This post was born on a Friday night when I declared a certain actor to be my favorite B-list actor currently working. A lot goes into this sort of decision. It’s not just a matter of judging on-screen performance. No, finding a favorite B-lister is more a matter of unquantifiable taste: an affinity for the bad movies he or she has appeared in, a formative childhood role, a body of credits that reads more like a list of punchlines, all of that je ne sais quoi. I made my choice for all those good reasons and cited his works. I was devastated, then, to be corrected – my actor had not appeared in most of the movies I had named. Impossible. Couldn’t be. But, of course, a brief flash of an iPhone prove it could be. It was. Half of the films in which I had identified this man had not featured him at all. It had been someone else, somehow. A fake, an impostor. I had confused my man with someone else, combining their collected screen appearances into what I thought was the greatest CV ever compiled by a second-tier actor. I was wrong. So wrong that I am determined now to make sure you never have to suffer the same embarrassment and heartbreak that I have suffered.
Archive for the ‘Television’ Category
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Spielzeugland (Germany) – A rather pedestrian short about a German boy during the 1930s who’s been told by friends and family that his Jewish friend and piano partner will soon be taken away to “Spielzeugland” (“Toyland”). There are about 47 flashbacks and flashforwards during the 13-minute film, and shit doesn’t get explained particularly well. This won the Oscar, which is silly, because it’s a little exploitative, and not particularly well-made or inspired. (more…)
Posted in Chicago, Cinema, Sports, Television, tagged alan rickman, ben stiller, boring boring hockey, bottle shock, bug, chicago blackhawks, cronenberg, danko, david cronenberg, death becomes her, el topo, festival express, friedkin, fuck, fucking motherfucker, grateful dead, guts television, james woods pulls a tv out of his stomach, janis joplin, janis joplin drunk, janis joplin high, jim carrey, jodorowsky, kelly reichardt, lester freamon, michelle williams, minimalism, minnesota wild, motherfuck, motherfucker, motherfucking cocksucker, next generation, randall miller, rick danko, rick danko drunk, star trek, the band, the cable guy, the wire, videodrome, wendy and lucy on February 24, 2009| 2 Comments »
Posted in Leisure, Sports, Television, tagged "going green", Africa, Bloodsport, brock lesnar, clinton portis, dallas cowboys, dan severn, dustin hazelett, energy conservation, frank dux, jean-claude van damme, ken shamrock, kumite, MMA, monkey fighting, montage, NFL, poundings, racism, randy couture, ricardo morra, sergei eisenstein, stereotypes, synthesizers, UFC, vhs, washington redskins on November 19, 2008| 2 Comments »
Posted in Cinema, Fashion, Literature, Television, The Internet, tagged 007, baby boomers, big z, black sox, contemporary westerns, entourage, funny har-har, gene wilder, h & m, japan, literacy, netflix, roger deakins, yu darvish on September 16, 2008| 8 Comments »
Posted in Television, tagged Baconator, Bloody Mary, Chansi Stuckey, Favre, football, Frank Thomas, Fringe, Michael Jordan, Morrissey, Naps, NFL, Olbermann, Patrick, Philly Cheese Steak, Sunday, The Death of Tom Brady on September 9, 2008| 5 Comments »