Thursday, May 31, 2007

Top 100 Scariest Movie Moments

I first ran across this list of the Top 100 Scariest Movie Moments several months ago. At the time however, they only had 100-41 counted down. Without the top 40, I lost interest, forgot to bookmark the page, and moved on.

Luckily, I found the list again, and it has been completed. I can't claim to have seen all of these movies, but as I read through the list, I didn't find myself wondering, "Hey, how come they didn't include _____"?

Can you think of scenes that would have been good to include? Drop a comment down below.

Originally, you could scroll down each page -- there were 20 entries per page -- and navigate the site a little easier. Now, you'll have to click each individual thumbnail on the main page to find out what movie and "moment" is being discussed.

Still, if you have a few minutes, this is a pretty good list. Just looking at some of the images alone gave me a few chills. I've included two pictures here that gave me some definite goosebumps.

As scary as the shower scene is in Psycho, the moment that gets me every time is at the end of the movie, after Norman's mom is revealed. The lady screams, then they show Norman entering the room wearing mom's dress, knife in hand, and flashing one of the scariest grins I've ever seen. The hair on my neck stands up just thinking about it. Imagine seeing this in the theatre in the rather innocent times of 1960.

There are also video clips that go along with some of these entries as well, although, you'll just have to find them for yourself. There is a video clip that goes along with the second pic I included, which is from Exorcist III. Now, this is a movie I haven't seen, and judging by how scary this particular scene is, maybe that's a good thing.

I haven't clicked on every image to be able to point you in the right direction for which moments include video clips. Hey, I can't be expected to do ALL the work for you.

Plus, I didn't really want to click on ALL of these images.

I forgot to pack an extra pear of underwear today.

Monday, May 28, 2007

R.I.P. Charles Nelson Reilly

Match Game has to be considered a top 5 game show of all-time. It is for me, at least. The perfect host, Gene Rayburn, terrific music (BWAMP boom, ba boo boo boo buh boom BWAMP), a goofy six-person celebrity panel -- that regularly filmed episodes sloshed -- and silly questions laced with entendre and sexual innuendo. What's not to like?

One of the anchors of that celebrity panel has passed away, Charles Nelson Reilly. When you think of Match Game, what names come to mind? Rayburn, Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, and Nelson Reilly.

Here's more about him from the New York Times.

Below are a few classic clips from Match Game...

Charles Takes Over As Host

Charles And Brett Go On Tour

Charles The Newscaster?

Charles As Santa

Charles Gets Mad

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Idol Thoughts

So, Jordin Sparks is the winner of American Idol. The long, drawn out ordeal is finally over. Well, the show is over. There's still the tour featuring the finalists that will kickoff in July. I'll pass.

And while the next season of Idol doesn't begin until January, auditions will actually start toward the end of summer.

Have they ever come to Chicago?

A few thoughts on the finale:

  • I've lost whatever respect I still had for Joe Perry, after he joined Sanjaya onstage for a truly awful performance of "You Really Got Me". Perry couldn't even save himself with some hot guitar work, because the sound engineer had him barely audible.
  • Pretty low of Clive Davis to barely mention Kelly Clarkson in his rundown of Idol's success stories. All over a creative tug-of-war surrounding Clarkson's new CD. Hey Clive, do you remember this girl selling 10 million Breakaway albums for your RCA label?
  • Worst performance of the night? Easily Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings". And she's taking over Celine Dion's Las Vegas gig? Good luck with that, Caesars Palace.
  • So, a show that really only needed to be two minutes long, instead of two hours, is so bloated with filler that they couldn't even fit the announcement of the winner into the original two hours?? You mean that gawd-awful Sgt. Pepper's tribute just had to make it to air? The show came back from what we thought was the last commercial break with about seven minutes left before 9pm (central), and the producer decides, "Ok, we could get to the announcement now, and wrap this up in perfect time...but, ah, screw it, let's get the Idol finalists up on stage with the past winners so we can hear them clod their way through a Beatles medley!" Yeah, because I was dying to hear Haley Scarnato sing "With A Little Help From My Friends".
  • People that actually sounded pretty good that night: Green Day, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and Kelly Clarkson (the only bright spot during the Beatles thing. Sweet outfit, too).
  • Best promo of the night: Hell's Kitchen, returning in early June.
  • Jordin winning makes the most sense. She's a much more mainstream artist than Blake. She's perfect for the role of American Idol: young, cute, big voice, broad appeal. Blake actually seemed relieved that he lost. Or at least, he's handling it very well. He's free to set up his own deal after the Idol's tour is done, and I'm actually looking forward to hearing what he comes up with for his first album. There aren't many Idol performers that have motivated me to buy their music. None, in fact. But Lewis, Elliot Yamin, and Clarkson at least have me intrigued. Does being a fan of Kathrine McPhee's (videos) count?

Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Simpsons' 400th Episode

At this point, it's easy to take The Simpsons for granted, and, I have. I'll admit it, as a big fan of the show, I haven't watched many of the newer episodes. Sure, the quality of the recent seasons may not quite be up to the high standards of previous Simpsons' years, but each episode is still good for at least four or five laugh-out-loud-moments -- or LOLM's as we'll call them -- and that's good enough for me.

It takes a lot for me to actually laugh out loud at a TV comedy. It's not that I don't have a sense of humor, in fact I think I have a very good one, it's just that my reactions to comedy on TV, or movies, usually elicits a smile, or one of the classic "I'm laughing on the inside" feelings.

However, The Simpsons has consistently given me LOLM's for many, many years. Sometimes I'll get into a giggle fit over something that Homer has done, and I'll be in tears laughing about whatever dumb thing he's done for several minutes after the fact.

I own seasons 3 - 7 on DVD, am looking forward to the movie coming out this summer, and watch the reruns around dinner time when I can -- in other words, when my wife doesn't want the local news on at 6:00.

So, I tip my Duff cap to Homer and the gang for hitting the 400th episode mark this Sunday. It may not be as funny as it once was, but it still is one of the five best comedies on TV now. And it still gives me LOLM's.


The following clips, along with countless others that I'm too lazy to find for you, are good for a few LOLM's:

Fat Bart - Bart goes on an eating binge, changing how the show's open would look

Homer The Inventor - Stick with this to see Homer's inventions, including the one that gave me one of my biggest LOLM's - the "Everything Is OK Alarm"

Homer's 101 Jobs - killer soundtrack with this one

Homer's Moments Of Tipsy-ism - To alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems

The Movie Trailer - One of them at least.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Sopranos On PAX: A Mad TV Classic

As The Sopranos gets set to sleep with the fishes in a few weeks, I thought I'd show you one of my favorite Mad TV sketches that parodied the show several years ago. This is how The Sopranos would look if it aired on a regular network. Well, if it aired on PAX-TV.

This is probably similar to how the show looks in reruns on A & E.

Will Sasso, as Tony Soprano, is brilliant in this sketch.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

An Omazing Singer

With American Idol rapidly approaching the finish line, I'm already looking forward to the auditions for next season. I think I may have found a new star. Just click the pic below, and enjoy a breathtaking performance of everyone's favorite, "Omazing Grace". Yes, "Omazing".

The ratings for the early audition rounds on Idol -- the rounds with all of the horrible singers -- are always good. I'd like to see a 30-minute show centered around this guy. Each week give him four or five songs to sing, and just let him go. You wouldn't watch that?

And, since there is a real possibility that there is something wrong with this dude -- beyond the horrible singing -- I'm going to pretend that one of the following things is true, so I can enjoy the clip guilt-free:

A) He's drunk
B) He's stoned
C) He's drunk and stoned
D) It's really Eddie Murphy impersonating a bad singer. Or a cow in heat.

There, I feel better already.

Happy Mother's Day II

Don't forget to call, or visit your mom on Sunday. Although, if your mom is anything like these moms, I can understand if you'd rather take a pass and go golfing instead.

So, from yours truly -- one heckuva mutha myself -- to all of the real mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day

Just click the pic to enjoy a scene that surely is taking place all across the country this weekend.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

RUSH: Far Cry

After the recent RUSH talk on here, I thought I should at least give you access to the video for their new single "Far Cry". It's a Youtube clip, so the audio isn't fantastic, but getting the video for the song is a fair trade.

I'm sure I'll eventually grab a pair of lawn tickets and check them out September 8th at Tinley Park with my brother. Unfortunately, RUSH concerts are about 97% men. 96% of them -- yeah, I'm one of them -- like to air drum.

Maybe these guys will be at the concert, too.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Sportscast Gone Wrong

I can't seem to stop showing these news and sportscast blooper videos. Can you blame me? I posted some of my favorites a few days ago. The video in this post is one I found this week, and is rapidly growing on me.

I'd cut this guy some slack, as most of the things that go wrong in the video are not his fault, but then when things do go right, most of his comments are pretty lame, and he does something that is a pet peeve of mine when giving scores -- he gives the losing team's score first.

Considering the reference to Scottie Pippen in a Bulls uniform, this is obviously an older clip, and from what I understand, this anchor is now working in the Boston market.

The Boston television market, that is...not the fast food chain. I think.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

RUSH: Snakes And Arrows

Snakes And Arrows, the latest studio album from RUSH is in stores today. New music, and a tour that brings them to Tinley Park in September, makes me a happy man. I mentioned RUSH in a previous post, and I mentioned how I'd eventually get around to giving you more info on how and why this band is one of my faves.

I'm not exactly sure where to start. I guess you need to know how my musical tastes changed as I was growing up. My first recollection of listening to radio and paying attention to new music was 1980. Even today, I'll hear songs that came out that year, and I feel like I'm nine years old again. I listened to mainly the Top 40 stations back then, and most of the songs that I remember listening to include gems like "Upside Down" by Diana Ross, "Fantasy" by Billy Joel, "Magic" by Olivia Newton-John, "Just Like Starting Over" by John Lennon, and "Turn It On Again" by Genesis.

As I grew up, I stayed with Top 40, for the most part, until I was in high school. Thanks to the influences of some friends, I branched into "classic rock" mode. Plus, I was now old enough to drive, so I was able to spend more time listening to radio. So, in a matter of years, I went from tapping my toes to "I Want Your Sex" by George Michael, "Heart And Soul" by T-Pau, and "The Miami Vice Theme" from Jan Hammer, to an overdose of Clapton, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Allman Brothers, etc.

It was an awakening. I can remember sitting with my mouth open listening to "Jessica" by The Allman Brothers for the first time. Same deal for "Layla" (Clapton), "Stairway To Heaven" (Zeppelin), "We Won't Get Fooled Again" (The Who), "Deacon Blues" (Steely Dan), "Do You Feel Like We Do" (Peter Frampton's live version), "Angel" (Hendrix), and "Tom Sawyer", by RUSH. Wow, now THIS was music. So long, Nu Shooz, hello Purple (and Patti) Haze.

Classic rock is like getting an education. You reach that certain age, you discover classic rock, live it, love it, learn about it, grow out the hair a bit, buy the tie-dye shirts, and become a scholar in everything from AC/DC to ZZ Top.

At this same time, I was in a band. However, I played keyboards. I say "however" because playing keyboards isn't really the cool instrument. To me, at least. I'd much rather be the guitarist, or the drummer. But, keyboard was the instrument I had access to growing up, and I learned how to play it adequately enough to play along with many a rock song. I enjoyed it, howver, during the mid-80's, before I discovered classic rock, keyboards in music always sounded cheesy. Then I started listening to The Doors, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes, and Genesis to name a few. Keyboards sounded cool in songs by these groups..

Back to RUSH. By the latter half of the 80's, I was starting to hear RUSH songs on the classic rock stations. "Tom Sawyer" was usually the song that was played. I didn't know much else about the band at this point. Then one day, one of the dudes on my bowling team gave me a RUSH cassette. He liked the band well enough, but never listened to the album. He asked me if I wanted it, and I said yes. The album was Grace Under Pressure.

This was the defining moment that moved RUSH from intriguing band with a killer song that I liked alot, to the status of THAT band, and one of my all time faves.

I got home, put the tape into my walkman, put on the headphones, and for the first time in my life, heard what I thought was the perfect sounding band. I had always pictured RUSH as being more of a hard rock band -- with only having Tom Sawyer, plus a still building knowledge of classic rock to go by -- but when I started Grace Under Pressure, I heard the sound of a band that I would love to play in. It was the perfect use of synthesizers, with plenty of guitars, and of course amazing drumming. It was as if I had found the perfect sounding band for my tastes.

I wasn't expecting that sound from that band. From that point on, I started ingesting as much RUSH as I could. That's when I discovered the epic 2112 album, and we even took a stab at playing it in our band. Somewhere out there is a tape of us playing that, and me trying to sing "Tom Sawyer" as well. Hopefully it is eroding at a very rapid rate as you read this.

As the years have gone by, I've been to several concerts, have all of their music, a DVD or two, and will probably go see them in September. They might not be as popular as other bands of that era, but they garner tremendous amounts of respect within the music industry, mainly from other musicians, and rightly so.

They've basically been together for the duration. Their first album came out in 1974 -- aptly entitled RUSH -- then they switched drummers, and have been a tight threesome ever since. Geddy Lee on bass and vocals, Alex Lifeson on guitars, and the amazing Neil Peart on drums. Their music is certainly unique, and thanks to my stoner friend, Kerry, who didn't want his cassette of Grace Under Pressure, their music inspired me, and still does today.

I'll leave you with some Youtube clips for you to enjoy:

"YYZ" - Rush In Rio DVD - Simply an amazing instrumental (RUSH has many), and the energy of the crowd is incredible.

"Tom Sawyer" - Rush In Rio - Their most well-known song, again, in front of a frenzied crowd.

"The Trees" - Gotta love the late 70's hair.

"Freewill" - One of my favorite RUSH songs, and one of the songs that elicits a tremendous amount of air drumming at concerts.