Director Wes Anderson of Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, and The Life Aquatic fame, offers a brilliant marketing piece for his new film The Darjeeling Limited. Hotel Chevalier is a 10 minute short film starring Jason Schwartzmann and Natalie Portman, setting the stage for the first act of The Darjeeling Limited. The marketing genius is Anderson and Fox Searchlight Pictures are giving away Hotel Chevalier free on iTunes. The short features Portman’s character, the unnamed ex-girlfriend to Schwartzman’s character Jack, coming to say goodbye on her way to the airport, which sets the stage for the events that take place in The Darjeeling Limited.
Director Deran Sarafian’s House is back for a fourth season, giving us yet another year of entertainment at the expense of antisocial doctor Gregory House. The season starts with a bang given the opening episode synopsis: when an office building collapses, House has to work fast to diagnose a young woman, Megan, who survived the disaster. Due to her injuries, Megan�s only form of communication is blinking. House, without a team since Foreman and Cameron quit and he fired Chase, talks through his ideas with a janitor at the hospital. As Megan�s condition worsens, Cuddy puts pressure on House to hire a new team, but House defiantly ignores her, and Wilson resorts to desperate measures and hits House where he knows it will hurt. As House persists in diagnosing Megan by himself, he realizes that the case is not what it appears, and that solitude may not be the answer in the �Alone� episode of HOUSE. You can watch the season premiere of House for free by downloading it from Amazon Unbox.
I hadn’t planned on watching the new season of CBS series Rules of Engagement. I don’t schedule too much time in my day for television. I’ll be on a plane from San Jose to Seattle this weekend, so CBS just got another viewer. How? The first episode of the new season of Rules of Engagement, Flirting with Disaster, is available free on Amazon Unbox. I can download the episode and kill 22 minutes on my flight. If you haven’t tried Unbox, or any other pay download service yet, here’s a good opportunity to give it a shot with minimal risk (assuming the show is something you might watch anyway). And if you happen to be a Tivo owner, you can also download the show directly to your Tivo.
I’m warning up front that this cartoon tends toward the offensive, but it fits with my Halloween theme for the past few days. If you’re at work, steer clear. Animator Glen Kirkpatrick did a number of short films in the Spawn of Satan series a number of years back. The character never actually says anything. Instead, he goes around fuming and causing carnage in his wake. Maybe he just needs to be hugged. If your idea of Halloween slants more toward the Jason and Freddy set or if you’re looking for some sophomoric dark humor, these animated shorts are just the ticket.
Oddtodd.com has been a source of off-kilter humor surrounding the world of a guy who was laid off for several holidays now. Some of my favorite cartoons from the series are the three Halloween specials, where we find our hero snacking on candy corn and waxing odd about Halloween horror. If you’ve never visited oddtodd.com before, you’ll want to check out at least a few other episodes to get a feel for the characters. While the creators won’t win any points for their Flash animation skills, the first-person storyline is witty, which makes it easy to overlook the simplicity of the character interactions. At worst, some of the humor may have a PG-13 rating, so if you are offended by network TV sitcoms, you’ll want to skip this site.
“I represent the smallest planet – Attorney in this journey versus those who tried to ban it”
“If you don’t agree go see Interplanet Janet – The sun is a star like Pluto is a planet”
In light of the recent decision by atronomers that Pluto is no longer a planet, it’s high time revive this rallying cry from the Skinnee J’s Pluto is a Planet.
Every time I hear the world lacrosse the Camper Van Beethoven song Club Med Sucks goes through my head, featuring the slightly ironic chorus:
Club Med sucks
I hate golf
I wanna play lacrosse
I happen to like golf, but the song keeps rattling around my head some 15+ years after the first time I heard it. The US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates recently launched a podcast dedicated to the world of lacrosse. If you’re a fan of the sport, this is a must have addition to your regularly scheduled sporting entertainment. In addition to news and recaps from around the lacrosse universe, the host Sonny Pieper is finding some great interviews with coaches and sports analysts. You can subscribe to the podcast at the USLIA site, which also features tons of photos, scores, forums and games schedules for the Lacrosse fanatic.
I love a wide variety of Asian foods. Whether it’s Japanese, Chinese, Korean, the best restaurants serving Asian cuisine don’t
I keep linking to Breakin’ Stuff videos, but I can’t help myself. The creative energy going into destroying old technology is simply too entertaining too ignore. The last installment featured the slingshot demolition of my old Kyocera Palm phone. This time around Nate and Jesse put an old Mac Classic out of it’s misery at a Seattle firing range. Using a rifle, road flare, some lighter fluid and a small propane tank, the Mac Classic is launched into the air and seemingly survives both fire and explosion. A follow up with several different firearms ultimately retires the Mac Classic via an excessive use of force typically reserved for Quentin Tarantino films. This is definitely something to avoid trying at home (or anywhere else).
In about two weeks, the final installment of the Johnny Cash American Recordings albums will be available from both online sources like URGE and iTunes, as well as through record stores. It includes the final song written by Johnny Cash, a sad and slow number with a blues feel called Like the 309, Gods Gonna Cut You Down and 10 other tracks recorded over the last four months of his life. You can hear both Gods Gonna Cut You Down and Like the 309 on MySpace via a Johnny Cash member profile created almost two years after his passing. While there’s something entirely odd about Johnny Cash having a MySpace account, especially posthumously, having access to the music for playback is nice in whatever form it takes.