Friday, March 18, 2011

Video Of The Day: Guilty Dog

Totally. Busted. From

News Of The Day: Cops Arrest Moron

No, really. From The Smoking Gun.

Colorado Cops Arrest Moron

Joseph Moron was arrested Sunday on a variety of domestic abuse charges, according to Colorado police.

The bust of 35-year-old Moron came after his girlfriend contacted cops to say that he had assaulted her.

In addition to the new abuse count, Moron also faces a variety of felony charges stemming from prior alleged domestic violence incidents, according to an Aurora Police Department press release.

Moron is being held without bond at the Arapahoe County jail.

The 20 Worst Movie Endings Ever

From Cranky Pants Betsy and the Times Online (UK). Contains spoilers -- as articles about movie endings often do. I don't agree with a lot of their choices, but you know what they say about opinions.

Cast Away
Robert Zemeckis, 2000

Being stuck alone with Tom Hanks on a desert island for 90 minutes is itself a test of patience, but at least there is the whole “will-he-escape?” question. He does . . . but things don’t stop there. In a turgidly anticlimactic homecoming, he discovers that his girlfriend is married to their dentist. He looks sad. Time passes. Just when things threaten never to end he finds himself standing at a crossroads. Like we don’t get it.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975

They changed the face of modern humour, but the Python boys, moving away from standard sketch construction, often left themselves with no punchlines. In a half-hour TV show, that’s acceptable. But on the big screen, after some of the most hysterical comedy moments in cinema history, to have King Arthur and his knights arrested by contemporary policemen is, literally, a cop-out.

Blade Runner (original release)
Ridley Scott, 1982

The studio-tampered original has much to recommend it, including Harrison Ford’s noir-style voiceover, the perfect complement to Scott’s dark, rain-drenched hellhole. What really sucks is the decision to remove all ambiguity from the ending, leaving Deckard (Ford) and Rachael (Sean Young) driving in sun-drenched mountains that look as if they were torn from another movie. They were. From the outtakes of the opening minutes of The Shining.

Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999

How do you tie up the loose ends in an ambitious comedy-drama? Answer: you introduce a freak meteorological event, a rain of frogs that falls on your characters, interrupting suicide attempts and causing havoc on the highway. Biblical imagery? Or a desperate attempt to plug plot holes with amphibians?

Alfred Hitchcock, 1960

“Matricide is probably the most unbearable crime of all!” And so begins an agonisingly dull lecture from know-all Dr Richmond (Simon Oakland) that explains the psychopathology of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in painfully literal terms, and brings the formerly thrilling proceedings to an undignified splat.

Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg, 1998

Spielberg opened his war drama with one of cinema’s most visceral combat scenes. But he added on a coda in the style of a Werther’s Original ad, in which Ryan, now a grandad, reflects on whether he was a good man. Spielberg at his gloopiest.

Randal Kleiser, 1978

Olivia Newton-John’s overnight transformation from virginal moppet to leather-clad vamp might have stretched credulity, but Kleiser’s musical at least conformed to the laws of physics. Until the final shot, in which John Travolta’s hotrod takes flight and soars away into the clouds. Why, oh why?

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Jackson, 2003

Overegging the pudding in epic style, Jackson wraps up his nine-hour saga with no fewer than four endings. The coronation of Viggo Mortensen’s king was euphoric, but the dockside farewell and Sam’s return to Bag End were unecessary, and don’t get us started on the scene in which Frodo and friends laugh like stoned schoolgirls.

For the rest, see the full article at Times Online


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