Wednesday, April 01, 2015

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

UPI.com: Woman choked with bra defends herself with ceramic chicken

Cynthia Lennon, R. I. P.

Flavorwire: Cynthia Powell Lennon, the first wife of The Beatles‘ John Lennon, has died from cancer at her home in Spain, reports the BBC.

I Found a Penny Last Week

A Couple Have Won £1 Million On The Lottery Two Years After Winning £1 Million On The Lottery 

If You Dare . . .

Take the Robert Durst Tour of Texas

Song of the Day

Five Man Electrical Band - Signs (1971) - YouTube:

10 Mysteries Resolved By Unbelievable Surprise Twists

10 Mysteries Resolved By Unbelievable Surprise Twists

Today's Vintage Ad


“RULE #1: PLEASE IGNORE ANY RULES FOUND BELOW” (by John Morgan Wilson)

“RULE #1: PLEASE IGNORE ANY RULES FOUND BELOW” (by John Morgan Wilson) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

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Ross Lockridge, Jr., Raintree County, Pan, 1958

The Little Professor Reviews Dan Simmons' The Fifth Heart

The Little Professor: The Fifth Heart

I Miss the Old Days

Retrospace: Catalogs #37: Sears 1974 Women's Fashion

The 100 Bestselling Used Books Since 2000 on AbeBooks

The 100 Bestselling Used Books Since 2000 on AbeBooks

The Five-Two: 30 Days of The Five-Two (2015)

The Five-Two: 30 Days of The Five-Two (2015): For the fifth consecutive year, I'm joining the celebration with a blog tour. For my tours, I don't ask to guest-post on your blogs. Instead, I invite you to post about poetry. If you don't have a blog, email your entry to G_SO at YAHOO dot COM and you'll be my guest here at The Five-Two.

Robert Z'Dar, R. I. P.

Cult actor Robert Z'Dar dies in Pensacola: Actor Robert Z'Dar, the massive man with the gigantic chin best known for the cult film series "Maniac Cop," died Monday night in Pensacola after being hospitalized when he came to town to appear at Pensacon, according to his long-time manager and friend Jim Decker.

Gary Dahl, R. I. P.

Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, Dies at 78: It was a craze to rival the Hula-Hoop, and even less explicable. For a mere three dollars and 95 cents, a consumer could buy ... a rock — a plain, ordinary, egg-shaped rock of the kind one could dig up in almost any backyard.

Wrong About Wright

Wrong About Wright: Judging from what we’ve been told in history books, when the Wright Brothers invented powered flight, they were rewarded with parades, medals, and headlines. But that’s a lie. The truth is, the U.S. government insisted that one of the greatest technological achievements of all time simply hadn’t happened. Here’s the true story.

It's April Fool's Day!

Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes Of All Time

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Revisiting the First 'Trial of the Century'

Revisiting the First 'Trial of the Century,' 215 Years Later 

Latest Getting Away with Murder Now Online

GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER #101 APRIL 2015

This Is Exactly Why We Have 911

Man calls 911 to report he was overcharged on his bar tab  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

In Case You Were Wondering

What's the Real Origin of "OK"?

Song of the Day

Kinky Friedman - We Reserve The Right to Refuse Service to You - YouTube:

A Review of Interest

Kevin's Corner: Review: "Li’l Tom and the Pussyfoot Detective Bureau: The Case of the Parrots Desaparecidos" by Angela Crider Neary

Today's Vintage Ad


I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Top 10 Henry James Novels

George Kelley is the James expert.  We'll see what he has to say.

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Barbara Cartland, The Pan Book of Charm, Pan, 1965

Hugh Glass: One of Early America's Greatest Tales of Survival

Hugh Glass: One of Early America's Greatest Tales of Survival 

I Miss the Old Days

Beautiful Vintage Stewardess Uniforms

7 Amazing Roles That James Caan Rejected

7 Amazing Roles That James Caan Rejected

Some Forgotten TV Shows

15 TV Shows That Were Canceled After Only One Episode  

Link via Neatorama.

Overlooked Movies: Red Eye

This review appeared in slightly different form on August 27, 2005, just after I saw the movie in the theater.  It seems mostly forgotten now, which makes it a fine candidate for an Overlooked Movies feature.

Vince Keenan is one of the few people I know (besides me and Rosemarie, his wife) who openly admits a liking for Joe and the Volcano. So when he recommends a movie, I pay attention. The other day he recommended Red Eye, so I figured it was worth a look (and not because it starred Rachel McAdams, so stop saying that).

Some of the movie's real horrors have nothing to do with the plot and everything to do with the extreme hassle that air travel has become. As readers of this blog know, I don't approve with those hassles and think they're stupid and ridiculous.  But I don't mind mentioning it again.

As for the plot, the less said about it, the better. You don't want to know too much going in, or that would spoil the fun. Let's just say that if you thought you've had bad seatmates on an airplane before, you're lucky you didn't have Cillian Murphy sitting beside you. Sure there are lots of holes in the plot, but only a picky person would even mention them. So I won't. Just go along for the ride, so to speak, and enjoy yourself.

Rachel McAdams does a fine job here as the woman in jeopardy who's better equipped to deal with things than you might think at first, and Cillian Murphy is smoothly ruthless. These two characters have to carry the movie, and McAdams and Murphy are more than up to it.

I don't know if Wes Craven of Nightmare on Elm Street fame has directed a thriller of this kind before, but he's certainly good at it. Check it out.

Red Eye

'Red Eye' Trailer HD - YouTube:

Monday, March 30, 2015

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman accused of stabbing Akron boyfriend because he ate all their salsa

Editorial guidelines from Spicy Detective magazine, 1935

Editorial guidelines from Spicy Detective magazine, 1935

Bushwhackers, Desperadoes, and a Damsel in Distress

Bushwhackers, Desperadoes, and a Damsel in Distress: “Lone Star Fury” by James Reasoner by Edward A. Grainger

Al Capone's Hobby: Songwriting

Al Capone's Hobby: Songwriting

Song of the Day

Cherry Poppin' Daddies - "Zoot Suit Riot" (original video) - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback: March 30th, 1965

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback: March 30th, 1965

Today's Vintage Ad


10 Wild Lawmen Of The Old West

10 Wild Lawmen Of The Old West

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Charlotte Jay, The Man Who Walked Away, Fontana, 1962

16 Times Nic Cage's Range Of Emotion Was Astounding

16 Times Nic Cage's Range Of Emotion Was Astounding

Listen To Some Of The Most Commonly Used Sound-Effects In Cinema

Listen To Some Of The Most Commonly Used Sound-Effects In Cinema

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: Ron Hayes: A CONTEMPLATION ON KILLING

The Ultimate Way to Witness the Northern Lights

The Ultimate Way to Witness the Northern Lights  

Slideshow, but not annoying.