic, Fantasy, Live-Action, Psychic Forces, Science-Fiction, Epic, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Anime/Japanimation, 1980s, Japanimation (Anime), Essential Cinema
Alien - Rating: 8.7/10, Overall: 98% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Alien Alien Director: Ridley Scott, Writer: Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Aliens, Classic, Horror, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Thriller, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Aliens - Rating: 8.8/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Aliens (Special Extended Edition) Aliens Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill, James Cameron
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Classic, Horror, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Thriller, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Back to the Future - Rating: 8.2/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Complete Trilogy (Widescreen) Back to the Future Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson
Genres: Comedies, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Classic, Family Interaction, Science-Fiction, Time Travel, Recommended, Nostalgic, Theatrical Release
Barbarella - Rating: 6.1/10, Overall: 82% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Queen of the Galaxy (Widescreen) Barbarella Director: Roger Vadim, Writer: Jean-Claude Forest, Vittorio Bonicelli, Claude Brule, Tudor Gates, Terry Southern, Roger Vadim, Clement Biddle Wood
Starring: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, David Hemmings, Milo O’Shea, Marcel Marceau, Anita Pallenberg
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Campy, Cult Film, Fantasy, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Racy, Erotic, Recommended, Comic Book, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Blade Runner - Rating: 8.1/10, Overall: 92% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Blade Runner (Director's Cut)
Blade Runner Director: Ridley Scott, Writer: Philip K. Dick, David Peoples, Hampton Fancher
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Detectives, Classic, Futuristic, Death, Science-Fiction, Slavery, Film Noir, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Big City, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Brazil - IMDB Rating: 8.0/10, RT Rating: 8.6/10, RT Overall: 97% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.
Brazil Director: Terry Gilliam, Writer: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Michael Palin, Kim Greist, Ian Holm, Katherine Helmond
Genres: Comedies, Black Comedy, Comedy, Cult Film, Drama, Futuristic, Prison/Prisoners, Politics, Psychodrama, On-The-Run, Love Story, Recommended, Framed, Disturbing, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Children of Dune - Rating: 7.1/10, Overall: 80% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Children of Dune [2 Discs]
Children of Dune Director: Greg Yaitanes
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Alice Krige, Julie Cox, Edward Atterton, Ian McNeice, Steven Berkoff
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Science Fiction, Science Fiction
Contact - Rating: 7.2/10, Overall: 76% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Contact (Widescreen)
Contact Director: Robert Zemeckis, Writer: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg
Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Angela Bassett
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Drama, Politics, Religion, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release
Cube - Rating: 6.1/10, Overall: 57% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Cube (Widescreen Signature Series)
Cube Director: Vincenzo Natali, Writer: Andre Bijelic, Vincenzo Natali, Graeme Manson
Starring: Julian Richings, Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Wayne Dobson
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Science Fiction
Dark City - Rating: 6.8/10, Overall: 76% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Dark City (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Dark City Director: Alex Proyas, Writer: Alex Proyas, Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer
Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O’Brien, Ian Richardson, William Hurt
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Aliens, Futuristic, Mystery, Psychodrama, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, On-The-Run, Film Noir, Disturbing, Theatrical Release
Enemy Mine - Rating: 5.8/10, Overall: 60% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Enemy Mine (Widescreen) Enemy Mine Director: Wolfgang Petersen, Writer: Edward Khmara, Barry Longyear
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Brion James, Richard Marcus
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Friends, Aliens, Enemies, Futuristic, Race Relations, Science-Fiction, Tear Jerker, War, Recommended, Stranded/Castaway, Space Opera, Theatrical Release
eXistenZ - Rating: 7/10, Overall: 73% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
eXistenZ (Widescreen) eXistenZ Director: David Cronenberg, Writer: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Satire, Surreal, Theatrical Release, Games
Fahrenheit 451 - IMDB Rating: 7.1/10, RT Rating: 7.6/10, RT Overall: 86% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.
Fahrenheit 451 Director: Fran ois Truffaut, Writer: Ray Bradbury, Fran ois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard
Starring: Julie Christie, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Spenser, Bee Duffell
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Futuristic, Politics, Science-Fiction, Thriller, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel
Frank Herbert’s Dune - Rating: 4.5/10, Overall: 33% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Frank Herbert's Dune
Dune Director: John Harrison, Writer: John Harrison
Starring: William Hurt, Giancarlo Giannini, Ian McNeice, P.H. Moriarty, Julie Cox, Matt Keeslar
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Epic, Space Opera, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy, Outer Space, Future/Futuristic Worlds, Fantasy Worlds, Science Fiction
Galaxy Quest - Rating: 7.2/10, Overall: 86% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Galaxy Quest (Widescreen)
Galaxy Quest Director: Dean Parisot, Writer: Robert Gordon, David Howard
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni
Genres: Comedies, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Aliens, Science-Fiction, Spoof, Satire, Theatrical Release
Gattaca - Rating: 7.1/10, Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Gattaca (Full Screen)
Gattaca Director: Andrew Niccol, Writer: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean, Gore Vidal
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Futuristic, Mystery, Science-Fiction, Switching Roles, Thriller, Physically Impaired, Theatrical Release
Ghost in the Shell - IMDB Rating: 7.8/10, RT Rating: 7.4/10, RT Overall: 96% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.
Ghost in the Shell Director: Mamoru Oshii, Writer: Kazunori Ito
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Animation, Thieves, Futuristic, Cops, Film Noir, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Theatrical Release Invasion of the Body Snatchers - IMDB Rating: 8.0/10, RT Rating: 9.1/10, RT Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A small town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by alien duplicates.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Director: Don Siegel, Writer: Geoffrey Homes, Jack Finney
Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates, Virginia Christine, Ralph Dumke
Genres: Horror/Suspense, Aliens, Classic, Horror, Plants, Science-Fiction, Killer, Zombies, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Mad Max - IMDB Rating: 6.8/10, RT Rating: 7.8/10, RT Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop’s family and make his fight with them personal.
Mad Max Director: George Miller, Writer: George Miller
Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Tim Burns, Steve Bisley
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Futuristic, Nuclear Destruction, Justice, Post-Apocalypse, On-The-Road, Heroes, Outlaws, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Minority Report - Rating: 8.1/10, Overall: 92% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Minority Report (Widescreen) [2 Discs]
Minority Report Director: Steven Spielberg, Writer: Jon Cohen, Scott Frank, Philip K. Dick
Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow, Kathryn Morris, Steve Harris
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Science-Fiction, Cops, Theatrical Release, Mystery/Suspense, Criminals, Technology, Future/Futuristic Worlds, Essential Cinema
Pitch Black - The sequels suck, but the trilogy costs the same as Pitch Black alone.
Pitch Black
Planet of the Apes - IMDB Rating: 7.9/10, RT Rating: 7.2/10, RT Overall: 87% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
Planet of the Apes Director: Franklin J. Schaffner, Writer: Michael Wilson, Pierre Boulez
Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Classic, Futuristic, Prison/Prisoners, Post-Apocalypse, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Switching Roles, Thriller, Time Travel, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema Predator - IMDB Rating: 7.5/10, RT Rating: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 79% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.
Predator Director: John McTiernan, Writer: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, Carl Weathers, Richard Chaves
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Horror, Thriller, Killer, Animals, Jungle, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
Primer - Rating: 6.5/10, Overall: 71% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Primer Primer Director: Shane Carruth, Writer: Shane Carruth
Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Anand Upadbyaya, Casey Gooden, Carrie Crawford, Jay Butler
Genres: Dramas, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Theatrical Release
Serenity - Rating: 7.1/10, Overall: 81% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Serenity (Widescreen Edition)
Serenity Director: Joss Whedon, Writer: Joss Whedon
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Theatrical Release
Silent Running - IMDB Rating: 6.7/10, RT Rating: 6.8/10, RT Overall: 67% [RT] [IMDB]
Silent Running Director: Douglas Trumbull, Writer: Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Steven Bochco
Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Steve Brown
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Tear Jerker, Wilderness, Betrayal, Murder, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema Spaceballs - Rating: 5.9/10, Overall: 50% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Spaceballs Spaceballs Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks, Daphne Zuniga, Joan Rivers
Genres: Comedies, Comedy, Science-Fiction, Spoof, Rescue, Space Opera, Theatrical Release, Comedy (General)
Stargate - IMDB Rating: 6.4/10, RT Rating: 5.1/10, RT Overall: 43% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Stargate Director: Roland Emmerich, Writer: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Starring: James Spader, Kurt Russell, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Mili Avital, John Diehl
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Recommended, Desert, Theatrical Release
Starman - IMDB Rating: 6.7/10, RT Rating: 7.3/10, RT Overall: 93% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: An alien takes the form of a young widow’s husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Starman Director: John Carpenter, Bruce A. Evans, Writer: Raynold Gideon
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen, Tony Edwards
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Friends, Aliens, Romance, Science-Fiction, On-The-Run, Theatrical Release
Starship Troopers - IMDB Rating: 6.7/10, RT Rating: 5.7/10, RT Overall: 60% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: Humans of a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.
Starship Troopers Director: Paul Verhoeven, Writer: Ed Neumeier, Robert A. Heinlein
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Enemies, Big Battles, Campy, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, War, Military, Bugs, Blockbuster, Space Opera, Theatrical Release
Star Trek: First Contact [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
First Contact (Special Collector's Edition)
Star Trek II - Rating: 7.5/10, Overall: 94% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Wrath of Khan [Widescreen Director's Edition] [2 Discs] Star Trek: First Contact Director: Jonathan Frakes, Writer: Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore, Rick Berman
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Aliens, Enemies, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Time Travel, Robots/Cyborgs, Space Opera
Star Trek III - Rating: 6.2/10, Overall: 74% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Search for Spock (Special Collectors Widescreen Edition) Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Director: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Aliens, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Space Opera
Star Trek IV - Rating: 7/10, Overall: 89% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
The Voyage Home (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition) Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Director: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Catherine Hicks, James Doohan, George Takei
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Science-Fiction, Space Exploration, Time Travel, Recommended, Space Opera
Star Wars Trilogy - the “good” oneStar Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) (4 Discs)
Strange Days - Rating: 6/10, Overall: 58% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]
Strange Days (Widescreen) Strange Days Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Writer: James Cameron, James Cameron, Jay Cocks
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D’Onofrio
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Vengeance, Recommended, Disturbing, Theatrical Release
Terminator - Rating: 8.7/10, Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Terminator
The Terminator Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, William Wisher, Harlan Ellison
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Winfield, Rick Rossovich
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Enemies, Classic, Futuristic, Post-Apocalypse, Science-Fiction, Thriller, Time Travel, On-The-Run, Good Vs. Evil, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Science Fiction, Essential Cinema
Terminator 2 - Rating: 8.4/10, Overall: 96% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Judgement Day (2-Disc Extreme Edition)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Director: James Cameron, Writer: James Cameron, William Wisher
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Enemies, Classic, Futuristic, Nuclear Destruction, Post-Apocalypse, Science-Fiction, Thriller, Time Travel, On-The-Run, Good Vs. Evil, Classic Fight Scenes, Robots/Cyborgs, Recommended, Blockbuster, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema
The Andromeda Strain - IMDB Rating: 7.2/10, RT Rating: 6.7/10, RT Overall: 69% [RT] [IMDB]
Plot: A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.
The Andromeda Strain Director: Robert Wise, Writer: Nelson Gidding, Michael Crichton
Starring: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid, Paula Kelly
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Illness, Recommended, Theatrical Release The Fifth Element - Rating: 6.4/10, Overall: 68% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]Ultimate Edition
The Fifth Element Director: Luc Besson, Writer: Luc Besson, Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Luke Perry, Chris Tucker
Genres: Action/Adventure, Action, Adventure, Aliens, Campy, Fantasy, Futuristic, Science-Fiction, Swashbuckler, Thriller, Good Vs. Evil, Recommended, Big City, Desert, Blockbuster, Space Opera, Theatrical Release
The Matrix - Rating: 7.5/10, Overall: 88% [RT] [IMDB] [trailers]The Matrix (Widescreen)
The Matrix Director: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Writer: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Action, Futuristic, Martial Arts, Science-Fiction,

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Theres no children with ex wife who's now current significant other. Should I just select crack?

I was posting here when you were in diapers.

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Re: Dateless Nerd-Fest Poll [Re: FlyingDonut]
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If the last option would have been all of the above, I might have clicked it.

Ok, here's the story of my life:

I was mostly a dateless nerd until about 10th grade. Through a lot of effort in sports and weightlifting, along with my adolescent acne clearing up a bit and losing my braces, I broke out of this slowly until I was about 18 or 19 and became quite a player in the field.

19 was truly my breakout year. I had women left and right, was working at the Jone's Store where there seemed to be unlimited hotties; then I met the first woman to become a serious girlfriend which turned into my first long-term relationship. After nearly wasting 5 years with that cheating tramp, I was back to being single and loving it. Unfortunately for me, that joy only lasted about 3 months, because I soon got forced into a date with a persistant woman.

It was a blind date that my supervisor set me up on and the next thing I knew, I was in another long-term relationship. We dated for a LONG time and finally tied the knot on our 8th anniversary.

For a nearly a year and a half, I fell into the Married with no children catagory. This status changed to married with children in August, 2005 with the birth of my daughter. Then in July 2006 my daughter and I returned to the states from Japan. My wife joined us in early December. She dropped a bombshell on me, which I won't bother going into, and we had some issues for awhile that led to me asking for a seperation.

So, then I became sperated/nearly divorced and was once again in the "playing the field" catagory. However, it was short lived and my wife and I worked through our issues, so now I'm back to being "married with children" with another one on the way in November.

I do know this...if I were single, I'd have no problems lining up dates. Now, if I ever go back through all the crapp again that it would take to make me single, I think I will have to choose the crack option.
Published: Thu, 01-Jun-2006

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By Patrick Rollens

Picture this: you're surfing your favorite artist's site, enjoying the fresh postings, when you stumble across a small Paypal button. Beneath it is a gentle reminder that the artist does this stuff for free, and if you like what you read, why not fluff up the site's bank accounts with a few spare bucks?

It's called micropatronage, and it's a relatively new web development. Folks aren't quite sure what to make of it. It's not begging, but web readers aren't necessarily getting a physical product, either. It's something in-between, a puzzling resurrection of the Renaissance-era system whereby wealthy landowners financially propped up burgeoning artists, allowing them the freedom to pursue their works — but with strings attached. In those days, financiers supported artists for years and irrevocably owned the finished products. On the other hand, without the patron system, we would never have the Mona Lisa or Sistine Chapel. Now the scope has changed; a few dollars sent anonymously over Paypal buys web surfers peace of mind and a dose of self gratification. They don't "own" the finished product, but they have bragging rights that they help fund the site.

There have been a few success stories (described below) but in general only media that can be distributed digitally can have a hope at micropatronage. Stuff like music, essays, stories, photography — and, yes, art. Comic book writers and artists — many willing to work for free just to get exposure — can take advantage of the uniqueness of micropatronage.

Micropatronage has its roots in community. "If you create relationships with your audience, allow them to feel part of your group, then the gifts start to flow," says Ian Gilman, founder of Gilman describes successful micropatronage as a sort of group project: a number of people bring finances, and the producers render a product for their patrons.

The most important aspect of micropatronage, says Josh Ellis, is quality of work. "Tell people what they're paying for," Ellis says. "Seriously."

In April 2006 Ellis conducted his own experiment in micropatronage. He successfully funded a $600 trip to the Trinity Test Site (where the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945) using little more than a Paypal button on his web site and good publicity. The end result of the trip — a 5800-word essay and multimedia project posted for free on his web site — made nearly everyone who contributed feel like they got their money's worth.

Contrast this with Jason Kottke, who quit his day job in early 2005 and attempted to fund a year's worth of blogging entirely through micropatronage. The suggested donation was $30, and in addition to netting nearly $40,000 in donations, Kottke also got more than a little scorn and derision heaped on him for the marginal results that 40 grand bought.

Kottke's experiment got him money and notoriety. Ellis' Trinity trip, conducted at a vastly smaller scale, got him exactly what he wanted. What's the difference between the two?

Adam Greenfield posted this on his blog soon after Ellis announced his intentions to travel and write about the Bomb:

"I think the difference lies in the disproportion between what was asked, on either hand, and what was produced in response. I've been thinking (and writing) about the ethics and economics of being an independent content provider for a reasonably long time, and I can see important lessons to be learned here by those who would follow.

"In the year of his micropatronage experiment, Jason Kottke offered content that appeared little different than what he had been offering for nothing, expanding on it greatly neither in subject nor depth.

"Ellis was equally explicit in telling potential supporters what they could expect in return for ponying up their aggregate total. His exertions resulted in exactly what he promised, something which by the standards of the Web is unusually concrete - a compact, discrete, all-but-graspable package of writing, imagery and reportage."

Ellis offers some even more applicable suggestions to comic creators looking to garner a few bucks via micropatronage. "Treat your online work the same way you would an assignment from Marvel or Image or DC. Don't half-ass it because it's the least not if you want people to pay for it."

Micropatrons are notoriously fickle; it's a positive effort on their part to contribute money, so artists need to produce at the top of their form to keep up. But many artists and writers have personal web sites they use to showcase work, so adding an unobtrusive Paypal button shouldn't be too difficult.

Micropatronage is just one facet of a new movement to allow interested surfers to part with small amounts of their own money in return for a concrete result. takes the concept one step further with a sort of "managed patronage" setup. The site allows users to set up 'fundables' to gather money for a specific event. The fundable's moderator specifies both a monetary goal ($200, for example) as well as a minimum contribution (say $10). There's a specific time frame to collect the donations. As each person signs up to participate, they agree to pay the requisite amount.

Here's the catch: Fundable doesn't actually collect on these commitments until the entire lump of money has been spoken for. So if your fundable falls short of its goal, the entire thing implodes and nobody's Paypal account is charged. It just fizzles away, and you can start over again if you wish. However, if your goal is met, each person on the list is then billed for the amount. The total is then transmitted to the fundable's moderator, who then is responsible for giving contributors their goods, services, etc.

It's a setup that has a lot of potential for writers and artists. A quick glance at some recent fundables shows a variety of subjects: one woman's hoping to raise money for jaw surgery, another group is raising money for AIDS orphans and a third company is making a limited print run of a new t-shirt. An artist, producing high quality prints, or a writer with short stories to publish can conceivably find a haven at

Other players offer different options for diligent self-publishers BitPass bills itself as "the easiest way to buy and sell digital content." It's a micropayment system similar to Paypal, except BitPass specifically focuses on digital transactions: users send money and receive the product electronically. Rarely does a real-time exchange of goods take place. Interestingly, Ellis is the co-founder and creative lead at MPeria, a BitPass spin-off that specializes in independent musicians. "When I first met BitPass's co-founder, Kurt Huang, the two big areas I saw micropayments succeeding in were music and microjournalism," Ellis says.

It's not too difficult to extrapolate "microjournalism" into "microcomics." In fact, the leap has already been made. BitPass hosts a section of the site dedicated to vendors actively marketing pay-per-view online content — and it's no surprise that "Comics" is a category, located just below "Business" and right above "Education."

For many fans, the joy of comics lies in the tactile experience of buying, reading and re-reading an actual print magazine. Digital content offers none of this, so predictably the prices one can expect to receive are lower. Scott McCloud's "The Right Number," a web comic available from the BitPass "Comics" department, can be enjoyed for 25 cents. Fans can read Jim Zubkavich's entire 176-page web graphic novel "Makeshift Miracle" for a measly 99 cents. Each of these prices also allows a limited number — sometimes 30, 60 or 90 — re-readings of the given content within a span of time (a month, for example).

BitPass transacts sums as low as one cent, and unlike Paypal, there are no large service fees. Fans can rest assured that the money they pay goes through BitPass and ends up almost entirely in the hands of the artist they're supporting.

It's a viable option for comic creators looking to produce content on a limited budget. But the success of micropayments depends on changing an established paradigm — not an easy thing to do, says David Hopkins, creator of Antihero Comics.

"The response is always 'people want their stuff for free on the internet,'" says Hopkins. "How do you get beyond that? Numerous cartoonists post their work for nothing, and some other dude (equally talented) wants to charge? That's a tough sell."

Hopkins points to the success of Apple's iTunes — itself an excellent example of micropayments at work — as the catalyst that might change the system.

"BitPass can do for comics what iTunes is going for music," Hopkins says. "And it can be profitable." But what the industry needs, he says, is a mega-networking portal that can host literally hundreds of different creators and their individual portfolios — rather than require the reader to seek out each creator individually.

Until that time, micropayments and micropatronage will be the realm of a few hardworking creators, folks who get fifty cents per read from their on-demand webcomics.

"We're the first generation," Hopkins explains. "Other people, communities and online technologies will build from what we're doing and make it more accessible."

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Give wifey the cash for the book and use your credit card to get miles.

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June 27, 2007: get your weight up

To say that someone needs more experience in something. To tell someone they need to practice.

"you want to [battle] me? you need to get your weight up -- you cant beat me."


What is the point he is trying to make

Oil & Water = Not easy to mix.

Kenny & Red Hooded Sweatshirt = Not easy to understand

Cookies & Milk = Not easy to resist

Luxxcorp & Point = Not easy to discern

Politics & Religion = Not easy to keep seperate

All of the above are known constants in our universe.==

== the Machine!

ooooh man,...I love the hammeresque capitalization, that like lesson #1 in the shill handbook?....I miss those threads,...

I'm not sure....some of his post actually made sense, and his need for attention, coupled with a typically fatuous poll, is suspiciously shilly. Aaaaahlliteration

The Modern Age will get broken down. First Copper, then Chromium, then... Nickel?

Maybe the color red for Atom Age books.



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As you can tell, she is totally hot by anyone's standards - and you should hear her sexy accent! She is going to make somebody quite a trophy wife.

That could be you - this is 100% for real. She wants an older man, by at least a few years. She told me the kind of guy she likes and I saw your profile and she would definitely be interested in you.

She had a Myspace profile but it got deleted for some reason, so I am helping her because I want to see her find the right guy and be happy. You can easily find her complete profile on this website if you want to contact her:

If that didn't show just copy and paste this URL into your browser:

(just search for girls in their 20's she is right near the top)


The Amateur Future of Space Travel
How NASA turned to America’s basement brainstormers, workbench concocters and garage tinkerers to revive the space program.

The Final Days
A growing community of amateur scholars believe that the world as we know it will come to an end in 2012, as prophesied by the ancient Maya. Is the New Age apocalypse coming round at last?

All the News That’s Fit to Print Out
How did the world’s biggest online encyclopedia turn into a leading source of daily journalism?

"The Six Stages of E-Mail" is clever/funny.

Op-Ed Contributor
The Six Stages of E-Mail
Published: July 1, 2007

Stage One: Infatuation

I just got e-mail! I can’t believe it! It’s so great! Here’s my handle. Write me! Who said letter writing was dead? Were they ever wrong! I’m writing letters like crazy for the first time in years. I come home and ignore all my loved ones and go straight to the computer to make contact with total strangers. And how great is AOL? It’s so easy. It’s so friendly. It’s a community. Wheeeee! I’ve got mail!

Stage Two: Clarification

O.K., I’m starting to understand — e-mail isn’t letter-writing at all, it’s something else entirely. It was just invented, it was just born and overnight it turns out to have a form and a set of rules and a language all its own. Not since the printing press. Not since television. It’s revolutionary. It’s life-altering. It’s shorthand. Cut to the chase. Get to the point.

And it saves so much time. It takes five seconds to accomplish in an e-mail message something that takes five minutes on the telephone. The phone requires you to converse, to say things like hello and goodbye, to pretend to some semblance of interest in the person on the other end of the line. Worst of all, the phone occasionally forces you to make actual plans with the people you talk to — to suggest lunch or dinner — even if you have no desire whatsoever to see them. No danger of that with e-mail.

E-mail is a whole new way of being friends with people: intimate but not, chatty but not, communicative but not; in short, friends but not. What a breakthrough. How did we ever live without it? I have more to say on this subject, but I have to answer an Instant Message from someone I almost know.

Stage Three: Confusion

I have done nothing to deserve any of this:

Viagra!!!!! Best Web source for Vioxx. Spend a week in Cancún. Have a rich beautiful lawn. Astrid would like to be added as one of your friends. XXXXXXXVideos. Add three inches to the length of your penis. The Democratic National Committee needs you. Virus Alert. FW: This will make you laugh. FW: This is funny. FW: This is hilarious. FW: Grapes and raisins toxic for dogs. FW: Gabriel García Márquez’s Final Farewell. FW: Kurt Vonnegut’s Commencement Address. FW: The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. AOL Member: We value your opinion. A message from Hillary Clinton. Find low mortgage payments, Nora. Nora, it’s your time to shine. Need to fight off bills, Nora? Yvette would like to be added as one of your friends. You have failed to establish a full connection to AOL.

Stage Four: Disenchantment

Help! I’m drowning. I have 112 unanswered e-mail messages. I’m a writer — imagine how many unanswered messages I would have if I had a real job. Imagine how much writing I could do if I didn’t have to answer all this e-mail. My eyes are dim. I have a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome. I have a galloping case of attention deficit disorder because every time I start to write something, the e-mail icon starts bobbing up and down and I’m compelled to check whether anything good or interesting has arrived. It hasn’t. Still, it might, any second now. And yes it’s true — I can do in a few seconds with e-mail what would take much longer on the phone, but most of my messages are from people who don’t have my phone number and would never call me in the first place. In the brief time it took me to write this paragraph, three more messages arrived. Now I have 115 unanswered messages. Strike that: 116.

Stage Five: Accommodation

Yes. No. No :). No :(. Can’t. No way. Maybe. Doubtful. Sorry. So Sorry. Thanks. No thanks. Not my thing. You must be kidding. Out of town. O.O.T. Try me in a month. Try me in the fall. Try me in a year. can now be reached at

Stage Six: Death

Call me.

Nora Ephron, the author, most recently, of “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman,” is a contributing columnist for The Times.

[b]This would make a good sci-fi conspiracy story story a la. .

All the News That’s Fit to Print Out
6 page Wiki feature story

A hierarchy of benevolent computer monks, ("The Name of the Rose") with a Illuminatti-esque sub-sect intent on hacking history a la "1984"

True story: open-source buccaneers start randomly inserting the legally controversial HD/DVD de-encryption code into articles all over the site.

And since there is a philosophical divide among admins between “deletionists” and “inclusionists,”
have them investigate whether an entry is true or not. An X-Files-type TV series.

by Jonathan Dee: a novelist and a contributing writer for the magazine. His last article was about sitcoms for tweens.
Published: July 1, 2007[/b]

When news broke on May 8 about the arrest of a half-dozen young Muslim men for supposedly planning to attack Fort Dix, alongside the usual range of reactions — disbelief, paranoia, outrage, indifference, prurience — a newer one was added: the desire to consecrate the event’s significance by creating a Wikipedia page about it. The first one to the punch was a longtime Wikipedia contributor known as CltFn, who at about 7 that morning created what’s called a stub — little more than a placeholder, often just one sentence in length, which other contributors may then build upon — under the heading “Fort Dix Terror Plot.” A while later, another Wikipedia user named Gracenotes took an interest as well. Over the next several hours, in constant cyberconversation with an ever-growing pack of other self-appointed editors, Gracenotes — whose real name is Matthew Gruen — expanded and corrected this stub 59 times, ultimately shaping it into a respectable, balanced and even footnoted 50-line account of that day’s major development in the war on terror. By the time he was done, “2007 Fort Dix Attack Plot” was featured on Wikipedia’s front page. Finally, around midnight, Gruen left a note on the site saying, “Off to bed,” and the next morning he went back to his junior year of high school.
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Danielle Levitt

Net Neutral Matthew Gruen, 16, is one of thousands of Wikipedians devoted to policing Wikipedia's neutrality.

Wikipedia, as nearly everyone knows by now, is a six-year-old global online encyclopedia in 250 languages that can be added to or edited by anyone. (“Wiki,” a programming term long in use both as noun and adjective, derives from the Hawaiian word meaning “quick.”) Wikipedia’s goal is to make the sum of human knowledge available to everyone on the planet at no cost. Depending on your lights, it is either one of the noblest experiments of the Internet age or a nightmare embodiment of relativism and the withering of intellectual standards.

Love it or hate it, though, its success is past denying — 6.8 million registered users worldwide, at last count, and 1.8 million separate articles in the English-language Wikipedia alone — and that success has borne an interesting side effect. Just as the Internet has accelerated most incarnations of what we mean by the word “information,” so it has sped up what we mean when we employ the very term “encyclopedia.” For centuries, an encyclopedia was synonymous with a fixed, archival idea about the retrievability of information from the past. But Wikipedia’s notion of the past has enlarged to include things that haven’t even stopped happening yet. Increasingly, it has become a go-to source not just for reference material but for real-time breaking news — to the point where, following the mass murder at Virginia Tech, one newspaper in Virginia praised Wikipedia as a crucial source of detailed information.

So indistinct has the line between past and present become that Wikipedia has inadvertently all but strangled one of its sister projects, the three-year-old Wikinews — one of several Wikimedia Foundation offshoots (Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wiktionary) founded on the principle of collaboratively produced content available free. Wikinews, though nominally covering not just major stories but news of all sorts, has sunk into a kind of torpor; lately it generates just 8 to 10 articles a day on a grab bag of topics that happen to capture the interest of its fewer than 26,000 users worldwide, from bird flu to the Miss Universe pageant to Vanuatu’s ban on cookie imports from neighboring Fiji. On bigger stories there’s just no point in competing with the ruthless purview of the encyclopedia, which now accounts for a staggering one out of every 200 page views on the entire Internet.

The tricky thing is, the process by which Wikipedia usually, eventually gets things right — the notion that mistakes in a given entry, whether intentional or unintentional, will ultimately be caught and repaired as a function of the project’s massive, egalitarian oversight — doesn’t seem as if it would work when people are looking for information about events unfolding in real time. How on earth can anyone be trusted to get the story right when any version of the story is only as accurate, or even as serious, as the last anonymous person to log on and rewrite it?

Nothing is easier than taking shots at Wikipedia, and its many mistakes (most often instances of deliberate vandalism) are schadenfreude’s most renewable resource. But given the chaotic way in which it works, the truly remarkable thing about Wikipedia as a news site is that it works as well as it does. And what makes it work is a relatively small group of hard-core devotees who will, the moment big news breaks, drop whatever they’re doing to take custody of the project and ensure its, for lack of a better term, quality control. Though Wikiculture cringes at the word “authority,” in a system where a small group of people has the ability to lock out the input of a much larger one, it’s pure semantics to call that small group’s authority by any other name. Still, the only way to install yourself in that position of authority on Wikipedia is to care about it enough. So who are the members of this all-volunteer cadre, and why should it matter so much to them whether Wikipedia is any good at all?

Wales is a soft-spoken man with the unnerving focus of a person who sees something nobody else in the room sees.

Five "characters" to evict from the comics storytelling pantheon:

1) The Evil Conspiracy Guy

Dresses in black suits, skinny ties and sunglasses day and night; almost never speaks or answers questions; shadows baffled but frightened investigators of all stripes in long black limousines; functions as a road agent of mysterious, distant conspiratorial employers who wish all traces of their evil plans kept from public consciousness; and kills without emotion, except for that bit of supercilious satisfaction, usually evidenced by a pointless, obtuse wisecrack, at proving superior (via assassination) to their worthless, helpless prey. Has no past and no future, and needs none, because he's a prop of jeopardy, not a real character. (Can sometimes be female, and in such cases will almost always prove physical superiority to male target via hand-to-hand combat before killing.) Works almost constantly; has earned a permanent vacation.

2) The Grizzled Old Cop

Pudgy and gruff, this stubble-chinned mainstay slouches and grumbles with world-weary bitterness about how he's "too old for this." He's at least too old to not know how to use a steam iron or where any dry cleaners are, but his clothes always look like he's been sleeping in them for five days. He wears fedoras, off-the-rack suits and frequently trenchcoats, and prefers greasy food. He complains about his bosses, courts coddling street criminals, regulations tying his hands, the press, and women's sentimental expectations, but he's always willing to show his old-school toughness. His pension will never amount to enough, but it's time he took it anyway.

3) The Greedy Idiot Genius

The classic generic "scientist," he has enough understanding of technology to build fantastic weaponry based on highly suspect scientific principle, but not enough understanding of patents, commerce or basic arithmetic to figure out that mass marketing peaceful or military uses of his invention will net him infinitely more than using it to rob banks will. Fortunately, he's not seen much anymore, but even once is too much.

4) The Ramrod

Ain't it strange how there's always one? The guy who has to tell the rest of the group/team/random collection of strangers coping with a crisis "Let's move it, people!" like he's Sgt. Fury and they don't have to brains to figure it out for themselves. Leave him behind.

5) The Subjugated SuperAlien

Often female, they are representatives of slave races bred to have amazing powers, usually in the service of some alien conqueror, but on encountering brave, freedom-loving denizens of Earth, rebel against their masters, join forces with the Earthlings, then spend endless volumes "learning the ways of our world." Variation: bred to be a service race, they are unable to comprehend when their masters tell them to stop fighting brave but outclassed Earth heroes, but come to appreciate that what the Earthling emotions they believed were "weak" were true strength after all. Then they spend endless volumes "learning the ways of our world." Isn't there some planet somewhere they can have for their very own?

Got any others? Send 'em in!

A couple interesting letters in recently:

"Can I bring up my pet peeve, when I walk into my local comic shop (its an hour away, buts that's local to me) and scan the racks looking for something interesting, I have no idea what to pick up! There is never anything to tell me what the comic is about, you always have to go in blind. When you buy a novel, the back cover or inside flap gives you a idea of what it's about, but comics nothing. Just this weekend picked up about a half dozen comics, and put them back. The covers looked interesting, the interior art was ok, but just flipping through I got no sense of the story. There was no spandex or zombies or cowboys, just a lot of talking heads in a contemporary setting. How about it guys give us a clue, we will take a chance if you give us a reason to?"

Maybe I ought to change the column name back to Master Of The Obvious, because that one's so obvious I can't imagine why publishers aren't doing it, especially since manga is increasingly training readers to look for cover blurbs. I can understand not having them in comics that sell the back cover for advertising, but most don't. Some summary of concept and story were considered de rigueur not too long ago, usually on the inside front cover, though companies have also demanded they appear on the splash or (usually very clumsily) be incorporated into the first few pages of each story. On the other hand, a good, concise attention-getting blurb is one of the hardest things in the world to write. (The trick is to write brisk story concept synopses with a drop of plot development rather than extended plot summaries, but comics fans and marketing departments alike seem madly in love with the latter.) In any case, yes, a well-crafted, easily found summary/blurb might go a long way toward increasing casual sales, and the back cover's as good a place to put one as any.

My dad gave me these two sage bits of advice....
"You can't go broke making a profit"
"Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered"
He was a commodities broker. Comics are commodities.
Best advice I ever got.

My mom once said:

'Dammit John, not in the freakin' house! Put the pipe, down, open the windows and let all the smell out before your dad gets home!'

I've always remembered those wise words.
"Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint.
Give me two and they'll fall in love.
Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'.
Give me four and they'll build a pyramid.
Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice.
Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare.
Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home." - Glen Bateman, The Stand

Oddly, most of the people I've spoken to were in the same boat in 2006, suffering through a year long accruing gauntlet of pointless and meaningless time-consuming crap rather than any sort of catastrophes.

Books of The Times
Growing Up Hippie, and Going Down the Up Escalator With Dad

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Published: July 3, 2007

Coming-of-age literature is filled with characters who experience themselves as outsiders — as loners, nerds, misunderstood artists or uncool, uptight geeks. In her keenly observed novel “Flower Children,” Maxine Swann depicts four children who worry that their hippie parents’ unconventional lifestyle has put them outside the mainstream of ordinary life.
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Marisela La Grave

Maxine Swann


By Maxine Swann

211 pages.

Riverhead Books.


Their parents’ laissez-faire approach to raising children; their skinny-dipping parties and free talk about sex; the trapeze in the living room; the shabby, eccentric clothes they wear — all make Lu, Maeve, Tuck and Clyde yearn to fit in. At school, they’re surprised at first by all the rules but quickly embrace them:

“They learn not to swear. They get prizes for obedience, for following the rules down to the last detail. They’re delighted by these rules, these arbitrary lines that regulate behavior and mark off forbidden things.”

At home, they become the responsible ones, the parental ones: They goad their father into cleaning up the house, worry about him falling asleep when he drives and wish their mother would “clean herself up, wear some decent clothes.”

Writing in lucid, crystalline prose that shifts back and forth from the first person to the third, Ms. Swann has expanded a short story that scooped up a handful of prizes (the O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize and Ploughshares’ Cohen Award) and turned it into a small gem of a novel, a novel that showcases her eye for detail, her psychological acuity, her ability to conjure up a particular place and time.

She captures the incongruities of the 1970s counterculture as seen from the point of view of a young child, the shifting attitudes the narrator and her three siblings take toward the adult world as they slip-slide from childhood into adolescence, and the incalculable ways in which the passage of time colorizes the past.

The four children — ranging in age, at the start of the novel, from 3 to 9 — grow up in Pennsylvania farm country without supervision: They are “free to run anywhere they like whenever they like.” They all sleep in one room in the house their parents built, and they “take baths with their father, five bodies in one tub.”

They travel with their parents to demonstrations across the country, they listen to their father expound on subjects ranging from Vietnam to EST to thermal energy, and they listen to their mother’s boyfriends and their father’s girlfriends talk about relationships.

Their mother has rebelled against her mother’s privileged country-club life on Long Island, while their Harvard-educated father, who hails from a family of New England eccentrics, seems to regard petty trouble-making as a philosophical stance toward the world. He takes the children running down the up escalators in stores, gets speeding tickets left and right, and delights in upsetting his girlfriends by wearing outrageous clothes to family gatherings.

He is fond of denouncing the hypocrisies of the “grown-up” world, and exults in his children “who will be like no children ever were,” brought up not on petty lessons “about how a fork is held or a hand shaken or what is best to be said and what shouldn’t be spoken of or seen.”

Maeve and her older sister, Lu, try to order their chaotic childhoods by excelling at school: “To combat any weird rumors about our house, we tried to act as normal as we could. We carried combs in our back pockets, flipped our hair back, trying to imitate the cooler girls. The rewards for us were in getting A’s. We got A’s. But we were also torn about it. We had always been debilitated by this penchant of ours to get A’s because getting A’s wasn’t cool. We tried to stop but couldn’t.”

As the two girls get older, they take to hanging out with two ne’er-do-well brothers from school, who initiate them into the complexities of adolescence, but Maeve realizes that she and her sister “were going one way, the Kalowski boys the other.” At the same time, she realizes that her and her siblings’ obsession with their parents — their divorce, their affairs, their unorthodox habits and bizarre theories — has magically receded, that their parents no longer dominate the landscape of their lives.

Years later, when the children, now grown themselves, return home for visits, they feel a kind of nostalgia for the things that once vexed and perplexed them. Toward the end of this slender but resonant novel, Ms. Swann writes:

“They feel a great tenderness for certain things. That was where the goats gathered. That’s where the cider press still stands, unused for years. Suddenly they feel enraged. How could things go unused like that for years? They should move back here, settle in, make it all work again, make it all as it was again exactly, replicate that world — but why? It seems to have suddenly slipped their minds that they have whole other worlds and even people waiting for them to return. And even so, why replicate this world that has gone? Because it was so perfect? But it was not. But it was. Perfect because it was the world before the world changed.”

When CBG asked why his mailing address was a home owned by Rosemary Dupcak ' and was associated with vehicles registered in Daniel Dupcak's name ' the auctioner responded angrily. 'Now, all is revealed and made clear. Your connection with Elrod Mah, your being a pawn in his sworn Vendetta (as he puts it) is apparent.'

Comic-Keys wrote that it was the first he had heard about the database information. 'I don't do database searches on myself or any other folks for that matter.'

He continued, 'What would you do if both Koos and Dupcak, supposedly the same person, both appeared in the same court at the same time? What high ground would you run for?

'The only problem I have is that when I tire of the malarkey and start civil libel lawsuits because folks want to write that Dupcak is Koos, it'll be pretty damn easy for me to win. Do you have access to medical records? Dental charts? Birth certificates?'
he was known as "Master Cylinder," the arch-nemesis of Felix the Cat in the 1950s cartoon series for television. Master Cylinder is described on Wikipedia as "a disembodied brain contained within an electromechanical body." Draw your own conclusions.

As Konner puts it, "It's tremendous power. I mean, my God, hundreds of people working in the service of something you thought up in your little brain."

Comic-Keys said someone must have 'changed figures and facts' in the various databases. 'Thank you for the heads up on the database records being altered to fit the needs of whoever hacked it. I'll now start with the DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles] and make the necessary changes for complete accuracy.'

In a later message, Comic-Keys moderated his tone: 'Please don't get me wrong if I seemed harsh in my answer. I shoot straight from the hip. Speak my mind. You must realize that I am questioned needlessly, every day on this subject, and at times it is as tiresome as it is non-pertinent. Because folks have this innate hatred for Daniel Dupcak, they want to believe so badly that he is me, to give them a platform for venting their rage, that I must bear the brunt of their resentment.'

oh sure, a photoshopped version of HOM 179 to look like the hand is giving the reader the middle finger is in bad taste, but this sort of thing is okay...

I'll let you know after the auctions close.

Keep in touch. Bid high and often, please.


Every one of my BIN's has a make an offer?
Yet no one does.


Louis James

This banter babble reminds me of the following poem which I think summarizes this quite nicely:

Nothing To Say
by Brett Nicholas Moore

I have nothing to say
yet I write this poem
wasting your time
full of nothing meter
and nothing rhyme
signifying nothing.
Why do I do this?
Ah, that is the question
Whether to wait until
the muse comes to call
inspiring the heart,
or to take my pen in hand
in rebellion of my soul,
and place to the paper,
a bouquet of words,
moved by robust defiance
to create the sublime
and failing miserably.

it's funny the way the human mind works. when people have an abundance of free time and a deficit of money, many are willing to sacrifice the former to get the latter. when people have an abundance of money, and a deficit of free time, many are willing to sacrifice the former to get the latter.

the grass is always greener when you have the green already. or something. i think i might have confused myself

Museum Party-Hop!
Friday, July 6, 2007
Angel Franco/The New York Times
The Cooper Hewitt Museum.
Start by rocking out at a mansion tonight, when the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum presents its inaugural “Design + DJs + Dancing” event. The radio personality and Smithsonian D.J. curator (really) Jeannie Hopper will be on the decks, accompanied live by Jay Rodrigues on the flute and sax. While you’re there, check out the exhibit of innovative (and affordable) design. Then move on to the Whitney, where members of the Black Rock Coalition, an organization devoted to supporting black artists, will perform to highlight African-American contributions to the Summer of Love. Not to be outdone, the Guggenheim is the host of the glam D.J. Justine D. Et tu, Metropolitan?
“Design + DJs + Dancing,” 6-9 p.m., Cooper-Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street, Manhattan, (212) 849-8400; $12. Black Rock, Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, (212) 570-3676. Justine D., Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, at 89th Street, (212) 423-3535; $25.

Rhythm, Then Rhyme
Choose from two great shows at two great places tomorrow. At McCarren Pool, the enduring indie band Built to Spill, whose “dense, glimmering” music has influenced the Shins, Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse, writes Kelefa Sanneh, perform on a bill with the rehabbed Cat Power. At Spiegeltent, the pint-sized British rapper Lady Sovereign takes the stage with her out-sized rhymes. C’mon, get ambitious: go to both.
Built to Spill, 5 p.m. tomorrow, McCarren Park Pool, Lorimer Street, between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, (212) 307-7171; $32. Lady Sov, 11 p.m., Pier 17, South Street, under the Brooklyn Bridge, (212) 279-4200; $30.
Bon Marché Biennial
Venice, Basel Miami, Munster, Germany — have you got Biennale overload? Or underload, because you couldn’t travel to see them all? Tomorrow, head to a palate-cleansing über-show, “The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe.” 600 international artists (amateurs and established alike) submitted pieces — from mixed-media to photographs to drawings to sculpture — that are 8 by 10 by 4 inches in size. In a twist on the acquisition-hungry atmosphere of many fairs, the works will be auctioned off slowly online over the course of the exhibit; all the proceeds go to the Robin Hood foundation. And — shhh, don’t tell your art star pals! — they’re cheap, starting at just $10.
Opens tomorrow, 6-8 p.m., at Apex Art, 291 Church Street, near Walker Street, TriBeCa, (212) 431-5270. Exhibit and auction run through Aug. 11th.

Congratulations man! I'm sure a lot of people here would love to be in your shoes. Live the dream!

Good lord, at my job I get 10 threatening letters a day from convicted felons, primarily murderers and sex offenders.

I'm only responsible for two of those.

We own a steel plant and roughly 70% of our guys are felons. Hard to find good help these days. Let's see, i've got sex offenders, murders, gang-bangers.....honestly, when you get to know them they're pretty good people. If you can get by the whole they killed somebody thing.


Posted by trans_global_comics_and_magazines   ( 1200 )   on Jul-06-07 at 12:38:08 PDT   Listings
Question of the Day

Whose brain-slave are you?
Posted by dr*strange   ( 875 ) on Jul-06-07 at 12:20:17 PDT   Listings
Trans Global Comics A brain slave is a person who's head has been encased in a helmet which compels that person to obey every command of his or her captor. Mentallo and the Fixer strapped one of these helmets on Nick Fury in Issue #142 of Strange Tales and didn't take it off until page of Strange Tales #143. Of course before they took off his helmet they strapped him to a hydrogen bomb that would detonate if he tried to escape.
Posted by trans_global_comics_and_magazines   ( 1200 )   on Jul-06-07 at 11:20:48 PDT   Listings
I'm not shilling when I'm asking for a critique of what's wrong with my store makeover. I posted, "Is this auction confusing? Opinions?" And was immediately reported and deleted.. Let's see.

I need help.
Posted by trans_global_comics_and_magazines   ( 1200 )   on Jul-06-07 at 11:16:44 PDT   Listings
Any one got a pin-up of the Dark Subby? Sue Storms bad-boy/criminal ex-lover? Maybe they weren't bat-wings. Propably more and bigger fins under his arms. Y'know, armpit fins.
Posted by trans_global_comics_and_magazines   ( 1200 )   on Jul-06-07 at 11:14:00 PDT   Listings
If Namor ever gets a shot in the FF flix, should he be all beefcaked up or the slim Everett version? Maybe the Jae Lee version? I liked the Bat-Winged version.
Posted by trans_global_comics_and_magazines   ( 1200 )   on Jul-06-07 at 11:07:24 PDT   Listings
Strange, never seen that one. I love it.

"Brain-Slaves" WTF? What is that?

At first glance I thought someone's head was encased
in a "Brain Prison"

It's funny. Plus the ticking lit fuse.


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