Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Miscellaneous: Feelin’ Fine

Welcome to the most depressing day of the year, according to a formula based on such variegated factors as weather, debt, and “psychic gloom” stemming from failed New Year’s resolutions. Considering that there’s not a cloud in the Seattle sky (for once), the Seahawks beat the spread, and most of my resolutions were knocked off in a long afternoon, I’m good.

TV: Bravo

Over the weekend I flicked past this network to discover that it had deviated from its format of celebrity poker, PROJECT RUNWAY, and reruns of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT to air movies. Two Academy Award winners, in fact, Chicago followed by The Usual Suspects.

Except for a brief overlap when both films were showing at the same time.

On the bottom half of the screen, I could see CHICAGO’s closing credits, provided that I squinted. The SUSPECTS titles unfurled on the top half while the movie’s soundtrack played.

You’ll have to take my word on this. I would post a screen capture, but I have no idea how to do that.

TV networks have been squeezing credits for years now. It irks me when certain nameless premium channels do it. I’m paying you people money, damn it. Let me see who the grips are and listen to the lousy Diane Warren song in peace.

But being forced to watch two movies at once is a new one on me. Thank you, Bravo, for treating me like a meth addict.

I was so incensed I was ready to put the channel block on. But I don’t know how to do that, either.

Miscellaneous: Blank You, You Blanking Blank

Comes now, via Defamer, a list of movies that drop the f-bomb with the most frequency. There’s already some controversy about the #1 title, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects. I don’t see how a movie can pack 560 uses of the word into 109 minutes unless the profanities are somehow incorporated into the credits. As in “First fucking assistant director Marco fucking Black.” I’m unfamiliar with one movie that makes a strong showing, Wiseguys vs. Zombies, and I can’t believe that Glengarry Glen Ross limps across the finish at #48. But the article features a graph, which means that it can’t be wrong.