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Thursday, May 04, 2006

State wants MySpace to raise minimum age to 18

Massachusetts Tuesday called on popular social networking Web site MySpace.com to strengthen protection of children against predators, including raising the minimum age for users to 18 from 14.

Good, now maybe this will cut down the dumb ass boy band music files that pops up every time I click on a profile.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Another Movie Filmed in Mediocre Town

Here at the Bat Farm I have a clear view of the neighbors to the west, being Omaha, Nebraska. Which has seen a jump in movie productions in the past few years. Back in 02 About Schmidt was filmed in and around the Omaha area. In fact, if you look closely at the very first scene of the film, you can see the perimeter of the Bat Farm.

There was talk among people who knew the star of the film (Jack Nicholson) that he could have lost it, you know, in the thought factory. Reason being? “Omaha is just too depressing.” and while at the end of the film the character didn’t put a gun in his mouth, the movie still showed the dark still life of America.

Now four years later another film about Omaha has just finished production. The film entitled “Out of Omaha” staring Dave Foley, host of Celebrity Poker (which I hate like poison) is a movie about a embattled father who try’s to turn his family around by-. Screw it. Are you kidding? It’s just another movie made in Omaha.

Make movie’s where they’re supposed to be made, in Canada. Of course I reserve the right to retract this statement when I direct my straight to bargain shelf at the Costco movie.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Hollywood: More Flies with Vinegar

On May 19th, Hollywood is going to release The Da Vinci Code in hopes of being the start of a big blockbuster summer for film companies and their producers. It’s was a record low for Hollywood last year and some predict that it’s not going to be much better this year.

I think I have the prefect plan if Hollywood wants to listen. Make more flicks that really piss of the church folk. And I don’t want to sound like I’m discourteous them, but to be honest, lately, they’ve been kind of wacky. Just think of all the movies that have ruffled their Anglo-Saxon feathers: Brokeback Mountain, Dogma, Midnight Cowboy, The Last Temptation of Christ, Baby Doll, and Fahrenheit 911.

It should be noted that almost all of these movies were set to earn little, if anything at the box office. But when the right hand of God touches a film; there’s just no going back. And maybe that’s a good thing. It should also be noted that most of these movies are independent.

Maybe it’s that Hollywood doesn’t make movies that I want to see anymore. Have the corporate masters sucked all the creative juices from the legends and in-vitro fertilized a new breed of film maker who spend more time programming new ring tones and sipping their flavor water then they do in the editing room? I hope not.

Celebrate Independent Films

My Picks

Lost in Translation
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Looking for Richard

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The Squid and the Whale
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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Before Sunset
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Under Suspicion
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TWiT Turns 1 Today!

A year ago a group of disgruntled ex-TechTV employees sat down and recorded The Revenge of The Screen Savers. Little did they know the journey it would take them on and the cult following they would create. Now they have turned one and are showing no sign of slowing down with over 50 episodes and around 10 other shows.

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Monday, May 01, 2006

Jose can you see?

Today is the big day in America. It’s Mayday. Also the first organized walkout of illegal aliens in the American workforce. It’s 5:30 AM here at the Bat Farm, soon we will see if the fruits of the Latino groups will pay off.

I heard someone today talking at a local grocery store that they plan on “blaring American music all day long.” or maybe go as far as flying the Mexican flag upside down. I almost had to laugh when this person said “If these people come to America they should at least learn to speak American.” note that “American” is not a language. English is. Redneck you might ask? Maybe. You can tell each side of the debate fairly easily. Those who are against “illegal immigration” say three things: Jobs, language barrier, and national security.

Those who do support it repeat the same things. “They do the jobs American’s wont do.” “Why would you want to take away the American dream from some second world citizen?” “We all are immigrants.”

Both sides are wrong. It’s simple really. It’s illegal. Are lots for things illegal? Yes, especially some of the really fun things, but that’s getting ahead of our self’s.

Are all Americans born from immigrants? Yes, unless you’re Native American. But you really have to think about that in 1910, when America’s melting pot was heating up and the population of the United States was twenty million, immigration was the right thing, a good thing in fact. Now with the population rising nearing 300 million, it’s a good idea to take a second thought.

Fact is I’m a Democrat. And I’m sad to say many in the party would be turning over in their graves over my views. But I don’t care, nor should you. More legal, controlled immigration is good for America. Just don’t put the mouth before the food.

As for the recent controversy over the National Anthem being recorded in Spanish; If you guys can add some nice Tijuana Brass and make a beat that I can move to, I’m all for it.

Jobs American’s wont do? I wonder if Bloging counts.

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