Thursday, April 27, 2017

Animated American (2008)

Animated American - Short Film by James Baker & Joe Haidar from James Baker on Vimeo.

Set at the end of traditional animation at American feature studios, the future is about to collide with the past. Eric, a digital loving executive on a mansion hunting expedition finds himself crossing swords with his realtor, Max, an out of work toon rabbit. Like it or not, Max will make Eric see things through the eyes of an "Animated American."

Monday, April 24, 2017

Anime North 2017 Anime Hell 4U

Anime Hell returns to Anime North, and it also returns to the Plaza Ballroom at the International Plaza Hotel, because the Tories have the ballroom where we were last year and we can't kick 'em out as much as we'd like to, darn it. Anyway, it's a much shorter walk and a fine ballroom for us to go to Hell in - Friday at 10pm!  Also at Anime North this year, Neil Nadelman will be bringing his Totally Lame Anime and Mike Toole is back for Dubs Time Forgot and some crazy Korean knockoff anime and gosh, who knows what else? If you've paid someone an outrageous amount to smuggle you and your family across the border, you cannot afford to miss Anime North's Anime Hell!

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Yes. Yes it is.


The Original!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Foxed! (2016)

FOXED! from James Stewart on Vimeo.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Day After (1983)

Oh, wow. The whole thing.

OK, let me tell you a story about when this first aired.

In 1983 I was in 2nd~3rd grade. Yes, that makes me old. Shut up.

But anyway, this is the shadow that me and my generation grew up under. Sure, we had "tornado" drills all the time (growing up in Texas), but lining up the hallway and facing a wall, with your hands over the back of your neck, is just a way of making the bodies easier to count. Protecting your face was just a way of giving your folks something intact to kiss good-bye.

When this aired, I remember that all us kids had a PARTY. We all went over to someone's house and there was cake and ice-cream and games and we had a grand old time, even though it wasn't anyone's birthday. We thought this was just fine, but we didn't know any better. We were just kids.

What was really going on was all our parents (except the ones hosting the party) were at someone else's house, watching this made-for-TV movie. They were taping it and talking about it and deciding if us kids were going to get to see it and how they were going to talk about it.

And I remember that I didn't get to see it until some time much later.

One of my coworkers is from Ukraine and he told me this was the first American movie they got to see after the wall fell. I guess it's a kind of propaganda, a message of "If we had done this, they would have lost." I don't know how I feel about it now.

Anyway, set a little time aside for yourself to watch this. It's not good, per se, but it did help shape a generation. It might help you to understand why some of your older coworkers are a little antsy. You might want to talk about it with your parents or your kids. The message here seems more clear now than it was when I was a kid.

No one wins a war like this. Make sure it never comes to this.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Double King (2017)

Not that we know anyone like that or anything.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ferdinand (1938)

So, they're remaking this. Enjoy the classic while it lasts. There was even a cute little song about it.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spice Girls "Fantasy Ball" Lollipops


Just got the official Straight Dope from Boston hellmeister Mike Toole: 

Anime Hell@Anime Boston is in Hynes Panel C at 8:30pm on April Fool's Day, baby!!

So if you're in Boston and you're at Anime Boston 2017 and you're mentally prepared Saturday night, be in Hynes Panel C for some Hell!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Song stuck in my head

Something you can hum to yourself over the weekend.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy Birthday, Jerry Lewis

I loved reading Kurt Vonnegut's Slapstick. I hate this movie with unbridled passion.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

"I'm Scared" (2017)

There's a lot out there to be afraid of.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lasagna Cat

I really don't know what to think of this. It's a terribly unfunny comic strip, so to extrapolate it to relatively unfunny video seems only rational.

But then there's this. Described as "Jim Davis tribute set to the entire original motion picture score of 'Kundun' by Philip Glass featuring the philosophical musings of John Barrymore III." And there's a lot of levels there.

The ghost of Andy Kaufman is alive and well.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Family Dog (1987)

Forgot to post this yesterday, but thirty years ago on that day, this aired on NBC one fateful evening!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Disorder in the Court (1936)

This is one of my fave Three Stooges flicks. If you're really feeling it, I guess you could watch this while playing some Velvet Underground in the background.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Gogo over Gaga

These Super Bowl half-time shows are really getting out of hand.

Friday, February 03, 2017

A Day with Bill Cosby (1971)

Brought to you my MATTEL!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hell's Fire (Ub Iwerks, 1934)

Now that's a WHOPPER!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nazis are da kwaziest peeples!

Don't Be a Sucker (1947)

Hat-tip to Wil Weaton for finding this one. Wikipedia sez:

"Don't Be a Sucker!" is a short film produced by the US War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. It has anti-racist and anti-fascist themes. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces.

The sound skips a bit at the start, but this little flick is probably older than your parents, so it's excused. Still relevant.

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Kitten for Hitler (2007)

No actual kittens were harmed in the making of this film.

I was reading about mongooses and somehow stumbled into this. So I'm sharing it with you!

Wikipedia has this to say about it:

Following a discussion about film censorship with British broadcaster Melvyn Bragg while they worked on The South Bank Show, Russell was challenged by Bragg to create a film which Russell himself would want banned. A Kitten for Hitler was the result of the process that followed. After Russell sent Bragg an initial draft, Bragg responded "Ken, if ever you make this film and it is shown, you will be lynched."

Adolf Hitler was played by Phil Pritchard. Those auditioning for the part were asked to attend the casting dressed as Hitler, creating a bizarre waiting room scene. Due to the content of the film, dwarf actor Rusty Goffe was hired to play the role of the boy as Russell could not convince any child actor's parents to allow their son to appear. The child's mother was played by Russell's wife Lisi, and the costumes were organised by his daughter. The entire film was filmed in a studio in Shoreditch against a green screen with the backgrounds added in digitally later. The film was broadcast on, after Russell was introduced to Dan Schreiber by screenwriter Emma Millions.

Today was Holocaust Remembrance Day. The United States celebrated it by making sure refugees from war-torn countries who faced genocide would be turned away from our borders. You can celebrate by punching a Nazi.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Political Cartoon (1974)

Fun little film to watch on your lunch break.

Yes, that is Mel Blanc doing the voice for Bugs.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shopliftin' at Kmart (cir. 1979)

Some Super 8 goodness for you guys!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Gotta catch 'em all!

Dunno if I'm looking forward to the movie or not, but it looks cute.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What are y'all doing on Friday?

I was thinking about bustin' up a wedding.