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December 31, 2003

Happy New Year's - Now Go Party Your Pants Off

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New Year's, Sammy's on the Bowery, 1943
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The Weegee Collection
Scan courtesy of Masters of Photography

Wanted to pass my sincerest wishes to all of the Barflies friends and family for a joyous and prosperous 2004. Be good tonight! As for resolutions, I plan to spend New Year's Day organizing the pile of filing that has been gathering on my desk for the past nine months (ugh). If I can accomplish that, I'll be feeling resolute enough! Anyone else have any resolutions for the New Year?

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December 30, 2003

Boys Gone Wild!

Ok. Let's forget all the petty controversies surrounding Brody and let's talk about a much more interesting subject: Young, Hot Men - Drunk, nude, lascivious, and showing their tits!

Wahooo! Winter Break in Long Beach! Just when you thought the bars in Long Beach were safe, we give you the hottest post-college guys who lost all their inhibitions and shirts, check out Barflies.net's exclusive coverage of BOYS GONE WILD at Alex's Bar on 12/27/03 for the Black Monday and Irish Brothers show:

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December 27, 2003

Ten Best Films of 2003?

Don't laugh. I know, I see about one film a year. For my one movie of 2003, I will see "The Return of the King" sometime in Jan. 2004 when my brother gets back from vacation. My lack of movie viewing is my great pop cultural shame.

For this reason, I refer to Lauren's film reviews, found on this blog and on the Barflies.net magazine, and to Salon.com's reviews. Today, Salon.com recommends:

The 10 best movies of 2003

From the eccentric, intimate "Lost in Translation" to the epic nobility of "Return of the King" to the rough-hewn affirmation of "In America," Salon critics Stephanie Zacharek, Charles Taylor and Andrew O'Hehir list 2003's best films.

"Lost in Translation"
"In America"
"A Mighty Wind"
"Spellbound"
"American Splendor"
"Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"
"To Be and to Have"
"School of Rock"
"Masked and Anonymous"

Do you agree or disagree with their list? What about "Migrations?"

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December 26, 2003

December 26th Film Releases

Sorry for the delay. The holidays ran away with my Thursday and I'm just now catching up. But don't worry, I paid for my tardiness in spades by seeing the worst movie of the year - Paycheck. Don't ask me how I wound up there, but let's just say that my friend's movie picking privileges have been revoked. Possibly for good.

1) Cold Mountain
2) Monster
3) Big Fish

Runner Up: Japanese Story
Made me want to puke: Paycheck

A lot of movies being released this week and out of all of them, I went to see Paycheck in the theater. What on earth was going through my head?! I could say that I didn't pick it, but I didn't fight very hard against it either. I saw the signs - BenLo, and, and.... well, I guess BenLo was all the reason I needed to avoid this film. Is he even smart enough to carry an intelligent script? I doubt it.

Cold Mountain
Young lovers, Inman (Jude Law) and Ada (Nicole Kidman), have really bad names and equally awful luck. Just as their mutual adoration begins to bloom, Inman gets called off to war for the Confederate Army whose causes he doesn't really believe in, and Ada's father dies leaving her to fend for herself when the only useful thing she's been taught to do is sit there and look pretty (she's a pro at looking pretty). Ada waits for Inman (she's also a professional at waiting) and Inman deserts the forces of the South. Much unhappiness and self-discovery ensues.

Cheaper by the Dozen
Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt play the parents of 12 children. Either they're devoutly Catholic and sex crazed (which is physically impossible after a dozen pregnancies) or there is a secret sweatshop in the basement and this is their way of getting around child labor laws.
Anyways, it's not getting my $10.

Peter Pan
Another film for the modern nuclear family. Complete with dazzling special effects. Unless it can beat what I can get at Blockbuster from the good folks at Disney, then its not worth my $10.

Paycheck
BenLo plays a reverse engineer whose running for his life because he made a machine that can see into the future, and now he must destroy it before it is used to annihilate all of mankind. There, I've given away the "secret" plot, now you have no reason to waste your money on this pile of crap.
The only mystery that remains is how Uma Thurman went from Kill Bill to this.

Big Fish
Yummy Billy Cudrup is trying to make amends and learn more about his estranged dying father who tells nothing but long-winded exaggerated stories that only vaguely resemble the truth. Tim Burton does a wonderful job in bringing all the tales to the screen with all their wonder and surrealism.
This is a solid $10 contender.

The Company
Neve Campbell plays a ballet dancer on the verge of becoming a prima ballerina, but distractions via her hunky boyfriend (James Franco) and other outside forces inhibit her progress. Ah the joys of being a starving artist. No thanks, its business school for me!

Monster
I have heard nothing about good things about this movie. Charlize Theron plays a man hating serial killer who stalks her pray as a highway prostitute (which isn't much better than being a truck stop prostitute except there's more of a danger of being run over). Christina Ricci plays Theron's lesbian lover who gets caught up in the mess.
Not a date movie, but it is good for exploring the dark depths of the human soul.

Young Black Stallion
This is a prequel to the Black Stallion series from the 80's. A young girl uses a unproven colt she found in win an endurance race and save her family.
It's only playing on IMAX screens, so good luck even finding it.

Japanese Story
I don't know much about this movie. From what I've seen of the trailer and the clips being released on the net, it looks pretty good. I think Toni Collette in an amazing actress who chooses good, challenging scripts. This one is about an Australian geologist who has to play babysitter to a Japanese businessman who is considering purchasing her company's software. At first they don't get along, but after a tour of the Australian Outback, they become attracted to one another.

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December 24, 2003

New Year's Eve in Southern California

New Year's Eve 2004

The big night is only one week from tonight, what should you do for New Year's Eve 2003 in SoCal? Yes, Wed. Dec. 31, 2003.... Here is the scoop:

Deke Dickerson and the Eccophonics, Vicky Tafoya, Moonlight Cruisers @ Doll Hut, 714-533-1286

Detroit Cobras, The Starlite Desperation, Peelander-Z @ Spaceland, 213-833-2843

Dragons, FuriousIV, Sin Sin 77 @ Casbah, 619-232-4355

Fishbone, Aggrolites @ Fais Do-Do, 323.954.8080

Flock of Goo Goo, Johnny Stab and the Stab Stab Stabs - New Wave Prom* Promo Photos, Fun and great music! @ Alex's Bar, 562-434-8292

James Intveld @ Blue Cafe, 562-983-7111

The Reverend Horton Heat, The Deadbillys @ The Majestic Ventura Concert Theatre, 805-653-0721

Royal Crown Revue @ Viper Room, 310-358-1880

Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums @ The Derby, 323-663-8979

The Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Ants Invasion @ Knitting Factory, 323-463-0204

Truly Lover Trio @ Purple Orchid, 310-384-3686


*Yours truly - Ms. Jen and DJ Wanda will be the Prom Photographer's at Alex's Bar for New Wave Prom. Come on down and join us!

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December 22, 2003

Think buying CDs helps Musicians?

Downhillbattle.org is waging a campaign for Independent music and against the Major Labels and RIAA. The site is funny, informative, and supportive of non-major label music.

Flyer Campaign

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December 18, 2003

December 19th Film Releases

Here it is D&D players! The climax you've been waiting three years to have has finally arrived! Next time just hire a hooker and get it over with. It will cost you a little more than $10, but does take a lot less time out of your day. Just think of how productive you could be. It boggles the mind.

Best $10 Candidates
1) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2) Mona Lisa Smile
3) House of Sand and Fog

And what and orgasm it is too. Now this is the kind of Oscar week that I've been waiting for. Three nomination candidates at once. Where have you been for the past month? This is like having rich Brie after weeks of starvation. I could make myself sick from such a sudden infusion of nourishment.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
I don't think I even have to bother with a synopsis. If you don't know what its about, then you've been living in a cave for the past three years and probably don't even have the sense to know what a computer is, let alone internet access, and therefore do not have the means to view my ravings.
Go and see it. It will not be a waste of your $10.

Mona Lisa Smile
That hooker from Pretty Woman has gone straight and become an art teacher at Wellesley, a private girls college, during the 50's. Most of her students are on their way to becoming good wives and bear their husbands strong sons, but that little whore shows them that they have options and can achieve far more than just the perfect souffl.
This is the most obvious chick flick I have ever laid eyes on. Ladies, good luck dragging your man to this one. Grab a girlfriend and enjoy. Who needs men anyway?

The Cooler (Wide Release)
I reviewed this before, and while I think its probably a good movie, it just can't compete with what else is available. Catch it on cable in a couple months.

House of Sand and Fog
An ex-junkie loses her family home in an accounting error by the county, and by the time she gets her act together and hires a lawyer to help her correct the mistake, the house is auctioned off to a family of Iranian immigrants. Both parties believe they are in the right and take desperate measures to regain or keep what they believe is theirs.
The home is a central figure of the "American Dream," and this film makes a careful examination of that fact. Not an upper, but well worth my $10.

Calendar Girls
The women of a small English town take up arms and pose nude in a local charity calendar to raise money for cancer research.
Have you ever wanted to see your grandma naked? Then go see this movie you sick bastard.

The Fog of War
This documentary takes a look at pivotal moments in recent US history as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.
I wouldn't mind forcing Donald Rumsfeld to watch this little downer Clockwork Orange style.

The Hebrew Hammer
I have actually seen this. It was on Comedy Central last week and I LOVED it. Adam Goldberg plays a Shaft type character that watches out for the fellow members of the tribe. Andy Dick plays an anti-Semitic Santa who is out to destroy Chanukah and the Hammer must do whatever it takes to stop him.
Good luck finding this Certified Circumcised Private Dick (its not rated), but it will certainly be well worth it. The best Chanukah film since.... since.... ummm, I can't recall a good Chanukah film. This could be our last hope!

Two Men Went to War
This is about English army dentists during World War II. I think you can safely say the WW2 genre is dried out when they start making films about dentists.

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AXF: The Dypsomaniaxe

I'm feeling random today, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite bands with you: The Dypsomaniaxe.

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I don't believe they have an official website, or are even still around (I'd love to be proven wrong!), but they sure kick ASS!! Check out Ameoba or some other indie place like Nervous Record's online store to get your hands on a copy of this British all-girl psychobilly band's full length, "One Too Many." You won't be disappointed.

Enjoy. :)

<3 AXF

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December 17, 2003

What a Crappy CD!

An amusing music industry parody site just in time for holiday gift giving.

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December 12, 2003

The Adolescents

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Orange County's #1 band, The Adolescents, will be playing a two night stint at Alex's Bar tongiht and tomorrow night. Here are the line-ups for both nights:

Fri. Dec. 12, 2003 - Adolescents, Speedealer, Pistol Grip, Drive by Smile, Supagroup - doors at 8pm.
Sat. Dec. 13, 2003 - Adolescents, The Crowd, The Stitches

For a good introduction to The Adolescents read Kevin Hillskemper's Tag-Along Adolescent.

And finally the OC Weekly's This Week....

This Week In Punk Pedigree - The Adolescents

Recently voted the No. 1 OC band of all-time by the Weeklys writers and contributors, Fullertons Adolescents are not only responsible for one of the most attention-grabbing standout debut albums in the history of punk, but theyve also become the default, knee-jerk answer to the oft-repeated, mantra-like statement "Nothing good ever comes out of Orange County."

Dont think they dont share a similar view, either: if theres any negative aspect of OC life that didnt get skewered on their self-titled debut, rest assured it was singled out in "O.C. Life" ("714 imbedded in your brain/Designer jeans and malls are all youll ever have to gain"), the standout song from lead guitarist Rikk Agnews subsequent solo album, All By Myself.

Subsequent lineups and releases may not have lived up to the Adolescents debut, but that doesnt mean the band was overshadowed by anything else released at the time. And considering their sizable influence and pedigree (members formed or were founding members of D.I., Christian Death, 22 Jacks and Joyride, among others), its all the more impressive the bands "classic" lineup (minus drummer Casey Royer) has recently begun playing reunion shows, sounding great, if not better, than the bands early gigs. There are two back-to-back shows at Alexs Bar this weekend, but if you must choose between the two, go Saturday, when the Crowd and the Stitches open.

The Adolescents play Alexs Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (562) 434-8292. Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $10. 21+.

Warren Binder

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A Very Petty Booka Xmas

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Cute Japanese punk rock go-go cowgirls on the ukulele? What more could you ask for for Christmas? Petty Booka hits the west coast this month to spread a little holiday cheer. Hit up their website for dates/locations.

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December 11, 2003

Oddly Gifted

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From the LA Times:

By Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer

Don't insult your loved ones by giving them iPods, espresso machines or other lame holiday gifts. Use our handy shopping guide to ferret out this year's essential under-the-tree treats.

Moby-Dick: The action-figure industry continues to boom. The lineup of bendable dolls includes Sigmund Freud, Jesus, Ben Franklin, Cleopatra, Moses, a librarian, a coffee barista and Pope Innocent III, to name a few. But they all pale in comparison (figuratively speaking) with Dick, the Albino Bowler Action Figure. Sporting a large white Afro and a push-button-activated white bowling ball, he sells for $8.95 at http://www.mcphee.com .

Napa Big Gulp: At last, a wineglass big enough to hold an entire bottle of vino so you can truthfully say "I only had one glass, officer." Stands nearly 13 inches tall. The Big Bold Red Glass is available for $99.95 at http://www.iwawine.com . A knockoff version goes for $13 at Britain's http://www.gobaz.com .

Mermania: Get your hands on a giant can of tuna and you'll be able to impersonate the Chicken of the Sea mermaid with Neiman Marcus' new $10,000 mermaid costume. The handcrafted urethane suit comes with its own repair kit, maintenance instructions and expert training on how to swim in it. Or, for mermaids on a budget, designer Thom Shouse who dressed Daryl Hannah in "Splash" rents mermaid costumes (for $1,000 to $1,500 per week), along with wigs, clamshell bras and life-size fake dolphins at his Web site, http://www.mermaid rentals.com. Sadly, there is no McRoskey mermaid mattress.

Luncheon Meat Underwear: What's the only thing better than Spam boxer shorts? How about glow-in-the-dark Spam boxer shorts. Decked with phosphorescent silk-screened Spam cans, these cotton briefs sell for $15 at http://www.spamgift.com .

As for stocking stuffers:

Air fresheners that look and smell like strips of bacon, $4.99 at stupid.com.

Air-conditioned computer mouse. Prevent sweaty palms with Nyko's Air Flo Mouse, which contains a built-in fan.

His-and-her robots. A bargain at $400,000, these 6-foot-tall programmable slaves read poetry, serve drinks and even greet visitors at the front door and give them a ride to your den. From neimanmarcus.com.

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December 10, 2003

December 12th Film Releases

Hear any good pedophile jokes lately? Well, if they're not about Michael Jackson then they must be about the Catholic priesthood. (Don't worry; we Jews have the market cornered on guilt and mothers) On that note, let's get into this week's film recommendations- the Papacy, art, and love slightly past its prime.

1) The Statement
2) Girl with the Pearl Earring
3) Something's Got to Give

The dearth from last week is all but forgiven. Forgotten, never. But forgiven, almost. This week's crop of films is helpful in that regard. (I told you we had the market cornered on guilt)
Boys and girls we have a nice selection this week. Ranging from the asinine to the intellectual, there's something for everyone.

Something's Got to Give
Jack Nicholson suffers from acute Peter Pan syndrome. Its a terrible disease, which makes those who have it unable to date women their own age (art imitates life). After suffering from a heart attack he must be cared for by his girlfriend's mother, Diane Keaton. Autumn/Autumn romance blooms and wilts in the process.
The dialogue is supposed to be worthwhile, making it a good candidate for my $10.

Stuck on You
The people who brought you the magic of Dumb and Dumber and Something About Mary bring you this next little gem - Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear play Siamese twins trying to make it big in Hollywood (I really wish they would stop recycling these plot lines).
If you're in the mood to laugh without the benefit of thought then this is the movie for you.

Love Don't Cost a Thing
A lackluster remake of a lackluster movie geared towards the prepubescent. It would even make JLo gag, and she starred in Gigli.

Girl with the Pearl Earring
Colin Firth (dreamy) and Scarlet Johansson star in this adaptation of the novel inspired by the Vermeer painting of the same name.
As an admirer of Vermeer's work and Colin Firth, this is certainly a film I plan to patron eventually. Maybe not while its in the theater, but certainly when it comes out on video.

The Statement
Michael Cane plays a French Nazi war criminal being hidden by the Catholic Church. He has lived a life of relative security and peace until an investigator (Tilda Swinton) learns of his whereabouts and decides to flush him out.
I can't even come up with a good joke for this one. All I can say is that it looks worthwhile and is the best candidate for my $10.

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Blogging at Work? It's a Good Thing!

The Promise and Pitfalls of Social Networking
Darwin (11/03) ; Boyd, Stowe

A Working Model managing director Stowe Boyd admits that he is "a strongly biased advocate" for social networking, and has no reservations about investors pouring early-stage capital into social networks. He says the Internet can deepen social networking--people's tendency to cluster into groups, exchange information and contacts, and hasten toward their personal objectives via interaction. The uptake of social networking solutions is being spurred by their promise of determining the optimal or fastest route to another person, whether one is selling something or simply looking to increase one's contacts. Boyd says the practical applications of social networking solutions face a number of hurdles, chief among them a lack of critical mass; a dearth of awareness about social networking's benefits is also a major hindrance, though Boyd thinks that rising startup budgets and extensive media coverage will soon overcome that obstacle. Social networking's "viral" bottom-up nature also works in its favor, but Boyd writes that a shortage of social network compatibility has resulted in a fragmented, patchwork market of myriad social networking solutions. Boyd argues, "We are stuck at the Beta-versus-VHS fork in the road, where some company (or a few at the most) will break out of the pack...and establish a de facto standard for social networking." Key to the adoption of social networking solutions is clear proof that they offer solid business payback, in comparison to their real-world counterparts. Boyd concludes that the last obstacle in the way of social networking products is their design as standalone systems that are isolated from information technologies businesses are already employing to manage business relationships or relationship-connected data.
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AXF: fly away heart

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'our deepest feelings never take wing for they live in words unspoken'

<3 AXF

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p.s. current music: Dimmu Borgir - Master of Disharmony

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December 8, 2003

Mooneyes Xmas Show 2003

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Sat, December 13, 2003
at:
STAR - Sherrif's Academy
11515 Colima
Whittier, CA 90605

Goofy Foots - 10:30AM
Hot Rod Trio - 12:00AM
Dynotones - 1:30PM

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December 7, 2003

Copyright Laws vs. Public Domain

Copywrong - Copyright laws are stifling art, but the public domain can save us

Artists steal. It's a well-known fact. Blues musicians built upon the tradition of other blues musicians playing on the same circuit, and rock musicians built upon their music in turn, sometimes appropriating wholesale their songs and styles. Writers, it's been said, choose from a limited number of plots and write the same story over and over, just tweaking the details. Nothing is entirely original, yet artists make original work out of the culture they're immersed in.

"Ain't nothing new under the sun," says rapper Phonte of emerging Durham hip-hop group Little Brother. "Everything's been done before. For the most part, in every art form, every innovation comes out of some form of imitation."

But culture as we know it is increasingly bound up in the very laws that are supposed to nurture it. Copyright law has gone from promoting creativity to hindering artistic expression, thanks in part to the efforts of a few giant corporations that are sitting on billions of dollars worth of intellectual property.

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Heidi's Night of Beauty at the Viper Room

This Tuesday night, Dec. 9, 2003, the fabulous Ms. Heidi is holding her Heidi's Night of Beauty at the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

Here is Heidi's announcement:

Please come celebrate Heidis Night of Beauty at our new home The Viper Room Tuesday 12.09 for a spectacular night of Beauty, Boys, & Shooting Stars

All your HNOB faves make-overs, martini-manicure special (The fab manicurist does eyebrow threading too), & Sherry the Hair Babe. Guest make-up artist Bella Beretta will fix your face, then rock your world with a dazzling burlesque performance fresh from Tease-O-Rama. Double dose of FREE TREATS courtesy of Urban Decay & Air Craft Cosmetics.

HNOB beauty stations will run from 7:30-9:30pm. Admission is free until 9pm w/the HNOB invite so only forward to the worthy. Phantom Planet will hit at 10pm

Yours in beauty,

Heidi :)


View the Flyer

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The Rock & Roll Library

While surfing the 'net today, I found the Rock & Roll Library website.

The Rock & Roll Library (RRL) is a non-profit organization working to build the world's largest music information archive while promoting the use of popular music in education.

The unique mission of the RRL is to distinctly recognize the historical and cultural significance of popular music. Our education vision weaves popular music and culture into the fabric of educational curriculum.

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December 4, 2003

December 5th Film Releases

Are you sure its Oscar season? Are you certain the holidays are almost upon us? I have my doubts. The reason for these doubts, you may ask, there are only four movies being released this week. This makes my job a whole lot easier, but it gives me a heavy heart in the process.
Where are you, good-movies? I know you're out there, but where?
(If you are a studio publicist or independent filmmaker with a film about to come out which is getting no press, e-mail me and I'll see what I can do.)
(If you are a studio publicist or independent filmmaker with a movie that you would actually like me to SEE before I review it, e-mail me and I'll see what I can do.)

$10 Candidates:
1) Last Samurai
2) The Two Towers
3) What Alice Found

Yes its true. I don't actually see these movies before I review them (my $10 is a very precious commodity and only goes to the most worthy of films). I read the synopsis, look at the cast and crew, and watch the trailer if possible. From there, I make my most educated guess as to its suitability for ridicule or recommendation. Usually ridicule.
Now my assessment of this week's films:

Last Samurai
This is the only actual Oscar contender for the week. That guy from Risky Business tries his hand at some real acting by playing a civil war vet with depression issues who is hired by the Japanese government to modernize their army and rid the country of samurais. Maverick gets captured by a samurai and learns to value their culture during his involuntary stay.
This is by far the healthiest candidate for my $10 (and it isn't even Manchurian).

Honey
A hip-hop dancer with a heart of gold tries to make it in the business on her own terms. Unless you're a die-hard Jessica Alba fan, go rent Flashdance or Fame. They're both classics that have withstood the test of time, which this film will not.

The Two Towers
This is just a re-release of the same film from last year. If you're one of those people who like to meet women on the Internet and plays Dungeons & Dragons on a regular basis, then you're going to see this again no matter what I say. So go, waste your $10, and cream yourself in anticipation for the last installment of the trilogy.

What Alice Found
A young small town girl with hopes of becoming a marine biologist hits the road to achieve her dreams. But, some dreams were meant to be crushed, so she gets picked up by a couple with an RV who drag her into the world of truck stop prostitution.
Truck stop prostitution? That's like being the janitor at Institute for the Digestion of Fiber. Your career path just can't get any worse.
This could suck, put the premise looks interesting.

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Fashion Goes Electric

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Scheduled to hit the market before the end of the year, the No-Contact Jacket for Women is a joint effort of MIT industrial designer Adam Whiton and Yolita Nugent of Advanced Research Apparel. Delivering an 80,000 volt shock, the jacket is as fashionable as it is functional. The inital cost - around $1,000 - could cause some sticker shock, although mass-production would lower the cost significantly. I have carried a stun gun for several years and have often been irritated by it's bulkyness and un-ergonomic design (as a result of the larger charge - 250,000volts - it's about twice the size of most stun guns). Maybe I'll add this baby to my Christmas list this year... :-)

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